Sunday, November 6, 2016
Brett Carson's Mysterious Descent
David Katz - voice, percussion
Brett Carson - piano, voice, percussion, compositions
Mia Bella D'Augelli - violin, voice, percussion
Nava Dunkelman - percussion, voice
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute
Eli Wallace - piano
Bill Noertker - contrabass
Jason Levis - drums
Outsound presents the SIMM Series @ Musicians' Union Hall
116 Ninth Street (near Mission) San Francisco CA 94103
$10-$15 sliding scale
Come celebrate as Noertker's Moxie releases its 9th album, druidh penumbrae.
The druidh Bill Noertker, his long-time musical partner Annelise Zamula, and his group Noertker’s Moxie are back with another wide-ranging assemblage of tunes. By turns extroverted, stately, reflective, hypnotic, playful, elegiac, and lyrical, their latest outing, druidh penumbrae, brings out from the shadows many of Noertker’s compositional and thematic concerns: Schoenberg, Ornette, Rilke, Picasso, Cortázar, the films of David Beck, the life cycle of butterflies, the haiku, the circus, the waltz, Faulkner, and Charlie Haden.
Annelise Zamula started on flute at age 11 and picked up sax at 14 after falling in love with jazz. She studied classical flute with the late Wallace Mann of the National Symphony while in her teens. After moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, she studied flute with Matt Marvuglio.
Annelise has performed with numerous groups in the Bay Area, including the Riffrats, Moodswing Orchestra, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Connie Champagne and Her Tiny Bubbles, Carwash, The Strayhorns, Golden Gate Park Band, and more.
In 1996 she joined the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ) and toured the U.S. and Europe with the group, as well as recording a CD, Sunshine Bundtcake, which was released in March 2000. She has played live radio shows with BTMSQ and the After the End of the World Coretet, both in Europe and at the Bay Area’s own KPFA, KUSF, KALX, and KPOO. With BTMSQ, Ms. Zamula performed with the Indigo Girls on their West Coast tour of 1997, including a performance at the Lilith Fair in Vancouver; at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, and with the Pat Graney Dance Company.
She co-founded the After the End of the World Coretet and composed some of the songs released on the group’s two CDs, Quaternity and 13. Annelise currently performs with Big Lou's Dance Party, Noertker's Moxie, and the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet.
Eli Wallace, pianist/composer/improviser, is an active player in the San Francisco Bay Area music community, playing in groups ranging from straight-ahead jazz, to indie rock, to free improvisation, to classical music. In addition to Cabbages, Captain, & King, he also leads his concept ensemble Platform Series as well as his solo piano project. Recently, he performed a commissioned work at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY and Oberlin Dance Conservatory, San Francisco, CA with dancer/choreographer Randee Paufve. He was also awarded Honorable Mention after submitting his piece “Influx Rebellion” to the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a bachelor’s of music and a master’s of music, respectively.
The music of composer, drummer, and percussionist Jason Levis lives in the rich spaces where styles intersect and musical languages merge. His career began playing guitar in a high school reggae band, and he has since broadened his artistic scope to include jazz, contemporary improvisation, and modern classical composition. His wide-ranging creative efforts are skillfully bound by his innate sense of timbre, sonic space, rhythmic force, and his insatiable interest in discovery. Over the years his passion and curiosity have led him to search out the intersections of musical paths less traveled, and the resulting unique perspective is reflected in his music. Levis holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California, Berkeley and is an Associate Professor at the California Jazz Conservatory. He is active as a performer and composer in the United States and Europe.
Brett Carson will present Mysterious Descent, a mythodramatic song cycle based on the extant texts of the Idnat Ikh-ôhintsôsh. Structured in twelve movements, dynamic music intersects with poetry and theatre, narrating the volatile and absurd descent into the darkness of the Self. Improvisation and performative virtuosity energize tightly structured compositions in a series of quasi-mystical tableaux.
Brett Carson explores the dynamic intersection of materials and the excavation of myth through his compositions, at once volatile and highly structured. Using architectural elements borrowed from composers such as Braxton, Cage, and Messiaen, and deriving inspiration from such fields as mysticism, science, and archaeology, his work aims toward the deconstruction of a musical reality, to be reassembled in a way that is fragmented though still recognizable.
A native of Georgia, Brett became active in Atlanta's experimental music scene while working in more conventional contexts, particularly as a jazz pianist. In 2012, he released two independent recordings with his group Alembic Circle. He moved to Oakland the same year, and is currently involved with his project Quattuor Elephantis in addition to several Bay Area groups including the Medium-Sized Band and Noertker's Moxie. As a performer he has worked with a wide variety of musicians, including Bill Baird, Nicolas Collins, George Lewis, Rent Romus, Wolter Wierbos, and William Winant. He holds an MA in Composition from Mills College, where he studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, Fred Frith, Les Stuck, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Robert Schwartz.
Mia Bella D’Augelli is a violinist based in Oakland, CA. As a performer, she plays solo in various settings – falling in and out of notation – and is a member of the Town Quartet (a traditional string quartet) and Ensemble Mik Nawooj (hip hop + chamber orchestra). She plays periodically with other chamber ensembles, symphonies, pit orchestras, and pop groups, including the Livermore Valley Opera and North State Symphony Orchestra. She has worked closely with composers of today, such as David Behrman, Kevin Boursiquot, Brett Carson, Andrew Jamieson, Joowan Kim, George Lewis, Mateo Lugo, Roscoe Mitchell, Aaron Novik, and Lewis Patzner. Her collaborations often include venues that are not a concert hall through organizations such as Classical Revolution, Opera on Tap, and Groupmuse. Mia Bella also composes and works to explore sound from many vantage points through improvisation. Studying with Gloria Justen, she received a BA in Music Performance from Mills College in 2014. In the chamber music arena, she worked with Joan Jeanrenaud, William Winant, and Robert Schwartz, while improvisation studies ensued with Roscoe Mitchell and Fred Frith. As a teacher, she is attentive to each player’s drive to learn, exploring technique and musicianship with the help of established method books and personally developed material. Students are encouraged to use their own knowledge of music to create pieces and exercises as they progress.
In the mid-late 1990’s, David Katz performed and recorded in Tel-Aviv with The Fluorescents (dubbed “the best band that ever existed here” by music critic Avi Pitchon). Since the year 2000, he has been living and working in San Francisco, and appearing internationally as a vocalist and sound artist. Under the foreignfire epithet, David offers solo performances that unify movement and voice in a unique improvisational language. He earned his Master’s in Music Composition from Mills College.
Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko 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, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein.
Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, she has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, George Lewis and many others. She has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, inkBoat, The Luna Ensemble, San Francisco Girls Chorus, among others.
She also formed the improvisational trio Dapplegray, as well as electro-percussion experimental noise duo IMA, and improvisational duo DunkelpeK.Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression and space.