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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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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.

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The Deconstruction Of What You Know
Josh Allen: saxophone
Henry Kaiser: guitar
William Winant: drums
Timothy Orr: drums

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


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.



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

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

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

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.