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.
Active Music Series presents Wiggwaum + Ritwik Banerji’s Whiskey Book + Julia Mazawa
Wiggwaum: Doug Katelus & Randylee Sutherland, with newest member Matt Hartman, lead you toward the brain center, nervous center, soul center, through the ears. Wiggwaum is a spell of reeds, vox, percussion and A100 Hammond organ; amped up, melted, cracked up, splitting out sounds. “Sounds like death via sasquatch.” Sutherland, percussion; Katelus, Hammond Organ; Matt Hartman, Electric Saxophone
Julia Mazawa plays loops. A simple set up – one sound source, looped and amplified – is all that is required to create infinitely varied sound. Julia lives in Oakland.
Ritwik Banerji’s Whiskey Book
The Whiskey Book – a collection of compositions for improvisers, dedicated to cellist Hamilton Berry and Vas Foremost Liquors, located at the corner of California and Milwaukee in Chicago. Most of these ideas began through improvisations with H. Douglas Berry, but were distilled through the spirits of Vas F. With Ritwik Banerji, Aram Shelton, Aaron Bennett, saxophones; Tom Ferguson, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.
Free Jazz / Thrash from Los Angeles with Ryan Parrish, baritone sax
Matty Harris, baritone sax; Maxwell Gualtieri, guitar; Jake Rosenzweig, bass; Michael Lockwood, drums. http://stupidmansuit.bandcamp.com/
Ton Trio II
Aram Shelton, saxophone; Scott Brown, bass; Alex Vittum, drums.
Led by Shelton, this trio delves into the vein of free jazz instituted by Ornette Coleman’s trio in the mid 1960s with simple melodies, and an emphasis on the group aesthetic. http://www.aramshelton.com
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.
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
Active Music Series Uptown April 10 The Deconstruction Orchestra + The Deconstruction Of What You Know
The Deconstruction Orchestra featuring Joshua Allen, conductor; Henry Kaiser, guitar; William Winant and Mike Guarino, drums; Kurt Ribak, Bass; Aram Shelton, Rent Romus, Sam Flores, David Slusser, Aaron Bennett, and Misha Polechek, saxophones; Blaine Finell and George Moore, trumpets; Matt Striech, trombone; Ron Heglin, tuba.
“The Deconstruction Of What You Know”. Joshua Allen, tenor saxophone; Henry Kaiser, guitar; William Winant and Mike Guarino, drums.
Active Music Series presents Citta di Vitti + Aram Shelton Quartet
(Featuring members of the Oakland Active Orchestra).
Citta di Vitti was formed in 2008 by composer/saxophonist Phillip Greenlief to perform music inspired by the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and features bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and John Hanes on drums. For this performance, the group will be augmented with a few special guests: Cory Wright, John Schott, Darren Johnston and others, and the group will perform live with Antonioni’s masterpiece, L’Avventura.
This new lineup of Aram Shelton’s Quartet will feature Mark Clifford on vibraphone, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Vijay Anderson on drums. Creative jazz with aspects of chamber music and free improvisations, energy and melodies.
Tuesday, December 13th
1928 Telegraph Ave
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