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.
Active Music Series presents EMPTO + Bran(…)Pos + Tastyville
Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra. Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Crystal Pascucci, Rob Ewing, Lisa Mezzacappa, Bob Marsh (on accordion or cello), Joe Lasqo-keyboards. The members of this ensemble utilize the electro-magnetic field of their collective mind to attain a unitive transcendent state of sonic consciousness and in turn, create sublime and/or unusually expanded sonic experiences for their listeners.
Tastyville – electrified baritone saxophone and physical movement by Cansafis Foote, Charlie St. Clair and guests.
bran(…)pos is the ongoing audio-visual-performance-noise-musique-brain-bend of Jake Rodriguez from San Francisco, CA. Rodriguez has been performing and recording under this moniker for 15 years with releases on C.I.P., Resipiscent, Ratskin Records, Animal Disguise, and Chitah! Chitah! Soundcrack. synthesizer and mouth manipulations are the most common audio elements, rounded out with rubber face and a live video component to complete the human-analog-digital-human circle. in March 2011, two bran(…)pos releases were on display at the Editions of You fair in Oxford, UK and added to the Oxford Brookes University Popular Music Research Unit’s permanent collection of hand-made editions and zines. more info, sounds, photo, video can be found at soundcrack.net. “With a background in theater performance and sound (and a seriously demented mind), Rodriguez with his bran(…)pos project has boiled down the most absurd elements of our ongoing ritual into an amalgamation of human, sound, and light that is at once ridiculous and terrifying.”
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 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
1928 Telegraph Ave
The Oakland Active Orchestra (OAO) celebrates its 2nd birthday with a program of short works by bandmembers Darren Johnston, Aaron Bennett, Aram Shelton, Lisa Mezzacappa, Rob Ewing, Cory Wright, and Jordan Glenn.
Plus: Opening Set by:
Dave Rempis-Darren Johnston-Larry Ochs Trio
Oakland Active Orchestra
2011 Birthday Concert
at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA
No Cover, donations welcome
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
Active Music Series presents saxophonist Michael Coleman’s Arts & Sciences and Cylinder. Arts & Sciences: Jacob Zimmerman, alto saxophone; Matt Nelson, tenor saxophone, Michael Coleman, wurlitzer and Jordan Glenn, drums. Cylinder: Darren Johnston, trumpet; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone & clarinet; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Kjell Nordeson, drums.
No cover, donations accepted.
Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave Albany, CA
Music at 9:15