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Boston Improvisors' Collective
Boston Improvisors' Collective was an improvisation ensemble directed by Matt Samolis (flute, flax, bowed metal, bells, game calls) which was active during the mid 90s in the Boston and Cambridge area. It was a strictly acoustic project whose mission was to cross-pollinate the various cells of classical, jazz, and other improvising instrumentalists in the area at that time. Performances were made by a unique configuration of participants at each concert, taking care that each voice was acoustic, and that no single camp was dominant. The emphasis was to conjure groups whose players were largely unfamiliar with each other. BIC never rehearsed or recorded outside of shows. The band had a number of gigs at the Bookcellar Cafe in Somerville, which thankfully were recorded to DAT by PEK and Doug Perlo. Matt was kind enough to allow those recordings to be released on Evil Clown. Musicians included on the Evil Clown releases of the BIC are PEK (clarinets and saxophones), Steve Norton (clarinets and saxophones), Tom Plsek (trombone, didgeridoo), Craig Schildhauer (bass), John Fugarino (trumpet), Ann Dover (recitation), Jason Rodgers (trombone), Tomohiko Gondo (euphonium, game calls), and John Voigt (bass).
PEK, Matt Samolis - June 2015