A monthly series curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area, with Oakland as its hub, and brings together the most interesting and ground-breaking voices that need to be heard and reckoned with. Shows include music written and presented by RDL+ as well as other innovative artists, and will break new ground in modern music. 

This month RDL+ presents multi-instrumentalist/composer, Josh Martin, including work from is upcoming album. The show will feature recently written and recorded woodwind, brass, and string arrangements for the album, as well as his solo work. 

Josh Martin

Raised in a yurt in rural Sonoma County by ex-hippie survivalist parents, Josh Martin has always had a taste for the unboring.  Josh’s first time singing for anyone besides his pet llama Valentine was in College up in the Evergreen State with an experimental folk duo called Horsefly.  The thirst for growth and change didn’t stop there, the band eventually came to roost in San Francisco where it blossomed into the Psychedelic Glam Rock outfit We Will Be Lions who as SF Weekly once put it, “exuded the sinuous energy of David Bowie hosting a bisexual menage a trois beneath a disco ball."

That brings us to now, the road has taken Josh to Marisol, a hybrid orchestral rock collaboration with several Bay Area luminaires.  Marisol is based on a play by Jose Rivera, which narrates the mass desertion of New York based guardian angels to fight a celestial rebellion.  The music strives to be as epic as its themes and features lavish string arrangements and synthetic walls of sound.  They will attempt to replicate it for you in all of its glittering explosive glory during Sunday evening’s soiree.


With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories.  RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Steve Weems on drums, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces.  While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas.  Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.

Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Steve Weems, drums
Luis Salcedo, guitar

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