Tony Buck, Jaimie Branch, and Fred Lonberg-Holm; Magda Mayas & Michael Zerang All Ages Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 6, 10 p.m. 2008

Tony Buck is best known as the drummer for Australian melodic-minimalist jazz combo the Necks, but since moving to Berlin in the 90s he’s played in countless free-improvised and experimental projects, developing a crisp, focused style that’s simultaneously frantic and dogged. His duo with Berlin pianist Magda Mayas hasn’t released anything yet, but elsewhere Mayas has been gripping. On (Hail Satan), a recent quartet album on Creative Sources with MoHa! drummer Morton J. Olsen, bassist Koen Nutters, and bass clarinetist Carlos Galvez Taroncher, she demonstrates a taste for extreme dynamics and an indefatigable curiosity for the piano’s unconventional possibilities. She frequently tinkers inside the instrument, scraping and thwacking its strings, and even when she just hammers on the low keys she creates a compelling tactililty, a sense of the piano as a physical object with a multitude of textures and surfaces. Tonight Buck headlines in a trio with trumpeter Jaimie Branch and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm; Mayas opens in a duo with percussionist Michael Zerang. They play several other shows this week in different configurations; see Thursday, Sunday, and Wednesday. —Peter Margasak

Price: $5 suggested donation

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