Saturday, September 6, 9:00 p.m.
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
56 Broadway, downtown Asheville
Admission: $5 for BMCM+AC members + students with ID/ $7 non-members
Praise for Mind Vs. Target
The (group) is compact but powerful, displaying an intuitive and almost psychic rapport that makes its improvisational moments as faultless as its rehearsed parts.
P. Wall, Columbia Free Times
Originally a free improvisation duet, Mind Vs. Target was formed in Spring 2006 featuring Shane Perlowin on guitar and Joseph Burkett on upright bass. In short order they began introducing composed material into the mix, and in summer of 2007 Michael Libramento joined the project on drums. As a trio, they composed numerous original pieces and developed a deep intuitive rapport with one another as improvisers, performing regionally and at the 2007 Ears and Eyes Festival in Chicago, Illinois. In the summer of 2008, they expanded to a quartet, with the addition of Tyler Kittle on tenor saxophone.
The music of Mind Vs Target ranges from rich harmonic textures to quick angular twists and turns, from sweeping spaghetti western music to hooky Latin jazz, from delicate lyricism to sublime walls of sound. Though improvisation is prominent, much of the music is tightly composed and executed. And, though the direction of the group is largely rooted in the jazz avant-garde, other influences are strongly felt, such as rock, folk, minimalism, electronic, and pop. In addition to composing and arranging collectively, each member brings original music to the group.
Members of the band:
Joseph Burkett- bass
After studying jazz bass and receiving a Bachelor of science in music technology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Joe spent the next few years using his knowledge to entertain fine diners and play in a variety of largely unknown bands that were moderately enjoyed by dozens of people. He now lives in Black Mountain as a professional carpenter/woodworker, amateur farmer, and part-time bassist. For the time being he has stopped cutting his hair.
Tyler Kittle- tenor saxophone
Tyler Kittle received his degree in jazz studies from Western Carolina University. Before joining Mind Vs Target in July 2008, he was member of the popular touring Afro-beat group, The Afromotive. He has played throughout the US and Europe with various groups and under various leaders. He speaks seven different languages and draws his inspiration from music from all over the world.
Michael Libramento - drums
Multi-instrumentalist/composer Michael Libramento has been working as a musician in Asheville for several years. He is known for his dynamic and unique drumming style, due to his role in Mind Vs. Target; however, it would not be out of place to find him as a left-handed, upside-down electric guitarist or bassist in a rock club, in pop groups such as Stephanie's Id or Jar-E...possibly at the Hammond organ or Wurlitzer electric piano at a studio session...or laying down some vocal harmonies over his minimalist soul productions. In addition to live performances in venues across the country, including festivals like Bonnaroo and South By Southwest, Michael is often helping record/produce his friends' albums or teaching private music lessons.
Shane Perlowin – guitar
Shane Perlowin is a guitarist/composer who has lived in Asheville since 2001. His idiosyncratic playing style is most widely known by his work in the group Ahleuchatistas, which he founded in 2003. In Asheville, he can be heard playing with his Ashes in Order or Doom Ribbons projects, or in various jazz combos around town. He studied philosophy at UNCA, where, for his final thesis, he explored Black Mountain College composer John Cage's work in depth, looking at Cage's chance operations in light of 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant's theory of mind. Perlowin has performed throughout the US and Europe, including gigs at the 2005 Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal, Quebec, the 2006 Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, and the 2007 Leipzig Jazz Festival in Germany.