Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents:
John Krausbauer/Kaori Suzuki Duo
John Krausbauer is a music conceptualist/multi-instrumentalist currently living in Oakland, CA. He has performed and presented his music in a multitude of settings for 20 years - from basements, sidewalks, and rock clubs to colleges, churches, and art galleries. Numerous recordings of his work have been released on independent labels in the US, Europe, and Japan (soon).
His recent musical work involves ritual-endurance happenings for solo voice, violin, and synth, and with the Ecstatic Music Band (a rotating 10+ member collective), both of which utilize 'just' tunings for amplified bowed strings at high volumes and long durations, with live stroboscopic lighting for TOTAL/immersive environments; The Essentialists (w/David Kendall), an electric country-blues-boogie-raga guitar/violin duo; the minimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors; his systems-based phase compositions; and a new collaboration with the steel bodied resonator guitar player, R. Keenan Lawler.
Kaori Suzuki (b. Tokyo) is a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music living in Oakland, CA. Her musical works are concerned with inner-sensory responses and transformative states, often emphasizing duration and dynamics through meticulous synthesis techniques. Her projects include her handmade instrument building platform Magic Echo Music, solo/collaborative compositions with analog synthesis, and solo computer music utilizing spectral properties of transducer-driven objects, combined with the use of auditory distortion products and other inner-ear phenomena.
She has performed at various venues in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest including Jack Straw Productions, Debacle Fest, TUFFest (Seattle, WA), S1 (Portland, OR), Berkeley Art Museum, Studio Grand, CCRMA (SF Bay Area), and recently the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. She holds a master’s degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College.
James Fei (solo)
James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to study electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound.
Compositions for Fei's own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on feedback. He was a recipient of the 2014 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland since 2006, where he is John and Martha Davidson Associate Professor of Electronic Arts.
Marielle Jakobsons/Chuck Johnson Duo
Marielle V. Jakobsons is a composer and intermedia artist based in Oakland, CA. Her compositions evoke minimalism with melodic drone and enveloping polyrhythmic soundscape.
Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, minimalism and soundtrack composition.
DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM
$7-15 sliding scale
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society takes place every Monday night at Studio Grand. Lineups feature avant-jazz, experimental and noise performances by local and touring musicians and multimedia artists. OFJS is a long-running (4 years and counting!) series curated by Fernando Carpenter of VAMP. For more information, check out OFJS's Facebook page.