Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Mar 11 2023 8:00 PM

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

Branden Abushanab (cb) and Tom Djll (tpt, elec)
Wilson Shook (sax) and Ryan Kotler (cb)

Tom's Place is interrupting its winter hibernation to present a pair of improvising duos.
Tom Djll met bassist Branden Abushanab on a trip to Denver last July. (Here's a 15 minute clip of them playing in Denver ). They obviously hit it off and now Tom has invited Branden to visit the Bay Area.

Wilson Shook and Ryan Kotler are both seasoned musicians working in a wide variety of modes. But as far as we know, they have never played together before, both of them having arrived in the Bay Area relatively recently. We're excited to throw them into the deep end together -- they'll be fine.

Here's brief biographical information of the participants (in alphabetical order):
Denver, CO's Branden Abushanab began playing bass in 1999 and has since strived continuously to take the instrument to its limits and beyond. His kinetic, experimental approach to performing channels energy equally from the likes of Barre Phillips and Stefano Scodanibbio while maintaining an edge distinctively his own.
Tom Djll (pronunciation open) is an American sound+light artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985. His chief area of work is among improvisational practices, using trumpet, electronics, and occupations/spaces.
Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan Kotler is a bassist at home in a wide variety of genres. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Ryan lived in Seattle and NYC, and holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music.
Wilson Shook is an improvising saxophonist and manual therapist living in Oakland since 2022. His approach to music has been shaped by collaborative relationships with Gust Burns, Paul Hoskin, Ben Bennett, Greg Kelley, Carol Genetti, Ted Byrnes, and others, as well as a fascination with the resonant void spaces of American hydrologic and automotive infrastructure.
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. You must be 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.

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