July 14: Duo No Harm, Thingamajigs Performance Group, & Marshall/Allen/Spirit

Duo No Harm is saxophonist Kasey Knudsen and guitarist Luke Westbrook –living compositions emerge out of collective improvisations. Leaning and shifting from elemental and timbral spaces to linear tonal narratives, the group makes full use of their respective and shared musical vocabularies. Form and absence are embraced willingly as both instrumentalists seek to nurture these improvisations into meaningful musical stories of all sizes and sorts.

The Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG) emerged from the long-term collaborations between individual artists that now make up its ensemble members. Using unusual musical instruments, TPG combines traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American technologies and performance practices. Creating pieces in a group collaborative process that sometimes incorporate voice and multimedia elements, this ensemble of musicians expands and contracts within each performance situation. For this performance they will be performing as our “alter-ego” -Fraid o Freyja, a group consisting of electric guitar, organ and drums.

Marshall/Allen/Spirit represents the convergence of three highly individuated approaches to instrumental technique and improvisational structure, emphasizing a dedication to craft and intransigent resistance to banality which spans three generations. Joshua Marshall (tenor saxophone), Josh Allen (tenor saxophone) and Spirit (drums/percussion) have developed a collective vocabulary showcasing each member’s ear for energy, dynamism, compound rhythm, and polytonality.

Active Music Series
Omni Commons, Ballroom
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
Doors at 7pm
Music promptly at 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away.


April 10th: Deconstruction Orchestra

Active Music Series Uptown April 10 The Deconstruction Orchestra + The Deconstruction Of What You Know

The Deconstruction Orchestra featuring Joshua Allen, conductor; Henry Kaiser, guitar; William Winant and Mike Guarino, drums; Kurt Ribak, Bass; Aram Shelton, Rent Romus, Sam Flores, David Slusser,  Aaron Bennett, and Misha Polechek, saxophones; Blaine  Finell and George Moore, trumpets; Matt Striech, trombone; Ron Heglin, tuba.

“The Deconstruction Of What You Know”. Joshua Allen, tenor saxophone; Henry Kaiser, guitar; William Winant and Mike Guarino, drums.

The Uptown

1928 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA

9:00 PM

Donations Accepted