Chapel Performance Space Wallingford
Thurs Sept 19, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
If a Portuguese jazz ensemble makes it all the way to the Pacific Northwest, odds are they’re worth checking out. And one listen to Alförjs’s 2019 full-length, QorusQoros, proves that axiom true. The record sounds like a score for some kind of shamanistic ritual occurring far off the grid and on a microcosmic level of consciousness. The trio use myriad percussion tools, bass, voices, and electronics, but not in any way to which you are accustomed. Alförjs alter mind states like a European Residents, and the ensuing perplexity is its own reward. Fiery Seattle avant-jazz duo Bad Luck, judging by a recent show at Clock-Out Lounge, are moving in a more subdued but no less riveting direction.