Dedicated improvisor and electro acoustic pioneer, Bonnie Kane's music lives equally in the avant-garde, hard core and psychedelic arenas.
Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, her work travels through genres of noise, free jazz and improv, psych rock, jam band, and bio-composition, manipulating sound into magic. "Not for the timid".
I view my work as an evolutionary branch of the avant-garde, formed from equal exposure to the avant-garde, hard core and the psychedelic. I can present my work to you as noise, free jazz, psych rock, free improv, jam band, or bio-composition.
"...This is foreground music..." - Billy Syndrome
Whether in a one-off or long term band, my interest is in what a musician can bring to the moment. Because it is in the moment, that sound can change into magic, where souls are nourished, inspiration renewed, and lives changed for the better.
Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, electro acoustic pioneer and dedicated improvisor, Bonnie Kane, terms her work as avant-core: an extreme energy mix of pyschedelic rock, hard core, and avant garde jazz.
She was influenced by an unusually early exposure to Sun Ra, studies with Sonny Simmons, Paul McCandless, Glenn Moore, Ralph Towner (Oregon), and Jon Raskin (Rova Saxophone Quartet). A stint in the original Club Foot Orchestra, whose members then included Snakefinger (The Residents) and Eric Drew Feldman (Capt Beefheart), introduced her to electronic processing for horns, and brief study at Mills College under Anthony Braxton solidified her direction.
Her bands have been known for "scalp shearing shows", "feats of bravery", and for music that is "...the algebra of heart, brain, and soul." A conductor of energy, her music is not for the timid.
"I'm interested in what a musician can bring to the moment of creation..."
Dedicated improvisor and electro acoustic pioneer, Bonnie Kane's music is formed from equal exposure to the avant-garde, hard core and the psychedelic.
Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, her solo and group work traverse the genres of noise, free jazz and improvisation, psych rock, jam band, and bio-composition. She brought her "Fresh Sound Guarantee" to her first show at the Rochester Planetarium, performances at a Bosnian refugee camp, outdoor festivals, art spaces, rock, jazz, and punk clubs. She has toured nationally and worldwide, performing extensively throughout her Eastern USA base.
A bandleader since the 1990s, with over 30 releases, those she has performed and recorded with include: John Spencer, Tatsuya Nakatani, Chris Forsyth, Kevin Shea, Shayna Dulberger, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, Blaise Siwula, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Chris Welcome, and Federico Ughi. New collaborations are continually evolving.
Happiest in 3 bands simultaneously, her current groups are the psych band, "Big Plastic Finger" with Scott Prato and Mark McClemens; noise/drone ensemble,"I'm With Joo Won" with Joo Won Park and Flandrew Fleisenberg; and the power trio, "Fire Maidens From Outer Space" with Reuben Radding and David Miller.