Glostik Willy to headline triple bill at Clazel, Nov. 30

Submitted by GLOSTIK WILLY Glostik Willy, a three-piece power trio from Indiana, will perform Thursday, Nov. 30, for a party at Clazel Entertainment, Bowling Green. Listeners are told to: “Expect heavy-hitting drums that will make you move and groove, with progressive thundering bass lines and guitar that sizzles and crackles all the way through your brain and explodes out into the galaxy. This is ‘Hippy Metal’ for those who like their jambands with a dose of head-banging and horn-checks!” Also on the bill will be  PeanutButter Williams and Get Right Band. The band was formed in early 2008 by Jameson “Jay Moe” Bradford (guitar), his brother Ralf Mowf (drums) and childhood best friend Buddha Aguilar (bass). At the time, they were already five year veterans of the Midwest music scene, having started their first band together at age 12.  Since then, Glostik Willy has grown to be a driving force in the National Jamband scene, bridging the gap between rock and jam and forming their own genre of music that can only be described as “Hippy Metal.. To date, Glostik Willy has logged more than 600 performances in more than 25 states and two countries. The band has hosted eight Midwest music and arts festivals, including their signature Willy Fest (headlined this past year by Molly Hatchet), and performed sets at over 70 festivals around the country. In Spring of 2017, the band completed their first National Tour playing 23 shows from Florida to Califiornia. “This band is a good old, down and dirty rock and roll machine. These guys blew me away…!” exclaims Buckeye Music Magazine. “An insanely manic band!” writes MusicFestNews. Glostik Willy’s mission is to create an experience that will change the world by entertaining all walks of life, bringing fans, friends, and family together to enjoy and value art, love and music. To that end, they have pioneered a fan-centric method of touring in which they regularly ride along with van-loads of followers, have dedicated time and effort to supporting notable social causes in their hometown of Marion, Indiana, and seek to include a variety of creative expression at their shows (including visual arts, performance art, poetry, fire-spinning and flow arts). “These guys know how to lay it down! Bring some ear plugs and prepare to rock out!”, raves The Dayton Music Insider.

Transient Canvas takes contemporary music to unexpected places

Transient Canvas should feel right at home when the contemporary music duo shows up in Bowling Green to play a show at the Clazel Monday, Nov. 20. Amy Advocat on bass clarinet and Matt Sharrock on marimba have played all manner of venues, including being featured on a series of concerts at microbreweries in their home-base Boston where brewers concocted a special beer to serve with the music. “One of the things we love about this group is so we’re so mobile,” Advocat said in a recent telephone interview. “We want to reach people in unexpected places.” Transient Canvas will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 in a free Music at the Forefront concert presented by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University. On Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m., the duo will perform in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery. Advocat said the programs for the two shows are tailored for the different venues. The museum concert will featured “a thoughtful program, more classically oriented.” On the program “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” the program notes state: “The composers featured … have created something new and fresh by evoking the past, acknowledging their influences without directly emulating them.” At the Clazel, Transient Canvas will turn up the volume, and play a set of electro-acoustic works, that draw on a range of influences including pop and acid rock. All the pieces on both programs have been written expressly for Transient Canvas. Advocat and Sharrock first got together to play a piece he had performed at conservatory. They also read through other pieces, hardly a handful, written for clarinet and marimba. They liked the sound and working together. “We found the bass clarinet has just a remarkable blend and balance with the marimba, so recently we’ve been sticking with that,” Advocat said. “If it work, it works.” Sharrock said that having two instruments in the same range makes the partnership a more equal one. Whenever Advocat would play a higher pitched horn, it would always feel like he was the accompanist and she the soloist. Having the lowest octave on his five-octave marimba also adds more heft to the sound. They approached their composer friends to write pieces, and have since extended their circle of collaborators. In the past six years, Transient Canvas, which made its concert debut in April, 2012, has commissioned more than 75 compositions. And they haven’t stopped. They have created a fellowship program aimed specifically at encouraging younger composers. They work closely with composers. In person, or using email and Skype as needed. At the Clazel they will premiere Dan VanHassel’s “Epidermis.” Their work with VanHassel represents the “optimal” way of working with a composer. Before he started writing, the composer told Sharrock and Advocat that he needed to spend a couple days with them recording sounds. So they invited him up to the house they shared during a short residency in New Hampshire. VanHassel recorded them playing all manner of sounds, some they’d never attempted before. He then programmed those sounds into his keyboard. The resulting piece, Advocat said, pushed the duo’s limits almost to the point of being “unplayable.” But they worked more with him, noting where something that can be executed on a keyboard may not be possible on a…

The music plays on at the Clazel

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The new operators of the 91-year-old Clazel in downtown in Bowling Green are not looking to teach the old venue new tricks. This summer Darrin and Cierra Karcher, of Findlay, purchased the Clazel business from Ammar Mufleh, who retains ownership of the building and property. The vision for the venue spelled out by John Carroll, the general manager, follows along the lines of what Mufleh did from the time he purchased the old theater in mid-2008. He ran the club nights on Fridays and Saturdays until last December when he stopped them out of concern for the wear-and-tear on the theater and his staff. Now the late night lights and DJs are back. Carroll worked security and on other projects for the Clazel since 2011. “I have a lot of respect for the building and definitely want to make sure it’s taken care of.” The Karchers, Carroll said, who own several bars in Findlay and Upper Sandusky, were interested in branching out. This will be the first night club the couple will operate. The Clazel continues to be available for weddings, corporate meetings and parties, and fundraisers.  “The big one being Fire and Ice,” a February benefit for the American Red Cross, Carroll said. Working with A.L. Entertainment, the owners are also bringing back regular live music to the Clazel. Carroll said that the Columbus-based jam band ekoostik hookah was interested in hosting a holiday show at the venue. That show will be Friday, Dec. 8 and also feature Tropidelic, Rustik Waters, and Tree No Leaves. Leading up to the December show, the club is hosting a series of concerts featuring bands who play “in a similar vein” to ekoostik hookah. Some of these bands, Carroll said, have opened for ekoostik hookah or worked with them in other places. The next show will be Thursday, Nov. 2, featuring Vibe and Direct, followed by a Nov. 16 concert by Funk Factory. The idea is to give a platform for local and regional band, and put a spark back into Bowling Green’s local music scene, Carroll said. “The ultimate goal is to make the Clazel a destination for regional music,” Carroll said. He sees the venue’s efforts as complementary to what’s happening at Howard’s a block away. Together they can offer a full weekend of music. So far the reception has been good with performers expressing interest in working there. The old theater will continue its relationship with Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, which occasionally presents concerts in the venue. The most recent was last Thursday as part of the New Music and Arts Festival. Carroll, a 2009 BGSU graduate in criminal justice, will be the local face of the business. He ran the Phone and GameSource store across the street. That business has now shifted its inventory to its Fremont location. He and the Karchers want to maintain the Clazel as a vital part of Bowling Green. “I love the town. It feels like home,” Carroll said. “I hope people realize we’re not just the night club on Friday and Saturday nights,” Carroll said. “We want to reach out to the community and be something that can have a positive impact on all the downtown business not just ours.  … We want…

Bearthoven Set to Upend Musical Expectations at ClaZel Show

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bearthoven is not what it seems. First of all, there are no bears. Second, though the name evokes that of a classical composer immortalized in busts that decorate piano teachers’ studios, the trio is not dedicated to playing centuries-old, or even decades-old, music. Third, though the instrumentation, piano, bass and percussion, may call to mind the classic jazz piano trio, this is not a jazz group. The pianist allows he’s not much of a jazz player. Bearthoven is a trio ready to upend expectations, even those it sets for itself. The Brooklyn based trio of Karl Larson, piano, Pat Swoboda, bass, and Matt Evans, percussion, will perform a “Music at the Forefront” concert Monday at 8 p.m. at the ClaZel in downtown Bowling Green. The free concert is sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University. “Our music is a weird split between very loud and very soft. We have this strange dichotomy of pieces,” Larson said in a recent telephone interview. Some work is akin to rock ‘n’ roll. Other pieces are minimalist, even ethereal. Larson, who received his doctorate in contemporary music from BGSU in 2012, said the members all met through the Bang On A Can Summer Institute in North Adams, Massachusetts. Though they played in different ensembles together, the trio itself first performed in December, 2013. All three live on the same corner in Brooklyn, New York. “We knew we wanted to do this thing, and we knew there weren’t pieces that existed for this instrumentation. So we put the word out,” he said. Since they were all leaving school at the same time “we knew a lot of composers.” Bearthoven offered them to chance to write what they wanted. In exchange they would get a good performance. For student composers, this would a fair barter. Usually on campus when new pieces get played, Larson said, it’s by a pick-up ensemble with minimal rehearsal time. With Bearthoven “they know we would really invest in the performance.” The first piece they received, Brooks Frederickson’s “Undertoad,” will be on Monday’s program. They will also play Ken Thomson’s “Grizzly” and one piece that predated the formation of the group, Nik Bärtsch’s “Modul 26,” composed in 2004– early music for the trio. Larson called the piece, the only one in their repertoire not commissioned by Bearthoven, “minimalist jazz” full of puzzle pieces, meter tricks and time tricks. “You never really know where you are rhythmically as a listener.” The trio landed some high profile gigs at the 2014 Bang On The Can Marathon and the 2015 MATA Festival. Bearthoven started getting grants to enable them to pay composers they commissioned. That’s important, Larson said. “We want to be paid so it’s important to pay composers, too.” The trio’s current Ohio swing is tied to pieces commissioned by the Johnstone Fund for New Music. Bearthoven gave a premier performance of the pieces Wednesday at a CNX concert in Columbus, and then heads to Otterbein College to take part in a reading session of student composers’ works. Those new pieces are: Adrian Knight, “The Ringing World,” Fjola Evans’ “Shoaling,” and a yet to be titled work by Charlie Wilmoth. Tours and college visits are essential to financial viability. “That’s what’s really lucrative,”…

BGSU Lively Arts Calendar, Feb. 24 – Mar. 9

Feb. 24—The College of Musical Arts presents its Faculty Scholar Series at 8 p.m. in the Bryan Recital Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Dr. Eftychia Papanikolaou, associate professor of musicology, will present “What Did the Ballerina Hear? The Unheard Music of Degas’s Paintings.” Dr. Ryan Ebright, a visiting instructor of musicology, will present “Operative Entrepreneurship and Iconoclasm in Steve Reich’s ‘The Cave.’” Free Feb. 25—The International Film Series continues with “La teta asustada” (The Milk of Sorrow)(2009) at the Gish Theater and Gallery. Director Claudia Llosa focuses on a grim period of South American history, 1980-2000, which left 70,000 people dead. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Free Feb. 26—BGSU’s Opera Theatre performs Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana.” The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. An additional performance will be on February 28 at 3 p.m. Advance tickets are $5 for students and children and $15 for adults. All tickets are $20 on the day of the performance. Feb. 27—The Rhythm Project presents a tap dance concert featuring dance majors, minors and alumni from BGSU and children from The Beat Dance Company. Performances are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., 222 Eppler North. Tickets, $5 at the door, are available one hour prior to show time. Contact Colleen Murphy at for additional information. Feb. 29—The College of Musical Arts presents Music at the Forefront: “Bearthoven.” The performance will be at the Clazel Theater located at 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green at 8 p.m. Free Mar. 1—Tuesdays at the Gish continues with“Love and Basketball” (2000), directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film follows Monica and Quincy through middle school, high school, college and into their basketball careers as they take on their individual quests as well as their evolving relationship. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater and Gallery, Hanna Hall. Free Mar. 1—Doctor of Musical Arts students of The College of Musical Arts will perform. The recital will be in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. Free Mar. 2—Isabelle Huang Streng, adjunct assistant professor of percussion, will present the next performance in the Faculty Artist Series. She is a member of Primary Colors Trio and Jazoe Duo. The recital begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Mar. 3—The Visiting Writer Series features BGSU graduate and award-winning writer George Looney, author of “Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh,” “The Precarious Rhetoric of Angels,” “Open Between Us” and “Structures the Wind Sings Through.” The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Mar. 3—Students of the College of Musical Arts will perform as a part of the Small Ensemble: New Music Ensemble. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free

Owner Wants to Keep ClaZel in the Heart of BG

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The old gal can’t keep up with those late nights the way she once could, which is the situation the ClaZel now finds itself in. As someone who considers himself the beloved venue’s caretaker as much as its owner, Ammar Mufleh decided late last year that the late night dance parties had to stop. The late night dance club that was in the venue on weekends ended last December. The venue now concentrates on special events – wedding receptions, corporate meetings, fundraisers, and concerts. “College students put a little more wear and tear on a facility,” Mufleh said. “I take a lot of pride in the time, talent, and treasure it took to rebuild and renovate it.” It wasn’t only the theater that was strained. “I have a very talented staff,” he said, and their energies would be sapped on Friday nights when at 2:30 a.m. they’d have to scrub, do some repairs, and transform the space into the setting for a wedding reception on Saturday. After the reception, the staff would be back at it, transforming the ClaZel again into dance club for that night. The new focus will be “less taxing on the staff,” Mufleh said. “I’m excited to focus on a demographic that really appreciates the allure, the aesthetic the history of the theater,” he said. Mufleh, who grew up in a family of entrepreneurs in the Toledo area, can count himself in that demographic. As a student at the University of Toledo, he recalls driving down to Bowling Green to see movies at the ClaZel. He admired the structure then, even if, as he recalls, he had to pick his seat to avoid the plaster falling from the ceiling. He sees the ClaZel as more than a movie house and certainly not a bar. Since he purchased it, he’s acted on that vision. “It is an edifice created as an interesting environment for community engagement,” Mufleh said. He said that goes back into the theater’s history. It was a gathering place during World War II where people learned the latest news. He’s tried to maintain the venue at the heart of the community. There’s been fundraisers to help cancer patients raise money to defray the costs of treatment, theater performances, or political events for the Libertarians and Democrats. “It’s been a place, since it opened, that embraces its sense of community.” The ClaZel has a memorandum of understanding with the College of Music to host concerts there, such as the recent performance by internationally known pianist Vicky Chow, who performed a piece for piano and electronics. He’s also hoping to work out an arrangement to bring back Jazz Night with the university jazz faculty that was suspended a few weeks ago. This weekend the ClaZel hosted a Falcon Flame event for those who met their life partners at BGSU and then on Friday the Red Cross Fire and Ice. Mufleh sees his market for the wedding and corporate business is within a 120-mile radius from Bowling Green. The city, he said, is well located for business meetings for corporations with satellite offices throughout the region. The ClaZel has also hosted weddings where the bride may come from Ann Arbor and the groom from Columbus. The collaboration with the university is about…

Cosmic sounds of ‘Surface Image’ transform ClaZel

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Pianist Vicky Chow and composer Tristan Perich lifted the roof off the ClaZel Monday night. Together with an ensemble 40 loudspeakers emitting digital signals, they transformed the movie house turned nightclub into cosmic atmosphere, a vision of deep space. And what were those sounds coming from the loudspeakers? Cosmic peepers? Chow performed Perich’s “Surface Image” as part of the Music at the Forefront Series, sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University. The expansive piece unfolds then folds back onto itself over more than an hour. Chow articulates layers of simple figures, the musical equivalent of haiku, while buzzes, bleeps, clicks provide a counterpoint. Those lines of the counterpoint never meet. The pianist is showered by signals that demand translation; the piano expresses a longing to translate. Yet the electronics remain on another plane, emanating from deep space, heard in a darkened room. Still a mystery. The effect is at once something grand and marvelous, but also lonesome. Chow’s performance was at once virtuosic in its relentlessness. Yet remains intimate and meditative. The music flirts with monotony, and with its subdued colors actually would work well in the background, a suitable soundtrack for that state between wakefulness and sleep. Yet its profundity demands concentration as the figures shift, rise in volume, fade. A simple figure will assert itself in the middle, dropping at odd places over the steady pulse that undergirds the piece. Usually concerts at the ClaZel have a more informal air – that’s the appeal. People gather, chat at the bar, and serious listeners sit in the chairs in front of the stage. Those chairs were full, the bar area was full, and the audience throughout the venue was hushed, ready to be transported.

Clazel will be buzzing with new piano concerto Monday

The Clazel in downtown Bowling Green is not the place you’d expect to hear a piano concerto. On Monday night at 8, though, pianist Vicky Chow will perform a recently minted concerto. Instead of strings and winds, Chow will be flanked by banks of small loudspeakers. Her performance of Tristan Perich’s “Surface Image” for piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics is part of the Bowling Green State University MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music’s Music at the Forefront series. Chow gave the premier performance of “Surface Image” in February, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. When it was released on New Amsterdam records the following year, it landed a multiple best-of-the-year lists. According to the label’s website: “Chow’s dynamic performance is swept up in a sublime flurry of dazzling 1-bit sounds, simultaneously entangling and unraveling over the hour long journey. The line between electric and organic is artistically blurred, as the simple hand-wired electronics fuse with the individual notes of the piano on the same, expansive plane.” A native of Vancouver, Canada, Chow was invited at 9 to perform at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival and the next year performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She has made a name as a performer of contemporary works giving the premier performances and recording works by Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, John Zorn and others. She is the pianist with the Bang on a Can All Stars, Grand Band, New Music Detroit and The Virgil Moorefield Pocket Orchestra. On Sunday at 3 p.m., Chow will perform a solo recital of favorite contemporary pieces in the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art.