Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Studio Grand

3234 Grand Ave,
Oakland CA 94610  
Studio Grand is a nonprofit multi-use storefront that supports local families, youth, emerging and established artists by hosting a mix of music, performance, educational, visual art classes and events. Studio Grand seeks to provide teaching artists and performers with an affordable and highly visible location, as well as the opportunity for them to be creative and free in their work. Programming will reflect and serve the diverse communities that surround Oakland’s Lake Merritt and maintain a space for intercultural and transdisciplinary engagement.

Upcoming Events:
Monday, September 25 2017 9:30 PM
Join us for the next installment of Oakland Freedom Jazz Society! Our weekly Monday night live music series!

Join us on September 25th at Studio Grand with:

Aaron Levin - Drums
Josh Allen - Saxophone
Claude Palmer - Oud

This Trio will be playing a hybrid of Arabic/Free Jazz

Jaroba - reeds, electronics
Jorge Bachmann - electronics
Kevin Corcoran - percussion, electronics

Doors 9:00PM / Show 9:30PM

$7 - $15 Suggested Donation  More...

Friday, September 29 2017 9:30 PM
OFJS Friday Special! Sahba Sizdahkhani/ Chuck Johnson/ DunkelpeK

Join us for a special Friday Night installment of Oakland Freedom Jazz Society! An extension of our weekly Monday night live music series!

On September 29th we will host a special showcase at Studio Grand for touring composer/instrumentalist, Sahba Sizdahkhani, with support from Oakland based Chuck Johnson and Dunkelpek.

Sahba Sizdahkhani

Iranian multi-instrumentalist Sahba Sizdahkhani serves as a unique crossroad of East meets West. Inspired heavily by 1960’s free-jazz and Persian Traditional Music, he constantly channels the fire-energy and longing for connectivity that these two stormy histories represent.
Sahba has recorded with artists on the imprints of Dischord Records, Southern Lord, and Drag City, and has appeared live with Peter Brotzmann, Devendra Banhart, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Marc Ribot, Eli Keszler, and Mary Halvorson. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Maryland in Art History and Archeology as well as in Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music.
For this performance of 104-string santour and percussion, he will be channeling slow, long-form compositions coupled with primeval pulse-rhythms, based on the ancient spiritual ceremony of Sama: a ritual used by the Persian Sufi Dervishes to achieve a state of spiritual trance and numbness. Recent studies of the Sufis by scientists have found that, while under the influence of these rhythms, the chemistry of the brain changes causing a shift from anger to sadness to kindness to joy.

Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, minimalism and soundtrack composition. Recordings of his work have been published by VDSQ, Trouble in Mind, Scissor Tail, Merge, and Three Lobed, among others.

Balsams, Johnson’s first album dedicated solely to the pedal steel guitar, is an immersive collection of meditations that highlights the instrument’s underutilized capacity for subtlety and beauty. The music is at once ambient and dramatic, swelling with unexpected melodies that emerge from the tonal ether.


DunkelpeK is Japanese born percussionist Nava Dunkelman and Canadian American guitarist Jakob Pek. This iconoclastic duo creates an experimental improvised music for the new century. Visceral, cathartic and contemplative, DunkelpeK’s sound transfigures and hybridizes many musics of the world, offering listeners a holistic exploration into the very essence of musical experience.

Doors 9:00PM / Show 9:30PM

$10 - $20 Suggested Donation  More...

Thursday, October 12 2017 9:30 PM
Adria Otte Solo + Kobe/Lorio/Wong Trio

Join us for a night of improvised music from the Bay Area and beyond, featuring a solo electronics set by Adria Otte and the US-Swiss collaboration of Theresa Wong (cello), Christian Kobe (sax) and Frantz Lorio (viola).

Adria Otte - Solo

Adria Otte's compositions and improvisations for solo electronics attempt to create vivid sonic landscapes in which the listener may become immersed. For this performance she will be joined by Julie Moon on lighting design.

Kobe/Lorio/Wong Trio

The international trio of Theresa Wong (cello), Christian Kobe (saxophones) and Frantz Lorio (viola) came together for the first time in 2016. Joining in the art of improvisation, the three quickly found a synergy in the focused exploration of acoustic sounds and the transformation of these sounds through amplification. Like a ‘microscope’ set to an image, the trio reveals the rich microcosm of their instruments through extended playing and mic techniques. Their music can be likened to the electrically pulsating din of a nocturnal insect colony.  More...

Saturday, October 14 2017 9:00 PM
This month we are excited to have Roche and KYN performing live sets with visuals by Paul Clipson. Doors open at 9pm and the show starts at 930.  More...