Before you go to this show, you should visit kotojazz.com. It’s filled with wonderful posts about the artist, Chris Kenji Beer, and his aesthetics, which are all about the impermanence of beauty: the falling petals of cherry blossoms, carp in a pond, leaves animated by a breeze, the water flowing over an ancient stone in a garden. The music, which blends jazz with traditional Japanese koto music, attempts to capture the only eternal thing there is in existence, which is the moment. The pieces Beer plays on the piano seem to have no end or beginning. It’s likewatching a shimmering stream you chanced upon until a passing cloud happens to block the sun. (The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, theroyalroomseattle.com, 8 pm, free)