Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Aug 15 2019 8:00 PM


8:15 pm Manala Chamber Ensemble
Rent Romus - flutes/alto saxophone, Heikki Koskinen - e-trumpet/tenor recorder, David Samas - voice/percussion, Tom Weeks - alto & baritone saxophones, Safa Shokrai - double bass
9:00 pm Free Sax
Aaron Saul - alto saxophone, Andrew Ferren - tenor saxophone, Brian Rodvien - drums/percussion

Free Sax is an improvisational jazz trio comprised of alto and tenor saxophone and drum set. The members are active performers, composers, arrangers and producers in the San Francisco Bay area, combining decades of experience into a unique setting where extensive musical and instrumental technique are intimately combined with the concept of non-attachment which creates a profound freedom of expression. Free Sax creates vital and beautiful soundscapes in their sonic explorations, drawing inspiration from their study and love of various genres, including Jazz, Dub, Experimental, Hip-Hop, Baroque, Classical, Funk and Rock, et al. Free Sax has performed in venues and private events in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly ten years. Their 2014 debut release Sun Fog was pressed on vinyl and funded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. They also released a series of singles and a duo EP named Duos Tape, where they processed four saxophone duets through a vintage TEAC tape machine.



Rent Romus & Heikki Koskinen will present their latest music research project Manala in small Chamber Ensemble format. This long term project by Romus began in early 2002 and in working with mentor and fellow composer/musician Heikki Koskinen they have created a representation of deep cultural rediscovery through the lens of music.
Manala weaves the elements of jazz, traditional folk, and free improvisation inspired by the mythic prose, poetry, and songs of cultural liberation and identity found in the rune poems of the Kalevala as well as folklore of Finno-Ugric cultural shamanic traditions into an original suite of music.


Cost: $8-15 sliding
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Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
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.