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.

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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

Aug 11: Bad Jazz, Greg Gorlen, & Ben Goldberg/Sheldon Brown/Vijay Anderson

BAD JAZZ with Alex Cohen & Justin Clifford Rhody
Bryan Day – invented instruments
Tania Chen – toys, lo-fi electronics, piano
Justin Clifford Rhody – trumpet
Alex Cohen – electric guitar

Greg Gorlen

experimental musician (since 2003) and visual artist (since 2013). interests include harsh noise, cassette loops, pure data, photocopiers, and raw aesthetics.
https://soundcloud.com/nocturnalsignal
Ben Goldberg/Sheldon Brown/Vijay Anderson
The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy. The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation, which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm, inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures. This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new. As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP9bM5yjWIo
Active Music Series
Omni Commons, Ballroom
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Doors at 7pm
Music promptly at 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away.
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July 14: Duo No Harm, Thingamajigs Performance Group, & Marshall/Allen/Spirit

Duo No Harm is saxophonist Kasey Knudsen and guitarist Luke Westbrook –living compositions emerge out of collective improvisations. Leaning and shifting from elemental and timbral spaces to linear tonal narratives, the group makes full use of their respective and shared musical vocabularies. Form and absence are embraced willingly as both instrumentalists seek to nurture these improvisations into meaningful musical stories of all sizes and sorts.

The Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG) emerged from the long-term collaborations between individual artists that now make up its ensemble members. Using unusual musical instruments, TPG combines traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American technologies and performance practices. Creating pieces in a group collaborative process that sometimes incorporate voice and multimedia elements, this ensemble of musicians expands and contracts within each performance situation. For this performance they will be performing as our “alter-ego” -Fraid o Freyja, a group consisting of electric guitar, organ and drums.

Marshall/Allen/Spirit represents the convergence of three highly individuated approaches to instrumental technique and improvisational structure, emphasizing a dedication to craft and intransigent resistance to banality which spans three generations. Joshua Marshall (tenor saxophone), Josh Allen (tenor saxophone) and Spirit (drums/percussion) have developed a collective vocabulary showcasing each member’s ear for energy, dynamism, compound rhythm, and polytonality.

Active Music Series
Omni Commons, Ballroom
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Doors at 7pm
Music promptly at 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away.

October 14th: Glou Glou + Beak + SL Morse

SL Morse performs feel-bad modernist literature through Morse Code translations from text to musical notation. Combining composition and improvisation, SL Morse is the project of Sarah Lockhart (drums) collaborating with other musicians. Past collaborators include Weasel Walter (guitar), Dominique Leone (keyboards), and Damon Smith (bass). For this night “The Yellow Wallpaper” with Sarah Lockhart (drums) and Aurora Josephson (voice/small percussion), both featured on the sample listed on the website above. Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the music is a descent into insanity and explores restraint and confinement, politeness and imagination.

 

Glou Glou is a collaboration between Gretchen Jude (koto, voice, electronics) and Arjun Mendiratta (violin, electronics). Working within the confines of a consonant, primarily “ambient” aesthetic, glou glou focuses on timbre, tonality, and the happy accidents inherent in improvisation. They are guided equally by the works of Eliane Radigue and the Cocteau Twins.

 

Jordan Glenn’s BEAK is a percussion heavy ensemble the 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. With Will Redmond, guitar & kalimba; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Karl Evangelista, guitar; Bob LaDue, percussion; Jason Hoopes, bass; Robert Lopez, drums; Jordan Glenn, conductor/composer.

September 9th: Ornettology + Ze Bib! + Alex Christie

Ornettology is the brainchild of guitarist Myles Boisen, presenting unique arrangements of compositions by Ornette Coleman utilizing free ranging jazz landscapes, funky grooves, and harmolodic improvisation. With Steve Adams, Phillip Greenlief, John Finkbeiner, John Hanes, Chris Grady, Lisa Mezzacappa.

Ze Bib! is cellist/electronic musician Shanna Sordahl and percussionist Robert Lopez. Their music grapples with the spastic intensity arising from their explorations into sound worlds including noise, free improvisation, avant garde rock, and heavy drone.

Alex Christie’s work is the hybridization of hyper-intellectualized contemporary music theory and a childish obsession with explosive sound and bright, flashing lights. He performs as a laptopist and saxophonist in several veins of music, ranging from experimental improvisatory noise to electronic dance and freely improvised music.

Active Music Series – Second Tuesdays at the Uptown
Music at 9. Donations accepted.
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Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland

August 12th: Mwahaha | Fibers with Gargantius Effect | Mchtnchts

Active Music Series presents Mwahaha | Fibers with Gargantius Effect | Mchtnchts

Mwahaha. Psychedelic ebb & flows, electronic undercurrents, and elated pop flourishes bring into focus an attention to detail that’s staggering.

Fibers + Gargantius Effect. Combinations of free improvisation, Balkan swing, chamber jazz, texture and tone with Murray Campbell, violin, oboe & electronics; Randy McKean, reeds; Wes Steed, electronics and Kevin Corcoran, percussion.

mchtnchts. Lance Grabmiller and Kyle Bruckmann have been partners in shudder (with Phillip Greenlief) since 2004, on digital electronics and double reeds, respectively. In 2012, the two began exploring a duo configuration employing exclusively modular analog electronics. The results have thus far been delightfully nasty, unapologetically invoking a mutual love of vintage electronic (preciding the “-a” appendage) music and old-school industrial crunch.

Active Music Series – Second Tuesdays at the Uptown
Music at 9 No cover, donations accepted.
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Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland