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Trio Red Space brings its style of music to Columbia

Tim Daisy
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For some percussionists, music is limited to bona fide instruments: the drums, bells, cymbals, tambourines, triangles and even xylophones that comprise the percussion group.

But not Tim Daisy.

The Chicago-based musician and composer has been known to tap out a tune on items as random as a colander, a bowl and a hub cap.

Sometimes, as in his work, “On the Ground,” he adds in electronic sounds from radios, alarm clocks and other found objects.

Saturday, Daisy will bring Trio Red Space, an improvised music group, to Columbia. The trio includes three mainstays from the international free jazz scene: multi-reedist Mars Williams (NRG Ensemble/Scorch Trio/Bill Laswell); trombonist Jeb Bishop (Vandermark 5/ Jeb Bishop Trio/The Whammies) and Daisy (Vox Arcana/ Made To Break/Rempis Percussion Quartet)

Trio Red Space performs Tim’s compositions, which straddle the line between written thematic material and open improvisation. The material is inspired by the pioneering work of the AACM (Anthony Braxton/Roscoe Mitchell/Leroy Jenkins) as well as many of the compositional techniques invented by some of the great contemporary composers coming out of the “New York School” in the 1950s and ‘60s including John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Earle Brown.

He’s excited to bring the sound back to Columbia.

“Columbia is on a short list of cities in the United States that has is a regular audience base for experimental music,” said Daisy. “You have to give thanks to folks like Wim Roefs at If ART Gallery, Tom Law and Ross Taylor for creating opportunities that make our work possible to present. They’ve made Columbia a regular stop for me and my friends from Chicago and New York.”

The Trio Red Space performance begins at 8 p.m. at if ART Gallery in the Vista. Tickets are $10.

For more information, visit ifARTGallery.blogspot.com

Katie McElveen, Special to The State