MSP/Synth: Post-jazz compositions for improvisers w Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, Mon 01 Dec @ Makeout Room, SF (Set 3, 10:30pm) ◉ Lewis Jordan Trio, (Set 1, 8:30pm) ◉ Heikki Koskinen Quartet (Set 2, 9:30pm)

The Makeout Room (Photo by Kelly Allen, kellyallen.com)

The Makeout Room (Photo by Kelly Allen, kellyallen.com)

I’m delighted to join the great Monday Makeout series, which has been curated and nurtured by Bay Area greats like Lisa Mezzacappa, Darren Johnston, & Karl Evangelista — a series that has made one of the best lounges in SF one of the best places to hear ground-breaking new music as well.

Coordinates: Makeout Room, SF, Mon 01 Dec, 10:30pm (Set 3)3225 22nd St, SF (between Mission & Valencia – map). (For another preview of the show by Examiner.com’s Steven Smoliar, see: here.)

(L → R) Joe Lasqo, Steve Adams, Aaron Bennett @ the Makeout Room, 6 May 2013 (Photo by Michael Zelner)

(L → R) Joe Lasqo, Steve Adams, Aaron Bennett @ the Makeout Room, 6 May 2013 (Photo by Michael Zelner)

Even more exciting will be playing there again with wind giant Aaron Bennett… it’s aways an adventure at warp-drive to play with Aaron’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, and I look forward with special pleasure to bringing the superluminal energy of his fantastic “comprov” charts to the Makeout Rooms deluxe music lair.

If you’ve already heard the first album of Aaron Bennett’s unique compositions released by Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra (cover below), you’re already coming to this great show. If not, run, don’t walk, to get a copy at http://emtpo.bandcamp.com/ and hear what the fuss is about.

Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra (cover art: Nancy Bennett)

Among Aaron’s many stellar contributions to the Bay Area improv and new music scenes (like sax trio arrangements of Bollywood standards) are fantastic “breathing chart” compositions for large improvising groups that deliver heightened coherence and adventure at the same time. They stand as Himalayas of group improv music. And Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra is the Mt. Everest.

Vapor Trails of Structure in Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Improv...

Vapor Trails of Structure in Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Improv...

To quote Aaron: “The members of this ensemble utilize the electro-magnetic field of their collective mind to attain a unitive transcendent state of sonic consciousness and in turn, create sublime and/or unusually expanded sonic experiences for their listeners.”

The electro-magnetic field is tuned and amplified by means of unique “breathing chart” compositions using a special graphic notation Aaron has designed for large improvising ensembles to focus and unleash aural energies. The resulting sound is like nothing else and has amazed audiences in a string of orgone-accelerating Bay Area performances over the last year.

Aaron Bennet in Space

Aaron Bennet in Space

Bio note: Saxist/composer Aaron Bennett has been bending space in the Bay Area jazz and improvised music communities for more than 15 years. Beyond his studies in composition and performance of western music at California Institute of the Arts, Aaron has also studied and played the music of West Africa, Indonesia, India, and Traditional Japanese 雅楽 (Gagaku) music. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad including performances with Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Kowald, John Butcher, Donald Robinson, Marco Eneidi, Gianni GebbiaWeasel Walter, Adam Lane, Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, John Raskin, Victoria WilliamsAphrodesiaLagos-RootsBlack Water GoldROVA Saxophone Quartet and many others.

(For a more detailed interview with Aaron about this music, please check out Craig Matsumoto’s post: Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Improv).

Aaron Bennett

Aaron Bennett in Time

He leads his own groups Go-Go-FightmasterElectro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra and performs in the Oakland Active OrchestraLisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & SwitchVijay Anderson Quartet, and Guerilla Hi-Fi. Aaron has composed for large ensembles, chamber groups, plays, films, dance performances, wind quintet, saxophone quartets and trios as well as pieces for solo instruments.

In addition to Aaron Bennett (sax & compositions), the E.M.T.P.O. line-up for this show will also include:

— Bishu Chatterjee (বিশু চ্যাটার্জি): bass

Bishu Chatterjee (বিশু চ্যাটার্জি)

— Kristina Dutton: violin

Kristina Dutton

— Karl Evangelista: guitar

Karl Evangelista

— Jeff Hobbs: violin

Jeff Hobbs performs at Vexations Re-vex'd I, 22 Mar 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival (photo - Joel Deuter)

Jeff Hobbs performs at Vexations Re-vex'd I, 22 Mar 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival (photo - Joel Deuter)

— Darren Johnston: trumpet

Darren Johnston

— Joe Lasqo: MSP/laptop & synthesizer

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

Set 1 (8:30pm) will be Lewis Jordan, appearing in trio with Karl Evangelista (guitar/FX) & Nava Dunkelman (percussion allsorts)

Lewis Jordan

Lewis Jordan

Born in San Francisco, Lewis Jordan grew up in Chicago…with the blues… “which he got too from time to time…”

An international touring and recording musician; poet; actor and playwright, Lewis Jordan has bridged the worlds of music and the written word — through composition, saxophone and poetry.

Lewis Jordan (at micophone) performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

Lewis Jordan (at micophone) performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

He was a founding member of United Front, the seminal San Francisco Bay Area ensemble known for its originality, aggressive imagination and cultural synthesis. Starting as the Lewis Jordan-George Sams Quartet, and including bassist Mark Izu (マーク・伊豆) and drummers Carl Hoffman (and, at times, Anthony Brown), United Front is featured in a documentary film, Outside in Sight, including footage of United Front at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Of his major ongoing project, Music at Large, Lewis Jordan says:

Lewis Jordan

Lewis Jordan

“I began Music at Large in 1976, dedicated to interdisciplinary and multicultural productions, with presentations incorporating music, theater, dance, poetry and visual art. Since that time, Music at Large has been a vehicle for producing musical performances of my own and others’ work, plays, and panels. The genesis of the Music at Large is the commitment to bringing people together by bridging arbitrary distinctions that have only served to divide us from ourselves, as well as serving to divide us from others. As the saying goes, “put all my food on the same plate.

Most recently, the focus of Music at Large has been a performing unit. This group, based in the San Francisco Bay area, features myself on alto and baritone saxophones; Karl Evangelista on electric guitar; John-Carlos Perea on electric bass and cedar flute; Marshall Trammell on drums; and Jimmy Biala on percussion.

The group brings together the music of three major soul food groups: Asian, African and Native American. And, in the process, new recipes are constantly unfolding.”

Lewis Jordan performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

Lewis Jordan performs w Grencsó Kollektíva at Mediawave Fesztivál 2010, Jazz Forum Budapest

In his career, he has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to his work with artists from a range of disciplines. He has performed with dancers, poets, actors and musicians — including Brenda Wong Aoki (ブレンダ・ウォン・青木), Russel Baba (ラッセル・馬場), Rashid Bakr (رشيد بكر), Anthony Braxton, Anthony Brown, Juan Ceballos, India Cooke, Scott Davis III, Lisle Ellis, Sara Felder, Danny Glover, Grencsó István, Q.R. Hand, Carl Hoffman, Mark Izu (マーク・伊豆), Jon Jang (健良), Kash Killion, Masaru Kōga (古賀マサル), Genny Lim (吉尼), devorah major, Dhyani Dharma Mas, James Newton, Donald Robinson, George Sams, Ntozake Shange, Cecil Taylor, Charles Tyler, Francis Wong (世明), and others, many presented in his Music At-Large series.

Lewis Jordan’s partners in crime for this date will include Karl Evangelista.

Karl Evangelista

As well as organizing the Monday Makeout Series and the incendiary Light a Fire Series, Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. As the creative force behind boundary breaking group Grex, Evangelista has been called “essential current-and-future listening, his music “a near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).

Karl has explored the possibilities of intercultural dialogues across a vast spectrum of academic and professional situations. He’s worked in a wide variety of ensembles with or under the direction of, among others, e.g. Achyutan (Marvin Patillo), Scott Amendola, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), India Cooke, Fred Frith, Eddie Gale, Ben Goldberg, Matthew Goodheart, Phillip Greenlief, Darren Johnston, Lewis Jordan, Myra Melford, Hafez Modirzadeh (حافظ مدیرزاده), Bill Noertker, Zeena Parkins, John-Carlos Perea, Gino Robair, Daniel Schmidt, Marcus Shelby, Aram Shelton, David Slusser, Damon Smith, Karen Stackpole, Moe! Staiano, and AIR co-founder Francis Wong (世明), and has performed in new arrangements of works by Luciano Chessa, Christian Jendreiko, Polly Moller, AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, and Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell. Karl holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Improvised Music from Mills College.

Nava Dunkelman (ナヴァ・ダンケルマン), photo by Mido Lee

Nava Dunkelman (ナヴァ・ダンケルマン), photo by Mido Lee

Also joining will be Nava Dunkelman, percussioniste extraordinaire.

Nava Dunkelman (ナヴァ・ダンケルマン) is a Bay Area percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, Nava’s musical interests span the globe from Japanes taiko (太鼓) to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, as well as Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein, among others.

Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, Nava has performed and collaborated with John Zorn, William Winant, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, Dominique Leone and many others, as well as formed the improvisational trio Dapplegray with Jeanie-Aprille Tang (恬怡) and Tara Sreekrishnan (தாரா ஸ்ரீக்ரிஷ்ணன்) , which debuted in 2012 at The Stone in New York City. She also is a member of two marvelous duos: DunkelpeK with Jacob Pek, and IMA () with Jeanie-Aprille Tang (恬怡). Through improvisation, Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression, and space.

Set 2 (9:30pm) will be Heikki Koskinen, appearing in quartet with Adam Lowdermilk (bass), Timothy Orr (drums), and Rent Romus (saxes & flutes)

Heikki Koskinen playing the Morrison Digital Trumpet

Heikki Koskinen playing the Morrison Digital Trumpet

Heikki Koskinen is a recording artist, composer, and educator currently living in San Francisco, with main current instruments are piano, the Morrison Digital Trumpet, and the tenor recorder.

Heikki Koskinen w tenor recorder

Heikki Koskinen w tenor recorder

Heikki’s music career began in Finland with playing American Soul music as well as free improvised jazz, with musicians such as Edward Vesala, Juhani Aaltonen, and Heikki Sarmanto. Heikki received various Finnish composing grants, recorded several albums, and won awards as an innovative children’s music teacher.

After being chosen in Rytmi magazine critics’ polls as Finland’s top jazz trumpet player in the 1970’s, he left his native Finland to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (in addition to private studies with Henrik Otto Donner, Charlie Banacos & Jimmy Owens).

His 1980’s Bay Area bands, with Heikki on trumpet, featured such musicians as Hadley Caliman, Steve Heckman, Mark Levine, Joe Bonner, Bennie Green, Larry Hancock and Michael Spiro.

(L → R) Mika Pontecorvo, Heikki Koskinen, and Rent Romus perform in Rent Romus' Other World Cycle, based on the Finnish epic, the Kalevala

(L → R) Mika Pontecorvo, Heikki Koskinen, and Rent Romus perform in Rent Romus' Other World Cycle, based on the Finnish epic, the Kalevala

Lately Heikki has re-connected with his free improvising musical roots, especially with Bay Area sax player Rent Romus and the Finnish Kellari (Cellar) Trio, featuring reed player Mikko Innanen and bassist Teppo Hauta-aho.

Besides performing and composing, he teaches music in the Bay Area. For ten years he was coordinator and host of the local radio program, Studio Finland and he has been a key musical figure in the Bay Area Finnish community for several years.

Adam Lowdermilk

Adam Lowdermilk

With a background strongly rooted in the rich traditions of jazz, funk, and various African and Pan-American musical styles, bassist Adam Lowdermilk creates an intellectually and viscerally stimulating music.

After studies w bassist Stan Poplin and at, Adam studied music performance at Mills College under bassists Peter Barshay, Steven Tramontozzi, and Henry Grimes, as well as Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, William Winant, Christian Wolff, Pauline Oliveros, and Zeena Parkins, while continuing his focus on jazz while exploring free improv, and taking a keen interest in West African music.

Recent credits include performances with the David Mayfield Parade, the T Sisters, Bill Stevens, Dahveed Behroozi (داويد بهروزی), David Flores, Kristen Strom, the Jorge Pineda/Larry Douglas Alltet, Blackbird Blackbird (STRFKR Tour), and multiple performances at the Festival International Jazz Plaza in Havana, Cuba with the Will Magid 4.

Currently, Adam performs regularly with Bay Area groups such as American Nomad, Soji Odukogbe (guitarist of Fela Kuti), Albino! Afrobeat, and the Justin Ancheta Band, as well as his own original project Kuckaw!, which melds funk, afrobeat, and disco with jazz and progressive rock.

Tim Orr

Timoth Orr (Photo © 2014 Lenny Gonzalez)

Timothy Orr studied with Edward Blackwell at Wesleyan University and has worked in the music industry since then. He has held positions in alternative radio promotion & classical marketing at Virgin Records, publicity at MCA, retail sales at HMV and warehouse & operations management at TVT Records. He spent five years with the Arkadia Jazz label as sales & marketing director, and two-and-a-half years as Associate Director of the Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He’s also been a journalist for DRUM! and Traps magazines, and has worked with Oakland’s Jazz In Flight. Timothy joined the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2006, and specializes in marketing, public relations, and communications.

Timothy has played with a number of musicians in many fields, including local and international artists Josh Roseman, Stephen Schwartz, Damon Smith, John Finkbeiner, Josh Allen, Marco Eneidi, Richard Hell, Randy Hunt, Henry Kaiser, Adam Lane, Scott R. Looney, Rent Romus, Aram Shelton, Joris Teepe, William Winant, Key West, and many more.

Tim plays with a number of Cajun and Zydeco and roots bands as well: Kenny Menard, Motordude, Tête Rouge, Andre Thierry, the Zydeco Flames, Zydeco Slim, the Royal Deuces, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Mark St. Mary, and others. He has played over 1600 gigs since 1989 in a variety of venues across the country, and has appeared on a number of CDs in a variety of genres.

Rent Romus, Godfather of Avant Soul

The Godfather of Avant Soul, organizer of innumerable Bay Area events, Rent Romus, saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and producer, is deeply involved in going beyond the confines of standard music forms of composition and improvisation and focused on presenting and supporting the local experimental and avant-garde community. From his beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the tutelage of Stan Getz to today, Rent Romus has recorded and released 25+ recordings as a leader which have included Jason Olaine, Steve Rossi, Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, Jonas Müller, Stefan Pasborg, Toyoji Tomita (富田豊治), Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, Collette McCaslin, Philip Everett, Ray Schaeffer, Paris Slim, Jesse Quattro, Scott R. Looney, Bob Marsh, Jim Ryan, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Tobias Fischer, and Thollem Mcdonas.

As a producer and artist business activist he runs Edgetone Records a label for all forms of improvisation and experimentation. He is the founder and Executive Director of Outsound Presents under which he curates the SIMM Series, the Luggage Store Series every Thursday, both in San Francisco, and The Outsound New Music Summit, a national experimental music festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area every summer in July.

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Join us for a wonderful evening of cooly hot chamber jazz, Finno-Ugric psychedelic jazz, and electrically trans-personal post-jazz at the Mission’s cozily chic Makeout Room..

Joe

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