As promised, here is some video of Matt Endahl’s stellar early afternoon set at TOTALLY AWESOME FEST 9 this previous April (see the previous entry on Orphanage Rats for more info on the happenings of that Saturday afternoon). Amazing Riley/Oliveros vibes here, felt like a soothing hot wash in the late April sun.

Matt Endahl is now based in Nashville, TN. He’s an honest-to-god working musician, an excellent jazz pianist who can play in the pocket like Herbie Hancock, or fly completely out the window like Cecil Taylor. That said, his completely noncommercial experimental performances have been among the best I’ve seen in the last half-decade, whether he’s turning a weather-beaten grand piano on its side and playing it like kettle drums, shaking tree nuts with a small exposed speaker and an oscillator, or wrangling a ragtag ensemble to play his wonderfully complex score Jacob’s Ladder (full disclosure: I played electronics in one version of that ensemble). Though I wish him the best as a session jammer, I hope it doesn’t curtail his experimental proclivities. The world needs more like this guy.

Check out more of Endahl’s recording over here.

Dustin Krcatovich is a cartoonist, writer, designer, founder of FM DUST, and a collector of certain curios and ephemera (with a focus on 20th century "junk culture"). His writing and illustration work appears frequently in The Quietus, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Esquire's Culture Blog. He is also a former editor and contributor to Secret Zen Garden,Saagara's illustrated mindfulness/wellness blog for young people. He currently resides in Portland, OR.