Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
I felt like our set definitely got to some sort of strange foggy energy going. Not too many were in attendance, but another reflection that I had was that we're doing it because we like it; at least, that's the case with me!
Thanks to Jack for booking us at Winters! Sorry that our draw was, like, two people. Hopefully they bought a few beers!
Below: Carlos and Ann set up their Earspray rigs
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
I also added a new twist to my improvisational techniques, in that I brought some graphic scores that I've been working on, for use if and when the ideas started to dry up. They ended up being ignored, as I found plenty of fuel from Rent, Christina, Gabby, and Jakob.
Needless to say, I had a blast with the Ruminations, new lineup and all! Eat the Sun were phenomenal. Jason Hoopes is clearly a rising star in the bass world.
Below: the horns of Rent Romus, and Christina Stanley in silver and gold light
Below: Graphic scores for "just in case" reference
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
The men of Cloud Shepherd had a great time playing for the benefit of Poet David Meltzer last night at Bird & Beckett!
We played for almost thirty minutes, which, compared to recent shows, was pretty epic. It seemed as though we incorporated small duets into the two individual pieces that were conjured, but also had a lot of good full ensemble blasting.
It was great fun to hear the assembled poets pay tribute to David, and especially to see the man himself up and about in great spirits.
Many thanks to Rabbles for playing as well! Cool, low key, almost acoustic jams from their long lasting SF Punk/Folk ensemble!
Below: Cloud Shepherd set up and smile
Below: Cloud Kit and books, David Meltzer in a fine mood while Jamie plays on!
Friday, November 7, 2014
Bird & Beckett is located at:
653 Chenery St.
SF CA 94131
The show starts at 7:30 PM. All proceeds go to David Meltzer's medical bill payments. A fun show for a very good guy's benefit!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I was definitely stoked to be playing in the Grand Lake District of Oakland last night! So many years after living in that area, it felt like a cool homecoming.
Cool also to be playing with Mika Pontecorvo's Bridge of Crows! I very much liked being part of the eclectic mixture of personnel therein.
We played two pieces, both improvisations from sketches. The first utilized close mic'ing of cymbals and rocks, along with sax, clarinet, flute, guitar, bass, and electronics. Our goal was to simply let the sounds unfold within the envelope of electronic treatments created by Mika. It felt good! The second was a cover of James Blood Ulmer's Are You Glad To Be In America, Mika's statement about his feelings on current events. I've been an Ulmer fan for years, so playing that tune was a gas, even though I only knew we were doing it about five minutes into it!
Many thanks to Rob Pumpelly for letting me use his great, funky kit as a backline! His band with Karl Evangelista, Tracy Hui, and Nick Obando slayed!
Studio Grand and Oakland Freedom Jazz Society-do check them both out!
Below: Mika and Eli, father and son improv team
Below: Bridge of Crows full; photo by Russell Ward. Thanks, Russell!
Sunday, November 2, 2014
The show will be at Studio Grand, 3235 Grand Ave. We will be opening for the Evangelista/Hui/Obando/Pumpelly Quartet, and the admission fee will be $8-15 sliding. Bridge of Crows will play at 9:30 PM.
Oakland/East Bay pals, come on out! It'll be fun!