6/22/2017 8:00:00 PM

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street

8:00 pm KREation Ensemble debuts "Planes Through Spheres Suite"
Kevin Robinson -Woodwinds, Isaac Otto - Woodwinds, Kelley Kipperman - Acoustic Bass, Maia Ziaee - Plano, Brandon Glasson -Vibraphone
9:00 pm The Matt Renzi Trio
Matt Renzi- saxophone, oboe, English Horn, Lisa Mezzacappa- bass, Jason Levis- drums

Multi-reedist Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide. For the past decade, he has been recognized multiple times by jazz organizations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, India and Israel as well as in the United States for his advanced concepts in spontaneous group composition and collective improvisation.
Matt can be heard on a variety of recordings including the award winning “Lines and Ballads" (Fresh Sound Records) as well as his latest release entitled “Lunch Special" (Three P’s Records) which features his trio. Matt has been leading his NY based trio for over 13 years now and continues to use this formation to push the limits of group improvisation and composition. He also leads another project, which combines contemporary classical composition techniques and spontaneous improvisation.

Stepped in the study of the powers of vibration, The Kevin Robinson Ensemble (KREation) is lead by Baltimore native saxophonist/composer Kevin Robinson. Formed in 2003. KREation has set itself on a course to explore genuine expression through various musical and artistic approaches. They will present a body of written and improvised music entitled "Planes Through a Sphere". The music is a meditation on moving textures and shapes as they come in contact with a "spinning object". This is also examination on a metaphysical level. The music will feature 5 movements.

6/27/2017 4:00:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St

Grant Writing Basics: Beginner’s Guide to Grants for Independent Musicians

Bay Area bassist/bandleader and arts organizer Lisa Mezzacappa leads an introductory workshop on grants for independent musicians. This is the pre-K, absolute beginner's guide to finding and writing grants to support your work.

Learn what opportunities are available for musicians, composers and ensembles in the Bay Area; how to prepare your materials and navigate applications; how to assemble a basic project budget and write a project proposal; strategies for preparing work samples; and how to find funders that are a good match for the work you want to do. If you have already applied for and received grants before, this is probably not the workshop for you! This workshop hopes to demystify the grant application process for the fearful/curious, and will address beginner questions and concerns. Come prepared with a laptop or pencil and notebook to take notes.

7/15/2017 9:30:00 PM

Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave,

Oakland < < Hearts > > SoCal Avant-Jazz Double Bill!

Bay Area jazz improviser/composers host three heroes of the SoCal music scene for an evening of free-spirited collaboration and exchange with Beth Schenck’s Guthrie Project+2 and the Tiner-Hubbard-Mezzacappa Three.

Tiner-Hubbard-Mezzacappa Three (9:30pm)

Three curious, restless, inventive improviser/composers from Bakersfield, San Diego and Berkeley join forces in a new trio that explores all that they can, and probably cannot, do together as an ensemble. Bakersfield trumpeter Kris Tiner is known for his deeply imaginative compositions and incredibly versatile chops as an improviser, leading and working in a wide range of creative jazz projects. Percussionist and composer Nate Hubbard, based in San Diego, is a sonic explorer who operates on multiple scales, leading enormous creative music orchestras and playing solo sets of exquisite beauty and mind-bending artistic range. Berkeley bassist Lisa Mezzacappa combines a deep pocket and warm tone with abstract bowed textures and far-out sounds, and writes music inspired by film, literature, and science. Expect asymmetrical song structures, irregular grooves, free jazz explosions, sumptuous melodies, wide-open soundscapes, and also, definitely, surprises.

Nate Hubbard, percussion
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
Kris Tiner, trumpet

Beth Schenck’s Guthrie Project+2 (10:30pm)

The Guthrie Project+2 is a collaboration between Beth Schenck and Matt Wrobel (SF), Kris Tiner (Bakersfield) and Corey Fogel (Los Angeles), friends who have been playing music together in different capacities for over fifteen years. Beth composes for this group, experimenting with small scale/minimalist structures that exercise both musical restraint and freedom of space. The result is an expansive, cinematic musical universe that gives each musician space and time for self expression.

Beth Schenck, saxophones/compositions
Kris Tiner, trumpet
Matt Wrobel, guitar
Corey Fogel, drums

$10-15 sliding scale

7/26/2017 7:30:00 PM

Community Music Center
544 Capp Street

Animals and Giraffes - Collette McCaslin/Amy Reed
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit

The intersection of text, sound, percussive and subtle winding in and out of synergy at the Bay Area's Creative Music Festival! Advance Tickets at:
Advance Tickets to the 16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit

Animals and Giraffes is an ongoing collaboration between writer/performer Claudia La Rocco and saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief. The project explores the intersection of text and sound, and features a changing roster featuring some of the finest bay area improvisers. The group is currently ??celebrating the upcoming release of JULY, their first album, featuring collaborations with Evelyn Davis, Tim Perkis, John Shiurba, Phillip Greenlief & Jon Raskin's 2+2, David Boyce and Dapplegray.
Claudia La Rocco is a writer whose work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary projects and collaborations. She is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism; and the novel petit cadeau, published by The Chocolate Factory Theater as a print edition of one and a four-day, interdisciplinary live edition. She edited I Don't Poem: An Anthology of Painters (Off the Park Press) and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Project's PLATFORM 2015, for which she was guest artist curator. She has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al; received grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation; and had residencies at such places as Headlands Center for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and On the Boards theater. Her collaborators include the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, and the musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, with whom she is animals & giraffes. Her poetry and prose have been published in such anthologies and chapbooks as 6X6 #34: I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse), Imagined Theatres: Writing for a theoretical stage (Daniel Sack, ed; Routledge), and On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed; Triple Canopy). She teaches and lectures widely, including at Princeton University, the School of Visual Arts, San Francisco Ballet, and Tokyo’s Dance New Air festival; and has bylines in numerous publications, including BOMB, ARTFORUM, The New York Times, and East of Borneo. La Rocco is editor-in-chief of SFMOMA’s art and culture platform Open Space.
Eveyln Davis - piano; Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Aurora Josephson - voice; Claudia La Rocco - voice/text; John Shiurba - guitar

Amy and Collette are are two women with very integrated approaches to music, especially improvisation. Their duo corresponds to a logic of magical thinking that is formed by deeper subconscious stirrings. Together, their percussive and subtle sounds wind in and out of synergy, sometimes clashing, sometimes relating in sublime synchronicity.
Amy Reed is a visual artist, songwriter, and composer. Amy lives and works in Sacramento's diverse communities hit hardest by unemployment and recession. She teaches and advocates for free—open to all—art and music programs in public schools and community spaces, building space and materials for students and nurturing relationships with artists and under-served communities. Recently, her students' work was exhibited at Sacramento State University. She is the founder of Ma, a creative music series presenting collaborations and solo performance by women: improvisers, composers, educators, and performing artists.
Collette McCaslin is a San Francisco Bay Area based player of the Cornet, noisician,abstract artist, and writer. In her youth she explored plunder-phonics as a means of expression “composing” tape works comprised of snippets of radio static, college radio and death metal. As a teenager she was heavily influenced by her family to explore the realms of jazz, she played the saxophone at Cabrillo College. Her own interests diverged however, when she began working with guitar.Her first album "Machine" is a layered work of looping... At some point in the last ten years she started working with analogue FX boxes and doing feedback based electronics. With that setup she has played in numerous situations. Including "Lords of Outland" where she interacts with other musicians, live, with a feedback based instrument. As well as headlining at NorCal Noise Fest many years in a row...
Collette McCaslin - trumpet/soprano saxophone, percussion; Amy Reed - guitar, voice

7/29/2017 7:30:00 PM

Community Music Center
544 Capp Street

Karen Borca Trio | Positive Knowledge
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit

Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Creative World Music Systems at the Bay Area's Creative Music Festival! Advance Tickets at:
Advance Tickets to the 16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit

Karen Borca is the only Bassoonist who has made a mark in Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz. Her bands have played The Berlin Jazz Festival, Taklos Festival in Switzerland, Jazz Happening in Finland, The Vision Festivals in USA and many other concerts, clubs and venues. Her Quartet and 10 peice ensemble "Tentet" played in the Newport Jazz Salute to Women in Jazz Festivals in '78 & '79. She was a representative of the US as a member of Canaille, an international group of women composers, which played at the Gulhbenkian Art Center in Lisbon, Potugal in 1990.
She has played and recorded with some of the most important pioneers of Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz including Cecil Taylor, both as a member of his large ensembles and Unit from '70-'89, Jimmy Lyons, for 12 years , Bill Dixon, Andrew Cyrille, William Parker and more.
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.
Described as a 'percussive dervish' (Coda) Donald Robinson is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area's improvisational players, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, trumpeter Raphe Malik and Canadian pianist Paul Plimley. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: 'the best bass-drums tag team on the scene' (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970's, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman. Born is Boston, Massachusetts in 1953, Robinson first studied classical percussion at the New England Conservatory. During the early 1970's he served his musical apprenticeship in the jazz world of Paris, studying with Kenny Clarke and playing with Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake and Bobby Few among many others. He first played with Spearman as a duet partner during this period in Paris, an association which continued through various configurations and many recordings until the saxophonist's death in 1998. Robinson is currently playing in many configurations with a broad range of musicians throughout Europe and the US.
Karen Borca - bassoon; Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass; Donald Robinson- drums

Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas of Positive Knowledge have recorded and performed together for the past two decades, composing and sharing their joyful Creative World Music Systems with lovers of music and poetry around the world. Ijeoma Thomas - Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet vocalist and teacher believes "all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit." Once quoted in the British magazine 'The Wire' as being "one of North America's preeminent bass clarinetists", composer, teacher & multi-reed musician (bass clarinet, saxophones) Oluyemi Thomas brings elements of life and work to the flow & he believes: "The musician's art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise..." As a great enhancement to their compositional approaches, Positive Knowledge continues to perform throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Israel, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands which has resulted in a rich multifaceted vocabulary to date. They have recorded or performed with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Alan Silva, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser,William Parker, Miya Masaoka & Gino Robair, "Kidd" Edward Jordan. They will be joined by drummer Hamir Atwal.
Oluyemi Thomas - bass clarinet; Ijeoma Thomas - voice; Hamir Atwal- drums