Strobe Session 60 – Extraordinary Popular Delusions with Larry Ochs

Tuesday, December 9th Strobe Sessions is happy to present Extraordinary Popular Delusions with Larry Ochs. EPD is Mars Williams (saxophone), Brian Sandstorm (bassist/guitarist/trumpeter), Steve Hunt (percussion) and Jim Baker (pianist/synthesist). In addition, the group will be performing with Larry Ochs (saxophonist). This will be a “first time” collaboration between Mr Ochs and EPD!

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ABOUT: Extraordinary Popular Delusions with Larry Ochs:

Extraordinary Popular Delusions (EPD), has been performing improvised music as a quartet for nearly ten years, but the musicians have decades of collaborative experience working together in various groups, including Hal Russell’s NRG Ensemble, Witches and Devils and Caffeine Trio, amongst others. They have also performed individually with a panoramic variety of musicians from Chicago and around the world.

Saxophonist Mars Williams has played with Peter Brotzmann, the Waitresses, Ken Vandermark, Liquid Soul, Hal Russell, the Psychedelic Furs, Swollen Monkeys, Harrison Bankhead, Paul Giallorenzo, NRG Ensemble, Michael Zerang, and many others.

Triple-threat bassist/guitarist/trumpeter Brian Sandstrom played for years with the Green Mill All-Stars, as well as Von Freeman, Hal Russell, Shawn Colvin, Lin Halliday, Ed Peterson, and the Skid-City Blues Band.

Percussionist Steve Hunt also played with Hal Russell, plus Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustaffson, Jack Wright, Michael Zerang, and German movie star Lars Rudolph (during Mr Rudolph’s earlier incarnation as a trumpeter).

Pianist/synthesist Jim Baker has played with Fred Anderson, David Boykin, Ken Vandermark, Dave Rempis, Michael Zerang, Guillermo Gregorio, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Avreeayl Ra, Janet Bean, Didier Petit, Vincent Davis, Rob Mazurek, Carol Genetti, The Thing XXL, and Tortoise.

EPD’s weekly performances at Beat Kitchen might initially seem deceptively low-key: but musicians from around the world routinely trek up the stairs to the small second-floor M.C. Escher-esque room at 2100 w. Belmont, where they are immersed in a figurative flood of sound. (What other band would need _three buckets for donations?)

Within the context of its weekly Monday-night performances at Beat Kitchen, EPD has collaborated with a number of musicians over the years, including Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Didier Petit, Waclaw Zimpel, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Paal Nilssen-Love, Frode Gjerstad and Henry Grimes.

EPD is excited to be collaborating in this Strobe Session with Bay-area saxophonist Larry Ochs, who has also spent many decades exploring various forms of improvisation and composition–both with his longstanding work with the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and also in groupings with myriad other musicians from around the world, including Scott Amendola, Don Robinson, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Didier Petit, Sylvain Kassap, Miya Masaoka, Xu Fengxia, Mark Dresser, Vladimir Tarasov, Fred Frith, Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson, Dave Rempis, Darren Johnston. More info can be found at

This Strobe Session will also be a “first time” collaboration between Mr Ochs and EPD. We are confident that Strobe’s microphones and electrical equipment will be able to cope with what promises to be a torrential maelstrom of sound, counterpoised with eerie silences, and, perhaps, occasional intervals of puzzlement by the audience and, perhaps, even the musicians.



STROBE SESSIONS are a performance series hosted by Strobe Recording since March of 2008. Strobe Recording invites musicians to perform in front of a live studio audience. Each performance is filmed, photographed, and recorded and made available to the artist.
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