Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Aug 6 2017 7:30 PM


7:30 The Hung Professionals
Tom Weeks - alto saxophone, Nathan Corder - guitar, Scott Siler - drums
8:30 Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone, Heikki Koskinen - e-trumpet/flutes, Rent Romus - alto saxophone, flutes
Safa Shokrai - double bass, Max Judelson - double bass, Timothy Orr - drums/percussion

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 a Master's degree in Composition from Mills College, Oakland, CA. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Steve Adams, Richard Evans, 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 worked with musicians such as Alvin Curran, Makoto Kawabata, Walter Thompson, Vinny Golia, William Winant, members of the ROVA saxophone quartet, and Henry Kaiser, among many others.


Life's Blood pay tribute as well as bring to light, reinvent, deconstruct, and breathe life into the deeper realms of their collective body of memory performing original music, as well as contemporary local and international composers. Created in 1999 by saxophonist Rent Romus while on tour in Northern Europe, the group currently features drummer Timothy Orr along with a rotating cast of guest performers from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Their latest album Rising Colossus released in 2016 "offers an incisive and often exhilarating glimpse at a scene that Romus has played an essential role in shaping. The LBE dives headlong into a disparate array of compositions, opening and closing the album with very different works inspired by epic tales..." (Andrew Gilbert SF Chron)


Cost: $10-$15 sliding scale
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Life's Blood plays "Infinistism" by Rent Romus Kim Cass - double bass Timothy Orr - drums/percussion Markus Hunt - double bass Darren Johnston - trumpet Rent Romus - alto saxophone Livea the 6th Annual In the Flow Festival Luna's Cafe Sacramento, CA video by Charles Smith