Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Apr 2 2015 8:00 PM


8pm Andrea Centazzo- percussion/Jeff Schwartz - bass/John Shiurba - guitar
9pm 'Two Toe' - Marco Eneidi- alto saxophone, Donald Robinson - drums

Legendary European percussionist Andrea Centazzo (known for his collaborations with Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, John Zorn, ROVA, and many others), visits the Bay Area, accompanied by Los Angeles bassist Jeff Schwartz. This Luggage Store show will be a set of free improvisation, their first appearance as a trio with local guitar master John Shiurba.
In an artistic career that spans over twentyfive years, Andrea Centazzo has given more than 1000 concerts and live performances in Europe and the United States, as well as having appeared and performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts. He has recorded over 60 LP's and CD's, and has authored 350 compositions and eight musicology books. His musical endeavors and creative expression range from the sublime to the passionate, from lyric opera to orchestral symphony and solo percussion. He has performed in momentous festivals as soloist of his own compositions or as conductor of symphonic orchestras. Centazzo is a pioneer of contemporary percussion. In the early years, he performed with some of the greatest avant-garde soloists and composers, including J. Zorn, S. Bussotti, S. Lacy, D. Cherry, A. Mangellsdorf, E. Parker, etc.

It is now over thirty years since musician/composer/alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi has been working out with, performing and recording in duo form with drummers as well as groups. Beginning in 1981 Mr. Eneidi began a daily duo session with the great drummer and instrument builder Jackson Krall. Practicng together every day for several or more hours for many years. This continued in NYC with legendary drummer Denis Charles, Rashid Bakr, Beaver Harris and Sunny Murray.

After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, this continued on a daily basis with the great drummers Donald Robinson and Spirit. Followed by daily sessions with Peter Valsamis and VijayAnderson. Since moving to Europe in 2004, where Marco is founding leader of the Neu New York/Vienna Institute of Improvised Music, this has continued with Swiss-Mexican drummer Gabriels Lauber, Didi Kern and the occasional performances with Paul Lovens, Michael Trela and Han Bennink.

Described as a 'percussive dervish' (Coda) Donald Robinson is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area's improvisational players, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, trumpeter Raphe Malik and Canadian pianist Paul Plimley. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: 'the best bass-drums tag team on the scene' (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970's, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman.

Jeff Schwartz is co-leader of the Decisive Instant creative orchestra, principal bass of MESTO, a member of the Santa Monica Symphony, and is very active in the Los Angeles creative music community. He has also performed with artists including Anthony Braxton, Glenn Branca, Dana Reason, Nicole Mitchell, Yukari, Tracy McMullen, and Adam Rudolph, and attended the Creative Music Studio and the Vancouver Creative Music Institute. The author of a popular online biography of Albert Ayler, his writing has also appeared in the journals American Music, Popular Music, and Postmodern Culture, and in the forthcoming revision of A Basic Music Library.

John Shiurba is a composer and guitarist whose musical pursuits include improvisation, art-rock, modern composition and noise. Shiurba has recorded and toured the U.S. and Europe as a member of the bands Eskimo, The Molecules and Spezza Rotto, as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Anthony Braxton's ensemble and the SFSound Group, and as an improvisor.
Shiurba has conducted the premieres of his compositions at ODC in 2005 ("Moon Cycle" for SFSound) at New Langton Arts in 2002 ("Triplicate") and at SFAlt in 2002 ("5x5 1.4" for SFSound). Shiurba was invited to play at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival in 1998, at the High Zero Festival in Baltimore in 1999, at the SFAlt Festival in 2004 and at the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 2002 and 2004, and at the Push International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2007.
As a guitarist Shiurba has developed a unique and personalized approach to the guitar. Through the use of extended techniques and unusual preparations, he expands the traditional sound range of the instrument, producing stunning, often unrecognizable results. Cadence Magazine calls Shiurba a 'wildly creative guitarist... anti-jazz, anti-everything else, yet utterly compelling.'

Cost: $6-15 sliding
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Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Biggi Vinkeloe - alto saxophone, flute Donald Robinson - drums Joe Lasqo - piano, laptop, percussion Teddy Rankin-Parker - cello Lisle Ellis - contrabass, acoustic bass guitar April 19, 2014, The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco, CA Video by Charles Smith