Lasqo + Laptop @ Meridian Gallery (SF, 11 Jan 2012)

I’m very excited about my upcoming solo show at the Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell Street, SF (map), 7:30pm, Wed 11 Jan

… especially since it will the first peek out of the tent for some laptop/MSP work I’ve been developing using the tools of of warped time.

This work will be part of a laptop-assisted piece refracting Miles Davis through linguistic theory: So What: Surface Structures #2.

[Photos below by Peter Kaars added after performance]

Joe Lasqo @ Meridian Gallery, 11 Jan 2012 (Photo:,

Circling the solar furnace of the piano (in rather irregular orbits…) will be other instruments like Indian and Middle Eastern percussion, harmonium, voice, and MSP (laptop).

Meridian Gallery, 11 Jan 2012 (Photo:,

Besides jazz time-resynthesis, I’ll do some Indo-modernist and “Neo-Gaku” pieces inspired by the musics of India, East Asia, and the post-war European avant-garde…

… like pieces composed in non-traditional rāgas (e.g., the same tone rows used in Stockhausen’s “Mantra” or the “All-Interval Hexachord” of post-WW2 composers), developed in Indian forms.

A new frontier here is an invented “meta-rāga” राग म्यॉबिउस कुंडलित वक्रता बोधिचित्त (Rāga Möbius Helix Bodhicitta), whose serial scale steps (which can be functions or procedures as well as pitches) trace a spiral in multiple dimensions of musical sound. I’ll do an ālāp in this meta-rāga which has been very popular in my gig at Viracocha.

Rounding out the show will be some quite unusual short pieces from a modernist project based on Southern Italian folk songs (Canzoniere 8½-centesco del futuro), “Neo-Gaku” transmigrations of traditional East Asian pieces like 陽關三疊 (3 Variations on Parting at the Yang Pass), and, time permitting, a traditional rāga from my recent album Turquoise Sessions.

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It will be a great pleasure to play the fantastic, focused space of the Meridian, and I hope to see you at this show!


P.S. If coming by car, I recommend the Stockton-Sutter garage (map).

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