4/20/2018 9:00:00 PM

Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave,
Oakland

QUARTET

Ben Goldberg - clarinet (www.bengoldberg.net)
Francis Wong - tenor saxophone (www.franciswong.net)
Chamberlain Zhang - electronics (www.chamberlainzhang.com)
Jordan Glenn - drums (www.jordanglennmusic.com)

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BEAK (https://soundcloud.com/user-245150924/big-paper-by-beak)

BEAK is a percussion-heavy ensemble that blurs the line between dynamic/energetic grooves and chaos. The power of this electric ensemble is wheeled by Jordan Glenn’s curious baton, moving in and out of composed and improvised material.

Karl Evangelista - guitar

Lisa Mezzacappa - bass

Robert Lopez - drums

Bob Woods-LaDue - percussion

Kevin Robinson - saxophone

Theo Padouvas - trumpet

Jordan Glenn - conductor/composer

with visiting old friend, Michael Coleman - keyboards (https://michaelcolemanmusic.bandcamp.com/album/michael-rocketship-ep)


4/21/2018 7:30:00 PM

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery Street San Francisco (near Glen Park BART)

animals and giraffes - the ongoing project with phillip greenlief and writer claudia la rocco - will be performing at bird and beckett books this saturday at a new concert series that eric at b&b has launched to feature improvised music. a&g is celebrating the release of our newest CD, LANDLOCKED BEACH (with jon leidecker) on the creative sources label, so you can think of this as a CD release party; we will have copies on hand for sale. animals and giraffes features collaborations with artists from various disciplines, and this time we are excited to share the space with two incredible sound artists: danishta rivero and john shiurba.

animals and giraffes: phillip greenlief - woodwinds; claudia la rocco - text, voice; danishta rivero - voice, electronics; john shiurba - guitar, preparations, effects


4/22/2018 7:30:00 PM

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

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.


4/25/2018 7:30:00 PM

Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory
2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Actual Trio is a vehicle for the compositions of iconoclastic Bay Area guitarist John Schott (Junk Genius, T.J. Kirk). Bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, Lost Trio), and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Victor Krummenacher) provide the foundation for Schott’s adventurous-but-accessible compositions, marrying deep pockets and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions.

Ranging from joyful tributes to Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz and the Golden State Warriors to an anguished response to the 2016 election, the Bay Area’s Actual Trio's recent release "Act II" solidifies and deepens their singular identity. As with their Tzadik debut, the new album was produced by Hans Wendl, whose production credits include Don Byron, Charlie Haden, Ravi Shankar, and Bill Frisell, and recorded at Berkeley’s legendary Fantasy Studios.

About the Actual Trio, John writes: “I think trios thrive on independence and improvised conversation, so Dan, John and I always prioritize being in the moment and making it new. But we start from my compositions, which can get quite involved. My touchstones for this trio are Ellington in trio settings, Monk, Ahmad Jamal, and Horace Silver, while at the same time acknowledging that I play an electric guitar, not a piano. There is a much deeper tradition in Jazz of piano trios rather than guitar trios. The way they orchestrated their compositions, each instrument playing parts, each group having its own distinctive groove, placing the beat just so, voicing chords just so. The directness, the concision, the simplicity, and the pride of rhythm sections.” Fans who have followed Schott’s work in the groups T.J. Kirk, Junk Genius, and in projects by John Zorn, Tom Waits and Steven Bernstein will recognize the guitarist’s personal alchemy of blues, jazz, funk, and experimental improv.


4/25/2018 7:30:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex
2040 Addison Street
Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Actual Trio

The Actual Trio is a vehicle for the compositions of iconoclastic Bay Area guitarist John Schott (Junk Genius, T.J. Kirk). Bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, Lost Trio), and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Victor Krummenacher) providing the foundation for Schott’s adventurous-but-accessible compositions, marrying deep pockets and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions.

Ranging from joyful tributes to Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz and the Golden State Warriors to an anguished response to the 2016 election, the Bay Area’s Actual Trio's recent release "Act II" solidifies and deepens their singular identity. As with their Tzadik debut, the new album was produced by Hans Wendl (whose production credits include Don Byron, Charlie Haden, Ravi Shankar and Bill Frisell) and recorded at Berkeley’s legendary Fantasy Studios.

About the Actual Trio, John writes: “I think trios thrive on independence and improvised conversation, so Dan, John and I always prioritize being in the moment and making it new. But we start from my compositions, which can get quite involved. My touchstones for this trio are Ellington in trio settings, Monk, Ahmad Jamal, and Horace Silver, while at the same time acknowledging that I play an electric guitar, not a piano. There is a much deeper tradition in Jazz of piano trios rather than guitar trios. The way they orchestrated their compositions, each instrument playing parts, each group having its own distinctive groove, placing the beat just so, voicing chords just so. The directness, the concision, the simplicity, and the pride of rhythm sections.” Fans who have followed Schott’s work in the groups T.J. Kirk, Junk Genius, and in projects by John Zorn, Tom Waits and Steven Bernstein will recognize the guitarist’s personal alchemy of blues, jazz, funk, and experimental improv.

Doors Open: 6:30 PM Starts: 7:30 PM Ends: 9:30 PM


4/27/2018 7:30:00 PM

Adobe Books
3130 24th St
SF

Greenlief & Raskin play Steve Lacy•KREation Ensemble

Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin's 1 + 1 play music from rare notebooks of Steve Lacy


5/6/2018 8:00:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St
SF

Vinkeloe/ Looney/ Mezzacappa/ Robinson

Two different trios come together in a quartet of tones, textures, melodies, and creative interplay sure to please the discerning ear. Come explore the sonic possibilities!

Biggi Vinkeloe – alto Sax, flute
Scott R. Looney – piano , prepared piano
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass
Donald Robinson – drums

These four stalwarts of the improv world have played in various groupings with each other, but never quite in this combination before. Come and experience the synergy of a first time gathering of these amazing and creative musicians!


5/9/2018 7:30:00 PM

Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory
2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

LET’S CALL THIS is a new meeting of three improviser-composers who have developed singular voices as longtime members of the Bay Area creative jazz community. Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh joins with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and drummer Vijay Anderson to explore original compositions, structured improvisations, and conceptual flights, born from a shared sense of curiosity and possibility. Modirzadeh is known for developing a unique poly-tempered approach to jazz based on the music of Iran. Anderson composes tightly knit music with weaving melodic lines and a driving momentum. Mezzacappa’s compositions combine asymmetrical grooves with sonic abstractions and free zones of exploration. She’s been called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” by The Mercury News and “a Bay Area treasure” by KQED. This is a special opportunity to hear the debut of this inventive and adventurous new trio.

Vijay Anderson is a freelance drummer, bandleader, composer, and teacher based in Oakland, California. He has performed and recorded with LA-based multi-instrumentalists Lynn Johnston and Vinny Golia; Bay Area composer/performers Ben Goldberg, Sheldon Brown, Graham Connah, Darren Johnston, Smith Dobson V, Lisa Mezzacappa, Aaron Bennett, Ava Mendoza, Hafez Modirzadeh, and saxophonist Marco Eneidi. He has worked extensively with Brooklyn bassist Adam Lane as part of Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra, the Adam Lane Trio, and Adam Lane’s Blue Spirit Band. Anderson has composed and performed original scores for filmmakers Jeff Kao and Tim Hicks, as well as for projects by the Facing East Dance Company. He leads the Vijay Anderson Quartet, the Touch and Go Sextet, and the Silverscreen Sextet.

Lisa Mezzacappa is a Berkeley-based composer, bassist, and bandleader. Called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” by The Mercury News and “a Bay Area treasure” by KQED, she has been an active part of California’s music community for more than 15 years. Mezzacappa writes music for groups from duo to large ensemble, acoustic and electric, and has collaborated with film, dance, sculpture and installation art. Recent projects include ORGANELLE, a chamber suite for improvisers; Glorious Ravage, an evening-length song cycle for large ensemble and films; and TOUCH BASS, a collaboration with choreographer Risa Jaroslow for three dancers and three bassists. avantNOIR, a suite of compositions for jazz sextet, was released on Clean Feed records in 2017 and earned 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat Magazine. 

Saxophonist/theorist Hafez Modirzadeh has performed, recorded, published and lectured internationally on original cross-cultural musical concepts which include "Convergence Liberation" (in Critical Studies in Improvisation, 2011), "Compost Music” (in Leonardo, 2009), "Aural Archetypes” (in Black Music Research, 2001), as well as “Chromodality” (for Wesleyan University, 1992). Twice an NEA Jazz Fellow, Modirzadeh received a Senior Fulbright Award in 2006 to work with Flamenco and Gnawan traditions in Andalucia and Morocco, and again in 2014, to research Turkish Makam harmonization in Ankara. He is a Professor of Creative/World Music at San Francisco State University.

Websites:
http://hafezmodirzadeh.com/
http://vijayanderson.com/
http://www.lisamezzacappa.com/


5/17/2018 8:00:00 PM

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street
SF

8:00pm Max Johnson with Phillip Greenlief & Tim Perkis
9:00pm Dennydennybreakfast - album release show for "unlit overpass"
Core Personnel:
Jordan Glenn - drums, Mark Clifford-Pascucci - vibes , Crystal Clifford-Pascucci - cello
David Young - keyboards, Max Judelson - bass, Bob Woods-LaDue - drums
Special Guest:
Rent Romus - alto saxophone


DennyDennyBreakfast is the name of the music project of Bob Woods-LaDue. No 2 dennydennybreakfast shows are the same, with different members, and new arrangements. In this iteration of DDB, Bob and his friends celebrate the recent improv recording "unlit overpass" that was recorded in Dec 2017 and released in Jan 2018. They will navigate through scores that offer different ways to approach free improvisation. Sometimes trying to recapture some of the magic from the album, as well as exploring new territories and expanding their vocabulary.

Max Johnson is a bassist, composer and bandleader based in New York City. Known for his big sound, eclectic style and prolific output, Johnson has made a name in both the jazz and improvised music world, playing with legendary luminaries Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Muhal Richard Abrams, among others, in addition to becoming a first call bluegrass bassist, playing with legends Sam Bush, David Grisman, & the Traveling McCourys, as well as being a composer of chamber music that's been performed by Mivos Quartet, and members of Bang on a Can, janus Trio and Ensemble Signal. With 9 albums, and over fifteen hundred concerts under his belt, Johnson has proven to be an unparalleled force on the bass, and a unique, exhilarating voice as a composer.

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, and They Might Be Giants.

Tim Perkis has been working in the medium of live electronic and computer sound for many years, performing, exhibiting and recording extensively throughout North America and Europe. His work has largely been concerned with exploring the emergence of life-like properties in complex systems of interaction. A founder of the computer music band The Hub, he is also a well known performer in the San Francisco Bay Area's active improvised music scene, and a designer of multimedia systems for corporate clients. Recordings of his music are available on the Artifact, Lucky Garage, Meniscus and Limited Sedition labels.


5/19/2018 6:30:00 PM

ODC Dance Theatre
3153 17th Street at Shotwell Street San Francisco CA 94110

ODC Theater Presents AN IMPROVISATION - as part of their WALKING DISTANCE DANCE FESTIVAL (may 15 - 20) - featuring Phillip Greenlief (woodwinds), Shoko Hikage (koto), Claudia LaRocco (voice, text), Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (dance) - two evenings (may 19th and 20th) - show starts at 6:30 pm

Tickets on sale here: http://odc.dance/AnImprovisation

phillip greenlief (b. 1959, los angeles)
Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.

shoko hikage
Shoko Hikage studied the koto with Chizuga Kimura, Seiga Adachi and Shizuga Adachi of the Ikuta Ryu Sokyoku Seigen Kai. In 1988, She graduated from Takasaki College with a major in koto music, and was immediately accepted as a special research student in Sawai Sokyoku In under Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai, where she subsequently received her master's certificate. In 1992, she moved to Honolulu to teach at the Sawai Koto Kai Hawaii. Currently she is an artist in residence at the JCCCNC where she teaches koto and furthers her interest in improvisational dance and music. First solo original compositions & improvisations CD released on 1997.

claudia la rocco
Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism, and the novel petit cadeau, which was 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, which she curated. She has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al., and is also the first writer-in-residence at On the Boards theater in Seattle. She is a columnist for ARTFORUM and a contributing editor to Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Presse). Her collaborators include the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark and the musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, with whom she is animals & giraffes. In February 2016 she became editor-in-chief of Open Space.

rashaun mitchell and silas riener
Since 2010 Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation into challenging multifaceted performance. After working together for years in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener developed a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. Their collaborative work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, and traditional proscenium pieces to highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Historical influences and aesthetic forms collapse into a visually charged hybrid physical language. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Pieter. Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, the Vail International Dance Festival, REDCAT, ICA Boston and Summer Stages Dance, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards, and the O Miami Poetry Festival.


5/20/2018 6:30:00 PM

ODC Dance Theatre
3153 17th Street at Shotwell Street San Francisco

ODC Theater Presents AN IMPROVISATION - as part of their WALKING DISTANCE DANCE FESTIVAL (may 15 - 20) - featuring Phillip Greenlief (woodwinds), Shoko Hikage (koto), Claudia LaRocco (voice, text), Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (dance) - two evenings (may 19th and 20th) - show starts at 6:30 pm

Tickets on sale here: http://odc.dance/AnImprovisation

phillip greenlief (b. 1959, los angeles)
Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.

shoko hikage
Shoko Hikage studied the koto with Chizuga Kimura, Seiga Adachi and Shizuga Adachi of the Ikuta Ryu Sokyoku Seigen Kai. In 1988, She graduated from Takasaki College with a major in koto music, and was immediately accepted as a special research student in Sawai Sokyoku In under Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai, where she subsequently received her master's certificate. In 1992, she moved to Honolulu to teach at the Sawai Koto Kai Hawaii. Currently she is an artist in residence at the JCCCNC where she teaches koto and furthers her interest in improvisational dance and music. First solo original compositions & improvisations CD released on 1997.

claudia la rocco
Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism, and the novel petit cadeau, which was 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, which she curated. She has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al., and is also the first writer-in-residence at On the Boards theater in Seattle. She is a columnist for ARTFORUM and a contributing editor to Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Presse). Her collaborators include the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark and the musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, with whom she is animals & giraffes. In February 2016 she became editor-in-chief of Open Space.

rashaun mitchell and silas riener
Since 2010 Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener have created dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity, and quiet contemplation into challenging multifaceted performance. After working together for years in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener developed a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. Their collaborative work takes many forms, from site-specific installations, improvisational dances, and traditional proscenium pieces to highly crafted and intimate, immersive experiences. Historical influences and aesthetic forms collapse into a visually charged hybrid physical language. Together they have been part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program, the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, and have been artists in residence at EMPAC, Mount Tremper Arts, Wellesley College, Jacob’s Pillow, and Pieter. Their work has been presented at MOMA PS1 as part of Greater NY, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, the Vail International Dance Festival, REDCAT, ICA Boston and Summer Stages Dance, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, On the Boards, and the O Miami Poetry Festival.