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Lisa Mezzacappa
double bassist, improviser, composer
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, composer, and musical instigator. An active collaborator and curator in the Bay Area music community, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, Nightshade, the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio and the Tangle Trio, and co-leads the ensembles duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.

As curator, she programs the annual JazzPOP concert seres at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, now in its 9th year; and a live cinema series, Mission Eye and Ear, at Artists' Television Access. She founded the Monday Makeout creative music series in the Mission District of San Francisco, and programs the Best Coast Jazz Composers series as a member of the artistic committee San Francisco's Center for New Music. In 2012 she started the "Festival-of-Us," an annual festival celebrating Bay Area creative jazz and improvised music. Recent projects include an avant-folk string band, the Interlopers; Eartheaters, a trio with Brooklyn vocalist Fay Victor; and BODABODA, a cross-planetary collaboration with Venice reed player/composer Piero Bittolo Bon.

Lisa has been artist-in-residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2008, 2013), Headlands Center for the Arts (2006), the Banff International Jazz Workshop (2000), and the Painted Bride Arts Center (2000). She holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997). She has performed at countless Bay Area venues including Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, Yoshi’s, the Jazzschool, and the de Young Museum, San Francisco; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; the Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada; the Monterey Jazz Festival, CA and the Novara Jazz Festival, Italy.

Lisa has been awarded grants by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Composers Forum, the City of Oakland, Meet the Composer and Southern Exposure/the Andy Warhol Foundation. She performs as a sideperson in original jazz, improv and chamber ensembles led by bandleaders such as Phillip Greenlief, Aaron Novik, Beth Custer, Randy McKean, Marco Eneidi, Vijay Anderson, Aaron Bennett, Steve Adams, Graham Connah, Cory Wright and Ross Hammond, and collaborates often with Darren Johnston, Vinny Golia, Katy Stephan, Aram Shelton, Kjell Nordeson, Murray Campbell, Jason Levis, Dina Maccabee, Noah Phillips, Rob Ewing, Kasey Knudsen, Michael Coleman, Myles Boisen, Sam Ospovat, John Hanes, and many many others.
Contact information:
Email: info (AT) lisamezzacappa (DOT) com
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 22 2018 7:30 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM Ian Carey Ensemble
Steve Adams - saxophone, Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass, Jason Levis - drums, Mark Clifford - vibes
Ian Carey is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor, who “asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” (Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz)
8:30 PM Unbound free-jazz world fusion music
Marc Schmitz - vocals, guitar, Dave Mihaly - drums, Lin Shi - vocals, keyboard, Shuxin Meng - pipa  More...
Sunday, May 6 2018 8:00 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Vinkeloe/ Looney/ Mezzacappa/ Robinson

Two different trios come together in a quartet of tones, textures, melodies, and creative interplay sure to please the discerning ear. Come explore the sonic possibilities!  More...
Wednesday, May 9 2018 7:30 PM
Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street, Berkeley]
LET’S CALL THIS is a new meeting of three improviser-composers who have developed singular voices as longtime members of the Bay Area creative jazz community. Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh joins with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and drummer Vijay Anderson to explore original compositions, structured improvisations, and conceptual flights, born from a shared sense of curiosity and possibility. Modirzadeh is known for developing a unique poly-tempered approach to jazz based on the music of Iran. Anderson composes tightly knit music with weaving melodic lines and a driving momentum. Mezzacappa’s compositions combine asymmetrical grooves with sonic abstractions and free zones of exploration. She’s been called “one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” by The Mercury News and “a Bay Area treasure” by KQED. This is a special opportunity to hear the debut of this inventive and adventurous new trio.  More...
Videos
Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch - Live
Lisa Mezzacappa's Eartheaters - Live at YBCA
Lisa Mezzacappa & Nightshade - Live
Lisa Mezzacappa's Interlopers My Companion by the Shaggs, arranged by Lisa Mezzacappa Live at the Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco CA Murray Campbell, violin John Finkbeiner, guitar Crystal Pascucci, cello Lisa Mezzacappa, bass Jordan Glenn, percussion
Lisa Mezzacappa's Interlopers The Aquarist by Lisa Mezzacappa Live at the Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco CA Murray Campbell, violin John Finkbeiner, guitar Crystal Pascucci, cello Lisa Mezzacappa, bass Jordan Glenn, percussion
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.
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.
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.
CDs on which Lisa Mezzacappa appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Kipple Flashes of Irrational Happiness
Artist: Kipple
Title: Flashes of Irrational Happiness
Label: Evander Music EM 032
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music EM 032
duo b these things seem natural to us
Artist: duo b
Title: these things seem natural to us
Label: Evander Music Em 048
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 048
Interviews/Articles:
Andrew Gilbert (07/18/2011)
Article about Lisa Mezzacappa in Chronicle SFGate
Audio Samples: