Berkeley Arts Festival presents Tango No.9

Venue: Berkeley Arts Festival

Time: 8pm - 10pm, Jun 26, 2013

Address: 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, California, USA

Berkeley Arts Festival presents Tango No.9, and the Joe Lasqo Donald Robinson Duo.

Wednesday, June 26th—8pm to 10pm
2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford
Suggested donation $10-$20, at the door.

The evening begins with the Joe Lasqo Donald Robinson Duo, 8pm:
Described by Coda as a “percussive dervish”, Donald Robinson has collaborated with free jazz luminaries such as Glenn Spearman, Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, and Miya Masaoka, as well as eminent pianists such as Cecil Taylor, Bobby Few, Paul Plimley, and Matthew Goodheart.  Fresh from a European tour with Larry Ochs of ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Donald will be joined by Joe Lasqo on piano & laptop.

Joe Lasqo’s often heard in Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic, a 2½-year ongoing regular gig @ SF’s Viracocha as a soloist, collaborations with Steve Adams, etc. Here, Joe reaches into his percussion studies in South India as a performer on the mádangam & the stochastic rhythm theories of Xenakis, projecting rhythmic structures through the prisms of signal flow code & keyboard (“My drum kit has hammers, strings & recursive filters”).

Together, they open a sophisticated new space of interlocking rhythmic energy.
Free jazz, Indian or electronic?  Rhythmelodics or “Klangfarben-Hoquetus”?
Whatever you decide it is, you’ll not have heard anything like it before…

Tango Number Nine goes on at 9pm, with very special guest Isabel Douglass on Accordion…
Presenting music old and new, Tango No. 9 embarks on an exciting musical adventure, borrowing from the rich tango tapestry, beginning with Astor Piazzolla and then adding a touch of Kurt Weill, a dash of humor and a pinch of West Coast modernism.

Tango No. 9, born in the Mission District in 1988, began by exploring where Piazzolla and jazz met. Today, it has become an all-star Bay Area ensemble, recognizable by its unique instrumentation of violin, trombone, piano, and voice. The group delves deeply into the world of tango, recording four critically acclaimed albums, presenting numerous concerts and is constantly exploring different facets of the unique Latin chamber music, the tango.