John Carlson’s Buzz A prominent force among avant-garde jazz musicians, NYC trumpeter John Carlson has performed, toured and recorded with a wide assortment of artists, the likes of which include Roswell Rudd, Julius Hemphill, John Tchicai, Warren Smith, George Garzone and Matt Maneri. Carlson performs regularly with Free Range Rat, the William Gagliardi Quintet, the Rob Reddy Ensemble and Rob Reddy’s Citizen Quintet. Carlson is also a long-time member of the Balkan brass band, Slavic Soul Party! Truth-seeking, energy-driven, and at times euphoric, Buzz is a collective reflection and conversation of our current life and times, inspired by the music of unconventional and forwardthinking composers such as Lester Bowie, Alec Wilder, Kalaparusha McIntyre and Sun Ra.
Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Jlin is one of today’s most original voices in electronic music. Her trailblazing sound is filled with lush, weightless yet powerful drum patterns. Jlin’s albums Dark Energy and Black Origami, described by Pitchfork as “an epic treatise on where rhythm comes from and where it can go”, saw her blaze to the top EOY lists around the world in 2015 and 2017, leading to commissioned projects taking her into the worlds of contemporary dance, classical music and art.
Her free performance at Public Records is the official afterparty for Red Bull Music Festival Presents Holly Herndon: PROTO
Call Super is a surrealist. His sets shift into unexpected landscapes leaving all ground laid experienced as a hazy thread in a dream. His party Amsterdam’s De School is true to the surrealist school complete with set designers cultivating the unexpected. Expect to forget and to remember again. CCL opens with a broken and then melted cowgirl-step.
Public Records proudly presents an all night musical journey by music historian, sample excavator, and globally renowned DJ, Amir Abdullah, at heart a “crate digger” who is adamant about preserving the history of Black American music. From 1996-2016 he was one half of the legendary mixtape and DJ duo Kon & Amir while also concurrently holding high-ranking positions at Wax Poetics and Fat Beats. He started his 180 Proof Record label in 2011 as a way to release the back catalog and unreleased sessions from Strata Records. Founded by the late Blue Note Artist Kenny Cox, this Detroit imprint not only cut Jazz records during the early to mid-1970s, they also distributed food to the community, provided educational services for children in the neighborhood and would hold events in the small café called the Strata Gallery. Expect rare unearthed grooves and unmatched energy all driven by a passion of music and community.
Amir’s longtime friend + collaborator Trus’me will be opening the night.
Chicago’s Mark Grusane is a pioneer of house music. Former co-owner of Mr Peabody Records his style is derived from decades of collecting dance music presenting quality, obscure, heart pounding, “Make You Get Up And Move” music. Joining him will be shop / label / collector of Second Hand Records, fatik whose selections are not to be missed.
Stephen Haynes is an improviser knee-deep in Free Music. Known for his orchestra work with Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and Tyshawn Sorey, he is a long-time organizer committed to building strong local scenes for musicians. Haynes lives in Hartford, CT with his wife, sculptor Brigid Kennedy.
Stephen Haynes / cornet
Dana Jessen / bassoon
Wendy Eisenberg / guitar, banjo, voice
Hank Roberts / cello, voice
Ben Stapp / tuba
As the former bassist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian helped buoy the Brooklyn-based group. As a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and sonic visionary Angel Deradoorian has never shied away from testing aural and conceptual boundaries in her work. Brimming with meditative affirmations that mimic cycles, planetary and otherwise, Deradoorian’s music breathes through drones, synthesizers and vocal acrobatics peripherally inspired by the music of Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. She’s been a member of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks and collaborated with Flying Lotus. Expect the ecstatic. Opening the show are Greg Fox and M. Geddes Gengres.
Presented by Outer Ear Projects
DJ Qu and Joey Anderson are unlike most producers and DJ’s of their generation. They have carved out an inimitable place in the history of house and techno and the cultural landscape of the east coast. For one night, they share the decks at Public Records for a rare joint appearance in an intimate setting.
Founder of Hard Wax record store (est 1989), Mark Ernestus is a critical member of Berlins’ club music scene. From this foundation he extended his reach creating a Berlin-Detroit nexus as one half of the label Basic Channel pioneering dub techno and exposing dance floors to vast new landscapes, traversable via abstraction and minimalism.
Ross, a guitarist best known for his work in the jazz-rock power trio Harriet Tubman, doesn’t just play a slew of different instruments (banjo, soprano guitar, regular old electric guitar, etc.), he also ranges freely from sweet and lyrical playing to wavy, confrontational distortion. Phantom Station is not a band; it’s an opportunity for him to embrace his proclivity for newness and change. He performs under this name with a wide variety of collaborators and formations. For this performance, the ensemble will include Graham Haynes on cornet and electronics, Stomu Takeishi on acoustic bass guitar and bass ukulele and Hardedge on sound design.
As a duo of two of experimental music’s finest artists, Bill Orcutt & Okkyung Lee will play a special intimate show at Public Records. As one of experimental music’s most influential guitarists, Bill Orcutt weaves looping melodic lines and angular attack into a dense, fissured landscape of American primitivism, outsider jazz, and a stripped-down re- envisioning of the possibilities of the guitar. Orcutt originally appeared on the underground scene as a co-founder of Harry Pussy, whose explosive music combined ‘70s no wave, the ferocity of ‘80s hardcore, and the acrobatic intricacy of Cecil Taylor. Okkyung Lee is a cellist, composer, and improviser who moves freely between artistic disciplines and contingencies. A native of South Korea, Lee has taken a broad array of inspirations – including noise, improvisation, jazz, western classical, and the music of her homeland – and used them to forge a highly distinctive approach. Over the last two decades she has collaborated with artists such as Arca, David Behrman, Christian Marclay, John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Jenny Hval and more.
Public Records proudly presents a legendary Detroit producer, dj and member of 3 Chairs (with Marcellus Pittman, Kenny Dixon Jr and Theo Parrish). Rick “the godson” Wilhite. Put aside what you think Detroit house and techno is and welcome the unexpected as Rick takes a small room vibe and turns it upside down and inside out. He is joined by local Love Notes Label owner and DJ, Nathaniel Jay.
Ambient icon Laraaji began playing music on the streets of New York City in the late 1970’s, improvising trance-inducing music on a modified zither/autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Brian Eno “discovered” him playing in Washington Square Park and the result was the recording of Laraaji’s most widely-recognized release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, the third installment of Brian Eno’s Ambient Series. Laraaji went on to release a prolific series of albums, captivating audiences worldwide. For this special event, Laraaji will perform the Day of Radiance album for an intimate audience. Expect cosmic realms.
Opening up is vibraphonist Will Shore.
Presented by Outer Ear Projects
A fundraiser for Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue & Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue.
Housed in the original headquarters for the ASPCA, Public Records is committed to the welfare and safety of all animals. On June 20, we invite you to an evening fundraiser for two dog rescues from two cities dear to the musicians performing, Brooklyn and Detroit. Proceeds from admission and merchandise will be donated to both rescues.
Presented by Public Records, Howlmate and Mechanical
die Angel is Ilpo Väisänen (of Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (of Schneider TM). Together they have been playing time-transcending freeform sound, weightlessness and gravity of electromagnetic signals since 1999. Over the years they have collaborated with other freeform musicians such as Oren Ambarchi, BJ Nilsen, Hildur Gudnadottir, Lucia Capece, and Tomo Nakasoto. Opening for die Angel will be Lary 7, Embryoroom, and Xambuca.
Presented by Outer Ear Projects
Dope Jams celebrates 14 years of existence with a reconvening of its infamous and celebrated party curations at a space big enough to make widely accessible its previously compact and tight-knit exercises in unrestrained revelry and precision-honed atmospherics. In order to maximize the madness, Tom Of England will join Paul Nickerson for an evening of everything from radically visionary futurism to a well-versed array of interdisciplinary classics.
Hieroglyphic Being is a singular electronic artist at the intersection of Chicago’s original Acid House + Afrofuturism, avant-jazz, EBM, and international soundscapes. He calls his music “rhythmic cubism/synth expressionism” as well as “world dance music”. His experimental sound taps into the cosmic musical lineage of Sun Ra. Expect the intergalactic. Expect the intergalactic from this 4 hour live set.
Presented by Outer Ear Projects