Eivind Opsvik, Jacob Sacks, Jacob Garchik, BG, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan, 2007

BCeOnLGLeErCsTtIeViEn

A band formed in 1999 for "jazz" free-improvisation through close rapports with fellow colleagues from the Manhattan School of Music (1995-99), Dan Weiss (drums), Jacob Garchik (computer) and Jacob Sacks (keyboard), as well as later with bassists Thomas Morgan and Eivind Opsvik, also MSM grads.
Midway through college and then stronger through to graduation and beyond, feeling the inevitable need for freedom in improvisation, for these opportunities to explore our own musical models with musicians on the same page, without starting from anything written or predetermined but just openness to using the influences, the energetic calling, and composing with it, sporting with it, exploring the implications, how we can relate and associate, coming out of all those years of jazz, classical, contemporary and world musics, training, traditions, competition... inspired listening together, bringing the history of records to life... Really believing in that, knowing we truly put this stuff through our bodies, put in the honest hard work, the love, the best of us that we could for it. So now freedom to explore and use these ideas and insights, these fields of energy that artists, performers, composers and cultures have laid out before us... Ideas for new sounds, new rhythms, tempos, durations... Freedom in harmony to hear beyond harmony as just simply vertical and intervallic... Free-improvisation is a chance to make new connections today, for styles and places to communicate between each other, influences making new links, evolving...
"When you have no form, you can be all form." - Bruce Lee



New York City performances 2001 - 2010:






March 11, 2001 - The Internet Cafe, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard, melodica; Jacob Garchik - computer;
Hans Glawischnig - bass; Dave Ambrosio - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

Set 1: 16:33, 15:00, 13:28, 10:37
Set 2: 30:53, 9:21, 2:50








June 3, 2001 - The Internet Cafe, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard; Jacob Garchik - computer;
Hans Glawischnig - bass; Dave Ambrosio - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

Set 1: 27:42, 22:40
Set 2: 25:47, 23:54, 6:57





January 18, 2002 - CBGB's, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Garchik - computer; Hans Glawischnig - bass;
John Hebert - bass; Bob Bowen - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

56:07





March 1, 2002 - Knitting Factory, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Sacks - piano; Jacob Garchik - computer;
Hans Glawischnig - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

22:24, 27:20





April 17, 2002 - CBGB's, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Sacks - keyboard; Jacob Garchik - computer;
Hans Glawischnig - bass; Thomas Morgan - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

47:16







July 7, 2002 - CBGB's, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Sacks - keyboard; Jacob Garchik - computer;
Dave Ambrosio - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

20:12, 20:46









February 18 2003 - Knitting Factory, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Sacks - piano; Jacob Garchik - computer;
D ave Binney - sampler; Trevor Dunn - bass; Thomas Morgan - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

56:18







June 14 2003 - Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Sacks - piano; Dave Binney - sampler;
Dave Ambrosio - bass; Thomas Morgan - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

42:27















February 8 2004 - CBGB's, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Sacks - keyboard; Dave Binney - sampler;
Jacob Garchik - computer; Thomas Morgan - bass; Trevor Dunn - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

35:56, 28:19







October 21, 2004 - Zebulon, Brooklyn
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard and rhodes;
Jacob Garchik - computer; Eivind Opsvik - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

12:27



Documentary excerpt by Lucie Hardoin & Ronan Cabon















June 8, 2005 - CBGB's, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone; Jacob Sacks - keyboard; Eivind Opsvik - bass;
Thomas Morgan - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

46:37













February 19, 2006 - BAR4, Brooklyn
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard, melodica; Jacob Garchik - computer;
Thomas Morgan - bass; Eivind Opsvik - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

Set 1: 42:44, 18:55

Set 2: 19:52, 32:36, 10:42









March 13, 2006 - 55 Bar, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard, melodica; Jacob Garchik - computer;
Thomas Morgan - bass; Eivind Opsvik - bass; Dan Weiss - drums



Set 1: 40:22

Set 2: 27:09 (incomplete - see video below)









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July 2, 2006 - BAR4, Brooklyn
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard, melodica; Jacob Garchik - computer, accordion;
Thomas Morgan - bass; Eivind Opsvik - bass; Dan Weiss - drums




25:54 (incomplete)







August 9, 2006 - Barbes, Brooklyn
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard, melodica; Jacob Garchik - computer, accordion;
Thomas Morgan - bass; Dave Ambrosio - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

58:08







November 5, 2006 - 55 Bar, NYC
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard; Jacob Garchik - computer, accordion;
Thomas Morgan - bass; Eivind Opsvik - bass; Dan Weiss - drums



18:03, 29:16





July 29, 2007 - Bar 4, Brooklyn
Ben Gerstein - trombone, melodica, harmonica, bulgarian flute; Jacob Sacks - piano, melodica;
Jacob Garchik - computer, accordion; Thomas Morgan - bass; Trevor Dunn - bass; Dan Weiss - drums


45:53, 19:47







June 27, 2010 - Brooklyn Lyceum
Ben Gerstein - trombone, bassoon reed, melodica; Jacob Sacks - keyboard; Jacob Garchik - computer
Thomas Morgan - bass; Eivind Opsvik - bass; Dan Weiss - drums

46:10, 36:00