Feuermusik (pronounced FOY-er-mu-zik) is Jeremy Strachan (woodwinds) and Gus Weinkauf (percussion). This Toronto-based duo has been writing and performing since 2004.
Goodbye, Lucille began life in June 2005 . Intended as a one-day, live-off-the-floor documentation of Feuermusik's electrifying performances, the album expanded conceptually during the course of its creation. Strachan’s Mingus-esque orchestral tapestries are offset by Weinkauf’s raw yet intricate bucketwork. As much following the tradition of firebreathing tenor players like Peter Brötzmann and Charles Gayle as he does the delicately shifting harmonic big band colorations of the Miles Davis/Gil Evans charts, Strachan’s reedwork belies his presence in the pop/rock world where he is in high demand as a guitarist and session player (past and current groups include Sea Snakes, The Hylozoists, Nathan Lawr, Jim Guthrie Band etc). Weinkauf’s roots trace back to the mid 90’s post-hardcore scene, playing drums in Mississauga basement-legends Blake. Him and Strachan would eventually play together in the avant-punk trio Rockets Red Glare, whose four year existence saw them tour North America exhaustively, releasing two critically acclaimed full length records. Weinkauf made the switch to bucket playing sometime between the demise of RRG in 2003 and his unexpected phone call to Strachan, in which he explained his concept of a saxophone-bucket duo capable of creating energetic and expansive music using limited tools.
Jeremy Strachan member
Gus Weinkauf Buckets