The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
MUSIC: Clay Jenkins' career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences. He attended The University of North Texas where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and then earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California in 1983. Clay is an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He also continues to be a very active performing and recording artist. He has performed and presented clinics all over the United States and Canada, and also abroad in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (which has included trumpet artists Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant, Chuck Findley, Oscar Brashear, Byron Stripling, and Bijon Watson). The C.H.J.O. was the Jazz Orchestra in Residence at the Hollywood Bowl from 1999-2001.
MUSIC: Yutaka Makino was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1976. He studied earth science, computer music and visual arts in Japan, Europe and the USA. He lives and works in Berlin.
On the basis of research into areas such as phenomenology, experimental psychology, psycho/acoustics, social sciences and system theory, Makino probes the processes of perception in experimental setups. His performances and installations provide visually and acoustically conditioned environments that make different modes of perception tangible to the perceivers and provoke reflection on the acts of perception. Makino has recently presented his work in institutions and festivals such as Akademie der Künste Berlin, MärzMusik, Kontraste Krems, daadgalerie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Transmediale, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst ind Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Sonic Acts, STRP Festival, and the Japan Society. He has received prizes, grants and residencies from the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Program, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Prix Ton Bruynèl, Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, and Pola Art Foundation, among others.
REDCAT: “Like many a great piece of music, this work is about coaxing the listener to hear and see the world a bit differently when one next steps outside.” – Just Outside
A central figure in the John Cage-inspired Wandelweiser collective of experimental composers, Michael Pisaro is acclaimed for his meticulous embrace of sound as a material density, across a continuum of composed, incidental and “silent” forms. Pisaro, performing on guitar, is joined by Joe Panzner (electronics) and Greg Stuart (percussion) for the world premiere ofGrounded Cloud, a 20-minute work inspired by a poem by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Following intermission is the Los Angeles debut of the hourlong a mist is a collection of points, with pianist Phillip Bush playing alongside Panzner and Stuart. Pisaro’s extensive oeuvre has appeared on Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, another timbre, HEM Berlin, and his own imprint, Gravity Wave.
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts Visiting Artist: Jeff Driskill & The Left Side Sax Alliance
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall
MUSIC: Professional saxophonist, Jeff Driskill discovered his passionate love of music at a very early age. He began focusing that affection specifically on the saxophone at thirteen and around the same time discovered an intense fondness for jazz and studied music at North Texas State University. In any given week you may find Driskill performing in the orchestra for the latest hit musical, lending his talents to a studio movie score, backing an A-list crooner or playing jazz in one of several respected big bands. The Left Side Alliance is a modern, jazz influenced saxophone quartet played by four of Los Angeles’ best saxophonists including Jeff Driskill, Bob Sheppard, Katisse Buckingham and Adam Schroeder.
REDCAT: “A gorgeous exploration of South Asian–inflected jazz.”–The Georgia Straight
Bringing influences from North Indian classical music and jazz into a distinctive contemporary form, this deeply felt nine-part epic of human perseverance reflects on the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914—the ordeal imposed on 376 travelers from India, all British subjects, who had chartered a Japanese cargo ship to Canada in contravention of arbitrary laws targeting immigrants from Asia. Conceived by composer and multi-instrumentalist Neelamjit Dhillon to draw out the emotional and psychological resonance of a teachable historical moment, the extraordinary musical landscape of Komagata Maru is realized by a double quartet—Dhillon’s group plus the Isaura String Quartet—and shaped into a rich, multisensory experience with spoken-word narration and projected archival visuals.