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Brett Carson
pianist, composer
Brett Carson is a composer, pianist, improviser, and occasional theater artist based in Oakland CA. His 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, as a pianist he has worked in new music, free improvisation, jazz, and rock contexts. He has performed and/or recorded with a number of musicians including Bill Baird, Brian Baumbusch, Nicolas Collins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell (and the Art Ensemble of Chicago), 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)". His newest project, an apocalyptic piece about the last days of the ancient Koktimô civilization is set to debut in late 2019.
CDs on which Brett Carson appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Brett Carson Mysterious Descent
Artist: Brett Carson
Title: Mysterious Descent
Label: Self Produced n/a
Label page on this site: Self Produced
Self Produced n/a
Noertker's Moxie druidh penumbrae
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: druidh penumbrae
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4175
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4175
Noertker's Moxie & The Melanchoholics Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie & The Melanchoholics
Title: Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4167
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4167
Noertker's Moxie Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4162
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4162
Brett Carson's Quattuor Elephantis Quattuor Elephantis
Artist: Brett Carson's Quattuor Elephantis
Title: Quattuor Elephantis
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4157
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4157