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Lisa Mezzacappa

double bassist, improviser, composer
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, composer, and musical instigator. An active collaborator and curator in the Bay Area music community, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, Nightshade, the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio and the Tangle Trio, and co-leads the ensembles duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.

As curator, she programs the annual JazzPOP concert seres at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, now in its 9th year; and a live cinema series, Mission Eye and Ear, at Artists' Television Access. She founded the Monday Makeout creative music series in the Mission District of San Francisco, and programs the Best Coast Jazz Composers series as a member of the artistic committee San Francisco's Center for New Music. In 2012 she started the "Festival-of-Us," an annual festival celebrating Bay Area creative jazz and improvised music. Recent projects include an avant-folk string band, the Interlopers; Eartheaters, a trio with Brooklyn vocalist Fay Victor; and BODABODA, a cross-planetary collaboration with Venice reed player/composer Piero Bittolo Bon.

Lisa has been artist-in-residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2008, 2013), Headlands Center for the Arts (2006), the Banff International Jazz Workshop (2000), and the Painted Bride Arts Center (2000). She holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997). She has performed at countless Bay Area venues including Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, Yoshi’s, the Jazzschool, and the de Young Museum, San Francisco; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; the Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada; the Monterey Jazz Festival, CA and the Novara Jazz Festival, Italy.

Lisa has been awarded grants by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Composers Forum, the City of Oakland, Meet the Composer and Southern Exposure/the Andy Warhol Foundation. She performs as a sideperson in original jazz, improv and chamber ensembles led by bandleaders such as Phillip Greenlief, Aaron Novik, Beth Custer, Randy McKean, Marco Eneidi, Vijay Anderson, Aaron Bennett, Steve Adams, Graham Connah, Cory Wright and Ross Hammond, and collaborates often with Darren Johnston, Vinny Golia, Katy Stephan, Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson, Murray Campbell, Jason Levis, Dina Maccabee, Noah Phillips, Rob Ewing, Kasey Knudsen, Michael Coleman, Myles Boisen, Sam Ospovat, John Hanes, and many many others.
Contact information:
Email: info (AT) lisamezzacappa (DOT) com
Upcoming Events:

Thursday, July 24 2014 9:00 PM
Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
California Unification Process: improvisations by combinations of Charles Sharp (reeds), Jeff Schwartz (bass), Jordan Glenn (drums), Motoko Honda (piano), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Tim Perkis (electronics), Jennifer Wilsey (percussion), and Francis Wong (saxophones).  More...
Friday, July 25 2014 7:30 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aaron Novik is among the most prolific and startlingly original voices to emerge from the Bay Area's independent/underground music scene in the past decade. With influences ranging from klezmer and Balkan music to chamber minimalism to heavy metal, Tropicalia and indie rock, Novik has developed a cohesive, expansive and extremely personal body of work for a variety of ensembles, working with avant-music heroes like Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, Fred Frith, William Winant, Cornelius Boots, Ches Smith and many others.  More...
Saturday, July 26 2014 8:30 PM
Adobe Books [3130 24th St San Francisco]
3 nights of music celebrating the music of local composer Aaron Novik for his 40th birthday.  More...
Sunday, July 27 2014 9:00 PM
Amnesia [853 Valencia St. Between 19th & 20th San Francisco]
3 nights of music celebrating the music of local composer Aaron Novik for his 40th birthday.  More...
Friday, August 1 2014 7:30 PM
Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Constructions a night that bring two extremes together
Teddy Rankin-Parker/Daniel Pearce Duo
The Deconstruction Orchestra
Josh Allen, conductor, composer and tenor saxophone
Saxophones: Aaron Bennett-alto, Sam Flores-tenor, John Ingle-baritone, Matt Ingalls-alto/clarient, Josh Marshall-tenor, Dan Plonsey-baritone, Dave Slusser-tenor, Vinny Golia-soprano/tenor, Rent Romus-alto, Cory Wright-baritone
Brass: Peter Bonos-trpt, Collete McCaslin-coronet, Matt Gaspar-Flugel, Ron Heglin-tuba, Jeff Hobbs-trpt, George Moore -trpt, Matt Streich-trombone
Rhythm: Henry Kaiser-guitar, John Finkbeiner-guitar Timothy Orr-drums, William Winant-drums, Lisa Mezzacappa-bass, Matt Montgomery-bass
Advance Tickets @ Brownpapertickets  More...
Sunday, August 3 2014 8:30 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Lisa Mezzacappa/Robert Lopez Duo  More...
Thursday, August 7 2014 9:30 PM
Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Lisa Mezzacappa'S INTERLOPERS (Pascucci - Campbell - Perkis - Mezzacappa - Finkbeiner)+ special guest Kaethe Hostetter + THE HOLLY MARTINS
adventurous improvisation meets irreverent chamber music in a concert featuring two iconoclastic local alt-jazz ensembles  More...
Videos
Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch - Live
Lisa Mezzacappa's Eartheaters - Live at YBCA
Lisa Mezzacappa & Nightshade - Live
Lisa Mezzacappa's Interlopers My Companion by the Shaggs, arranged by Lisa Mezzacappa Live at the Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco CA Murray Campbell, violin John Finkbeiner, guitar Crystal Pascucci, cello Lisa Mezzacappa, bass Jordan Glenn, percussion
Lisa Mezzacappa's Interlopers The Aquarist by Lisa Mezzacappa Live at the Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco CA Murray Campbell, violin John Finkbeiner, guitar Crystal Pascucci, cello Lisa Mezzacappa, bass Jordan Glenn, percussion
CDs on which Lisa Mezzacappa appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Kipple Flashes of Irrational Happiness
Artist: Kipple
Title: Flashes of Irrational Happiness
Label: Evander Music EM 032
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music EM 032
duo b these things seem natural to us
Artist: duo b
Title: these things seem natural to us
Label: Evander Music Em 048
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 048
Interviews/Articles:
Andrew Gilbert (07/18/2011)
Article about Lisa Mezzacappa in Chronicle SFGate
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