Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents:  

Joshua Allen/Henry Kaiser/Spirit/Joshua Marshall (In The Realm Of quartet)

CD release concert for new record IN THE REALM OF

Joshua Allen - tenor sax

Henry Kaiser - six-string electric bass

Spirit - percussion

Joshua Marshall - tenor sax

Henry Kaiser   

Henry Kaiser


In The Realm Of features a peculiar, rarely documented, and intense subgenre of improvisation endemic to the San Francisco Bay area, that might best be described as a combination of Cecil Taylor's cell strategies plus interaction strategies quite similar to those developed by John Stevens and the SME. Another unusual feature of this recording is the guitarist Henry Kaiser here plays 6-string bass. Drummer Spirit's long career as a percussionist spans from New York to Berkeley, working with Julius Hemphill, Alan Shorter and the late bassist Jay Oliver in New York; Butch and Wilbur Morris, Idris Ackamoor, Rasul Siddik, Prince Lasha and Oluyemi Thomas, among many others in the Bay Area.  Lately Spirit has been more shadow than presence, and we're happy to be able to shine the light on him in this rare recording. Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His principal concerns are architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied under Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua Allen has created his own personal language on the tenor saxophone, with an emphasis on polytonal and asymmetrical phrasing, as well as extending the range and sonic ability of the instrument. He does this with constant emphasis and study of the overtone series, and the generation of multiphonics from the application of this process.

The Hung Professionals

Nathan Corder - Electronics

Scott Siler - Drums

Tom Weeks - Saxophone


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 (5 years and counting!) series curated by Fernando Carpenter of VAMP.  For more information, check out OFJS's Facebook page.