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    Peter Magadini he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant There he studied percussion improvisation and composition with Winant Fred Frith Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran One of Winant s first assignments for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time Mr Bungle here he met bassist composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio Convulsant During his time at Mills Ches co founded two bands Theory of Ruin with Fudgetunnel Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport and Good for Cows w Nels Cline Singers Devin Hoff He currently performs and records with Xiu Xiu and Secret Chiefs 3 He has also performed with Ben Goldberg Annie Gosfield Wadada Leo Smith John Tchicai Fred Frith and Trevor Dunn In addition to Ceramic Dog he also leads his two of his own projects Congs for Brums and These Arches He currently spends his time between Los Angeles San Francisco and Brooklyn For the new trio Smith composed a book of music that draws on the chemistry of the group including through composed material as well as pieces designed to be interpreted in open ended ways where the material is funneled through the particular and often peculiar improvisational process of this ensemble That process is akin to anarchic expression not chaos in the strict sense although it often goes there as well the result of each member bringing his decision making instinct to the table unmitigated yet informed by 20 years of work experience as leaders in their own right but also with the likes of for Ches Smith Marc Ribot John Zorn John Tchicai Tim Berne Lee Konitz Secret Chiefs 3 Mr Bungle Xiu Xiu Terry Riley Iggy Pop Craig Taborn Roscoe Mitchell

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