Active Music Series presents EMPTO + Bran(…)Pos + Tastyville

Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra. Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Crystal Pascucci, Rob Ewing, Lisa Mezzacappa, Bob Marsh (on accordion or cello), Joe Lasqo-keyboards. The members of this ensemble utilize the electro-magnetic field of their collective mind to attain a unitive transcendent state of sonic consciousness and in turn, create sublime and/or unusually expanded sonic experiences for their listeners.

Tastyville – electrified baritone saxophone and physical movement by Cansafis Foote, Charlie St. Clair and guests.

bran(…)pos is the ongoing audio-visual-performance-noise-musique-brain-bend of Jake Rodriguez from San Francisco, CA. Rodriguez has been performing and recording under this moniker for 15 years with releases on C.I.P., Resipiscent, Ratskin Records, Animal Disguise, and Chitah! Chitah! Soundcrack. synthesizer and mouth manipulations are the most common audio elements, rounded out with rubber face and a live video component to complete the human-analog-digital-human circle. in March 2011, two bran(…)pos releases were on display at the Editions of You fair in Oxford, UK and added to the Oxford Brookes University Popular Music Research Unit’s permanent collection of hand-made editions and zines. more info, sounds, photo, video can be found at soundcrack.net. “With a background in theater performance and sound (and a seriously demented mind), Rodriguez with his bran(…)pos project has boiled down the most absurd elements of our ongoing ritual into an amalgamation of human, sound, and light that is at once ridiculous and terrifying.”

Music at 9
No cover, donations accepted.

1928 Telegraph


Wiggwaum + Julia Mazawa + Ritwik Banerji’s Whiskey – March 12th

Active Music Series presents Wiggwaum + Ritwik Banerji’s Whiskey Book + Julia Mazawa

Wiggwaum: Doug Katelus & Randylee Sutherland, with newest member Matt Hartman, lead you toward the brain center, nervous center, soul center, through the ears. Wiggwaum is a spell of reeds, vox, percussion and A100 Hammond organ; amped up, melted, cracked up, splitting out sounds. “Sounds like death via sasquatch.” Sutherland, percussion; Katelus, Hammond Organ; Matt Hartman, Electric Saxophone

Julia Mazawa plays loops. A simple set up – one sound source, looped and amplified – is all that is required to create infinitely varied sound. Julia lives in Oakland.

Ritwik Banerji’s Whiskey Book
The Whiskey Book – a collection of compositions for improvisers, dedicated to cellist Hamilton Berry and Vas Foremost Liquors, located at the corner of California and Milwaukee in Chicago. Most of these ideas began through improvisations with H. Douglas Berry, but were distilled through the spirits of Vas F. With Ritwik Banerji, Aram Shelton, Aaron Bennett, saxophones; Tom Ferguson, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Music at 9
No cover, donations accepted.

1928 Telegraph
OaklandAMS March 2013

May 8: Marco Eneidi and the Oakland Active Orchestra

Active Music Series presents Marco Eneidi’s “Shattered Plus Plus” and the Oakland Active Orchestra


Eneidi’s “Shattered Plus Plus” including trumpeter Darren Johnston and multi-reedist Phillip Greenlief; and as guest soloist/composer with the Oakland Active Orchestra performing his piece “Jangulation” at theUptown, Oakland


Oakland Active Orchestra includes Aaron Bennett, reeds; Phillip Greenlief, reeds; Aram Shelton, reeds; Cory Wright, reeds; Darren Johnston, trumpet; Theo Padouvas, trumpet; Andy Strain, trombone; Dina Maccabee, viola; Hillary Overberg, violin; Kristian Aspelin, guitar; Noah Phillips, guitar; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Kim Cass, bass; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Sam Ospovat, drums



1928 Telegraph Ave

No cover, donations accepted

April 10th: Deconstruction Orchestra

Active Music Series Uptown April 10 The Deconstruction Orchestra + The Deconstruction Of What You Know

The Deconstruction Orchestra featuring Joshua Allen, conductor; Henry Kaiser, guitar; William Winant and Mike Guarino, drums; Kurt Ribak, Bass; Aram Shelton, Rent Romus, Sam Flores, David Slusser,  Aaron Bennett, and Misha Polechek, saxophones; Blaine  Finell and George Moore, trumpets; Matt Striech, trombone; Ron Heglin, tuba.

“The Deconstruction Of What You Know”. Joshua Allen, tenor saxophone; Henry Kaiser, guitar; William Winant and Mike Guarino, drums.

The Uptown

1928 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA

9:00 PM

Donations Accepted

October 11th, The Oakland Active Orchestra (OAO) celebrates its 2nd birthday

The Oakland Active Orchestra (OAO) celebrates its 2nd birthday with a program of short works by bandmembers Darren Johnston, Aaron Bennett, Aram Shelton, Lisa Mezzacappa, Rob Ewing, Cory Wright,  and Jordan Glenn.

Plus: Opening Set by:
Dave Rempis-Darren Johnston-Larry Ochs Trio

Oakland Active Orchestra
2011 Birthday Concert
at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA
No Cover, donations welcome

February 23rd at the Ivy Room

Active Music Series at the Ivy Room presents Blip Band, Quintet & Quartet:

Blip Band: Will Northlich Redmond, electric kalimba, udu drum, and ghaita, Charles Gorczynski, soprano saxophone; Karl Evangelista, guitar; Marco Saenz, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Quintet: Aaron Bennett, Aram Shelton, saxophones; Doug Stuart & Scott Brown, basses; Shawn Lowecki, drums.

Quartet: Josh Smith, saxophone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Kurt Kotheimer, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums.

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave Albany, CA
Music at 9:15
No cover, donations accepted

December 8th at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown December Edition 
with the Oakland Active Orchestra + Gogo Fightmaster CD Release

Oakland Active Orchestra:

Aaron Bennett: alto & tenor saxophones
, Phillip Greenlief: clarinet, tenor saxophone; 
Aram Shelton: clarinet, soprano & alto saxophones; 
Cory Wright: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
; Tom Djll: trumpet; 
Darren Johnston: trumpet; 
Rob Ewing: trombone
; Kristian Aspelin: guitar
; Marielle Jakobsons: violin
; Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; 
Damon Smith: bass
; Kjell Nordeson: vibraphone; 
Sam Ospovat: drums


The 2nd set of this night featured small group improvisations by the members of the OAO.

*****Gogo Fightmaster CD Release for “Sound One” on Edgetone Records.

Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; 
John Finkbeiner, guitar
; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; 
Vijay Anderson, drums.

**** rescheduled to Jan 12, 2010 due to H1N1!

1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA
Cost : Donations

Oakland Active Orchestra at the Uptown November 10th

Here’s some photos from before the show on November 10th: