Music artists Peter Zummo and Ernie Brooks will develop a performance using open form compositions by Peter Zummo, along with songs and instrumentals by Ernie Brooks, Arthur Russell, and downtown New York musicians and bands who have been active since the 1970s. The work will be accompanied by a through-line of vocalization via poetry, lyrics, stand-up comedy, interviews, translations, and other vocal sounds.
Brooks was an active figure in the development of the punk/new-wave movement of the mid 70s and often worked with future Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison, whom he met while attending Harvard. Brooks went on to play with The Modern Lovers for several years before the band dissolved. Throughout the next 3 decades he then began collaborating with singer/songwriter Elliott Murphy. In the 1980s he contributed as bassist to many artists and tours. In the 2000s, Brooks began an active collaboration with trombonist Peter Zummo.
Peter Zummo plays the trombone, valve trombone, euphonium, synthesizer, other electronic instruments, and sings. He is associated with the post minimalist and Downtown aesthetics, describing his music as "minimalism plus a whole lot more." In his playing, Zummo frequently uses the circular breathing technique, which allows him to extend drones for a long period of time. He is a core member of New York City's DownTown Ensemble and has performed and/or recorded with John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Daniel Goode, Arthur Russell, and Guy Klucevsek.
All photos: Kristopher Johnson