Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chicago Loves Peeping Tom

"On its superb debut album, File Under: Bebop (Umlaut), this clever French-Swedish trio transforms classic tunes by the likes of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Bud Powell into delivery systems for loosey-goosey free jazz. Alto saxophonist Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Antonin Gerbal clearly love and understand the hijacked standards, and in each performance PEEPING TOM refer back to abstracted bits of their source material. Their buoyant, spontaneous improvisations are somehow both craggy and lithe, hurtling surefootedly along knotty paths—even at its most chaotic the music is as elegant as it is explosive." —Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Peeping Tom: On Tour!

Peeping Tom
on tour now!

Pierre-Antoine Badaroux sax
Antonin Gerbal drums
Joel Grip double bass

Furiously contemporary free-bop trio release debut CD on Umlaut Records and goes on a cross-Atlantic tour.

French-Swedish trio Peeping Tom just recently gave release concerts in Paris and Dala-Floda with master musicians Axel Dörner and Alan Silva as guests. Their CD, "File Under: Bebop" (Lunar Caustic Series - Umlaut Records), is designed by legendary free jazz drummer and contemporary artist Sven-Åke Johansson, and has already had recieved warm greetings from the press in France, Sweden and USA.

In February 2010, BBC 3 will make a live recording at the Vortex in London of Peeping Tom with Evan Parker as guest.

After the opening concert at the Umlaut Festival in Berlin, October 8-11, Peeping Tom head out on a twenty-day tour in the Nordic countries as well as USA, giving concerts at festivals and clubs in cities Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Chicago, Washington DC, New York to name a few. In Chicago, radio station WNUFR will make a radio documentation of Peeping Tom's visit there.

The members of Peeping Tom are nestled up in the new scenes of improvised and contemporary music in Europe, and with Umlaut Records - based in Paris, Stockholm and Berlin - they take part of a worldwide community of creative artists. Ongoing projects, separately or as a group, include collaborations with musicians like Evan Parker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sven-Åke Johansson, Katt Hernandez, Barre Phillps, Eve Risser, and Raymond Strid to name a few.

Peeping Tom peeps back in time, deeply inspired by the energies of be-boppers like C. Parker, B. Powell and D. Gillespie. And by giving an up-to-date attention to their compositions, Peeping Tom tear jazz down to its bare bones and re-furnish it with the new blossom of free-bop.


Date/Time Venue/City
• 21-Oct/20:00 Brötz/Göteborg
• 22-Oct/20:00 Skyddstasjonen/Trondheim
• 23-Oct/20:00 Biermannsgården/Oslo
• 25-Oct/17:00 Färgfabriken/Östersund
• 26-Oct/19.30 Hotel Hellsten/Stockholm
• 27-Oct/20:00 Club Liberte/Helsinki
• 28-Oct/21:00 Vastavirta/Tampere
• 29-Oct/21:00 Elastic/Chicago
• 30-Oct/22:00 Heaven Gallery/Chicago
• 31-Oct/16:00 Kresge Theater/Pittsburgh
• 1-Nov/20:00 Katt's/Philadelphia
• 2-Nov/20:00 Outpost 186/Cambridge
• 4-Nov/20:00 Bossa/Washington DC
• 5-Nov/20:00 Windup Space/Baltimore
• 6-Nov/18.00 Downtown Music Gallery/New York City
• 7-Nov/21.00 Douglas Street Music Collective/Brooklyn NY


Umlaut Records
+46 70 33 55 685 (Sweden)
+33 6 43 82 74 99 (France)

New Reviews of Needle Gun's 'Afternoon Computer Umbrage' LP

Needle Gun takes the free/spazz-noise rock to the harsh lands.

Foxy Digitalis:
It isn't typical critic/PR hyperbole to say that "Afternoon Computer Umbrage" is a free-wheeling, scattershot, psych-noise free-for-all. That's seriously the best and most appropriate description I could muster after having my synapses fried by this electrified trash heap of mind-rotting noise perversions. Okay, now THAT was hyperbole. As one stands in the crossfire generated from Needle Gun's guitar, electronics, drums and vocals melee, they begin to realize the grotesquely punkish beauty being vomited from the amplifier.