Ear Meal

Weekly, live performances by experimental musicians.

Ted Byrnes, Michael Foster and Nicholas Deyoe

Ted Byrnes is a drummer/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumna of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he comes from a jazz background and has since made his home in the worlds of free improvisation, electro-acoustic music, and noise. Byrnes’ playing is often viewed as more textural or even melodic than rhythmic, and generally employs a ‘prepared’ drum kit. He has performed in a variety of ensembles and ad hoc settings, with musicians and/or groups including Jaap Blonk, Charlemagne Palestine, John Wiese, Smegma, Airway, Han-earl Park, Gregory Lenczycki, and Tim Perkis, among others.

Michael Foster is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, electronic musician, and multi-instrumentalist working within and outside the realms of improvised music, “Free Jazz,” and electro-acoustic music. His playing exploits the space between the so-called “Jazz” tradition, industrial noise, and field recordings, with influences ranging from Lester Young to J.G. Ballard to John Cassavetes.
He is currently a member of the Thurman Barker Quartet, Zombi Jazz, Foster-Bordreuil Amplified Duo, GALM Quartet, See Something Say Something and various Weasel Walter projects. He has performed with Han Bennink, Marc Edwards, Austin Peralta, Wolter Weirbos, Thurman Barker, Marina Rosenfeld, Paul Flaherty, Steve Swell, Tom Blancarte, Kenny Millions, Mark Sanders, Jason Ajemian, Kid Millions, and many others.

Nicholas Deyoe is a composer, conductor, and guitarist born in Colorado and currently living and working in Southern California. Drawn to sounds that are inherently physical, Nicholas strives to create music that engages listeners intellectually and emotionally by appealing to their inner physicality. His compositions make use of noise, delicacy, drama, fantasy, brutality, and lyricism to create a diverse sonic experience. As a guitarist, Nicholas strives to further the already vast sound world of the electric guitar by experimenting with microtonal tunings, preparation, bows, and beer cans. He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, USINESONORE Festival, The La Jolla Symphony, Palimpsest, and several soloists. His music has been performed in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Iceland, Japan, and throughout North America. As a conductor, Nicholas has performed with The La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, Red Fish Blue Fish, Ensemble Ascolta, The Darmstadt Preisträgerensemble, Noise, The University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and many ad-hoc ensembles in the United States and Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from UC San Diego where he studied with Roger Reynolds. Deyoe’s compositions and improvisations can be heard on Populist, Spektral, and Eh? Records.

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