Jan 8: OMMO, Pearce/Stewart-Robertson, & Force/Keenan/Russell/Tambellini

Julie Moon & Adria Otte’s OMMO began in 2014 as a platform to investigate the complexities and histories of the Korean diaspora and their places within it. The duo’s unique compositions may be experienced as evocative, atmospheric soundscapes which create an abstract yet fertile space for these investigations. Configurations of voice, analog and digital electronics, free and structured improvisations, as well as theater, ritual and song, may all be employed in the process.

Daniel Pearce & Owen Stewart-Robertson
In their duo, guitarist Owen Stewart-Robertson and drummer Daniel Pearce produce a gentle improvised music that thinks hard against itself, second-guessing its own tonality and rhythm and palette, neither fully failing nor fully succeeding to break through into that which it seeks. Folk melodies run through a humming refrigerator, chopped-and-unscrewed back-porch tunes, fastidious recreations of the lonely music heard by a deep-sea diver, etc.

Force/Keenan/Russell/Tambellini form a quartet comprised of violin, bass guitar, percussion and trumpet (respectively). The four musicians met during their time studying at Mills College in Oakland. Through various compositional prompts, the group improvises in unforeseen ways.

$5 – $15 sliding scale
21+ | wheelchair accessible


Dec 11: Monopiece, Jungle Junk, & Alex Cohen

Active Music Series presents:
– Monopiece (Nathan Corder, Timothy Russell, Matt Robidoux, Danishta Rivero)
– Jungle Junk
– Alex Cohen

Monopiece (Nathan Corder, Timothy Russell, Matt Robidoux) formed at Mills College, Oakland, CA in Roscoe Mitchell’s improvisation workshop in 2017. Monopiece performances are frequently an occasion to collaborate with an additional member, forming a quartet. For this Active Music Series concert we are honored to be joined by vocalist / electronic musician and sound artist Danishta Rivero of Las Sucias and Voicehandler.

The dopest opus from Alexandra Buschman (Demonsleeper, Las Sucias). In 1999, she formed the electro-acoustic group, Synethesia, together with Angélica Negrón. After scaring the daylights out of everyone at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico, she matriculated to Mills College before committing to advanced studies in sub-tableau tangles of copper crawling with electrons.

Alex Cohen is an American Guitarist and Performance Artist. He will be premiering the second iteration of Tractus Apocalypsis, a new series of performances conceived for the Guitar.
$5 – $15 sliding scale
21+ | wheelchair accessible

Nov 13: Tom Weeks’ Ero Guro, Headlights (Aurora Josephson + Headboggle), and Li & AM (Lisa E. Harris and Amy Melissa Reed) –

Ero Guro

Ero Guro is a compositional/performance outlet for the music of Oakland composer, improviser, and saxophonist Tom Weeks. The band focuses on extreme music, drawing from various African American musical traditions, the historical avant-garde, and the heavy metal and hardcore traditions, taking inspiration from sources ranging from transgressive Japanese art aesthetics to ancient Scandinavian literature. Ero Guro has recorded two full length records: the self-titled Ero Guro (2015), and Blood of The Wolf (2017), both released through Weeks’ own Wolfsblood label.

Tom Weeks – Alto Saxophone and Compositions
Mike Srouji – Electric Bass
Robbie Pruett – Drum Set
Patrick Talesfore, Jr. – Drum Set


Li & AM

theremin, guitar, objects, sound, voice, image
New work by Lisa E. Harris and Amy Melissa Reed

“Today I specialize in creating original theories involving experimental composition, vocal and human performance, film, sound art and installation, that consider the energetic relationships between body, spirit, land, and space. If these experiences are healing in some way, all the better. I believe in fun, freedom, and feeling good. I hope my work can inspire reconciliation of the past by generating a whole heap of new sense memories, that we may enjoy a balanced present day.” – Lisa E.

Lisa E. Harris (1981)
Lisa E. Harris, Li, is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and composer from Houston Texas, USA. Li is a trained classical voice/opera singer from Manhattan School of Music and is certified as a facilitator of DEEP LISTENING, the sonic philosophies of composer Pauline Oliveros, from the Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute. Li’s work focuses on the energetic relationships between body, land, spirit and place. She uses voice, theremin, movement, text and new media to explore healing in performance.
Recent Work includes:’ “House of Practice” at Project Row Houses, Huston, TX a holistic recreation center that creates a sacred space and a healing environment through the use of cool colors, calming and orderly interiors, mirrors, furniture, literature and a practitioner. The installation offers organic practices, materials, and information as alternatives to overindulgence in pharmaceutical consumption and digital recreation.
“The Force of Things”: An opera for objects by Ashley Fure and “The Nubian Word For Flowers” A phantom opera by Pauline Oliveros and IONE

Amy Melissa Reed
Director at Ma Series Arts
Amy Melissa Reed is a visual artist and improviser creating new sonic language for guitar, exploring the spontaneous possibilities of song, and researching the composer’s relationship to dreaming, storytelling, and listening. They create visual and sonic work that remembers the healing forces of the earth and our bodies. They compose for solo and ensemble.
They curate Ma Series and focus their time and energies to build an international community of women composers and improvisers who support each other and the research, practice, and performance of experimental, healing, and adventurous sonic work.


Aurora Josephson/Headboggle

Aurora Josephson (voice & percussion) and Derek Gedalecia (electronics & instruments) perform original and classic compositions across the spectrum.

Using extended techniques and elaborate backing, each performance is presented with the particular audience and venue in mind. Join us on this trip.


$5 – $15 sliding scale
21+ | wheelchair accessible

October 9: alex cruse, Voicebox, & Cilla Vee with local improvisers

PERFORMANCE with Cilla Vee (north carolina) and local improvisers
Cilla Vee / Claire Elizabeth Barratt – dance
kyle bruckmann – oboe, english horn
david boyce – electronics
angela edwards (sharkiface) – electronics
phillip greenlief – tenor saxophone
jacob felix heule – percussion
aurora josephson – voice
crystal pascucci – cello

Claire Elizabeth Barratt (aka Cilla Vee) is an interdisciplinary artist with a performing arts background. She is the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration. Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, music, text, media, visual and installation art. She has presented her work in venues as diverse as Jacob’s Pillow, the New York Botanical Gardens, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center and Art Basel Miami. She has performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Pakistan.

alex cruse is a writer, artist, and curator based in Oakland. cruse has performed and exhibited nationally and abroad, often as DROUGHT SPA (with Kevin CK Lo.) She is the author of CONTRAVERSE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017).

Voicebox is an electronic music duo formed by Oakland based musicians Dylan Burchett and Rodolfo Córdova. The duo combines elements of improvisation, chance, timbral, vocal and modular electronic music in an attempt to explore the liminal space between musician and composer, human and machine. Their performances combine a multi-faceted approach to music making, often employing a wide range of skills as instrumentalists, recordists, and writers.

Sep 11: DunkelpeK; Nurse Betty; & gabby fluke-mogul, David Lechuga-Espadas, Patrick Talesfore, Jr., Tom Weeks

Nurse Betty is a noise experiment by Dianne Lynn of FootSOS, Homoglochini, Weird Ear Records, and Life Changing Ministry. Born of curiosity for the art of noise and inspired by concepts and processes in life science such as circulation, osmosis, pressure, and release, her modular synths, sequencers, and field recordings culminate a visceral collage of equilibrium and agitation. Nurse Betty is influenced by friends and artists of the Bay Area noise scene. Dianne Lynn, with her partner Raub Roy, founded Weird Ear Records (2011), a record label reveling in disparate forms of experimental music. Their slogan, “The Weird Ear, The Better,” serves as a guideline to the curatorial themes across all of these projects.

DunkelpeK is Japanese born percussionist Nava Dunkelman and Canadian American guitarist Jakob Pek. This iconoclastic duo creates an experimental, improvised, exploratory music that reimagines the possibilities of the duet. Visceral, organic, and spontaneous in nature, DunkelpeK’s sound transfigures and hybridizes many musics, offering listeners a holistic exploration into the very essence of musical experience.


An improvising quartet featuring violinist gabby fluke-mogul, guitarist David Lechuga-Espadas, drummer Patrick Talesfore, Jr. and saxophonist Tom Weeks.

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. https://jordanglennbeak.bandcamp.com

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.