Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents three soloists:
C. Spencer Yeh (NYC)
C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei Taiwan and is currently based in Brooklyn New York. Yeh's sonic practice first developed within the autodidactic and adventuresome strategies of the American and International underground, most prominently with his project Burning Star Core. Preferring the distinction of "working with sound and music" over more familiar nominations of "musician," Yeh considers not only timbre, texture, and temporality as material considerations, but the construction of genre, audience, and lore as part of the listener/consumer's experience. Having amalgamated numerous artistic mediums and roles over his numerous endeavors, Yeh's formative infatuation with noise and improvised music could still be regarded as his most unadulterated expression – a bespoke array of facilities and parlance on a foundation of unconventional musical pedagogy.
John Krausbauer (LA)
John Krausbauer is a music maker currently living in Los Angeles.
He has performed his music in a multitude of settings - from basements and rock clubs to colleges and art galleries. Numerous recordings of his work have been released on independent labels in both the US and Europe.
In recent years his focus has been on his solo work, involving ritual endurance happenings with voice and violin, accompanied by synth and strobes; his compositions, mainly concerned with sytems-based phasing constructions; the Ecstatic Music Band, a collective exploring just tunings with amplified strings at high volumes and long durations, with stroboscopic lighting; The Essentialists, a country-blues-boogie-raga guitar/violin duo; and most recently the formation of the Minimalist psych-punk group, Night Collectors.
Trance-Psychedelia is the aim and goal, thru experiential-architectural sound environments.
Kaori Suzuki (Oakland)
Kaori Suzuki (b. Japan) is a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music based in Oakland, CA. Her work is largely concerned with inhabiting spaces of transformation, often emphasizing duration and dynamics through meticulous synthesis techniques. Her previous work included custom interfaces and analog modular improvisations, and her recent projects extend to using SuperCollider and resonant objects in staged spaces. She has presented and performed at venues including Brava Theater and Berkeley Art Museum (SF/Berkeley), Jack Straw Productions, TUFFEST, Debacle Fest (Seattle, WA), and S1 (Portland, OR). She is currently completing her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where she studies composition with Chris Brown, James Fei, Maggi Payne, and John Bischoff.
Doors 9:00PM / Show 9:30PM
$7-$15 sliding scale
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society currently 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.