Join us for a night of music by Rachel Austin and Erika Oba! They will be premiering a new collaborative work “On The Line,” in addition to previous material from their project Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble. Composers/improvisors Austin and Oba integrate live electronics with voice, flute, and piano to present long form narrative works rooted in jazz and experimental music traditions.
Rachel Austin's shows are littered with humor and legendary Q&A's that will take you into the no man's land between songwriting, performance art and comedy storytelling.
Something the Daily Mirror doesn't know is that Belfast-orphan Rachel Austin has spent a few years in the USA - her birth land - diving deeper and deeper into its experimental music subculture and becoming increasingly critical of the socio-political landscape of that vast land. Whilst having fun making music and performance art with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Fred Frith and Zeena Parkins.
Her work has been performed in cities like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, New Delhi, Austin, Dublin, Edinburgh and Graz alongside Florence and the Machine, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Duke Special and the Irish National Symphony. She graduated from Mills College in 2016.
"...Austin’s blissful voice soaring like an earth angel and a sense of liberation that recalls the late Tim Buckley. Glorious stuff." - Hot Press Magazine
"Austin’s voice is like an extra instrument... Really, though, it’s the writing that makes the songs at once haunted and uplifting, yearning yet triumphant." - The Daily Mirror
Erika Oba is a composer, pianist/flutist, and educator based in the SF Bay Area. As a composer she has written works commissioned by the Montclair Women’s Big Band, and Frances Feldon and the Galax Quartet. As a performer she is a member of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, Mara Performance Collective, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, electro-jazz duo Rice Kings, and The Sl(e)ight Ensemble. She is currently on faculty with the Jazzschool Community Music School’s youth program, as well as their annual Women’s Jazz and Blues camp and Girls’ Jazz and Blues camp. She has worked as a dance accompanist for Berkeley Ballet Theater, and as a music director for Berkeley Playhouse’s youth program. She received her BM in Jazz Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and her MA in Music Composition from Mills College.
Ryan Scott Long & Riley Hagan
Ryan Scott Long comes across as a very intense, musically charged, major drum personality of the future." "..explorative improvisations into the geometries of rhythm and melody... The coalescence and crystallization of a vehicular construct of sound that will take you places, show you things. Education for the soul."
Riley Hagan has performed and studied with Michael Manring (World-renowned solo artist, “Bassist of the Year” Bass Player Magazine, 1994); Felix Pastorius (Macklemore, YellowJackets); Les Claypool (Primus); Jim Stinnett (Instructor of Mike Gordon from Phish); Steve Bailey (Chair of the Berklee School of Music Bass Dept., Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Wooten); Marshal Wood (Tony Bennett); Joe Hunt (Stan Getz, Bill Evans).
Doors: 9:00PM, 9:30PM
$10-$15 Sliding Scale
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