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Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 12:00 am

Between The Cracks: End Times Trio tonight at The Pharmacy

Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents "Between the Cracks" - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't you? There's gold between them thar cracks!

Today's BTC flashlight shines on Springfield's only apparent working free jazz ensemble, End Times Trio. (Answers below provided by Mark Schwartz)


Band name: End Times Trio


Personnel: Richard Gilman-Opalsky (drums & percussion), Frank Trompeter (saxophones), Mark Schwartz (prepared guitar, bass)

Native or transplant?Richard is a transplant from NYC. Frank, I believe, is a native. And I am a transplant from the Chicago area.

What's in a name, particularly yours? Despite its Armageddon-invoking visions, the name "End Times Trio" actually has more to do with our desire to, first of all, move beyond the formal structure of musical time, of time signatures, and Western musical structure as a whole. The name also is based on the idea of epochs and eras, and how, very often, revolution and change are the instigators of the end of an epoch, an era, a time. The end of an era implies the beginning of a new one. We see these endings of eras as typically positive things and welcome the idea of revolution. We like to try to create sonic versions of revolution ... musically and philosophically. And we must admit that we do like the Armageddon overtones in that some of our music likely sounds like a soundtrack to it. We like to call our music "uneasy listening."

When did you form? Fall 2006

Releases/discography/download links: "Fracture Time" on Fire & Flux. Available at CDBaby.com

How do you pay the bills? I don't. Haha. I work with children and adolescents in the mental health field. Richard is a professor or Political Philosophy at University of Illinois at Springfield. Frank works for the Secretary of State.

What other artists have had the biggest impact on you? Personally, experimental/avant garde guitarist Fred Frith by far has had the biggest impact on me. His approach to music and to the guitar caused me to completely reconsider and redefine how I myself approach music and the guitar. The expanded, infinite vocabulary of experimental music introduced me to a universe of sounds and ideas that far exceeded any of my pre-existing knowledge. It's kind of like discovering that there are billions of universes beside our own. The incorporation of what most would consider noise was bolstered by bands such as Sonic Youth. 20th Century classical compositions forms, such as graphic scores, written directions, visual stimulus material, and chance/aleatory music (as described in David Cope's fantastic book "New Directions in Music"). The freedom that Ornette Coleman pioneered with his freejazz in the 60's also laid the groundwork for what we do. And I draw a lot of percussive elements into my playing from various ethnic music, such as Balinese and Polynesian.

Finish this sentence: If we didn't have to worry about money, we'd… do all sorts of creative endeavors. Write books, paint, travel.

Upcoming live appearances: Tonight at The Pharmacy (S. Grand & Pasfield) at 7pm with Lucas Collins / Albert Wildeman Duo


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