Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Brett Carson
pianist, composer
Brett Carson explores the dynamic intersection of materials and the exploration of myth through his compositions, at once volatile and highly structured. Using architectural elements borrowed from composers such as Braxton, Cage, and Messiaen, and deriving inspiration from such fields as mysticism and science, his work aims toward the deconstruction of a musical and linguistic reality, to be reassembled in a way that is fragmented though still recognizable.

A native of Georgia, Brett became active in Atlanta's experimental music scene while working in more conventional contexts, particularly as a jazz pianist. He became a part of the Bay Area new and improvised music scene in 2012, and has performed and/or recorded with a number of musicians including Bill Baird, Brian Baumbusch, Nicolas Collins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Rent Romus, and William Winant. Recent projects include the jazz/improvisation group Quattuor Elephantis, a mytho-dramatic song cycle "Mysterious Descent", and the 2017 premiere of his one act play, "Mary's Dilemma, or That Sinking Feeling." He holds an MA in Composition from Mills College, where he studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Les Stuck, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Robert Schwartz.
Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:00 PM
Elbo Room Jack London Square [311 Broadway Oakland]
Jordan Glenn's BEAK (Album Release), Bad Luck (Seattle), Grex

Grex: Karl Evangelista-guitar, voice, percussion, Rei Scampavia-keys, voice, percussion

Bad Luck: Neil Welch-saxophone, live electronics, Chris Icasiano-drums

Jordan Glenn's BEAK: Jordan Glenn-conductor, Geneva Harrison-drums, Max Judelson-bass, Robert Lopez, Bob LaDue-percussion, Tim DeCillis, Mark Clifford-vibes/percussion, Brett Carson-keys, Karl Evangelista-guitar

An absolutely incendiary night of wild sounds, swooning melodies, and knee-rattling rhythms, featuring a set of improbable new music from Oakland art rock band Grex, a special visit with the crushing Seattle sax/drums/electronic duo Bad Luck, and an album release performance from Jordan Glenn’s all-star BEAK.  More...
Saturday, October 6 2018 8:00 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series:
The Jordan Glenn Party + Jason Hoopes, solo electric bass
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  More...
CDs on which Brett Carson appears:
Brett Carson Mysterious Descent
Artist: Brett Carson
Title: Mysterious Descent
Label: Self Produced n/a
Label page on this site: Self Produced
Self Produced n/a
Noertker's Moxie druidh penumbrae
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: druidh penumbrae
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4175
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4175
Noertker's Moxie & The Melanchoholics Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie & The Melanchoholics
Title: Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4167
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4167
Noertker's Moxie Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4162
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4162
Brett Carson's Quattuor Elephantis Quattuor Elephantis
Artist: Brett Carson's Quattuor Elephantis
Title: Quattuor Elephantis
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4157
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4157