Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Nov 11 2022 8:00 PM

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street Berkeley
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On Friday, November 11 at 8:00pm, Tom's Place presents

Zoh Amba (sax) and Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) (electronics)
Tom Djll (trumpet, elec), Chris Cooper (gtr/elec) and Jacob Felix Heule (perc)

On Friday, Tom's Place is pleased to welcome the new duo of Zoh Amba and Jon Leidecker (Wobbly). Zoh is a New York Based Saxophonist, flutist, and composer. This profile, from the Sept 26 edition of the NY Times, pretty much tells the whole story:

Jon's recording-driven improvisations produce music which inherently questions the act of being captured. Recent performances deploy a battery of mobile devices driven by their built-in microphones, reacting spontaenously with error-prone yet intelligent variations on the notes and sounds they believe themselves to be hearing: a tightly-knit ensemble with inhuman reflexes, which the human performer influences more than controls.

Opening the evening will be the trio of Tom Djll (trumpet, electronics), Chris Cooper (guitar, electronics) and Jacob Felix Heule (percussion).

I like this quote about Tom Djll from The Wire: "Tom Djll has been making thoughtful, elegant music for nearly 30 years and has taken the trumpet as far beyond its silver, snarling vernacular as it is possible to go, and as far from the extended technique proponents as Bill Dixon is from Roy Castle."

Avant-garde guitarist Chris Cooper is known for his long-running experiments with prepared guitar and tape collage under the alias Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase. The first Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase album, the obscurely titled Beatings With Gimpy Flighted Wings Entrapped by Post-Fence of Garish Land, appeared circa 2000 on the small Menlo Park label. Cooper has played with exp-pop sensations Deerhoof and in Grux's garishly costumed noise band Caroliner.

Jacob Felix Heule is an improvising percussionist with a special interest in friction techniques. His music is shaped by intuition, listening, and following where the sounds lead. He embraces limited instrumentation - like a single drum and a single cymbal - as a commitment to exploring the depth of his instruments. JFH is another Caroliner alumnus, if I remember correctly.

We obviously have to make some COVID-related accomodations. Seating will be strictly limited -- we may have to turn you away if we fill our (reduced) capacity. ***Seriously, if we've filled all the seats, we will have to turn you away. Arrive early!***
You must be able to prove that you are vaccinated against COVID, and you must wear a mask while on the premises. We won't have any snacks, because it seems to me like that's incompatible with masking.

What constitutes adequate proof of vaccination? Any of these:
1) CDC-issued vaccination record card
2) a photo of your card on your phone
3) A digital record as issued by
You'll also need some sort of ID, so we can tell that the vaccination record is yours!

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA

Admission: donation. All proceeds go directly to the musicians.
Doors open at 7:30. Wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free, donations accepted
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Tender Buttons at Second Act, SF, 2016; live video processing by Bill Thibault