Tickets at Door ($20)
Elder Ones scored this assessment by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times, who put their debut album on his list of Top Ten Jazz & Pop records of 2016 and wrote, “The aggressive and sublime first album by the band Elder Ones, Holy Science, is a kind of gauge for how strong and flexible the scene of young musicians in New York’s improvised and experimental music world can be. At the center of it are drones and phonemes. Elder Ones’ leader, the composer and singer Amirtha Kidambi, holds forth behind a harmonium, the small keyboard instrument with hand-pumped bellows.”
Kidambi has is part of Charlie Looker’s Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson’s quintet Code Girl, analog percussion and light ensemble Ashcan Orchestra, and Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she’s played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock, Daniel Carter, Ava Mendoza, William Parker and Trevor Dunn; recent collaborations include the premiere of AACM founder and composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams’ Dialogue Social.
Kidambi plays as a member of Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl at SFJazz the weekend before Elder Ones sweep through Santa Cruz’s Kuumbwa Jazz Center, San Francisco’s Bird & Beckett and Oakland’s Studio Grand.
Amirtha Kidambi (compositions, voice, harmonium and synth)
Matt Nelson (saxophone)
Brandon Lopez (bass)
Max Jaffe (drums)