Minus Zero Presents: Musicians for Planned Parenthood

Ivy Room Presents

Minus Zero Presents: Musicians for Planned Parenthood

Goldberg, Brown, Anderson, Rova, Hafez Modirzadeh / Prasant Radhakrishnan Duo, Duo B, Devin Hoff, Dina Maccabee, Crystal Pascucci / Scott Amendola

Sun · January 21, 2018

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

$15-$25 Sliding Scale

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. 

Minus Zero Presents: Musicians for Planned Parenthood
Minus Zero Presents: Musicians for Planned Parenthood
Minus Zero is a musicians' collective for human rights and social justice. 100% of proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood.
Goldberg, Brown, Anderson
Goldberg, Brown, Anderson
The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy. The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation, which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm, inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures. This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new.
Rova
Rova
Rova Saxophone Quartet explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.
Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music, and draws inspiration from the visual arts and from the traditional and popular music styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

In noting Rova's innovative role in developing the all-saxophone ensemble as "a regular and conceptually wide-ranging unit," The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls its music "a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds" created by "deliberately eschewing conventional notions about swing [and] prodding at the boundaries of sound and space..." Likewise Jazz: The Rough Guide notes, "Highly inventive, eclectic and willing to experiment, Rova [is] arguably the most exciting of the saxophone quartets to emerge in the format's late '70s boom."
Hafez Modirzadeh / Prasant Radhakrishnan Duo
Hafez Modirzadeh / Prasant Radhakrishnan Duo
Saxophonist/theorist Hafez Modirzadeh has performed, recorded, published and lectured internationally on original cross-cultural musical concepts which include "Convergence Liberation" (in Critical Studies in Improvisation, 2011), "Compost Music” (in Leonardo, 2009), "Aural Archetypes” (in Black Music Research, 2001), as well as “Chromodality” (for Wesleyan University, 1992). Twice an NEA Jazz Fellow, Dr. Modirzadeh received a Senior Fulbright Award in 2006 to work with Flamenco and Gnawan traditions in Andalucia and Morocco, and again in 2014, to research Turkish Makam harmonization in Ankara. He is currently a Professor of Creative/World Music at San Francisco State University.

Prasant Radhakrishnan is a versatile saxophonist steeped in both South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and jazz disciplines. The unique vocal texture of his sound on saxophone, noted for its expressive complexity and rhythmic ingenuity, reflects Prasant’s continued study of tradition, constant innovation, and vast concert experience over the past fifteen years.
Duo B
Duo B
The San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. For more than ten years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, study of repertoire by like-minded composer-improvisers, and immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, and others.
Devin Hoff
Devin Hoff
Devin Hoff is a bassist, composer and arranger. He has collaborated with Julia Holter, Nels Cline, Deerhoof, Tara Jane ONeil, Xiu Xiu, Cibo Matto, Carla Bozulich, Good For Cows, and more, as well as working with elder luminaries such as Yoko Ono and Amiri Baraka.

He has played thousands of shows on 5 continents, including several major festivals, recorded on over 100 releases, and written and performed music for film, dance and theater.
Devin has also released two albums of solo and multi-tracked contrabass material, and performed as a solo artist throughout the U.S., Europe, Iceland, and Argentina.
Dina Maccabee
Dina Maccabee
Dina Maccabee specializes in experimental, traditional, and improvisational approaches to viola and violin; creative songwriting; and using her voice expressively. She adds depth and complexity to her solo performances using electronic processing, looping, and effects.
In 2015-2016 she was the violist/backup vocalist for international tours with respected songwriter and composer Julia Holter. She has performed solo or as bandleader throughout the U.S. since 2010, and was an original member of Real Vocal String Quartet and Ramon & Jessica. She recently co-wrote new musical, Sweet Land, which premiered in May 2017 at History Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Ramon & Jessica's adaptation of The World is Round, a 1939 children's book by Gertrude Stein, was staged in a May 2017 workshop by Berkeley's Just Theater.
Crystal Pascucci / Scott Amendola
Crystal Pascucci / Scott Amendola
Scott Amendola:

For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Jeff Parker, Nels Cline and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, and Tin Hat clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

While rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area scene, Amendola has woven a dense and far-reaching web of bandstand relationships that tie him to influential artists in jazz, blues, rock and new music. A potent creative catalyst, the Berkeley-based drummer become the nexus for a disparate community of musicians stretching from Los Angeles and Seattle to Chicago and New York. Whatever the context, Amendola possesses a gift for twisting musical genres in unexpected directions. By employing custom designed electronics, including looping machines, pedals and ring modulators, he’s continually expanding his sonic palette, exploring textures and rhythms with an improvisational sensibility.

“Amendola has complete mastery of every piece of his drumset and the ability to create a plethora of sounds using sticks, brushes, mallets, and even his hands.” Steven Raphael, Modern Drummer magazine

"If Scott Amendola didn't exist, the San Francisco music scene would have to invent him."
- Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/