Zs + Little Women
“These days, anything goes…” Zs, the scariest band from EMPAC’s Between a Rock and a Tiny Bell concert, returns on Halloween for a careening set of “[sputtering] Morse code dots of percussion and saxophone” (Ben Sisario, New York Times) as part of the New Nothing series.
Opening will be Little Women, a quartet whose ghost notes and violent disassembling of their instruments concoct riotous sets that run the gamut from pop to free jazz to noise and back again.
Zs was founded in 2000 and has existed as a trio, sextet, and quartet, now solidifying into the quartet formation of Sam Hillmer (tenor saxophone), Ben Greenberg (electric guitar), Amnon Freidlin (electric guitar), and Ian Antonio (drum set). While Zs’ music has been variously categorized as no-wave, brutal-prog, and post-minimalist, it is primarily concerned with making music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of both performer and listener. Manipulating extended technique, unique instrumental synthesis, and near telepathic communication, Zs aims to create works that envelop the listener and unfold sonically over time, evoking unspoken past, present, and future rites and ritual. Zs has performed in lofts, galleries, rock clubs, and concert halls across the United States and Europe with The Locust, Gang Gang Dance, Animal Collective, Battles, The Dirty Projectors, Orthrelm, Octis, The Flying Luttenbachers, Behold... The Arctopus, Yellow Swans, Get Hustle, Dan Deacon, Aa, Marnie Stern, Peter Brotzman and Han Bennick, Joe Maneri, Christian Wolff, Louis Andriessen, and Petr Kotik, among many others. Zs has recorded for the Social Registry, 31G, Tzadik, Troubleman Unlimited, Planaria, Gilgongo, Sockets, Ricecontrol, and Zum record labels. The members of Zs also perform with Yarn/Wire, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, Pygmy Shrews, Regattas, and Trouble.