Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Aug 20 2017 8:00 PM

The Back Room
1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley
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MAYBE MONDAY: Fred Frith (guitars, effects, etc.) / Miya Masaoka (Dan Bao, electronics) / Larry Ochs (saxophones).
IMPROVISED MUSIC AT ITS MOST SUBLIME. Etherial. Mesmerizing…. Actualy; it’s been 6 years since our last concert; just guessing (and remembering).

This is a one-off concert in Berkeley for our friends in the San Francisco Bay Area... a (hopefully) special night of music by a trio known earlier as MAYBE MONDAY; long-time friends and musical associates in a trio that played many shows from 1996 - 2007, but only one trio show since then. We're really looking forward to it. And the venue is a very nice, intimate space (with couches) where you can RELAX AND FOCUS ON THE MUSIC.

The music was well described in this review from a 1997 Great American Music Hall concert: "The trio of Fred Frith, Miya Masaoka, and Larry Ochs is one of those groups that look unlikely on paper but once heard has an emotional logic that suggests they've always been there, doing that.... No strangers to each others' music — Frith and Ochs have been associated, via Rova, for many years, Frith has toured Europe with Masaoka (and Tom Cora), the musical lives of Ochs and Masaoka have intersected on several occasions — the trio enables these strong and instantly recognizable voices to re-invent themselves, finding quite other solutions in each others' company to those they might arrive at in other contexts. The delicate mesh of electric and acoustic, ethnic and urban, tradition and experiment sets up a tension in this music which places it apart from the high energy/noise-oriented confrontation that characterizes a lot of contemporary improvising. It's a tension, however, that is sometimes most ingeniously resolved. Contradictions abound — in the ferocious lyricism of Ochs, the placid aggression of Masaoka, Frith's passionate detachment — but the result, rather than shocking or unsettling the listener, is as familiar as breathing, as inevitable as fire." — Piet Schaap, June, 1997

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!

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 with student ID. 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).
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