Outsound New Music Summit – Evil Genius and Usufruct

July 25, 2017 @ 8:15 pm
CMC Concert Hall
544 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110
$15/Adults;$12 Students/Seniors

All concerts Q&A 7:30 pm

Max Kutner – guitar; Stefan Kac – tuba;
Michael “Bonepocket” Lockwood – drums

Evil Genius (Portland/Los Angeles) is a forward-marching experimental jazz trio formed in 2012. The band is made up of Max Kutner on guitars (Grandmothers of Invention, Magic Band, Alphonso Johnson), Stefan Kac on tuba (Milo Fine, Jon Armstong, Hammerstein) and Michael “Bonepocket” Lockwood on drums and percussion (Atomic Ape, Deradoorian, Matt Kivel). The band’s unique sound has drawn comparisons to groups as wide-ranging as the Minutemen, This Heat and Captain Beefheart to jazz figures like John McLaughlin, Steve Lacy, Henry Threadgill and many more. They have received acclaim from the New York City Jazz Record, Bad Alchemy, Los Angeles Jazz Station, Downtown Music Gallery, El Intruso and more. In the words of Larry Koonse, “this band can do it all–whether its in your face rock, free wheeling open improvisation, 20th century classical music, or jazz–they can pull it off and upend all of your expectations.” Their debut album, “Bitter Human” was released in late 2015 and available through Orenda Records in Los Angeles.

Polly Moller – flutes, voice; Tim Walters – electronics

Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials in the public domain.

Both members are based in Oakland and members of the art-rock band Reconnaissance Fly. Polly plays bass flute in Ghost in the House, and can be heard in their many concerts supporting their 2017 album, Second Sight. She has performed and recorded extensively with other musicians on their projects and as an improviser, including Amanda Chaudhary, Marielle Jakobsens, Tom Djll, Scott Rosenberg, Gino Robair, and John Shiurba. Tim has performed and recorded with Circular Firing Squad and Slaw, researched artificial stupidity with Shalmaneser, and recently released his second solo album, The Difficult Third Wish.