TRANCE MISSION – Tickets – Yoshi's Oakland – Oakland, CA – January 13th, 2020

w/ guest Anastasi Mavrides on guitar/bass/voice (Beach Boys, Baraka Moon)


All Ages
Yoshi's Presents Trance Mission

Beth Custer – bass clarinet, alto clarinet, Bb clarinet, vocal

Stephen Kent – didgeridoo, cello-sintir, percussion

Peter Valsamis – drum set, dumbek, bendir, electronics

Celebrating the release of Le Pendu, their first new album in 2 decades, Trance Mission is world-renowned didgeridoo pioneer Stephen Kent, award-winning clarinetist/composer Beth Custer, and virtuoso drummer/electronic artist, Peter Valsamis. The California based “4th World” band makes genre-bending music that is a new form of contemporary global jazz – worldly yet otherworldly. With driving intricate rhythms & gorgeous soaring melodies this trio creates original and vibrant soundscapes that invite audiences into a unique universe of trance and groove.

Beth Custer is an Emmy award-winning composer and performer writing for film, TV, theatre and dance productions including Joe Goode Performance Group, Campo Santo Theatre, and for the films of Cathy Lee Crane, William Farley, and Judith Ehrlich. Beth is renowned for her exquisite and diverse clarinet playing across the entire clarinet family. As a solo artist and band-leader she has recorded many acclaimed original works and toured internationally with Trance Mission, Club Foot Orchestra, Clarinet Thing, Eighty Mile Beach, Fred Frith, Will Bernard, David James's GPS, Russian Telegraph, and The Beth Custer Ensemble.

Stephen Kent has received international acclaim as a driving force in bringing the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo into contemporary music. A multi-instrumentalist & composer he is well established in the global music scene, collaborating with an extraordinary range of luminary musicians including Airto Moreira (Brazil), Omar Sosa (Cuba), Zakir Hussain (India), Habib Koite (Mali), Leonard Eto (Japan), Chirgilchin (Tuva), Steve Roach/Del Sol Quartet/R. Carlos Nakai (USA). His catalog of releases includes 7 solo albums and many more with group projects including Trance Mission and Baraka Moon. Stephen also hosts Music of the World, and Off the Beaten Path on Pacifica Radio's KPFA (94.1FM)

Peter Valsamis is based in Los Angeles. His extraordinary approach to drumming synthesizes a variety of musical styles into his own unique sound. He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Emeline Michel, Martine St. Clair, Mitsou, Don Preston, Walter Aziz, Steve Lacy, Trance Mission and many others. An accomplished composer and sound designer he has worked on titles such as Transformers, Star Trek, Battleship, The Price is Right, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. Peter received his M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College.

Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607