Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St.
Berkeley CA 94704  

Primarily a venue for acoustic music: folk, country, bluegrass. But a couple of times a month, they'll give jazz or improv a chance ... Coffee and snacks available. Lots more space than most venues.

Upcoming Events:
Monday, June 6 2022 8:00 PM
A chorus of Disney-fied whistling leads into the synthesized sounds of jungle animals, as impossibly lush, sensual strings transport us to the South Seas setting of some corny Hollywood movie or coconut-flavored TV ad. What might be chirping bird calls (sounding suspiciously like short-wave radio signals), and an insistent peck on the piano gives way to demented percussion, spiritual sax, and an Alpine brass fanfare that’s drowned out by electrical storms of yowling distortion.

Øyvind Torvund’s The Exotica Album re-imagines in collage form the chunky edifice of those Fifties and Sixties popular styles categorized variously as ‘exotica’ or ‘lounge,’ together with a wealth of historical reference points, from early electronic composition to cartoon music. But rather than the flip pastiche or cracking-a-nut-with-a sledgehammer cynicism that often characterizes high culture or avant-garde encounters with popular forms, Torvund’s attitude to his sources appears genuinely knowledgeable and affectionate. The result, rather than being a dry, academic-sounding rehash of pre-existing sources, provides a continuously diverting listening experience where the rate of change never lets up.

Torvund’s The Exotica Album will be performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 8pm. The performance will be followed by a discussion between the composer and Charles Amirkhanian, Executive & Artistic Director of Other Minds.

All audience members will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a government issued photo ID in order to enter the venue. The Freight & Salvage requires that all patrons and staff wear masks that completely cover nose and mouth while inside the venue. Image © Vyacheslav Argenberg.

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Thursday, September 8 2022 8:00 PM
Trio with Gerald Cleaver and Special Guest
Thursday, September 8

Bill Frisell Solo
Friday, September 9

Trio with Rudy Royston and Thomas Morgan
Saturday, September 10

Bill Frisell's Harmony
(Hank Roberts, Petra Haden, Luke Bergman, Rudy Royston, and Thomas Morgan)
Sunday, September 11

"Frisell has had a lot of practice putting high concept into a humble package. Long hailed as one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our time, he has also earned a reputation for teasing out thematic connections with his music." – New York Times

Bill Frisell's career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade."

Wire, the British music publication has observed: "What's really distinctive is Frisell's feel for the shape of songs, for their architecture; it's a virtuosity of deep structure rather than surface."
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