Michael Evan's Swirling Lotus Blossom Bandits
Featuring: Michael Attias : alto saxophone, Michael Evans: drums,
Evan Gallagher: keyboard, Jeff Hudgins: alto saxophone and Adam Lane:
upright bass (in the group, but not featured on this recording: Peter
This particular track is our version of Sun Ra's tune. This is a favorite
of mine when the Bandits play live, because it really has the ability
to morph into other harmonic, melodic and rhythmic directions that
embrace unpredictability. Recorded in the basement of my home, spring
of 2003 and was one of six tracks made for demo purposes.
Brain Dead LISTEN
Karen Mantler's Farewell
Xtra Watt records
Michael Evans (drums/percussion) & Karen Mantler (keyboards/vocals/composition)
This track is one of my favorites on this duo record. Karen was conveying
a real darkness on this one. Most of the tunes written/performed on
this record were about her long-lost-deceased friend, Arnold the cat.
I'm playing a simple rhumba that became interesting sounding when
I changed the orchestration of what I used in my left hand. I held
a bead pod in my left hand simultaneously with an ankle-bell strap
fastened around my wrist semi-loosely. I played the rhythm with a
stick in my right hand and utilised the individual shakes of the bean
pod and the ankle-bell strap with my left. Recorded at Grog Kill Studios,
Feel Pretty LISTEN
Limited CD on Sub Rosa records
Michael Evans (drums), Jarboe (vocal) & Lary
Seven (guitars, bass guitar and sheet metal)
This track was an absolute blast to do with Lary 7 and Jarboe. It
started with me listening to the West Side Story lp's version and
then L7 eventually recording me playing drumset along to that arrangement.
I was told to play in a rather loosely hard-edged punk style, over
which L7 later played the multiple guitar/bass parts on. Let us not
forget L7's No-Where guitar solo along with sheet metal included !!!)
Lastly, Jarboe sings wonderfully over it all. Recorded at L7's Plastikville
Studios, NYC during 1992.
Leviathan Over LISTEN
Fever Pitch: Just Drums 2- The Project
Fever Pitch records
Michael Evans (drumset solo)
This is dedicated to my brother, Pete Zeldman. This live concert's
improvisation climaxes, charting various appearances of times: bending,
twisting and morphing with and within one another. Through familiar
flows and resoundings, a bridge of drone lands into an eventual silence.
The instrumentation was a four piece drumset (add a double bass pedal)
set up, with 2 ride cymbals and a series of three homemade (motor
driven) percussion instruments that accompanied me. Recorded live
at Roulette, NYC November 2002 by Jim Staley.
Yours Truly LISTEN
Sancuary : Alexander Hacke's Solo
Michael Evans (theremin, theremin w/ hose, amplified
snare drum, ride cymbal, homemade piezos, electronics and pentatonic
giant cowbells), Andrew Chudy (alarm clocks) and Alexander Hacke (programming)
This track is from an audio-travelogue (recorded in different cities
throughout N. America and Europe) cd created by my friend Alexander
Hacke. I'm playing everything but the alarm clocks and if memory serves
me correctly, I believe that this was the session my amplified snare
drum (prototype #2) blew some capacitors! Recorded in my home by Alex
while on vacation in NYC, 2001.
The Arrival LISTEN
A.T. M. O. T. W. records
Michael Evans (solo : Mr. Haney drumkit)
This very short track was a study in trying to create machine-like
sounds that morphed from one texture of sound into another. The instrumentation
was a kitchen mixing-whisk, massaged and struck various-shaped pieces
of sheet metals and an adapted hi-hat.
Recorded at L7's Plastikville Studios, NYC during 1992.
Michael Evans (theremin, fed-back amplified snare
drum, homemade piezos, electronics, cameroon pods & hand cymbals)
This yet unreleased, newer solo material was It's underwater soundtrack
characteristics make it possibly one of the few tracks that I've thought
recently about putting vocals on. Recorded at the Make Believe Ballroom,
West Shokan, NY in 2003.
Walk Puddles LISTEN
A.T. M. O. T. W. records
Michael Evans (solo: Mr. Haney drumkit)
This is another very short track that features a drum melody taken
through various quick stages, ending up with funny-ending silences.
(recorded at L7's Plastikville Studios, NYC during 1992)
Jeff Arnal (wood percussion) & Michael Evans
This improvisation was from a yet to be released drumset/percussion
duo record from Jeff Arnal and myself.
I had a real blast recording this record with Jeff. I feel a psychic-kinetic
connection going on in our improvising all over this record. This,
our wooden-orchestral-world piece proves it! Recorded at the Make
Believe Ballroom, West Shokan, NY, 2004.
Mirrored Exorcism LISTEN
This is a piece that I created in
collaboration with Christine Bard and Jim Pugliese(the other 2/3's
of ESP), based on an exorcism rhythm from West Africa. This rhythm
is very deceptive. It has power.
It unfolds very slowly until some hocketing occurs along with the
unisons. Then I metrically modulate and Christine and Jim eventually
join my tempo. I play the first solo followed by my clicking of the
sticks-quality of accompaniment rhythm, after which Christine plays
her beautiful solo finishing to the end.