Experimental & Avant-Garde

Buck and Mayas

When: Sun., Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2010

Tony Buck is best known for his work with the Necks, an Australian drum/bass/piano trio that stetches post-rock and avant jazz into lengthy meditations of textures and repetitive gestures. He's also active in Berlin's thriving improv scene, and has performed with, among many others, pianist Magda Mayas for about seven years. Their music is free improvisation, drawing from the pounding energy of free jazz, but with more of a focus on sound itself. Buck busily rattles around the drums while Mayas matches his timbres with a prepared piano: Objects applied to the strings interfere with their resonance and enhance their percussive nature. As far out as the piano sounds, Buck's playing embraces, rather than subverts, the sound of a rock-oriented drum set, and incorporates the same sort of insistent rhythmic patterns that define his playing with the Necks. Buck and Mayas perform with Tony Buck, Scott R. Looney, and Damon Smith trio at the SIMM Series at the Musicians Union Hall (116 9th St., San Francisco) on Sunday, Jan. 10. 7:30 p.m., $8-10. Outsound.org

Jacob Felix Heule

Price: $8-$10

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