Monday, August 03, 2009

Corn Moon concert this Thursday in SF

My Full Moon Concert Series which I'm curating for Outsound Presents and the Luggage Store Gallery moves on to the Corn Moon concert this Thursday night.

At 8 pm we have Grex, the duo of Karl Evangelista and Margaret Scampavia. At 9pm we have the tenor saxophone duo of Phillip Greenlief and David Boyce.

The Corn Moon concert will happen at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market Street at 6th Street, San Francisco. Admission is $6.00 - $10.00 sliding scale, with no one turned away for lack of funds.


Grex's program explores generative natural processes through the lens of morbidity and fractured consciousness, utilizing cyclicalism and repetition to infuse this perspective with shades of redemption and rebirth.

For the Corn Moon, Phillip Greenlief and David Boyce will explore the identity of corn in Native American Mythology and everyday life, which is traditionally associated with abundance. For centuries Natives have harvested corn and used it in practical and imaginative ways. Along with the buffalo, Corn Mother is the deity of harvest, and suggests images of plenty in all its manifestations. For this performance, the duo with use this notion of "we have all we need" as expressed in musical terms.


Grex (greks) n. 1. a multicellular aggregate of the groups Acrasiomycota or Dictyosteliida, formed for the purposes of travel and food collection. 2. a Bay Area creative music partnership composed of Karl A.D. Evangelista (guitar, vox, misc.) and Margaret Rei Scampavia (piano/keys, accordion, flute, saxophone, vox, misc.). Grex (the band) was formed in and around the Mills College music axis, early morning breakfast conversations, and intense dissections of South African music, emphasizing genre bending, cross-idiomatic conceits and melding elements of mostly everything (Evangelista has a background in free jazz and Scampavia is a biologist) into something stark and eldritch. Remarks HurdAudio, "The striking thing about this music was its stubborn refusal to eschew any element in favor of another -- offered with a headlong creative urge that made the unexpected turns and sequences into a joyful expression."

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. His ever-evolving relationship with the saxophone unfolds with an expansive sound vocabulary, a deep regard for melody and form and a rollicking humor and wit that is not dissimilar to the Native American Coyote tales. In addition to a busy performing and recording schedule, he currently teaches at Oakland School for the Arts, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and is Director of Music at San Francisco Waldorf High School.

David Boyce spent his formative years in NYC soaking up the city's vast multi-cultural offerings. After being bitten by the jazz bug in elementary school he began his studies of the saxophone. Music quickly became the focus of his non academic endeavors. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations, taught school in the Bronx and moved out to San Francisco just in time for the Loma Prieta earthquake. Living in the Bay area inspired him to pursue music as a full time obsession. He co-founded the avant jazz group Broun Fellinis (18 years running) and became an active free lance musician involved in many musical pursuits that include Jazz, Post rock, HipHop, Afrobeat , Improv and Electronic Music. His music has taken him to Europe, Japan and Canada as well as around the US. Currently, he performs with Broun Fellinis, Katdelic, Sila and The Afro Funk Experience, Black Quarterback, The Supplicants, and Black Edgar's Musik Box.

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