A juicy evening of musical collaboration, featuring Oakland-based cellist singer-songwriter Mia Pixley and RDL+. Join us in playfully original compositions and arrangements squeezed from the dear fruits of soul, blues, folk, classical and jazz music.
Austin, Texas native and Oakland transplant, Mia Pixley began playing cello due to a tragic violin shortage thirty years ago at the University of Texas at Austin Youth String Project. Since then, Mia has enjoyed a variety of east and west coast musical collaborations, such as: playing in the Brooklyn-based cabaret vaudeville trio The Debutante Hour, performing in the Lucille Lortel award winning Off-Broadway musical, Futurity, and playing cello and moving in Oakland-based, Local Dystopia’s Hunting Love. Mia has also worked in film as the principal musician for the soundtrack to the original motion picture and Jury Choice Award winner, American Bomber. Mia’s development and interests as a musician involve finding ways to use her voice and cello together, drawing from soul, blues, folk, classical and percussive traditions; she certainly welcomes you to decide for yourself what it all sounds like.
Mia holds a B.A. from Columbia University in the City of New York where she studied chamber music and cello performance with Wendy Sutter. She currently studies cello with Gael Alcock and Mark Summer. Mia recently completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from City University of New York Graduate Center; her professional interests revolve around community mental health and the arts. She is a post-doctoral resident at California College of the Arts Counseling Center.
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
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-15 Sliding Scale
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **