Bonnie Kane

Bonnie Kane


Several band projects united under the W.O.O. and area (Whole Other Orbit) - composed of downtown NYC and Brooklyn rock-avantcore-artist-lifers who step out of their skins in public. What rock should be, what jazz would be if it could.


BONNIE KANE (saxophone, flute, electronics)
is a NYC based improviser, bandleader, and pioneer in extended saxophone and flute technique with electronics. Her dedication to improvisation was formed by an unusually early and constant exposure to Sun Ra, blessings from June Tyson, a background of equal parts: Hendrix, Ayler and Zappa - and studies with Sonny Simmons, Paul McCandless, Glenn Moore, Ralph Towner (Oregon), and Jon Raskin (ROVA Saxophone Quartet). A stint in the original Club Foot Orchestra (with Snakefinger (The Residents) and Eric Drew Feldman (Capt Beefheart), introduced her to electronic processing for horns, and brief study at Mills College under Anthony Braxton solidified her direction.

Bonnie has been touring internationally and recording since the late 1980's. Her band projects have been W.O.O., W.O.O. Revelator, World of Tomorrow and D-I.S.K. Her major duo projects have been with Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Federico Ughi, and Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut. Within NYC, she has performed at The Knitting Factory, CBGB's, ABC No Rio, The Brecht Forum, The Bowery Poetry Club, and other venues. She has opened for both Nik Turner and Hawkwind at major festivals and performed with Paul Winter, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Dee Popp, 99Hooker, and Tatsuya Nakatani, along with a long list of musicians in her bands.

There are over 30 releases to Bonnie Kane's credit. Recordings of these groups have been released on the Sachimay Interventions, No Labels, Pax Recordings, Evolving Ear, Sweetstuff Media, Bottomfeeder, and Funky Mushroom labels, and have received radio play and press acclaim worldwide. Also in demand as a soloist, she has recorded with John Spencer Blues Explosion, The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment, Friends of Mescalito, Thundering Lizards, and Casey Scott.

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Other Principal Project Musicians:

RAY SAGE (aka RACE AGE - drums)
Dubbed “the unending force”, Ray Sage rolls the drums like thick clouds moving fast across the sky - with shadows and wisps passing across the land, influencing the color of everything, There are periods of delicate hardcore rhythmic calms that transform into an intricate momentum of sheer power that rock every molecule. The astounded audience is often initially left in a state of stunned silence which rapidly gives way to wild cheers.

The son of a drummer, Ray has continued the family trade mesmerizing audiences throughout the US, Japan and Europe. By way of Detroit, Seattle and Japan, he came to NYC during the early 1980’s and joined the legendary wild noise rock punkparty band outfit, the Reverb Motherfuckers, who defined the extremes of what a live NYC show could and should be. He was also active with Dogbowl and King Missile, making several with recordings on the Shimmy Disc label, and has toured and recorded with Ron Anderson in various projects, including PAK. His current recording partners include: Burton Greene, Brian Groder, Borah Bergman, William Parker, Adam Lane, Joe McPhee, and Nobu Stowe. Since 1990 he has played with Bonnie Kane in the bands: W.O.O., W.O.O.REVELATOR, W.O.O.:Mambo Mantis, and D-I.S.K.

BLAISE SIWULA (saxophones)
Traveling the gray area of composer and improvisor, the sweet tones of Blaise Siwula’s horns have graced many stage and recordings. He has worked with Cecil Taylor, Tan Dun, William Parker, Joseph Daly, Donald Miller, Peter Kowald, John Fischer, Vincent Chancey, Newman Taylor Baker, John Voigt, Matthew Paris, Adam Lane and Joseph Scianni.

A visual artist and multiinstrumentalist, Blaise arrived in NYC via Detroit and Europe in1989 and became actively involved with the NYC Scene. He is the founder and director of the C.O.M.A. series at ABC No-Rio, NYC, presenting adventurous music on a weekly basis. Blaise has toured all over Europe, the U.S., and Korea and has release numerous recordings.

CHRIS WELCOME (electric slide guitar)
Chris Welcome is a guitarist and cellist living in Brooklyn. He has performed with musicians such as Daniel Carter, Jack Wright, Lisle Ellis, Herb Robertson, and many others. He has received positive reviews in Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, and from WNUR radio. In addition to performing regularly in New York, Welcome has toured the East Coast several times with Blaise Siwula and others and has toured the U.S. with the noise/rock/jazz group Mothguts.

GUEST ARTISTS -The evolution of Mambo Mantis has involved a rotating 4th position. The growing list includes: Will Redmond - guitar, Mike Pride - drums, Pierre Verbeek - cello, and Ninni Morgia - guitar, Shayna Dulberger - bass, Jordon Schranz - bass.

Influences:Sun Ra Arkestra, Albert Ayler, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, the Residents, Butthole Surfers, Miro, Picasso and Klee.

Sounds Like: Ayler on LSD


W.O.O.: MAMBO MANTIS (Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage,
Blaise Siwula, and guests)
2008 - ON A HIGH NOTE: CD, live in Slovenia and Croatia, Sweet Stuff Label
2007 - +1 -1: CD, live ABC No Rio and Brecht Forum, NYC, Sweet Stuff Label
2007 - TRANSPHONIC DIMENSIONS: CD, Konnex Records, Germany
2006 - LIVE @ GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY vol 1: CD, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC, Sweet Stuff Label
2006 - HEAD CHECK: CD, studio recording, NYC - Sachimay Interventions #24
2005 - EVERYONE KNOWS SOMETHING: CD, live at ABC NO RIO, and The Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, Sweet Stuff Label.
2005 - THE ECSTASY OF PERFECT RECOGNITION: CD, Studio recording, Sweet Stuff Label.

W.O.O.REVELATOR (Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage, Chris Forsyth)
2004 - AN IDEAL BEING, ELEMENTAL FLOATER: split LP w/ Bonnie Kane & Chris Forsyth. Happy Zloty Records, Germany.
2000 - THE THEORY OF REVERSED EFFORT: CD, Studio recording, Sweet Stuff Label/Evolving Ear.
2000 - The First Time, (w/ Ernesto Diaz-Infante & Pat Harmon): CD, Live Sweet Stuff Label/Pax
2000 - Notes on What’s What: CD, Live from, ABC NO RIO, NYC. Sweet Stuff Label.
1999 - TAKING THE LONG VIEW: CD, Live: Knitting Factory & Bar XVI, NYC. Sweet Stuff Label.

W.O.O. (Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage, and others)
1999 - W.O.O. im Huberland: CD, Live w/ David Huberman in NYC and Europe, Sweet Stuff Label.
1997 - W.O.O. “In Your Own Juices”: Enhanced CD , Wagon Train Records.
1996 - EAST/WEST: Compilation 7”, CARBON 14, #7.
1995 - Blender CD Rom Magazine #2, #3, #4: Computer animation of W.O.O. material.
1994 - W.O.O.topia, Live From Europe: CD, Live from 1st European tour, Funky Mushroom Records.
1994 - Ah Quelle Belle Journee!: CD, Compilation from France, Amanita Records.
1993 - Another Car Commercial/ Another War Movie: Dbl 7" vinyl set, Sweet Stuff Label.
1993 - Hung on FanaticS: CS60, Sweet Stuff Label.
W.O.O. (Early years, with Bonnie Kane and others)
1992 - W.O.O. bootlegs: PEEK-A-BOO (cs) and
1990 - Telescope: CS60, CD, w/ Ron Anderson, Oren Bloedow, and others. Vital Music Records.
1989 - we three Bings: LP, Compilation, Vital Music Records. A punk rock collection of Christmas songs with W.O.O.’s first vinyl recording.
1989 - Should've, Might As Well: CS60, Live at CBGB's, Sweet Stuff Label.

2006 - TIKTAALIK ROSEAE: Out at the Edge, CD, Studio Recording. Molecular feedback. NoLabels/Sweet Stuff
2006 - TRIO Ends of Earth: CD, Live Recording. More molecular feedback. NoLabels

D.-I.S.K. (Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage, Ernesto Diaz-Infante)
2004 - THE NATURE OF THINGS: CD, Studio Recording. Distance, time, longevity, space = one Sweet Stuff Label
2003 - MYSTERIOUS PLANET: CD, duet: Bonnie Kane and Ernesto Diaz-Infante, recorded live. Pax/Sweet Stuff Label.

WORLD OF TOMORROW (Bonnie Kane, Scott Prato, Cliff Ferdon, Chris Morrow and others)
2004 - INTERSTELLAR IMMIGRANT: CD, Psychedelic avant-core industrial. Sweet Stuff Label
2002 - GLOBAL CITIZEN: CD, Studio recording. Extreme beauty delicate feedback and cosmic noise. Sweet Stuff Label.
2001 - III: CD, live, Strange Daze 2000, The Knitting Factory, and NYE 2001 ABC No Rio, NYC.Sweet Stuff Label
2000 - WATER ON MARS: CD, Live recordings from shows in NYC and Delaware. .Sweet Stuff Label
1999 - SOUL MOTIVE: CD, Recorded live from NYC shows at Coney Island High and in studio. Sweet Stuff Label

Aural-Innovations Online Radio, The Ear-Relevant Music Hoedown Shows 52 , and 53

and Taran's Free Jazz Hour - 12 april 08 part2

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Set List

Typical set is 40 minutes to 1 hour - sometimes one long piece, sometimes three pieces. We often do two sets on tour.