KASE, Season Two: Full Bloom

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Imagine the journey of intentionally finding joy
every single day
sifting through all the shit
to intentionally find joy
every single day
like, how do you do that?
how do you empty your mind?
to just focus on that single, solitary piece of joy
it's a choice, right?
a decision that has to be made
to be at peace
to do what you love
to manifest this beautiful vision
that you, only you behold
it's like a seed, right?
what if we all planted one seed,
of one single piece of joy
that we would experience every day
what would our gardens look like?
how would our hearts feel?
it could be so simple as
greeting each other
or smiling
offering a word of encouragement
a little piece of kindness
a "go ahead you can do it!"
you can do it do it!
and do it every day
finding joy
intentionally on purpose
in the same way we find discomfort
in somebody cutting us off in traffic, or
that little piece of trash on the side of the road, or
the way that once person looked at you that one day a long time ago, or
or you could find joy
or you could intentionally find joy
like, what would happen right now if you
intentionally cracked a smile?
cuz you're digging this vibe right now
what would happen?
if you intentionally, everyday
it could be something as simple as making up your bed with all 15 pillows
making breakfast
or making that call to somebody that you missed
that you just wanted to hear the sound of their voice
i mean
you might find joy in that break of sun on a rainy day
in that glimpse of light
you might find joy in hearing from your sister
that its all going to be alright
intentionally finding joy
sifting through the shitstorm that life be bringing sometimes
but something good happens everyday
just as frequently as what we perceive as bad
I am finding joy
everyday that I have life

-Tiffany Miller

(Photo Old Man Malcolm)

released September 2, 2022

JAMIE BREIWICK: trumpet & electronics
JOHN CHRISTENSEN: upright bass
JORDAN LEE: turntables & electronics
*special guest TIFFANY MILLER: spoken word (S2E3)

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by JORDAN LEE
Photography by ANDREW TRIM
Design by JAMIE BREIWICK, B Side Graphics

Episodes 1-4, 6, 7 recorded live at SAINT KATE ARTS HOTEL
Episodes 5, 8 recorded live at THE JAZZ ESTATE
Milwaukee, WI

All music by Jamie Breiwick, John Christensen, and Jordan Lee.
Words by Tiffany Miller


KASE "Pop Art"

This was the first time we made music together as KASE. The recording is extremely noisy, raw and unpolished – but it is a glimpse into the beginning of an almost two-year residency, ultimately shut down by the pandemic. You can tell we are not only "feeling it out" but also and most definitely feeling "it". I found these forgotten files on an old hard drive, and while not quite "studio quality" or maybe even "releasable" quality, I decided to just slide this one out there without too much ballyhoo. Why not? I couldn't think of a reason not to.

The SCENE: is The Highbury Pub in Bay View, WI. It is a cozy neighborhood haunt nestled amongst a number of restaurants, comic book shops, diners, wig stores and other Bay View oddities. If NYC has the Village or Chicago has Wicker Park, Milwaukee has Bay View – like those other places but smaller and grittier, probably drunker. As is typical of Wisconsin in the winter, the bar slowly filled in and got heated up as the night carried on. The tall windows steamed and dripped with condensation. In this setting we got the sense that experimentation was OK, simultaneously inside and outside the cultural mainstream. That's the point. Hip, without the 'ster. The crowd was mostly neighborhood folks, a few friends, and maybe a dog or two. Some were there for the music, some were there for the beer, some didn't know why they were there. A crowd in the back shouted "Suuuuuuuper Bowl!!!!", oddly in unison. They were most likely oblivious to the music being made. But that's ok. The overly massive painting of A Tribe Called Quest's "Low End Theory" cover faces the band and provided a steady reminder. By the end of the night, we were all friends.

The MUSIC: it developed through many twists and turns and obstacles and glitches and uncertainties over the course of the night. You can sense a direction forming and taking shape, as if being directed by gravity to a common point. knowsthetime (Ian Carroll) orchestrated the rhythms, textures and forms like a master conductor – all ears and reflexes. Ready to pivot and move in any direction or all directions at any time – all the time. Now's the time. He's not just a DJ, he's a drummer, a designer, a composer, a musician. John started the night out on electric bass, but quickly ditched it for the comfort, familiarity, depth, power and history of the upright bass... guttural, ancient and modern. Creatures of creativity exploring the space. For some reason, I brought a larger than normal setup: my trumpet run through a well-worn and squeaky Dunlop "Crybaby" pedal, a DOD delay and a 70's Fender Twin Reverb – more of a guitar setup. Like Miles, Hendrix is an early and important influence on me; not on my trumpet playing necessarily, but deep in my musical DNA.

KASE is an outlet for expression, an outlet for friendship, an outlet for us to be ourselves.

“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
― Andy Warhol


released March 1, 2021

Jamie Breiwick, trumpet/effects
John Christensen, upright bass
knowsthetime, turntables/ableton

recorded by Bryan Mir
Live at The Highbury Pub
Milwaukee, WI
Feb 24, 2018

All compositions by Breiwick, Carroll, Christensen
Cover photo by Jamie Breiwick
Artwork by Jamie Breiwick

© 2021 B Side Recordings.