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Lewis Jordan

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Born in San Francisco, grew up in Chicago…with the blues…which he got too from time to time…with learning to associate creative musicians with the advancement of society as we know it.

Jordan is an international touring and recording musician; poet; actor and playwright. He was a founding member of United Front, the seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. As a performer Jordan has bridged the worlds of music and the written word —through composition, saxophone and poetry.

In his career, he has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to his work with artists from a range of disciplines. He has performed with dancers, poets, actors and musicians—including Brenda Wong Aoki, Anthony Braxton, Juan Ceballos, Scott Davis III, Lisle Ellis, Sara Felder, Danny Glover, Q.R. Hand, Mark Izu, Jon Jang, Kash Killion, Genny Lim, devorah major, James Newton…Donald Robinson, Ntozake Shange, Cecil Taylor and others, many presented in his Music At-Large series.

His interest continues to be meeting and working with performers delving into their deeper resources for modes of expression that honor their traditions while speaking to the urgency of the present. If that’s in B-flat, fine. If it’s in time, that could work too. If it’s outside, it must be honest…

Phone: 415.824.3308

Upcoming Events:

Berkeley Arts

2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford - walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART

Sunday, May 11 2014 8:00 PM

sunday may 11th, 2014

8 pm
Stevie Richards

stevie richards - alto saxophone, modular synthesizer
shanna sordahl - cello
Robert Lopez - percussion

Stevie Richards is a saxophonist and modular synth builder from Melbourne, Australia. A 30 year veteran of the improvised music scene in Australia, his career has spanned Free Jazz, Ska, Noise, Rock, Electronic and Ambient genres on both instruments. He is an improviser but not necessarily a jazz musician, and will perform an conversational improvised set featuring Shanna Sordahl and Robert Lopez.

9 pm
Lewis Jordan/Karl Evangelista Duo

Lewis Jordan-saxophone, poetry
Karl Evangelista-guitar

The Jordan-Evangelista duo operates in liminal spaces--between music and spoken word, improvisation and composition, jazz and chamber music. Cultivated by several years at the core of Jordan's mercurial Music at Large Project, Jordan and Evangelista draw on a vast repertoire of original compositions and improvisational strategies to both explore the mythology of contemporary jazz and construct dynamic musings on modern life.