Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Kumi Maxson
bassist focusing on experimental improvisation-based performance
Kumi Maxson is a bassist focusing on experimental improvisation-based performance. Drawing from their experiences as a trans person and anti-imperialist activist, they utilize improvisation to explore pathways to a liberated sense of being. While situated on the fringe of music, their artistic practice is grounded in connection – drawing people into the meaning-making process of abstract performance. Class-conscious examination of the function of avant-garde music within society informs their work and drives the ripening of sonic provocations which create space for imaginations of resistance and restructuring. They are originally from Long Beach and are now based in Oakland.