Rough Hewn Trio Live In Echo Park October 14th

Pasadena, CA:

The Rough Hewn Trio will be performing on Friday, October 14th at the Tribal Cafe in Echo Park/LA, CA.


Tribal Café October 14th Poster

Coming off of a recent recording stint,  we’ll be bringing rough-hewn originals and raspy renditions of fine European craftsmanship.

Other guests – TBA – You may see a short Dumb and Drummer set and a solo acoustic set by me is a strong possibility as well.

If you’re in the LA area, and like improvised dreamlike textures, cartoon music or odd time Balkan tunes churned through an instrumental trio drop on by.

As my imaginary cousin Gary used to say, “It don’t cost no cover and the band is good too.”

If you’re in the area it should be a lot of fun!


The 2 for 1: Rough Hewn Trio and Dumb and Drummer Live in Echo Park

Hello Everyone,

Just a final plug for a show that’s happening  tonight Friday, July 15th at the Tribal Cafe in Echo Park/LA, CA.

Dumb and Drummer is a duo I have with Rough Hewn Trio drummer Craig Bunch that’s been playing off and on for the last couple of years.  We keep threatening to record something and will finally be doing so this summer.  Typically the sets are 100% improvised, but tonight we’ll be playing tunes – so it’ll be a 50-50 mix.  There’s a country-ish tune, a hindi inspired jam and an Enigmatic freak out in the works.  We start at 8pm.


Rough Hewn Trio is also slated to record some things this summer.  Tonight we’ll be bringing some Balkan music, a Hungarian fusion workout, a new Malian guitar inspired re-working of Bloodsucker, Lavender’s 232 and a Zappa-ish original, Jerry goes to Frankiewood.  If there’s time we may get an encore in. This starts at 9:45 ish.


And of course, King Courtney will be putting up her dukes and playing with them as well – so expect her band to come out swinging at 1/4 to 9.


Yes – Carmageddon starts at midnight tonight – but we’ll be all tucked away by then and hopefully so will everyone else there.


This is the last show on the books for the next month or two while we get into the studio and knock out some tracks.  Hope to see you there!


Putting The Trio In Rough Hewn Trio Or Some Upcoming Shows

We’ve booked a couple of shows around Chris’ summer tour with Martin Fabricius and Craig’s ongoing tour of regional correctional facilities.


In chronological order:


  • Saturday, April 30 · 2:00pm – 3:00pm UC Irvine, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Winifred Smith Hall – 4002 Mesa Road – Irvine, CA – iPhone Not Required (but bring’m if you got’m) i.e. Lavender’s Grad Recital
  • Friday, May 27 – Tribal Café – 1651 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90026-5026 (213) 483-4458
    Yes Memorial Day Weekend.  No – we’re not sure who’s going to be in town to be there. Yes it will be awesome. Starts at 7:30 – bands TBA
  • Friday, July 15th – Tribal Café (Do you see a trend here) Starts at 7:30 – bands TBA

Here’s the info for the Irvine show from Chris.  This is going to be a really cool recital that will feature audience members playing with the band using Chris’ Thumbafon iphone ap.


iPhone Not Required (but bring’m if you got’m)


Saturday, April 30 · 2:00pm – 3:00pm

UC Irvine, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Winifred Smith Hall

4002 Mesa Road

Irvine, CA

This is the penultimate performance of my graduate work, which is centered around the investigation of using mobile devices as a means toward audience collaborated performance. It’s an epic social/musical experiment* that YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!

Performance starts at 2pm.

Checkout for information on the iPhone App which will be used during the performance.

Featuring the Rough Hewn Trio”

Finally if you want to get a sense of the mellower side of our ensemble:



Rough Hewn Trio Pasadena Library – 1pm – Tues. 3/29/11

Pasadena, CA: The Rough Hewn Trio (Craig Bunch – Drums, Chris Lavender – Chapman Stick and Scott Collins – Guitar) will be playing a set of improvised and composed music at the Pasadena Library as a soft launch before our Tribal Cafe gig on April 15th.

If you’re in the Pasadena area, and like improvised dreamlike textures, cartoon music or odd time Balkan tunes churned through an instrumental trio drop on by.  If you were reading the negotiating a chord chart series – we’ll be playing Chris Lavender’s 232 chart as well.

Thanks for reading!


Rough Hewn Trio – Some Live Excerpts

The Rough Hewn Trio –  an instrumental trio consisting of Chris Lavender on Warr guitar, Craig Bunch on drums and myself on guitar are getting back into the rehearsal cycle and gearing up for some shows this spring.  To get a feel for what the shows will be like here are some live excerpts from some improvisations we did this fall.  The live sets – will include a combination of pre-composed and improvised material.

For those of you who are interested – this session is all drums and laptops.  I’m running Pod Farm and Sooperlooper and Chris is using Guitar Rig. (an amp was used to re-amp the guitar in 1C – which had some gnarly digital distortion tho…)


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Improv 2b

Improv 2a

Improv 1c

Rough Hewn Trio

I just wanted to take a second to announce a new project I’ve been working on with Chris Lavender  and Craig Bunch.  Rough Hewn Trio is a project that mixes through composed ideas with heavy doses of improvisation.

We have our first gig this Thursday @ CalArts where we’ll be accompanying Germaine Dulac’s La Souriante Madame Beudet (The Smiling Madame Beudet) and Teinosuke Kinugasa’s  Brilliant “lost” film – Kurutta Ippeiji, (aka Page of Madness or Page out of order).

Craig and I have done a preliminary mix of some live recordings we’ve made – so we should have videos and mp3s up on a dedicated site soon with other novel things like an EPK and a bio.

Thanks for reading!  More info coming soon.