Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Fri, Mar 29 2019 9:00 PM

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave Albany
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FRI., 3/29
Amendola vs. Blades vs. Skerik vs. Parker
Scott Amendola and Wil Blades join forces with Jeff Parker (Tortoise), and Skerik (Critters Buggin’, DRKWAV). Masters of improvisation, these four gentlemen take a composed piece of music and bring it to the outer reaches and back. Never the same twice.

Wil Blades and Scott Amendola conjure various sonic deities though only a duo. Their live shows have been generating a buzz around the Bay Area. The two got their start as a group when Scott had the vision of performing Duke Ellington’s “Far East Suite” in duo with Wil. While quite a daunting task translating a suite (originally written for a big band) into duo, the Hammond Organ had previously been used in the 1940’s and 1950’s to emulate the sound of big bands. With Wil’s knowledge of this tradition and Scott’s desire to push boundaries, they were able to pull it off in a explorative, yet cohesive manner. The duo continues to perform the Ellington suite in their live performances, while also developing their original material. In performance, Amendola and Blades cover everything from Jazz, Funk, Bebop, to the Avant, to Rock.
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