Karen Borca – bassoon, Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass,
Donald Robinson- drums
Karen Borca is the only Bassoonist who has made a mark in Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz. Her bands have played The Berlin Jazz Festival, Taklos Festival in Switzerland, Jazz Happening in Finland, The Vision Festivals in USA and many other concerts, clubs and venues. Her Quartet and 10 peice ensemble “Tentet” played in the Newport Jazz Salute to Women in Jazz Festivals in ’78 & ’79. She was a representative of the US as a member of Canaille, an international group of women composers, which played at the Gulhbenkian Art Center in Lisbon, Potugal in 1990.
She has played and recorded with some of the most important pioneers of Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz including Cecil Taylor, both as a member of his large ensembles and Unit from ’70-’89, Jimmy Lyons, for 12 years , Bill Dixon, Andrew Cyrille, William Parker and more.
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.
Described as a ‘percussive dervish’ (Coda) Donald Robinson is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area’s improvisational players, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, trumpeter Raphe Malik and Canadian pianist Paul Plimley. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: ‘the best bass-drums tag team on the scene’ (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970’s, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman. Born is Boston, Massachusetts in 1953, Robinson first studied classical percussion at the New England Conservatory. During the early 1970’s he served his musical apprenticeship in the jazz world of Paris, studying with Kenny Clarke and playing with Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake and Bobby Few among many others. He first played with Spearman as a duet partner during this period in Paris, an association which continued through various configurations and many recordings until the saxophonist’s death in 1998. Robinson is currently playing in many configurations with a broad range of musicians throughout Europe and the US.
Oluyemi Thomas – bass clarinet; Ijeoma Thomas – voice;
Hamir Atwal- drums
Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas of Positive Knowledge have recorded and performed together for the past two decades, composing and sharing their joyful Creative World Music Systems with lovers of music and poetry around the world. Ijeoma Thomas – Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet vocalist and teacher believes “all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit.” Once quoted in the British magazine ‘The Wire’ as being “one of North America’s preeminent bass clarinetists”, composer, teacher & multi-reed musician (bass clarinet, saxophones) Oluyemi Thomas brings elements of life and work to the flow & he believes: “The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise…” As a great enhancement to their compositional approaches, Positive Knowledge continues to perform throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Israel, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands which has resulted in a rich multifaceted vocabulary to date. They have recorded or performed with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Alan Silva, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser,William Parker, Miya Masaoka & Gino Robair, “Kidd” Edward Jordan. They will be joined by drummer Hamir Atwal.
CMC MISSION MILONGA
An Intimate Tango Salon with EMILIO SOLLA and PABLO Y LUDMILLA
Saturday August 12, 2017 from 7pm-12am
True to our mission to feature both established and upcoming Tango professionals, we are very excited to offer a Tango Jazz solo piano concert with Grammy nominated EMILIO SOLLA from NY and a class, performance and live music Milonga with dancers/musicians PABLO Y LUDMILLA from Berlin, Germany, all in one amazing night!
Tango Revolution: http://bit.ly/2tNNATN
7-8pm: Tango Jazz solo piano concert by Emilio Solla, visiting from NY
8-8:15pm: Reception in the outdoor patio while we transform the hall into a Milonga setting
8:15-9:15pm: All level class on musicality with guest teachers Pablo Y Ludmila visiting from Berlin, Germany
9:15pm-12am: Milonga with danceable traditional Tango Live music by Pablo Y Ludmila and DJ TBA
9:45pm & 11pm: Live music sets by Pablo (piano) Y Ludmila (violin)
10:30pm: Dance Performance by Pablo Y Ludmila
Entrance: for either concert or Milonga: $15 general/$10 seniors/students with ID
SPECIAL DOUBLE BILL DISCOUNT FOR BOTH CONCERT AND MILONGA:
$25 General/$17 seniors/students with ID
Please, bring snacks and refreshments to share!
This is a fragrance-free event.
More info on the artists:
EMILIO SOLLA BIO:
With a career that spans 35 years now, Grammy Nominated, Argentina born and New York based pianist and composer Emilio Solla got his degree in Classical Piano at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires and his MA in Jazz Composition at Queens College in New York.
Solla has released 10 albums as a leader and more than 40 as producer/arranger and is considered one of the most outstanding musicians worldwide in the Tango-Jazz genre, a blend of Argentine tango and other Latin American rhythms with the freedom and improvisation of jazz music. He has performed all around Europe, Japan, the US and Latin America to outstanding reviews in many of the most important jazz houses and festivals.
He has composed for and recorded/performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, Edmar Castañeda, Pablo Aslan, Cristina Pato and many others.
His album Second Half was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award as Best Latin Jazz Album. He continues to tour with his many projects, from duos to symphony orchestras, and is an active freelance arranger and composer in the demanding NY music scene.
For more info please visit www.emiliosolla.com
PABLO Y LUDMILA BIO:
Pablo Fernández Gómez & Ludmila Srnková are both professional musicians and tango dancers. They studied music at the University of Music and Perfoming Arts (MDW) in Vienna, Austria and improved as tango dancers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In October 2013, Pablo & Ludmila won the 1st prize and the Viewers´ Choice award at the International Open Tango Salon Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
They have also performed and taught tango in Chile, Argentina, Canada, USA, Germany,Austria, Switzerland, France, Montenegro, Czech Rep. and Hungary.
For more info please visit: www.PabloYLudmila.com
Every 2nd Saturday of the month, CMC and Tango dance faculty member Sonja Riket host a monthly Milonga (Argentine Tango social dance gathering) with a drop-in class and dancing to Tango music from the Golden Era and beyond. This Milonga series will include live music and dance performances by local and international Tango guests.
Enjoy dancing in the beautiful Victorian concert hall with smooth wooden floor and outdoor patio! Come to listen and watch or join in the dance. All ages are welcome!
More info: Sonja Riket 415.661.1852
Community Music Center – Concert Hall
Parking garage at 21st St & Bartlett
and lot Capp St (b/w 19th& 20th)
Also street parking at Folsom St., 2 blocks away
Mozart in Nashville & Mavis and Carole Productions is hosting a Classical Cabaret & More. This event, which benefits Climate Action Now, is open to the public. Donations are gladly accepted but not required. If you are a musician and want to participate in the Cabaret, bring your music and your instrument and join us. The event starts at 5pm.