QUASI MOJO / TRIMTAB / JARGON
Thursday, September 20 • Mars Bar / Cafe Venus • 609 Eastlake Avenue E, Seattle • 9 p.m. • $6 • 21+
Photo by Jack Gold-Molina
QUASI MOJO (9 p.m.)
This triad creates music that is a roiling hybrid of post-Ayler expansion, minimalist expression, UFO Club abstraction, and black hoodie aggression – and that’s just where it begins. Quasi Mojo is the latest chapter in a decade-plus collaboration between veteran saxophone improviser Wally Shoup and guitar expressionist Bill Horist. Wally has been a singular, leading light in the Northwest free music scene, and Bill’s idiosyncratic work has appeared in numerous genres within and without convention. Add to this frayed fold expansive drummer Mark Ostrowski, a musician of exceptional versatility who can tread the extremities of outside and inside with equal measures of ferocity and sensitivity.
TRIMTAB (10 p.m.)
Trimtab is the brainchild of guitarist Jason Goessl, whose interest in the work of R. Buckminster Fuller was sparked during a conversation with an Evergreen student at a bar in Madison, WI in 1999. Goessl went on to educate himself on the Fuller philosophies and realized a link could be made between Fuller’s architecture and musical form and meter. This link, paired with his study of Fuller’s lectures and philosophies, gave birth to music that reaches a further sonic space not generally thought of in jazz, classical, or pop harmony. Goessl takes the idea of the dymaxion house, car, and map, and expresses it in musical form by melding classical, jazz, Eastern, African, and rock concepts into a style all his own. With Phil Cali (bass) and Brian Oppel (drums).
JARGON (11 p.m.)
Jargon is a new, modern-jazz quartet focused on adventurous original composition. Nods to Kurt Rosenwinkel, Avishai Cohen, Chris Potter, and Bill Frisell are evident in their compositions as well as in their collective improvisation. From the first meeting of Bryan Smith (saxophone), Gregg Belisle-Chi (guitar), Carmen Rothwell (bass), and Max Wood (drums), it was quickly decided that a committed band was the way to go. A common interest in current happenings in the music world as well as a love of rhythmic exploration and open ears to all genres keep their performances vibrant and exciting.