Monday, August 17, 2015

The End of Summer Blog

Summertime is nearing its' end. Gold Lion Arts is ready for the change of seasons with a brand new lease and a ton of concerts!

Here we go!

Thursday, August 20
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Sextet
Shiva X
Doors at 7:30pm
$10-15 sliding

*Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood ensemble performs the “Rising Colossus Suite”, an exploration of emergence in multiple movements. 

Life’s Blood seeks to create new ways of expression in essence paying a tribute to that which make us what we are today. They explore the music of originality by its members, the surrounding community, and from those who have come before. It is that life’s blood that fuels inspiration, and sustains a deep ability to create in us all.

Compositions by Josh Allen, Anthony Braxton, Brett Carson, Joshua Marshall, Rent Romus, and John Tchicai

Mark Clifford - vibraphone, Max Judelson - double bass, Heikki Koskinen - e-trumpet, tenor recorder, Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone, Timothy Orr - drums, Rent Romus - alto saxophone, flute, Safa Shokrai - double bass

Shiva X: Tony Passarell-saxophone, Robert Kuhlmann-bass, Jim Frink-drumset

Sliding $10 - 15


Sunday, August 23
The Front Porch Series!
w/ Danny Paul Grody, Ross Hammond and Barwick/Siegrfied Duo
Doors at 7pm
$10-15 sliding

The Front Porch Series is a new, all-acoustic monthly concert at Gold Lion Arts. Please join us for an eclectic night of music. All acts will be completely acoustic (no PA, no amplifiers and no electricity).

*Danny Paul Grody is a founding member of both San Francisco based bands Tarentel & The Drift. He is a self taught guitarist, and the melodies at the core of Danny’s songwriting bring to mind his love of West African kora, Takoma style fingerpicking and all things minimal, repetitive & hypnotic.

*Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried have delighted and enchanted audiences with a distinctive blend of bluegrass, old-time country, traditional Irish and folk into an engaging Americana fusion showcasing Pete’s exceptional lead vocals, Kathy’s amazing guitar work and sterling duet harmonies.

Their first album, The Trestle does a superb job of capturing material ranging from Gene Autry and Flatt & Scruggs to Jean Ritchie and T-Bone Burnett, with a pair of Siegfried originals (“California Bound” and “Over the Ocean”) anchoring the song list.

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 latest release is "Flight," a solo record for acoustic 6 string, 12 string and acoustic slide guitar.

Tickets are $10-15 sliding scale, and kids under 12 are free.


Saturday, September 5
Gregory Uhlmann and Logan Hone Duo
Little Blue Bird (Ross Hammond, Shawn Hale and Dax Compise)
Doors at 7:30pm
$10-15 sliding

*Two of Los Angeles’ most creative young musicians, multi-instrumentalist Logan Hone and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann, will team for a California tour in September 2015. The duo will present a dynamic set of music that combines song with elements of free improvisation and blurs the lines between jazz, indie rock, and avant-garde.


Friday, September 11
Skeleton Wire (Phillip Greenlief, GE Stinson and Steuart Liebig)
Amy Reed
Doors at 7:30pm
$10-15 sliding

*Skeleton Wire is bay area saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, LA guitarist G.E. Stinson (formerly with Shadowfax), and LA bassist Steuart Liebig (formerly with Les McCann and Julius Hemphill). Their music is a mixture of free improvisation, industrial-strength electronic beats, and ambient textures. 

*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.


Saturday, September 12
Chuck Johnson, EFFT (Noah Phillips and Sarah) &TBA
Doors at 7:30pm
$10-15 sliding

*Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, and minimalist composition. Recordings of his work have been published by Three Lobed, Scissor Tail Editions, Strange Attractors Audio House, Communion, Amish, Merge, Umbrella, and Phaserprone.

*EFFT is 
Sarah E Palmer: voice, acoustic guitar, lyrics, music 
Noah Phillips: acoustic guitar, music 


Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19
Oliver Lake's Weekend at Gold Lion Arts

Friday, Sept 18
Oliver Lake (saxophone), Ross Hammond (guitar) and Karl Evangelista (guitar)

Saturday, Sept 19
Oliver Lake (saxophone), Gerry Pineda (bass) and Donald Robinson (drumset)

Doors at 7:30pm
$15 cover

*Gold Lion Arts welcomes back Oliver Lake for a pair of concerts. Lake is one of the most important figures in the contemporary jazz and improvised music scene. 

Oliver Lake (b. Marianna, Arkansas, September 14, 1942) is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet. He is known mainly on alto saxophone but also performs on soprano saxophone and flute.
During the 1960s Lake worked with the Black Artists Group in St. Louis.
In 1977 Lake co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet, with David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett.
He is currently a member of the group, Trio 3, with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille.