June 10th: Ochs Robinson + Talk More + Watkins / Bonansea Duo

Active Music Series presents Ochs/Robinson + Talk More + Watkins / Bonansea Duo

Ochs Robinson : Performing together in various ensembles since 1991, Larry Ochs and Donald Robinson performed for the first time as a duo in 2011 in their hometown San Francisco Bay Area. Ochs and Robinson first performed together in the Glenn Spearman Double Trio. From 1994 to 2002, they worked with bassist Lisle Ellis in the trio What We Live, a band that added incredible guests for special concerts/recordings including Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, Nels Cline, John Zorn, Miya Masaoka, Saadet Turkoz and Chris Brown. From 2000 until 2010 Robinson was part of the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core featuring drummer Scott Amendola, as well as Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura from 2007 – 2010. As Ochs says, the duo format allows them to do ”some high-energy playing and things that are more spatial, as well as some homages to more popular music. In a sparse setting like this, the music hits a listener right away – nothing is obscured, everything is clear.”

Talk More inhabits the fuzzy regions between improvisation and composition, ambience and noise, accessibility and experimentation, stasis and movement, drone and melody. The group formed in late 2013 to explore new forms of collaboration through total improvised democratic dialogue and brings concepts of psychoacoustics, structure, form, and texture to a purely aesthetic experience. Aaron Oppenheim plays Laptop-instrument, Shanna Sordahl plays Cello and Electronics, and Andrew Weathers plays Guitar and Electronics. More about Talk More can be found here.

Watkins / Bonansea Duo As collaborators, the core concerns for Choreographer/Dancer Christine Bonansea and Composer/Performer Zachary James Watkins are shaping and experimenting. The work is centered in improvisation and deals with transmission of energy between mediums and motion, tension and release. The two negotiate infinite possibilities with degree of variations and limitations in space. They’re interested in exploring the density of the material in relationship within the space. 140504 Christine Bonansea Sonic Body series #6 3 from Mark McBeth | Projects 1 on Vimeo.

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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. http://www.straticmusic.com

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. http://www.zacharyjameswatkins.com

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. http://www.jonraskin.com/
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