OAKLAND FREEDOM JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS
John Wiitala // bass
Ila Cantor // guitar
Kasey Knudson // alto sax
Hamir Atwal // drums
Punch & Judy
Crystal Pascusci // amplified cello
Tim DeCillis // percussion
Hamir began playing the drums at the age of 10 and started playing professionally at the age of 18. He studied at the Berklee College of Music on scholarship studying improvisation with saxophone great Joe Lovano and trombonist/composer Hal Crook. "Studying with composers and people who don't play your instrument really opened the way I approached music and improvising." After graduating from Berklee, Hamir moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he started working with creative musicians such as clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg (Tin Hat Trio), trumpeter Darren Johnston (Nice Guy Trio) and saxophonist Patrick Wolff. Hamir's rock/jazz/improv group Glimpse Trio was founded with guitarist Mike Sopko in 2010. They released their 1st CD entitled "1985," which was described by Downbeat Magazine editor Frank Alkyer as "a furious blend of rock, jazz. blues with infectious folkiness." Glimpse Trio's 2nd CD "Garage," will be released July 2012 featuring anticon producer/keyboardist Martin Dosh (Andrew Byrd), and bassist Chris Lopes (Jeff Parker, Mike Patton's Mondo Cane). You can catch Hamir playing all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently active with Glimpse Trio on the road playing over 100 shows a year with his group.
In addition to performing, Hamir has also has taught drum clinics at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley Jazzschool, and Music Academy International (Nancy, France).
"I've used DREAM Cymbals for over 5 years now, and I never looked back. DREAM Cymbals are my favorite. The cymbals are beautiful, rich, and full of life."
Crystal Pascucci is a cellist, composer and improviser. She began playing her instrument at age nine. Her music utilizes delicate communication amongst performing musicians, draws clear phrase lines, and uses orchestration found in small ensemble compositions. Crystal’s approach to improvisation and composition are influenced greatly by her training in chamber music. Pascucci is an active performer in the Bay Area. Recent performances include, performing the work of Roscoe Mitchell at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland; featured solo performer at both the NextNow Music Series and the Light A Fire Music Series; a duo with Eric Glick Rieman at the SIMM Series; the graphic-score work of Christina Stanley at the 11th Annual Outsound Summit New Music Festival; and at the 11th Annual Transbay Skronathon with Matt Davignon – performances with Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, Oakland Active Orchestra, the work of Polly Moller at the Soundwave Festival, with Opera Wolf as guest artists for the New Music Works: CAGE 950, John Cage 100th Birthday Celebration and more. Crystal is a co-founding member of the Oakland Composer’s Union and performs with renowned clarinetist, Rachel Condry, in the improv duo, Chocolate for Breakfast. Crystal holds a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from SUNY Fredonia, a graduate professional degree from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and has attended Mills College.
Tim DeCillis first began playing the drums at age 10 in garage bands with his friends growing up in Rochester NY, when his idols were heavy-hitting alternative rock drummers such as Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins), and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden). Eventually his musical influences grew to encompass funk, heavy metal, and jazz.
After playing both drums and guitar in several bands and receiving private lessons throughout high school, his love of music led him to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in percussion from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and then a Master's Degree in jazz studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he maintained a strong concentration in drum set and vibraphone. Tim was also the recipient of the Stiver's Award for Outstanding Performance in a Graduate Recital.
After earning his Master's Degree, Tim moved to Chicago for 4 years, where he maintained a busy schedule of performing, teaching, and recording with groups of a wide variety of styles, from rock bands and jazz combos to chamber groups and new music ensembles. He is passionate about sharing the joy and inspiration he finds in music with others as they pursue their own unique and personal journeys as musicians.
DOORS AT 9:00PM, SHOW AT 9:30PM
$8-$15 sliding scale
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