Stratic + Zachary Watkins + Jon Raskin’s “The Long Table” – November 13

Active Music Series at the Uptown
Stratic + Jon Raskin’s ”The Long Table” + Zachary Watkins

Stratic creates avant-jazz / post-rock / experimental / improvised music that rejects traditional structure and combines acoustics & electronics into three distinct layers of sound with MSP-extended saxophone, polytonal keyboard melodies and textures, grounded and propelled by drums and percussion. With Michael Coleman, keyboards & electronics; Aram Shelton, saxophone & processing via MSP; Alex Vittum, drums & buchla synthesizer.

Zachary James Watkins has received commissions from Cornish College of The Arts, The Microscores Project, The Beam Foundation, Somnubutone Radio Series, the sfSoundGroup and the Seattle Chamber Players. Zachary has participated in numerous festivals including the Second Biennial SJ01, the 2009 Klankunstfest in Berlin, Germany, the 14th Annual 23Five Activating the Medium Festival and the 12th Annual SFEMF. He is a co-organizer of the Annual Music For People and Thingamajigs Festival and currently lectures in the Music Department at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Performing the premier of “The Long Table ” composed by Jon Raskin with several musical main courses, some palate cleansers, conversation and possibly an Amuse-Bouche. With Phillip Greenlief, alto sax; Jon Raskin, baritone sax; Dan Seamans, bass; John Shiurba e. guitar;Tom Hasset, drums.
Music at 9
No cover, donations accepted.


February 9th at the Uptown

Jon Raskin’s Birthday! He’ll be writing a new composition to be performed by the Oakland Active Orchestra, plus he’ll be playing in the first set:

The first set will be 2+2, featuring:

Phillip Greenlief and Jon  Raskin, saxophones

Lisa Mezzacappa and Damon Smith, double bass

Oakland Active Orchestra: featuring new compositions by Jon Raskin, Tom Djll and Rob Ewing

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



Here’s the recording of the performance of Jon Raskin’s piece “So That Time is Like a River”:

So That Time Is Like A River by OAO

And a video of 2×2:

2×2 at the Uptown February 9, 2010 from singlespeed music on Vimeo.