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.


May 11th at the Uptown

May 11th at the Uptown:

Oakland Active Orchestra + Myrmyr

Myrmyr will be playing an opening set, followed by the OAO performing Myrmyr’s composition: “Fire Serpent’s Lull”

“Fire Serpent’s Lull” is a piece is from their new album, Fire Star, and is inspired by the folklore of the Wawel dragon and a Latvian shepherd’s song.

Myrmyr is Agnes Szelag & Marielle Jakobsons (aka darwinsbitch) based in Oakland, California. With the violin and cello as their basis, the duo creates an intimate chamber music atmosphere with an arsenal of electronics and instruments. They merge improvisation and experimental song forms to create works often inspired by their common Baltic heritage. Since 2004, they have performed across the West and East Coasts, and in 2009 released their debut album “The Amber Sea” on Digitalis Recordings. They are currently in production with their sophomore album, Fire Star, recorded at Shasta Mountain in April 2010.

The Oakland Active Orchestra holds a residency on the 2nd Tuesdays of every month at the Uptown. To date, they’ve played

No cover, donations accepted.
Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
Music at 9:15