Zero-G / TransLucid August Calendar
We’re pleased to offer up a couple of excellent reasons to leave the cocoon and celebrate the belated arrival of summer, namely this month’s appetizing editions of the Zero-G Concert Series at Mars Bar and TransLucid at LUCID Jazz lounge.
Sunday, August 14
At LUCID Jazz Lounge, 5241 University Way NE, Seattle – 7-9 p.m. – 21+ – no cover
Zero-G / TransLucid presents Yesod
Yesod is an eclectic, acoustic/electric, improvisational collaboration between Bill Wolford (guitar, banjo, voice, found objects), Kurdish percussionist Ahmad Yousefbeigi and dub bassist Jerry Schroeder. Yesod absorb, process and transcribe their collective emotions into a thought-provoking night of atmospheric soundscapes. Please join is for this free show at the unusually reasonable hour of 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 18
At Mars Bar / Cafe Venus, 609 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle – 9 p.m. – 21+ – $7
Fundamental Forces (9 p.m.)
Fundamental Forces is a somewhat-orthodox instrumental quartet that dances a balance between the strong and the weak, the dark and the light. The ensemble is fronted by electric guitarist Rik Wright and longtime co-conspirator James DeJoie, who utilizes an impressive variety of instruments with great facility, including alto and baritone saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. The two are joined by the adept and adventurous backline of esteemed double-bassist Geoff Harper and celebrated drummer and percussionist Greg Campbell. Their collective musical presence is hauntingly beautiful, thoughtful and evocative. Each original composition is a deliberation of a cycle of changes underneath group improvisation that collectively builds intensity, forming vivid and evocative soundscapes along the way. Their performances are often a dichotomy of complexity within simplicity, effectively pulling together the two extremes of acoustic and electric jazz without sacrificing the crystalline character of either.
Tom Baker Quartet (10 p.m.)
Guitarist Tom Baker, drummer Greg Campbell, clarinetist Jesse Canterbury, and bassist Brian Cobb have been working as a quartet since 2004, playing modern avant-jazz tunes and crafting beautiful and haunting improvisations. Their music blurs the boundaries between notated music and free improvisation; the unique sonic landscapes that result are grounded in history, while pushing at the boundaries of avant-jazz music. This will be the group’s last show with clarinet marvel Jesse Canterbury, who will soon relocate to the SF Bay Area.
Reptet (11 p.m.)
Reptet is a genre-blending Seattle-based sextet composed of drums, bass, and four horns. They play original compositions incorporating jazz, reggae, rock, ska, punk, modern classical, avant-garde, and eastern European folk music. These six multi-instrumentalists (Samantha Boshnack, Chris Credit, Izaak Mills, Nelson Bell, Tim Carey, John Ewing) bring an arsenal of twenty-plus instruments to create a wide variety of textures and sounds.