Borbetomagus: Career Retrospective on Afternoon New Music

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Tune in to Afternoon New Music at 3PM this Wednesday, October 15th, for the premiere of a WKCR career retrospective interview with free improv noise legends Borbetomagus. Borbetomagus is made up of Don Dietrich, Donald Miller, and Jim Sauter, who formed the project in 1979. Focusing on this group, often cited as the pioneers of aggressive improvised noise music, our two hour interview with the trio delves into the history of the band, from their first underground releases to their collaborations with other titans of improvised music. This is an amazing interview that has been sitting in the WKCR archives for years, and it will now be premiered to the public for the first time. Listen!

(This interview will be broadcast in anticipation of a rare Borbetomagus performance on October 17th at ABC No Rio)

The words loud and aggressive only begin to scratch the surface of this proto-punk free jazz band;Borbetomagus sets forth a sonic squall that obliterates, and woe to the listener who comes to one of their concerts not knowing what to expect. While participants on the downtown New York free improv scene have long thrived on chaos and extremes in volume and timbre, none of them got there before this upstate New York ensemble. Borbetomagus has been pursuing their noisy muse since the late '70. Saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich were childhood friends; after meeting and sitting in with guitarist Donald Miller's band in New York City, the three formed Borbetomagus. Throughout the '80s and a good part of the '90s, the group issued dozens of recordings on their own and other labels. Avant-rocker Thurston Moore is a fan/collaborator; he substitutes for Miller on one release. In the 2000s, the band still performs, though infrequently.