Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents:

Ecstatic Music Band

The Ecstatic Music Band is a collective of over 10 members, including Ezra Buchla, Marielle Jakobsons, Joseph Hammer, Judith Hamann, and organized and headed by John Krausbauer. The group performs on both amplified acoustic instruments and electric instruments with tuning systems derived from the overtone series. Their compositional-improvisations produce dense and dynamic fields of harmonic interference and reinforcement, while searching for a deep consonance amid the flux of microtonal variations, beating tones, difference tones, and psychoacoustic phenomena. The use of high volumes, long durations, and stroboscopic lighting (live) creates an immersive visual/sound-field where complex harmonies begin to emerge in the shower of flickering lights.

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.


Matthew Welch (solo set)


Matthew Welch is a composer of innovative opera and genre-resisting concert music. Praised by the New York Times as “exquisitely ethereal” and “border-busting; catchy,” Welch's music has been performed in the US, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. Mixing his virtuosity on the Scottish bagpipes with his additional specialties in Indonesian gamelan, experimental, classical, rock and improvised musics, Welch’s compositional sound is worldly and eclectic in material, yet personal and seamless in style. Named one of “14 artists changing the future of opera,” by Huffington Post, Welch has collaborated with musical luminaries Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Ikue Mori, Julia Wolfe, and John Zorn. 

Blarvuster website | Matthew Welch SoundCloud


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.