• Wilson Kemp
  • Les Rhinocéros

Bassist Michael Coltun started his band Les Rhinocéros when he was a high school student in Washington, D.C. Its debut album, recorded in 2009, proved that he possessed a wealth of ideas and technical skill. As I wrote last year about that 2011 release, “Les Rhinocéros mix prog rock with various strains of international music—jacked-up klezmer, West African trance—and emphasizes his concise writing rather than the hollow excess that’s unfortunately typical of prog bands, especially when they’re young.” Coltun has gone through several lineups since recording the debut, and some new conspirators turn up on the trio’s forthcoming second album, Les Rhinocéros II (due from John Zorn’s Tzadik Records on May 21), and accompany the leader on Monday night at Township.