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.

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