THE LUNA ENSEMBLE
The Luna Ensemble is an Oakland based ensemble of improvisers, sound artists and composers who translate environmental sounds into music through experimental notation, extended instrumental techniques, improvisational strategies and electronically manipulated sound recordings. Members of the group include: Rachel Condry, clarinets; Crystal Pascucci, cello; Jacob Peck, guitar; Jennifer Wilsey, percussion, Nava Dunkelman, percussion; Christopher Luna Mega, keyboards; Aaron Oppenheim, electronics and Jeannie-Aprille Tang, electronics.
Gretchen Jude, vocals and electronics
Rachel Condry, clarinets
Jennifer Wilsey, percussion
Jacob Peck, guitar
A flexible quartet of improvisers that when organized as a whole may be perceived as more than the sum of its parts.
NATHAN CLEVENGER GROUP Nathan Clevenger Group at Studio Grand 2016[/caption]Composer/guitarist Nathan Clevenger was born in Oakland, California and has been composing music informed by his voracious consumption of jazz, classical, and popular music from around the world, and an obsession with the written word, from an early age. Since 2003, Nathan’s main musical outlet has been the cryptically-titled Nathan Clevenger Group. The band currently features Kasey Knudsen (alto sax), Cory Wright (tenor sax, clarinet), Rachel Condry (bass clarinet, clarinet), Sam Bevan (bass), Jon Arkin (drums), and Jason Levis (drums/percussion). Recent gigs of note include an appearance at the 2015 Switchboard Music Festival, a featured night as part of the Best Coast Composer Series at the SF Center for New Music, and a featured appearance at the 2016 SF Music Day festival. The Group has released two albums (2010’s The Evening Earth, on Evander Music, and Observatory, released in 2013) and plans to record a 3rd release in 2016, tentatively titled Stateless. With the addition of a 2nd percussionist in 2015, the Group’s current music has added an additional layer of rhythmic counterpoint to the already dense melodic counterpoint.
SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE PARK BAND
The Golden Gate Park Band has been a San Francisco institution since 1882 and is the oldest civic band in the nation. Concerts are FREE every Sunday from 1-3pm from April to October.
MATT SMALL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Matt Small, bassist and composer
Micah McLain, drums
Steve Adams, saxophones
Mitch Marcus, saxophones
Sarah Zaharako, violin
Paula Dryer, piano
Kymry Esainko, piano
Rachel Condry, clarinets