March 11th: Eat the Sun + Tonal Masher + Tiberius

Active Music Series presents Eat the Sun + Tonal Masher + Tiberius + Active Music Photography Exhibit Reception

Eat the Sun Gretchen: Gretchen Jude (koto), Jason Hoopes (bass), and Noah Phillips (guitar) played their first official show as Eat The Sun during the solar eclipse of 2012. Their music is freely improvised, always with a mind toward finding groove, and walking the line between melody and noise, accessibility and confrontation. Their first album will be released later this Spring.  

Tonal Masher is the saxophone & electronics alter ego of Aram Shelton. Much like the anagram which creates the name, in this solo project Shelton re-arranges and extends his acoustic sounds via processing. Layers of tones and harmonics are combined with extended techniques including multiphonics and circular breathing: 

Tiberius is primarily a spontaneously creative unit comprised of Dominic Cramp (Evangelista, Borful Tang, Lord Tang, Vulcanus 68) playing organ and electronics and Mike Guarino (Sir Richard Bishop, Oaxacan) playing drums, guitar, and electronics. Between them they have performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America with such artists as Nels Cline, Richard Bishop, Bill Gould, Mike Watt, John Dietrich, Carla Bozulich, Shahzad Ismaily, Ches Smith and Damo Suzuki.

We’ll also be having a reception for the Active Music Photography Exhibit in the front room. Photos of musicians by Lenny Gonzalez, Carly Hoopes, Omid Zoufonoun, Tom Djll, Aram Shelton, Charles Smith and Myles Boisen. Come at 9pm to meet the photographers and view the work!

Active Music Series – Second Tuesdays at the Uptown
Music at 9 No cover, donations accepted.


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



1928 Telegraph Ave

No cover, donations accepted

March 8th at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown Presents: Dokuro, Dino Piranha, Stratic

Electronics & voices collide in a frenzied swirl of noise, pop melodies, improvisation, and lush ambience that transport the listener to blood red moons & dusty corners of the heart.  The Wire has described their music as “discreetly sculptured” and “extremist fare that blasts away the earwax without leaving you feeling pointlessly bludgeoned.”  Dokuro is Agnes Szelag & The Norman Conquest.

Dino Piranha: Karl Evangelista & Noah Phillips, guitars, Phillip Greenlief, tenor saxophone; Rei Scampavia ,keys; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums. Conceived as a tribute to, rather than a repertory engagement with, certain jazz-informed African musics that flourished in the 1960’s and 70’s–particularly Fela Kuti’s afrobeat and South African mbaqanga–Dino Piranha amalgamates urban African idioms with elements of free improvisation and the pan-national “kosmigroov” styles that followed in the wake of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Dino Piranha’s music is danceable, vamp-heavy, and visceral, but also dense, detailed, and harmonically rich–a tapestry of sounds and weird angles that might recall a play-through of Super Mario Galaxy as much as it does 70’s Sun Ra.

Stratic + Pykrete: Aram Shelton, saxophone & electronics; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Alex Vittum, drums. Stratic makes improvised music that combines acoustics & electronics into three distinct layers of sound with processed saxophonics alongside tonal keyboard shelfs, buoyed by propulsive kit rhythms. On this night they’ll perform in tandem with Jitter visuals created by Pykrete.

March 8 at the Uptown
1928 Telegraph, Oakland, CA
Music at 9:15
No Cover, donations accepted.

March 9th at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown
 with the Oakland Active Orchestra + Johnson / Phillips / Glenn

Johnson / Phillips / Glenn

Chuck Johnson: analog electronics
Noah Phillips: guitar & electronics
Jordan Glenn: drums & percussion

Oakland Active Orchestra:

Marielle Jakobsons: violin Hillary Overberg: violin Agnes Szelag: cello 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
 Lisa Mezzacappa: bass
 Damon Smith: bass Jordan Glenn: drums
 Sam Ospovat: drums

March 9 @ 9:00 pm

1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA
Cost : Donations

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