KVL (KIRCH/VAN/LUX) Vol. 2 Release Show!
KVL will be performing in the Sugar Maple back room. Doors 7:30 / Show begins at 8 pm
Quin Kirchner (drums, sampler, electronics)
Daniel Van Duerm (keyboards, electronics)
Matthew Lux (bass, electronics)
KVL, or KIRCH/VAN/LUX, is the improvising trio of Quin Kirchner (drums, sampler, electronics), Daniel Van Duerm (keyboards, electronics) & Matthew Lux (bass, electronics). Together, they create futuristic groove landscapes via the tradition of collective exploration. Drawing from their wide range of musical influences, including free jazz, electronic music, rock, funk & hip hop, KVL aims to create a music that is at once immediate & referential. They routinely enter unknown territory, exploring the endless realms of what could be possible in experimental improvisation, while never leaving the beat too far out of reach. Conjuring pulses, drones, scattering soundscapes & heavy groove-zones, KVL is a power trio from the future.
Volume 2 is the long awaited followup from the all-star Chicago trio of QUIN KIRCHNER, DANIEL VAN DUERM & MATTHEW LUX.
Although it’s been three years since their debut, Volume 1, KVL has continued to hone their brand of call-it-whatever-you-want jazz, keeping many of the same meditative and ambient qualities as their previous album, but expressed in new and different ways – Van Duerm’s repetitive and winding organ lines on “Absent Crash,” Kirchner’s steady & insistent “Compared to What” beat in “Pink Void,” and Lux’s steady & subtle bass lines throughout. But that’s not to say this a rehash of their previous work, as Marcus J. Moore astutely noted at the end of his 2019 review of Volume 1, “On an album full of lush tranquility, “Bladewalker” snaps you back to reality while foreshadowing KVL’s next move.” And Volume 2 does step boldly into new territory. The trio gives us the wild free jazz of “Percival’s Dilemma,” the meeting of electro and afrobeat on “Microvibe,” and finally, “Interconnectivity Suite,” a stunning 10 minute journey through fields of experimental electronics, dub groove rhythm section interludes that are so tight you could wind your clock to them, ruminative electric piano and eventually ending back into a world of lush tranquility. KVL isn’t coming back around full circle, rather Volume 2 finds KVL expanding and refining their sonic palette. A focus on looking forward instead of behind, and giving us yet another glimpse of what is to come in the future. But for right now, Volume 2 sounds just right coming out of my speakers and I couldn’t be happier.
Twistedsoul – New Sounds: KVL – Volume 1
Free Jazz Collective – Astral Spirits – Upcoming Releases
Something Else! – “Peaceable” (2019): Something Else! streaming premiere
Bandcamp Daily – Album of the Day: KVL, “Volume 1”
Tiny Mixtapes –
KVL – “North Branch”
Marlbank – Peaceable is priority listening