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Wednesday, August 6th 2008 - 8pm

- the Coup d’etat music series -

Jawwaad Taylor/Dave Dove
Vic Rawlings
Luke Maldof

Jawwaad Taylor/Dave Dove
As a preteen, Northside Houston’s Jawwaad Taylor had an early exposure to creative music when his uncle played him records by Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton. At the same time, Jawwaad was developing his skills as a hip-hop MC. At a young age, Jawwaad became an accomplished freestyle rapper. Later, after meeting David Dove, he joined the group of musicians around Nameless Sound (and the NS Youth Ensemble), and his interest weighed more heavily on trumpet and free improvisation. After a period, Jawwaad returned to rhyming. This return had a goal to bring his musical activities together and form an original approach. He and Dove worked steadily for several years to craft a creative music that kept the authenticity of its sources and maintained the spontaneity of free improvisation. Jawwaad’s broad artistic palette moves the music forward. In addition to his vocals and trumpet playing, Jawwaad brings a producer’s ear to his use of electronics and samplers.

In addition to improvising, Jawwaad is working on a solo hip-hop album. The album will be a follow up to the success of “Craft of the Lost Art” (Lex Records), 2007’s acclaimed release by Shape of Broad Minds,
the Philadelphia based underground hip-hop duo that features Jawwaad.

A trombone player, composer, improvisor, and educator, David Dove has given performances and workshops all over the US and some internationally (Mexico, Canada, Scotland, Vietnam). He has collaborated with many of his favorite local/national/international artists (more and less well known) and has developed an approach to creative music education.

Dove grew up learning the trombone in the public school band program, while at the same time playing bass g
uitar in punk bands. After high school, he spent years studying and playing a wide variety musical styles (including 6 years in the band Sprawl). In the early 1990’s, he became dedicated to free improvisation. This eclectic background and commitment to creativity eventually led him to conceive of a new approach to music education.

In 1997, Dove started working at MECA, an inner-city arts community center, where he began to develop this approach. In 2000, Pauline Oliveros invited him to start a branch of The Deep Listening
Institute (DLI) to further his educational goals and bring contemporary musicians to Houston. In 2006, DLI Houston became Nameless Sound, an independent organization. Nameless Sound reaches over 1500 young people in Houston every year through workshops in public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters.

Vic Rawlings Vic Rawlings is active as an improviser and
instrument builder, specializing in modifications
of existing instruments, creating extensive cello
preparations. He also continually develops an
electronic instrument from extant exposed
circuitry, producing, in effect, a modular analog
synthesizer with a highly unstable interface.
This electronic instrument is paired with a
flexible array of exposed speaker elements,
chosen for their often unpredictable and
idiosyncratic acoustic qualities.

Luke Moldof

Luke Moldof is known primarily for his work in the fields of noise/power electronics and free improvisation. He often seeks to establish a common ground between these two seemingly different aesthetics, moving from visceral to subtle at the drop of a dime. In his solo guitar arsenal he incorporates drones, preparations, and a Derek Bailey-esque harmonic palette. In the noise scene, he is best known for being a founding member of the now defunct Craniopagus as well as his solo project Stillbirth. He also plays regularly in the groups Food and Catholic Skin. Luke runs a noise label called Razors and Medicine.
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