Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Tom's Place

3111 Deakin Street
Berkeley CA 94705  
Contemporary art music, mostly improvised, in an intimate living room setting. Concerts roughly once a month, usually on weekdays.

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, October 12 2017 7:30 PM
Tatsuya Nakatani, solo percussion at Tom's Place, Oct 12

On Thursday, October 12 at 7:30pm, Tom's Place presents

Tatsuya Nakatani,
gongs and percussion,
an extended solo performance

Sound artist and master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani is on his long Fall, 2017 tour and will be stopping at Tom's Place on Thursday October 12 for an extended solo performance.
Nakatani-san's web site gives a good description of his music:
Nakatani's approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussion instruments can imitate the sounds of a trumpet, a stringed instrument or an electronic device to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture.
Check out his stunning sound clips here:

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA

Admission: free, donations accepted.
Doors open at 7:00. Wheelchair accessible.  More...

Friday, October 13 2017 7:30 PM
The international trio of Theresa Wong (cello), Christian Kobe (saxophones) and Frantz Lorio (viola) came together for the first time in 2016. In their improvised music, the three quickly found a synergy in the focused exploration of acoustic sounds and the transformation of these sounds through amplification. Like a ‘microscope’ set to an image, the trio reveals the rich microcosm of their instruments through extended playing and mic techniques. Their music can be likened to the electrically pulsating din of a nocturnal insect colony.

Theresa Wong is an American composer, cellist and vocalist. Bridging areas of music, dance, theater and visual art, her works include The Unlearning, 21 songs inspired by Goya's Disasters of War etchings (Tzadik 2011), O Sleep, an opera inspired by the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish (Sensitive Skin Music 2014), a collection of solo songs. She collaborates with many singular artists, including Ellen Fullman, Fred Frith, Luciano Chessa, Chris Brown, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and filmmaker Daria Martin. Wong has performed internationally and throughout the US and is currently based in Berkeley, California.

CHRISTIAN KOBE was born in Berne, Switzerland. He studied classical music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and undertook further studies in Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts), Lucerne (postgraduate degree) and Zurich (Master of Music in Performance) in the fields of improvisation and contemporary composition. He has given numerous performances at home and abroad, solo and together with various improvising music ensembles in Australia, USA, Japan, UK and Lebanon.

French-Japanese violist FRANTZ LORIO performs solo and is active in a number of international ensembles at the crossroads of different musical genres: improvised music, experimental, rock, contemporary music and electronics. He has contributed to multidisciplinary projects related to dance, image and poetry. After having lived in Paris and New York City, Frantz relocated to Zürich, Switzerland.  More...