Friday November 19, 2010
at The Sound Studios
U.Va. alumnus Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco-based bassist, composer, and musical instigator. She will bring her West Coast band “Bait and Switch” to Charlottesville for the first time on Friday November 19th, and will also conduct a master class at her alma mater on Thursday November 18th at 3:30 p.m.
Lisa is an active collaborator and curator in the Bay Area music community, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch and Nightshade, and co-leads the Oakland Active Orchestra. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, digital poetry, film, sculpture and public music/art. As curator, she programs the annual JazzPOP concert series at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997).
Of Bait & Switch, Lisa says: “We play my original music, inspired by the improvisations of my musical heroes - Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The music funnels rowdy collectivity into finely honed compositions steeped in free jazz abandon, avant-Caribbean groove and garage rock attitude.” The band features Lisa on bass, along with Aaron Bennett(sax), John Finkbeiner (electric guitar) and Vijay Anderson (drums).
The concert begins at 8 p.m. at The Sound Studios, 946 Grady Ave. near McGrady’s Irish Pub. Tickets, available only at the door, are $12 ($10 for Jazz Society members and $5 for students). The workshop at 3:30 p.m. November 18th in Old Cabell Hall Room B12 is free and open to UVA students and faculty only.
For information, visit The Charlottesville Jazz Society or call 434-249-6191.