Thursday July 27
Blood of the Air
Sheldon Brown - composer, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Darren Johnston - trumpet; Lorin Benedict - voice; Andrew Joron - theremin; Dave MacNab - guitar; John Finkbeiner - guitar; Jonathan Alford - Piano; Vijay Anderson - drums; Alan Hall - drums
Blood of the Air is a suite of pieces based on the poetry and speech melodies of Beat-era Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia. This exciting new composition features a greatly expanded version of Brown’s working band and utilizes recordings of Lamantia reading his own work, with the pitches and cadence of the poet’s voice providing the raw melodic and rhythmic material, in addition to live readings by poet Andrew Joron and interpretations of Lamantia’s speech melodies by vocalist Lorin Benedict. A 20-year veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene, Brown has led the Sheldon Brown Group since 1994, and recently assembled a quintet devoted to the music of the criminally overlooked piano genius Herbie Nichols. He has performed worldwide with Cuban piano master Omar Sosa, appearing on five of Sosa’s albums, and is in constant demand as a performer in the Bay Area, working extensively with Club Foot Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra and Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane.
Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on 5 of Sosaʼs albums. As a composer, Brown has written music for his own groups and many of the other groups he performs with. For Club Foot Orchestra he composed music for the silent ﬁlms, Metropolis, Sherlock Jr., Pandoraʼs Box, and The Hands of Orlac. He also wrote music for Club Footʼs scores for the cartoon series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, which aired on CBS.