August 14: These Are Our Hours + Alex Pinto Trio

Active Music Series at the Uptown: These Are Our Hours + Alex Pinto Trio

These Are Our Hours is an avant jazz quintet featuring members of the Oakland Active Orchestra. Comprised of integral members of the bay area creative music scene, TAOH explores a myriad of concepts grounded in jazz and free improvisation.  After their debut at the SF Offside Festival, they’ve quickly developed a strong body of work through a monthly show/session at Oakland’s Bar 355.  With Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Theo Padouvas, trumpet; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Kim Cass, bass; Sam Ospovat, drums.

The Alex Pinto Trio was formed in late 2011 and has since performed extensively across the Bay Area. Featuring guitarist and composer Alex Pinto, Shaun Lowecki on drums and Scott Brown on bass, the group’s sound is defined by an energetic approach to modern jazz that infuses traditions from Hindustani classical music and rock.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq6YmQX3TaI

9PM, August 14

Uptown

1928 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA

 

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May 8: Marco Eneidi and the Oakland Active Orchestra

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

 

Uptown

1928 Telegraph Ave

No cover, donations accepted

October 11th, The Oakland Active Orchestra (OAO) celebrates its 2nd birthday

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

September 13th at Viracocha

Active Music Series Presents Marco Eneidi Trio + Marches.

Marco Eneidi Trio: Marco Eneidi, alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Donald Robinson, drums.

Marches: Aram Shelton, alto & tenor saxophone; Cory Wright, tenor & baritone saxophone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums; Sam Ospovat, drums. http://www.aramshelton.com/marches.html

@ Viracocha 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Music at 9pm

$5-$10 Sliding scale

June 14 at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown presents Electric Bardo, West Quartet, Rob Ewing Trio

Electric Bardio: a trio of electric sarod, bass, and drums played by Ben Kunin, Jason Hoopes (The Atomic Bomb Audition/Jack O’ The Clock), and Peijman (Secret Chiefs 3/Omens of Awe), respectively. They play an improvised hybrid of North Indian Classical Music and amplified Rock. Hear samples at http://electricbardomusic.bandcamp.com/

Aram Shelton’s West Quartet. Compositions and improvisations Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Doug Stuart, bass; Sam Ospovat, drums.

Rob Ewing, trombone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Hamir Atwal, drums.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
9pm, No cover, donations accepted

October 27th at the Ivy Room: Brains +Marches+Zimmerman/Cass/Ospovat

The AMS has moved to the fourth wednesday of the month, come see three exciting local groups:

Brains: Drew Ceccato, saxophones and Chris Golinski, drums

Marches: Aram Shelton, alto & tenor saxophone; Cory Wright, tenor & baritone saxophone; Michael Coleman, wurlitzer; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Zimmerman/Cass/Ospovat: Jacob Zimmerman on alto saxophone, Kim Cass on upright bass, and Sam Ospovat on drums are the members of a new collective trio. The players share an interest in composing original forms and compositions around which to improvise with an emphasis on poly-rhythmic structures. Additionally the group also employs these rhythmic concepts in their approaches to the standard repertoire.

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave Albany, CA
Music at 9:15
No cover, donations accepted

December 8th at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown December Edition 
with the Oakland Active Orchestra + Gogo Fightmaster CD Release

Oakland Active Orchestra:

Aaron Bennett: alto & tenor saxophones
, Phillip Greenlief: clarinet, tenor saxophone; 
Aram Shelton: clarinet, soprano & alto saxophones; 
Cory Wright: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
; Tom Djll: trumpet; 
Darren Johnston: trumpet; 
Rob Ewing: trombone
; Kristian Aspelin: guitar
; Marielle Jakobsons: violin
; Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; 
Damon Smith: bass
; Kjell Nordeson: vibraphone; 
Sam Ospovat: drums

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The 2nd set of this night featured small group improvisations by the members of the OAO.

*****Gogo Fightmaster CD Release for “Sound One” on Edgetone Records.

Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; 
John Finkbeiner, guitar
; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; 
Vijay Anderson, drums.

**** rescheduled to Jan 12, 2010 due to H1N1!

Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA
Cost : Donations

November 23rd at the Ivy Room

A special Thanksgiving edition! Thank goodness for improvised music! This month there are three sets:

the Karl Evangelista Trio: Karl Evangelista, guitar; Cory Wright, saxophones; and Jordan Glenn, drums.

the Science Quartet: Michael Coleman, wurlitzer; Jacob Zimmerman, alto saxophone; Matt Nelson, tenor saxophone; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Blenderhead: Loren Benedict, voice, Matt Nelson, saxophone; Erc Vogler, guitar; Sam Ospovat, drums.

November 23, 2009
9:00 PM, No cover, donations accepted.

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

Oakland Active Orchestra at the Uptown November 10th

Here’s some photos from before the show on November 10th: