All Ages, Experimental & Avant-Garde, Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Trance Mission

When: Tue., Aug. 12, 8 & 10 p.m. 2008

The low rumbling interplay between Beth Custer's bass clarinet and Stephen Kent's didgeridoo made their pioneering world fusion band Trance Mission a favorite in the '90s, aided by John Loose and Kenneth Newby on percussion and electronics. The quartet issued CDs of energized multicultural dance-jam music unlike any other as they stumped across America and Europe, before going their separate ways a decade back. That original Trance Mission lineup is staging a one-night reunion on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Yoshi's San Francisco (1330 Fillmore St.). With Loose and Newby mixing pre-recorded and electronic sounds into a dense (and occasionally spare) texture of rhythms from an abundance of world cultures, Custer and Kent will reinvestigate the exotic, always melodic compositions and improvisations that countless bands since then have copied, but rarely equaled. 8 p.m., $16. or 415-655-5609.

Larry Kelp

Price: $16

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