Weasel Walter | Large Ensemble


Multi-instrumentalist and composer Weasel Walter’s major work for large ensemble harnesses volcanic Free Jazz virtuosity with deliberate structural control and variation. The hulking, multi-generational 12-piece group (featuring multiple reeds, brass, guitars, double basses, and the leader himself on drums) delivers an outrageous assault of ceaseless momentum and musical surprise with orchestration ranging from unaccompanied solos to the full-bore apocalypse of the full orchestra, and everything in between. Building off the traditions of John Coltrane’s legendary “Ascension”, Globe Unity Orchestra’s various works and the complex sonics of modern composers like Xenakis, Penderecki, and Stockhausen, the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble conjures a high-energy atmosphere where instrumental extremity rules. 

Walter is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser best known for leading the seminal punk-jazz/no-wave/brutal-prog band The Flying Luttenbachers between 1991 and 2007. Seamlessly uniting the intensity and abstraction of improvised music with the nihilist aesthetics of extreme rock forms, Walter is committed to violent momentum, idiomatic unpredictability, and rapid articulation.

An expert in the underground music scene of the late 1970’s, Walter has lectured at Bard, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Chicago in Paris, and penned the introduction for Marc Masters book No Wave, the definitive history of the New York movement from which Lydia Lunch emerged in 1977 with her first group Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. He is musical coordinator and lead guitarist for RETROVIRUS, a retrospective of the full spectrum of Lunch’s musical legacy from No Wave skronk and bludgeoning hard rock to sleazy Jazz Noir and propulsive psychedelia.