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Duo B: Bay Area avant jazz chamber noise acoustic improv
08/1/16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
duo B., avant jazz chamber noise acoustic improv
from the San Francisco Bay Area
featuring Jason Levis on drums
and Lisa Mezzacappa on acoustic bass
Join us on August 1 for a very special appearance by the Bay Area’s duo B., who will be performing a set inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor.
Their performance will be followed by a collaboration between duo B and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, with whom Levis worked closely when he and Luna attended the Naropa Institute from 1997-1999.
Cost: $7 suggested donation
West Coast Tour Summer 2016
7.31 The Racer Sessions, Seattle WA
8.1 with Christopher Luna // Angst Gallery, Vancouver WA
8.2 with KO SOLO & Derek M. Johnson // Le Voyeur, Olympia WA
8.3 with Christopher Luna // Another Read Through Books, Portland OR
8.4 with PG13 & Host Family // Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco CA
8.5 with the Charles Sharp Trio // ARK, Altadena CA
8.6 with Music From Birth of the Cool // Dagney’s, Bakersfield CA
Jason Levis, percussion
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
“…mysterious, complexly textured improvisations that sometimes take shape as the aural equivalent of abstract expressionist paintings, whether the ethereal, mystical canvasses of Mark Rothko or the jittery, splatter techniques of Jackson Pollock.” — Derk Richardson, KPFA
duo B., the San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. For more than ten years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, study of repertoire by like-minded composers such as Jon Raskin, Aaron Bennett and Phillip Greenlief, and immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, and others. duo B. has released two recordings, on the Evander and Edgetone labels, and has served as the crack rhythm section for West Coast reed heroes Cory Wright, Phillip Greenlief, and others.
This year, duo B. has embarked on a new journey in long-form improvisation with its latest project, an exploration of the musical vision of pianist Cecil Taylor, re-imagined for bass and drums.
Christopher Luna has collaborated with musicians for more than two decades. Before being named the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Washington, Niche and Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson named him the poet laureate of those two venues. Luna is the co-founder, with Toni Partington, of Printed Matter Vancouver, whose books include two anthologies of poetry from Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular Vancouver, WA open mic reading Luna founded in 2004. His books include Brutal Glints of Moonlight, GHOST TOWN, USA and The Flame Is Ours: The Letters of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure 1961-1978, an important piece of film and literary history that Luna edited at Brakhage’s request. Recent publications include Bombay Gin, Gobshite Quarterly, and The Understanding Between Foxes and Light.