EMPTO + TASTYVILLE + BRAN(…)POS – July 9th

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.

Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland

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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

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

February 8th at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown Presents Daniel Popsicle, Jen Baker Group and Rob Ewing Group.

Daniel Popsicle: Chris Silvey, trumpet; John Schott, guitar; Michael Zelner, clarinet; Masha Albrecht & Sarah Willner, violin; Lynn Murdock, organ; Mark Culbertson & Steve Horowitz, bass; Suki O’Kane, drums

Jen Baker Group: Jen Baker, trombone; Tony Dryer, bass; Cory Wright, reeds; Jacob Felix Heule, drums.

Rob Ewing Group: Darren Johnston, trumpet; Kasey Knudsen, alto sax; Evan Francis, tenor sax; Henry Hung, baritone horn; Rob Ewing, trombone; Mike Abraham, guitar; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Jon Arkin, drums

February 8th at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph, Oakland, CA
Music at 9:15
No Cover, Donations Accepted

September 14 at the Uptown: OAO plays Flockterkit + Dust Jacket

It’s the 12th month of the Oakland Active Orchestra’s residence at the Uptown in downtown Oakland, California. This month, the group plays Flockterkit, a suite of music composed by Aram Shelton that includes  post-ayler melodies, chamber-like sections that are developed through compositional rearrangement, drones and slowly shifting chords, and full harmony orchestrated by the 14 members of the OAO.

1st Set: Dust Jacket

Rob Ewing and Danny Lubin-Laden, trombones; Matt Nelson and Raffi Garabedian, tenor saxophones

September 14th, 2010
the Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA
Music at 9PM
No cover, donations accepted

March 22nd at the Ivy Room

Active Music Series at the Ivy Room March Edition: Daniel Popsicle & Rob Ewing Sextet

Daniel Popsicle will be playing selections from the Color Music of El Cerrito.  The audience is encouraged to bring art supplies. Musicians include: Dan Plonsey (leader), Suki O’Kane, John Schott, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, Chris Silvey, Myra Chachkin, Lynn Murdock, Ceylan Yagmur, Jamie Bastian, and Mark Culbertson, whose birthday it will be. The mood will be celebratory, as the ensemble has not played in public since last June.  A few songs from recent performances are here.

Rob Ewing Sextet. A newly formed group featuring Rob Ewing, trombone; Jacob Zimmerman,  alto saxophone; Erik Jekabson – trumpet; Michael Abraham, guitar; Miles Wick, bass; Jon Arkin, drums.

Music at 9:30 – sharp!

Kingman’s Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave Albany, CA

Cost: Donations

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: