Hi folks, I wanted to let you know about an exciting show happening this Monday, and encourage you to “save the date” for our CD release show next month.
First: This Monday March 13 my new band IJKL will be playing at Studio Grand (just down the block from the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland). I formed IJKL (Ian Carey on trumpet, Jon Arkin on drums, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, and Lisa Mezzacappa on bass) in order to explore the freer side of improvisation, and have written a new book of music inspired by some of my favorite musicians in that genre (including Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Giuffre, John Carter, and Cecil Taylor). It’s some of the most adventurous playing I’ve done in a while and I’m really looking forward to playing it with this great cast of characters.
We’re sharing the bill with Gold Age (featuring local creative music heavyweights Aram Shelton, Mark Clifford, Safa Shokrai, and Birtt Ciampa). The show starts at 9:45p (I know, it’s a late one) and we’ll play second (Probably around 10:45). Tickets are $5-15 sliding scale. Hope you
can make it!
Second: I wanted to give you a heads-up about the long-awaited CD release show for Interview Music, the new album from my Quintet+1, at The Sound Room in Oakland on Saturday April 9. It’s a project that has been in the works for several years and I’m thrilled to have a finished album ready to send out into the world. Stay tuned for more info as the date approaches!
I wanted to let you know about a show coming up this Monday night which I’m excited about–I’m going to be debuting a brand new project at the Monday Make Out music series at the Make Out Room in the Mission, which has been a great showcase for creative and experimental music for years.
Based on a shared love of free jazz and group improvisation, IJKL brings together my long-time collaborators alto saxophonist Kasey Knudsen and drummer Jon Arkin, along with acclaimed bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa (“one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” —San Jose Mercury News) in this adventurous new quartet.
The group is dedicated to performing a new book of compositions by me, inspired by classic and current legends of free improvisation including Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Jimmy Giuffre and others.
We’re going to be playing the third and final set of the night (probably starting around 10pm) and will be preceded by Sound Etiquette (Aaron Levin, Nick Obando and Eli Wallace) and Past-Present-Future (Myles Boisen, John Hanes and Lisa Mezzacappa).
And there’s no cover! Hope to see you there.
WHAT: The Monday Make Out, with IJKL (Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Jon Arkin, drums; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; and Ian Carey, trumpet), plus Sound Etiquette and Past-Present-Future
WHEN: Monday, September 7, 8:30p
WHERE: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco
HOW MUCH: Free!