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Nathan Clevenger
Oakland-bred and -based composer and guitarist, working on the margins of jazz, modern classical, and free improvisation.
Nathan Clevenger is an Oakland-bred and -based composer and guitarist, working on the margins of jazz, modern classical, and free improvisation.

Since 2003, Nathan’s main musical outlet has been the cryptically-titled Nathan Clevenger Group. The group has performed over 120 original compositions and recorded 3 albums, including Stateless, scheduled to be released in 2019. Gigs of note include appearances at the Switchboard Music Festival, SF Friends of Chamber Music SFMusic Day, and the SF Center for New Music’s Best Coast Composer Series (in a program also featuring premiere of the extended quartet piece “The Seamless Sea”). The Group is comprised of Kasey Knudsen (alto sax), Cory Wright (tenor sax, clarinet), Rachel Condry (clarinets), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Jon Arkin (drums), Jason Levis (drums/percussion), and Tim DeCillis (vibraphone).

Clevenger is also involved in composing and recording music for film in collaboration with violinist/composer Kristina Dutton. Their evening length multimedia work Ice Hours -- created in collaboration with visual artists Kim Miskowicz and Camille Seaman and supported by a Fleishhacker Foundation grant -- was premiered at San Francisco’s Exploratorium in March 2019. Clevenger and Dutton’s work has focused heavily on science education and has been presented at the UC Berkeley’s Vision + Light symposium and the LAST Science and Art Technology Festival.

Other active ensembles include the avant chamber ensemble Ashen Cleric (with Crystal Pascucci, Cory Wright, Jordan Glenn, and Tim DeCillis), the sci-fi-chamber-rock band Elective Infinities (w Sarah Zaharako, Eric Perney, Phillip Greenlief and Robert Lopez), and the ever-mutating quartet project Book of Exits. In addition to continuing to produce works for a growing book of chamber music, Nathan has also been honored to collaborate with Bay Area jazz luminaries and groups, including Aaron Novik (Cutting Guard, “The Samuel Suite”, etc), Karl Evangelista (as part of the Host Family quartet), Phillip Greenlief, Jason Levis (Joseph’s Bones), Lisa Mezzacappa, Jordan Glenn, and Mitch Marcus.
Upcoming Events:

Saturday, July 6 2019 8:00 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do-Over Music Series #7

The Jordan Glenn Party + Danishta Rivero

The JGP...
Danishta Rivero- voice/electronics
Erika Oba- keyboard
Alison Niedbalski- keyboard
Nathan Clevenger- guitar
Bill Wolter- guitar
Lee Hodel- bass
Tony Gennaro- percussion
Tim DeCillis- percussion
Jordan Glenn- conductor

Opening the night will be solo set from Danishta Rivero.  More...
Sunday, August 11 2019 7:30 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Guinea Pig
Tony Passarell - saxophones/brass/percussion, Rent Romus - saxophones/flutes/percussion, Timothy Orr - drums, Robert Kullman - electric bass
8:30 pm Fellow Hominids
Cory Wright - saxophones, John Schott - guitar, John Finkbeiner - guitar, Jordan Glenn - drums  More...
CDs on which Nathan Clevenger appears:
Nathan Clevenger Group Observatory
Artist: Nathan Clevenger Group
Title: Observatory
Label: Apoplectics 001
Label page on this site: Apoplectics
Apoplectics 001
Aaron Novik The Samuel Suite / Dancing Into One
Artist: Aaron Novik
Title: The Samuel Suite / Dancing Into One
Label: Evander Music EM046
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music EM046
Nathan Clevenger Group The Evening Earth
Artist: Nathan Clevenger Group
Title: The Evening Earth
Label: Evander Music EM055
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music EM055