Avant-garde Music & Multimedia in the Pacific Northwest

Joe Lasqo
◉ Neogaku, Indo-Modernism, AI-based music, and post-jazz ◉ Laptop, piano, harmonium, and percussion
Joe Lasqo offers new Indo-Modernist, "Neo-Gaku", and post-jazz sounds woven from 4 strands:

• Indian & Middle Eastern music
• Jazz
• Often ill-behaved AI improvising agents
• Stockhausen meets the sound of one hand clapping

(Photo: PeterBKaars.com, http://www.peterbkaars.com)

He's come to this music via a wandering path that's taken him through classical music studies in India, jazz studies in smoke-filled bars, computer music studies at MIT, Columbia & Berkeley CNMAT, & living (and listening) for years in various Asian countries.

He plays piano/keyboards, percussion, and Max/MSP as a solo performer and in collaborations with musicians and instrument-inventors.

Besides playing the traditional musics of Asia and elsewhere with some very non-traditional instrumentation, Joe also uses Asian tools to build music with the compositional advances and new concepts of jazz and 20th-century electroacoustic music — Stockhausen-type tone or timbre rows developed in Indian composition/improvisation structures, atonal and/or non-octave rāgas, stochastic tāla structures, and shakuhachi and gagaku pieces transmigrated into 21st-century bodies.

Joe had a weekly residency for 3½ years+ at legendary San Francisco venue Viracocha, with additional residencies at SF's PianoFight. He’s appeared recently with Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams of ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, the London Improvisers Orchestra, Phillip Greenlief’s Orchesperry, his own Renga-kai (連歌会), Mukaiji-kai (霧海箎会), and Fushigi Kenkyūkai (不思議研究会) ensembles, synthesist Thomas Dimuzio, clarinetist/vocalist Beth Custer, pianist Thollem McDonas, percussionist Suki O’Kane, technodivas / electronic musicians Pamela Z & Viv Corringham (NYC/London), saxophonists Adrian Northover & Sue Lynch (London), and many others.

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