Blue Cranes w/ The Lost Trio

Blue Cranes is sharing the bill with The Lost Trio from the Bay Area (Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, Dan Seamans – bass, Tom Hassett – drums), who have been playing music together FOR OVER 30 YEARS.  They are touring a new album, which delves into the music of Thelonious Monk.

The Lost Trio was formed in 1994 by Phillip Greenlief, Dan Seamans & Tom Hassett and stepped into existence with a steady every Thursday night gig at The Rose Pistola in San Francisco’s North Beach district. This residency was followed by four year stint on Sundays at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland. The Lost Trio has a history of touring that has focused on venues up and down the west coast, where they have also enjoyed many live radio appearances and in-store performances. The groups’ repertoire began with a program of mainly standards by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and others before veering into other sources. Since then, the group has fashioned a very unique collection of over 600 songs that range from composers as diverse as Hank Williams, Nino Rota, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Billy Stranhorn, Mel Tillis, The Grateful Dead, and PJ Harvey; not to mention numerous original compositions by Lost Trio members Phillip Greenlief and Dan Seamans.

“The Lost Trio is a loose-limbed band marked by an off-the-cuff poetic sensibility, full of earthy humor and soaring lyricism.”
-Andrew Gilbert – San Francisco Chronicle

“In full possession of the concept of interplay, the members of The Lost Trio have equal weight in the construction of the music and contribute balanced possibilities through the extension of their own rich musical dowries.”
– Altrisuoni (Naples, Italy)

Joëlle Léandre & Dana Reason

Joelle Leandre

French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l’Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her – as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and about 40 composers.

As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Pascal Contet, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Peter Kowald, Urs Leimgruber, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Mark Naussef, Marilyn Crispell, India Cooke and so many others…

She has written extensively for dance and theater, and has staged a number of multidisciplinary performances. She got the DAAD at Berlin, is welcomed as artist resident at Villa Kujiyama (Kyoto). In 2002, 2004 and 2006, she is Visiting Professor at Mills college, Oakland, CA, Chaire Darius Milhaud, for improvisation and composition. Her work as a composer and a performer, both in solo recitals and a part of ensembles, has put her under the lights of the most prestigious stages of Europe, the Americas and Asia.

From 1981 to 2009, Joëlle Léandre has about 150 recordings to her credit. (www.joelle-leandre.com)

Dana Reason

Dana Reason is a Canadian-born pianist, composer/improviser and musicologist. Reason was part of The Space Between trio with Pauline Oliveros and is documented on over 14 commercial recordings. Her research is available on Wesleyan University Press and Columbia Jazz-Studies On-line. Reason holds a B.Mus (McGill University); MA in Composition (Mills College); and Ph.D in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices, UC San Diego. Her main teachers include: George E. Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Alcides Lanza, Alvin Curran, Aleck Karis and Anthony Davis. She teaches courses on music composition and is currently the director Popular Music Studies at Oregon State University. (www.danareason.com)

Followed by ensemble performances including local musicians:
Juniana Lanning (electronics)
Doug Theriault (electronics/guitar)
Doug Detrick (trumpet)
Jonathan Sielaff (bass clarinet)
Andrew Jones (double bass)
Ken Ollis (drums)

Dans Nederland

Nederlands Dans Theater is world-famous for its bold choreography and unparalleled performances. Last appearing with White Bird in 2003, NDT 2 is a brilliant ensemble of 16 of the world’s most talented young dancers that serves as the breeding ground for the main company. NDT2 will perform a wide-ranging program of dance by several of Europe’s most sought-after choreographers, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, and NDT Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and Sol León.