Doors 7:30
Show 8:00
opening set Amy Reed and Ross Hammond new song improvisations

Susan Alcorn

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn
has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in
country and western swing music. Well-known among steel players for
her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Susan Alcorn
first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon she began
to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern
classical music (Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse Krzysztof Penderecki,
Pauline Oliveros), visionary jazz (John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman),
and world musics (Indian rags, South American songs, and gamelan

Though mostly a solo performer, she has collaborated with numerous
artists including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Cutler,
Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Josephine Foster, Mary Halvorson, Jeff Snyder
and the Mivos Quartet among others. She is also a member of the Mary
Halvorson Octet.

New releases include solo albums “Evening Tales” (Mystra), “Soledad”
(Relative Pitch), and “Away With You” (Firehouse 12) with the Mary
Halvorson Octet.

As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her
pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical
experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and
personal musical expression.

Susan currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

“Alcorn’s pedal steel tones, stretch, float, and dance in the air, and
on the ears, expressing something that’s worlds beyond words, yet able
to communicate on the deepest level.”
– Signal to Noise

“Susan Alcorn is a great player who has mastered and redefined an
unlikely instrument. With an exquisite touch she invoked it’s history,
extended its emotional and ethereal strengths and explored its
microtonal possibilities, drawing it out of the contexts that
traditionally render it invisible, or generic, and into its own mature
discourse, reminding improvisers that ‘free’ includes the right to be
romantic, melodic and four to the bar.”
– The Wire (UK)

“beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from the pulse
and conventional harmony.”
– The Guardian

Phillip Greenlief Bio

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s,
saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical
acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in
the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic
improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk
and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with
Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin,
Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for
the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home
for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian
Goldie Award.
“The Bay Area’s do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly
creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively

as Phillip Greenlief.” – Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle

“Phillip Greenlief is a reedman versatile enough to achieve anything except
peace in Palestine” – Greg Burke, LA WEEKLY


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