Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Jan 11 2018 7:30 PM

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street Berkeley
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On Thursday, January 11 at 7:30pm, Tom's Place presents

(John McCowen, clarinets
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto
Jacob Felix Heule, percussion
Tom Djll, trumpet)

John McCowen, the Oakland-based composer/clarinetist/improviser, is moving away from the Bay Area, so we're throwing a little going-away concert for him, featuring his ensemble Kokuo.

John specializes in post-electronic acoustic music. His solo playing focuses on the extended possibilities of the clarinet/contrabass clarinet, embracing electronically-generative music as a structural starting point for acoustic composition and featuring long-form drones as a means to extrude structure, treating the clarinet as an acoustic synthesizer.

In Kokuo, McCowen plays with Bay-Area all-stars Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion) and Tom Djll (trumpet).

Update: Jacob Felix Heule will not be able to attend.

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.
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
The premiere, at the 2013 Outsound New Music Summit, of Wrack ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (made possible by the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commissioning program).
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault