The Outsound New Music Summit: Rocket a Night of Exploratory Rock

July 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
CMC Concert Hall
544 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110
$15 general /$12 senior /$10 student

Gentleman Surfer began in 2006 as the solo project of drummer bandleader Jon Bafus, and now exists as a fully functioning band since mid 2010. Difficult to categorize, they draw upon a wide range of influences, anywhere from Captain Beefheart and King Crimson, to film and video game music, Classical, Jazz, Punk, etc. . . The collective sound is both tight and loose simultaneously, and continually growing and shifting into a bigger and stronger vortex of angular, shifting rhythms and timbres. The music is full of energy and sincerity, and time and time again all who behold their performances are made into believers.  Gentleman Surfer has shared the stage with many great bands including Cheer Accident, Mike Watt and the Second Men, Free Salamander Exhibit, The Molecules, Tera Melos, AU, XDS, the Nightingales, Realization Orchestra, Chemical Clock, Heatwarmer, Surplus 1980, Brainstorm, Cash Pony, Inner Ear Brigade, Grex, Pregnant, Planets, Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways,  Zack Nelson, Phil Manley, Modern Man, So Stressed, Poppet, Appetite, Find Yourself, John Niekrasz, Carson Mcwhirter, and many more.  Past (and some still active) projects of the band members include, but are not limited to, Afternoon Brother, Sholi, Mucky the Ducky, Practice, Invasive Species, Pac and Seep, Buff Clout, Good News Bears, Black Holes What? and highq.

Vegan Butcher is led by guitarist John Shiurba assembled to interpret his music and somniloquy. The lyrics are culled from the early-morning, half-asleep ramblings of the composer, while the music employs the signature January Scale. The band includes bassist Wil Hendricks (Califone), drummer Suki O’Kane (Thingamajigs, She Mob) and vocalist Angela Coon (Ninewood, Toychestra) along with Shiurba on guitar.

In January 2012, John Shiurba began composing music that he would premier that July at the Outsound New Music Summit. Writing for the commissioned 9:9 ensemble, he invented a 9-note scale dubbed The January Scale. While the 9:9 music magnetized the more atonal aspects of the scale, Shiurba felt there was more to be discovered in it. He set out composing music focused on the tonal qualities of the scale, and exploiting the unusual harmonies that resulted. These alternate compositions came together with the contributions of drummer Suki O’Kane (Thingamjigs Performance Group, She Mob) and bassist Wil Hendricks (Califone), wrapped around Shiurba’s sweet, narcotic melodies on electric guitar. Shiurba knew his emerging power trio required a lead vocal, and he invited his wife Val Esway (Loretta Lynch) to recreate his melodies using lyrics drawn from her notebooks filled with documentation of Shiurba’s own early morning somniloqy: short phrases he has for years been uttering when half asleep. The quartet now performs the enigmatically-titled compositions as a song-cycle, blending conceptual art concerns with thundering rock-show aesthetics. Last year Shiurba was back at the drawing board, writing a new set of material for the band. When it became clear that the new book of music called for a different voice, veteran rock goddess Angela Coon (Ninewood, Toychestra) was brought into the band to sing the part.


Q & A at 7:30pm
Concert at 8:15pm