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December 18, 2015 | doors at 9:00pm
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Triple Ds presents:
JEFFREY BüTZER AND T.T. MAHONY PERFORM VINCE GUARALDI'S "A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS" NIGHT 1
JEFFREY BUTZER- T.T. MAHONY
Book of Colors | The Music of David Lynch
with special guests

Book of Colors (holiday set)

Jeffrey Bützer and The Bicycle Eaters

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the much-beloved holiday chestnut "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Generations have grown up with this evergreen Christmas tradition, and the years show no sign of diminishing its universal appeal, owing in no small part to its classic soundtrack, composed and performed by Vince Guaraldi and his trio. For each of the last seven years, Atlanta musicians T.T. Mahony and Jeffrey Bützer have brought this classic soundtrack album to life for southeastern audiences, and have been met with strong community appreciation and support. For many, it has become a Christmas tradition in its own right. In 2015, this program will be presented in Atlanta, Asheville, Marietta and Birmingham.
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Jeffrey Butzer- T.T. Mahony
Christmas isn't quite Christmas in Atlanta without T.T. Mahony and Jeffrey Butzer's A Charlie Brown Christmas show at the Earl in East Atlanta Village. December 16 and 17 the musical comrades return for the ninth year to present in its entirety Vince Guaraldi's evergreen Christmas album A Charlie Brown Christmas. Veterans of well-received tribute shows for Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and others, the pair turn at Christmas to the low-key mood jazz encapsulated on the immaculately swinging Guaraldi classic. Bützer and Mahony are joined this year by Mike Beshears on bass. Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights present Christmas albums by the Beach Boys and the Ventures to get the evening off to a rollicking start. It's Christmas, Charlie Brown!
Book of Colors
“Book of Colors sounds like that elf you meet way out in the woods strumming a harp made of dreams and rainbows. And his band is a tough gang of unicorns high on Gummi juice.” -Artlantis

“…a well-arranged album rife with interesting tones, rhythms and instrumentation.” -ArtsAtl

“Book of Colors is one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets, but that might just change with the arrival of its debut record.” -Creative Loafing

“However you choose to label them, Book of Colors is André’s way of leveraging our talented community, and this debut album is the gift he’s given back.” -OpenEars Music

The much-anticipated debut album from Book of Colors came out February 5th, 2016 on Deer Bear Wolf Records. This first, self-titled record sees Book of Colors’ mastermind André Paraguassu surrounded by an impressive cast of fourteen players that includes members of Little Tybee, Adron, Ryan Gregory (Christ, Lord, Lily and the Tigers), and Chris Childs (Hello Ocho, Faun and a Pan Flute). Recorded by Ben Price at studilaroche in Atlanta, Book of Colors is a dreamy and hypnotic journey, constantly skirting the edge between torn-open soulfulness and delicate restraint.

“There is an amazing music scene happening in Atlanta right now. It’s a major city overflowing with world-class talent, but the amount of camaraderie within the artistic community makes it feel like a small town,” André says as he reclines lazily on the classically southern front porch of their drummer’s home in Little Five Points where they rehearse. “I’ve always loved playing with large ensembles and this city has been the gift that keeps on giving in that regard. Everyone is so supportive and eager to collaborate. I feel incredibly lucky to be working in such an inspiring creative atmosphere.”

The arrangements for all ten songs on Book of Colors are notably dense. Vocal harmonies and instruments seem to stretch off into infinity in every direction with orchestral elements such as the violin, viola, marimba, vibraphone, and flute blending seamlessly with horns, piano, organ, pedal steel, guitars, and synthesizers. The result is a collection of songs with a unique, fully realized sound that’s simultaneously genuine and refined.

The first track on the album, “Why Don’t You,” pairs African percussion instruments with distinctly Middle-Eastern harmonic scales. A heavy rhythm & blues bass line and gritty Rhodes piano move the song steadily forward as it eventually swells into an ocean of overlapping harmonies and rhythms. The voices multiply and build in intensity until they become a mass of screaming and muttering, finally dropping away as the band returns to its initial slow groove. It’s a fitting start to an album that takes a multitude of unexpected turns and weaves together a wide array of seemingly incongruous styles.

Even when he’s employing a sense of irony, as in the smirking epic “Oh Your Backwards Smile,” Paraguassu never hides behind his tricks. He is a songwriter who faces weariness with childlike wonder, pain with wisdom, and indignation with unrelenting sweetness. It’s music that feels nostalgic the first time you hear it, like an old friend you didn’t know you had.

André’s list of songwriting influences is long and eclectic, but the majority of artists and albums he mentions are from the sixties and early seventies, with a heavy slant toward music made in the UK, Brazil, France, and the southern United States during that time period. As such, traces of Nick Drake, Harry Nilsson, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke can all be heard in his vocal delivery, with dark raspy low notes and a soaring, bell-like upper register. Psychedelic elements that bring Broadcast, Pink Floyd, and Caetano Veloso to mind mix with introspective lyrics and symphonic orchestration in Paraguassu’s often complex song structures.

Book of Colors has played alongside national and international acts that include Kishi Bashi, Bright Black Morning Light, Horse Feathers, Della Mae, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Streets of Laredo. They’ve also performed in numerous festivals and events in and around Atlanta and the Southeastern United States.

Book of Colors is the 11th release in less than two years for Deer Bear Wolf Records. It’s available on CD, cassette, or digital download.
The Music of David Lynch
JEFFREY BUTZER AND THE BICYCLE EATERS. , It becomes obvious that the musician is indebted to the cinema after listening to only a few minutes of his music. For Bützer, the films he has in mind are set in the same locales as his music: French-inspired Eastern Europe. His first two LP releases, each comprised of short instrumentals, would—and are designed to—fill the soundtracks to such films. While his second release, The Garden of Scissors, accompanied a self-written script, it is his recent score for Raymond Carr’s Wild is the Wind which served as his first on-film release. When played by the solo musician, Jeffrey Bützer’s music generally comes across as minimal, melodic French musette. With the Bicycle Eaters, however, he maintains a different M.O. Comprised of Bützer on piano, accordion, and glockenspiel, Cassi Costoulas singing in French and English, Chad Shivers on guitar, Matt Steadman on bass, and Eric Balint on xylophone and percussion and Kristin Havert on cello, the sound comes closer to Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western scores and French Chamber pop than musette. The melodies and general style of the original songs are intact, but the band attempts to make things more direct, intricate, and engaging with bold strokes.In addition to performing in Atlanta, his place of residence, Bützer has toured China, Eastern Europe, and the US.