May 13th: Wild Hen + Lightbulb Ensemble + Sharmi Basu

Wild Hen is a group of four musicians who are deeply invested in the exploration, investigation and practice of free improvisation. The group performs scores written by Crystal Pascucci (cellist), which utilize a variety of notational styles including standard, graphic and text that frame and focus the improvisations for each piece. They will be performing from a suite of five pieces for clarinet, cello, vibraphone and drums.

Sharmi Basu attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic through combining her strict anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi’s primary performing project, uses her unwavering depression & restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits that still walk the earth. While simultaneously clearing and entering, the sewage pipes of the body and the patriarchy congeal into watery soundscapes as a vehicle for achieving liberation through the darkest of fears. Based in Oakland, she is an MFA student at Mills College in the Electronic Music and Recording Arts department.

The Lightbulb Ensemble is a newly formed composers collective who champions experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan. The group is based in Oakland, CA., and emerged out of the culture of new music surrounding Mills College, as well as the longstanding Bay Area Gamelan Sekar Jaya. The Lightbulb Ensemble performs on steel metallophones built and designed by Brian Baumbusch, and heralds a new genre of American Gamelan rooted in the tradition of American experimentalism. Performing only new repertoire, the group presents in-house compositions and collaborates with active members of the American new music community, including The Paul Dresher Ensemble, The Jack Quartet, The Center for Contemporary Music, among others. Members of the group include: Brian Baumbusch, Wayne Vitale, Jon Myers, Keenan Pepper, Peter Sloan, Tim Black, Lydia Martin, Nava Dunkelman, Scott Siler, Ryan Jobes.

EMPTO + TASTYVILLE + BRAN(…)POS – July 9th

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.”

Music at 9
No cover, donations accepted.

Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland

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.

Deconstruction Orchestra + Crystal Pascucci’s Wild Hen – December 18th

Deconstruction Orchestra

Led by saxophonist Joshua Allen, the Deconstruction Orchestra is a 20 something piece spontaneously conducted Orchestra using cell structure composition to creature a tapestry of sound. Cell structure composition, flash cards, and hand signals are used as well as collective improvisation to create a mass of polyphony. The group has a 6 piece rhythm section and a mass of horns. Some of the very best musicians the bay has to offer take part in the Orchestra. This is an event not to be missed!

Crystal Pascucci

Crystal Pascucci is a cellist, composer and improviser. Her music is atmospheric; it moves from one musical space to another. Interlacing notation and improvisational instruction, she works with traditional instruments, offen with electronic effects. On this night, she’ll present a quartet of cello, clarinet, and 2 percussionists. http://soundcloud.com/crystal-pascucci

Music at 9
No cover, donations accepted.

Uptown
1928 Telegraph
Oakland