October 8th: Moe Staiano! + Opera Wolf + Karl Evangelista

Active Music Series presents Moe Staiano! + Opera Wolf + Karl Evangelista

Moe! Staiano is an experimental composer, drummer, percussionist, songwriter and multi-instrumental performance artist who has been at the forefront of the Bay Area improvisation scene for over a decade. Moe!’s innovative solo percussion shows feature prepared drum kit, found objects, audio looping and the inventive use of a “percussion guitar” woven in with performance art, which always gets the audience involved and eagerly expectant of what might happen next. He also fronts his current angular Surplus 1980, a post-punk band that continues the journey of no-wave musical exploration begun in his previous project, Mute Socialite. Surplus 1980’s revolving slate of first-class Bay Area musicians complement Moe!’s bracing guitar and wry wordplay. Here’s a past solo performance.

Opera Wolf performs free improvisation and improvised based works. The cello/sax/percussion ensemble performs graphic scores, text based score, partially notated pieces, and conducted works. Drawing on influences in contemporary classical music, free jazz, and electroacoustic experimentation, they work with atmospheric timbres, modulating rhythms and extended technique to mold sound in a way that challenges compositional organization and performance practice. Influences range from John Zorn to Edgard Varèse, and include Debussy and Sun Ra. Crystal Pascucci (cello), Joshua Marshall (sax) and Robert Lopez (percussion) have all studied composition and improvisation together under a number of preeminent musicians and educators, including Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins and William Winant. Opera Wolf performs regularly in the SF Bay Area and has recently been featured in the Outsound Music Summit Festival.

Karl Evangelista, electric guitar; Michael Coleman, keys/electronics; Tom Djll, trumpet/electronics; Nava Dunkleman, percussion. With its genesis in a semi-apocalyptic duo performance between Evangelista and Coleman, an edited version of which provided the soundtrack to SNEAL’s similarly foreboding short film “The Last Days of the San Diego Zoo”, this first time quartet is a unique mixture of free improvisation, intense noise, and moody electronic textures–music that is both chilling and beautiful.

Active Music Series – Second Tuesdays at the Uptown
Music at 9 No cover, donations accepted.
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October 10 at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland

Order of Animals + Beauty School + Staiano/Guarino – August 13

Active Music Series presents Ava Mendoza’s Order of Animals + Beauty School + Staiano Guarino Duo

Ava Mendoza’s Order of Animals with Ava Mendoza, guitar; Aram Shelton, saxes; Michael Coleman, synths; Ellie Erickson, bass; Marshall Trammell, drums. This group features five players as comfortable playing free as they are playing groove-based music. Springboarding off of loose written motifs, they launch into hard-hitting open improvisations that range from the completely abstract to the ass-shaking. A careful listener will hear hints of elephantine proto funk, zebraesque melodic counterpoint, mysterious but compelling starling murmurations, wolfish battle calls, and more. Including members of Beep!, CavityFang, Erase Errata, Ton Trio, Black Spirituals, and Unnatural Ways.

Beauty School is a blossoming electroacoustic trio. Extreme extended technique on electric bass, trumpet, and drums combines with nasty homemade electronics and circuit bent keyboards to create an orgy of skronk and ugliness. Get up with it. With Matt Chandler, bass guitar; Tom Djll, electronics+trumpet; Jacob Felix Heule, percussion+electronics. http://vimeo.com/64815649

Moe! Staiano and Michael Guarino are two Oakland-based percussionist who share the same interest in musical taste and visual drum play. They have both been in various bands and recordings throughout the years including Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Mute Socialite, Surplus 1980 (Moe! Staiano), Oaxacan, Compomicro Dexall, Caroliner (Michael Guarino), and others. Both are currently active in the local music Community.

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

Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland, CA

Stratic + Zachary Watkins + Jon Raskin’s “The Long Table” – November 13

Active Music Series at the Uptown
Stratic + Jon Raskin’s ”The Long Table” + Zachary Watkins

Stratic creates avant-jazz / post-rock / experimental / improvised music that rejects traditional structure and combines acoustics & electronics into three distinct layers of sound with MSP-extended saxophone, polytonal keyboard melodies and textures, grounded and propelled by drums and percussion. With Michael Coleman, keyboards & electronics; Aram Shelton, saxophone & processing via MSP; Alex Vittum, drums & buchla synthesizer. http://www.straticmusic.com

Zachary James Watkins has received commissions from Cornish College of The Arts, The Microscores Project, The Beam Foundation, Somnubutone Radio Series, the sfSoundGroup and the Seattle Chamber Players. Zachary has participated in numerous festivals including the Second Biennial SJ01, the 2009 Klankunstfest in Berlin, Germany, the 14th Annual 23Five Activating the Medium Festival and the 12th Annual SFEMF. He is a co-organizer of the Annual Music For People and Thingamajigs Festival and currently lectures in the Music Department at the University of California Santa Cruz. http://www.zacharyjameswatkins.com

Performing the premier of “The Long Table ” composed by Jon Raskin with several musical main courses, some palate cleansers, conversation and possibly an Amuse-Bouche. With Phillip Greenlief, alto sax; Jon Raskin, baritone sax; Dan Seamans, bass; John Shiurba e. guitar;Tom Hasset, drums. http://www.jonraskin.com/
Music at 9
No cover, donations accepted.

September 13th at Viracocha

Active Music Series Presents Marco Eneidi Trio + Marches.

Marco Eneidi Trio: Marco Eneidi, alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Donald Robinson, drums.

Marches: Aram Shelton, alto & tenor saxophone; Cory Wright, tenor & baritone saxophone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums; Sam Ospovat, drums. http://www.aramshelton.com/marches.html

@ Viracocha 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Music at 9pm

$5-$10 Sliding scale

June 14 at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown presents Electric Bardo, West Quartet, Rob Ewing Trio

Electric Bardio: a trio of electric sarod, bass, and drums played by Ben Kunin, Jason Hoopes (The Atomic Bomb Audition/Jack O’ The Clock), and Peijman (Secret Chiefs 3/Omens of Awe), respectively. They play an improvised hybrid of North Indian Classical Music and amplified Rock. Hear samples at http://electricbardomusic.bandcamp.com/

Aram Shelton’s West Quartet. Compositions and improvisations Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Doug Stuart, bass; Sam Ospovat, drums.

Rob Ewing, trombone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Hamir Atwal, drums.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
9pm, No cover, donations accepted

March 8th at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown Presents: Dokuro, Dino Piranha, Stratic

Electronics & voices collide in a frenzied swirl of noise, pop melodies, improvisation, and lush ambience that transport the listener to blood red moons & dusty corners of the heart.  The Wire has described their music as “discreetly sculptured” and “extremist fare that blasts away the earwax without leaving you feeling pointlessly bludgeoned.”  Dokuro is Agnes Szelag & The Norman Conquest. dokuro.bandcamp.com

Dino Piranha: Karl Evangelista & Noah Phillips, guitars, Phillip Greenlief, tenor saxophone; Rei Scampavia ,keys; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums. Conceived as a tribute to, rather than a repertory engagement with, certain jazz-informed African musics that flourished in the 1960’s and 70’s–particularly Fela Kuti’s afrobeat and South African mbaqanga–Dino Piranha amalgamates urban African idioms with elements of free improvisation and the pan-national “kosmigroov” styles that followed in the wake of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Dino Piranha’s music is danceable, vamp-heavy, and visceral, but also dense, detailed, and harmonically rich–a tapestry of sounds and weird angles that might recall a play-through of Super Mario Galaxy as much as it does 70’s Sun Ra.

Stratic + Pykrete: Aram Shelton, saxophone & electronics; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Alex Vittum, drums. Stratic makes improvised music that combines acoustics & electronics into three distinct layers of sound with processed saxophonics alongside tonal keyboard shelfs, buoyed by propulsive kit rhythms. On this night they’ll perform in tandem with Jitter visuals created by Pykrete.

March 8 at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph, Oakland, CA
Music at 9:15
No Cover, donations accepted.

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

November 24th at the Ivy Room

Active Music Series at the Ivy Room Presents: Ochs/Shelton/Walton/Nordeson + Coleman/Stuart/Glenn + Fei/Perkis.

Quartet: Larry Ochs, Aram Shelton, saxophone; Scott Walton, bass; Kjell Nordeson, drums.

Trio: Michael Coleman, keyboard; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Duo: James Fei, saxophone; Tim Perkis, electronics.

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

October 27th at the Ivy Room: Brains +Marches+Zimmerman/Cass/Ospovat

The AMS has moved to the fourth wednesday of the month, come see three exciting local groups:

Brains: Drew Ceccato, saxophones and Chris Golinski, drums

Marches: Aram Shelton, alto & tenor saxophone; Cory Wright, tenor & baritone saxophone; Michael Coleman, wurlitzer; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Zimmerman/Cass/Ospovat: Jacob Zimmerman on alto saxophone, Kim Cass on upright bass, and Sam Ospovat on drums are the members of a new collective trio. The players share an interest in composing original forms and compositions around which to improvise with an emphasis on poly-rhythmic structures. Additionally the group also employs these rhythmic concepts in their approaches to the standard repertoire.

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