December 8th, 2009
LaDonna Smith and Michael Evans
“Deviant Shakti” is a fantastic recording featuring two accomplished, venerable musicians performing at their improvisational height. Evans, a percussionist and Theremin player, has studied drums with Milford Graves, technique with Joe Morello, tabla with Misha Masud, kanjira with Ganesh Kumar and Hatian/Afro-Cuban hand-drumming with John Amira. His playing in tandem with LaDonna highlights many of these influences and is imbued with remarkable subtlety and technique. Smith has commented to me on several occasions her joy playing with percussionists, in particular Evans, and the rapport they exhibit on this recording shows off the ecstatic tendencies of her music.
Noted for her passion and virtuosity, Smith shines yet again on this release, and though I haven’t had the opportunity to discuss with her the qualification ‘deviant’ in the title “Deviant Shakti,” always present in her performances and recordings is that primordial energy to which she alludes. For more of her take on her music and how it relates to her life, I did an interview with her for Perfect Sound Forever in 2003 which can be foundhere. Her thoughts and outlook are as profound as the sounds she creates.
Together, these two artists draw on a mind-boggling sphere of influences, not only creating new idioms along the way, but displaying their love for musics around the globe, whether they be insects in the backyard or the flowing, flowering sounds of Bollywood . This love translates not into the gauche terminology “world music,” but rather into a new, contemporary sound, often paradoxically so in that it draws from many classical forms. It’s no small feat and not an endeavor for anyone not seriously concerned with the directions of music for a shrinking Earth.
Davey Williams penned the liner notes, and within those he succinctly writes, “Meanwhile, two travelers follow different routes towards a single destination, which is everywhere and nowhere simultaneously, a place that exists as an ever-changing motion, a flow of unified soundings calling to me with the dynamism of a forest.
I hear the back country of the constellations in this music, a rough and tumble fluidity, a barn dance with benign movie monsters of supreme elegance.
I go for a swim, bathed in this audible delight.”
Indeed, supreme elegance sums up in two words both the product and the musicians, here heard at what never seems to peak for them—each outing seems to go places unfathomable and unbelievable. With both elan and ferocity, Smith and Evans have captured (yet again) the direction of new music, mapped it and have projected the paths for their next sonic discovery.
November 3rd, 2009
LaDonna Smith and Michael Evans
LaDonna Smith – Michael Evans – DEVIANT SHAKTI: Here’s our longtime improvising pal LaDonna creating crystal-clear improvised havoc with her violin/viola in tandem with Michael Evans, doing percussion, drums, electronics & Theremin! As many of you who read this ‘zine on a regular basis may know, I first met LaDonna way back in the earliest days of her label, Transmuseq… I was doing a lot of performance art & played with her & guitarist Davey Williams (also reviewed in this issue). My first listen to this CD was through speakers, & to be fair to the artists, decided right away that it MUST be taken in through headphones… doing the listen in any other fashion takes away from the intense concentration and focus that you must have when experiencing improvised music; and I can tell you that you’d be missing a lot… this is one of the intricately woven sonic tapestries I’ve ever heard from LaDonna… EVERY note has a new adventure, and you’ll find yourself absorbed to the ‘nth degree after only the first 20 seconds. There are “voices” in here that even the most able among us will find difficult to grok, even if we are at the highest levels of “the force”… Smith’s string antics mesh perfectly with Michael’s (r)evolutionary percussion to give you an insight of the language the creators of the universe speak in… what language, you ask? Why, pure and unadulterated music, of course, unfettered by convention or mediocrity. If you are inclined to thinking that artistry can only be “true” if it reflects the conventions man often wants to superimpose over the chaos that life really is – go elsewhere… but if you appreciate sonics that take you to new levels, you’ll have no choice but to get this one! The “EQ” (energy quotient) level on this one is what gives it away as one of the best improvised albums in a long time – it gets a 5.0 (which is at the top of the Zzaj energy scale… you can’t go any higher). It is, of course, MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for those listeners who are unafraid of “different” music, as well as the “PICK” of this issue for “best improvised duet”! Get more information (& listen to short samples) at CD BABY! Rotcod Zzaj (Dick Metcalf)
November 15th, 2009
ANDERS NILSSON’S AORTA ENSEMBLE With FULMINATE TRIO/CENNET JOHNSON -
Aorta Ensemble (Kopasetic 026; EEC)
With Anders Nilsson on electric guitar, Mattias Carlson & Cennet Jonsson on reeds, David Carlsson on electric bass, Ken Filiano on acoustic bass and Michael Evans & Peter Nilsson on drums. This is local guitar great Anders Nilsson’s dream project combining the talents of both of his bands from Sweden (Aota) and New York (Fulminate Trio). Over the past few years Anders Nilsson has become of the most exciting and inventive guitarists to emerge from the downtown scene working with Ras Moshe, Fay Victor and leading his own bands. Each performance of both live and on disc has knocked me out so I was excited to hear this new combined band project.
Three of the five tracks were written by Anders with two Ensemble improvisations. “Soudfear” begins with an ominous vibe, the guitar quietly leading the ensemble while the reeds (flute & sax) play spooky, simmering harmonies. The piece drifts and builds very slowly, the sound harkens back to the great days of 70′s jazz/rock without any bombast. On “Tuning In’ the entire ensemble swirls powerfully around Anders guitar, eventually hitting their stride when that great
fusion groove kicks in midway. Both the blisterin’ saxes and waves of basses and drums provide a storm-like waves that pull us in for the exhilarating ride. “3D” is an epic length piece that again ascends majestically from its stark beginning. When Anders enters with that dark, mysterious riff after 5 minutes, it sends chills up & down my spine like those nightmarish moments on the first Mahavishnu Orchestra album. The great music on this disc has the original charm of mid-seventies jazz/rock without any of the excess or cliches. This is one of the best electric jazz discs I’ve heard in a long while.
Anders Nilsson will be playing here at DMG on Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm, a free performance not to be missed. – Bruce Lee Gallanter,
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Who are the most innovative composers in New York right now? Ask visionary pianist Kathleen Supove, who curates the new music series at the Flea Theater, in New York. Crowned “the downtown piano queen” by The New Yorker, Supove is known for her massively intelligent and passionate command of both modern/contemporary piano repertoire and the recital form itself—often infusing her performances with savvy theatrics to charge them (and the audience) with new energy. “Through her Exploding Piano series, developed and expanded at The Flea,” says the theater’s website, Supove “has commissioned pioneering works of concert theater and music for piano with electronics and multimedia by a Who’s Who of today’s most exciting composers.”
Jazz Times May-June 2009FULMINATE TRIO
Fulminate Trio (Generate)
This daring trio of drummer Michael Evans, guitarist Anders Nilsson and in-demand free-jazz bassist Ken Filiano operates on a delicate acute-listening dynamic for half of this experimental ECM-ish program (particularly on Carla Bley’s “Floater” and Nilsson’s ambient “Sound Fear”). But they are also capable of exploding with rock-fueled dissonance and bombast, as on Evans’ “Road Runner”. Filiano, a deep-toned anchor on upright, contributes extraordinary arco work throughout, while Evans shines in rubato situations, a la Paul Motian. And Nilsson is steeped in the renegade six-string tradition of Bill Frisell, David Torn, Terje Rypdal and Fred Frith.-Bill Milkowski______________________________All About Jazz Magazine, April 4, 2009Ken Filiano Fourfer: The bird, the breeze and Mr. FilianoFulminate TrioWith drummer Michael Evans and guitarist Anders Nilsson, Filiano completes the Fulminate Trio, for the five tracks of their eponymous debut. Carla Bley’s “Floater” forms a languidly dreamy opener with resonant guitar/bass congruencies drifting effectively over shuffling percussion; otherwise Evans and Nilsson originals comprise the remainder of the 55-minute program. A strong collective group aesthetic prevails, resulting in dense soundscapes, through which the ear is drawn to Nilsson’s sometimes rocky, sometimes lyrical guitar lines. “Road Runner/Coyote” is a doomy mélange of scuttling guitar, slashing arco and rumbling percussion while “The Red One” starts in a similar vein, combined with sparingly deployed electronics, before Filiano deconstructs a loping bass riff over which Nilsson spins expansive stories.-John Sharp_________________________MUSIC section
TIMEOUTNEWYORK.COM October 2-8, 2008
An Optomist Notes The Dusk (Drag City)David Grubbs has long worked at balancing pure sound with memorable song. On the singer and multi-instrumentalist’s most successful records–such as Bastro’s Sing The Troubled Best, Gastr del Sol’s Camofleur and under his own name, The Thicket–Grubb’s has unified these two poles in refreshingly whimsical ways. His latest full-length is a moodier, more oblique work that can feel obscure (the lengthy soundscape “The Not-So-Distant”) or even pretentious (“Eyeglasses of Kentucky,” a haunting piece weakend by fussy lyrical allusions to photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard). But there’s no denying the potency of “an Optimist Declines,” a duet with local percussion luminary Michael Evans. Here and elsewhere on the record, abstraction melds seamlessly with emotion, proving that there are still plenty of novel ways to expand the singer-songwriter tradition.–Hank Shteamer__________________________Michael Evans & LaDonna Smith
Deviant Shakti – Trans Museq 19 recordsFor all of you that know LaDonna Smith, you may –and even must– know that you will not know what will you will hear and experience. For me, that’s a very good thing. I like to be in the dark. I like to be on the other side. That is, at least I know when LaDonna Smith plays her viola and violin that I will be taken to another side. That being said, the new CD by Michael Evans and LaDonna Smith does not disappoint.
– Hunter Bell: OMNI PLUG(02/21/09)______________________________Electric Eclectics 2008
Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art 2008
Videos by Sound Artists will be shown at the L.E. Shore Library Gallery in Thornbury, featuring videos documenting sound installations and sound art by Barry Schwartz, Tilman Kuentzel, Chris Welsby, Laura Kikauka, Gordon Monahan, Charles Fox, and Ira Schneider/Werner Durand, July 5 – Aug. 29. At the Festival Aug 1-3, there will be an expanded area for sound installations at the Funny Farm festival site, featuring installations by Edwin van der Heide whose “Laser Sound Projection” was a highlight at last year’s festival, and Maki Ueda who will present her “Aromatic Journey” consists of distilled smells from local elements, both natural and artificial.
Electric Eclectics is expanding with a series at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest called “The Best of Electric Eclectics”. The series will feature highlights from Electric Eclectics’ first two years, with performances by Nihilist Spasm Band, Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto, Rozasia, Alexis O’Hara, Dorit Chrysler, Lary 7, Jesse Stewart, and John Kilduff. The Best of Electric Eclectics series takes place July 3-13. The 3rd annual edition of the Electric Eclectics Festival takes place on the August 1-3 long weekend in rural Meaford, Ontario. Concerts on several stages, sound installations, unique vendors, and many surprises, are all part of the Festival at the Funny Farm. The Funny Farm is located at 202 Scotch Mountain Road, off Grey Road 12, about 8 km from Meaford. Electric Eclectics Festival info is at www.electric-eclectics.com.
Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art 2008NEW YORK DRUMMER OFFERS YOUTH WORKSHOPYouth, aged 11 years and up with an interest in drumming and percussion are invited be part of a special workshop at the L. E. Library on Tuesday, August 1, from 7 to 9pm. Led by experienced professional percussionist Michael Evans, the workshop offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about rhythm in a fun and engaging setting. Youth are invited to bring along their own small drums and percussion instruments as well as to use the “kashakas” or shakers that will be provided. Cost is $2 per person. Space is limited for this workshop, so please register by calling the Library at 519-599-3681. Michael Evans is an00 accomplished drummer and percussionist who works with standard percussion instruments as well as unusual sound sources including homemade instruments and found objects. Michael gives workshops in percussion, homemade instruments, and rhythmic coordination and development. Based in New York City, Michael has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists including God Is My Co-Pilot, Aimee Mann, Eric Mingus and the Toronto Dance Theatre. His current group, the Swirling Lotus Blossom Bandits Band(a South-African tinged jazz-blues-improvisational band) celebrates the expatriates of South africa(Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Louis Moholo and Johnny Dyani) that relocated to Great Britain in the early 1960′s. This workshop is offered as part of the Electric eclectics Festival, a celebration of music, art and dance that is taking place in Meafrod, from August 4 to 6. The festival is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Fresh Start Program, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Georgian Theatre Festival.Wednesday, July 26, 2006, The Blue Mountain, Ontario – Page 5___________________________“Conversation between Michael Evans and Chris Corsano”, Fever Pitch #9, 2004-2005“A Few Moments with Michael Evans by Gino Robair”, Fever Pitch # 9, 2004-2005“Der Traumrepublikaner’, Robert Wyatt, ZeitLiterature Und Musik, Munich, Germany, October 2003Interview in Sound Collector 8“The Art of Skin Bashing: Conversations with Drummers Dan Brown and Michael Evans”, Sound Collector #8, August 2003Karen Mantler: Astor Place Starbucks, Time Out, NYC, April 1997_______________________________________________________Karen Mantler: Cat Woman, Keyboard Magazine, 1997________________________________________Karen Mantler: Farewell review Jazz Times, March 1997_______________________________________________“Queens Reich”, God Is My Co-Pilot, Rolling Stone, May 1995
__________________________________________________________“Tuxedo Junction”, Combustible Edison, Details, NYC, February 1995 “What Cocktail Nation?”, Combustible Edison, Option, November-December 1994 “In God We Trust”, God Is My Co-Pilot, Spin, 1993
“Masters Of The Free Universe”, Modern Drummer, 1992____________________________________________________________________________PRESS REVIEWS:MEJA : MICHAEL EVANS & JEFF ARNAL (C3R 008)From Signal To Noise (December 2006)Eschewing bombast and grandstanding, percussionists Michael Evans and Jeff Arnal are sympathetically matched in their sensiblities, creating settings that are not lacking for traditional melodics and harmonics because they fully understand the musical reach of their drums. Born of improvisation sessions, the diversity on these fourteen pieces is striking. A full album experience has been created by smartly sequencing the pieces to create a dramatic arc that celebrates warmth, surprise and adventure. They jump into skittering density, as on the busy precision of “Fear Active” and the elliptical “Opening.”
They lock horns on hi-hats (the cheekily titled “Two Hats Are Better Than One”) and wood blocks (“Drifting W-Peer”). There are also moments of open-ended expansiveness (With a Hint Of…”) and even lightly comedic portraiture (Labrador Labyrinth”). Two drummers create one full and balanced meal.
-David GreenbergerFrom the online issue of Touching Extremes (April 2007):MEJA [MICHAEL EVANS/JEFF ARNAL] – MEJA (C3R 08; USA)Childhood secrets time. As a tiny toddler I was MAD for drums, to the point of convincing my parents to buy me a miniature set which I banged with nice attitude; they even used to carry Massimo and his drums around various Roman parks in order for me to make all the noise I wanted without breaking the condominium’s peace (well, in the early seventies there WAS some peace in condominiums every once in a while). I still can behave myself well enough with odd meters (sigh). With all the due respect, the great drumming that’s presented by Evans and Arnal in MEJA reminded me a lot of those happy times, such are the fantasy, the brisk joyfulness, the incredible variety of techniques and sources that these men apply in their music, in almost a full hour of genreless percussive delight. No wonder that these players have been active on many fronts of the improvisation warfare, including working with dancers and actors, as this music is an experience of gestural freedom that we can elaborate over or simply enjoy as it is, conscious of the fact that we’re in front of serious artistic value from every point of view. Structures and functions subside to unpredictable sketches, colours and timbral weights, the whole continuously shifting in total absence of complications – even if this is far from being an easy listen. Everything that Evans and Arnal play seems to be in logical correlation, whatever the form. Very, very nice.
- Massimo Ricci “The Purple Prose Peddler”Linking www.touchingextremes.org is appreciated.August, 2006From the Downtown Music Gallery’s online, email review list:MEJA [MICHAEL EVANS/JEFF ARNAL] – MEJA (C3R 08; USA) Featuring Michael Evans and Jeff Arnal on drums & percussion. You might know Michael Evans from his work with EasSidePercussion (CD on Avant) or from his collaborations with Karen Mantler. He also leads a band that is a tribute to South African legends The Blue Notes (Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi
Feza, etc.) called the Swirling Lotus Blossom Bandits. Jeff Arnal runs the ’Improvised & Otherwise’ Fest in Brooklyn and has a half dozens discs with different duos (Dan DeChellis & Dietrich Eichmann), a trio (Rara Avis) and a fine quartet called Transit on Clean Feed. Drum duo discs are not as much of a rarity as they once were: Milford Graves & Sonny Morgan (from the sixties), Billy Martin & Bob Moses or Calvin Weston (more recently). On each piece, both drummers well work together, blending their percussive wares into a seamless sound. They are often quite subtle, using brushes and playing hand drums with restraint.
Each piece builds and becomes more intense as the tempo increases and the communion becomes more-clear. I like when they work with drones and hums, rubbing drums and scraping hand-percussion ever so quietly and filled with suspense. They often deal with colors and shapes rather than providing a series of rhythm grooves. Cleanly recorded and balanced just right. Two fine
drummers with a thoughtfully displayed blend of sounds and nothing to prove other than some fine music. – Bruce Lee Gallanter
August 2006In an email from Carl Sawyer to M.E.MEJA [MICHAEL EVANS/JEFF ARNAL] – MEJA (C3R 08; USA)Hello Mr. Evans,A few days ago I check my mail and I find a CD mailer with a copy of the CD named MEJA. It’s all percussion by two guys from Brooklyn. I have adrummer son in Brooklyn so I send him a text message, “Why did Jeff Arnal send me a CD?” and he replies “Cuz I asked him to” and I tell him “It sounds like lullabies.” Later we talk and I find out that he went to a show where these disks are being given away at the door but they run out so they ask attendees to give their name and address; he gives ‘em my address. He tells me that he bought a copy for himself but when I ask him what he thinks of it he confesses that he has not listened to it yet. I mention the lullabies and he says he though I was joking. I wasn’t. MEJA is a lovely, soothing, almost pastoral piece of music. I’ve listened to it two or three times while I’m working and it just kind of hangs there behind what I’m thinking until I realize I’m not working, I’m listening to it again. I’m not a drummer, nor am I much of a musician any more but I recognize technique when I hear it and I know enough to
realize how hard it is to make it sound easy, how difficult it is to make it sound simple. It’s easy to get all distracted by what you think and what you know and sometimes it’s fun but it seems to me that this kind of stuff happens instead of just listening, so I’ve tried to just let it play. It rolls and it flows and it doesn’t demand my attention, it just pulls gently and draws me away. It’s REALLY lovely. I listened to it a couple of times the day I got it and that night I put it on when I went to bed. I was asleep before it finished. Lullabies.
Anyway, thanks for the CD. I’m writing to you, Michael, because Ryan said that you and he are friends but I’m going to cc this to Jeff because I want to thank him, too, for making good music. I don’t have any idea what you guys had in mind when you made it but I know what it means to me. Good music, just for me. Well done.
Thanks, Carl Sawyer(father of creative-NYC-improviser percussionist, Ryan Sawyer: and member of the Tall Firs, Stars Like Fleas, etc.)October 2006 : In an email from Todd Capp (NYC creative-jazz/improvising drummer) to M.E.MEJA [MICHAEL EVANS/JEFF ARNAL] – MEJA (C3R 08; USA)Michael,Sorry for taking so long to thank you for the wonderful CD. Heard it 3 times already, and it remains one of my favorites. Beautiful, beautiful. Who needs horns when you already have two full orchestras? Really, sometimes I think other instruments are just superfluous, and listening to MEJA is definitely one of those times. Love the way you and Jeff play together; once in a while I can guess “who’s” playing “what,” but mostly it all sounds like one big octopercussionist.
- Todd Capp________________________PRESS REVIEWS : EASSIDE PERCUSSION (ESP)ESP – EasSide Percussion (Avant Recordings 073)From Modern Drummer, April 1999: 3 & 1/2 starsChristine Bard, Michael Evans and James Pugliese comprise the modern percussion ensemble Easside Percussion, and ESP gets very experimental with the timbre, textures, and sounds one can make with a percussive tool. ESP contains a plethora of sounds you would not expect nor believe could be derived from percussion, but with some minimal electronic sound manipulation from their toys, the ensemble sets a new direction for the percussive voice and composition. -Ted BonarFrom the Downtown Music Gallery, June 1999ESP – EasSide Percussion (Avant Recordings 073)Superb modern percussion trio, featuring Jim Pugliese, Christine Bard and Michael Evans. Utilizing dozens of odd percussive instruments, household objects, acoustic & electric and even a theremin!
From dense landscapes like Xenakis, to funk and rock. – Bruce Lee GallanterFrom www.chthonioni.net: their Music correspondent wrote:ESP – EasSide Percussion (Avant Recordings 073)Q: What do I think about Easside Percussion by EasSide Percussion? I don’t think you are going to like this…A: Track two, 1,000 voices should have been left off this album. It’s marginally better than the rest and frankly, only draws attention to their simplistic banality. Track three, Green Valleys is beyond belief. It sounds like a daschund being gently castrated with some nice rusty pliers. Cure isn’t that bad. Ha Ha. Got you. It’s just a tiny bit worse than say, the sound of the stuff that the BBC Radiophonic workshop recorded.
Track five, Freak Funk sounds like a late 80′s mobile phone ring right through to its (bleated) finish. Oh my god, I’ve clearly missed the whole point of this album – until you listen to track seven, Pear, you’ve no idea that the sound of the sort of thing you’d play to a blind man to make them appreciate the lot of a deaf and blind man is what EasSide Percussion was trying to create all along. Track ten, Fresh Tears is so, so. So, so, so fucking awful, that is.
In fact, I’m scared Easside Percussion will reproduce and foist a new generation of crud on us.
If you still like this crap, go buy it on Amazon or something.His choice 3 hated records are:
Scar Tissue: TMOTD
Gloria Gaynor: Best of Gloria Gaynor
Ray Anthony and his Orchestra: DreamThe most recent albums he pissed all over:
EasSide Percussion: EaSide Percussion
Depeche Mode: Leave in Silence
Lone Catalysts: Hip HopESP PRESS QUOTES:From the Thuringer Volkszeitung, Schmalkaden, Germany April, 1998“Absolutely amazing and sheerly borderless in its highly imaginative rendition was the music of the trio with Christine Bard, James Pugliese and Michael Evans. Pure rhythm, dreamlike feeling and precision to its perfection are only vague description for the phenomenon EasSide Percussion.”From the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, April 1998“EasSide Percussion” from NYC are the incantation of perfect drum art. Jim Pugliese, Christine Bard and Michael Evans have played with Marc Ribot, John Cage and Phillip Glass. Now they enthused the large crowd at the “Turm” jazzclub. With the help of electronics they performed a well-balanced mix of free jazz, ambient music and classic rock-n-roll. The mixture of acoustic tunes and wide screen sounds made the evening a very exceptional concert event.From the Village Voice, 1995“Interestingly, I had heard James Pugliese the previous night at Roulette.
Pugliese played hot drum duos and trios with Christine Bard and Michael Evans, each banging rhythms off the other with split second coordination.” -Kyle Gann____________________________ QUOTES”Michael Evans is an amazing player of clattering junk percussion, drum kit, and his own special brand of electronics. Evans recalls the young Peter Sellers if he were attempting to make terrible fun of Spike jones and a cab driver and a giant cockroach all at once. He’s famous; he was in God Is My Co Pilot and is deeply connected with the WFMU vibe. He is also capable of otherworldly… restraint.”- John Berndt (Baltimore improvising musician and director of Baltimore’s yearly High Zero Festival)”Michael Evans is a musician. Although his main instrument belongs to the percussion family, Evans is one of those rare instrumentalists who think musically–all the time.Whether you are discussing the use of rudiments in free improvisation or the deeper levels of multi-limb independence, it’s always within the context of music, not just technique for technique’s sake. As a multi-instrumentalist, he’s just as at home with the theremin and live electronics as he is with found objects and homemade instruments. During his November tour of Califonia, Evans’ suitacases were filled with the usual and the unusual. Including mechanical and motorized implements: a frightening amount of stuff! Remarkably, during his solo and ensemble improvisations, he only used what was necessary for the moment. Like any master performer. he kept his audience wanting more.”- Gino Robair (percussionist) – Fever Pitch Magazine 2005″Michael Evans is a very funny mixture of serious percussionist and childlike explorer.” - Karen Mantler (composer/musician)”Michael Evans is a very talented musician.” - Carla Bley (jazz composer)