Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
Sound description: Experimental classical jazz.
RIYL: Dornob, Lisle Ellis, Donkey, Cosmologic, Gunther's Grass, Marcelo Radulovich, Hans Fiellestad, Bill Horist, Peter Brotzmann, Cross Border Trio, 2 Foot Yard, the Assholes, Thomas Dimuzio
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- Lists: Musician Interview · May 22, 2008
Inception: San Diego, 1995
Current Status: Active in the Trummerflora collective and performing locally and out of state.
Influences: Robert Wyatt, Terry Riley, Brian Eno, Buckminster Fuller, Haruomi Hosono, Neil Young, William Burroughs, Miles Davis, Gnawa, the Ventures, the Yardbirds, Howlin' Wolf, Material, Dub, Weather Report, Muslim Gauze, Pink Floyd, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Hoahio
San Diego’s Trummerflora Collective is intended to “provide a network of support for San Diego’s experimental and improvised music community.” Marcos Fernandes is a founding member of the collective, which says it's "dedicated to creative music in Southern California."
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Fernandes has long been active in San Diego as a performer, producer, and curator. He’s performed in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, and all over the U.S. as a solo improviser, phonographer, and percussionist/sound artist with various ensembles. Fernandes also runs the artist-based independent label Accretions, home to some of today’s more innovative (if often inscrutable) experimentalists.
Asked his favorite and most underrated experimental musican, he says “Aren’t all experimental musicians underrated? I guess I’ll have to go with Robert Wyatt, who’s definitely underrated here in the U.S. From his work with Soft Machine and Matching Mole to his continuing solo works, he’s created so much incredibly humane and personal music.”
Fernandes's recordings have appeared on Accretions, Bake/Staalplaat, Circumvention, Pan Handler, Pax, Pfmentum, Phonography.org, Public Eyesore, Ribosome, and Solitary B.