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Concert Fri Apr 06 2012

Diamond Terrifier Spooks the Woodwind out of his Sax


Look at the beard on Zs' saxophonist Sam Hillmer. Now look at yourself. Unless you're a graduate of a wizard academy you lack his face plumage. Parishioners of the magical arts like Sam are known for their reality warping rituals. With the sax and electronic drone music of Sam's arcane named project Diamond Terrifier he folds the layers of reality into a cosmic blanket fort and invites us into his world. The gateway into the adjacent dimension opens as Diamond Terrifier and Bachanalia's Flu Riddim Tour stops at Soapbox Music.

Using just a saxophone and delay pedals Diamond Terrifier creates an environment of folded space-time where he can jam with himself. The morphing drones invoke the sex spiritualism brotherhood of Sun Ra, devil may care attitude of Ornette Coleman, and the psychedelic minimalism of John Olsen. Sam is touring the midwest and east coast in support of Shrine Flu his most recent release on NYC tape label Words+Dreams.

DIAMOND TERRIFIER || Shrine Flu from grossymmetric on Vimeo.

Joining Diamond Terrifier on the Flu Riddim tour is avant-classical guitarist Patrick Higgins as Bachanalia performing a piece of solo guitar music inspired by Bach's lute suite. Higgins has been an active member of the NYC avant music scene since 2004 playing in the post-rock band Animal. Recently he's been hypnotizing audiances with the possibilities of minimal electronics, quadraphonic sound, and baroque chamber music.

Spiritual drone saxophonist Diamond Terrifier and baroque chamber guitarist Bachanalia's Flu Riddim tour plays at Soapbox Music on Friday April 6th at 8pm. The local trio of Dan Godston/Zirafa/Orange Drink opens. There is a $10 suggested donation and the show is all ages. Soapbox Music is located at 1612 N. Sawyer Ave.

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Soapbox / April 6, 2012 2:11 PM

Correction: Soapbox is located at 1612 N Sawyer Ave.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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