Monday, June 21, 2010

Strong Moon 2010 this Thursday in SF

This Thursday, June 24th, we celebrate power within, the power of sound.  It's the Strong Moon concert in the Full Moon concert series, offered by Outsound Presents at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market Street near 6th Street, San Francisco.  Admission is $6.00 - $10.00 sliding scale, with no one turned away for lack of funds. 

The Strong Moon will be portrayed by Grosse Abfahrt #8:

Tom Djll, instigator, trumpets, electronics
Matt Ingalls, clarinets, violin
Tim Perkis, electronics
Gino Robair, energized surfaces & voltage made audible
John Shiurba, electric guitar
Frank Gratkowski, reeds
Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Phillip Greenlief, reeds


Grosse Abfahrt is always a Big Departure from something, be it your home country or mother tongue or your ears' comfy couch. GA#8, "Der Heftige Mond," is a near-identical reassembly of GA#6, "Luftschifffeiertagserinnerungsfotoalbum." So it might be that the fierce moon gives rise to a confrontation with its airship holiday memorial photo album from 14.5 months previous. We won't be checking fingerprints.


Grosse Abfahrt ("Big Departure") is the ongoing project of Tom Djll, showcasing the art of improvised music by a large group (8-9 players). The group uses a core quintet of Djll, Robair, Perkis, Shiurba and ingalls, and adds out-of-town guests. Grosse Abfahrt's restrained, thoughtful sound has yielded international acclaim and three albums on Creative Sources and EMANEM.

This is a rare chance to experience huge, carefully cultivated sound constructions that delight and surprise the senses.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Tag Team Trio Shift

Polly Moller
Originally uploaded by michaelz1

This is me in last night's Trio Shift, featuring a cast of many -- but only allowed to play three at a time. It was the first night of the annual SperryFest in memory of composer, improviser, husband, father, and so much more, Matthew Sperry.