LIVE: Sten Isachsen, Mat Kane & Michael Bisio @ Valentine’s, 4/26/11

April 28th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

When is a fiddle tune not a fiddle tune? When it’s free jazz.

A new, as-yet-unnamed trio featuring Sten Isachsen (mandolin), Mat Kane (fiddle) and Michael Bisio (bass) made its debut at Valentine’s Music Hall on Tuesday night as part of Dan Johnson’s remarkable Americana Tuesdays series. Usually the program leans towards songwriters and rocking roots bands, but Isachsen’s combo went way outside, warping chestnuts like “June Apple” and “Kitchen Girl” into something more akin to Ornette Coleman than Eck Robertson.

Essentially the performance was a seamless half hour of music, with a snatch of melody (“a piece of candy,” as Isachsen later said) being thrown out between great wedges of improvised sound. Occasionally, as will happen with improv, the trio went down a blind alley – watching them find their way out was as much fun as any other part of the brief show.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Mat Kane of the Doc Marshalls

September 24th, 2009, 11:58 am by Greg

MatKaneNAME: Mat Kane

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first CD I ever bought with my own hard-earned cash was Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy.” Not their best, but I was a sucker for the drumming on “D’yer Maker.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The first concert I ever remember seeing was my uncle Kieran playing with Emmylou Harris at an outdoor festival somewhere.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The violin – I knew I wanted to play it the first time I heard it.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I remember playing “Silent Night” solo in church on Christmas Eve when I was six or seven. I had to be propped up on a box in order to be seen.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I’ve successfully repressed memories of the first band I was ever *in*, but the first band that I ever *led* was called Cinderella and the Bitches. I was living in Beijing and formed it with three Chinese friends, one of whom leads a fantastic band called Shazi (“the Sands”).

Mat Kane and his bandmates in the Doc Marshalls will step into the spotlight at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Saturday night. Tern Rounders will share the bill.

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