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GPS Band Practice: DESPAIR and CHERRY-HEIDT-MCCLUNEY TRIO
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By Greensboro Project Space

Friday, January 13th

 

2pm - 5:30pm:


DESPAIR
John R. Kernodle, Tom Woods, Dan Bayer and Gary Heidt

 

5:30pm - 7:30pm:


CHERRY-HEIDT-MCCLUNEY TRIO
Vattel Cherry, Gary Heidt, and Stetson McCluney


Painting by Cassandra Weston

GPS Band Practice


BAND PRACTICE invites local bands to use the GPS as a practice space. The public is invited to hear these bands work out their material. Keep in mind, these bands are not performing for you - but using the space to work out their sets and write new songs.

See Past Band Practices


DESPAIR

 


DANIEL BAYER 

Daniel Bayer is a journalist, photographer, sound engineer and musician living in Greensboro and currently attending UNCG for a degree in Media Studies. He's written for the Eden Daily News, Carolina Peacemaker, Yes!Weekly and Triad City Beat and has done sound at the Blind Tiger, Guilford College, Flatiron, Green Bean, Fireflies Festival, Heavy Rebel Weekender, dotmatrix Project, Ziggy's, Summer Solstice and Elvisfest. His singing and bass playing can be heard on the Raving Knave’s 2011 CD “Love in the Atom Age” and Boxcar Bertha’s 2005 CD “Guilty County Stomp.” He's also played with Empire for Rent, Sugercoma, and D.B. Cooper and the Hijackers. He's currently playing bass in the Grand Ole Uproar.

 

GARY HEIDT

Gary Heidt is a theater and music improviser (guitar, bass, banjo, vocals, turntables and electronics), poet, playwright, essayist, songwriter and multimedia artist. He is cofounder of Lovesphere, a 67 year performance project currently in its 21st year.  He has performed across the United States and Europe in venues including Lincoln Center, Manhattan Center, the Bowery Ballroom, CBGB's, the Knitting Factory, the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Dixon Place, Five Myles, Theater for the New City, Schaubuhne Lindenfels in Leipzig, Germany and too many others to count.  

 His operas have been reviewed internationally ("engrossing!" -Opera News, "marks a turning point"- Journal of Classical Philology, Italy), his songs have been performed on national television, and his first album was dubbed  a "masterpiece" by the Village Voice. His poems have appeared in national journals such as Fence, Infinity's Kitchen, Private Arts and Lost and Found Times; he has invented several new genres of poetry, (lecturing on one form at the New York Public Library) and had a solo show of visual poetry at Spirols gallery in upstate New York in 2015.  He has founded several improvising theater groups over the years, including the Dr. Polyfeemerous Troupe and The Friendly Baader-Meinhof Gang in the 1990's and the Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans in the 2010's, and was a member of the Uncarved Block improvisation group as well. 

 Quite a few videos of his work can be found at youtube.com/garyheidt and his most recent albums can be found at mammalsofzod.bandcamp.com, fistofkindness.bandcamp.com, vanreipen.bandcamp.com, garyheidt.bandcamp.com.  He hosts the Perceiver of Sound League acoustic improvisation series at Glenwood Community Bookstore in Greensboro, North Carolina on the third Saturday of every month at 4pm, and DJs on WUAG-FM and WQFS-FM in Greensboro.

 

JOHN KERNODLE

A native of Greensboro North Carolina, John has been making music since the age of 7. A trained singer and actor, John received a BFA in Theatre from Elon University. An engaged Buddhist, John is deeply involved in community organizing and activism in his hometown. John is currently a first year student in the MDiv program at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

 

TOM WOODS

I’m a graphic/visual artist who picked up trap drums and tenor uke in my late twenties. 

Honed whatever dismal chops I have playing with Windham Hell, a Greensboro industrial-noise (or new age barrage) band. They released one album “Final Warning”

Played through the 90’s and up to 2013 with the band Nervous Wrecks a rock trio/sometimes quartet who later changed their name to MOV. Played numerous (mostly defunct) clubs in and around Greensboro (Miracle House, Infinity, Baity’s, Turtle Cub, Kilroy’s, On-Track, Somewhere Else Tavern). As MOV they released 3 albums, of which “Blood in the Sun” is the only one still available. Worked on the Unfinished Bird project as part of the Van Reipen collective. Whenever possible I sit in with Jizo, the free -jazz conglomeration. I currently play with Anonymous Bosch a folk-roots-rock ensemble and with Johnny-O and the Jump Out Boys, a blues quartet. 


CHERRY-HEIDT-MCCLUNEY TRIO

 

 

VATTEL CHERRY

Bassist and composer F. Vattel Cherry was born in Chicago. Vattel attended Howard University and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1990.  After graduating he was a part of the Charles Gayle Trio, Charli Persip's Superband, David Murray's Big Band, David Pleasant's RiddAthon! and Cecil Taylor's PTHONGOS. Vattel moved to the Baltimore/Washington area in 1997 and recorded with Paul Murphy, Joel Futterman, Brother Ah and John Tchicai among others. In 2002 he was awarded 'Best Jazz Musician' by the Baltimore CityPaper.

 

As a leader he has recorded 5 CD's. 

 

As an educator he worked for numerous organizations including: Baltimore City Public School System, Patapsco High School for the Arts , Park School of Baltimore, Waldorf School of Baltimore, Music and Arts, Morgan State University, the University of the District of Columbia and Durham Public Schools. 

 

Vattel currently lives in Burlington, NC.

 

 

GARY HEIDT

Gary Heidt is a theater and music improviser (guitar, bass, banjo, vocals, turntables and electronics), poet, playwright, essayist, songwriter and multimedia artist. He is cofounder of Lovesphere, a 67 year performance project currently in its 21st year.  He has performed across the United States and Europe in venues including Lincoln Center, Manhattan Center, the Bowery Ballroom, CBGB's, the Knitting Factory, the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Dixon Place, Five Myles, Theater for the New City, Schaubuhne Lindenfels in Leipzig, Germany and too many others to count.  

 

His operas have been reviewed internationally ("engrossing!" -Opera News, "marks a turning point"- Journal of Classical Philology, Italy), his songs have been performed on national television, and his first album was dubbed  a "masterpiece" by the Village Voice. His poems have appeared in national journals such as Fence, Infinity's Kitchen, Private Arts and Lost and Found Times; he has invented several new genres of poetry, (lecturing on one form at the New York Public Library) and had a solo show of visual poetry at Spirols gallery in upstate New York in 2015.  He has founded several improvising theater groups over the years, including the Dr. Polyfeemerous Troupe and The Friendly Baader-Meinhof Gang in the 1990's and the Conspiracy of Proletarian Shamans in the 2010's, and was a member of the Uncarved Block improvisation group as well. 

 

Quite a few videos of his work can be found at youtube.com/garyheidt and his most recent albums can be found at mammalsofzod.bandcamp.com, fistofkindness.bandcamp.com, vanreipen.bandcamp.com, garyheidt.bandcamp.com.  He hosts the Perceiver of Sound League acoustic improvisation series at Glenwood Community Bookstore in Greensboro, North Carolina on the third Saturday of every month at 4pm, and DJs on WUAG-FM and WQFS-FM in Greensboro.

 

 

TERRY MCCLUNEY

Terry McCluney was born into a tradition of professional musicians, performers, and vocalists. The Shelby, North Carolina native began playing the drums at the age of 2 years old.  He grew up with no drums in the house to practice on because his parents wouldn’t allow it.  He started beating on anything that made noise. Because no drums were allowed at home, he would go to his church and practice for hours and hours at a time, almost every day.  His talented cousins that played drums as well and taught him different techniques.  This opened the door to share the stage with a national quartet group at the age of 16.  His mother, a pianist, influenced him to stretch his musical talents where he began to play the trombone for his high school jazz band and proceeded to take piano lessons.  


The time had come to leave home and attend N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  While attending school the opportunity occurred to audition for a drummer position at Calvary East (Church). He was blessed to be able to qualify for the position, where he played along with other professional musicians.  While there he learned many genres of music and began to really move towards a different style of playing and creativity.  He was also introduced through co-musicians to the long time jazz band “The Posse” out of Eden, NC.  This is where he really began to listen and thoroughly play all types of jazz music. He started playing with the band in 2006 and is still currently a member. Terry has a burning passion for music and wants to touch the hearts of people through playing.  “I want people to feel what I feel when I play, or else I’m just banging drums.”  Some of his influences are to name a few, Dave Weckl, Calvin C-Rod Rogers, George “Spanky” Mccurdy, Dennis Chambers, Robert “Sput” Seawright, Larone “Skeeter” Mcmillian, and Buddy Rich. These drummers inspire him and give him “life”.  “I want to use the gift God gave me and make people feel great inside and most of all, have fun.”  Terry is known for his diverse skills in many genres of music, his quick learning ability, and awareness in music. 

 

As of recent, Terry is playing with “The Posse” as of now.  He is involved on a project with new and upcoming rapper “Justice” on a collaboration EP coming soon.  With his musical background he is in the works of finishing his personal studio, where he is pursuing music production.

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