JAMES CHANCE & THE CONTORTIONS
plus The Out of Towners
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 10:00 PM EST
(9:00 PM Doors)
The Rivoli, Toronto, ON
19 years and over
THE BLEACHED BLACK SAX MANIAC FROM NEW YORK CITY
JAMES CHANCE AND THE CONTORTIONS
A key figure in No Wave, James Chance has been playing a combination of improvisational jazz-like music and punk in the New York music scene since the late 1970s. He formed The Contortions, with live shows often ending in violence when Chance would confront audience members. They reached a wider audience with their contribution to the Brian Eno-compiled No New York collection of No Wave acts.
Chance's bands have included Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, James White and the Blacks. His music can be described as combining the freeform playing of Ornette Coleman/Albert Ayler with the solid funk rhythm of James Brown, though ﬁltered through a punk rock lens.
"Chance and his various musical groups stamped a new fringe style that felt at once chicly nostalgic and switchblade-sharp—today young bands across the city still aspire to their plucky, smoky air and rambling structures." -THE NEW YORKER