12/1/2018 8:00:00 PM

Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street
Oakland

DO-OVER Music Series: duo B. Experimental Band + Tim DeCillis solo


The debut of a new improvising large ensemble led by duo B. (Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis).
Opening set by Tim DiCillis - solo percussion

Kyle Bruckmann, oboes
Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Josh Marshall, tenor saxophone
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
Gabby Fluke-Mogul, violin
Julie Michael, viola
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Nava Dunkelman, percussion
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jason Levis, drums


DO-OVER Music Series
A music composition/improvisation lab co-curated by Jordan Glenn and Lisa Mezzacappa
 
Every First Saturday at Temescal Art Center, Oakland
Series Launches January 2019
 
Every first Saturday, starting in 2019, East Bay musicians Jordan Glenn and Lisa Mezzacappa host a performance series featuring exploratory music for large(r) ensembles, alternating each month between two featured groups: Glenn’s The Jordan Glenn Party and Mezzacappa’s collaboration with drummer Jason Levis, the new duo B. Experimental Band. Each night also features a series of solo and duo sets by local and visiting artists, focusing on works-in-progress, new collaborations, and first forays into intermedia, installation and durational works. DO-OVER is a place for experimentation, impracticality, and glorious failure—not necessarily a series for pre-existing bands or established projects—that encourages members of the Bay Area music community to embrace discomfort and explore new practices in a supportive environment, holding on to the artistic values that have always made this scene so special.


12/7/2018 9:30:00 PM

Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St. #170
Oakland

Nathan Clevenger's Book of Exits & The Green Mitchell Trio

9:30: Nathan Clevenger's Book of Exits

Nathan Clevenger: guitar
Aaron Novik: clarinets (all the way from NYC!)
Cory Wright: reeds
Jon Arkin: drums

10:30: Green Mitchell Trio

Cory Wright: clarinet
Lisa Mezzacappa: bass
Jason Levis: drums


12/9/2018 8:00:00 PM

Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street
Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema: duo B. (Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis) vs. viDEO sAVant

The ensemble duo B. (Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis) vs. viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman) creates live performances of sound and image. In their performances they seek the revelatory moments where the distinction between music and video, sound and image melt away and a new whole emerges from the flow between individuals and media. This program will include the premiere of a new collaborative trio work, plus a reprise of two short past collaborative works with filmmakers Mark Wilson and Janis Crystal Lipzin.


12/12/2018 8:00:00 PM

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany

Damn Skippy Featuring Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, John Schott, Jenny Schieman & Todd Sickafoose

Three members of the 1990's Bay Area acid-Jazz supergroup T. J. Kirk, joined by Jenny Schieman & Todd Sickafoose, makes for a special night of grooving musical mayhem at the Ivy Room. Drummer Scott Amendola and guitarists Will Bernard and John Schott are masterful instrumentalists who share a penchant for musical anarchy and comedy when they get together. Joined by Jenny Schieman & Todd Sickafoose, this will be a memorable evening of feverish East Bay-centric Jazz and Funk, dished up by old friends and mad scientists of groove.

In 1993, four young Bay Area Jazz hotshots came together, purely for fun, to form a high-concept supergroup named James T. Kirk, so named because their repertoire consisted only of mashed-up versions of songs by James Brown, Thelonious Monk, and Rahasan Roland Kirk. Response was immediate and overwhelming, including from Paramount Studios who demanded that the group change their name, which they did, re-christening it T. J. Kirk. Soon the group was signed to Warner Bros., releasing acclaimed CDs and touring the States. That the band was comprised of three guitarists and a drummer only added to the quirky uniqueness their sound and conception. Eventually Will Bernard, John Schott, , Scott Amendola, and Charlie Hunter, all focused on their own bands and careers, putting the group on indefinite hiatus since the late 90's.


12/13/2018 8:00:00 PM

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany

Damn Skippy Featuring Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, John Schott, Jenny Scheinman & Todd Sickafoose! TWO NIGHTS! Completely different music each night! Three members of the 1990's Bay Area acid-Jazz supergroup T. J. Kirk, joined by Jenny Schieman & Todd Sickafoose, makes for a special night of grooving musical mayhem at the Ivy Room. Drummer Scott Amendola and guitarists Will Bernard and John Schott are masterful instrumentalists who share a penchant for musical anarchy and comedy when they get together. Joined by Jenny Schieman & Todd Sickafoose, this will be a memorable evening of feverish East Bay-centric Jazz and Funk, dished up by old friends and mad scientists of groove. In 1993, four young Bay Area Jazz hotshots came together, purely for fun, to form a high-concept supergroup named James T. Kirk, so named because their repertoire consisted only of mashed-up versions of songs by James Brown, Thelonious Monk, and Rahasan Roland Kirk. Response was immediate and overwhelming, including from Paramount Studios who demanded that the group change their name, which they did, re-christening it T. J. Kirk. Soon the group was signed to Warner Bros., releasing acclaimed CDs and touring the States. That the band was comprised of three guitarists and a drummer only added to the quirky uniqueness their sound and conception. Eventually Will Bernard, John Schott, , Scott Amendola, and Charlie Hunter, all focused on their own bands and careers, putting the group on indefinite hiatus since the late 90's.


12/15/2018 8:00:00 PM

Stork Club
2330 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland

New Zombies: an 11-piece avant-jazz ensemble playing the world music-inspired compositions of Dan Plonsey.
Aaron Bennett - tenor saxophone
John Hanes - drums
Jason Levis - percussion
Steve Lew - electric bass
Lynn Murdock - keyboard
Suki O’Kane - percussion
Dan Plonsey - baritone saxophone, compositions
John Shiurba - electric guitar
Michael Zelner - alto saxophone
with special guests:
Steve Adams - tenor saxophone
Randy Porter - electric guitar
http://newzombies.us

Jordan Glenn's BEAK: a percussion-heavy ensemble that blurs the line between dynamic/energetic grooves and chaos.
Will Northlich-Redmond - guitar, kalimba
Joel Nelson - guitar
Mark Clifford - vibes
Brett Carson - keys
Lisa Mezzacappa - bass
Robert Woods-LaDue - percussion
Robert Lopez - percussion
Nava Dunkelman - percussion
Jordan Glenn - conductor/composer
https://jordanglennbeak.bandcamp.com/

Forer Effect: the newly minted duo of local percussionists Sheila Bosco (Dire Wolves, Angel Archer, Autobody), and Suki O’Kane (Thingamajigs Performance Group, Vegan Butcher), jackhammering through a universe striped by twin comets of Syndrum pew pew pews and honk horn music of Ghana.
Sheila Bosco http://hauntedtoast.com/
Suki O'Kane http://sukiokane.com/


1/15/2019 7:30:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2040 Addison Street
Berkeley

Way Out West Concert Series - Nathan Clevenger Group

An evening of new and recent compositions as the Nathan Clevenger Group prepares to record their 3rd album.

Kasey Knudsen: alto sax
Cory Wright: tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Rachel Condry: bass clarinet, clarinet
Lisa Mezzacappa: bass
Jon Arkin: drums
Jason Levis: drums, percussion
Tim DeCillis: vibes, percussion
Nathan Clevenger: guitar

The Nathan Clevenger Group has been playing sideways-but-melodic jazz-adjacent music in the Bay Area since 2003. Recently expanded to a percussion-heavy octet, the band is exploring a new series of pieces featuring dense rhythmic and melodic counterpoint and preparing to record their 3rd album in January 2019. KQED's Andrew Gilbert kindly opined: "Drawing on orchestral jazz concepts pioneered by Duke Ellington, Sun Ra and Gil Evans, (Clevenger) revels in coaxing a kaleidoscopic array of voicings from the band, writing extended dreamscapes that unfold with their own quirky internal logic."