In a sea of talented, collaborative Brooklyn musicians in a lot
drummer Ryan Sawyer is perhaps the quintessence. To name a few of his
endeavors: Tall Firs (they're playing the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP in
England next year), Lone Wolf and Cub (an act which pairs Sawyer with a
trapeze artist ), Stars Like Fleas, and various trios. He was the only drummer in Rhys
Chatham's 100-guitar Orchestra and also an early drummer for At The
Drive In -- talk about covering the spectrum.
This month, Sawyer curated and performed in five Tuesdays' worth of mind-bending avant-rock lineups for his residency at Williamsburg's Union Pool -- a clever show poster listed the lineups on a likeness of his signature bearded guise. Last night's bill included Leverage Models (with a guest appearance by Light Asylum/former-!!! vocalist Shannon Funchess) and Soldiers of Fortune (featuring Kid Millions of Oneida and Yo La Tengo's bass player, James McNew). But the main attraction was an experimental noise supergroup of Sawyer, Burning Star Core violinist C. Spencer Yeh, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and Colin Stetson, a virtuoso bass saxophonist who has made a name for himself in the last few years as an instrumental soloist (SPIN named his set one of ATP's "top ten" last month at the Asbury Park fest. Stetson has also played with the Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, LCD Soundsystem, Feist, the National, and well -- the list goes on). Check out pics from the quartet's jaw-dropping performance above.