Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Oct 27 2016 8:00 PM

Set 1, 8pm: Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri perform works from their hit ECM album Transylvanian Concert ◉ Set 2, 9pm: Headboggle & Joe Lasqo: Space Ghost Études — 2 pianos, 2 electronics tables, 2 sets of objects & toys, & 2 very odd musicians. Thu 27 Oct @ Center for New Music

Advance tickets available: here

◉ Set 1, 8pm: Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Concert

Transylvanian-born, NYC-based pianist Lucian Ban and violist and Grammy nominee Mat Maneri present material from their award-winning 2013 ECM release Transylvanian Concert and premier new music for a follow-up album: re-imagined Sun Ra & Paul Motian pieces, Transylvanian doinas, re-constructed Enescu and Bartok pieces, original compositions, microtonal songs and more.

When Romanian piano master Lucian Ban and virtuoso violist Mat Maneri joined up for a concert in an opera house in Târgu Mureș in the middle of Romania’s Transylvania region, the music was, as JazzTimes puts it, "as close as it gets to Goth jazz". The hit album, informed by the twin traditions of jazz and brooding European chamber music, has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including several Best Album of 2013 awards, and has spawned continuous touring.

The Guardian (UK) noted Transylvanian Concert's "own kind of melancholy beauty and wayward exuberance", The New York Times called it "a lovely and restive new album", All About Jazz hailed its "moments of unanticipated beauty",  L.A. Weekly talks about a performance that is "mesmerizing, evocative and sensually explicit" and The Village Voice said "it is one of those records that whisk you away". Jazz Weekly talks about “A modern collection of sonatas that erase the lines between jazz and classical, a melding of sounds similar to a modern liturgy”.

Lucian Ban (piano) was raised in a small village in northwest Transylvania, in the region where Bartok did his most extensive research and collecting of folk songs, and grew up listening to both traditional and classical music. He studied composition at the Bucharest Music Academy while simultaneously leading his own jazz groups, and notes that his approach to improvisation has been influenced by "the profound musical contributions of Romanian modern classical composers like Aurel Stroe, Anatol Vieru and of course Enescu". Desire to get closer to the source of jazz brought him to the US, and since moving from Romania to New York in 1999 his ensembles have included many of New York’s finest players.  

Mat Maneri (viola), 2006 Grammy Nominee for "Best Alternative Album". Over the course of a twenty-five year career, Mat Maneri has defined the voice of the viola and violin in jazz and improvised music. Born in Brooklyn in 1969, Mat has established an international reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation, praised for his high degree of individualism, a distinctive marriage of jazz and microtonal music, and his work with 20th-C icons of improvised music.

Space Ghost and friends

◉ Set 2, 9pm: Headboggle & Joe Lasqo: Space Ghost Études

Enigmatic, ectoplasmic, culturally recycled into an ironic Cartoon Network drift-meme, and, by definition, beyond-stratospherically high, Space Ghost serves as an apt metaphor for the series of studies in synchronous | asynchronous de-coherent interstellar entanglement which Headboggle (Derek Gedalecia) & Joe Lasqo will present.

Comprising a series of solo and duo interventions on the ether, Space Ghost Études will wind up with an extended 2-piano | 2-electronics++ monster truck space voyage, inspired by musical techniques analogous to the radical deconstruction of language in Michael McClure's Ghost Tantras.

In honor of Space Ghost, a wide variety of sound signals derived from various planetary and astronomical objects (up to and including the sound of the Big Bang), will be employed.

Derek Gedalecia, a.k.a. Headboggle, has been performing electronic + keyboard-based soundscapes for several years in the Bay Area in over a hundred local performances at venues ranging from GTK to YBCA. Incorporating lowbrow with highbrow art, music, and comedy, Head Boggle’s intent is to fuse together a new ecstatic improvisational performance style with a carefully crafted musical underbed layer. In his formative years, Derek studied classical and ragtime piano from noted ragtime composer/revivalist Dr. Brian Dykstra. 

Pianist / laptopist Joe Lasqo studied classical music in India; computer/electronic music at MIT, Columbia, Berkeley/CNMAT; has been a long-time performing modern & avant jazz musician; & has lived, played and listened in several Asian and European countries (now in San Francisco). He’s keen on the application of artificial intelligence techniques to improvisation and the meeting of traditional Asian musics with the 21st century, most recently in an AI + humans ensemble multimedia piece at Grace Cathedral for the Soundwave ((7)) Biennale.

Joe had a weekly residency for 3½ years+ in the piano series at Viracocha, with more recent residencies at San Francisco’s PianoFight. He’s appeared recently with Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams of ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, the London Improvisers Orchestra, Phillip Greenlief’s Orchesperry, the Golden Gate Improvisers Orchestra, his own Renga-kai (連歌会), Mukaiji-kai (霧海箎会), and Fushigi Kenkyūkai (不思議研究会) ensembles, synthesist Thomas Dimuzio, clarinetist/vocalist Beth Custer, pianist Thollem McDonas, percussionist Suki O’Kane, technodivas / electronic musicians Pamela Z & Viv Corringham (NYC/London), saxophonists Adrian Northover & Sue Lynch (London), and many others.

Cost: $15 members | $20 non-members