September 9th: Ornettology + Ze Bib! + Alex Christie

Ornettology is the brainchild of guitarist Myles Boisen, presenting unique arrangements of compositions by Ornette Coleman utilizing free ranging jazz landscapes, funky grooves, and harmolodic improvisation. With Steve Adams, Phillip Greenlief, John Finkbeiner, John Hanes, Chris Grady, Lisa Mezzacappa.

Ze Bib! is cellist/electronic musician Shanna Sordahl and percussionist Robert Lopez. Their music grapples with the spastic intensity arising from their explorations into sound worlds including noise, free improvisation, avant garde rock, and heavy drone.

Alex Christie’s work is the hybridization of hyper-intellectualized contemporary music theory and a childish obsession with explosive sound and bright, flashing lights. He performs as a laptopist and saxophonist in several veins of music, ranging from experimental improvisatory noise to electronic dance and freely improvised music.

Active Music Series – Second Tuesdays at the Uptown
Music at 9. Donations accepted.
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Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland

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

 

Uptown

1928 Telegraph Ave

No cover, donations accepted

Citta di Vitti + Aram Shelton Quartet @ Uptown December 13

Active Music Series presents Citta di Vitti + Aram Shelton Quartet
(Featuring members of the Oakland Active Orchestra).

Citta di Vitti was formed in 2008 by composer/saxophonist Phillip Greenlief to perform music inspired by the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and features bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and John Hanes on drums. For this performance, the group will be augmented with a few special guests: Cory Wright, John Schott, Darren Johnston and others, and the group will perform live with Antonioni’s masterpiece, L’Avventura.

This new lineup of Aram Shelton’s Quartet will feature Mark Clifford on vibraphone, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Vijay Anderson on drums. Creative jazz with aspects of chamber music and free improvisations, energy and melodies.

Tuesday, December 13th
Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA

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 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: