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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:

Friday, September 20 2019 6:00 PM
Congregation Beth Shalom [301 14th Ave San Francisco]
Fay Victor’s Transparent Trio  More...
Sunday, September 29 2019 8:00 PM
The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Bruce Ackley & Henry Kaiser Explore The Music of Steve Lacy  More...
Saturday, October 5 2019 8:30 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do-Over Music Series #10:
duo B. Experimental Band plays PEOPLE IN SORROW
plus Fay Victor/ Jochem van Dijk Duo

duo B. Experimental Band:
Polly Moller-Springhorn, flutes
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
Kevin Robinson, woodwinds
David Boyce, tenor saxophone
Cory Wright, woodwinds
Randy McKean, woodwinds
Henry Hung, trumpet
Alan Williams, trombone
Murray Campbell, violin
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Erika Oba, piano
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Donald Robinson, drums
Jason Levis, drums
with special guest, Fay Victor, voice  More...
Sunday, October 6 2019 12:00 PM
Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
Experience the vitality of Bay Area music making in all its forms at SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. From chamber music to jazz, contemporary works to global traditions—SF Music Day brings together virtuoso musicians from across the Bay, with musical sounds that span continents and centuries.

2019 Artists:

Classical & Early Music
Fervida Trio
The Meráki Quartet
Brass Over Bridges
Sylvestris Quartet
Telegraph Quartet

Contemporary Music
Chordless: Sara LeMesh and Allegra Chapman
Stenberg | Cahill Duo
Patrick Galvin and Jung-eun Kim
Ensemble for These Times
Astraeus String Quartet
Friction Quartet
StringQuake
Keyed Kontraptions
The Dresher | Davel Invented Instrument Duo
The Living Earth Show
Quinteto Latino

Contemporary & Global Music
Melody of China
The Alaya Project
Cornelius Boots & the Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble

Jazz & Improvised Music
Ila Cantor's Encanto
Myra Melford / Fay Victor / Lisa Mezzacappa
Dee Spencer: The Smile Orange Project
Terrence Brewer Acoustic Jazz Quartet
Richard Howell Quartet
Trance Mission
Destiny Muhammad Trio
Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy
Hristo Vitchev Trio
Nathan Bickart Trio
duo B. Experimental Band  More...
Thursday, October 17 2019 8:00 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Sam Ospovat - solo drums!

Lisa Mezzacappa SIX
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
Mark Clifford, vibes
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Tim Perkis, electronics
Sam Ospovat, drums
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass

NORA STANLEY'S BANKSHOT
Kasey Knudsen, alto sax
Ben Goldberg, clarinet
Andrew Stephens, trumpet
Nora Stanley, alto sax  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: