Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cloud Shepherd will play Meridian Gallery in SF!

Next Saturday, Cloud Shepherd will have the pleasure and honor of playing with two great artists, India Cooke and Will Alexander. The show will happen at the Meridian Gallery in SF.
Press release here:

with special guests India Cooke and Will Alexander

An evening of improvised music, with Bay Area poets' band Cloud Shepherd featuring very special guests India Cooke on violin and Will Alexander, piano and poetry

Saturday MAY 4, 7:00 pm @ Meridian Gallery
535 Powell Street (above Stockton), $10/$5

free for SFSU students, Poetry Center members
no one turned away for lack of funds

Cloud Shepherd is a San Francisco Bay Area quartet that performs improvised music which intersects with, echoes, breaks from, and slides between a number of various musics: drone, ambient, free improv, free jazz, electronica, new music, avant-garde, 21th Century classical, tribal....

Highly recommended! Visit Cloud Shepherd's Bandcamp site to hear the band's recordings:

Cloud Shepherd is:
Andrew Joron: theremin
Brian Lucas: bass and electronics
Joseph Noble: flutes, saxophones, and keyboard
Mark Pino: cloud kit percussion

The quartet will be joined by virtuoso jazz violinist India Cooke, a veteran of Bay Area and international improvised, classical, and popular music stages. As one of California’s most respected contract artists, she has performed as featured soloist with Joe Williams and the Louie Bellson Orchestra, and has played with Tony Bennett, K. D. Lang, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Patti La Belle, Gladys Knight and many others. Her continuing jazz and improvisational experiences include performances with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, John Zorn, Julius Hemphill, Reggie Workman, Abdul Wadud, Fred Frith, Joëlle Léandre, Peter Kowald, John Lindberg, James Emery, Lisle Ellis, Eddie Marshall, John Tchicai, Michael White, Bobby Bradford, Mary Watkins, Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, and Amiri Baraka. She teaches composition and African American Music at Mills College, and gives private lessons.

For an historic 1984 videotaped performance featuring India Cooke with George Sams' Middle Passage (Sams, trumpet; Cooke, violin; Kash Killion, cello; Anthony Brown, drums) go here:

Will Alexander, celebrated poet and deep agent in Surrealist expression, will also be joining Cloud Shepherd, doubling on piano. Born in 1948, Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, visual artist and pianist. He was the recipient of a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry in 2001 and a California Arts Council Fellowship in 2002. He was also the subject of a colloquium published in the prestigious African American cultural journal Callaloo in 1999, and is author of ten books -- most recently, Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose Texts, Interviews and a Lecture 1991-2007 (Essay Press, 2013). He has taught in multiple institutions, in addition to being associated with the nonprofit organization Theatre of Hearts/Youth First, serving at-risk youth. He is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles.

View Will Alexander,

"Vibrations from the Coast of India" here:

"Water on New Mars" here:

November 2, 2006 reading in UC Berkeley's Lunch Poems series, here:
Not to be missed! 

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