Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Nov 5 2022 7:30 PM


Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista presents Apura (Tagalog for “Very Urgent”), a project that explores the relationship between jazz-based musical improvisation and social transformation in an era of worldwide political upheaval.

Karl Evangelista's Apura celebrates the power of creative music as a weapon of struggle. Apura uses original composition and daring improvised sounds to explore the passionate, embattled culture of the Philippines - Evangelista's ancestral home. Along the way, Evangelista pays homage to the imposing legacies of American free jazz and South African improvised music.

This occasion marks Apura’s only 2022 performance, featuring Asian Improv aRts cofounder Francis Wong (saxophone), enterprising bassist Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), and Bay Area great Donald Robinson (drums). The ensemble performs music from Ngayon, an upcoming record featuring master drummer Andrew Cyrille.
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
Videos featuring musicians playing at this event
Biggi Vinkeloe - alto saxophone, flute Donald Robinson - drums Joe Lasqo - piano, laptop, percussion Teddy Rankin-Parker - cello Lisle Ellis - contrabass, acoustic bass guitar April 19, 2014, The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco, CA Video by Charles Smith
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.