Upcoming West Oakland Performances

Source: Paul Dresher Ensemble.

Sunday, March 13, 2022, 4pm
Karl Evangelista, Larry Ochs, Donald Robinson Trio
Karl Evangelista: guitar – Larry Ochs: saxophone – Donald Robinson: drums
Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista (b.1986) ranks among a new wave of musicians pushing the traditions of jazz and experimental music into the 21st century. Synthesizing the heavy legacy of contemporary improvised music with popular song and 20th-century composition, Evangelista explores multicultural concepts with sonic intensity and political fervor.

Sunday, March 20, 2022, 4pm
Facets with Hafez Modirzadeh, Alex Peh, and Keshav Batish
Hafez Mordirzadeh: alto saxophone – Alex Peh: piano – Keshav Batish: drums
Hafez Modirzadeh’s Grammy-nominated work is global in scope, highly collaborative in nature, with a shared company extending across generations, from Ornette Coleman to Tyshawn Sorey, and Zakir Hussein to Vijay Iyer, as well as many of the original AACM members. As a Pi Recordings artist and Professor of Creative Music at SF State University, Modirzadeh’s artistic scholarship encompasses innovative concepts such as chromodality, aural archetypes, and compost music, while his most recently acclaimed “Facets” (PI 87) takes explorations in resonance on retuned piano towards “an entirely new mode of expression” (Chicago Reader), with “a feeling of rich uncertainty” (New York Times) that serves as a “blueprint for pancultural parity” (Downbeat).

Sunday, March 27, 2022, 4pm
KREation Ensemble
Kevin Robinson: woodwinds – Nayoung Jung: piano – Tony Gennaro: vibes – Jordan Glenn: drums
Kevin Robinson is a performer-composer, educator, and multi-woodwind instrumentalist who explores various interdisciplinary approaches to composition and improvisation. He is a native of Baltimore, MD, and is currently based in Oakland, CA. He has a MA in Composition Program from Mills College where he studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and others. He received his BFA in Jazz Reeds from California Institute of the Arts where he studied composition with Wadada Leo Smith and Vinny Golia.