Adrian Belew hasn't been on the road in North America since 2011, when he was out with fellow King Crimson alumni in the Crimson ProjeKCt.
But he's making up for lost time now with his Adrian Belew Power Trio.
"We've been playing together for four years, almost the entire time outside of the U.S.. Time has flown by, so here we are," says the Kentucky-born Belew, 64, a singer and guitarist who, in addition to his own material and King Crimson has worked with Talking Heads, David Bowie, nine inch nails, Frank Zappa and many others.
"This is a power trio, so that means everybody kind of plays a lot; that's a requirement for being in a power trio. I love the freedom of it, As a guitarist; it really puts all the pressure on me to create, and I even do a lot of looping up there, so it's like there's a fourth member hidden somewhere in my gear. It's a really challenge, and I love to be challenged."
Belew plans to make some new music with the Power Trio, too, some of which will like surface on Flux: Music, a music app he created that is set up to present chunks of music and accompanying visuals that draw from a library of material, from musical instruments to "common, everyday sounds" that's so large that users never have the same experience twice -- which Belew considers an older musician learning new tricks.
"It's a response to the way I feel people now process information in the Internet age," Belew explains. "I think everybody, whether they know it or not, our brains have been re-trained to take in information in short, quick, random bursts. That's exactly what Flux:Music is; you do hear lots of songs, but they come at you in different ways, sometimes remixed or different versions, sometimes the first verse and chorus or a guitar solo, or with a different guitar solo.
"I'm loving it because it also allows me to utilize things I couldn't normally utilize on records. I always have a lot of snippets -- five-second, 10-second things -- that I've never known what to do with, and now they can be part of (Flux:Music), whereas before they'd just sit around."
With all of this going on, Belew says he "didn't want to be part of" the latest incarnation of King Crimson that leader Robert Fripp has put together, so he was relieved when Fripp didn't ask him to join. "When (Fripp) explained to me it was all going to be older music from before my time in the band, it made perfect sense that I shouldn't be part of, and I'm fine with that," Belew says. "It's Robert's thing, and whatever he wants to do, he should do.
"If he had asked me, it would've interrupted the flow of what I'm doing now. This is all very important to me, so I'm happy I didn't have to make a choice."
drian Belew Power Trio and Saul Zonana
Thursday, Dec. 18. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.
Tickets are $24
Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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