Sunday, May 31, 2015

It's June!!!!

It's June!!!!!! Here's what's going on at Gold Lion Arts.

First and foremost, we're a music school. We offer guitar/bass/banjo/uke/mandolin/piano/drums/voice/art lessons. If you or anyone you know is interested in individual lessons please don't hesitate! Drop us a line and start playing some music!

Email for lesson info and scheduling.


We have a lot of events coming up at Gold Lion this month:

Thursday, June 4
Darren Johnston and Hamir Atwal Duo
Clifford Childers, Ross Hammond and Gerry Pineda 

$10-20 sliding scale, all ages

*Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, trumpeter Darren Johnston has collaborated and recorded with an extremely diverse cross-section of artists.  His interests rotate around composing instrumental music, writing songs, and performing all styles of jazz, experimental and purely improvised music, as well as traditional music of the Balkans, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, and the Arab world.  These interests have coalesced into his primary ensemble of late, The Broken Shadows Family Band.  He has also performed with luminaries such as Hamid Drake, Fred Frith, ROVA Sax Quartet, Rumen Shopov, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg, Matt Wilson, and others.

*After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Hamir Atwal moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and started working with creative musicians such as Ben Goldberg (Tin Hat Trio), Darren Johnston (Nice Guy Trio) and Patrick Wolff.  Hamir's rock/jazz/improv group Glimpse Trio was founded in 2010.  Their 1st CD "1985" was described by Downbeat Magazine editor Frank Alkyer as "a furious blend of rock, jazz. blues with infectious folkiness."  

In addition to performing, Hamir has also has taught drum clinics at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berkeley Jazzschool, and Music Academy International (Nancy, France).


Sunday, June 7
Joe Gilman w/ Steve Homan and Buca Necak
7pm, $10

*Dr. Joe Gilman is a full-time professor of music in Sacramento.
He has been the primary pianist with jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson since September 2006, and the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra since 2010. He has also performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Woody Shaw, Marlena Shaw, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, George Duke, Chris Botti, Eric Alexander, Anthony Wilson, Nicholas Payton, Russell Malone, Charles McPherson, Wycliffe Gordon, David "Fathead" Newman, and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Morgan, Jeff Watts, Robert Hurst, Tootie Heath, and Larry Grenadier.

Dr. Gilman has twice been an International Jazz Ambassador through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and USIA, traveling to West Africa in 1999 and East and Southern Africa in 2000.

*Steve Homan has performed with such jazz artists as Howard Alden, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Smith, Joe Williams, Ed Thigpen, Hugh Masakela, Art Van Damme, Anita O’Day, Joey Calderazo, Mel Martin, Diane Schuur, Frank Morgan, Donald Harrison, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Clark, Anton Schwartz, Ray Drummond, Brian Lynch, Steve Davis, Akira Tana, Dayna Stephens, Marshall Gilkes, Tom Peron, Bart Marantz, Herman Burney, Ingrid Jensen, Ndugu Chanceler, Willie Jones III, Madeline Eastman, Gilbert Castellanos, John Cocuzzi, John Allred, Bill Allred, Allan Vache', Jimmy Robinson, Jake Hanna, Jessica Williams, Essiet Essiet, and Babatunde Lea.

In 1998 Steve performed at The Glasgow International Jazz Festival in Scotland with jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith. He has performed for the 1998 and 2000 Jazz Ambassadors Program held at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

*Buca Necak has been described as "creative" and "fluid and powerful" on the acoustic bass. Featured with Clark Terry and Chet Baker, among others, Necak is considered one of the finest jazz artists in the vibrant San Francisco music scene.

Thursday, June 11
Larry Ochs and Vladimir Tarasov
Steve Adams and Ross Hammond
7:30pm, $10

*Larry Ochs is primarily found in the worlds of “avant-garde” or “improvised music.” That means that he composes music for “structured improvisation” in general, and in particular for musicians steeped in the art of improvisation, an art form that has really only come into its own in the past 50 years in Western music, primarily thanks to the development of jazz as influenced by the blues and then Western art music, as well as to the increased exposure of Western musicians to the music of Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. 

*Vladimir Tarasov attained prominence as a member of the Ganelin Trio, an extraordinary group that played free jazz in Soviet-era Russia and Lithuania.Tarasov is an energetic and resourceful player with a fine ear for tonal color. He was raised in northern Russia and began playing drums in 1961. Besides his work with the trio,Tarasov has recorded his solo music and performed with such American musicians as Andrew Cyrille and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. He is also the head of the Lithuanian Art Orchestra. Tarasov has composed for film and theater, and is an accomplished visual artist.

*Steve Adams plays saxophones, flutes and electronics and composes in Oakland, CA. 

He's been a member of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet for over 20 years. He also plays frequently with Vinny Golia, Ken Filiano, Bill Horvitz, Matt Small and Scott Walton. 

*Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. His next release is "Flight," a solo record for acoustic 6 string, 12 string and acoustic slide guitar. Flight is available on 4/14/2015.

Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with:

Kevin Seconds, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov, Nicole Mitchell, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Amy Reed, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, Max Johnson, Catherine Sikora, Scott Amendola, Steuart Liebig, Sameer Gupta, Daryl Shawn, Tony Passarell, Alex Jenkins, Erik Kleven and more.


Saturday, June 13
Ma Series Presents:
The Lily Project

*IMA is the Electro-Percussive duo of Jeanie-Aprille Tang and Nava Dunkelman. The origin of this project came from the intention to evoke emotions through timbres in percussion and electronics, as well as elements of structured improvisation.

IMA focuses in the present moment in time and other distorted time perspectives, mirroring, non-retrograde, reflection, modulation, paralleling, echoes and melodies in speech.

*The Lily Project is Megan Gage - vocals, Keith Penney - piano and accordion, Casey Lipka - bass, Rose Cangelosi - drums and Randy McKean - saxophone.


Sunday, June 14
Second Sunday Concert Series
Alex Jenkins Trio (w/ Jacam Manricks and Gerry Pineda)
Nada Brahma Music Ensemble
7pm, $10

Founded in 1997, The Nada Brahma Music Ensemble (NBME) is an Indian classical music group created by guitarist, composer, and musical instrument innovator Matthew Grasso. Their focus is to discover the common roots of Hindustani and Karnatak music. 

*The Alex Jenkins Trio
Jacam Manricks-saxophone
Gerry Pineda-bass
Alex Jenkins-drums, percussion


*Tuesday, June 30
Bad Luck
CRKD Quartet
7:30pm, $10

*Called “One of the best Seattle jazz recordings in years” (Earshot Jazz) Bad Luck was awarded the “Best Outside Jazz Group” of 2009 by Earshot Magazine, and a finalist for “Best Avant Group” in the 2009 Inside Out awards. Performing all original compositions, the pair use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound. Icasiano and Welch can quickly shift into fierce improvisations, sound art and carefully constructed harmonic palettes. A duo with skin tight precision and melodic inventiveness, their music is set off by a commanding stage presence.

*The CRKD Quartet is made up of Sacramento improvisers who shred.
Clifford Childers-trombone, bass trumpet, euphonium
Ross Hammond-guitar
Kerry Kashiwagi-bass
Dax Compise-drums

email: for information!!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

It's May! It's May! It's May!

Wow, how is it already May? 2015 is flying by but we have a whole host of events at Gold Lion to enjoy the passing time. See below!

Saturday, May 2 at 8pm, $10
Outsound Presents: Dwight Trible Quintet
George Thomson

*Los Angeles-based singer Dwight Trible returns to Sacramento. Dwight is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. 

In addition to performing with his own group, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples’ Arkestra.

He has worked with such notables as Oscar Brown jr., Charles Lloyd, Billy Childs, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Garrett, Steve Turre, Harold Land, Harry Belafonte, Della Reese and Norman Conners, John Beasley, Patrice Rushen, Babatunde Lea, Ernie Watts, Kahlil El Zabar, as well as contemporary soul artist like LA Reid and DJ Rogers. 

Like his mentors, Dwight is not content to use his music just to entertain people, although he is quite a dynamic performer. He uses his music to bring people together, to bridge the gap between the races, and to heal the human heart. He has received numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts. 

Dwight Trible-voice
Dax Compise-drums
Kerry Kashiwagi-bass
Luis Albert Clifford Childers-trombone, bass trumpet, euphonium and harmonica
Ross Hammond-guitar

2 sets starting at 8pm. 

Admission is $10-15 sliding scale. All ages.

This event is supported by Outsound Presents


Saturday, 5/16 at 9pm, $10
Outsound Presents:
Erick Glick Reiman

Amy Reed (Solo)
Erick Glick Reiman:
Performing on a variety of instruments, including the prepared/extended Rhodes electric piano, as well as piano, melodica, celeste, organ, Waterphone, and toy piano, SF Bay Area composer/improviser Eric Glick Rieman performs improvised and previously structured music in several settings, both solo and in groups, He has performed with the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble in Oakland, CA, USA since 1999, and received an MFA from Mills in Electronic Music and the Recording Media in 2001. Rieman writes for piano, Rhodes electric piano, and ensembles.

Amy Reed
Amy Reed is a visual artist and composer living in Sacramento, California. She is the founder of Ma, a series that supports creative work by women at Gold Lion Arts, a performance/education space she co-creates with Ross Hammond. She studied extensively with Sarah Flohr. She allows her painting practice and her composing practice to inform her extensive research into performance, video, sound, improvisation, and listening. Recent work includes: Solo – electric guitar, Ione’s 20th Annual Dream Festival; virtual Artists-in-Residence dream duo with ecologist Dr. Leo Polansky, large ensemble work with Phillip Greenlief, and an active duo with Ross Hammond performing original and traditional material.

This event is supported by Outsound Presents

Wednesday, 5/20 at 8pm $20 
($17.50 in advance)
Outsound Presents:
David Torn (Solo)

We're happy to announce a solo concert from legendary guitarist David Torn, who is on tour celebrating his new release from ECM Records "Only Sky."

David will be playing a solo, electric guitar set.

Tickets are $17.50 in advance, and $20 the day of the show.

For advance ticket information please email


Thursday, 5/21 at 8pm, $10
Outsound Presents: Gerry Pineda's G11 Quartet Plays Bill Evans

Gerry Pineda-bass
Allen Brown-vibraphone
Nick Fryer-guitar
Brian Kendrick-drumset

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Friday, May 22 at 8pm, $10
Outsound Presents:
Ma Series w/ Nava Dunkelman and Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin's 1+1 with Amy Reed

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, Nava’s musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied withWilliam WinantFred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein. Since graduating with a degree in music performance in 2013, Nava has performed and collaborated with John Zorn, Fred FrithChris Brown, Dominique Leone and many others. Through improvisation, Nava enjoys discovering her own musical language by exploring experimental approaches to communication, progression, and space.

Nava presents: DunkelpeK

DunkelpeK is Nava Dunkelman (percussion) and Jakob Pek (guitar, miscellany, piano). This Bay Area based duo offers listeners a visceral, syncretic experience of sound and silence. Inspired and informed by many musics of the world and beyond, DunkelpeK interweaves and explores countless dimensions of vibration, giving being to a sonic reality unlike any other.


Thursday, May 28 at 8pm, $10
Logan Hone (solo saxophone)

"I am a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. I went to Snow College and am currently finishing a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at California Institute of the Arts. I make great fried eggs."
-Logan Hone


Sunday, May 31
Jesse Vasquez Closing Reception

And finally, we'll be having a closing reception for photographer Jesse Vasquez, whose work we've had the privilege of looking at on the Gold Lion Walls for the past 2 months. Jesse's exhibit, called "No Place Better Than Here," focuses on patterns found in nature. All his photos are based around Sacramento. Come by his closing reception. It will be Sunday, May 31 at 3pm. There will be food and live music.