Aug 8: Jupiter Blue, Perkis/Farhadian, & Nucci/Glickman

Jupiter Blue
“What powers your ship?” Sun Ra’s single smiling answer: “Music.” From the Arkestra’s engine room, Jupiter Blue’s tone scientists D.Hotep and Jupiter Girl emerge to reveal elements and precepts of another kind of language, another tomorrow, learned through years of discipline to be given freely in the present for all who can hear. Hotep’s own, ARP (Akimbo Research Projects), develops through-composed and free-improvised performance based on sonification of pitch-sets derived from elemental particles. Expect the never expected as electronics, electric guitar, celestial vocals, percussion, and violin call forth shadows of unseen worlds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8nOjoMyfFM&feature=youtu.be

Kim Nucci & Dmitri Glickman
Nucci and Glickman arrive at the Uptown by hovercraft after Nucci’s successful residency at ACRE in Wisconsin where she developed visual as well as sound art concepts. Nucci and Glickman first collaborated in Bennington, VT and have reunited in Oakland, around the experimental and noise scenes in the East Bay. Glickman is a music educator, composer and improviser and Nucci works in education and is a visual/sonic artist. Nucci and Glickman spend their days chasing after their cat Spooky that keeps hiding and running away. This show is dedicated to Spooky.

Tim Perkis (electronics) & Thea Farhadian (violin)
Duo Sample:
https://soundcloud.com/perkis/skywriter-farhadian-perkis

Tim Perkis has been working in the medium of live electronic and computer sound for many years, performing, exhibiting installation works and recording in North America,Europe and Japan. His work has largely been concerned with exploring the emergence of life-like properties in complex systems of interaction.
In addition, he is a well known performer in the world of improvised music, having performed on his electronic improvisation instruments with hundreds of artists and groups, including Chris Brown, John Butcher, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia, Frank Gratkowski, Luc Houtkamp, Yoshi Ichiraku, Matt Ingalls, Joelle Leandre, Gino Robair, ROVA saxophone quartet, Elliott Sharp, Leo Wadada Smith and John Zorn. Ongoing groups he has founded or played in include the League of Automatic Music Composers and the Hub — pioneering live computer network bands — and Rotodoti, the Natto Quartet, Fuzzybunny, All Tomorrow’s Zombies and Wobbly/Perkis/Antimatter.
He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the California College of the Arts (CCA); has been composer-in-residence at Mills College in Oakland California, artist-in-residence at Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center, and designed musical tools and toys at Paul Allen’s legendary thinktank, Interval Research. In 2013 he was a resident fellow at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Research (IMéRA) of the University of Aix-Marseille in France.
http://perkis.com/_site/index.html
https://soundcloud.com/perkis

Thea Farhadian is a performer/composer based in San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin. Her projects include solo violin and interactive electronics, acoustic improvisation, solo laptop, radio art, and video. Her solo pieces for violin and electronics combine a classical music background with extended technique and digital processing using the program Max/MSP.
Her work has been seen internationally at venues which include the Issue Project Room, and Alternative Museum New York City, Galerie Mario Mazolli, Sowieso, and Quiet Cue in Berlin, the Room Series, and Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Center for Experimental Art and the Aram Kachaturyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, International Women’s Electroacoustic Listening Room Project at Bimhaus in Amsterdam. .
Thea is a former member of the Berkeley Symphony orchestra where she played under Kent Nagano for ten years. She has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills College.
http://theafarhadian.com/
https://theafarhadian.bandcamp.com/album/tectonic-shifts

May 9: LURK/CREEPS (Costuros/Pittman/Sutherland), Bonansea/Bachmann/Corcoran, & The Deconstruction Of What You Know (Allen/Kaiser/Orr/Winant)

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LURK/CREEPS
a grouping of Kelvin PittmanPaul CosturosRandylee Sutherland making a Reeds/Traps sound with a focus on bouncing off each other calls and responses and striking higher chords


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Christine Bonansea / Jorge Bachmann / Kevin Corcoran
Christine Bonansea is dancer, choreographer and director of Christine Bonansea Company is based in NYC.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmNZyWZpVF4


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The Deconstruction Of What You Know
Josh Allen: saxophone
Henry Kaiser: guitar
William Winant: drums
Timothy Orr: drums
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06NDsqf1f5M

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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4/11: Ives Band, Nakata (LA), Angela Roberts

The Ives Band works to innovate a new approach to familiar melodies. The band plays multiple melodies simultaneously, usually in contrasting keys and tempi, creating musical collages inspired by Charles Ives, Luciano Berio, John Oswald. Melodies come from well-known folk tunes, pop songs, classical music, children’s songs, etc.; anything that is familiar or cliche in contemporary American culture. Melodies remain intentionally recognizable, while the experience of hearing melodies is radically reconstructed. Music is directed and arranged by composer and pianist Andrew Jamieson. Andrewbarnesjamieson.com

-Zachary Hazen, and Mia Bella D’Augelli, violins
-Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone
-Andrew Jamieson, Brett Carson and Ben Zucker, keyboards
-Roger Kim, Guitar
-Aaron Oppenheim, latpop
-Tim DeCillis, percussion

(From Christmas 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfYlSG-LTj4

Nakata is a free-improv duo consisting of Patrick Shiroishi on saxophones & Paco Casanova on keys. The two have been playing improvised music for 5 years as a duo and also in the progressive instrumental quintet Corima. They are releasing their first official record on Jacknife Records exploring different sonic qualities both instruments have to offer.

nakata.bandcamp.com

 

9:00 PM doors. 9:30 PM music.
Suggested donation $5-15

Tue 3/14: We Buy Gold, Lion Creek, & Goldberg/Wong/Trammell/Anderson

We Buy Gold is a new project lead by Jordan Glenn (Wiener Kids, Mindless Thing, Fred Frith Trio). The group centers around interlocking drum-set material slathered in processed voice and bass.
Danishta R Castro- voice, etc.
Jason L Hoopes- e.bass
Robert L Lopez and Jordan EL Glenn- drums

Lion Creek plays music on the banks of Leona Creek in Oakland, California. The music is inspired by the stream of consciousness.
Golnaz Shariatzadeh – Violin
Joel Nelson – Guitar
Nina Theibert – Cello
Kevin Robinson – Woodwinds

Goldberg/Wong/Trammell/Anderson
Ben Goldberg – clarinet
Francis Wong – tenor saxophone
Marshall Trammell – drums
Vijay Anderson – drums

Active Music Series
The Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph, Oakland
9:00 PM doors. 9:30 PM music.
Suggested donation $5-15

2/14: Nathan Clevenger’s Elective Infinities, Larry Ochs/Donald Robinson Duo, & Zachary James Watkins

Elective Infinities
Composer/guitarist Nathan Clevenger was born in Oakland, California and has been composing music informed by his voracious consumption of jazz, classical, and popular music from around the world, and an obsession with the written word, from an early age.
Nathan has been composing for an eponymous septet since 2003 and now also leads the sci-fi-chamber-rock band Elective Infinities, featuring Sarah Zaharako, Eric Perney, Phillip Greenlief and Robert Lopez.

Larry Ochs, Tenor and Sopranino Saxophone / Don Robinson, Drums
Performing together in various ensembles since 1991, Ochs and Robinson performed for the first time as a duo in 2011 in their hometown San Francisco Bay Area. At each of the first two concerts, an enthusiastic recording engineer offered them free access to his studio in the following months. As a result, the duo recorded a CD’s worth of music over that summer, and that is now released as The Throne (in January 2015 on the CD label Not Two). That material comprises much of the music they performed on tour in 2013, their first year performing together (as a duo) outside San Francisco. http://www.ochs.cc/groups/ochs-robinson-duo.html

Z A C H A R Y J A M E S W A T K I N S
B L A C K F I E L D
New compositions begin with the invention of a tuning. I create tunings based on desires to explore harmonic territory, periodicity, composite waveforms, resonance and texture. It is my affinity for rich resonances and textures that informs many aspects of my music. I explore the harmonic series, live processing, site-specific resonant spaces and the spatial diffusion of sound sources to achieve rich, saturated environments. I prefer to work site specifically, observing the acoustic properties of a space and shaping new works around these perceived phenomenon. https://vimeo.com/144457900

Tuesday, February 14

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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Jan 27: Pauline Oliveros tribute performed by sfSound and Rova

Active Music Series presents a special tribute to Pauline Oliveros performed by sfSound and ROVA Saxophone Quartet.
 
Rova Saxophone Quartet performs their commissioned piece, “Saxual Orientation” (1997).
 
sfSoundChorus performs Oliveros’ early choral work “Sound Patterns” (1961). https://sfsound.bandcamp.com/track/pauline-oliveros-sound-patterns-1961
 
sfSoundEnsemble performs:
The Tuning Meditation (1971)
Telepathic Improvisation (1971)
Antiphonal Meditation (1979)
Out of the Dark (1998)
 
(program subject to change)
 
aurora josephson – voice
polly moller – flute, alto flute, bass flute
phillip greenlief – saxophone
elizabeth schenck – saxophone
adria otte – violin
crystal pascucci – cello
shanna sordahl – cello
kelley kipperman – contrabass
lisa mezzacappa – contrabass
robert lopez – percussion
John Ingle – saxophone
Diane Grubbe – flute
Phil Gelb – shakuhachi
Jesse Canterbury – bass cl
Joshua Allen – sax
Phillip Greenlief – sax
Armando Castellano – horn
Tom Dambly – tpt
Emiliy Laurance – harp
Jason Levis – perc
Jacob Felix Heule – perc
Ben Kreith – violin
Robin Hiroko Walsh – guitar
Chris Christensen – electronics
and more…
Friday, January 27
8:30 PM doors. 9:00 PM music.
$10-$20 suggested donation.
The Uptown Nightclub. 1928 Telegraph, Oakland.
https://www.facebook.com/events/743623259128485/
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January 10: I SHOULD HAVE CUT THE EYES DIFFERENT, Scott Amendola Trio, and Fibers + Gargantius Effect

I SHOULD HAVE CUT THE EYES DIFFERENT
cut wrong from unequal parts of the new music, noise, and electronic music underground–I SHOULD HAVE CUT THE EYES DIFFERENT features Thomas Day (Hans Grüsel’s Krankenkabinet), Matt Ingalls (sfSound), and Jake Rodriguez (bran(…)pos) performing the electro-acoustic soundtrack to that creep in your closet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtwsKJP92sQ

Scott Amendola Trio
Scott Amendola (on drums/percussion/electronics), Jason Hoopes (electric bass), Karl Evangelista (electric guitar)
For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Jeff Parker, Nels Cline and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, and Tin Hat clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.
http://www.scottamendola.com/presskit/index.html

Fibers + Gargantius Effect
The Gargantius Effect is the brainchild of Murray Campbell (violin, oboe and electronics) and Randy McKean (reeds). Like the Stanislaw Lem story of the same name, in which armies of warring soldiers are linked together to form a peaceful, blissfully-aware omni-mind, so, too, these longtime collaborators and Nevada County natives transform the connections and crossfires of the various genres in which they usually find themselves—the Euro-café of Beaucoup Chapeaux, Balkan swing of Chickenbonz, chamber jazz of Bristle—into scintillating bits of free improvisation,compositional constructs and mechanized mayhem.
Fibers is the electroacoustic noise of Wes Steed (electronics) and Kevin Corcoran (percussion), an ongoing project split geographically between Sacramento and San Francisco. These duos join in quartet to create an improvised sonic atmosphere of textures and tones ducking and darting, swelling and settling, in an intriguing meeting of instrumental timbres.
https://norcalnoisefest.bandcamp.com/track/wes-steed-co-sacramento

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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Dec 13: ZE BIB!, toxo, & Oa

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

ZE BIB! is a collaborative effort between cellist/electronic musician Shanna Sordahl and percussionist Robert Lopez. Debuted in the warm Oakland summer of 2013, Ze Bib!’s music grapples with the spastic intensity arising from explorations into sound worlds developed both collectively and independently. As active musicians for a variety of projects in the Bay Area, Lopez and Sordahl’s extreme musical interests converge with explosive force. A desire to continuously expand and reinterpret their relationships with their instruments leads to an ever exciting dynamic that will intrigue and entrance. Their music is tinged with influences ranging between noise, free improvisation, art rock, and heavy drone.

Toxo is a trio comprised of Aurora Josephson (voice), k. kipperman (upright bass), and Kataryna Kopelevich (piano/pianet). The three met at Mills College and have recently begun improvising together.

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.

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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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.