Aug 14: Kim Nucci, Key West, & Kasey Knudsen Trio

Kim Nucci:
Kim Nucci (OAK) is a multi-media artist, composer/improviser and technologist. They perform on saxophone, electronics, voice and live projection. Their research interests most recently are exploring the pedestrian cybernetic body through critically examining our relationship with technology and with our instruments. The are also invested in the exploration of ritualism and trance states in improvisation. They hold an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media, an MA in Music Composition from Mills College, a BA in Visual Arts from Bennington College. They were awarded a full scholarship at ACRE residency in 2017 where they studied modular synthesis, video, photo-telemetry and other emerging technologies. They currently teach courses in electronic music at California Jazz Conservatory.
Key West:
Key West is an improvised free jazz trio with a strong emphasis on energy. Brian Pedersen started the group in 2000, and over the years it became a sort of free jazz collective. There was a revolving cast of musicians and performances could range anywhere from a duo to an octet. In 2016 the decision was made to reduce the unit to a core trio. Brian Pedersen (Fistortion, Dancin’ Baby, Hummel), Jay Korber (Burmese, Ettrick, Murder Murder), Randylee Sutherland (Love Chains, Nuclear Death Wish, Santorum).
Brian Pedersen-sax
Jay Korber-drums
Randylee Sutherland-cello
Kasey Knudsen Trio:
After nearly a decade of playing together in a variety of contexts, saxophonist Kasey Knudsen, bassist Miles Wick and drummer Jon Arkin unite as a trio to delve into the limitless possibilities of this pared down configuration. The group will explore a diverse array of original compositions, freely improvised vignettes and a few choice standards to create a sound that is identifiable, at times abstract, but always immediately accessible.

July 10: Aram Shelton / Jacob Felix Heule duo, Nathan Clevenger’s Ashen Cleric, & Shatter Pattern (Waxy Tomb)

Shatter Pattern
Currently growing offshoot-outgrowth-offspring of the Bay Area-based Waxy Tomb project, Shatter Pattern reallocates the memory space activated during dreams in hopes of generating a shared access platform for reoccurring movement practices that can slow down and speed up time.
Ashen Cleric plays ominous nondenominational chamber music, presented in suites of long-form, modular pieces that continually blur the line between composition and improvisation. The music obliquely draws upon — and sometimes recklessly disfigures — religious themed music of the world. The latest project of Oakland composer Nathan Clevenger, Ashen Cleric features Crystal Pascucci (cello), Cory Wright (tenor sax/alto flute), Jordan Glenn (drums/accordion), and Tim DeCillis (vibes/percussion).
Jacob Felix Heule is an improvising percussionist with a special interest in friction techniques. His music is shaped by intuition, listening, and following where the sounds lead. He embraces limited instrumentation – like a single drum and a single cymbal – as a commitment to exploring the depth of his instruments.
Aram Shelton is an improviser and composer who performs on saxophone, clarinets, and live electronics. He plays with a distinct, harmonically rich sound and develops musical thoughts through constant motion, tonal shifts and complex sounds alongside clear melodic and rhythmic constructs. His vocabulary utilizes the range of extended techniques including multiphonics and harmonics, circular breathing, wind sounds and an exploration of the outer ranges of the instrument. Shelton focuses on creative music grounded in and influenced by the rich history of avant-jazz and free improvisation; his writing and playing has been documented through more than two dozen albums to date. He’s been an integral member of the creative music communities in the Bay Area and Chicago, has been living in Copenhagen since 2016 and is moving to Budapest in the fall.

May 8: Jordan Glenn’s BEAK, Usufruct (Polly Moller Springhorn & Tim Walters), & A field folded (Widow & Wilson Shook)

Jordan Glenn’s 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 spontaneous material.

A field folded: Widow (A. Vitacolonna, microphone, bells, movement) and Wilson Shook (woodwinds). Sound, movement, space. Listening and choice. Dissonance and pleasure. Grasping the contours of possibility in a hostile environment. A field folded.
“This stone is you, this fire is you, this departure is you.” – G. Luca

Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller Springhorn and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials in the public domain.

4/10: Jack Wright/Roughhousing, Syrnx, fluke-mogul/Glenn

Musical roughhousing is what this group does. They work from the roughest edges of free improvisation to the precise center. Whether it’s a hornets’ nest or a perfect Mondrian painting is up to you.
jack wright….saxes
evan lipson…..double bass
zachary darrup…..guitar and objects

Syrnx is degenerate drum elongation, sound inside sound, shifting awareness between speeds. Ritualized display describing a security system. Ten tinted silences pointed to benefit even those not trying to hear them

gabby fluke-mogul & Jordan Glenn duo

gabby fluke-mogul is a violinist, improviser, composer, & educator living in Oakland, CA. gabby is deeply committed to exploring & connecting to the spiritual depths, infinite sounds, hues, & multitudinous voices of the acoustic violin.

Jordan Glenn is a drummer, percussionist, composer, conductor, video maker and general craftsman. He grew up in Oregon and has lived in Oakland CA since 2006.

Mar 13: Euphotic, Nail-Biter, Gabby Wen, & VOL.

EUPHOTIC: A world-renowned sonic trekker, an instrument-inventor genius, and a master of improvising electrons convene to broadcast stories of worlds free from gravity but teeming with strange, beautiful life. Hidden-band transmissions of the green and purple shifting curtains of the Aurora Borealis. Turn your ears up to the skies.
Cheryl Leonard: instruments from rocks, trees, sand, and water, and occasionally violin
Bryan Day: invented instruments that roll, rub, bang, strum, howl and screech
Tom Djll: analog feedback systems, trumpet

Nail-Biter: New trio of Josh Marshall – sax, Matt Chandler – bass, & Daniel Pearce – drums
Gabby Yi Wen is an emerging multi-instrumental improviser and multimedia artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been working with guqin (Chinese 7-string zither), synthesizer, computer, homemade electronics, and field recordings to create sounds. Originally from Shenzhen, China, she moved to the Bay Area at in 2010 and studied abroad in France during college, her artistic visions are shaped by a wide range of cultural perspectives. The Fluxus movement has been her greatest inspiration. Her musical influences include musique concrète, free jazz, ancient Chinese music, Buddhist chants, Beijing and Cantonese Opera. She studied at Mills College under instructions of James Fei, Maggi Payne, Chris Brown and John Bischoff. Inspired by her spiritual guidance in Tibetan Buddhism, her works are usually created in a meditative state and are improvisation-based. She explores the intuitive connection with her instruments during performances, as well as the ways of sound manipulation using extended techniques, code and hardware.
VOL. is an art group FKA “The Blues”, comprised of Marissa Magic and Max Nordile, founded in 2014. The genre of music they play could be called Post Apocalyptic Bud Com Free Wave.

Feb 13: – Lime Rickey International, Tarik Kazaleh / Marwan Kamel / Micah Bezold, & The Catatonic 5

– Lime Rickey International (Leyya Mona Tawil)
– Tarik Kazaleh / Marwan Kamel / Micah Bezold (oud/guitar/drums)
– Joel Nelson, The Catatonic 5
Lime Rickey International’s Future Faith is a conceptual performance score that re-narrates particular elements of diasporic realities. Lime is shipwrecked here from the future. She performs fictional folk dances and calls out to a homeland that is yet to exist. It is built under the influence of dabke, maqam, punk and improvisation. Lime twists disciplines to create a treatise of noise and nation.
Lime Rickey International is the alter-consciousness of Leyya Mona Tawil; an artist working with voice, dance and performance practices. Tawil is Syrian, Palestinian, American; engaged in the world as such. Her articulation of Arab Experimentalism embeds political sub-narratives and cultural confusions into the performance fabric. Tawil has been creating and performing for over two decades. Tawil is also the director of TAC: Temescal Art Center – an Oakland venue supporting transdisciplinary arts and culturally relevant programming.

Tarik Kazaleh / Marwan Kamel / Micah Bezold
First-time meeting of electric buzuq, oud, & drums improv trio from Chicago and Bay Area, drawing from experimental music vernacular as well maqam tradition.


The Cataonic 5 is a collective of individuals formed around the compositions of Scott Bazar. Many of the works are mixed media pieces that effectively blend improvisation techniques with video production. The result is a unique approach to composition.
Dylan Burchett – Laptop
Gina Bonati – Voice
Honor Monaco – Violin
Breonna Taylor – Voice
Joel Nelson – guitar

Dec 12: Song & Dance Trio, Wong/Nishi/McCowen/Fei, & Adria Otte

Karl Evangelista’s Song & Dance Trio is a longstanding collaboration with baritone saxophonist Cory Wright and drummer Jordan Glenn, a functional jazz trio that explores the nexus between free improvisation, rock elements, and noise music. The Song & Dance Trio synthesizes its influences into songs that are unique, surprising, and yes–fun and danceable.Tiny Mix Tapes calls Evangelista’s music “essential current and future listening,” and fans of Canterbury prog rock, 60’s Impulse! records, and Bay Area pop will find plenty to enjoy in Song & Dance’s special blend.

Theresa Wong | cello, voice
Kanoko Nishi-Smith | koto
John McCowen | contrabass clarinet
James Fei | contrabass clarinet

Adria Otte, solo electronics
Adria Otte creates music inspired from a diverse musical background that includes classical violin studies, rock bands, traditional Korean drumming, free improvisation and experimental electronic music. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has performed improvised and composed works on violin, electric guitar in rock bands, and live electronic music in her duo OMMO with Julie Moon. As a sound designer and composer she has collaborated with performance artist Dohee Lee, NAKA Dance Theater, as well as video and visual artists.

Oct 10: Tatsuya Nakatani, Kevin Corcoran, Jacob Felix Heule, Robert Lopez, Marshall Trammell, and Karen Stackpole percussion sextet; Kevin CK Lo; & Aurora Josephson + Kim Nucci duo

Percussion sextet with Tatsuya Nakatani, Kevin Corcoran, Jacob Felix Heule, Robert Lopez, Marshall Trammell, and Karen Stackpole.

Kevin CK Lo: solo violin with responsive electronics
Kevin CK Lo is a composer, choreographer, writer and artist from New Zealand, previously based in Melbourne, Australia. In his compositions for live performance and installation, he utilizes instruments, digital sound processing and generative programming environments to examine spatial and auditory sensitivities, topological structure and audience kinesthetic response while seeking to corrupt conventional compositional/performative/installative rationale. He lives in Oakland with his wife alex cruse, with whom he collaborates in the duo DROUGHT SPA.

Aurora Josephson + Kim Nucci duo
duo voice, voice/electronic work with the inimitable Aurora Josephson, and imitate-able Kim Nucci. Their current project is exploring the space of extended vocal techniques for amplified(and altered) voice, hyper-reality of organic and synthesized sound, cat and bird sounds, bubbles and other means of resistance. Aurora Josephson and Kim Nucci met at Mills College in Fall of 2014 in the master’s in music programs. They have since been working with each other on various improvisation related projects inside and outside of class. Aurora and Kim have been researching improvisation rituals and the mysticism surrounding it. They have prepared some songs about cats, at least that’s what the cats told them to do.

Aurora Josephson is an accomplished musician and visual artist residing in San Francisco, California. Building on a foundation of operatic training and a BA in Music Performance and MFA in Performance and Literature from Mills College, she has forged a bold vocal style that is uniquely her own. To unleash the limitless range of sonic possibilities in the voice, Josephson employs a variety of extended and unconventional techniques drawn from the worlds of contemporary composition, improvisation, and rock. She has performed and recorded with international talents like improvising musicians Martin Blume, Alvin Curran, Gianni Gebbia, Henry Kaiser, Joelle Leandre, Phillip Wachsmann and William Winant, musical groups like Big City Orchestra, The Molecules, the Flying Luttenbachers, T.D. Skatchit & Company, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Kim Nucci is a multimedia artist, composer and technologist. They are currently engaged in researching concepts of cybernetic memory and digital/physical body. They recently completed an artist residency at ACRE in Steuben, WI. They hold an MFA in Electronic Music and MA in Composition from Mills College, and a BA in Visual Arts and Music Composition from Bennington College. Kim claims to be the Pope of facebook and worships dollar slice pizza as the one true god, while living in the god(pizza)less land of California.