Piano w Jim Ryan’s Green Alembic @Berkeley Arts Festival (Mon 23 Jul, 9pm) + Emergency String X(tet) (7:30pm)

I’m honored to play with musician, poet, writer, philosopher and artist, Jim Ryan at:

Berkeley Arts Festival (2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA) at 9pm on Mon 23 July.

Infected by bebop at a tender age, Jim first took up the trombone in Minnesota, and by Mai ’68 was playing flute & sax, living in Paris, and jamming and performing with musicians like Sunny Murray, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp & Anthony Braxton, then shortly afterward beginning his musical association with Steve Lacy.

Jim Ryan

After stretching the boundaries of improv with the “Free Music Formation” in Paris and other European cities, Jim returned to the US, first jolting the scene in Washington, D.C., then moving to the Bay Area not so long before the Loma Prieta Earthquake (coincidence…?)

Since then, Jim has led a remarkable variety of improv groups, e.g. Green Alembic, Forward Energy, Left Coast Improv Group, the Electro/Acoustic Sextet of Oakland, Subjects of Desire, and Retro Blue, as well as participating in Marco Eneidi‘s “American Jungle Orchestra,” and the Orchestra for World Peace of Sun Ra trumpeter Eddie Gale.

Those who’ve heard Jim play have never been the same, and, after hearing his poems about surrealist elf sexuality, or seeing the powerful color energies of his paintings, are often never the same all over again.

One alembic makes you smaller....

Green Alembic is Jim’s “new approach to multimedia presentation of Image, Word, & Sound” … the group transmutes projections of original art used as graphical scores and spoken word into rare musical elements.

In addition to Jim Ryan (kalimba, flute, horn, word, image & leader), the line-up will also include:

Jeff Hobbs – cornet +?

Bob Marsh – bass

Jeff Hobbs (L) & Bob Marsh (R)

Ron Heglin – trombone/voice

Ron Heglin (photo by Tom Djll / Djll Pixels)

Michael Cooke – bassoon & sheng ()

Michael Cooke (photo by Danny Nolan)

Sheng (笙)

Doug Carroll – cello

Doug Carroll & friend

Joe Lasqo – piano

Meridian Gallery, 11 Jan 2012 (Photo: PeterBKaars.com, http://www.peterbkaars.com)

Set 1: Emergency String (X)tet (Bob Marsh, ringleader)

Bob Marsh, is a mad cellist / bassist / pianist / guitarist /found-instrumentist / vocalist / +++ (& tap-dancer), inventor of many sonic suits & personae (Butoh Bob, Dr. Bob, Mr. Mercury, etc.), and curator of the Music in Motion series.

Bob Marsh

Bob Marsh (R) as Mr. Mercury, processed by Joe Lasqo, Turquoise Yantra Grotto, 15 Feb 2012 (Photo: David Samas)

Grasping that the lack of an indeterminately-numbered amorphous unclassifiable string ensemble in the Bay Area constituted an emergency situation, Bob founded the Emergency String (X)tet to head off the unspeakable consequences. Among their many musical interventions have been Michelins VII and Michelins X, based on French roadmaps and premiered at Meridian Gallery.

Do not expect all the sounds to come from strings, and do expect chopsticks, alligator clips, and other instrument preparations.

Emergency String (X)tet with Rent Romus (R) (photo by Michael Zelner)

Jeff Hobbs, Matt Ingalls, Adria Otte, Angela Hsu (violins), Doug Carroll, Angela Roberts (cellos), Bob Marsh (contrabass), Mateo Lugo (e-guitar), David Michalak (lap steel guitar), Kanoko Nishi / 西鹿乃子 (koto / 箏) are members of the (X)tet who have a good quantum probability of appearing at this show.

Possible particles predicted by (X)tet string theory…

Matt Ingalls

Adria Otte (L) & Angela Hsu (R)

Mateo Lugo (manifesting as SoundCloud avatar)

David Michalak

Kanoko Nishi (西鹿乃子)

Hope you join us for an alchemical evening!


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