"The Cello MADNESS Congress: Spooky Music Edition*”
*not all music will be spooky.
$13-20 sliding scale at the door
Show starts: 7:30 pm
ADDRESS: 1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 (at 15th Street)
Lewis Patzner - Originals and Transcriptions for Solo Cello.
Lewis is an Oakland-grown professional cellist who performs with a wide range of ensembles in a variety of styles. He is best known as a founding member of the metal trio, Judgement Day (founded in 2002). He is an active chamber musician, recording artist, composer, improviser, and player of gigs.
Here he is jamming in his band Judgement Day.
~ Ha!Man ~
All the way from South Africa!
In 2001, Francois le Roux decided on the stage name of "the HA!Man" after failing to find any rational term to describe his music and art. As a child he improvised on piano before receiving his first lessons from his mother, an accomplished pianist. This introduction to music, as a playing field to be discovered, rather than studied, remained with him throughout his school years, whilst taking lessons in cello, piano and music composition. Much was expected of him as a classical musician, yet by 1991 (aged 25), as the South Africa he grew up in was liberated from European exclusivity, he chose to make his living by the spontaneous music making he started off with.
Throughout the nineties he survived mainly from street and acoustic performances, hitch-hiked his way around South Africa and extended his art to include writing, drawing and dancing. Then, along with becoming "the HA!Man" came the use of a computer and amplification, the creation of accompaniments, soundtracks and the self-production of cd albums, opening up a range of new opportunities and visions. And so during the early 2000's various attempts was made in South Africa, the USA, Europe and Far East to turn this HA! phenomenon into a mainstream success. Yet the spontaneous and ever-evolving character of HA! remained and refused to be packaged in. What grew in stead was an informal network of support, through direct arrangements with a range of individuals, schools and humanitarian organizations, which provided an ongoing stream of private and public performances, workshops and collaborations that stretches over four continents.
In time then, the "HA!Show" turned out to be a connecting, rather than a more objective experience, bringing modern technology and raw expression, artist and audience and different mediums of expression together in new and creative ways, often in support of building local community and always in search of closer relation between body and mind. Of the many artists he worked with in a spontaneous manner, Belgian actress and word artist Joke Debaere became his life and stage partner in an ongoing collaboration that broadens each performance into an even more intense journey to the heart of being human. Each time, on all sides, a level of trust is needed that the intuitive flow of cello, keyboard and the spoken word, of acting and dancing, soundscapes and images, will move, heal and inspire in such a way that actual and deeply felt change is effected - change that, just like the expression of HA!, can hardly be rationally explained. Finally, in an age where humanity's adolescent estrangement from nature is fast threatening our very existence, the hope is that an infusion of HA! will keep contributing to nudge us towards more mature ways - for a long and viable time to come.
Ha!Man Youtube promo video: http://bit.ly/1LVUjYJ
Rebecca Roudman / Dirty Cello
From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.
Live Another Day Live - https://youtu.be/
~ StringQuake ~
An electrifying trio, StringQuake pushes musical boundaries with dynamic arrangements and a unique electric harp, percussion and cello instrumentation. The trio has toured Mexico and performed extensively in the Bay Area, releasing their first album, “Take 15,” in 2013.
Nourished by the musical traditions of the Americas, Greece, Africa, India, and Europe, StringQuake’s arrangements and original repertoire includes copious amounts of improvisation and unusual meters that will leave listeners clamoring for more.
Take 15 video: https://youtu.be/
~ Cello Joe ~
Funky beatbox cello music.
CelloJoe is a pioneer of a new genre in music: Classical Hip Hop.CelloJoe records on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations.
￼Line up may change, but will undoubtedly include the finest cello talent from the bay area and beyond.
Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists improvising in ways you've never heard cello before.A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the bay area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violincello or 'cello for short.We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear. We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers.Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns.We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us.
Oakland, CA 94612
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Awaken Cafe is an all ages venue.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The nearest BART station is 12th St/Downtown Oakland. There is bicycle parking right in front of the cafe.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. Contact CelloMadnessCongress@gmail