75 Dollar Bill Residency

Morgan Vo

Sun, December 18, 2016

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

75 Dollar Bill Little Big Band
75 Dollar Bill Little Big Band: Rick Brown (percussion, homemade horns), Che Chen (guitars), Sue Garner (bass,
percussion), Cheryl Kingan (saxophones, percussion), Andrew Lafkas (contrabass),
Steve Maing (guitar), Jim Pugliese (percussion), Karen Waltuch (viola)

75 Dollar Bill is, at its core, the duo of Che Chen and Rick Brown. The group has been playing together for about four years and has released a string of cassettes and two LPs. The most recent of these is Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock on the Thin Wrist label. The duo frequently plays in expanded lineups from trio to a large group. These December showcases at Brooklyn’s Union Pool will feature three different versions of the band: a trio with sax player Cheryl Kingan, a quartet with bassist Sue Garner and 2nd guitarist Steve Maing and an 8-piece band with all of the above, plus Karen Waltuch on viola, Jim Pugliese on percussion and Andrew Lafkas on contrabass. These expansions mirror and further develop the added instrumentation and material on the newest album.

Guitarist Che Chen has been making music on various instruments for years, in improvised situations as well as bands including the duo True Primes with Rolyn Hu. Percussionist Rick Brown has been in bands in NYC since the late 70s, including Blinding Headache, V-Effect and Run On. Together they have toured the US and Europe, playing shows with Tortoise, Park Details’ Band, Thalia Zedek, Horse Lords, Mecca Normal, Dump and many others.

“75 Dollar Bill performances are rich in the ways a moiré pattern is rich. Pit small differences in phrasing and meter against each other, wait, and waves of detail follow. You are not likely to hear a traditional solo in a 75 Dollar Bill song, no matter how many musicians are in the room. The band does its research beforehand, sets up the active ingredients, and lets them interact for as long as it takes to bring up the heat. It is a sound that conjures the old in the specific sense of music that is suitable for various kinds of social activity: dancing, mourning, commemorating, or simply beginning again.” – Sasha Frere-Jones/Village Voice

“Minimalist approaches can sometimes be tedious and punishing, but not here, where they are often
hypnotic, entrancing, and even nourishing.” – Ernie Paik/Chatanooga’s The Pulse

“On their new album, Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock the duo are joined by a host of guests, who add trumpet, saxophone, contrabass, and viola. Similar collaborations dotted previous 75 Dollar Bill recordings, but the integration is deeper this time, adding density to songs that have been around since the band began. ‘I’m surprised and excited at how adaptable what we’ve got at the core has been to these expanded lineups,’ enthuses Brown. The best example is the album’s closing track, a 15-minute journey called ‘I’m Not Trying to Wake Up.’ As Chen and Brown build a ringing loop, their accompanists insert wide tones that make the song
sound three-dimensional.” – Marc Masters/Bandcamp Daily
Morgan Vo
Morgan Vo — playing guitar, singing songs both green and black, built to run through oil-weed, through
the rough hands of strangers, through barbs and kitchen fryers, false corners and stage doors alike.
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211