Thursday, June 6th, 2013
8 PM - 10 PM
$5 - $15 sliding scale (includes free popcorn!)
In a not too distant past, all of San Francisco was littered with organs. Now the instrument has been led mostly out to suburban pizza nests, and to the sanitorium of churches in the work of exacting tabourets of small ideas to crowds of baaing sheep in archaic hymn-song.
The Organ Spectacular shows have been held at underground dens since 1997 and are surfacing into the ground zero of The Lab! The following musicians have prepared semi-improvised opulence, clanglorious classics and a smattering of blotpolished battletech electronics to settle over the keys. There will also be films to accompany and POPCORN!
Eli Wallace, pianist and composer, recently graduated from New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he obtained a Master’s of Music in Jazz Composition. Previous to New England Conservatory, Eli completed a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Currently, Eli resides in Berkeley, California where he is a freelance musician and music teacher. He is involved with numerous projects and groups in the Bay Area. He recently recorded a full-length album entitled “Gone West” with original music by fellow Lawrence University alumni Dan Meinhardt, which was released on June 9. Additionally, he was commissioned by Fred Sturm to write “Outlandish,” a piece for high school jazz big band for Lawrence University Jazz Weekend 2012. Eli is now working on a commission for amplified bassoon and chamber orchestra, commissioned by Jeffrey Spenner and plans to record an album of original solo piano music.
Tara Sreekrishnan (piano/organ) and Nava Dunkelman (percussion) met as students at Mills College and have been frequent collaborators ever since. Along with Jeanie-Aprille Tang on electronics, they formed the improvisational trio Dapplegray in 2011. As “Tara/Nava”, they let their unique world views influence their music. While Tara is heavily influenced by Early pipe organ music as well as the sounds of electronic organs in 60’s and 70’s progressive rock, Nava blends in styles of Indonesian gamelan and taiko from her native Japan. As both performers and improvisers, Tara/Nava’s music is a union of opulent harmonies and non-idiomatic spontaneity.
Christina Stanley is a bay area based violinist, vocalist, electronic musician and composer who holds an MFA in Music Performance and Improvisation from Mills College and a BM in violin performance from San Francisco State University. She is currently active performing as a solo artist as well as a member of various ensembles. She is passionate about working with living composers and improvisers, sharing and creating new music.