Turning Into A Butterfly — Zachary Ostroff & Scott Amendola
w/ special guests
Julie Wolf and Vicki Randle
WED · JANUARY 17, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$10.00 — $12.00
Turning Into A Butterfly — Zachary Ostroff & Scott Amendola:
Is this rock’n’roll? Is it jazz? Is it Japanese, electronic Zydeco music? Turning Into A Butterfly is a metamorphosis (or should we say, meta-bro-phosis) of the dual forces of Scott Amendola and Zach Ostroff. Their original compositions for finding love in a disastrous world, back-to-back covers of Britney Spears and Ray Charles, World War II ballads, and spontaneously improvised soundscapes coalesce into streams of constantly-evolving, heartfelt, booty-grooving music.
When you read how Wikipedia defines Scott Amendola as a drummer, electronic musician, and orchestral composer as “central to the Bay Area music scene,” a certain degree of skepticism is understandable. But when you hear him play, you hear a drum master whose virtuosity only serves his desire to create genuinely felt music; his music transforms the desire for answers into a seeking of questions.
How do we define Zach Ostroff? “Bassist? Guitarist? Singer? Film composer?” He answers these questions with his latest obsession, the Bass VI, an historically neglected instrument that is precisely one octave lower than a standard guitar. Wielding this axe, he turns into bassist/guitarist/vocalist/sonic-explorer all at once.
Humans can find great joy in the most epic and trying of times. Sometimes, all it takes is the mutual trust of two musical risk-takers. That is what Turning into a Butterfly hopes to find.
Julie Wolf is a music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, music director and teacher. She has appeared on stages around the world and on numerous critically acclaimed recordings. She has collaborated with Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker, Bruce Cockburn, Amy Ray, Wayne Horvitz and Sia, among many others. Recent highlights include Autumn 2015 television performances with Carly Simon (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The View and Live with Kelly and Michael), recording a duet with Carly Simon for the release Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan — Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, producing Bruce Cockburn and working with Joan Baez. Julie has music directed with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse and most recently she was honored with a 2015 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Direction for her work in the Cetner Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre production of Girlfriend, a musical written by Todd Almond, directed by Les Waters, featuring the music of Matthew Sweet. Her original music for the 2009 documentary Sweet Crude was nominated for Best Original Score at the Maverick Movie Awards and received special mention in Variety.
Julie lives in Oakland, CA and is part of a vibrant creative community that includes musicians, dancers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, teachers and activists. She runs Julie Wolf Music, specializing in music production, composing for film and dance, sound design and music editing. Julie Wolf Music is located in the Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, CA. Also housed there is the legendary Fantasy Studios where Julie is an in-house music producer. Recent producing credits include Gina Breedlove’s Language of Light, Lost Jazz Ensemle’s The Lost American JazzBook (which won Jazz Vocal Album of the Year at the 2015/14th Annual Independent Music Awards), Rachel Friedman’s My Marching Band, Bekah Barnett’s Rise and Lucia Lilikoi’s Vessel. Julie also teaches music and production clinics, workshops and private students.
Vicki Randle,a native San Franciscan was born into a musical family, her father a jazz pianist and her brother, Tom Randle an opera singer. In fact her mother's baby shower took place at the Oakland club that her father was accompanying Billie Holiday in.
When she was 9, she found a discarded Silvertone guitar and taught herself to play Beatles songs, singing all the harmonies and other musical instrument parts. Becoming a multi-faceted, multi-talented multi-genre singer guitarist, bass player, drummer followed and the result is a 40 year long career playing with the biggest names in music.
Lead singer and percussionist with The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno led first by Branford Marsalis, then Kevin Eubanks for 18 years, where she performed with numerous guest acts, including Sirs Elton John, and Paul McCartney, Al Green, Patty LaBelle, Garth Brooks and James Taylor.
Vicki has toured with Kenny Loggins, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Wayne Shorter, Dr. John, Jeffery Osborne, Laura Nyro, performed with Mickey Hart, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, lead vocals with Herbie Hancock, Taj Mahal and George Benson, background vocals, guitar and percussion with performers as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Pete Escovido, Pharoah Sanders, Todd Rundgren, Cris Williamson and the late Levon Helm.
She has recorded countless ads, and soundtracks for dozens of films, performed on almost every continent, from Albert Hall to the White House.
She is also a singer songwriter, both solo: featuring songs from her CD “Sleep City,” and as «lead bassist and lead vocalist “ with the rock and soul band Skip the Needle with Shelley Doty, Kofy Brown and Katie Colpitts.
Vicki is currently touring with the legendary Mavis Staples.
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