October 14th: Glou Glou + Beak + SL Morse

SL Morse performs feel-bad modernist literature through Morse Code translations from text to musical notation. Combining composition and improvisation, SL Morse is the project of Sarah Lockhart (drums) collaborating with other musicians. Past collaborators include Weasel Walter (guitar), Dominique Leone (keyboards), and Damon Smith (bass). For this night “The Yellow Wallpaper” with Sarah Lockhart (drums) and Aurora Josephson (voice/small percussion), both featured on the sample listed on the website above. Based on the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the music is a descent into insanity and explores restraint and confinement, politeness and imagination.

 

Glou Glou is a collaboration between Gretchen Jude (koto, voice, electronics) and Arjun Mendiratta (violin, electronics). Working within the confines of a consonant, primarily “ambient” aesthetic, glou glou focuses on timbre, tonality, and the happy accidents inherent in improvisation. They are guided equally by the works of Eliane Radigue and the Cocteau Twins.

 

Jordan Glenn’s BEAK is a percussion heavy ensemble the blurs the line between dynamic/energetic grooves and chaos.  The power of this electric ensemble is wheeled by Jordan Glenn’s curious baton, moving in and out of composed and spontaneous material. With Will Redmond, guitar & kalimba; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Karl Evangelista, guitar; Bob LaDue, percussion; Jason Hoopes, bass; Robert Lopez, drums; Jordan Glenn, conductor/composer.

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 23rd at the Ivy Room

Active Music Series at the Ivy Room presents Blip Band, Quintet & Quartet:

Blip Band: Will Northlich Redmond, electric kalimba, udu drum, and ghaita, Charles Gorczynski, soprano saxophone; Karl Evangelista, guitar; Marco Saenz, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Quintet: Aaron Bennett, Aram Shelton, saxophones; Doug Stuart & Scott Brown, basses; Shawn Lowecki, drums.

Quartet: Josh Smith, saxophone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Kurt Kotheimer, bass; Hamir Atwal, drums.

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