4/19/2018 7:30:00 PM

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery St.

Bird & Beckett Books & Records presents

Lisa Mezzacappa Six

new music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe developed this year in a series of salons at Bird & Beckett Books & Records

Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Bookstore Residency & Work-in-Progress Salons
Thursdays at 7:30pm
April 19
May 24
July 5
Sept 13

Concert Finale!
Sat Nov 3 7:30pm

Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa visits with her sextet for a five-concert residency this year, to develop a new suite of music inspired by Italo Calvino’s extraordinary Cosmicomics stories. Over a series of Thursday evening salons, she and her band of superlative improvisers will explore new musical material drawn from Calvino’s supremely imaginative musings on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos. The salon series, which runs from April through September, concludes with a premiere of the complete work on Saturday November 3. 
Mezzacappa’s sensibility as a composer embraces the full panorama of jazz sound and feeling, from bluesy grooves to abstract soundscapes, playful collective improvisation and richly layered melodies that blend electric and acoustic textures. Her last suite of music for this ensemble, avantNOIR, was drawn from crime novels by Hammett and Auster - and earned a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat Magazine last year.  

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/lisamezz/sets/lisa-mezzacappa-avantnoir-1
More info: http://www.lisamezzacappa.com

4/22/2018 7:30:00 PM

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission

7:30 PM Ian Carey Ensemble
Steve Adams - saxophone, Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass, Jason Levis - drums, Mark Clifford - vibes
Ian Carey is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor, who “asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” (Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz)
8:30 PM Unbound free-jazz world fusion music
Marc Schmitz - vocals, guitar, Dave Mihaly - drums, Lin Shi - vocals, keyboard, Shuxin Meng - pipa

Quickly recognized as a formidable improviser, Ian Carey has performed around the Bay Area with top-notch ensembles including: the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Tony Corman's Morchestra, Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, Adam Theis’ Realistic Orchestra, Matt Small's Crushing Spiral Ensemble, accordionist Rob Reich’s Circus Bella All-Star Band, the Fred Randolph Quintet, the Nathan Clevenger Group, and the Adam Shulman Sextet; and shared the stage with vocalists Ed Reed and Betty Fu, pianists Ben Stolorow, Don Alberts, and the late B.J. Papa, saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Noel Jewkes, as well as visiting luminaries including pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, trumpeter/arranger John Daversa, and vocalist/composer Molly Thompson.

Unbound is a San Francisco based free-jazz world fusion music ensemble with members from San Francisco, Chengdu, and Beijing. We play world music consisting of jazz fusion, free jazz, and American funk rock mixed with Chinese melodies from folk to opera to rock. We also explore connections to Native American music. Our original compositions, such as Dancing with Moon Eyes, Flashbacks and Lightning, and Tai, are influenced by nature and authentic human spirits. In our Chinese fusion music such as Kang Ding Love Song, The Cheerful Sunshine, and Goodfella, we combine our music into a unique sonic painting where East meets West.

5/17/2018 8:00:00 PM

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street

8:00pm Max Johnson with Phillip Greenlief & Tim Perkis
9:00pm Dennydennybreakfast