SIMM Series 8/5/2007, SF
SIMM New Music Series
116 9th St. @ Mission, San Francisco
7:30 PM, donation
$10 general $8 student/senior $5 artist
kids under 12 free
Sunday, August 5, 2007
1st set: 7:30pm
The Empty Cage Quartet
Jason Mears - saxophones/clarinet
Kris Tiner - trumpets/flugelhorn
Paul Kikuchi - drumset/percussion
Ivan Johnson - contrabass
2nd set: 8:45pm
Annelise Zamula - tenor saxophone, flute
John Vaughn - alto saxophone, oboe, clarinet
Bill Noertker - contrabass
Dax Compise - drums
Blue Rider Suite, Vol. 2: for Wassily Kandinsky
-Improvisation Deluge/Composition VI
-St. George II
-The White Line
The Empty Cage Quartet
Jason Mears, from Alaska, is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, improviser, and educator who is currently living just outside of Tokyo, Japan. He holds a BFA in Music Education from Boston University and a MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts, and has studied with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Harvey Pittel, Paul Novros, Donald Sinta, John Sampen, and Vinny Golia. Jason's most recent projects include the Empty Cage Quartet (MTKJ), Harris Eisenstadt's The Soul and Gone, Vinny Golia's Music for Like Instruments (the Eb saxophones), The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, the Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet, and the Kreative Orchestra of Los Angeles (KOLA) - an 11-piece ensemble he initiated along with drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt which "functions as a mobile laboratory for some of L.A.'s musical masterminds to publicly swap experimental compositions and performances" (Rex Butters, All About Jazz Los Angeles). Jason
has made frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with filmmaker Allen Glass and dancer Miyuki Kobayashi, and has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Frank Gratkowski, Phillip Greenlief, Jack Wright, Leroy Jenkins, Mark Trayle, Michael Vlatkovich, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Jeff Parker, Steuart Liebig, Harris Eisenstadt, and Damon Smith. He has recorded on the Nine Winds, 482, and pfMENTUM labels.
Kris Tiner is active on the West Coast jazz and creative music scene as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. His music has been described as "extraordinarily inventive" by Signal to Noise magazine, and Cadence magazine calls him "a really compelling voice." He has toured and performed at concert venues and festivals throughout North America and appears on over 30 recordings; his own projects have been released on the pfMENTUM, Nine Winds, and Evander Music labels. In addition to numerous interdisciplinary collaborations involving dance, poetry and spoken word, visual art, film, and animation he has recorded music for radio, television, and motion picture scores and his trumpet playing has been heard on MTV and Comedy Central. His primary musical project apart from the Empty Cage Quartet is TIN/BAG, a duo collaboration with New York guitarist Mike Baggetta which deals with a music that is spare, ethereal, and highly exploratory, "clearly cut from
cloth that hasn't been designed yet..." (–Improvijazzation Nation). Kris is a regular member of both the Industrial Jazz Group and the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet, and he has performed and/or recorded with groups led by Vinny Golia, Leroy Jenkins, Gerry Hemingway, Wadada Leo Smith, Kraig Grady, Jeff Kaiser, Harris Eisenstadt, G.E. Stinson, Lukas Ligeti, Phillip Greenlief, Michael Vlatkovich, Joe LaBarbera, Steuart Liebig, Bill Horvitz and Brad Dutz. Originally from Wasco, California, Kris holds an MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts where he worked closely with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Vinny Golia, Charlie Haden, and Edward Carroll. He has lectured on both music and visual art, and currently teaches and directs the jazz program at Bakersfield College.
Paul Kikuchi is a percussionist, composer, and instrument maker from Indianola, WA. Paul holds degrees in music from Bennington College and California Institute of the Arts, where he studied closely with Milford Graves, Wadada Leo Smith, and Vinny Golia. Currently, Paul's main project is the Empty Cage Quartet, though he is also a member of other bands such as Seattle's Orkestar Zirkonium. Kikuchi has been known to collaborate with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, Daniel Carter, Paul Plimley, The Now Orchestra, and Gregg Keplinger, and has performed at festivals such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Earshot Jazz Festival. Paul is also a music educator. Recently he has been incorporating learning methods and somatic awareness drawn from his knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method into his teaching. He is currently music faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle, Academy of Creative Education, and West Sound Academy. He lives in Seattle,
Ivan Johnson, from Los Angeles, completed his BFA degree at California Institute of the Arts in 2003, where he studied chamber music, jazz, composition, theory and arranging. He has studied contrabass with Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, and Peter Rofe; arranging and composition with Michael Pisaro, Marc Lowenstein and Mark Menzies; and Baroque music with Allen Vogel and Tisha Goldstein. Ivan has performed all over the United States with an eclectic group of ensembles, and made his solo debut at the 2003 Athens Music Festival in Athens, Georgia. As a musician on the progressive music scene he has premiered compositions by Marc Lowenstein, Vinny Golia, Mark Menzies, Anne LeBaron, Michael Pisaro, James Tenney, Kris Tiner, and Jason Mears. Mr. Johnson’s current projects include the Lian Ensemble - a classical Persian group which streches the boundaries of traditional Iranian music, Dark Wing plays a unique blend of world music using free improvisations and
original composition for marimba, string bass, tar, setar, ney and a variety of percussion instruments, and the Nate Lapointe Band - a rootsy eclectic songwriting and improvising group. Ivan is head of the jazz program at Oakwood High School in Los Angeles, and he co-founded the Academy of Creative Music. Recently Mr. Johnson was the Assistant Music Director for the world premiere of the critically acclaimed opera "The Peach Blossom Fan," working closely with Stephin Merritt from the Magnetic fields, and has been an Artist In Residence at Stanford University, performing music by Brian Ferneyhough, and Mark Applebaum. Mr. Johnson recently premiered his own opera “Lucid Dreams” with composer Ethan Gruska.
Noertker's Moxie (Noertker and Zamula) are joined by Stockton's California Outside Music Associates (C.O.M.A.), saxophonist John Vaughn and drummer Dax Compise. Together they will be performing a new Noertker suite, inspired by the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. This is part two of Noertker's Blue Rider Suite. Part one is inspired by Paul Klee.
Saxophonist Annelise Zamula is a founding member of the After the End of the World Coretet and has played with Noertker's Moxie since its inception in 2001. She has toured extensively in Europe and the United States with the Seattle-based Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet. Back in the SF Bay Area, Zamula has performed with jazz, swing, blues, rock, and classical ensembles over the last two decades, honking her sax in clubs, cafes, concert halls, churches, and on local radio and television. She has appeared on at least 17 CDs and the number continues to grow.
Bassist Bill Noertker has been a mainstay of the Bay Area's vibrant creative music scene since the 1980s, performing with the avant rock ensemble Bardo and the genre mashing Aftrer the End of the World Coretet. In 2001, Bill Noertker formed his own group, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his thematic compositions. He has been writing suites of music inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Since 2001, he has composed over 100 pieces of music. Moxie has released four CDs--Sketches of Catalonia, Vol. 1: Suite for Dalí; 7 Days in February; Haiku Songs; and the brand new Edgetone Records release--Sketches of Catalonia, Vol. 2: Suite for Miró.
John Vaughn (saxophone, percussion) is a founding member of COMA. He is currently involved in a recording project with COMA and playing with as many creative people as possible. He has performed in groups ranging from concert and jazz bands, pit orchestras to improvisations groups of all types. He is often playing in Sacramento with the Gambari Arts Ensemble led by Adam Jenkins or at Old Ironsides with Ross Hammond and Tony Passerell. John is focused on making the central Valley of California into a friendly place for improvising and experimental musicians.
Dax Compise (percussion) is one of the founding members of the California Outside Music Associates. He has performed throughout the region in settings ranging from the symphony, to blues and jazz groups, to fully improvised percussion ensembles. His command of the instrument and creativity has led to Dax being great demand as a sideman. Besides performing on a regular basis with COMA, he has forged a musical relationship with the improvisational community in Sacramento. Recordings with Ross Hammond and Tony Passerell are in the works.
C.O.M.A. The California Outside Music Associates, is a collective of improvising musicians from central California dedicated to music of the moment. The collective performs throughout California in settings ranging from the duo to an octet, with dancers, visual artists and poets.
$10 gen/$8 student/senior/$5 artist/children under 12 free
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