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9:30pm doors/10pm showtime
T collective started as a curiosity. There were several groups in Minneapolis performing what we called live instrument electronic music, meaning we were performing electronic based sounding music, that typically is mostly made on studio equipment and computers. Two groups in the early 2000's that were doing this, that shared members and friends where Suki Takahashi and Poor Line Condition. Several friends in these groups had a desire to collaborate, and try to make something new outside of their current bands. The desire for that same sound was still there though. Through a shared love of jazz and improvised music, and of course this studio-based electronic music we all were interested in, the formula for T collective came about.
Not sure exactly how the name was settled on. At the time I was very involved with Tim Glenn and JT in various projects. JT at the time was curating a series at the turf club called jazz implosion. He would invite my group at the time, Poor Line Condition, to perform at the series. After a while we extended the series and started to do a second night, featuring this new idea of studio-based electronic music being performed with live instruments live, sometimes actually incorporating some of these electronic music producer tools, such as computer programs, keyboards, drum machines, sequencers, etc, in addition to acoustic and stringed instruments... In 2003 another opportunity arose at the Dinkytowner to curate some of these events.
The pool of guys that we pulled from consisted mostly of musicians already involved with or influenced by electronic music. In 2013, the series was brought back as a grouping of short miniseries' that are still happening seasonally at Icehouse. Again, still including people and musicians who already had an interest or involvement and bringing the electronic music vibe to their music, using it as a main part of their pallets, creating the sound that is labeled T Collective.
Past and present members are best listed by band name, including Fog, Polica, Lateduster, Halloween, Alaska, Poor Line Condition, Suki Takahashi, Vertiform, Auto Pilota, Ourmine, Mel Gibson & the Pants, Keston & Westdal, and many others...
JT Bates has worked with artists from the ends of the spectrum. Equally at home improvising with Paul Metzger, as well as delicately rumbling under a Pieta Brown song, the drums are an extension of his daily life. Exposure and experience into improvised and creative music through a high school friendship with Ben Vida (Bird Show, Town & Country) opened him to the idea that any sound is music, and that any music is just sound, organized. JT Bates is a drummer, keeping time and playing songs with many folks (Greg Brown, Erik Koskinen, Frankie Lee, Dead Man Winter, The Pines, and more). JT Bates is an improviser, churning up the spirits alongside Evan Parker, Tony Malaby, Anthony Cox, Michael Lewis, Adam Linz, and Craig Taborn. He is a session drummer for the likes of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, Marijuana Deathsquads, Joe Pug, and Trampled by Turtles. He is also a curator. The Jazz Implosion, now in its 17th year in the Twin Cities, has solidified modern and avant-garde music in the Twin Cities scene. Featuring folks young and old, from near and far, always searching for the newest sounds they can find. Many traveling guests over the years such as Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Tom Rainey & Ingrid Laubrock, Jen Shyu, Jerry Granelli, David King, David Tronzo, Tatsuya Nakatani, and many of Minnesota's finest talents as well.
JT's longest standing bands both feature his dear friend Michael Lewis (Bon Iver, Happy Apple). Alpha Consumer, a true rock and roll power trio, also featuring guitarist/composer Jeremy Ylvisaker (The Suburbs, Andrew Bird, Fog) on the guitar. Fat Kid Wednesdays, the romping, slightly out of control jazz trio, which also features bassist Adam Linz (Embezzler, Upper-Torso Malfunction). Finding his own voice has been the main impetus to tirelessly continue in music, and these bands you will hear that shining through, alongside his closest friends.
Open Relationships represents his first recording under his own name, and it is a proud accumulation of many of these experiences.