Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, May 9 2018 9:00 PM

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave Albany
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9pm doors
9:30pm Ushi-matsuri Ritual marking the day L. Ron Hubbard publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
9:35pm Life's Blood Ensemble

FREE | donations wildly appreciated

Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus concludes his Ivy Hoot mini-residency (and the Ivy concludes the Hoot altogether) featuring the Life's Blood Ensemble with fellow seeker Vinny Golia. The line-up for this show includes:

Rent Romus, reeds
Vinny Golia, reeds
Timothy Orr, drums/percussion
Safa Shokrai, double bass
Max Judelson, double bass
Heikki "Mike" Koskinen, e-trumpet/recorder
Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone
Mark Clifford, vibraphone

About Life's Blood Ensemble
Created in 1999 by saxophonist Rent Romus while on tour in northern Europe, LBE pays tribute as well as brings to light, reinvents, deconstructs, and breathes life into the deeper realms of their collective body of memory. Performing original music, as well as contemporary local and international composers, they explore the influences and inspirations that make the art of jazz and improvisation timeless. Their latest album Rising Colossus (2017) "offers an incisive and often exhilarating glimpse at a scene that Romus has played an essential role in shaping. Life's Blood Ensemble dives headlong into a disparate array of compositions, opening and closing the album with very different works inspired by epic tales..." (Andrew Gilbert SF Chron)

About Vinny Golia
A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny's recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly "ten best" lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic's Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly’s Award for "Best Jazz Musician". Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music & painting composition, improvisation, Jazz History, The History of Music in Film, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent's Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 Vinny Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts.

Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry "the Hipster" Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparrney and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others.

About Rent Romus
Rent 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. From his very beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the twilight tutelage of Stan Getz he found himself drawn to the outer realms of Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, as well as Arthur Blythe, Derek Bailey and Merzbow. He leads the Lords of Outland a free improvisation unit since 1994, the Life’s Blood Ensemble a compositional contemporary ensemble, and works with pianist Thollem McDonas in the Bloom Project as well as the collective improvisation group The Ruminations.

He has recorded over 40 albums exploring improvisation and composition in a wide variety of musical settings both as a leader and sideman which have included Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, Vinny Golia, Teppo Hauta-aho, Thollem McDonas, Stefan Pasborg, James Zitro, Heikki Koskinen, Marcos Fernandez, and Ernesto Diaz-Infante to name a few. He is the founder of Edgetone Records with over 30 years of independent music production, and performance experience as well as the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which curates the bi-weekly music series known as SIMM at the Musicians Union Hall, the weekly Luggage Store Gallery Creative Music Series, as well as annual Outsound New Music Summit, the Bay Area's creative music festival held every summer in San Francisco.

http://www.romus.net/
https://rentromus.bandcamp.com/

Cost: $FREE donations wildly appreciated
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
with Nava Dunkelman - percussion Berkeley Arts Festival 5.31.14
From left, Heikki "Mike" Koskinen digital trumpet, Tane Kannisto saxophone, Teppo Hauta-aho double bass, Ville Rauhala double bass, Rent Romus saxophone and Simo Laihonen drums at Telakka, Tampere, Finland 31.5.2017.