Damo Susuki (CAN) @ Ivy Room
Apr
18
8:30 PM20:30

Damo Susuki (CAN) @ Ivy Room

Myself, drummer Warren Hugel, and others support Damo Susuki, vocalist for CAN.

This is Damo Suzuki’s first US tour in over 10 years. For fans of krautrock and psychedelia, this is not to be missed! Best known for his work with the pioneering German group Can, Damo Suzuki is a vocalist and improvisational musician whose creative wanderlust has taken him around the world, performing with a dizzying variety of collaborators. 

Suzuki had little experience as a musical performer before joining Can in 1970, but his bold, theatrical style and abstract lyrical sensibility put its stamp on three of the group's most memorable albums (1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi, and 1973's Future Days) before he left the group in 1973. 

After a decade away from music, Suzuki returned in 1983, shunning the recording studio in favor of improvised live performances, a number of which have been recorded and released, among them 2000's Seattle, 2002's P.R.O.M.I.S.E., and 2007's The Fire of Heaven at the End of the Universe.

Working with established groups as well as "sound carriers" he often has never met before walking on-stage, Suzuki's music in the 21st century has found him relentlessly exploring the boundaries of spontaneous creativity.

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Fred Frith Trio - The Stone Residency
Sep
24
to Sep 28

Fred Frith Trio - The Stone Residency

Fred Frith, Jordan Glenn, and myself take up residency for 5 nights at The Stone, performing with very special guests John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Lotte Anker, Okkyung Lee, and Evelyn Davis.

Fred Frith (guitar)
Jason Hoopes (bass)
Jordan Glenn (drums)
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9/24 Tuesday 
8:30 pm
Fred Frith Trio

9/25 Wednesday
8:30 pm
w/ Ikue Mori (electronics)

9/26 Thursday 
8:30 pm
w/ Lotte Anker (sax)

9/27 Friday
8:30 pm
w/ Okkyung Lee (cello) and John Zorn (sax)

9/28 Saturday 
8:30 pm
w/ Evelyn Davis (keyboards)

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Fred Frith Trio - European Tour 2019
Oct
17
to Nov 4

Fred Frith Trio - European Tour 2019

Fred Frith Trio…on the road…

Thurs, Oct 17 - TBA
Fri, Oct 18 - TBA
Sat, Oct 19 - Bari, Italy @ TBA
Sun, Oct 20 - TBA
Mon, Oct 21 - TBA
Tues, Oct 22 - TBA
Wed, Oct 23 - TBA
Thurs, Oct 24 - TBA
Fri, Oct 25 - TBA
Sat, Oct 26 - TBA
Sun, Oct 27 - TBA
Mon, Oct 28: - TBA
Tues, Oct 29 - TBA
Wed, Oct 30 - TBA
Thurs, Oct 31 - Ebersberg, Germany w/ Lotte Anker @
 Altes Kino Ebersberg e.V.
Fri, Nov 1 - TBA
Sat, Nov 2 - TBA
Sun, Nov 3 - Tampere, Finland @ TBA
Mon, Nov 4 - TBA

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Fred Frith Trio / Saariselka / Voicehandler
Dec
17
7:30 PM19:30

Fred Frith Trio / Saariselka / Voicehandler

Fred Frith Trio

Fred Frith - guitar
Jason Hoopes - bass
Jordan Glenn - drums


When I proposed this trio I had nothing in mind beyond getting together with a couple of formidable musicians who I love and respect and seeing what would happen, which is pretty much the way things go in my world. We played a few gigs many months apart, always had a blast, invited a couple of awesome guests (Lotte Anker and Jessica Lurie) and didn't think much in conceptual or any other terms. It took playing night after night during our European tour of 2015 or some themes to start emerging. I appeared to be channeling some of my earliest rock and roll experiences – jamming with members of Pink Fairies in 1969, a couple of sad weeks in a band with Syd Barrett, and attending Gong and Pink Floyd concerts where I had the chance to absorb the lessons of Daevid Allen and Dave Gilmour. Earlier my electric guitar heroes had been George Harrison and Pete Townsend, and then – as my horizons broadened – Muddy Waters and Sonny Sharrock. McLaughlin's playing in Tony Williams' Lifetime had been a revelation. On tour with the trio these voices all started clamoring for attention, and Jason's stunning ability to wring everything there is to be wrung out of an electric bass was as liberating as Jordan's playful, irreverent, and absolute authority. Anything can happen. Really. It's a bloody great feeling.”
-Fred Frith

Saariselka

There is an old Norse myth that says the great northern glaciers stored energy until they burst with fluorescent light, creating the Aurora Borealis. Saariselka is inspired by the meeting of earth and light, where slowly moving land masses merge with enveloping light fields. This sonic collaboration is between composers Marielle Jakobsons (Fender Rhodes, organ, synthesisers) and Chuck Johnson (pedal steel guitar and treatments)

https://longformeditions.bandcamp.com/track/ceres

Voicehandler

Jacob Felix Heule: percussion
Danishta Rivero: voice and electronics


Voicehandler plays intuitive, incantatory music grounded in the most primitive and somatic instruments -- the voice and percussion -- juxtaposed with contemporary, disembodied electronics. We situate ourselves in our physical and social environment through our music. Our improvisations are shaped by their setting and context, and we use site-specific installations to more deeply experience spaces. We deconstruct song forms in relation to mythology and literature to explore our humanity and the shifting discourse surrounding it.

http://heule.us/voicehandler/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVw9lCt9HMY

https://humbler.bandcamp.com/

Hi res photos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=164BeM9Q6_kbGSvRFvbbhBiJ9P3dSgjEe

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Brett Carson's Just Visiting: X-Ray Vision
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Brett Carson's Just Visiting: X-Ray Vision

Friday, October 26, 8pm
Saturday, October 27, 2pm & 8pm

Just Visiting: X-Ray Vision

The Opera

Two explorers take a journey through apocalyptic visions and uncanny rituals. A collage of dreams cobbled together from the broken pieces of an alternate existence. Strange communions with beasts and monsters. What lies at the other end of the telescope?

My name is Brett Carson and I'm a composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join me in bringing to life the latest in a series of pieces exploring the dramatic/visual side of music making with a new multimedia chamber opera, in which I’ll be exploring non-narrative storytelling through music and experimental theater.

The People

I’m lucky to be working with some of the most versatile and cutting-edge musicians in the Bay Area including vocalists David Katz and Christina Stanley, and instrumentalists Lewis Patzner (cello), Jason Hoopes (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums). We've already been rehearsing and developing the music/action for a few months, and I’m excited to be presenting this work with them. Additionally, I have the pleasure of collaborating with Sam Genovese, who is doing live video projections to compliment the on-stage action, Adria Otte, who is doing additional electronic sound design, and Julie Moon, who is filling the role of rehearsal pianist and assisting with other aspects of the design. 

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Reasons For Moving w/ Fred Frith, Darren Johnston, Larry Ochs, Jordan Glenn, Jason Hoopes
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Reasons For Moving w/ Fred Frith, Darren Johnston, Larry Ochs, Jordan Glenn, Jason Hoopes

Initiated by Darren Johnston and imagined originally as a one-off recording project, this un-categorizable quintet spearheaded collaboratively now by Johnston, Frith and Ochs has reformed in 2018 for tours, live recordings and unchartered adventures in sound and space. For this performance, the core players will be joined by Frith cohorts Jordan Glenn and Jason Hoopes.

"There are bands which you start listening to and you think, 'this is great, this is it!,' and sometimes that’s a disappointing thought when the rest of the music does not meet the initial expectation, but that is definitely not the case with Reasons For Moving. The great thing about it all is that the focus is never lost, all tracks speak the same musical language, with lots of variations, but with raw emotions always on the surface, varying between sad melancholic moments to agonizing angst. These contrasting emotional fields are well brought up by this stimulating, creative, entertaining, and boundary-shifting music. — Stef Gjissels, The Free Jazz Collective

"One of the great things about this band is that Darren's trumpet and Larry's saxes work so well together, in similar tonal areas. Fred Frith is the perfect middle man, balancing between the horns and rhythm team perfectly, whether dealing in dark colors and shades or occasionally soloing underneath or with the spinning horns. On a few of these pieces, Frith gets a chance to lead and stretch out and turn the quintet inside-out into a strange twisted (prog?) rock unit. These pieces fall somewhere between Massacre and Material, yet they are still unique in their own way." — Bruce Gallanter, DMG Monthly

"Reasons for Moving stamp their class as improvisation and free jazz explode in aural splendor and imaginative propulsion in this collaboration. Each has established an undiluted reputation as a forward thinker in taking improvised music into new realms. Change for them is a constant challenge, one they meet on-the-go as they play with their own bands and with other musicians who answer to a similar calling. Composition has a certain place in their vocabulary, but the larger attributes come when they work outside of the framework. Notation can be the bridge between improvised passages as much as it can herald the beginning or the end. Surprise is welcome, and adds to the impact, but the bigger bang comes from the interplay between the members." — All About Jazz

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

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The Jordan Glenn Party
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

The Jordan Glenn Party

Brett Carson - keyboard
Karl Evangelista - guitar
Joel Nelson - guitar
Bob Woods-LaDue - drums/percussion
Robert Lopez - drums/percussion
Alexandra Buschman - voice/electronics
Jon Arkin - electronic drums
Jason Hoopes - electric bass
Jordan Glenn - conductor

Opening set by Jason Hoopes - solo electric bass

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"The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
-G.K. Chesterton

“Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.” 
-Albert Maysles