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Jessica Pavone, Billy Gomberg 

When: Sun., Aug. 24, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
It takes chops and versatility to be a first-call instrumentalist for Anthony Braxton, and New York-based violist Jessica Pavone has displayed those qualities in Braxton’s bands as well as with other musicians. She sounds equally apropos adding bristling strings to the modular jazz compositions of Taylor Ho Bynum, singing disarming art-pop with Mary Halvorson, and using an iPod to inject selections from Braxton’s back catalog into the astoundingly dense output of the septet on his 2013 release Echo Echo Mirror House (Victo). But after a back injury forced her to set aside the viola for nearly two years, she returned to it determined to play only what she most wanted to hear. On her new solo LP, Knuckle Under (Taiga), that means plenty of long tones, sometimes refracted by electronics into stroboscopic barrages and sometimes played hard enough that they’re wreathed in naturally occurring overtones. The combination produces music that’s as tough and steely as it is haunting and stark.

By contrast, New York electronic musician Billy Gomberg has little use for the sort of overtly physical gestures Pavone prefers. He uses a bass guitar prepared with alligator clips, an analog synthesizer, and various other electronics to make music that conceals constant but barely audible hums, slides, and crowd sounds beneath a surface of low-end drones. His sound world seems designed to induce a trance; Pavone’s will bring you back out of it. —Bill Meyer

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