Dec 13: Ze Bib!, Kipperman/Josephson/Kopelevich, & Oa

Active Music Series presents:
– Ze Bib! (Robert Lopez & Shanna Sordahl)
– Kelley Kipperman, Aurora Josephson and Katerina Kopelevich
– Oa (Matt Davignon & Hugh Behm-Steinberg)

Oa creates experimental music from the sounds of language. Writer Hugh Behm-Steinberg and sound manipulator Matt Davignon have recorded various anecdotes, conversations and sung pitches from their peers, neighbors, musicians and other writers. Performing either as a duo or collaborating with other sound artists, they break down these elements with samplers and digital turntables, then rebuild them into improvised musical passages and narratives.

https://soundcloud.com/oa-is-hugh-and-matt

Nov 15 at the Uptown

LAZARUS WALKS is a collective comprised of improvisers Tom Weeks, Alex Cohen, and Tim DeCillis that strives to make spontaneous connections between their shared backgrounds in free jazz, contemporary music, death metal, and anything else available, through an approach that is both playful and ecstatic.
Tom Weeks – alto saxophone
Alex Cohen – guitar
Tim DeCillis – percussion

 

Phillip Greenlief’s BARBEDWIRE

Evelyn Davis – voice, electronics
Gabby Fluke-Mogul – violin
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone

composed during an annual residency in maine, BARBEDWIRE offers 37 graphic scores for trio that shape the direction of improvisation in a time-based system. in addition to charting how the improvisation shifts, the scores have inserted *barbs*, meant to incite musical accidents, interruptions, or breaks in the signal.

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DANISHTA RIVERO is a musician and sound artist based in Oakland. She is a vocalist who performs on electronics and the Hydrophonium, a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument she created. Rivero performs solo as well as with her electro-acoustic duo Voicehandler with percussionist Jacob Felix Heule. She is also half of Las Sucias, a feminist noise reggeatón duo with Alexandra Buschman. Previous projects include Blood Wedding, a just intonation noise duo with Chuck Johnson.

October 11: Aram Shelton’s Marches, duo B., Chris Duncan

Aram Shelton’s Marches
Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Cory Wright, tenor & baritone saxophone; Steve Blum, keyboard; Doug Stuart, bass; Geneva Harrison & Jordan Glenn, drums.

Formed Marches in 2009, the music of Marches is inspired by Albert Ayler & Sun Ra, and is guided by an aesthetic centered on simple tonal melodies and performers that bring energy to the music. It utilizes the instrumentation of the ensemble to create a distinct sound: combining the timbres of the saxophones and organ to make a lush and thick textured sound with intertwining parts propelled by the two drummer one bass rhythm section. The music allows the performers to represent their individuality through extended sections of improvisation that are framed by compositional structures. http://www.aramshelton.com/projects/marches/

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duo B., the San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. For more than ten years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, study of repertoire by like-minded composer-improvisers, and immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, and others.
http://www.lisamezzacappa.com/duo_band.html

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CHRIS DUNCAN is an Oakland-based artist who employs repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. Often in flux between maximal and minimal, Duncan’s work is a constant balancing act of positive or negative, loud or quite, solitary or participatory and tends to lead towards questions regarding perception, experience and transcendence. Sonically, Duncan creates open ended atmospheric pieces rooted in the accumulation of simple tones made from tuning forks and harmonicas combined with field recordings of natural phenomena. Duncan earned his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his Masters Degree in Art Practice from Stanford University. He has performed at Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gray Area and Pasadena Art Center, as well, he has participated in the RE:Sound series and Soundwave. Chris is currently a resident at Headlands Center for the Arts.

http://christopherrobinduncan.virb.com/

Active Music Series
The Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph, Oakland
9:00 PM doors. 9:30 PM music.
Suggested donation $5-15
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June 14th: Antimatter // Hamir Atwal + Dahveed Behroozi // Jon Arkin

ANTIMATTER is the sound work of Xopher Davidson – an ongoing exploration into the material of sound. Xopher builds his experiments in electronic sound from a basis in painting, photography, and film, and through an interest in electronic circuits going back to building radios and homemade circuits as a kid.

In 1992, Davidson rode the train to Oakland, California, where he founded the seminal Exhibit space. . He explores a multiverse of of sound worlds from the subatomic to the subharmonic with in this laboratory comprised of various oscillators , pulse generators, modulators, frequency shifters, and an ‘analog computer. ‘ He has released 4 albums as ANTIMATTER : Transfixion, Antimatter Vs. Antimatter, Our Lady of the Skies, and Reset.

Hamir Atwal – Drums/Electronics
Dahveed Behroozi – Keyboards/Synths

Hamir Atwal is an up-and-coming American drummer/composer based near Berkeley, CA. Drummer/Percussionist Hamir Atwal is a Berklee College of Music graduate. He has performed with the Glimpse Trio, tUneyArDs, Bill Laswell, Joe Lovano, and Ben Goldberg. He was also a guest clinician/teacher at schools which include: Oberlin College, Peabody Conservatory, Stanford University, CalArts, and the California Jazz Conservatory.

Dahveed Behroozi is a Brooklyn based Pianist and Composer primarily devoted to the independent jazz, classical and rock scenes. Dahveed’s playing has been described as highly expressive, lyrical and colorful by numerous publications nationwide. Dahveed recently recorded his first record entitled,Games with the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Tim Bulkley. The record is comprised of all original material and was released in fall, 2012. In addition to performing and recording as a leader and soloist, Dahveed has regularly performed and recorded with groups led by Thomas Morgan, Billy Mintz, Dayna Stephens, Ed Neumeister, Todd Neufeld and Aaron Lington.

Jon Arkin – Drums/Electronics
Jon Arkin is a drummer/percussionist who is commonly found performing with a wide variety of artists, and has been a longtime fixture of the Bay Area music scene. He plays drums/laptop in the Schimscheimer Family Trio (with Kasey Knudsen and Michael Coleman), which has just released an album of original experimental-yet-tuneful songs entitled “Broken Home”.

Arkin’s newest work for solo drum set & laptop explores many aspects of the interaction between acoustic & electronic media: organic sounds versus synthesized sounds, human control versus computer control, free improvisation versus rigid composition. His self-designed, hybrid setup allows for both unpredictable performances and highly structured sequences—sometimes predetermined, other times left to the whims of artificial intelligence.

Active Music Series
Doors at 7:00 PM
Music at 7:30 PM
$5-15 sliding scale.
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Omni Commons
BASEMENT
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland

May 10, 2016: Room 47, Pedro Lopes, & The Norman Conquest

ROOM 47 (John McCowen – clarinets / gabby fluke-mogul – violin / Adam Hirsch – saxophone)

Pedro Lopes – [turntable percussion, cymbals and modified needles]
Pedro Lopes is a turntablist metamorphosed into a percussionist.
When playing live he deconstructs his instrument, the turntable
s, into a vehicle of a rapid, post-scratch and post-jazz, musical dialog of analog intonation and acoustic overtones. In Pedro’s music the needles do not merely amplify the vibrations stored in the grooves of the vinyl records. For him, the needles are microscopes that enable us to hear otherwise
unheard micro-realities, such as the sound of a fingernail scratching
a membrane, a coin revolving as it falls, a brush dragged across a plastic surface. Pedro has been collaborating with artists such as Carlos Zíngaro, Reinhold Friedl, DJ Sniff, Imre Thormann, amongst many others, in a life entangled deeply with his research on interfaces and performance arts. This extra-musical investigations have led him to produce pieces for Transmediale, a Fundação de Serralves, Fylkingen, Ausland, and Goethe Institut.
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Website: plopesmusic.org
Most recent work: deadact.bandcamp.com
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Active Music Series
Doors at 7:00 PM
Music at 7:30 PM
$5-15 sliding scale.
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Omni Commons
BASEMENT
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland