Friday, December 27, 2013

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Emmett Till, a river -- now through November 17th

Cast of Emmett Till, a river -- photo by Charline Formenty
Here I am peforming in Emmett Till, a river which is a world premiere oratorio presented by Theatre of Yugen.  I'm thrilled to be reunited with this company after the great experience I had in Cordelia!  Get your tickets while they last.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunday September 29th, Community Music Center, San Francisco

Sunday, Sep 29 2013 7:45 PM
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street

Outsound presents a special SIMM Series of T.D. Skatchit & Company’s celebration of their Surround Sound DVD release with a premiere performance of “Ear of the Storm” live in surround sound conducted by Gino Robair. The listener is in the ear of storm, where music is born out of the elemental noise only to be whisked away by the wind. Multiple musical scenarios, characters and abstractions present themselves within the different phases and sonic locations in the storm. The pre-storm first half of the concert will feature various duos, trios and quartets from T.D. Skatchit & Company.

The Players –

Tom Nunn & David Michalak – skatchboxes
Kyle Bruckmann – double reeds
Polly Moller – bass flute
Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Bruce Ackley – soprano saxophone
Tom Djll – trumpet
Doug Carroll – cello
Bill Noertker – contrabass
Mia Bella D’Augelli – violin
Eli Wallace – piano
Scott R. Looney – piano (inside)
Tim Perkis – electronics
Aurora – voice
Bob Marsh – voice
Ron Heglin – voice
Allan Crossman - transcription

Friday, September 20, 2013

Something beautiful I'm listening to this morning...

Monday, July 29, 2013

Reconnaissance Fly upcoming shows in San Francisco

September 18th:  Hotel Utah - with Grex and Dapplegray
October 8th: 50 Mason Street - benefit for KUSF in Exile

Mark your calendars!  We'll have a new lineup and new songs!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

ReCardiacs Fly Saturday, 2/23, Starry Plough

Yes.  We have been permitted to take the stage once again at the Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley!  We are sandwiched between Cash Pony and Surplus 1980.  You won't regret getting near us.
Read on:

11:00 p.m. SURPLUS 1980 is Moe! Staiano's latest project. Born in the studio, Surplus 1980:the live band debuted in October 2011 to celebrate the release of its eponymous LP/CD. Like the recording itself, a Surplus 1980 show will feature Moe! and a revolving cast of great musicians. Moe! has begun work on Surplus' second album, "Arterial Ends Here" slated for a 2013 release.

10:00 p.m. An ongoing tribute to the UK prog-punk band Cardiacs, RECARDIACS FLY was born from a mutual love of Cardiacs music, and the band Reconnaissance Fly! (of which a majority of ReCardiacs Fly are members). ReCardiacs Fly! has had several successful shows about the Bay Area, all benefits to aid Cardiacs lead singer and songwriter, Tim Smith, whose career has been grounded by health issues. Also awkwardly to be featured are the completed plastic surgeries to ReCardiacs Fly's bass player and second percussionist. They are prepared for your ridicule and medicinal beer donations.

9:00 p.m. CASH PONY is a psychedelic and progressive rock group from oakland ca. collectively, themes of free jazz, electronic synthesis, epic prog rock, north indian ragas, balkan folk passages, stoner metal, and ambient 'treatments' directly influence the sound of Cash Pony.

NOTA BENE: Many of you have been invited despite being impossibly far away but we are required to let you know so that you can alert anyone who IS nearby to come to our so-called gig. We are looking for quantity, not quality, and even low-lives and riff-raff can be referred since times are hard and not even ReCardiacs Fly's parent corporation can afford to "promote" this event on Facebook.

Doors at 8, music at 9, $8 - $12 sliding scale!
Please be 21 or over.

Friday, February 08, 2013

On the bass flute headjoint, 2/7/13

Polly Moller 1
Originally uploaded by michaelz1

It was the inaugural concert of the First Thursdays at the Schoolhouse series, and a work-in-progress performance of Gino Robair's new opera, OWVL. I was one of 7 players given improvising instructions via our laptops, portraying individual number stations in a worldwide spy network.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Coming up on February 13th

Wednesday, Feb 13 2013 8:00 PM
Berkeley Arts
2133 University Avenue

Ghost in the House with special guest Richard Waters and Butoh dancer Kinji Hayashi

Dreams & Dance in D minor
 ~ is a stream of dreams, narrated by “the dreamer”, realized in dance and set to the other worldly music of Ghost In The House.

The Dreamer - Dean Santomieri
The Dreams - The Dream Machine, Dockside Discovery, Not Here
The Dancer - Kinji Hayashi (in shadow and costume)
The Music - Ghost In The House - Karen Stackpole – gongs, Polly Moller - bass flute, Tom Nunn – inventions, David Michalak – lap steel, John Ingle – soprano & alto saxophone, Dean Santomieri – resonator guitar, Richard Waters - waterphone

“As always, I’m drawn to this room. It is there that I witness the Dream Machine: A kaleidoscopic generator of ever changing colors. They say it induces wonderful dreams, which come true if you act on them…”

Cost : $10 - $20.

Richard Waters first conceived the basic design of the Waterphone in 1968. In the years that followed he refined his invention and the instrument today is a gem of form and workmanship: perfectly functional and perfectly beautiful.

Kinji Hayashi was raised in TokyoJapan. A solo Butoh dancer since 1991, he has collaborated with numerous artists and groups such as Polish Theater director Miroslaw Kocur and San Franciscoplaywright Helen Pau. He has performed throughout the Bay Area with the Asian American Theater Company, Theaterworks, Theater of Yugen and Ghost in the House. He also toured with HRG inCalifornia and with Harupin Ha in Japan and the US. He has received Dance Bay Area's Commissioning Project Grant, Zellerbach Family Fund, City of Oakland Cultural Arts Division's Creative Artist Fellowship and the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship. Caring for turtles is a source of his inspiration in this fast-paced world.