Inner Ear Brigade at the Outsound New Music Summit Friday July 29th

We are performing as part of the Outsound New Music Summit on Friday July 29, 2016. Show at around 8pm. We are sharing the Bill with composer and vibraphonist Mark Clifford’s dirty snacks ensemble. This evening and festival is not to be missed!

Co-Presented by KFJC 89.7FM, Beginning on Sunday, July 24th through July 30, Outsound Presents their 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit. This year the Festival of new and improvised music features living legend Oliver Lake, as wellas Donald Robinson, Big City Orchestra, Brett Carson’s Mysterious Descent, Brandon Evans with Mark Pino and Christina Stanley, Dan Plonsey, inner Ear Brigade, Dirty Snacks Ensemble, Vinny Golia, Lisa Mezzacappa, Thomas Carnacki, IMA and more along with a hands on interactive Touch the Gear Expo a documentary film about Sonny Simmons, and an improvisation music workshop for all ages.

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Sunday July 24: Community Improvisation Workshop with Brandon Evans 2pm: All-ages all instruments community improvisation music workshop. $5-15 donation.
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Sunday July 24: Touch the Gear Expo
7pm: A hands-on, family-friendly expo for all ages for new and experimental music gear. Free.
Expo Exhibitors:
Andrew of Chopstick, Christine Richers , CJ Borosque, David Michalak, David Samas, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Jorge Bachmann, Lx Rudis, Matt Davignon, Peter Whitehead, Scott Looney, Shanna Sordahl, Sheila Bosco, Tom Nunn, R. Duck, Tom Djll

July 25: Sonny Simmons A Documentary Film by Brandon Evans 7:30pm: Film. 9pm: Q&A with director Brandon Evans. $8

July 26: Dan Plonsey Ensemble: “On His Shoulders Stands Nothing” (Randy McKean, Cory Wright, Dan Plonsey, Lynn Murdock, Masha Albrecht, Steve Lew, Suki O’Kane)
Brett Carson’s Mysterious Descent (David Katz, Brett Carson, Mia Bella D’Augell, Nava Dunkelman)
7:30pm: Artist Q&A. 8:15pm: Concert

July 27: Golia/Mezzacappa/Anderson
(Vinny Golia, Lisa Mezzacappa, Vijay Anderson)
Thomas Carnacki (Sheila Bosco, Jesse Burson, Gregory Hagan, James Kaiser, Cheryl E. Leonard, Gregory Scharpen)
7:30pm: Artist Q&A. 8:15pm: Concert

July 28: Oliver Lake with Donald Robinson
Brandon Evans/Christina Stanley/Mark Pino
7:30pm: Artist Q&A. 8:15pm: Concert

July 29: Mark Clifford’s Dirty Snacks Ensemble
(Mark Clifford, Vibraphone; Aram Shelton, Geneva Harrison, Scott Brown, Kristina Dutton, Steve Blum)
Bill Wolter’s Inner Ear Brigade (Bill Wolter, Josh Marshall, Andrew Jamieson, Steven Wright, Christopher Lauf, Alison Niedbalski, David Slusser)
7:30pm: Artist Q&A. 8:15pm: Concert

July 30: Big City Orchestra “The Persian Market”
(Das, Ninah Pixie, Andy Cowitt, Polly Moller, Suki O’Kane)
IMA (electro-percussion with Amma Ateria and Nava Dunkelman) 7:30pm: Artist Q&A. 8:15pm: Concert

Festival Pass: $65; $60 in advance. $15 general/$12 student/seniors unless noted.
Advance Tickets: at Brownpaper Tickets (see link above)

The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit is dedicated to the life and legacy of creative powerhouse saxophonist Marco Eneidi.

Funding for the 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit is made possible through the Musical Grant Program,which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.

Inner Ear Brigade live on KFJC

Inner Ear Brigade will be performing live on KFJC radio station on Sunday July 24th, 2016, around 8-10 pm, in support of our Friday July 29th performance at the Outsound New Music Summit. Please tune in at 89.7 FM if in the Bay Area, or check out to listen anywhere online! We are huge fans of KFJC, probably the most eclectic radio station out there.

Inner Ear Brigade / Horse Lords / Denny Denny Breakfast

Inner Ear Brigade / Horse Lords / Denny Denny Breakfast
The Starry Plough3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94705
Friday, May 20, 2016

Bay Area peoples, we are absolutely delighted to be hosting the Baltimore group Horse Lords on a two month tour for their most recent album. You will not want to miss these guys, the freshest sounds we’ve heard in a long time!

HORSE LORDS (From Baltimore on tour)

West African rhythms collide with just intonation guitars, art-fire saxophone, minimalist grooves, and collaged zapdowns on Interventions, the powerful third full-length from Baltimore’s Horse Lords. The band’s Northern Spy debut is also the first Horse Lords album to explore the classic studio-as-weaponry strategies of yore, mapping the quartet’s raw Baltimore lightning onto the experimental musique concrète territory surveyed by elder heads like Faust and This Heat.


Inner Ear Brigade (IEB) is an ensemble of musicians based in the San Francisco Bay Area who play a unique mix of progressive rock, free jazz, experimental pop, all delivered through their originally detailed compositions and arrangements. The music is “fun, happy, accessible, and proggy.” Steeped with a vintage analog sensibility, effects processing, and synthesizers, IEB crafts their sounds from “ RIO elements (Rock In Opposition), Canterbury (Sound), and Zappa”. IEB is Bill Wolter (guitar and compositions), Ivor Holloway (sax), Andrew Jamieson (keyboards), Steven Wright (bass), and Christopher Lauf (drums).


DennyDennyBreakfast (ddb) is the music project of Bob LaDue based in Oakland CA. The live band has a rotating set of members, and no 2 ddb shows are ever the same. Influenced by many things, pop music, death metal, cuban folkloric religious music and many other genres as well. All ddb music is available for at Bob enjoys making hummus, drinking sour beer, instrument building, rumba, rock climbing, zombies and much much more.

IEB Pacific Northwest mini tour Portland / Seatle

Inner Ear Brigade to appear in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA October 2, 3 & 4
Inner Ear Brigade will be making a rare visit to the Pacific Northwest the first weekend of October for three concerts. The band will be appearing at two shows in Portland, OR — Thursday, October 2 at The Firkin Tavern, and Friday, October 3 at Kelly’s Olympian. On Saturday, October 4 they will play at The Highline in Seattle, WA.

Inner Ear Brigade is an ensemble of musicians built around bandleader/ guitarist/ composer Bill Wolter, whose compositions feature a playful and inspiring mix of early 70’s progressive rock, electronic jazz, and experimental pop.

Wolter studied composition at Mills College with iconic avant-garde guitarist/composer Fred Frith, and has been involved in a wide variety of new music/creative music endeavors in the Bay Area. Inner Ear Brigade is the ensemble in which he displays in his uniquely original compositions — detailed epic musical odysseys that will take the listener for a journey through well-crafted songs and improvisation.

Inner Ear Brigade’s critically acclaimed full-length album “Rainbro” features 10 cuts of fun, happy, accessible, and “proggy” music. On the album you will hear uncanny chord progressions, three-part vocal harmonies, saxophone, brass, vintage keys and moog, and Wolter’s sinuous and animated guitar playing, all dancing around atop twisty odd meters and freely improvised sections, but not too far distant from pop aesthetics.

Inner Ear Brigade will be performing songs from “Rainbro” as well as brand new compositions that will appear on their upcoming new album, to be released in 2016, again on Italian record label AltrOck. Don’t miss it!

Thursday, October 2 at The Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR
Friday, October 3 at Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St, Portland, OR
Sunday October 4 at The Highline, 210 Broadway Ave E., Seattle, WA

Inner Ear Brigade @ The Omni Commons

Tuesday 5.19.15 @ The Omni Commons, Oakland
The Active Music Series
w/ Goddess Aphonic, Samuel Hertz

IEB Spring 2015 shows:

Tuesday, 3.24.15,@ Fortress Callosum, San Francisco
w/ Moon City Boys (Sweeden) + Bill Baird

Thursday, 3.26.15, @ Shine, Sacramento
w/ Doofy Doo + Goodmonger

Saturday, 3.28.15, @ The Handbag Factory, Los Angeles
w/ Blackberry Tongues + Alexander Noice Sextet

Saturday, 4.18.15, @ HM157, Los Angeles
w/ Astra + Corima

Thursday 4.30.15, @ The Knockout, San Francisco
Hedersleben + St. James & The Apostles

Inner Ear Brigade – shows Fall 2014

Inner Ear Brigade has a few SF and Oakland shows coming in the next few weeks starting this Saturday evening Sept. 6th at Amnesia in SF, then followed a few weeks Thursday Sept 18th at the Legionnaire in Oakland. See below for details!

We are diligently working towards our 2nd full length album. Come out to hear our new set, we have lots of new tunes to show off, with some truly amazing musicians bringing them to life.

Inner Ear Brigade is:
Bill Wolter – Guitar
Stephen Wright – Bass
Christopher Lauf – drums
Eli Wallace – Keyboards
Ivor Holloway – Saxophone
Valentina Osinski – Vocals
Theo Padouvas – Trumpet

1) Saturday September 6th, @ Amnesia, SF, set time ~ 8:30, other bands before and after.

Amnesia,853 Valencia St, San Francisco, California 94110

EARLY Show: 6-9:30 TELL Hour – Featuring Jen Anderson, Deborah Steinberg, Lauren Wheeler, Kevin Munroe and Linda Robertson
7 pm – Leila Adu
7:30 pm – The Wyatt Act
8:30 pm – Inner Ear Brigade

LATE Show: 10:00 pm to Close
10 pm – Diana Gameros
11 pm – Banda Sin Nombre
DJ Sets throughout the night by

2) Thursday, September 18th, @ Legionnaire Saloon, Oakland, show at 9pm
a night of irreparable damage by interstellar ambassadors




9/18/14 – 9pm
The Legionnaire Saloon, Oakland

IEB November 2013 shows

Friday November 8, ~ 9pm
@ Starry Plough, Berkeley
IEB, Jack O’ The Clock, Chuck Johnson

Jack O’ The Clock rule. The last time I saw them they seriously owned the music and it blew me away, expect the same!… Chuck Johnson’s albums play well on loop, it’s that listenable, and it’s not easy listening, but not difficult either. Chuck plays in the solo acoustic guitar tradition which has been dubbed American primitive guitar music. It’s great recorded or live. I’ve actually played his album on loop for several hours and it can really transport you somewhere.


Wednesday, November 13 ~8:30 pm
@ Hotel Utah, San Francisco
One Ton Music
Cash Pony, Grex, IEB, and Mark Clifford Quartet

One Ton Music ::
-To paraphrase the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, it don’t get no lighter–an evening of music both sonically and emotionally heavy, ranging from intense, apocalyptic psych rock (Cash Pony) to the noisy, free jazzy nether regions of chamber pop (Grex), careening through the valleys of inimitable Bay Area prog (Inner Ear Brigade) and casting a knowing glance at some extraordinary modern jazz composition (Mark Clifford Quartet). So to reiterate, heavy.


Saturday November 16, 2013, 3 PM
@ The Open Door Church, Nor Cal Prog Festival.
The Nor Cal Prog Festival will be held at The Open Door Church. Located at 4150 Piccadilly Lane in San Mateo, California.

Inner Ear Brigade 3pm to 4pm
Heliopolis 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Moraine 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Erik Norlander 9pm to 11pm

We are opening this festival, looks like an amazing venue, check it out if you happen to be in the Peninsula or know people down there.

IEB @ Stork Club, Weds Sept 26

The Fifth Annual Mission Creek Oakland Music and Arts Festival Presents:

Inner Ear Brigade
Jackie-O Motherfucker
The Heroic Quartet (

at The Stork Club!
Wednesday September 26

IEB plays a totally awesome Progressive Rock Festival @ Cafe Du Nord 7.20.13

Saturday July 20 2013
SMiLE! Presents
CORIMA (Zeuhl band from LA)
ONCE AND FUTURE BAND (featuring Joel & Raj of HOWLIN RAIN)
+ DJ Neil Martinson spinning Progressive Rock, Space Rock, Pastoral Rock, Experimental Rock, etc.

Cafe Du Nord 2170 Market
$10 Advance / $12 Door
Doors 7:30pm/Show 8pm 21+