Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents
Banyan Tree (Los Angeles)
Banyan Tree is an improvisatory duet formed in Los Angeles (2017) and peopled by Maneesh Raj Madahar and Jamie Green, on Fender Rhodes and amplified violin, respectively. Their rigorously naivist sound unfurls by tapping into vague hints of Hindustani classical modality and a tendency toward ephemeral geometrical structures, interlocking melodic and rhythmic forms which tend to appear and recede as do folding ocean ripples. The same techniques are applied similarly in their use of rhythmic and repetitive verbal recitations, which induce a heightened sensation of word-shapes while remaining primarily abstract-musical.
Samantha Weinert is a frequent collaborator with Marc Kate and is interested both in live improvisational performance and exploring new ways to expressively and meaningfully interface with electronic instruments. She aims to deconstruct commonly-held assumptions about how such instruments are played, and feels strongly that new paradigms of instrument design lead to new modes of experience and inevitably to new forms of music. Her exploration of these ideas has led to her current instrument, a synthesizer played by breath controller and modified polypressure keyboard. She studied fine art, music, and philosophy at the University of Illinois (Urbana) and currently works as a synth tech at Waveformless in Temescal, Oakland.
Joshua Allen (solo)
Joshua Allen has created his own personal language on the tenor saxophone, with an emphasis on polytonal and asymmetrical phrasing, as well as extending the range and sonic ability of the instrument. He does this with constant emphasis and study of the overtone series, and the generation of multiphonics from the application of this process.