Jazz At Intersection:
Lisa Mezzacappa's Jazz In Analogue
Wednesday May 7, 2008 at 8pm
$10-$25/sliding scale, general admission
Bassist Lisa Mezzacappa's new body of compositions and arrangements are inspired by the fearless music of her free-jazz heroes of the 60's & 70's - Ornette Coleman, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, among others. Tapping into the spirit and values of these visionary artists, she re-imagines the tradition into something new.
Myra Melford - piano
Jason Levis - drums
Lisa Mezzacappa - contrabass
Aaron Bennett - soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones
John Finkbeiner - electric guitar
Vijay Anderson - drums
Lisa Mezzacappa - contrabass
Lisa Mezzacappa's music lives in the intersection of improvisation and composition. Her projects as a double bassist, composer, curator and collaborator explore new contexts for developing interactive musical languages and sonic experiences. She has performed and workshopped with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Meredith Monk, Bob Moses, Myra Melford, Art Baron, Terry Riley and David Murray, among others, at countless Bay Area venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and SFMOMA, San Francisco; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; and the Montreal Jazz Festival; Canada. She was artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2006) and the Banff International Jazz Workshop (2000), holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997). She is composer-in-residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Fall 2008. Lisa has been awarded grants from American Composers Forum, the City of Oakland and Meet the Composer. She currently performs in nearly a dozen original jazz, pop and chamber ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives.
Current projects include duo B., a drums and bass duo with Jason Levis; Aaron Bennett's free jazz-meets-metal band Go-Go Fightmaster, the trombone reggae band Joseph's Bones; Nathan Clevenger' Giuffre-esque Clevenger Three, with Aaron Novik; Scott Larson's ska-roots ensemble Franco Nero; Aaron Novik's minimalist psychedelia project Kipple and his chamber pop band Floating World; Novik's noise-rock band Love Traingle Elementary School; Phillip Greenlief's trio Citta di Vitti; Cory Wright's trio Green Mitchell; assorted Graham Connah groups; and a new trio with Brooklyn musicians Kris Davis and Ted Poor.
About Jazz at Intersection
In 1999 we introduced Jazz At Intersection, an intimate educational performance series exploring the history and breadth of the jazz language, where a provocative, inclusive and ever-evolving musical experience is the priority. Jazz, like other musical forms, exists in an ever changing, ever evolving continuum. Understanding the absence of a monolithic jazz paradigm, we strive to present the diversity of styles, cadences and rhythms that constitute a contemporary definition of jazz. To date, we have presented over 90 performances featuring more than 250 musicians and have premiered over 100 original compositions to our audiences. Jazz At Intersection is committed to celebrating the breadth of new music being created in our community, while engaging with the history of a constantly evolving and powerful musical tradition.
"Intersection is a perfect place for new music as well as other artistic expression. The feeling of community, togetherness, surrounds the place even before the music starts...the ambience is unequalled the whole place is part of the performance." - Philip Elwood, jazz critic