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Tony & Scott Tixier feat. Berlin's DJ Qzen

  • Black Cat 400 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)


Pianist phenomenon and composer Tony Tixier paints vivid narratives in his music with his Spaceship Trio from Paris - including Karl McComas Reichl (double bass) and Tommy Crane (drums) - that moves through his compositions with intention and confidence. Tony's music is brings together his years of study of choral, classical harmony and counterpoint, bold orchestral writing that builds up a distinct musical climate, and contemporary jazz sensibilities.

Tony has collaborated with leading jazz figures including Seamus Blake, Christian Scott, and Justin Brown, opened for Herbie Hancock, and composed music to complement works of the artist Janet Cardiff.

Scott Tixier has made a name for himself as a violinist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “the future of jazz violin” in the words of Downbeat Magazine and “A remarkable improviser and a cunning jazz composer” in those of NPR.

The New York City-based Tixier, born in 1986 in Montreuil, France has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz and music legends from Stevie Wonder to NEA jazz master Kenny Barron, Cassandra Wilson, John Legend, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Pedrito Martinez, and many others. Tixier’s acclaimed Sunnyside album “Cosmic Adventure” saw the violinist performing with a all star band “taking the jazz world by storm” as the All About Jazz Journal put it. The Village Voice called the album “Poignant and Reflective” while The New York Times declared “Mr. Tixier is a violinist whose sonic palette, like his range of interests, runs open and wide; on his new album, “Cosmic Adventure,” he traces a line through chamber music, Afro-Cuban groove and modern jazz.” When JazzTimes said”Tixier has a remarkably vocal tone, and he employs it with considerable suspense. Cosmic Adventure is a fresh, thoroughly enjoyable recording!”

Qzen? It rhymes with Susan.

She’s a vibe creator, a DJ, a voice
…since the turn of the century — Argentina to Iceland, clubs to kitchen counters, Dimensions Festival to MUTEK. You may know her from John Tejada’s classic “Sweat (On The Walls)” or the 40 Thieves heater “Don’t Turn It Off,” both of whom she worked with on several additional releases.

Since 2010, she’s put out music with Dave Aju on Circus Company, Guillaume & the Coutu-Dumonts on Oslo, Mossa on Thema, Sacha Robotti on Klasse Recordings, Never Knows on Untitled & After, and Berkson & What on Modelmaker. She remixed their “Energy Systems,” as well as Canson’s “Don’t Stop” for Thoughtless.

Qzen has a sincere love for music that’s emotive, sophisticated, bass conscious, and tends to both one’s body and mind. With deep roots in drum and bass, her sets most often span the genres of house and bass music, dipping into breakbeat and techno, though she really doesn’t mind what it’s called; if it’s good, she’ll play it.

Earlier Event: March 17
Barrio Manouche
Later Event: March 18
Tony & Scott Tixier