Zero G-Strings: A Night of Duos, Lucid 12.5.13

Zero G-Strings: A Night of Duos

Thursday, December 5 • Lucid • 5241 University Way NE, Seattle • 8-10 p.m. • no cover • 21+
For this edition of Zero-G at Lucid, the four Zero-G organizers will each perform a half-hour set with their duo partner of choice: Jason Goessl (guitar) & Dave Bush (drums); Dennis Rea (guitar) & Jim Knodle (trumpet); John Seman (bass) & Darian Asplund (flute); Rik Wright (guitar) & Geoff Harper (bass)


Jason Goessl is musical chameleon who graces the stages of Seattle’s music venues nightly. Although primarily known for his enigmatic guitarmanship in groups such as Slow Skate, Trimtab, and the Bayous, Jason is heralded in jazz circles as well, frequently performing with Michel Navedo, Jimmie Herod, Brazil Novo, Mark Taylor’s Zero Goose, and his own celebrated quartet. Most recently, Jason has become noted for his skills as an alt-country sideman and can be seen gigging at local honky-tonks and juke joints with David Guilbault, Knut Bell, and The Pornadoes. This evening Jason will be joined by Seattle drummer Dave Bush (Golden Tree Story, Dirty Culprits, Volcano Diary) for a set of genre-bending duets.



Dennis Rea‘s adventurous guitar playing blends modern jazz, creative rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions into an approach that is uniquely his own, marked by haunting lyricism, enigmatic textures, agile improvisation, and the raw dynamism of rock. Over the years Dennis has led or been a key contributor to such innovative groups as Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, Stackpole, Savant, and Earthstar. He has performed or recorded with such prominent creative musicians as French composer Hector Zazou, Dutch jazz legend Han Bennink, trombone virtuoso Stuart Dempster, and godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, as well as members of King Crimson, Hawkwind, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Tonight Dennis will engage with one of his favorite Seattle musicians, Jim Knodle, a trumpet player with a reputation for eclecticism and originality springing from a desire to play the trumpet in a definitely “un-trumpetish” fashion. Says Jim, “I’m usually considered a little too out for the Ins and a little too in for the Outs, but that’s just where I want to be.”



John Seman is director and co-founder of the Monktail Creative Music Concern, leader of the Lil Coop Sextet, organizer of the MCMC big band Non Grata, and one of Seattle’s busiest mercenary bassists. He performs regularly with Ask the Ages, Wally Shoup, Dennis Rea, Simon Henneman, and several MCMC ensembles. He is owner of RPM Preservation Studio, DJ and co-host of Flotation Device on KBCS, and a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Northwest-raised saxophonist Darian Asplund has emerged on the music scene with a warm but glistening tone, bringing fresh sounds and exciting ideas filled with moments of intensity, suspense, and passion.



“Seattle-based guitarist Rik Wright continues the post-harmelodic [sic] jazz tradition in the best of bright and shiny ways. Open-ended jam lucidity, rigorous risk-taking angularity and freewheeling dynamics offer the ear a rich blend of electronica ambience and jazzscapes” – Willamette Week
Tonight Rik will trade volleys with his longtime partner in Fundamental Forces, Geoff Harper, one of the most versatile, distinctive, and sought-after bassists in the Pacific Northwest.

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