McDonas (solo piano) at Barking
Legs Theater, Dec. 6
Wayne-O-Rama is now
closed! It was open from Nov. 19, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017. Designed
by Emmy-winning artist Wayne White, it's a funhouse of Chattanooga
history for all ages. Wayne-O-Rama is sponsored by See Rock City, Inc.
and presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space,
with generous support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint
Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation.
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The mission of the Shaking Ray Levi Society is to nurture and support
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and falls outside the mainstream, in order to help nourish the cultural
growth of Chattanooga.
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international level, supporting original work by area musicians and
filmmakers, and engaging the community through workshops and educational
"Only in our country are our children not receiving the benefits of the
dynamic energies taking place in our culture and in the heritage of our
culture and so, the work of the Shaking Ray Levi Society in my
opinion is very important because they are seeking to provide
an alternative to the marketplace dynamics." - composer, saxophonist and
MacArthur fellowship recipient Anthony Braxton (video)
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to Chattanooga over the years" - Dr.
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A.S.A.P. Wings (SRR CD-005)
Erik Hinds, Bob Stagner, & Dennis Palmer
art by Dennis Palmer
now on iTunes!
Wings is the first album from the trio
of Killick Erik Hinds, Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner,
a.k.a. the Shaking Ray Levis. The music is a juggernaut,
a whale of a hoot. Post-post-modern revivalism at its
ornery and most unabashed best, and there's even a cover
of The Residents' Red Rider. Open up yr wind-ers, open
up yr doors...
Shaking Ray Levis is an ongoing collaboration
of musicians with a common interest in improvisation.
The project was conceived and led by the
Chattanooga-based team of Dennis J. Palmer and Bob
Stagner. The latest incarnation of the group is a trio
with Killick of Athens, Georgia. They use storytelling,
synthesizers, samplers, percussion, and Killick's
one-of-a-kind H'arpeggione to achieve their distinctive
sound. They are the first American group to have
recorded for Incus Records, the record label of late
British free improvisational guitarist Derek Bailey.
Additionally, they have performed and recorded with John
Zorn, David Greenberger, Fred Frith, Min Tanaka, Amy
Denio, Ken Vandermark, Peter Kowald, Susan Alcorn, Larry
Ochs, Habib Koite, Chris Cutler, Susie Allen, and Derek
Bailey, as well as many other critically acclaimed
here to learn more about "Thealm Ol' Levi
of Athens, Georgia is a tireless advocate for improvised
and the other kind of music. He plays here his devil
cello: the H'arpeggione, an upright acoustic instrument
with sympathetic strings. Killick focuses on the raw
sound of his strings in all their microtonal glory; his
style blends primitive folk, heavy metal, and sacred
musics from around the world into a
doomy/pretty/physically exhausting voice. He runs Solponticello
Records and is the fellow who put out a solo
acoustic H'arpeggione version of Slayer's Reign In
Gospel Record (SRR CD-004)
Bailey, Amy Denio, & Dennis Palmer
Southern Gospel songs.
combines Southern Gospel compositions with firey yet
lovely improvisations, a crossover that transcends
qualities characteristic of both genres. The Gospel
Record (Reference Edition) expresses the spirit
of improvisation: it freely juxtaposes the atonal style
of Derek’s playing with Amy and Dennis’ diverging
interpretations of Southern Gospel, and takes on a
striking depth as a result of this convergence.
The pairing of
Southern Gospel and “Old-Timey Avant Garde” partners
traditional Gospel lyrics and vocal melodies with
nontraditional and expressive guitar sounds and
cross-rhythmic homemade heavy metal and funk samples.
The effect is at once jubilant and haunting, a reminder
of our own mortality and materiality and the
inexhaustible presence of the spirit.
LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams
Ah!-prime hooten-nanny of improvised, new fangled
and hand-crafted music to boot!
Witch (SRR CD-002) -1997
Dennis Palmer, Bob Stagner, JD
Parran, Steve Beresford, Davey Williams, Frank Pahl,
One rollicking record of improvised music that is fun
enough to bedevil the best out of apocalyptic culture.
"...In improv flights ranging from stretched-out
countrified shit kickers to rococo drone-alongs, the
Levis confirm their skills as integral elements in
group ensemble playing." - Andy Pierce, Creative
$10.00 ($3 s/h)
Lamar's (SRR CD-003) - Rec. 1999, Rel.
Derek Bailey, Dennis Palmer, and Bob
Lamar’s, the latest recording by British guitar legend
Derek Bailey and his East Tennessee co-conspirators,
Dennis Palmer (synthesizer) and Bob Stagner
(percussion), is a testament to their long-standing
collaboration that now spans three decades. The ensemble
playing found on Live at Lamar’s, shifting from the
heavenly, gospel-tinged opening to the sounds of
one-hundred-twenty-three devils riding giant catfish
atop waves of hellfire, speaks well to the notion that
“all that rises must converge.” Live at Lamar’s is a
Shaking Ray Records release, limited edition of 1,000.
Shaking Ray Levis have an aptitude for sounding fresh
and free from cliché while not appearing
self-consciously outlandish. They accommodate Bailey's
singular playing in ways that set his idiosyncrasies
to advantage, cast them in a relatively unfamiliar
light and whet the appetite for more."
TONY MOSTROM'S REVIEW.
of the Tennessee River (PP-8701) - 2003
Greenberger and the Shaking Ray Levis
(with Kenny Palmer & Frank
of the Tennessee River is the newest Duplex
Planet CD presenting 17 awe-inspiring stories
from senior residents of Chattanooga Tennessee. This
CD has been featured on National
Public Radio's "All
Things Considered" and includes monologues by
David Greenberger, with music written and performed by
the Shaking Ray Levis (Dennis Palmer-synthesizers,
samples & vocoder, Bob Stagner-drums, Kenny
Pahl-guitar, National steel guitar &