4/27/2017 7:30:00 PM

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street
Berkeley

On Thursday, April 27, at 7:30pm, Tom's Place presents


Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar)
and
Phillip Greenlief (saxophone)

Susan Alcorn is a Baltimore, Maryland-based composer and musician who has received international recognition as an innovator of the pedal steel guitar, an instrument whose sound is commonly associated with country and western music. Having absorbed the technique of C&W pedal steel playing and refined it to a virtuosic level, her original music reveals the influence of free jazz, avant-garde classical music, Indian ragas, indigenous traditions, and other musics of the world. The Guardian (UK) describes her music as "beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony."

Susan is known primarily as a solo performer, though she has worked with artists as diverse as Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne and John Butcher. She also has a long-standing collaboration with Bay Area saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, with whom she will be playing at this show.

We're pretty stoked about this duo. Susan has been on our must-book list for a long time, and every time we hear PG it makes us happy. This will be a must-see evening.

Tom's Place
3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA
Directions: http://4-33.com/directions.html
Information: http://4-33.com/toms-place/index.html

Admission: donation. All proceeds go directly to the musicians.
Doors open at 7:00. Wheelchair accessible.


4/27/2017 8:00:00 PM

ODC Dance Theatre
3153 17th Street at Shotwell
SF

TOUCH BASS is a new collaboration of choreographer Risa Jaroslow with bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa. The work features three dancers, three bassists and three double basses in an exploration of our physical and emotional vulnerabilities—using the fragility of a big, beautiful string instrument as a metaphor for our own real and imagined limitations.

Dancers
Tara McArthur, Lauren Simpson, Brendan Barthel
(plus Scott Marlowe, in absentia)

Bassists
Matt Small, Eric Perney, Lisa Mezzacappa

World Premiere performances at ODC Theater, San Francisco:
Thursday April 27, 8pm
Friday April 28, 8pm
Saturday, April 29, 8pm
Sunday, April 30, 3pm

ABOUT RISA JAROSLOW + DANCERS
Since 2013 Risa Jaroslow has resided in the Bay Area where is active as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and mentor. Formerly based in New York City, her company regularly performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Joyce Theater, Central Park Summerstage and the Duke Theater, among others. The company has performed nationally and at international festivals including The Dublin Dance Festival and The OPEN LOOK Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jaroslow has been a guest choreographer at Sonoma State University and Mills College and a guest mentor for Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s CHIME program.

ABOUT LISA MEZZACAPPA
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area composer, bassist and producer. Called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” (San Jose Mercury News) and “a Bay Area treasure” (KQED), she has been an active part of California’s vibrant experimental music community for more than 15 years. Mezzacappa’s activities as a composer and bandleader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, video, sculpture and installation art. Recent projects include works inspired by noir crime fiction; by Victorian lady adventurers; and by vintage Italian science fiction comic books. Her many awards include grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Zellerbach and Wattis Foundations, among others. www.lisamezzacappa.com


4/28/2017 8:00:00 PM

ODC Dance Theatre
3153 17th Street at Shotwell
SF

TOUCH BASS is a new collaboration of choreographer Risa Jaroslow with bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa. The work features three dancers, three bassists and three double basses in an exploration of our physical and emotional vulnerabilities—using the fragility of a big, beautiful string instrument as a metaphor for our own real and imagined limitations.


Dancers
Tara McArthur, Lauren Simpson, Brendan Barthel
(plus Scott Marlowe, in absentia)

Bassists
Matt Small, Eric Perney, Lisa Mezzacappa

World Premiere performances at ODC Theater, San Francisco:
Thursday April 27, 8pm
Friday April 28, 8pm
Saturday, April 29, 8pm
Sunday, April 30, 3pm

ABOUT RISA JAROSLOW + DANCERS
Since 2013 Risa Jaroslow has resided in the Bay Area where is active as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and mentor. Formerly based in New York City, her company regularly performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Joyce Theater, Central Park Summerstage and the Duke Theater, among others. The company has performed nationally and at international festivals including The Dublin Dance Festival and The OPEN LOOK Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jaroslow has been a guest choreographer at Sonoma State University and Mills College and a guest mentor for Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s CHIME program.

ABOUT LISA MEZZACAPPA
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area composer, bassist and producer. Called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” (San Jose Mercury News) and “a Bay Area treasure” (KQED), she has been an active part of California’s vibrant experimental music community for more than 15 years. Mezzacappa’s activities as a composer and bandleader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, video, sculpture and installation art. Recent projects include works inspired by noir crime fiction; by Victorian lady adventurers; and by vintage Italian science fiction comic books. Her many awards include grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Zellerbach and Wattis Foundations, among others. www.lisamezzacappa.com


4/29/2017 8:00:00 PM

ODC Dance Theatre
3153 17th Street at Shotwell
SF

TOUCH BASS is a new collaboration of choreographer Risa Jaroslow with bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa. The work features three dancers, three bassists and three double basses in an exploration of our physical and emotional vulnerabilities—using the fragility of a big, beautiful string instrument as a metaphor for our own real and imagined limitations.

Dancers
Tara McArthur, Lauren Simpson, Brendan Barthel
(plus Scott Marlowe, in absentia)

Bassists
Matt Small, Eric Perney, Lisa Mezzacappa

World Premiere performances at ODC Theater, San Francisco:
Thursday April 27, 8pm
Friday April 28, 8pm
Saturday, April 29, 8pm
Sunday, April 30, 3pm

ABOUT RISA JAROSLOW + DANCERS
Since 2013 Risa Jaroslow has resided in the Bay Area where is active as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and mentor. Formerly based in New York City, her company regularly performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Joyce Theater, Central Park Summerstage and the Duke Theater, among others. The company has performed nationally and at international festivals including The Dublin Dance Festival and The OPEN LOOK Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jaroslow has been a guest choreographer at Sonoma State University and Mills College and a guest mentor for Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s CHIME program.

ABOUT LISA MEZZACAPPA
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area composer, bassist and producer. Called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” (San Jose Mercury News) and “a Bay Area treasure” (KQED), she has been an active part of California’s vibrant experimental music community for more than 15 years. Mezzacappa’s activities as a composer and bandleader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, video, sculpture and installation art. Recent projects include works inspired by noir crime fiction; by Victorian lady adventurers; and by vintage Italian science fiction comic books. Her many awards include grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Zellerbach and Wattis Foundations, among others. www.lisamezzacappa.com


4/29/2017 8:30:00 PM

The Lab
2948 16th St
SF

@ the lab
16th street, SF
doors at 8 pm

susan alcorn solo pedal steel guitar
phillip greenlief - solo saxophone

More info and tickets...

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Well-known among steel players for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Susan Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pauline Oliveros), visionary jazz (John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman), and world musics (Indian ragas, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra).

Though mostly a solo performer, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Cutler, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Josephine Foster, Mary Halvorson, Jeff Snyder and the Mivos Quartet among others. She is also a member of the Mary Halvorson Octet. New releases include solo albums “Evening Tales” (Mystra), “Soledad” (Relative Pitch), and “Away With You” (Firehouse 12) with the Mary Halvorson Octet. As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression. Alcorn currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

“Alcorn’s pedal steel tones, stretch, float, and dance in the air, and on the ears, expressing something that’s worlds beyond words, yet able to communicate on the deepest level.” – Signal to Noise

“Susan Alcorn is a great player who has mastered and redefined an unlikely instrument. With an exquisite touch she invoked it’s history, extended its emotional and ethereal strengths and explored its microtonal possibilities, drawing it out of the contexts that traditionally render it invisible, or generic, and into its own mature discourse, reminding improvisers that ‘free’ includes the right to be romantic, melodic and four to the bar.” – The Wire (UK)

“Beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from the pulse and conventional harmony.” – The Guardian


Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, saxophonist/composer 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 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.

"The Bay Area's do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief." – Andrew Gilbert –San Francisco Chronicle

"Phillip Greenlief is a reedman versatile enough to achieve anything except peace in Palestine" – Greg Burke, LA Weekly


4/30/2017 3:00:00 PM

ODC Dance Theatre
3153 17th Street at Shotwell
SF

TOUCH BASS is a new collaboration of choreographer Risa Jaroslow with bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa. The work features three dancers, three bassists and three double basses in an exploration of our physical and emotional vulnerabilities—using the fragility of a big, beautiful string instrument as a metaphor for our own real and imagined limitations.

Dancers
Tara McArthur, Lauren Simpson, Brendan Barthel
(plus Scott Marlowe, in absentia)

Bassists
Matt Small, Eric Perney, Lisa Mezzacappa

World Premiere performances at ODC Theater, San Francisco:
Thursday April 27, 8pm
Friday April 28, 8pm
Saturday, April 29, 8pm
Sunday, April 30, 3pm

ABOUT RISA JAROSLOW + DANCERS
Since 2013 Risa Jaroslow has resided in the Bay Area where is active as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and mentor. Formerly based in New York City, her company regularly performed at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Joyce Theater, Central Park Summerstage and the Duke Theater, among others. The company has performed nationally and at international festivals including The Dublin Dance Festival and The OPEN LOOK Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jaroslow has been a guest choreographer at Sonoma State University and Mills College and a guest mentor for Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s CHIME program.

ABOUT LISA MEZZACAPPA
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area composer, bassist and producer. Called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” (San Jose Mercury News) and “a Bay Area treasure” (KQED), she has been an active part of California’s vibrant experimental music community for more than 15 years. Mezzacappa’s activities as a composer and bandleader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, avant-garde jazz, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, video, sculpture and installation art. Recent projects include works inspired by noir crime fiction; by Victorian lady adventurers; and by vintage Italian science fiction comic books. Her many awards include grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Zellerbach and Wattis Foundations, among others. www.lisamezzacappa.com


5/9/2017 7:00:00 PM

The Back Room
1984 Bonita Avenue
Berkeley 94704

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents an experimental/free jazz concert and jam with the Lisa Mezzacappa Group Led by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, the band will be Cory Wright, reeds; John Finkbeiner, guitar, and Jason Levis, drums.

The evening will be a workshop for musicians who want to learn more about free improvisation and how to structure free improvisation as a group. Anyone who is competent on their instrument, whether in a jazz context or even in classical music or other genres like rock or folk music, is welcome to join in.

After a short set by her ensemble, Lisa Mezzacappa will lead a free improv training session with members of her band. Then those who have signed in for the jam will be invited to sit in for the session part of the evening. Some ad hoc ensembles will also be formed to play short improv pieces. A few simple tunes will be on hand that people can read and arrange on the spot together.

If you're competent on your instrument and open to exploring new sounds and ways of interacting, this will be a great opportunity to learn from and play with some of the best improvisers in the Bay Area.

This is event is part the Neighborhood Sessions series, a collaboration between Jazz in the Neighborhood and the California Jazz Conservatory with partial funding from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


5/13/2017 8:30:00 PM

The Lab
2948 16th St
SF

Thollem McDonas / Gino Robair / Lisa Mezzacappa / Christina Stanley


8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$15 Guests / Free for Members
Reserve Seats: member login or guest registration

Thollem McDonas brings together two unique memorial projects for prominent members of the musical community: Pauline Oliveros and Stefano Scodanibbio.

Trio Music Minus One is a duo project between Thollem (Keyboard/Analog Effects) and Gino Robair (Drum Set/Electronics) that creates the contours of a sonic space for a third person in memoriam. This will be the first live performance - in memory of Pauline Oliveros. In 2013, the duo released an album on Setola di Maiale for their mutual friend/colleague/collaborator, Dennis Palmer.

Evolutions For Stefano will be performed for the first time on this continent as a trio with Lisa Mezzacappa (Bass) and Christina Stanley (Violin/Voice).

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5/25/2017 8:00:00 PM

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street
SF

8pm Long Tone Choir
9pm Phillip Greenlief/Scott Walton duo

The Long Tone Choir is a manifold project, based on the cornerstones of listening, breathing, mindfulness, and responsive sounding. Founded by Rae Diamond in 2013, the Long Tone Choir is a path of personal and communal exploration, consisting of local and national communities of singers, and a growing body of composition-meditations that are easy to learn, yet result in complex, organic evolutions of sound-art.
https://www.raediamond.com/long-tone-choir
https://soundcloud.com/longtonechoir


6/22/2017 8:00:00 PM

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street
SF

8:00 pm TBA
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.