Photos: Myles Boisen

FESTIVUS, The Festival-of-Us: Annual Festival of Bay Area Creative Jazz & Improvised Music

The second annual "Festival-of-Us" - affectionately shortened to "Festivus" - is December 6 and 7 at the Center for New Music, San Francisco CA. Eight ensembles from the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene will arrange and re-imagine the music of eight other Bay Area ensembles.

Night One: Friday December 6, 7pm

Rent Romus' Life's Blood plays the music of Medium Sized Band
Rent Romus, alto, soprano and C-melody saxophones
Kim Cass, acoustic bass
Markus Hunt, acoustic bass
Timothy Orr, drums/percussion

Adam Shulman & Katy Stephan play the music of the Klaxon Mutant Allstars
Katy Stephan, voice
Adam Shulman, piano

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars play the music of Adam Shulman & Katy Stephan
Henry Hung, trumpet and electronics
Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone
Sam Bevan, acoustic bass
Colin Hogan, keyboard
Eric Garland, drums

Patrick Cress' Telepathy plays the music of Beep!
Patrick Cress, baritone saxophone
Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone
Sam Bevan, acoustic bass
Jeff Marrs, drums

Night Two: Saturday December 7, 7pm

John Shiurba's 5x5 plays the music of Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways
John Shiurba, guitar
Dan Plonsey, reeds
Cory Wright, reeds
Scott Walton, acoustic bass
Gino Robair, drums

Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch plays the music of John Schott's Typical Orchestra
Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
Vijay Anderson, drums

Noah Phillips plays the music of Jordan Glenn's Weiner Kids
Noah Phillips, solo electric guitar

Michael Coleman's Enjoyer plays the music of Grex
Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone
Henry Hung, trumpet and synthesizer
Michael Coleman, synthesizers
Nate Brenner, synthesizer
Robert Lopez, percussion
Jordan Glenn, drums

FESTIVUS 2013 is supported by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, through the Affiliate Program of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.


Festivus 2012:

Aaron Bennett’s Electromagnetic Transpersonal Orchestra plays the music of Wiener Kids
Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jeff Hobbs, violin
Crystal Pascucci, cello
John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
Rob Ewing, trombone
Darren Johnston, trumpet
Special guest, Dr. Bob Marsh, melodica

The Dominique Leone Band plays the music of Aaron Novik
Dominique Leone, voice/keys
Aaron Novik, bass clarinet
Jordan Glenn, drums

The Holly Martins play the music of Bristle
Lorin Benedict, voice
Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone
Eric Vogler, electric guitar

Aaron Novik (solo) plays the music of Beep!

Nathan Clevenger Group plays the music of the Darren Johnston Quintet
Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone
Cory Wright, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Aram Shelton, reeds
Sam Bevan, bass
Jon Arkin, drums
Nathan Clevenger, electric guitar

Jordan Glenn with Strings plays the music of Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch
Christina Stanley, violin
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Jordan Glenn, drums

Bristle plays the music of Ramon and Jessica
Randy McKean and Cory Wright, winds
Murray Campbell, violin and oboes
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass

Myles Boisen’s Past, Present Future plays the music of the Nice Guy Trio
Myles Boisen, electric guitar
John Hanes, drums
Randy McKean, reeds

Visit the links above to learn more about each band.