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Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street
Oakland CA   

COMMUNITY * PERFORMANCE * ARTS RESEARCH
A PROJECT OF DANCE ELIXIR

https://www.temescalartcenter.org/

Upcoming Events:
Friday, May 27 2022 8:00 PM
A LECTURE/PREVIEW CONCERT OF EIGHT HOURS ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT
Friday May 27 8:00-10:30pm $20 (cash only) at door

John Schott and Reboot announce a preview and a performance of “Eight Hours ‘Round Midnight”, Schott’s epic transformation of Thelonious Monk’s immortal ballad, realized by an all-star cast of Bay Area improvisers.

In the East Bay, a May 27 concert at the Temescal Arts Center will preview the piece, with Schott leading a lecture/demonstration, and performing several excerpts of the piece with the entire ensemble.

On Shavuot, Jews are encouraged to stay up through the night studying holy texts, and in the concert, ‘Round Midnight Reconsidered, the musicians will approach the composition as Jews celebrating Shavuot tradition would a Torah passage – as an overnight study session. Announced on the 40th anniversary of Monk’s death, the piecer will be performed in full in San Francisco on June 4th, as the centerpiece of DAWN, a bold reimagining of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot by Reboot.

The ensemble of more than a dozen musicians will use Jewish approaches to textual commentary as a framing principle for their improvisations. Each of the 48 measures of ‘Round Midnight, which typically take 90 seconds to perform, will be stretched to 10 minutes length, resulting in a complete performance lasting eight hours. Each note, group of notes, and rest will be treated as an object for contemplation and commentary. This extended experience is intended to transform the music into a powerful medium for spiritual realization.

The ensemble is a powerful collection of some of the Bay Area’s most talented and fearless musical improvisers:
Cecilia Engelhart, Aurora Josephson: vocals
Cory Wright, Nikita Manin: clarinets
Scott Larson: trombone
Crystal Pascucci: violoncello
Mark Clifford: vibraphone
Kanoko Nishi: koto
Lisa Mezzacappa, Safa Shokrai: bass
Suki O'Kane: percussion
John Hanes, Jason Levis: drums

John Schott is known for his diverse ensembles, bridging Jazz, Improv, Jewish music, and notated composition. His albums have been released by the Tzadik, New World, Knitting Factory, and Songlines labels. He was a member of seminal Bay Area band T. J. Kirk with Charlie Hunter, a quartet that performed the music of Monk, James Brown, and Roland Kirk, and currently plays in its descendant, Damn Skippy. He has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Tom Waits, Paul Dresher and Frank London.
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Sunday, June 5 2022 7:30 PM
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)

The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. Donations for the venue rental are encouraged.

In line with Oakland's emergency ordinance, please bring proof of vaccination.

Masks required! Musicians may unmask while playing. Please stay home if you are sick or believe you may have been exposed.

videos from past editions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_HPASqyjYfIjlxrLSSkeQ6VZHDZNx9DG

7:30 PM (over by 10 PM, see schedule below)
TAC: Temescal Art Center
511 48th Street, Oakland

7:30 - Load-in — everyone sets up simultaneously.
8:00 - Random trios (or other small groups), about 7 minutes each depending on number of participants.
9:00 - Second round of random trios.
10:00 - Sound must stop.

Anyone requiring amplification should bring a small amp. It’s recommended to bring an extension cable and power strip if you need power. Outlets and supplies are limited.

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Friday, June 10 2022 7:30 PM
Non Tactus composed of artists Lenny Gonzalez, Rich Graff, and Robert Nance present a cross-fading concert collaboration. The artists will engage in a concert-length dialogue; alternating pieces one at a time until culminating in a mutual sharing of the sonic expanse. Long time colleagues and collaborators Gonzalez, Graff, and Nance hope to stamp a new mark on the concert-going public by presenting a concert of continuous sound in the structure of an open dialogue between the three performers at Temescal Arts Center.

Lenny Gonzalez (b. 1970, Portsmouth, VA) is a Filipino American musician, photographer, and filmmaker. After years of documenting the Bay Area creative music scene, making music became a natural step. Using electric guitar, effects, and structured improvisation, Lenny focuses on translating emotional states into sonic landscapes. Projects include Velox Humm(w/ Scott Amendola) and Chase The Map(w/ Erik Ellestad and Kevin Thomson). Performances include appearances in the Active Music Series, Luggage Store Creative Music Series, and Garden Of Memory.

http://lennygonzalez.com


For the last 20 years, Rich Graff has been heavily involved in the Bay Area in audio production, product design, engineering, and sound design. Rich has been a drummer since he was a teen, but in the last decade has taken up analog/digital synthesizers, tape loops, and most recently, modular synthesis.


Robert Nance is an American guitarist, composer, and producer creating immersive sonic cocoons through the use of guitars, synthesizers, electronics, and field recordings. His works seek to build lusciously abstract environments that invite listeners to engage as actively or passively as their own experience unfolds, and have graced the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and SFMOMA. Nance’s debut solo album A Musical Offering In Spite Of My Flaws premiered in May of 2020. His music has received rave reviews from Foxy Digitalis, Tome To The Weather Machine, and Bode Eléctico. As a founding member of Mobius Trio, he champions new forms of guitar music from disparate backgrounds. Robert’s musical journey began with piano and trumpet lessons, but he never quite felt at home until discovering the guitar and catalogs of post-minimalism composers, pioneers of ambient music, electro-acoustic improvisers, and artful noise. When not making music he can be found screaming irrationally loudly at his beloved West Ham United, or brewing himself a cup of coffee.

http://robertnancemusic.com
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Sunday, July 3 2022 7:30 PM
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)

The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. Donations for the venue rental are encouraged.

In line with Oakland's emergency ordinance, please bring proof of vaccination.

Masks required! Musicians may unmask while playing. Please stay home if you are sick or believe you may have been exposed.

videos from past editions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_HPASqyjYfIjlxrLSSkeQ6VZHDZNx9DG

7:30 PM (over by 10 PM, see schedule below)
TAC: Temescal Art Center
511 48th Street, Oakland

7:30 - Load-in — everyone sets up simultaneously.
8:00 - Random trios (or other small groups), about 7 minutes each depending on number of participants.
9:00 - Second round of random trios.
10:00 - Sound must stop.

Anyone requiring amplification should bring a small amp. It’s recommended to bring an extension cable and power strip if you need power. Outlets and supplies are limited.

mailing list: https://heule.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=9cd317ce9b99ee106279105ed&id=fcc26e79a5
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