Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Apr 23 2017 7:30 PM


7:30 The Hung Professionals
Tom Weeks - alto saxophone, Nathan Corder- guitar, Scott Siler- drums
8:30 Koskinen Trio
Heikki Koskinen - piano/e-trumpet with Donald Robinson - drums, Rent Romus - saxophones

Heikki "Mike" Koskinen is a recording artist, composer, and educator currently living in San Francisco. Chosen in "Rytmi" magazine critics polls as Finland’s top jazz trumpet player in the 1970’s, he left his native Finland to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Heikki’s music career began in Finland with playing American Soul music as well as free improvised jazz, with musicians such as Edward Vesala, Juhani Aaltonen, and Heikki Sarmanto. Heikki is the recipient of several Finnish composing grants, recorded several albums, and won awards as an innovative children’s music teacher. His 1980’s Bay Area bands, with Heikki on trumpet, featured such musicians as Hadley Caliman, Steve Heckman, Mark Levine, Joe Bonner, Bennie Green, Larry Hancock and Michael Spiro. Lately Heikki has re-connected with his free improvising musical roots, especially with Bay Area sax player Rent Romus and the Finnish “Kellari (Cellar) Trio”, featuring reed player Mikko Innanen and bassist Teppo Hauta-aho. Heikki’s main instruments these days are piano, the Morrison Digital Trumpet as well as tenor recorder. Besides performing and composing, he teaches music in the Bay Area. For ten years he was coordinator and host of the local radio program, "Studio Finland" and he has been a key musical figure in the Bay Area Finnish community for several years.

Tom Weeks is a composer, improviser, and saxophonist from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. He has received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and is currently completing a Master's degree in Composition at Mills College, Oakland, CA. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Phil Wilson, and Greg Hopkins, among others. His music is influenced by various African-American musical traditions, the historical avant-garde, and the heavy metal and hardcore traditions; utilizing improvisation, extended techniques, and traditional and experimental notational practices. He has performed and recorded with musicians such as Alvin Curran, Makoto Kawabata, Walter Thompson, Vinny Golia, William Winant, Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Henry Kaiser, Jon Raskin, and Steve Adams, among many others.

Cost: $10-$15 sliding scale
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