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

Street Priest + Hare and Arrow + Nathan Clevenger Group. April 9th

Active Music Series presents Street Priest + Hare and Arrow + Nathan Clevenger Group

Street Priest. Mutual fans of Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society playing music that doesn’t sound too much like that band. Noisy, loud, and energetic improvised music with the openness and freedom to explore more reflective, atmospheric, and quiet moments when appropriate. Power trio instrumentation and the idea of a free funk band as a launching pad for textural sound exploration. With Kristian Aspelin, guitar; Matt Chandler, bass; Jacob Felix Heule, drums

Hare and Arrow. A Classification of Chrysanthemums. With Dave Dupuis, Nuns Horn 3 and upright bass; Crystal Pascucci, ozukuri and cello; Sung Kim, the fawn, the hare, and the nuns horn 4.

Nathan Clevenger Group: Preoccupied with with close harmony and a tangled style of counterpoint, Clevenger enjoys pushing what one might call tight, precise Chamber Jazz harmonic/melodic elements through a volatile jazz ensemble. With Kasey Knudsen, alto sax; Cory Wright – bass clarinet, tenor sax; Rebecca Kleinmann, flute, alto flute; Nathan Clevenger, guitar; Sam Bevan, bass; Jon Arkin, drums.

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