Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Nov 3 2017 8:00 PM

Ian Carey's Wood/Metal/Plastic & Nathan Clevenger Group: New Music for Septets

This new ensemble from Ian Carey (“a trumpeter and composer who asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” –Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz) spans the worlds of chamber music, jazz, and free improvisation. This brand new septet features luminaries from across the Bay Area's jazz, classical, and new music scenes, performing a new book of compositions by Carey commissioned by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. The project’s influences range from chamber jazz pioneers Jimmy Giuffre and Charles Mingus, to chamber music titans including Villa-Lobos and Ravel, to free improvisation adventurers Ornette Coleman and Steve Lacy, while staying true to Carey’s love of dense counterpoint and lush harmonies.

Band Members and Instruments (Ian Carey's Wood/Metal/Plastic): Ian Carey: trumpet, compositions; Kasey Knudsen: alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Alisa Rose, Mia Bella D'Augelli: violins; Jess Ivry: cello; Jason Levis: drum

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Oakland-born composer Nathan Clevenger creates original work at the boundaries of jazz, chamber music, and popular music. His primary performing ensemble is the Nathan Clevenger Group, a septet featuring some of the bay area's finest musicians. The Group has released two acclaimed albums and notable recent performances include the 2016 SF Friends of Chamber Music SFMusic Day, the 2015 Switchboard Music Festival, and a featured night as part of the Best Coast Composer Series at the SF Center for New Music. Clevenger is also engaged in creating original music for film and pieces for chamber ensembles and soloists.

Band Members and Instruments (Nathan Clevenger Group): Kasey Knudsen: alto sax; Cory Wright: tenor sax, clarinet, flute; Rachel Condry: bass clarinet, clarinet; Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Tim DeCillis: vibes, percussion; Jason Levis: drums, percussion; Nathan Clevenger: compositions, guitar

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Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
avantNOIR, a suite of compositions for jazz quartet plus guests, is a musical companion to the crime novels of Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster. All music by Lisa Mezzacappa.