Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Feb 15 2020 7:30 PM

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley

Tender Buttons (Tania Chen, piano; Gino Robair, electronics and percussion; Tom Djll, electronics and trumpet) conclude their Bay Area tourette with an appearance at beloved local soirée hangout Tom's Place, with opening electronic set by Tim Perkis and Madalyn Merkey.

Tender Buttons taps sound worlds of complexity and lush emptiness, using grand piano framed by modular electronics. At times evoking sound worlds reminiscent of early Stockhausen, Cage/Tudor, and new wave bands of the 1980s, the trio interplays compatibly with an intensity wrought from focused concentration – sometimes evoking a meditative “composed” sound world, at other moments setting up impossible musics in side-by-side coexistence, shimmering and translucent. Tender Buttons came together out of a shared passion for the practice of free improvisation as informed by contemporary musical disciplines, with a dash of intuitive and absurdist literatures.

Tender Buttons

Tania Chen – piano, electronics, toys
Gino Robair – electronics
Tom Djll – trumpet, electronics


Tim Perkis - electronics
Madalyn Merkey - electronics

Doors at 7pm
Limited seating

Cost: Donation
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Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Gino Robair and John Butcher, 2008
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault