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Ozark Free Music Society now selling live shows – Fayetteville Flyer

Nathan Riggs and Austin Money of Ozark Free Music Society ()

There’s been an experimental and improvisational music-shaped gap in Fayetteville for some time for the reason that closing of DIY venues LaLaLand and Backspace. That is partly been crammed by new areas like Likewise Group and Mount Sequoyah Middle, and unbiased promoters like Trillium Salon Sequence.

The void has additionally been reconfigured and newly furnished by native musicians Austin Money and Nathan Riggs. Each solo artists (try Austin Money’s wonderful tapes on Gar Gap Data), Austin and Nathan have not too long ago began the Ozark Free Music Society. You could have seen them at Likewise or Crystal Bridges.

The Ozark Free Music Society is free improvisation for randomly assigned ensembles. They usually’ve simply upgraded into unbiased promotion as nicely.

The group will current Marisa Anderson within the Clapp Auditorium at Mount Sequoyah Middle this Wednesday, Nov. 2. Doorways for the all-ages present open at 7 pm

This present is very beneficial. It is an awesome alternative to help a nationally touring artist, native artists and promoters, and see a present at Clapp Auditorium.

I talked to Austin and Nathan in regards to the Ozark Free Music Society:

Que: OFMS Presents: Marisa Anderson
Quien: Marisa Anderson with an OFMS ensemble
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2
The place: Mount Sequoyah Middle, Clapp Auditorium
Tickets: $15 at

Hello Austin and Nathan. Inform us in regards to the Ozark Free Music Society.

Austin: OFMS has its roots within the Saturday Morning Miracle Treatment classes that have been taking place within the fall of 2019. Mainly, Nathan, Stephen Karnes and I’d do a protracted, improvised morning set at Backspace in an effort to treatment the contributors’ hangovers by way of sound tub . This was Nathan’s invention, however for me it was only a neat method to do bizarre music in Fayetteville with out it being within the context of dirty noise exhibits, which are usually bummers in my expertise. So “put up”-Covid, we wished to discover a new method to do one thing with the identical spirit. We landed on “free improvisation for randomly assigned ensembles” as our MO We meet as soon as a month, normally in my lounge, and draw names out of a hat to see who performs with who.

How would you describe free improvisation to a stranger?

Austin: A number of gamers, no lead sheet, no set key signature or tempo.

Nathan: The Vulcan thoughts meld of the Star Trek universe is an effective place to begin. There aren’t any constant aesthetics in free improvisation. We could also be trending towards a cluster of home kinds, but it surely shifts loads based mostly on gamers. I name our general model Ozarkian Free Improvisation.

Who’re your influences? What artists are a great place to begin for the uninitiated?

Austin: Free music sensible? I assume it could simply be jazz musicians. Late Coltrane/early Ayler, though I feel they usually had no less than a unfastened set of pointers governing their performances. If somebody was actually , I’d suggest studying John Corbett’s A Listener’s Information to Free Improvisation. That e book acquired me /educated in improvisation greater than any specific document or artist.

Nathan: Even throughout the OFMS, I do not assume there is a ton of affect overlap, exterior of possibly some diagnosable anxiousness problems. Something can get you there. I am fairly certain we’re all into the Velvet Underground, although.

How can individuals become involved within the OFMS? Who’re you searching for and what ought to they know coming into it?

Austin: Simply ask! We’ve got an electronic mail deal with ([email protected]) and you may DM us on Instagram. We attempt to be as inclusive as doable and welcome musicians and non-musicians alike. Any instrument, any talent degree. A part of what I get pleasure from about doing that is the range of backgrounds of the individuals concerned. We have had nation/bluegrass musicians, noise/drone gamers, rock and roll guitarists, modular synth lovers and many others. Our congresses are free and open to anybody who’s bizarre, however not creepy.

OFMS is presenting a present with Marisa Anderson on Nov. 2 at Mount Sequoyah. How did the enlargement into present reserving occur?

Austin: I feel after the second or third congress, the concept of ​​selling live shows beneath the banner of the OFMS got here up. Marisa is a superb improviser, so it made sense. I noticed that she was going to be in our space quickly, so I inquired. We’ve got a handpicked ensemble of OFMS alumni opening up with an improvised set. That’ll be Nathan, Paul Wolf, Vincent Edwards, and Josiah Johnson.

Nathan: Austin is a visionary and wheeler-dealer of some magnitude. He had the imaginative and prescient and moxy to make it occur. OFMS has the potential to be virtually something, relying on will and initiative. I am excited to search out out the place it goes.

What movies or visible artwork have affected your method to music?

Austin: I assume the Minimalist sculptors from the 60’s, so far as plastic arts go. I’ve acquired a document popping out within the spring that most likely would not have occurred if I hadn’t rewatched “Inland Empire” final 12 months. Lynch made a huge impact on me at a young age and his work from him nonetheless means loads to me.

Nathan: Mid-century sculpture, although I do not particularly join with it, influences how I take into consideration music development. Riggs & Money as soon as live-scored a butoh occasion with Lela Besom which altered my method to enjoying. Normal discover: OFMS is obtainable to attain dance performances! And dancers are invited to attend the Congress.

What venues in Fayetteville are finest suited without cost improvisation? Does the perfect venue for OFMS at present exist?

Austin: If it really works in my lounge, I assume it could work anyplace. We had our third congress at Likewise of their massive parking deck space. That was fairly nice. It is only a massive concrete field and each sound in that house is successfully the identical quantity. I would like to do this once more some day.

Nathan: I don’t know. Any mysterious benefactors with giant mansions are invited to electronic mail [email protected] I am involved in any unconventional venue, and free, because the Congress just isn’t a monied enterprise. I would like to play outside areas, laundromats, and anyplace able to supporting a 20-foot-wide circle of performers. Something might be an OFMS house; I hope we’re in a position to safe extra diverse areas sooner or later. The shortage of an acceptable/superb native house for OFMS is a problem in each the detrimental and optimistic sense. RIP La La Land.

Do you have got any pre-show rituals?

Austin: The congresses positively aren’t exhibits per se, however we normally have a bonfire cling earlier than/throughout/after these in my yard. There is a ritual facet there, I assume.

Nathan: I like sugar free Purple Bull and staring into the bonfire we normally have at Austin’s place. Nervous pacing is crucial.

What are your plans for 2023?

Austin: We would like to advertise extra exhibits. Possibly on a quarterly foundation.

Nathan: We wish to ship envoys to completely different states and host congresses in different locales. Hopefully we will e book some fascinating nationwide acts. Austin and I’ve form of a want record in our texts.

What’s your least favourite vacation? What plans are you at present attempting to cancel?

Austin: Christmas. It is the lame/edgy reply, I do know. However it’s fairly burdensome and cheesy.

Nathan: I hate the strain to have enjoyable on New 12 months’s Eve. It might probably really feel form of like homework. Typically I am a vacation man, although. I like excuses for one thing completely different to occur, just about any manner I can get it.

What are some OFMS beneficial horror motion pictures?

Austin: The ’74 “Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath” is a private favourite. It isn’t scary, however “Haxan: Witchcraft By means of the Ages” is nice.

Nathan: “Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath” (1974) is goated. These days I am into Fulci motion pictures like “Metropolis of the Dwelling Useless” and “The Home by The Cemetery.” Absurdity and sustained depth in equal measure is the recipe. I like typical suspects like Romero, Carpenter, Raimi and many others. “Terrifier 2” was a hoot and a half.

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