The four members of Endangered Blood are some of the most influential jazz musicians of their generation. Jim Black should need no introduction to listeners of creative music, having established himself as one of the most inventive drummers of his generation, and is currently leading his own trio as well as post-rock/jazz group Alas No Axis. Bassist Trevor Dunn has been touring the world with MR. BUNGLE and FANTOMAS as well as entering the Guinness Book of World Records by playing fifty gigs in fifty states in fifty days as a member of the MELVINS LITE. Oscar Noriega is fast becoming one of the rising stars of creative music as a member of Tim Berne’s acclaimed Snakeoil quartet. Chris Speed continues to be one of the most highly respected jazz saxophonists and clarinetists working today, currently playing with Craig Taborn, Dave King, Uri Caine and John Hollenbeck’s long running Claudia Quintet.
Scott Amendola Trio
Drummer Scott Amendola, guitarist Karl Evangelista, and bassist Jason Hoopes bring their own distinctive compositional and improvisational voices to the table in this newly-formed high energy trio.
Fred Frith, Jordan Glenn, and myself take up residency for 5 nights at The Stone, performing with very special guests John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Lotte Anker, Okkyung Lee, Evelyn Davis, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, and Nava Dunkelman.
Fred Frith (guitar)
Jason Hoopes (bass)
Jordan Glenn (drums)
Fred Frith (guitar), Nava Dunkelman (percussion), Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin)
w/ Ikue Mori (electronics)
w/ Lotte Anker (sax)
w/ Okkyung Lee (cello) and John Zorn (sax)
w/ Evelyn Davis (keyboards)
FFT w/ Heike Liss (visuals)
9/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
10/1 - Baltimore, MD @ TBA
10/2 - TBA
10/3 - Richmond, VA @ TBA
10/4 - Charlottesville, VA @ TBA
10/5 - Washington D.C. @ TBA
Thurs, Oct 17
Fri, Oct 18 - Köln, Germany @ Stadtgarten
Sat, Oct 19 - Bari, Italy @ TBA
Sun, Oct 20 - Padova, Italy @ TBA
Mon, Oct 21
Tues, Oct 22
Wed, Oct 23
Thurs, Oct 24
Fri, Oct 25 - Coimbra, Portugal @ TBA
Sat, Oct 26
Sun, Oct 27
Mon, Oct 28
Tues, Oct 29 - Wels, Austria w/ Lotte Anker @ Alter Schlachthof Wels
Wed, Oct 30
Thurs, Oct 31 - Ebersberg, Germany w/ Lotte Anker @ Altes Kino Ebersberg e.V.
Fri, Nov 1
Sat, Nov 2
Sun, Nov 3 - Tampere, Finland @ TBA
Mon, Nov 4
ROVA saxophonist Jon Raskin joins electroacoustic pianist Chris Brown, bassist Jason Hoopes and drummer Donald Robinson in an evening of free-form improvisations.
JON RASKIN has been a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet for over 40 years exploring the relationship of improvisation and composition, developing and honing the language of ensemble music, and researching linguistic possibilities of the saxophone. He has also performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Sam Rivers, Tim Berne, Phillip Johnston, Leo Smith, Vladimir Tarasov, Phillip Greenlief and Henry Kaiser.
CHRIS BROWN, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, makes music with self- designed sonic systems that include acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, interactive software, computer networks, microtonal tunings, and improvisation. His compositions are designs for performances in which people bring to life the musical structures embedded in scores, instruments, and machines. Recordings of his music are available on New World, Tzadik, Pogus, Intakt, Ecstatic Peace, Red Toucan, Leo, and Artifact Recordings. He is a Professor Emeritus at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he taught electronic music, composition, theory, and ethnomusicology for 30 years.
JASON HOOPES is a musician and educator living in Oakland. He is bassist for Fred Frith Trio, Jack O’ The Clock, Scott Amendola Trio, and has been bassist for many diverse and forward thinking bay area groups including Annie Lewandowski’s powerdove, Eat The Sun (w/ Gretchen Jude and Noah Phillips), Rova Saxophone Quartet, and Kyle Bruckmann’s Degradient, as well as working with modern choreographers such as Peiling Kao and Molissa Fenley. In addition to music, Jason is a painter and poet.
Described as a ‘percussive dervish’ (Coda) DONALD ROBINSON is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area’s improvisational players, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, trumpeter Raphe Malik and Canadian pianist Paul Plimley. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: ‘the best bass-drums tag team on the scene’ (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970’s, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman. During the early 1970’s he served his musical apprenticeship in the jazz world of Paris, studying with Kenny Clarke and playing with Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake and Bobby Few among many others.
Rova:Arts will produce Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!, a special tribute concert in honor of the avant-garde jazz composer, pianist, and poet Cecil Taylor, who died on April 5 of last year. Last year Rova presented their first tribute to Taylor, a concert entitled Air. Next month’s affair will be more extensive and involve many more performers.
Rova’s primary contribution will be a reworking of Taylor’s Dark to Themselves, an album-length composition. For this endeavor they will be joined by four additional players, guitarists Jean-Paul Bourelly and Henry Kaiser, drummer Don Robinson, and Jason Hoopes on bass. Rova has expanded its resources in the past, and these enlarged groups have performed under the name Orkestrova.
In addition, the duo B. combo of Lisa Mezzacappa on bass and Jason Levis on percussion will present excerpts from Mezzacappa’s transcription of Taylor’s album Air Above Mountains. The program will then conclude with a second duo performance, coupling reed player Oluyemi with vocalist Ijeoma Thomas. They will present interpretations of Taylor’s poetry, as well as original works.
This tribute concert will be given only one performance, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The venue will be CounterPulse, which is located near Union Square at 80 Turk Street, just West of where Mason Street intersects Market Street.
TICKETS (Box office opens at 7:15pm)
Amendola Trio blends improvisation with music written by all three members. They have a rare and unique connection that brings the music to new interesting places, never the same twice.
Scott Amendola: drums/percussion/electronics
Karl Evangelista: guitar
Jason Hoopes: electric bass
Fred Frith Trio
Fred Frith - guitar
Jason Hoopes - bass
Jordan Glenn - drums
When I proposed this trio I had nothing in mind beyond getting together with a couple of formidable musicians who I love and respect and seeing what would happen, which is pretty much the way things go in my world. We played a few gigs many months apart, always had a blast, invited a couple of awesome guests (Lotte Anker and Jessica Lurie) and didn't think much in conceptual or any other terms. It took playing night after night during our European tour of 2015 or some themes to start emerging. I appeared to be channeling some of my earliest rock and roll experiences – jamming with members of Pink Fairies in 1969, a couple of sad weeks in a band with Syd Barrett, and attending Gong and Pink Floyd concerts where I had the chance to absorb the lessons of Daevid Allen and Dave Gilmour. Earlier my electric guitar heroes had been George Harrison and Pete Townsend, and then – as my horizons broadened – Muddy Waters and Sonny Sharrock. McLaughlin's playing in Tony Williams' Lifetime had been a revelation. On tour with the trio these voices all started clamoring for attention, and Jason's stunning ability to wring everything there is to be wrung out of an electric bass was as liberating as Jordan's playful, irreverent, and absolute authority. Anything can happen. Really. It's a bloody great feeling.”
There is an old Norse myth that says the great northern glaciers stored energy until they burst with fluorescent light, creating the Aurora Borealis. Saariselka is inspired by the meeting of earth and light, where slowly moving land masses merge with enveloping light fields. This sonic collaboration is between composers Marielle Jakobsons (Fender Rhodes, organ, synthesisers) and Chuck Johnson (pedal steel guitar and treatments).
Jacob Felix Heule: percussion
Danishta Rivero: voice and electronics
Voicehandler plays intuitive, incantatory music grounded in the most primitive and somatic instruments -- the voice and percussion -- juxtaposed with contemporary, disembodied electronics. We situate ourselves in our physical and social environment through our music. Our improvisations are shaped by their setting and context, and we use site-specific installations to more deeply experience spaces. We deconstruct song forms in relation to mythology and literature to explore our humanity and the shifting discourse surrounding it.
An exciting improvising quintet! What more do you need to know? See you there!
Friday, October 26, 8pm
Saturday, October 27, 2pm & 8pm
Two explorers take a journey through apocalyptic visions and uncanny rituals. A collage of dreams cobbled together from the broken pieces of an alternate existence. Strange communions with beasts and monsters. What lies at the other end of the telescope?
My name is Brett Carson and I'm a composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join me in bringing to life the latest in a series of pieces exploring the dramatic/visual side of music making with a new multimedia chamber opera, in which I’ll be exploring non-narrative storytelling through music and experimental theater.
I’m lucky to be working with some of the most versatile and cutting-edge musicians in the Bay Area including vocalists David Katz and Christina Stanley, and instrumentalists Lewis Patzner (cello), Jason Hoopes (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums). We've already been rehearsing and developing the music/action for a few months, and I’m excited to be presenting this work with them. Additionally, I have the pleasure of collaborating with Sam Genovese, who is doing live video projections to compliment the on-stage action, Adria Otte, who is doing additional electronic sound design, and Julie Moon, who is filling the role of rehearsal pianist and assisting with other aspects of the design.
Initiated by Darren Johnston and imagined originally as a one-off recording project, this un-categorizable quintet spearheaded collaboratively now by Johnston, Frith and Ochs has reformed in 2018 for tours, live recordings and unchartered adventures in sound and space. For this performance, the core players will be joined by Frith cohorts Jordan Glenn and Jason Hoopes.
"There are bands which you start listening to and you think, 'this is great, this is it!,' and sometimes that’s a disappointing thought when the rest of the music does not meet the initial expectation, but that is definitely not the case with Reasons For Moving. The great thing about it all is that the focus is never lost, all tracks speak the same musical language, with lots of variations, but with raw emotions always on the surface, varying between sad melancholic moments to agonizing angst. These contrasting emotional fields are well brought up by this stimulating, creative, entertaining, and boundary-shifting music. — Stef Gjissels, The Free Jazz Collective
"One of the great things about this band is that Darren's trumpet and Larry's saxes work so well together, in similar tonal areas. Fred Frith is the perfect middle man, balancing between the horns and rhythm team perfectly, whether dealing in dark colors and shades or occasionally soloing underneath or with the spinning horns. On a few of these pieces, Frith gets a chance to lead and stretch out and turn the quintet inside-out into a strange twisted (prog?) rock unit. These pieces fall somewhere between Massacre and Material, yet they are still unique in their own way." — Bruce Gallanter, DMG Monthly
"Reasons for Moving stamp their class as improvisation and free jazz explode in aural splendor and imaginative propulsion in this collaboration. Each has established an undiluted reputation as a forward thinker in taking improvised music into new realms. Change for them is a constant challenge, one they meet on-the-go as they play with their own bands and with other musicians who answer to a similar calling. Composition has a certain place in their vocabulary, but the larger attributes come when they work outside of the framework. Notation can be the bridge between improvised passages as much as it can herald the beginning or the end. Surprise is welcome, and adds to the impact, but the bigger bang comes from the interplay between the members." — All About Jazz
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!
Brett Carson - keyboard
Karl Evangelista - guitar
Joel Nelson - guitar
Bob Woods-LaDue - drums/percussion
Robert Lopez - drums/percussion
Alexandra Buschman - voice/electronics
Jon Arkin - electronic drums
Jason Hoopes - electric bass
Jordan Glenn - conductor
Opening set by Jason Hoopes - solo electric bass
Aurora Josephson - voice
Crystal Pascucci - cello
Phillip Greenlief - saxophone
Raffi Garabedian - saxophone
Jason Hoopes - bass
Tom Dimuzio - electronics
Mark Clifford - vibes
Ben Goldberg - clarinet
Zachary James Watkins - gtr/electronics
Scott Amendola - director, drums/percussion/electronics