A free/punk/funk/experimental collective, featuring Marc Ribot (John Zorn, Tom Waits, etc etc), plus two of the best young players on the new york/california underground improv/experimental rock scene, Shahzad Ismaily - bass/electronics (Ben Frost, Carla Kihlstedt, Sam Amidon) and Ches Smith - drums (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn, Carla Bozulich).
"Wei Zhongle make a highly rhythmic, floating brand of indie pop. The quartet has had four shifts in lineup over five albums, and their sound has morphed along with those changes. But they have managed to keep a sound that is distinctly theirs through every iteration, from the sharp ruminations of their self-titled debut to the mesmerizing, appropriately named Nu Trance.
Their latest effort is the Nice Mask Over An Ugly Face EP. It’s a funky, catchy collection of songs that still possesses the musicality of their previous output. Deep, burrowing grooves, interlocking melodies, and infectious hooks vary in pace from a medium boil to a frenetic frenzy as Rob Jacobs’ subtly soulful voice weaves it’s way through. Just when you think you’ve settled into a particular sound, things get warped, experimental, and delightfully weird, leaning into R&B, psychedelia, and even new wave." - Stereogum
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound. Bordreuil's collaborative projects include duos with Michael Foster and Tamio Shiraishi, a trio with Sean Ali and Joanna Mattrey, and the no-wave band “Signal Break”.
Brandon Lopez is a composer and bassist devoted to the exploration and execution of the creative musics. Since moving to NYC in 2013, he's found himself working with a myriad of the cities finest players and outfits (Nate Wooley, Peter Evans, Marshall Allen, Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Chris Corsano, Tyshawn Sorey, Joe Morris, Ingrid Laubrock, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Mike Pride, as well as many others).
He currently leads the trio, The Mess (Chris Corsano on drums and Sam Yulsman on piano) and performs as a soloist.
As a sideman, he's been dubbed "the ubiquitous". Some current work is with the Nate Wooley 4tet, William Parker's Little Huey Orchestra, Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, Leila Bordreuil Quartet for Bass trio and Cello Solo, The Jaimie Branch Trio, Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones, amongst many others.
He was recently awarded a grant by the Foundation for Contemporary Art for his guitar trio piece "Movement"
He attended New England Conservatory of Music and studied under Joe Morris.