September 13th at Viracocha

Active Music Series Presents Marco Eneidi Trio + Marches.

Marco Eneidi Trio: Marco Eneidi, alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Donald Robinson, drums.

Marches: Aram Shelton, alto & tenor saxophone; Cory Wright, tenor & baritone saxophone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums; Sam Ospovat, drums. http://www.aramshelton.com/marches.html

@ Viracocha 998 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Music at 9pm

$5-$10 Sliding scale

June 14 at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown presents Electric Bardo, West Quartet, Rob Ewing Trio

Electric Bardio: a trio of electric sarod, bass, and drums played by Ben Kunin, Jason Hoopes (The Atomic Bomb Audition/Jack O’ The Clock), and Peijman (Secret Chiefs 3/Omens of Awe), respectively. They play an improvised hybrid of North Indian Classical Music and amplified Rock. Hear samples at http://electricbardomusic.bandcamp.com/

Aram Shelton’s West Quartet. Compositions and improvisations Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Doug Stuart, bass; Sam Ospovat, drums.

Rob Ewing, trombone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; Hamir Atwal, drums.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
9pm, 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. dokuro.bandcamp.com

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.

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

October 27th at the Ivy Room: Brains +Marches+Zimmerman/Cass/Ospovat

The AMS has moved to the fourth wednesday of the month, come see three exciting local groups:

Brains: Drew Ceccato, saxophones and Chris Golinski, drums

Marches: Aram Shelton, alto & tenor saxophone; Cory Wright, tenor & baritone saxophone; Michael Coleman, wurlitzer; Doug Stuart, bass; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Zimmerman/Cass/Ospovat: Jacob Zimmerman on alto saxophone, Kim Cass on upright bass, and Sam Ospovat on drums are the members of a new collective trio. The players share an interest in composing original forms and compositions around which to improvise with an emphasis on poly-rhythmic structures. Additionally the group also employs these rhythmic concepts in their approaches to the standard repertoire.

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

April 26th at the Ivy Room

April 26th at the Ivy Room:

Nishi Shelton Mendoza Stuart + Darren Johnston Trio.

1st set: Improvisations by the quartet of Kanoko Nishi, koto; Aram Shelton, soprano saxophone; Ava Mendoza, guitar; Doug Stuart, bass.

2nd set: Darren Johnston Trio featuring DJ on trumpet, Doug Stuart on bass, and Jordan Glenn on drums.

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