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Fred Frith Trio / Trance Mission / Jack O' The Clock


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Frith returns to his deep roots in this improvising trio with the classic lineup of guitar, bass and drums. Playful, intimate, and bound together by a dark and delicate interplay, the group reminds us what listening is all about. After a lifetime of experience across almost every field of musical endeavor, Fred stretches out in the company of two stalwarts of the vibrant Bay Area music scene, drummer Jordan Glenn and bassist Jason Hoopes. The trio is set to embark on its first European tour in mid-February 2015.

TRANCE MISSION was co-founded in San Francisco in 1992 by Stephen Kent (didjeridu/percussion/cello) and Beth Custer (clarinets/trumpet/voice) with John Loose (multi-ethnic drums/samples) and Kenneth Newby (Asian winds/percussion/digital atmospheres). Trance Mission produced four globally acclaimed CDs on the City of Tribes label in the 1990’s. After several European tours and many live appearances in North America, Loose and Newby moved on to other projects while Custer and Kent continued as Trance Mission, with Eda Maxym (vocal) and Canadian Peter Valsamis on drums/electronics.

Trance Mission reunited with the original four members for a sold-out reunion concert at Yoshi's San Francisco in 2008.

Currently working as The Trance Mission Trio together with Peter Valsamis, Custer and Kent also perform together as The Trance Mission Duo as well as each being involved with a host of other projects in their individual careers.

JACK O' THE CLOCK is a songwriting band with roots in experimental chamber music, American folk, and progressive rock, which began in 2007. The group, comprised of Damon Waitkus on voice, guitar and hammer dulcimer, Emily Packard on violin, Kate McLoughlin on bassoon and voice, Jason Hoopes on bass, and Jordan Glenn on drums, "presents a fine lesson on what it means to write songs that are at once approachable and human while simultaneously being incredibly profound in terms of timbre, depth of emotion, and harmonic complexity" (Matt DiGiordano, Progulator). "Simply labeling it 'Americana' or 'contemporary folk' doesn't come close to unpacking the density and complexity of these intricate structures, which thread the listener through alternative histories of American music... with as much verve, daring, and intellectual passion as Van Dyke Parks..." (Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector, UK).


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