Sunday, June 2, 2013
Annelise Zamula - tenor sax, flute
Jim Peterson - alto sax, flute
Bill Noertker - contrabass
Dave Mihaly - drums
John Vaughn project
duos, trios and quartets for two saxophonists
John Vaughn - saxes
Rent Romus - saxes
the SIMM Series at Musicians' Union Hall
116 Ninth Street (near Mission) San Francisco CA 94103
$10 general • $8 students & seniors
Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. He is a co-founder of the After the End of the World Coretet.
Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 150 pieces of music for this group and has released seven CDs, including three CDs of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, and the first volume of his extended Blue Rider Suite.
He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, and composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film, The Commandments or the Nostril of Ektor Kaknavatos, that was selected for the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2010.
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.
Jim Peterson has been playing and teaching saxophone and woodwinds in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. He started playing saxophone in his teens and went on to study with Ed Tomasi, Randy Feltz and Joe Viola at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and locally, with Bill Bell and Bill Trimble.
Since settling in San Francisco, Jim has been a freelance musician and side man with variety of bands and ensembles, including Beaufunk, Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88's, Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums and President's Breakfast. Jim is a founding member and composer for MoFone, Giant Trio, Mumbo Gumbo, and The New Squatoolas. He toured with both Steve Lucky and Mitch Woods, performing at various jazz festivals and venues in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland, as well as locally with various groups at the Monterey Jazz and Blues Festivals.
Jim has also composed and performed for local theater productions of The Still Point and The Connection, as well as a dance theater performance with local artists Carol LeMaitre and Joe Cunningham.
Since 1996, he’s been a teacher at Blue Bear School of American Music at Fort Mason, teaching multiple band workshops as well as private lessons for sax, flute and clarinet. He was named Blue Bear’s Teacher of the Year in 2009 and was asked to join the Blue Bear Board of Trustees in 2011 as the teacher representative on the board.
Dave Mihaly earned a B.A. in Music Theory and History, and a B.A. in Psychology from Drew University, as well as studying with Andrew Cyrille and Barry Altschul in Manhattan, and Jack Van der Wyck and Zakir Hussain in the S.F. bay area. He has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the South Pacific and written for jazz, rock, mixed genres, voice, and string quartets and been featured on many recordings as a performer and a composer.
John Vaughn is a founding member of COMA. He is currently involved in a recording project with COMA and playing with as many creative people as possible. He has performed in groups ranging from concert and jazz bands, pit orchestras to improvisations groups of all types. He is often playing in Sacramento with the Gambari Arts Ensemble led by Adam Jenkins or at Old Ironsides with Ross Hammond and Tony Passerell. John is focused on making the central Valley of California into a friendly place for improvising and experimental musicians.
Rent Romus is a force spanning over twenty years of D.I.Y. music production, performance, and curation. He is heavily involved in stretching past the confines of standard music forms performing his original compositions and improvisations in a wide variety of musical settings. He is also focused in presenting and supporting the local experimental and avant-garde community at large with his grass-root philanthropic vision for total artistic self expression and freedom from generic branding.