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New venue Spirit Abuse presents ‘The Roost’ music series

Pray for Brain opens the Roost music series tonight at Spirit Abuse.

Pray for Brain opens the Roost music series tonight at Spirit Abuse.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There’s a new venue for the new season of a new music series.

The sixth season of the Albuquerque series “The Roost” is now at Spirit Abuse, 1103 Fourth NW.

“I like it for acoustic music,” Roost director Mark Weaver said of the space.


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The seven-week creative music series starts up today with the trio Pray for Brain and local spoken-word artist Brian Hendrickson, one of two poets in the series.

Pray for Brain features guitarist Mustafa Stefan Dill, percussionist Jefferson Voorhees and bassist Christine Nelson. The trio stirs world, jazz, classic rock, funk and other rhythms. Their latest CD, “None of the Above,” came out last spring to favorable reviews.

“We’ve been playing a lot in Santa Fe and we’re getting ready to play a concert/festival tour in India in December,” Dill said.

Hendrickson’s forthcoming poetry collection is “Of Small Children/And Other Poor Swimmers.” He is a doctoral student at the University of New Mexico.

Here are the other presentations in the series:

  • Aug. 10. Solo drummer Rob Wallace and the Jeff Platz Trio.

Wallace’s two previous Roost appearances have been in a trio. His solo performance is called “HAND&MOUTH.”

Platz performs with bassist Ben Wright and drummer Dave Wayne.

  • Aug. 17. Solo artist Emily Hay and the duo Ba Ba De Na Zin.

Hay, who lives in Los Angeles, is an improvising flutist and vocalist who incorporates electronics in her performances.


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The BaBa duo – Weaver on tuba and Steven Robert Allen on banjo – altered its name for this concert to include the title of Allen’s video, which he shot at the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness south of Farmington.

The duo will play an improvised score accompanying the video projection.

  • Aug. 24. Catahoula Curse Trio and Ornetcetera.

Catahoula Curse was a duo at last year’s series but it has expanded to a trio – Alex Neville on vocals, guitar and electronics, Milton Villarrubia III on drums and electronics, and electric bassist Jeremy Bleich.

Ornetcetera will play original music as well as interpretations of compositions of Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk and Mihaly Dresch. The members of both bands are from Santa Fe.

  • Aug. 31. iNK oN pAPER aCOUSTIC – an acoustic version of Villarrubia on drums and Carlos Santisevan on acoustic bass – and the Rampant Egos Trio.

“The trio is the core and it expands and contracts depending on the availability (of players),” Weaver said.

The trio is comprised of keyboardist/synthesizer Dwight Loop, keyboardist Arnold Bodmer and Justin Parker on wind instruments.

It describes its performance as “Music for Cracklebox, Theramins, Recorders and Gadgets.”

  • Sept. 7. Th3 E1emental Orke5tra (abbreviated as TEO315) plus projections and spoken-word artist Erin M. Daughtrey with cellist Joe Hay.
  • Sept. 14. SHUD and bassdrumsbass. SHUD is a new improvising Albuquerque quartet with flutist Bonnie Schmader, cellist Kate Harlow, violist Alicia Ultan and drummer Rick DiZenzo.

bassdrumsbass is a new trio with improvisers Bleich, Villarrubia and acoustic bassist Ben Wright.

The Roost is presenting the poets through the Local Poets Guild.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a $5 minimum.