Francis / Pence / Stewart / Woods “Our Names”

I’ve sung Nik Francis’s praises on this site before, but it’s not something that can be overstated. Francis, the DC-based percussionist and composer, has quietly dropped a catalog of crucial exploratory, freeform music on his Topology label, working with everyone from Thollem McDonas, Tyler Higgins, Jamal Moore, and so many others. For Our Names, Francis is joined by Luke Stewart on bass, Crowmeat Bob Pence on … Continue reading Francis / Pence / Stewart / Woods “Our Names”

Thollem’s Astral Traveling Sessions – Thollem / Nik Francis

When Astral Spirits announced this year-long series documenting some of Thollem McDonas’s collaborative recordings made in the last few years, I was immediately intrigued. As the series has unfolded the list of collaborators has grown to include the likes of Susan Alcorn, Tatsuya Nakatani, John Dieterich, and so many others, that initial excitement has been rewarded. This recent edition with percussionist Nik Francis, though, is … Continue reading Thollem’s Astral Traveling Sessions – Thollem / Nik Francis