European-American female Avant Garde Jazz Drummer, BILLIE DAVIES' official blog.
All of her music is improvisational... a conversation between musicians and musical instruments, a joint emotional expression inspired by a certain common feeling, thought or perspective that is being communicated to an audience. She practices the Art of the Jazz Musician, drumming the rhythms of Post Cool-Jazz, Avant-Jazz and Avant-Garde music.
"Here's what TOM TOM Magazine had to say about BILLIE DAVIES "12 VOLT" .... "The bohemian beatnik drum stylings of Billie Davies reverb from cymbal to kick drum with the intuitive jazzy drifts of a true drumming savant. Her album, 12 Volt, is a showcase of stop and go flow that keeps the listener in some kind of a suspended reality that feels like a faucet of cold tap water jazz that's on the fritz. If your ears are still burnin' from that summer city sun and are in need of a splash of some snare drum love that's sure to sooth your ears, mind, and soul, do yourself the favor and self-medicate with this avant-garde jazz album overflowing with Billie's jive drumming spirit. Listen to this while: smoking your hand rolled cigarettes in some dusky, dimly lit lounge in the Village. Don't forget your gin and tonic, black beret, red lipstick and snapping fingers for applause." — Stephanie Reisnour" — Stephanie Reisnour, TOM TOM Magazine
"She was born in Bruges, Belgium, eccentric , avant-garde jazz drummer - self-taught, relentless and explosive style of playing, jazz innovator, living in Los Angeles since 2009 only, she is this year's winner of the prestigious LA Music Awards in the category "Jazz Artist of the Year 2013" - BILLIE DAVIES! This award helped her to the greatest degree with her last (the fourth one) album "12 VOLT", which was released on their own label Cobra Basement. Billie Davies came to the United States when she was 32. Before that, from the age of 19, she was playing avant-garde jazz and free improvisation throughout Europe, especially France, Spain and the Mediterranean. She learned from recordings that included drummers such as Al Foster, Billy Higgins, Billy Cobham, Peter Erskine, Billy Hart and Jack DeJohnette. In doing so she got herself sucked into the various ethnic influences, particularly Roma music. Original language: Czech - English version: http://www.billiedavies.com/Press_12VOLT.html" — Jan Hocek, his VOICE
"Billie Davies: 12 Volt (2013) By C. MICHAEL BAILEY, Published: November 22, 2013 Billie Davies: 12 Volt Drummer Billie Davies' previous recording, All About Love (Self Produced, 2012) was novel and compelling, a trombone trio with the drummer lead. Davies assembled original and standard works, achieving both educational and artistic endpoints. The present recording, 12 Volt, retains the trio format, substituting the guitar for the trombone and pushes the trio envelope out with a moody collection of eight originals, when considered together comprise an avant-garde suite possibly conceived by Grant Green and John Coltrane. This music is most comparable to Jimmy Giuffre's 1960s trios exploring free jazz using three independent instruments probing jazz's three-dimensional space. Davies directs a very similar interrogation of spatial sound dependence and independent of time." — C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
Award Winning, Belgium Born Jazz Drummer Leaves Career in California for a Career in New Orleans!
Billie Davies (born Billie Goegebeur, December 10, 1955 in Bruges) is an American female jazz drummer and composer best known for her Avant-garde jazz compositions, as well as her improvisational drumming techniques which she has performed in Europe and in the US since the mid-nineties.
Billie and her, recording/producer husband, Mike, moved to New Orleans this last March to achieve her dream of being a New Orleans based musician. She has been working with local, like-minded sidemen, Shan Kenner on guitar and Pete Olynciw on upright bass to form her New Orleans Ensemble. They have created a suite of new music entitled Downman Road.
Her 2012 release of “all about Love” solidified her position as a professional jazz musician. This recording of standards and original music, charted #1 in CMJ Jazz College Radio Charts for ‘top jazz add’ in new albums and went on to stay there for 4 weeks. “all about Love” was also very well received in Canada where the album ended up in the Top 10 on three different! Earshot Jazz charts.
In October, 2013 Billie released “12 VOLT” which also garnered national and international attention. CJ Bond, JAZZ MUSIC (an online jazz journal), wrote the following… “12 VOLT” features exclusively original compositions of Billie Davies, revealing yet another formidable creative talent in Davies' impressive artistic arsenal; making this an important CD for Davies, since it adds the crucial tyne of 'composer/arranger' to her sterling artistic fork, augmenting fearless innovation, and superlative drumming technique as well.
In September of 2013, Billie Davies was nominated for the top Jazz Artist award from the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards; she received the award on November 14. Five months later she moved to New Orleans and is now ready to present her show to the New Orleans audience.
Her guitar player on “12 VOLT,” Daniel Goffeng, describes Billie as …bringing something radically new to the idiom of modern jazz in various ways which, in its purest essence, incorporates everything in its collective subconscious amalgam that has come before. Billie Davies' music is unapologetically moving in the direction of “true art” and plays with colors, moods, movements, feelings and interactions, a paradoxically more advanced concept of expression...
S. Victor Aaron tells us that "Davies is not countering the modern jazz movement so much but rather stripping it down to its essence. When listening to Davies play, it’s easier to think of her not as a drummer but a tonal painter who swipes brushstrokes with her drumsticks."
l-r: Gary Washington- bass, Billie Davies- drums, Shan Kenner- guitar.
We are looking for any and all opportunities to help promote her New Orleans debut and to officially introduce her to New Orleans’ music scene.
, YES! Billie let her hair be long again...!!! She finds herself more
beautiful to look at in the mirror. She likes herself that way so much better. And
she hopes that you will too...
To end the year 2013 the BILLIE
DAVIES Ensemble, with Daniel Coffeng on guitar and Jacob Bartfield on upright bass,
had a wonderful performance at NOLA's in downtown Los Angeles.
Videos of this performance will be released soon... BILLIE DAVIES received the 2013 23rd Annual LAMA "JAZZ ARTIST" Award
on 11/14/2013 at the AVALON in Hollywood.
A NEW CD release by Jazz and Avant Garde drummer BILLIE DAVIES. "The organic essence of improvisational
music. The evocative manipulation of sound and silence into a living breathing microcosm
of emotion and spontaneous creativity." Brent Black / www.bop-n-jazz.com