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

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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

May 24th at the Ivy Room

May 24 at the Ivy Room:

Quartet, Trio, Septet

Quartet: Matt Nelson, tenor saxophone; Gene Baker, organ; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Kjell Nordeson, drums.

Trio: Tom Djll, trumpet + electronics; Tim Perkis, electronics; Scott Walton, bass.

Septet: Jordan Glenn’s Mama Long Legs with Karl Evangelista, guitar; Andrew Conklin, guitar; Aram Shelton, alto & soprano saxophone; Matt Nelson, tenor saxophone; Cory Wright, baritone saxophone; Jason Hoopes, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

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

February 9th at the Uptown

Jon Raskin’s Birthday! He’ll be writing a new composition to be performed by the Oakland Active Orchestra, plus he’ll be playing in the first set:

The first set will be 2+2, featuring:

Phillip Greenlief and Jon  Raskin, saxophones

Lisa Mezzacappa and Damon Smith, double bass

Oakland Active Orchestra: featuring new compositions by Jon Raskin, Tom Djll and Rob Ewing

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

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*****Update!

Here’s the recording of the performance of Jon Raskin’s piece “So That Time is Like a River”:

So That Time Is Like A River by OAO

And a video of 2×2:

2×2 at the Uptown February 9, 2010 from singlespeed music on Vimeo.

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

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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!

Uptown
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: