Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents...
Described as a ‘percussive dervish’ (Coda) Donald Robinson is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area’s improvisational players, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, trumpeter Raphe Malik and Canadian pianist Paul Plimley. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: ‘the best bass-drums tag
team on the scene’ (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970’s, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman.
Tristan Norton is a guitarist, bassist, composer, and improvisor and graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory who has performed in many capacities in the Bay Area music scene namely as a jazz artist and new music artist. Jaroba (James Robert Barnes) is a Woodwind, electronics, Invented Insturments, and Photographer. As a composer who has written music film, and stage. Has been awarded by the Kennedy Center. Studied saxophone with Frank Litell, Steve Adams.
Shannon Hayden, began playing cello at the age of 7 and over the next several years she studied and competed both nationally and internationally. Her playing attracted the attention of acclaimed cellists Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, who invited her to enroll in the Yale School of Music at 18 to begin graduate studies. While there she concentrated primarily on 20th century music and had the opportunity to work with contemporary composers Ezra Laderman and David Lang. Interest in furthering the range and the future role of her instrument continued and even eclipsed her interest in traditional cello works. Reluctant to accept offers from recognized and established groups after graduation Shannon released her second album, Solid State Cello, combining both classical and pop elements.
Shannon Hayden walks a thin line between avant experimental and more accessible themes. Her sound has been described as an emotionally charged journey through surreal, sonic landscapes. She performs her own compositions around the world while also providing multi-instrumental work for the Asthmatic Kitty Records artist Lily and Madeleine.
Doors 9PM | Show 9:30PM
$5 - $15 Suggested Donation