Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Apr 27 2017 7:30 PM

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street Berkeley
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On Thursday, April 27, at 7:30pm, Tom's Place presents

Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar)
Phillip Greenlief (saxophone)

Susan Alcorn is a Baltimore, Maryland-based composer and musician who has received international recognition as an innovator of the pedal steel guitar, an instrument whose sound is commonly associated with country and western music. Having absorbed the technique of C&W pedal steel playing and refined it to a virtuosic level, her original music reveals the influence of free jazz, avant-garde classical music, Indian ragas, indigenous traditions, and other musics of the world. The Guardian (UK) describes her music as "beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony."

Susan is known primarily as a solo performer, though she has worked with artists as diverse as Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne and John Butcher. She also has a long-standing collaboration with Bay Area saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, with whom she will be playing at this show.

We're pretty stoked about this duo. Susan has been on our must-book list for a long time, and every time we hear PG it makes us happy. This will be a must-see evening.

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA

Admission: donation. All proceeds go directly to the musicians.
Doors open at 7:00. Wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free, donations accepted.
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