This is Dee Pop and I'm telling you, his projects are always awesome. I know nothing about The Bush Tetras except what I gather from the hype. It seems to be the most popular of his projects. I remember being at a Radio I-Ching show at Otto's Shrunken Head and this girl asked me who they were. She said they sound like The Bush Tetras. I told her that was Dee Pop's old band and Radio I-Ching is his current band. She told me how synchronistic it was since she had been listening to a Bush Tetras CD on her way over and had no idea Dee was playing. How cool is that? That conversation planted a seed for me. Soon after, The Bush Tetras re-emerged for a few special shows. I'm so glad it works out that I finally get to see them.
Aluminum Music featuring Z’EV and Bush Tetras
Curated by Nick Hallett
In June 1981, The Kitchen threw itself a behemoth tenth birthday party-cum-fundraiser at a Times Square megaclub. Dubbed Aluminum Nights, the marathon event saw a capacity audience of many hundreds — including, all seem to recall, Mick Jagger backstage — enjoy a diversified array of the downtown sounds being nurtured at the crossroads of The Kitchen’s music program. In 2011, as part of its 40th anniversary season, The Kitchen presents a distilled refraction of the Aluminum Music performed over that memorable weekend.
On Friday, April 15, Industrial music pioneer Z’EV demonstrates his hypnotic, ritualized solo percussion music on a shared bill with cherished No-Wavers, Bush Tetras. Saturday, April 16, features the pairing of former Kitchen Music Director (and Aluminum Nights co-curator) George Lewis’s electroacoustic anthem Homage to Charles Parker (1979) featuring Amina Claudine Myers (piano/organ), Reggie Nicholson (percussion), Matana Roberts (alto saxophone), and Richard Teitelbaum (synthesizers) with the epic disco-minimalism of Peter Gordon’s Love of Life Orchestra, featuring contributions from Kitchen alums Ned Sublette (guitar) and Peter Zummo (trombone).