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 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