Archive for May, 2010
May has been something else altogether… but hopefully the fruits of our labors will be sweet.
First off, there is a very entertaining show called 1001 that opens tonight at the Berkeley City Club. As the sound designer for this show, I didn’t end up composing original music but I did spend many hours compiling and editing a fun/dark soundscape to set the scenes… an arabic market place, an attack of crusaders on horseback, ambient gunfire, and cinematic defenestration, to name a few of the cues I built. Here is a link to a NYT blog mention: http://bayarea.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/take-5-smuin-ballet-1001-and-the-birth-of-impressionism/
It’s a funny and beautifully acted show! here are the details:
Tickets: $15 – $30 sliding scale
Call 510 488 4116 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/109633
1001 by Jason Grote
Opening Night: Monday, May 31
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm
Through June 20th
(no performance Sunday, June 6)
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley
For more info, visit http://www.justtheater.org
***We have tickets the second weekend for $10.01, The password is “borges”
Next up, I’m excited to be performing alongside some of my favorite stringers in a lovely bill shared between Rupa Marya and Todd Sickafoose, with string arrangements by Mark Orton of Tin Hat, at Yoshi’s this week. Really this one is going to be a crowd pleaser in the best way… because it’s a band pleaser too.
Rupa with Todd Sickafoose
June 03, 2010
8pm show $15 10pm show $10 or $20 for both shows!
Another project i’m always excited to present to new audiences is the inimitable Khi Darag. I usually describe it as “middle-eastern-psych-rock” but maybe that isn’t enticing enough. Really what I love about it is the haunting, classic tunes played by just a serious, no-prisoners band. And i could just eat the sound of Mouzhan Yousefi-Carton’s vintage organ for dinner.
AND I can recommend many of the other bands playing for this event… like Afrofunk Experience, Zydeco Flames, and Grupo Falso Baiano (Afrofunk, Zydeco, and Brazilian Choro)
A great day to come out and dance! Khi Darag is on at 2:45.
Free 7th Annual
Berkeley World Music Festival
Saturday, June 5th. Noon – 9 pm… continuous music outdoors & in cafes
Festival Epicenter is Haste St crossroads at 2455 Telegraph Ave.
In People’s Park: Amoeba Music Dance Party
Khi Darag! ~ Mid-eastern-Psychedelic-Cambodian Pop
Oddly enough, Tartine has become a mainstay of my musical life in the city.. twice a month, no musical boundaries honored…. bringing new songs and arrangements to my accordion/bass collaborators who can play anything… on the spot. If we love it, we play it… from Michael Jackson to John Zorn.
Tartine dates in June:
June 4, 5 – 7 PM
June 25, 4 – 6 PM
Speaking of June 25, I’m pleased to offer what improvisatory inspiration I can to the ensemble of Bill Horvitz, doing a set at 21 Grand. What a band!
THE BILL HORVITZ EXPANDED BAND with DUCHAMPION AND THE SHADE
Friday, June 25th 8 PM
416 25th Street Oakland, CA
$6-10 sliding scale
BH Expanded Band
“The Long Walk”
in memory of Philip Horvitz
see below for lineup ***
The Bill Horvitz Expanded Band 2010
Kyle Bruckman oboe/English horn
Steve Adams alto sax flute
tba tenor sax Jon Raskin baritone sax Beth Custer clarinets Michael Cooke bassoon Hal Foman trumpet Darren Johnston trumpet John Chapman French horn
Liam Staskawicz trombone Nathan Riebli tuba Dina Maccabee violin tba cello Dan Seamans bass Vijay Anderson drums Omid Zoufonoun conductor Bill Horvitz guitar/composer
You might remember that I did a really fun tour with Evie Ladin supporting her new record Floating Downstream. Well, we’re getting psyched for another one (to Colorado in June) but we haven’t disappeared! It’s always a blast to play/sing/dance these songs and if you haven’t heard it yet, be prepared for an unexpected combination of old time grooves, body music, and sweet tunes. Evie and Keith are just pro performers, hands down.
June 2 | Evie Ladin Band
A rare local appearance!
get in touch for info about this venue if you want to come.
If you know me you have probably figured out that high school was a formative musical and artistic experience… not least it’s where I met Jessica (Jesse Olsen) and Jascha vs. Jascha (Jascha Hoffman), Anton Patzner (Judgement Day) and more.
To commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary, our dedicated choral teacher Susan Swerdlow is organizing a performance by alumni who are active bay area musicians. What a great way to pay tribute to the freedom and support we had there as.
50th Anniversary Concert of College Prep Alumni Musicians
Friday, June 18, 8:00 pm, Buttner Auditorium
The College Preparatory School
6100 Broadway, Oakland, CA
College Prep alumni are talented. This will be demonstrated once again by the amazing group of musicians Susan Swerdlow has gathered to participate
in this 50th Anniversary Concert on June 18
Please join us for an opportunity to hear:
Peter Jaffe’73, conductor, composer, teacher, artist on violin,viola, keyboard
Kurt Ribak ’78, bassist – opera, reggae, circus music
Marc Teicholz ’81, current parent, award-winning classical/contemporary guitarist
Ezra Barany ’87, pop, rock, funk, and jazz
Alexa Weber Morales ’88, vocalist, African-derived jazz fusion
Marueen Park ’91, MD, and classical pianist and violinist
Josh Feltman 92, pianist, violist – chamber and café music
Dina Maccabee ’97, violinist, violist, songwriter
Jascha Hoffman ’97, science writer and songwriter
Jesse Olsen ’97, composer, improvisor, songwriter
Anton ’99 (violin) and Lewis ’03 (cello) Patzner (sons of College Prep music director Kurt Patzner)
Elizabeth Morgan ’97, Juilliard trained pianist, PhD in musicology,
Jeez, are we done with june yet?
I think i’m out of eloquence for today but just a couple more shows to whet your appetite:
6-20 sunday. THORNY BROCKY
SeaweedSway Showcase w/ Little WIngs, Aaron Novik’s Thorny Brocky, & NoHow On at the Make-Out Room! (22nd and Mission, SF) Jeremy Dalmas mc’ing! tix available soon at http://brownpapertickets.com details at:http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=122004044501096
September 03, 2009 | By Michelle Broder Van Dyke (SFGate)
Thorny Brocky…fuses jazz, klezmer, Indian and Balkan music, pop, rock and metal that Novik hopes inspires listeners to create animations in their minds as they experience the performance. Novik says, “I feel the musicians (in Thorny Brocky) create the sounds I hear in my head, and I am eternally grateful to them. They are all good friends of mine, great musicians, they know what I want, and forgive so much!” For his next release, Novik is working with Mission “outsider” poets, setting librettos to words written by local homeless, mentally ill or developmentally disabled poets.
6-28 monday KILL BOSSA
sMiLe! Presents @ the Knockout, 3223 Mission at Valencia, SF
Killbossa plays music based heavily on Tropicália, a political/artistic movement that arose in Brazil in the 1960s. This supergroup of Bay Area creative musicians gives the timeless music of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze and their contemporaries new shape and makes it all their own. Ranging from all-out crunchy psych-rock to quiet, subtle meditations, Killbossa can’t hide its deep love for one of the most honestly raw and surreally beautiful musical traditions of the recording age.
That, I believe, does it!
Please save these dates!
July 8: Dina Maccabee Band with Beth Custer and Allison Lovejoy, Cafe DuNord, SF
July 19: Ramon and Jessica with Kacey Johansing, Red Poppy, SF
Thanks for reading another update from Dina Maccabee Land. We come to you with another month filled with a variety of musical outings!
The Evie Ladin Tour was a great success with warm audiences throughout the Northwest. We return to you this evening at the Starry Plough in Berkeley, and again on June 2nd at Strings in Berkeley. Ok, neither of those are in May! But just so you know.
RVSQ continues to put our CD out into the world following up on our recent release at the Freight. We’re excited to unveil some new material in June, but I don’t recommend you wait that long to see the group. We’ll be at the Berkeley Art Museum on May 7th at 7:30 PM (http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/events/general/lateMJ2010/may7), at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis on May 9th (2:30 PM) and at Dance Mission Theater on May 14th as part of a great and eclectic lineup (New World Echoes: An evening of eclectic avant-folk and experimental short film, featuring Stas Venglevski, Jack O’ The Clock, Real Vocal String Quartet and Zoyres.) Then, on May 15 we’ll play for a workshop educating classroom teachers on how to include music in elementary school curricula. Fun!
Those awesome psych rock bands I get to play in are having some fun lately, with Khi Darag in the studio for our world dominating upcoming release masterminded by the Armenian in Chief, Max Baloian. Catch us on May 19th at Bottom of the hill along with Mitch Marcus Quintet and Charming Hostess for a benefit for Friends of KUSF. Killbossa, meanwhile, speaking of intercontinental psychedelia, appears May 8 on a bill with Japonize Elephants (yup, that’s a two-fer for me) at New Parish in Oakland. I haven’t seen it yet but I hear this is a great venue. Extra Action Marching Band headlines. The Elephants take center stage at the De Young Museum on May 21 with 2 sets including French tunes and a full Elephant lineup, so don’t miss that.
Tartine also continues, with exciting new arrangements for fiddle, accordion and double bass, every other Friday at the corner of 18th and Guerrero. If you haven’t stopped by yet, you’ll see why we do this gig month after month… always a great time and reminds us what fun live music can be as a part of daily street life! Catch us from 4 – 6 on May 14 and 5 – 7 on May 28. Special guest on May 14: Dave Gantz on Junk Percussion! Yes!
That’s all for now, hopefully I didn’t leave things out but if so please forgive.
See you on the town!