Biggi Vinkeloe is one of the leading European proponents of avant-garde jazz. She was born in Germany but currently lives in Sweden. She tours both Europe and North American frequently; and, under the auspices of the Goethe Institut, she recently visited India. While there she built up a library of sound samples and field recordings that now figure into her performances on alto saxophone and flute.
Her spring tour of the United States includes six Bay Area dates. Two of those are in San Francisco. For all of these gigs, she will be performing with two local artists, who share her aesthetic perspective and will provide her rhythm section. One of these is Joe Lasqo, whose keyboard skills are accomplished on a variety of different instruments, including the laptop computer. The other will be the group’s drummer, Don Robinson. The two San Francisco dates are as follows:
- Saturday, April 19: The trio will perform the second set at The Emerald Tablet, beginning at 9 p.m. They will be joined by two low string players, Teddy Rankin-Parker on cello and Lisle Ellis on bass. The group will be preceded by a trio whose work also involves the use of sampled sounds. This consists of percussionist Nava Dunkelman, and violinists Kristina Dutton and Christina Stanley. The sound sources for their improvised performance have been taken from nature reserves throughout the East Bay, and the session has been inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s treatise, Metamorphosis of Plants (Versuch die Metamorphose der Pflanzen zu erklären). This set will begin at 8 p.m. The Emerald Tablet is located at 80 Fresno Street in North Beach. Admission will be $15.
- Sunday, April 20: The following night the trio will play the opening set in an avant-garde evening at the Center for New Music (C4NM) curated by Jon Raskin. Ellis will again join the rhythm section, and Vinkeloe’s wind work will be complemented by Aaron Bennett on baritone saxophone. This set will begin at 8 p.m. The second set at 9 p.m. will be devoted to two computer music compositions. The first is “…frozen into shards of ice…” by John MacCallum from CNMAT. This will be followed by a collaborative piece by two CCRMA composers, Bruno Ruviaro and Carr Wilkerson. “Vowelscape” is based on research into the intersection of music, speech and language. Following “Vowelscape” Ruviaro and Wilkerson will use their software for free-improvised duos. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of the corner of Market Street. Admission for this double bill will be $12 with an $8 rate for C4NM members. Information about membership may be found on the Membership Web page of the Center’s Web site.