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.

August 9 Marana Jocund + Thorny Brocky

Active Music Series presents Thorny Brocky (CD Release) + Marana Jocund

Thorny Brocky is Aaron Novik, bass clarinet; Marie Abe, accordion; Kasey Knudsen, alto sax; Jordan Glenn, drums; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Melody Ferris, vocals, Dina Maccabee, violin.

The highly anticipated release “Don’t Call Life a Bad Word” came out on Porto Franco Recordsin January 2011. This music uses texts/poems from local mission poets that are marginalized from the mainstream. Michael Bernard Loggins is a poet and writer who is developmentally disabled. His creative use of language and perceptions as a disabled person of color are as unique as they are beautiful and often times silly. Bart Alberti is a autistic savant that killed himself a few years ago. His peotry is highly intellectual and exploits the friction of juxtaposing imagery to create a unique beauty. Swan is a mentally ill homeless man that hand types leaflets that expound on his belief system, centered on feeding pigeons, rats and other vermin as a holy act.

Marana Jocund:   Rob Pumpelly – Drums/Percussion; Will Redmond – Guitar/Kalimba

Music at 9:30, No cover, donations accepted.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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

February 22nd at the Ivy Room

Active Music Series at the Ivy Room, February Edition: Nathan Clevenger Group + Phillips / Shelton / Glenn.

Nathan Clevenger Group: a set of creative jazz compositions featuring Kasey Knudsen, alto sax; Sylvain Carton, tenor sax & clarinet; Aaron Novik, Bb & bass clarinet; Sam Bevan, bass; Jon Arkin, drums; Nathan Clevenger, guitar & compositions.

Phillips / Shelton / Glenn: A set of free improvisation by the trio of Noah Phillips, guitar & electronics; Aram Shelton, saxophone & electronics; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Music at 9:30 – sharp!

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

Cost: Donations