Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Oct 1 2023 4:00 PM

Mosswood Sound Series
3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland
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Visiting from New York, bassist JAMES ILGENFRITZ assembles a trio with locals JEAN CARLA RODEA and Lisa Mezzacappa. Ilgenfritz is recognized in The New Yorker for his “characteristic magnanimity” and his “invaluable contributions to New York’s new-music community.” James has performed around the US, Europe, and in Asia with his bands Hypercolor and 4tet2duos. He has composed for the Ghost Ensemble, the New Thread saxophone quartet, HUB New Music, Hypercube, baritone Thomas Buckner, and the Ostravska Banda in the Czech Republic. Recent albums include Altamirage, featuring duets with and compositions by Pauline Oliveros, and Aging, with Czech-born composer/performer Lucie Vítková. This follows two solo albums: Origami Cosmos and Compositions (Braxton) 2011 (featuring music by Annie Gosfield, Miya Masaoka, Elliott Sharp, JG Thirlwell, and Anthony Braxton). He holds degrees from University of Michigan and University of California San Diego, and received his PhD at University of California, Irvine in June 2023. James had two residencies at John Zorn’s The Stone in 2015 and 2018, and has composed two operas, The Ticket That Exploded (2011, using text by William S. Burroughs) and I Looked At The Eclipse (2019, with librettist Sarah Krasnow). His current projects include solo and ensemble performance situations with his Autonomous Mechanical Instrument Array (AMIA) and his Alien Generator alternate tuning system.

The concert also features the OAKLAND REDUCTIONIST ORCHESTRA, a supergroup of local musicians with a predilection for lowercase/fricative/reductionist acoustic improvisation that often sounds more electronic than acoustic. This ensemble grows out of a rich tradition of "American reductionist" music that emerged (re-emerged?) in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Previous projects like Tom Djll's Grosse Abfahrt and The Jack Wright Large Ensemble Eight By Nine document the Bay Area's contribution to the genre.

Danishta Rivero, voice
Cody Putman, bassoon
Kevin CK Lo, piano, etc
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
James Ilgenfritz, bass
Ron Heglin, tuba
Phillip Greenlief, saxophone
Tom Djll, trumpet
Kevin Corcoran, percussion
Chris Cooper, electronics

Cost: $10-$25 sliding scale
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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.