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DESERTION Trio TOUR
w/Johnny DeBlase on bass and Kevin Shea on drums
June 8th - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog w/Slow Collins
June 9th - Toronto, ON - Burn Down The Capital @ Ratio w/Steve Kado and zhang
June 10th - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes w/Ben Miller
June 11th - Chicago, IL - Elastic Arts w/Katherine Young's quartet and Michael Vallera
June 12th - Lafayette, IN - Spot Tavern
June 13th - Columbus, OH - Cara Bar w/Ryan Jewell Quintet, A Beamed Gelling Rose, Faster Island
June 14th - Pittsburgh, PA - City of Asylum
Here's a great preview from the Chicago Reader:
Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio, Katie Young, Michael ValleraWhen: Sat., June 11, 9 p.m.
Price: $10 suggested donation
On most recordings I’ve heard by Philadephia guitarist Nick Millevoi his playing is unapologetically aggressive and noisy, unleashing jaggedly lacerating outbursts that fit neatly within the general brutal prog milieu (see: his long-running trio Many Arms). Millevoi’s playing is no less furious with free-jazz quartet Haitian Rail or when he teams up with improvisers like Toshimaru Nakamura or Dead Neanderthals. So I was pretty shocked the first time I heard the new Desertion (Shhpuma), an often melodic quartet album that showcases a reserved, atmospheric side of his music. Deftly supported by keyboardist Jamie Saft, drummer Ches Smith, and Many Arms bassist Johnny DeBlase, Millevoi carves out enough space to turn American music into one sprawling cosmic jam, balancing country with a kind of denatured funk. It’s not all chill, as opening cut “Desertion and the Arsonist’s Match” draws upon classic prog gestures, with massive organ swells from Saft, overdriven beats by Smith, and needling, upper-register leads from the guitarist—all before segueing into one of many passages that evoke post-Morriccone renderings of the American southwest. “Just for a Moment, I Stood There in Silence” most surprised me: the tender, twangy waltz features lyric violin fills by guest June Bender and eventually veers into straight Crazy Horse territory with a luxuriantly stomping groove. On “Where They Do Their Capers,” Millevoi hovers within clouds of reverb and texture, waiting for a resolution that never arrives. His touring lineup includes DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea of Haitian Rail and Mostly Other People Do the Killing.