Swimming in Bengal returns to Oakland’s Octopus Literary Salon on Sat., Nov. 10. We play at 7pm sharp. We’ll be followed by SF’s Virginia Dare, old friends from the golden age of Bay Area independent music. I’m excited to see them again. Dress warm, prepare to snuggle, and know that the show will be over before bedtime! More info. at Facebook.
Hey there. I have two back to back days with performances before we officially tell summer goodbye. On Sunday, Sept. 16, San Kazakgascar plays a short afternoon set at Sacramento Audio Waffle #47 at the Red Museum. We are putting together a one and done loud piece for this performance. The show runs from about noon to 3pm and I believe we are near the end. This show is put on by the NorCal Noisefest folks. More details here.
The following evening on Sept. 17 Swimming in Bengal plays Luna’s with N. Carolina-based experimental guitarist Tashi Dorji. He is a unique talent and we are excited to share the bill with him. The show starts at 7:30 sharp. Bengal released a new recording called Deeper Deeper earlier this summer and you can listen to it and learn more here.
Deeper Deeper documents the last two years of Swimming in Bengal improvised explorations. Going through all the different recordings we have, and deciding which ones to use is always a love/hate thing for me. I guess it’s mostly love, but the overwhelmed part of my attention span is challenged. In selecting pieces for this album we went for variety and dynamics. The album opens with the sparse “The Spider Who Loved Me”, but melts immediately into the thicker “Molten Ore.” And up and down we go, throughout the album.
We plan on recording with some Sacramento-based Indian musicians in the near future and Tony also wants to include strings. We’re excited about the next chapter. Until then, join us at the deeper deeper end! You can order the CD or download at Swimming in Bengal’s Bandcamp site. Later this summer Lugubrious Audio UK will be releasing a cassette version of Deeper Deeper.
Upcoming Swimming in Bengal dates:
July 14 at Adobe Books in San Francisco w/Invasive Species
July 28 at Tribe Fest in Sacramento
Sept 17 at Luna’s in Sacramento w/Tashi Dorji
There are still copies of the Garden of Idle Hands LP at Baggage Claim, Lather, or Revolver.
We keep breaking Earth’s average heat records, so why not riff along with that amazing trend? As you can see above I’ll be doing a few solo electric/acoustic shows as full-band Kazakgascar dusts itself off from hiatus. SK is going to take a stab at some recording this summer as well. I usually craft a unique set for each solo show, some more improvised than others. It can be challenging, but sometimes I’m rewarded with new song ideas for full band style. I’m especially excited about playing in Arcata’s Community Forest!
Also, Swimming in Bengal will be playing a few times as we release our new recording, Deeper Deeper. More on “double D” later.
- The San (S) Kazakgascar Solo EP I recorded with Andy Morin of Death Grips a few years back: Crotch of the Gorge
- Swimming in Bengal’s vinyl LP on Baggage Claim can be had digitally over at Lather Bandcamp now: Garden of Idle Hands
- Facebook Events pages: San(s) Kaz Solo 6/23 Portland, Swimming in Bengal 7/14 San Francisco , more later…
Swimming in Bengal is kicking off 2018 with two great shows:
Jan 20 at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland w/Dire Wolves. 7pm sharp
Jan 25 at Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento w/Sunwatchers and Invasive Species. 7:30pm
We’re excited to return to Oakland’s Octopus Literary Salon to play with some kindred spirit animals. We’ll be joined by Bay-based Dire Wolves, who dig the deep heady grooves and I like to curl up in. It’s an early show and you can join as after the Women’s March. More details available at ze Facebook.
The following week we are back in Sacramento at Gold Lion Arts to play with the mighty Sunwatchers from NYC. They combine a swirl of psychjam, drone, free jazz, and ethno art punk. They have a new album coming out on Trouble in Mind Records next month. We’re also excited to be playing again with our buds Jon Bafus and Kevin Corcoran’s percussion duo, Invasive Species. They don’t bust this out too often, so it’s always a treat. More relevant specs at Facebook.
For this show, we have two guest percussionists joining Swimming in Bengal – Kishan Raj Kushal and Jay Nair. In addition to this pair of shows, we are knee deep in messy editing notes trying to assemble the pieces that will make up the next Bengal album.
Get Swimming in Bengal recordings at: Baggage Claim Records, J&C Tapes, Lugubrious Audio, and Lather Records.
Arrington de Dionyso will be roaring back into Sacramento on Jan. 15 at Luna’s Cafe with Philadelphia-based percussionist Ben Bennett. I’ll be opening the show with a San(s) Kazakgascar Solo set. Dionyso and Bennett plan on doing solo sets and a collaboration set. Arrington will be joining in on my set. There will also be a short “This Saxophone Kills Fascists” set at the end with local saxy folks joining in. Got all that? More crumbs of show info can be had at Facebook. The show starts at 7:30.
I’m excited to play a show with Arrington again and I’m sure I’ve told you about the Tired Minds Improvised recording we did together. You can read about it HERE. I’m always interested to see which ways he is going to push things. I’ve never seen Ben Bennett play before, but know that he has some unique approaches to percussion. He also has some notoriety for logging hundreds of hours of sitting and smiling in four hour increments.
San Kazakgascar has kept a low profile this last year, but I’m looking forward to trying some ideas I’ve been chewing on, solo style. Most of my focus lately has been on Swimming in Bengal, but this is a chance for me to run through the fields buck naked.
Ben Bennett’s Sitting and Smiling
Arrington de Dionyso & San(S) Kazakgascar Solo – Tired Minds Improvised
Swimming in Bengal plays an early show this Sun, Nov 5, and Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento. We start the show at 7pm and will be followed by Indian vocalist Jay Nair, who will be accompanied by guitar master Ross Hammond. You can find more info on this all ages show at Facebook.
Bengal is currently sifting through the beautiful and broken nugs from various recording sessions to put together the next album. Most of our previous recordings are available at Lather Records. You can get the latest LP, Garden of Idle Hands, straight from Baggage Claim Records. Copies of the Insomnia Village cassette from 2015 are all gone, but you can still get a digital copy at J&C Tapes.