Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave,
Oakland CA 94610  
Studio Grand is a nonprofit multi-use storefront that supports local families, youth, emerging and established artists by hosting a mix of music, performance, educational, visual art classes and events. Studio Grand seeks to provide teaching artists and performers with an affordable and highly visible location, as well as the opportunity for them to be creative and free in their work. Programming will reflect and serve the diverse communities that surround Oakland’s Lake Merritt and maintain a space for intercultural and transdisciplinary engagement.

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, November 30 2017 9:30 PM

Jordan Glenn & Jason Hoopes have played at Studio Grand on numerous occasions and have been friends to and supporters of the space. They are pleased to bring you four consecutive nights of collaborative improvisations with a diverse set of musical friends.

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Detroit native and general wanderer Evelyn Davis is an inside/prepared/new music pianist, improvisor, pipe organist, composer, vocalist, synthesist, teacher, songstress, and maker of/participator in oddly shaped musics with an occasional side of performance art.

She improvises and has recorded with Phillip Greenlief, Fred Frith, and Michael Zerang, among many other esteemed musicians from Chicago and the Bay Area, and recently played two European tours with Chicago-based Cheer Accident which included appearances at Rock in Opposition festival in Carmeaux, France, and Different Sounds Festival in Lublin, Poland. Evelyn holds degrees from in Jazz (SWCC) and formal Composition (Indiana University) and has her Master’s degree in Performance and Improvisation from Mills College.

Evelyn created and performed the music of Frankenixon, with the help of a rotating cast of buddies, notably including the incredible guitarist Joe Kiplinger. She has also done stints in Joe Terry's Sound is a Moving Thing and Cheer-Accident.

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Julie Moon is a musician, studying and exploring music through the roles of performer, improviser, and composer. As a performer, she strives to deliver music with the gestural authenticity and physicality of improvisation, whereas aspects of her improvisational vocabulary are derived from studies in piano music. Her current projects are aligned with personal explorations that invite audiences to experience these emotional journeys themselves.

She studied piano performance at KNUA (Korea National University of Arts) and holds a BA in Music with a CiTA (Computing in the Arts) Psychology concentration from Cornell University and an MFA and MA from Mills College.

Jordan Glenn
“I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. My early years involved drawing cartoons and taking dance classes from my aunt. At the age of 12 music and movies took over. I studied classical percussion, jazz and made short movies with my friends during high school. During college I played a lot of dinner-jazz gigs and recorded/toured in various rock bands.

In 2006 I relocated to the Bay Area and since then have been lucky enough to cross paths with Fred Frith, William Winant, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Anantha Krishnan, Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Cory Wright, Aram Shelton, Steini Gunnarsson, Dominique Leone, Darren Johnston, Graham Connah, and the bands Jack O’ the Clock, Host Family, Efft, 20 Minute Loop, The Monolith, Beep!, tUnE-yArDs, Science Fiction, Evon, Arts & Sciences, and the Oakland Active Orchestra.”

Current projects include the longstanding group Wiener Kids and the large ensemble Beak, among others.

"...Glenn's work stands out, with the grace of an acrobat and the control of a serial killer..." -- Nazim Comunale


Jason Hoopes
Jason Hoopes is a bassist and educator.

His work as bassist includes numerous Bay Area groups including but not limited to...

Jack O' The Clock
Scott Amendola / Karl Alfonso Defensor Evangelista
Perfect Loss
Eat The Sun
Dominique Leone
The Atomic Bomb Audition
Satya Sena
Host Family

Glenn & Hoopes also play in the Fred Frith Trio, which toured Europe in 2015 and recorded the CD Another Day in F**king Paradise for Intakt Records in 2016.

“When I proposed this trio I had nothing in mind beyond getting together with a couple of formidable musicians who I love and respect and seeing what would happen… Jason’s stunning ability to wring everything there is to be wrung out of an electric bass was as liberating as Jordan’s playful, irreverent, and absolute authority.” – Fred Frith.

DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM

$10-15 sliding scale at the door  More...

Friday, December 1 2017 9:30 PM
Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Residency Night Two: Collaborations with Kyle Bruckmann & Theresa Wong  More...

Saturday, December 2 2017 9:30 PM
Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Residency Night Three: Collaborations with Nava Dunkelman & Amma Ateria  More...

Sunday, December 3 2017 7:00 PM
Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Residency Night Four (early show): Collaborations with Bruce Ackley & Danishta Rivero Castro  More...

Monday, December 4 2017 9:30 PM
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Gabby Fluke-Mogul & Matt Robidoux Duo + High Shelf Esteem

Gabby Fluke-Mogul & MATT ROBIDOUX DUO
Gabby Fluke-Mogul - violin
Matt Robidoux - guitar

Gabby Fluke-Mogul is a performing, teaching, composing, & collaborating-improviser (violin, voice, movement) based out of the Bay Area. Through improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual & collective intersectional process, deep listening, healing, laughter, intimacy, & narrative. they are interested in the sensual nature of sound—how desire & eroticism are embodied & translated within the political & poetic context(s) of improvisation. gabby holds a BA from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) in Music & Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning and a MFA in Music Performance and Literature with Improvisation Specialization from Mills College (Oakland, CA) where they worked with Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, India Cooke, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, Kala Ramnath, & Kara Davis. gabby believes in the power of listening, improvisation, babies, children, & kindness. gfm performs with a variety of ensembles & collaborative projects in addition to facilitating community-based workshops & teaching (toddlers-adults) in public, private, & non-profit learning spaces.

Matt Robidoux (b.1985) is an Oakland, CA based composer, guitarist, sound therapist, filmmaker and concert promoter. He is interested in unifying the relationships of performer, environment, and experiencer; compositions in the public/collective sphere; performing in unconventional spaces and settings; class and accessibility within contemporary art musics; the healing potentials of music improvisation.

k.kipperman & Kevin Schwenkler
(dramatic musical readings of picture books)
k.kipperman preparing for future musical greatness
k.kipperman preparing for future musical greatness

k. kipperman is a musician, composer, improviser, sounder, listener, and teacher currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have also lived, worked, and breathed deeply in New Hampshire, Boston, China, Western Massachusetts, and Berlin, Germany. k. has taught undergraduate music theory, listening, and musicianship courses at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and Mills College (Oakland, CA), and holds a BA in Music & German from Hampshire College, as well as an MA in Music Composition from Mills College.

Kevin Schwenkler is a composer-performer currently enrolled in the MA in Composition program at Mills College in Oakland, California. His influences include Bach, Ives, and Julius Eastman. As a composer, Kevin is primarily interested in creating landscapes beyond mere vibration in which to suspend the bodies of both listeners and performers. As an improvisor, Kevin is interested in sonic arts as a means of communication plumbing depths beyond the linguistic.

DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM

$7-15 sliding scale  More...

Monday, December 11 2017 9:30 PM
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Rent Romus Trio + Pinbokeh Trio

Rent Romus TRIO
Featuring the work of master musicians Donald Robinson on drums and Scott Walton on bass, saxophonist, composer Rent Romus wields this new trio exploring expansive thematic music.

Rent Romus is a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, music producer, and community leader hailed by Downbeat as having "...a bold sound, unmistakable sincerity and conviction". A third generation Finnish American born in the great north of upper Michigan and growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Romus' work on the saxophone has been dubbed “ferocious” by the San Francisco Weekly and “central to the creative music world of the West Coast” by writer jazz critic Frank Rubolino.

Scott Walton's interests cut across musical genres. He has collaborated with poets, dancers, performance artists, filmmakers, and multimedia artists. He has worked with George Lewis, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Davis, Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, J.D. Parran, John Abercrombie, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Clifford Jordan, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate, and Frank Wess to name a few.

Donald Robinson is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene. He has a long and rich history of working with John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi, Larry Ochs, Miya Masaoka, Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, Raphe Malik, Paul Plimley, and Glenn Spearman. During the early 1970's he served his musical apprenticeship in the jazz world of Paris, studying with Kenny Clarke and playing with Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake and Bobby Few among many others.

Pinbokeh is a trio based out of Oakland, CA that explores lush textures and soundscapes. A collection of unmetered rhythms and stretched out harmonic patterns create pieces that are reminiscent of the Nels Cline Singers with the still ambiance of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Grouper. With each member of the group coming from rock, jazz, and contemporary classical backgrounds, Pinbokeh’s music renders varied influences and forms into their work. The trio is composed of:

Nathan Chamberlain - guitar

Josiah Branaman - bass

Paul Sakai - drums  More...

Monday, December 18 2017 9:30 PM
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: John Krausbauer & T.J. Borden Duo

John Krausbauer is a music conceptualist/multi-instrumentalist currently living in Oakland, CA. He has performed and presented his music in a multitude of settings for 20 years - from basements, sidewalks, and rock clubs to colleges, churches, and art galleries. Numerous recordings of his work have been released on independent labels in the US, Europe, and Japan (soon). His recent musical work involves ritual-endurance happenings for solo voice, violin, and synth, and with the Ecstatic Music Band (a rotating 10+ member collective), both of which utilize 'just' tunings for amplified bowed strings at high volumes and long durations, with live stroboscopic lighting for TOTAL/immersive environments; The Essentialists (w/ David Kendall), an electric country-blues-boogie-raga guitar/violin duo; the minimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors; his systems-based phase compositions; and a new collaboration with the steel bodied resonator guitar player, R. Keenan Lawler.

Hailed for his “technically polished playing” as well as an “endless amount of musical knowledge and creativity”, Tyler J. Borden is a rising force in the contemporary music landscape. A dedicated purveyor of modern music, Tyler has performed with many contemporary music luminaries such as the JACK Quartet, the Theater of Eternal Music Brass and String Band, the Slee Sinfonietta, Ensemble Offspring, Tony Conrad, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, and Steve McCaffery. He has performed at the Soundways New Music Festival in St. Petersburg, June in Buffalo, the New Media Art and Sound Summit, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and he has been a participant at the Lucerne Festival Academy and the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. His performance of Witold Lutoslawski’s “Cello Concerto” with the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Bassin was praised for how he “mastered the works intricacies with elegant grace.” Currently, Tyler is a member of the [Switch~ Ensemble], a group dedicated to the performance of works that incorporate multimedia into live performance. Particularly committed to working directly with composers, Tyler has worked with several established composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, La Monte Young, Alvin Lucier, Phillippe Leroux, and Steven Mackey. He is particularly interested in the music of his generation and has worked extensively with many burgeoning young composers, such as Wojtek Blecharz, Zane Merritt, Ben Isaacs, Lena Nietfeld, and Matt Sargent. As a creative force, Tyler has been commissioned to write and perform by a variety of entities, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, and hammered dulcimer virtuoso Mitzie Collins He is also an active improviser, having performed in that capacity throughout North America and Europe, and he his improvisations are included in Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi’s film “Shockwaves”. Tyler received his BM at Ithaca College, where he studied with Elizabeth Simkin and he received his MM at the University at Buffalo, where he studied with Jonathan Golove. Throughout his studies, Tyler has had the great fortune to be coached by many wonderful artists such as Irvine Arditti, Lucas Fels, Eric-Maria Couturier, Eric Huebner, Marcus Weiss, Rhonda Rider, Joel Krosnick, Peter Wiley,and Gil Kalish, as well as members of the Ying, Jupiter, and Borromeo string quartets. Currently, he is working towards his DMA at UC San Diego with Charles Curtis.

Oakland Freedom Jazz Society takes place every Monday night at Studio Grand. Lineups feature avant-jazz, experimental and noise performances by local and touring musicians and multimedia artists. OFJS is a long-running (4 years and counting!) series curated by Fernando Carpenter of VAMP. For more information, check out OFJS's Facebook page.
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