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Sun, Nov 13 2022 7:30 PM

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7:30 pm Looney-Mezzacappa-Nordeson

Scott Looney, acoustic and electronically-modified piano
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Kjell Nordeson, drums
Active before the pandemic, the improvising trio of pianist/electronicist Scott Looney, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and percussionist Kjell Nordeson connected regularly for remote online improvisation sessions throughout 2020 and 2021, honing a unique musical chemistry and improvisational vocabulary. Making music online has deepened the trio's connection and sense of possibility in surprising ways, and in particular through these online experiments Looney has developed a novel and sophisticated method of integrating electronic processing into acoustic and prepared piano playing, which has dramatically expanded the ensemble's sound.
8:30 pm Talking Frog (CD Release)
Karen Stackpole – gongs
Bill Noertker - contrabass

Gongmaster Karen Stackpole and contrabassist Bill Noertker have been exploring inner and outer space through improvised musical dialogue for over a decade. Their new album, Talking Frog, conjures the world of the cosmic amphibian as they coax a soundscape of trills, chirps, screams, barks, grunts, clucks, croaks, bellows, and hoots from their respective instruments.
Karen Stackpole is a Paiste endorsed gong artist. She has been involved in the Bay Area music scene for over three decades as a drummer and percussionist with a keen penchant for metals. In her explorations of metals, she has cultivated some distinctive techniques for drawing harmonics out of her assemblage of gongs with various implements: rubber mallets, felt and yarn mallets, ball chains, bass and cello bows, kitchen utensils, and other small objects.
Bill Noertker is a composing and improving bassist who has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. He is best known for leading his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his compositions inspired by visual art.

$20 General/$15 Senior/Student
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Cost: $20 Gen $15 Stu/Sen
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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.