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Brett Carson
pianist, composer
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 and keyboardist across the US, Europe, and South America in new music, free improvisation, jazz, and rock contexts. He has been the pianist for the Art Ensemble of Chicago since 2019. Additionally, he has played/recorded with a wide variety of other musicians including Bill Baird, Brian Baumbusch, Nicolas Collins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell (solo projects), Bill Noertker, Rent Romus, and William Winant.

Projects include the jazz/improvisation group Quattuor Elephantis and a mytho-dramatic song cycle "Mysterious Descent", the latter partially written in an invented language "Kôktimo". 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 "The Killing Jar" is set to release on May 20, 2021.
CDs on which Brett Carson appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Brett Carson The Killing Jar
Artist: Brett Carson
Title: The Killing Jar
Label: Bandcamp
Label page on this site: Bandcamp
Bandcamp
Tim Walters Shatter in Place
Artist: Tim Walters
Title: Shatter in Place
Label: Bandcamp
Label page on this site: Bandcamp
Bandcamp
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