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cathlene pineda quartet 

Cathlene Pineda Quartet

Monday, September 22, 7:30pm
Bakersfield College, SPArC-2, free

LA pianist Cathlene Pineda offers an exclusive preview of a new extended work commissioned for a performance at REDCAT Theater by the Angel City Jazz Festival. With Kris Tiner (trumpet), Dave Tranchina (bass) and Paul Kikuchi (drums). Bakersfield College students Omar Murillo (trombone) and Amanda McCaslin (guitar) will play an opening set featuring standards and original compositions. This concert will take place in the band room (SPArC-2) at the new Simonsen Performing Arts Center at Bakersfield College.

 



 empty cage quartet 

Empty Cage Quartet

Sunday, October 12, 7pm
Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St, $5

Heralded as one of the most powerful and original new jazz groups to emerge from the American West Coast, the Empty Cage Quartet breaks a two-year hiatus with a concert of brand new music to be featured here and the following night at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles. With saxophonist Jason Mears (NYC), trumpeter Kris Tiner (Bakersfield), bassist Ivan Johnson (LA), and drummer Paul Kikuchi (Seattle). Presented by Epigraph Records.

“The Empty Cage Quartet… is a thoroughly modern and multifaceted 
jazz ensemble that stakes out a singular voice.”
-NPR Music

“Smart, kicking and as natural as a heartbeat… an unaffected, personalized amalgam of the most significant creative (as opposed to political) developments in jazz from the past several years.”
–JazzTimes

 



 skeleton wire 

Skeleton Wire + IAHRQ

Sunday, October 26, 8pm
Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St, $5

Skeleton Wire is bay area saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, LA guitarist G.E. Stinson (formerly with Shadowfax), and LA bassist Steuart Liebig (formerly with Les McCann and Julius Hemphill). Their music is a mixture of free improvisation, industrial-strength electronic beats, and ambient textures. Local group the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet will also perform. Presented by Epigraph Records.

 

For Instance

For Instance
 

 

Jack Wright – alto and soprano saxophones
Ben Wright – double bass
Kris Tiner – trumpet


Known for decades as the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” saxophonist Jack Wright has forged a singular path, touring throughout the US and Europe in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Jack’s son Ben Wright came up in the Philadelphia punk scene but has spent the last 25 odd years exploring the double bass, and now lives in Taos, New Mexico. The father-son duo performs regularly, and their West Coast tour in early 2014 brought them to Bakersfield for an unforgettable performance at Dagny’s, with Epigraph Records founder Kris Tiner sitting in on trumpet.

This session was recorded the next morning. The music is completely improvised and presented as it was created, in four sections, without alterations and with very minimal editing. As such, we witness a fascinating musical dialogue being established, with moments of mutual agreement rising from nowhere and dissolving just as quickly into further debate, reaching nearly symphonic scope, three sonic explorers engaging the shared moment, sparring a bit, open to any possibility yet leaving much to the imagination, for instance…

For Instance is the third release on Bakersfield-based Epigraph Records, and it is the first in a series of digital albums we will be releasing this year. We have some amazing recordings in the works, featuring new and improvised music from Bakersfield locals and stellar visiting artists from around the world.

I’m glad to be able to share this recording. Ben is an old friend, and we’ve played together a number of times, but I had never played with Jack Wright before that night at Dagny’s. He is a legend of free music, now in his 70s, and his improvisations are as strong and profoundly beautiful as ever. We all enjoyed the trio so much that we reconvened the next morning at the house where they were staying. Ben set up a few mics and we were off. The whole thing was finished in under an hour, and then they were on the road.

For Instance is available now exclusively on our Bandcamp page. Download the full four-track album in the format of your choice for $5.99, and if you enter the discount code “june” at checkout you’ll get 15% off, good this month only.


Jack Wright - Ben Wright - Kris Tiner, Dagny’s, 1/25/14, photo by Andrew Koeth

Jack Wright – Ben Wright – Kris Tiner, Dagny’s, 1/25/14, photo by Andrew Koeth


IAHRQ LP Release Shows

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (with Kris Tiner and Phillip Greenlief)

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (with Kris Tiner and Phillip Greenlief)



In February 2012, the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet assembled at Metro Galleries in downtown Bakersfield to record a live set of four original compositions in front of a packed house, with special guests Phillip Greenlief on tenor saxophone and Kris Tiner on trumpet. The show was organized by Epigraph Records, a new grassroots label devoted to presenting unusual and esoteric new music in Bakersfield. The IAHRQ are at the forefront of this scene. Blending Ethiopian funk with the outer realms of cosmic jazz and atonal psychedelia, these four young musicians weave a sound that is explicitly their own, while proudly paying tribute to their influences.

 
Sunday, December 1, 8pm
Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet + Phillip Greenlief + Kris Tiner
and Kris Tiner/Beth Schenck/Motoko Honda Trio
Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA
More info on Facebook

Monday, December 2, 8pm
Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet + Kris Tiner
Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s, Sacramento, CA

Friday, December 6, 9pm
Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet + Kris Tiner
First Friday at Going Underground Records, Bakersfield, CA
 

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet



In February 2012, the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet assembled at Metro Galleries in downtown Bakersfield to record a live set of four original compositions in front of a packed house, with special guests Phillip Greenlief on tenor saxophone and Kris Tiner on trumpet. The show was organized by Epigraph Records, a new grassroots label devoted to presenting unusual and esoteric new music in Bakersfield. The IAHRQ are at the forefront of this scene. Blending Ethiopian funk with the outer realms of cosmic jazz and atonal psychedelia, these four young musicians weave a sound that is explicitly their own, while proudly paying tribute to their influences.

The second LP release from Bakersfield-based Epigraph Records is now available. It’s been well over a year in the making, but thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign we’ll be rolling this one out over the next few weeks. Check the events page for info on album release shows in the works.

Pre-order the LP at the Epigraph Bandcamp site and get an instant album download. Use the discount code “astro15” at checkout for 15% off downloads and LP pre-orders, for a limited time only.