November 8 at the Uptown

Active Music Series presents James Fei Alto Quartet + Cory Wright Quintet.

James Fei Alto Quartet with Randy McKean, Aram Shelton, and Jacob Zimmerman. Orignal compositions for 4 altos and Roscoe Mitchell’s Nonaah.

Cory Wright Quintet with Evan Francis, Rob Ewing, Lisa Mezzacappa and Jordan Glenn. Original compositions.

Cost : Donations

Time: 9:30 pm

1928 Telegraph Ave


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

September 27 at the Ivy Room: Arts & Sciences + Cylinder.

Active Music Series presents saxophonist Michael Coleman’s Arts & Sciences  and Cylinder. Arts & Sciences: Jacob Zimmerman, alto saxophone; Matt Nelson, tenor saxophone, Michael Coleman, wurlitzer and Jordan Glenn, drums.  Cylinder: Darren Johnston, trumpet; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone & clarinet; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Kjell Nordeson, drums.

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

April 13th at the Uptown

Active Music Series at the Uptown 
with the Oakland Active Orchestra + Jacob Zimmerman’s Lawson Ensemble

Oakland Active Orchestra:

Emily Packard: violin
Hillary Overberg: violin
Agnes Szelag: cello
Aaron Bennett: alto & tenor saxophones
Aram Shelton: clarinet, soprano & alto saxophones
Cory Wright: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Tom Djll: trumpet
Darren Johnston: trumpet
Rob Ewing: trombone
Kristian Aspelin: guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa: bass
Damon Smith: bass
Jordan Glenn: drums

Jacob Zimmerman’s Lawson Ensemble

The newly formed “Lawson” ensemble performs original music inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Lawsonite people.  Comprised of an exceptional cast of local improvising musicians, the project is focused on the “navigation” of a unique pitch network system recently developed by Zimmerman in his solo work.  Current members include Drew Ceccato, Cory Wright, Matt Nelson (saxes), Rob Ewing (trombone), Michael Coleman, Dan VanHassel (keyboards), and Dan Good (electronics and trumpet).  In performance the Lawson ensemble collectively improvises varying textures of complex, slowly shifting counterpoint.  Through the use of pre-composed material, improvisation, and a specific vocabulary of conducting cues the performers actively engage in the discovery of new formations of melody and phrasing, with an emphasis on shapes and contours.  Notable influences for the project include Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera music, Bill Frisell, Sun Ra, Anthony Braxton, and the improvisations of Lee Konitz and the “Tristano School.”

1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA

November 23rd at the Ivy Room

A special Thanksgiving edition! Thank goodness for improvised music! This month there are three sets:

the Karl Evangelista Trio: Karl Evangelista, guitar; Cory Wright, saxophones; and Jordan Glenn, drums.

the Science Quartet: Michael Coleman, wurlitzer; Jacob Zimmerman, alto saxophone; Matt Nelson, tenor saxophone; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Blenderhead: Loren Benedict, voice, Matt Nelson, saxophone; Erc Vogler, guitar; Sam Ospovat, drums.

November 23, 2009
9:00 PM, No cover, donations accepted.

Kingman’s Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA