Long-time collaborators Beth Custer and Will Bernard have a new recording — “SKY” — to present.
Beth is an incredible artist. Read just a few posts on her website www.bethcuster.com and you’ll be floored by her energy, commitment and engagement in the creative life. Hear her music and you’ll be floored by her talent.
Hear her live tonight at Bird & Beckett with the great Will Bernard — her long-time collaborator ever since the early 1980s days of the Club Foot Orchestra — together with the Oakland Symphony’s Ellen Gronningen, and carry that spirit through the holidays.
World peace now!
The trio performs music from SKY and a few deftly sculpted winter baubles. Gorgeous melodies, a little raunchy blues, some delicate otherworldly timbres, this lush trio will delight you with their genre-bending music.
Beth Custer, clarinet
Will Bernard, guitar
Ellen Gronningen, violin
$25 cover charge at the door.
bring something to sip, if you wish
Tonight’s performance this evening is supported by Jazz in the Neighborhood’s Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund. Visit JitN’s website to find out how you can help them in their mission to raise the wage and working conditions standards for the Bay Area’s pool of fine professional jazz musicians.
Beth and Will are veterans of storied bands dating back to the anarchic 1980s and the acid jazz ’90s including the Club Foot Orchestra, Trance Mission, Clarinet Thing, Eighty Mile Beach, the Hieroglyphics Ensemble, TJ Kirk and many more bands that were happening in a big way throughout their decades of youth and maturity. They’ve never stopped. They’ve worked together in various contexts since the beginning and “SKY,” the new album, is a beautiful progression. Read about the debut performances celebrating that album in this article by Andrew Gilbert.
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