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
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