Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, May 28 2023 3:00 PM

Oaktown Jazz Workshops
55 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

Karl Evangelista's "Bukas" with Special Guest Andrew Cyrille
(Matinee Performance, FREE ADMISSION)

with Karl Evangelista (guitar), Lewis Jordan (saxophone), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Rei Scampavia (keys), Francis Wong (saxophone), with Special Guest Andrew Cyrille (drums)

Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista presents Bukas (Tagalog for "Tomorrow"), a brand-new work that explores the intersection between intergenerational resistance and revolutionary music.

Bukas combines prerecorded interviews, documenting the firsthand accounts of veteran artists with histories in musical innovation, with cutting-edge sounds drawn from the realms of free jazz, electronic music, and noise. In doing so, this composition serves to both educate audiences on the stories of radical Black and Asian artists and thrust the narrative of creative music into the realm of tomorrow.

Bukas features Karl Evangelista's Apura ensemble, including special guest Andrew Cyrille (the legendary drummer of the Cecil Taylor Unit), Asian American jazz icon Francis Wong, Bay Area free jazz legend Lewis Jordan, daring bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and Rei Scampavia, Evangelista's partner in acclaimed experimental duo Grex. Apura's 2020 debut record has been hailed as a "modern classic" (Free Jazz Blog) and "improv disc of the year" (Downtown Music Gallery).

2:30pm doors/3pm music

Cost: Free/Donations Accepted
Audio samples in which musicians at this event play:
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.