Future Shows, Past Shows

November 15, 2012 at 12:19 am 2 comments

Catching up after a week in NYC…

Two interesting shows coming up:

* Karl Evangelista’s Taglish — at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, Friday, Nov. 16. Taglish, also the title of Evangelista’s latest album, is a mix of Filipino folk music, jazz, prog, and 20th-century adventurousness.

The “jazz” part figures quite heavily on the album — “Reb” has a swingy big-band sound and vocals by Rei Scampavia (Evangelisa’s wife and the other half of Grex), while “Dreams (Part C)” has a heavier, modern sound with long composed lines over a chugging riff. The rest of the band has quite a jazz pedigree too: Francis Wong (sax), John-Carlos Perea (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums).

Evangelista describes Taglish as being in the extended-jazz vein of Asian Improv Records, which for years has released jazz tinged with Asian musics and a touch of experimentalism. It’s good stuff covering a wide variety of musical styles and ideas, staying true to concepts of melody and song while tossing in some free-jazz elements as well.

* Lisa Mezzacappa and Marika Hughes — Performing separately as part of the New Frequencies Fest at Yerba Buena Gardens, also on Nov. 16.

Marika Hughes is a cellist and singer who’s played with Charming Hostess and Carla Kihlstedt’s 2 Foot Yard. She’ll be performing songs as well as solo cello works written for her. Bassist Mezzacappa will be playing with Fay Victor, a jazz vocalist with a taste for edgy experimenting.

One show that’s passed, that I’m sorry to have missed blogging about or attending:

* Klaxon Mutant All-Stars and These Are Our Hours — The “Offside 2×5” concert presented by Live ‘n’ Local. A follow-up to the SF Offside festival, featuring a couple of composition-oriented jazz quintets. Details are on the Fenderhardt blog.

So, yes, I was in New York, after superstorm Sandy, solely in parts of town inland enough to have avoided any real damage. I saw Jim Black perform twice, once with Nels Cline. I caught a show at the Village Vanguard. I wandered all around Central Park to hear jazz standards. I saw a string group led by the aforementioned Marika Hughes. I got exposed to a nifty little art spot that’s opened up in downtown Brooklyn.

I’ve saved some notes and photos that will probably make it onto this blog over time. Meanwhile, I’ve got a small stack of CDs from Downtown Music Gallery to work through. Glad to be back in the California sun.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. fenderhardt  |  November 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for the mention! We have another SF Offside show coming up this Saturday, Nov. 17th. The Alex Pinto Trio with special guest David Boyce will perform Sonny Sharrock’s album, Ask the Ages, followed by the genre-bending Secret Sidewalk. Details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/422647657785197/

  • 2. Craig M.  |  November 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks Laura. That concert sounds pretty cool!

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