Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Feb 23 2020 7:30 PM


7:30 pm Brett Carson - solo piano
8:30 pm Ellis/Charuest/Valsamis
Lisle Ellis - bass, Yves Charuest - saxophone, Peter Valsamis - drums

Yves Charuest, Lisle Ellis, and Peter Valsamis began playing together in the late 1980’s in Montreal, Canada and, over the years, developed a distinct and personal collective musical language. Drawing inspiration from jazz and avant-garde music, the trio’s measured pace brings space and clarity to their ideas and interaction, shifting between traditional jazz and extended techniques.


Brett Carson is a composer, pianist, improviser, and occasional theater artist based in Oakland CA. His compositional work, which has been described as "fascinatingly intense" (Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Voice), explores the intersection and juxtaposition of diverse conceptual strata delving into the realms of myth, ritual, and unconscious impulse. Drawing from a plurality of influences, including Sun Ra, Olivier Messiaen, Captain Beefheart, and the literary work of André Breton, Jorge Luis Borges, and J.R.R.Tolkien, he seeks to establish alternative logical systems and cosmologies.
In addition to his compositional work, he has performed as a pianist across the US, Europe, and South America in new music, free improvisation, jazz, and rock contexts. He has played/recorded with a wide variety of musicians and groups including the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bill Baird, Brian Baumbusch, Nicolas Collins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Rent Romus, and William Winant.
Recent projects include the jazz/improvisation group Quattuor Elephantis and a mytho-dramatic song cycle "Mysterious Descent". Recent works for theater include the 2017 premiere of his one act play, "Mary's Dilemma, or That Sinking Feeling," and the 2018 premiere of his experimental chamber opera "Just Visiting (X-Ray Vision)".


Cost: sliding scale $10-20
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