As drummers go, Jim White is one of the best working today, equally at home playing frenzied fills in Dirty Three, taking a more restrained approach with his work with White Magic a couple of years ago, or providing the backbone of the all-star band providing the music for Jem Cohen’s We Have an Anchor at BAM. All of which has us especially eager to hear Xylouris White, his new project with lute player George Xylouris.
This video of the duo at work has us particularly excited, as it seems to explore that same spot between chaos and melody that White’s mined so compellingly in his Dirty Three work. They have a couple of Brooklyn shows coming up this month; it is likely that you will see a Vol.1 Brooklyn editor or two at at least one of them.
The fact that a dog wanders into the performance a minute or so in is basically icing on the cake.