Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

Embodied Singing Circle

  • The Dance Barn

No experience necessary!
Sliding scale $20-40
Pre-registration required: tangledmusic@gmail.com

At the Dance Barn in Sebastopol (exact location to be given with registration)

For thousands of years, humans have been gathering to sing songs together. Singing connects us to our bodies and spirits, to each other, to the world around us, to the past, and to our sense of the sacred. Singing is for EVERYONE. It is our birthright and our calling. We must remember how to sing together, to join our voices in a web of expression and community.

In this workshop, we will create a space of reverence together, and we will fill it with our singing. We will learn songs that are steeped in history and memory. We will explore the full range of our expressive voices, finding new power, confidence and subtlety. We will discover how our bodies are deep wells of sound.

Facilitator Jesse Olsen Bay has been performing, composing, and teaching music for over 20 years. He grew up in a singing family, before studying at Bennington College with legendary percussionist/healer Milford Graves. He now leads and performs with several groups around in the North Bay and beyond, and collaborates frequently with dancers and choreographers. In this workshop, he will drawn on his experience with American folk song, North Indian classical singing, embodied voice, and his own family's musical culture, to create a unique and transformative environment for exploration and connection.

Jul
23
8:00 pm20:00

Ramon & Jessica in Oakland

  • Avonova

Dina and I will be playing at this wonderful house concert venue in Oakland. Intimate, acoustic, bring your own refreshments. You know how rare it is to see us live these days!

Jul
22
8:00 pm20:00

Ramon & Jessica in Sebastopol

  • Downtown Dance

Dina's in town, and we're playing two shows! Don't miss your annual chance to see us live. This is a very small, intimate space in downtown Sebastopol. Special guests to be announced.

Jul
2
9:00 pm21:00

Orkestar Radacina in Oakland

  • Woods Beer Co.

The North Bay's favorite Balkan Brass band (with yours truly playing tapan) will make its Oakland debut at Woods Beer, with special guest trumpeter Michael Margulis.

Feb
20
2:00 pm14:00

SoCo Dance Theater - live a cappella for modern dance

  • Sonoma State University

On February 20 and 21, I' performing live music to new dance by choreographer Kristen Daley. I've composed an original score for a cappella trio, and I'll be joined by the fabulous singers Kaya Martischius and Donna Denevan-Lynch. Also on the program are new works by several other North Bay choreographers.

Sat, Feb 20, 2:00pm and 7:30 pm
Sun, Feb 21, 2:00pm
Ives Hall 119, Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA
Tickets online: http://www.sonoma.edu/theatreanddance/productions/ssu-soco-2016.html

Sep
12
8:00 pm20:00

Roses Are Blue: San Francisco

  • Red Poppy Arthouse

Ramon & Jessica's all-star a cappella big band sings Gertrude Stein!

Sat Sept 12, 8pm, $10-20

Red Poppy Arthouse, 2698 Folsom, San Francisco

 

Dina Maccabee and Jesse Olsen Bay, known as Ramon & Jessica, will present a new work, Roses are Blue, a suite for vocal ensemble inspired by experimental author Gertrude Stein’s 1938 children’s book The World is Round. The song cycle explores Stein’s playful language and imagery, using lyrical melodies and complex rhythms to tell the story of the young adventurer Rose and her fellow characters, from Pepe the dog to her irreverent cousin Willie and his pet lion.

Performances will feature the voices of Ramon & Jessica, with an all-star ensemble, featuring Kitka alum Caitlin Austin; pioneering jazz vocalist Lorin Benedict; Sleepytime Gorilla Museum alum Michael Mellender; and composer, and multi-instrumentalist and time artist Ron Shalom. Esteemed poet Judy Grahn, a pioneer of feminist writing who has published a book on Gertrude Stein, will narrate.

Funded by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program, Roses are Blue continues R&J’s decade-long juxtaposition of “art,” “folk,” and “popular” music. Using Stein’s story as a springboard, this new work challenges the conventions of a cappella music, in intimate all-ages venues.

Sep
11
8:00 pm20:00

Roses Are Blue: Berkeley

  • Subterranean Arthouse

Ramon & Jessica's all-star a cappella big band sings Gertrude Stein!

Fri Sept 11, 8pm, $10-20

Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft, Berkeley

 

Dina Maccabee and Jesse Olsen Bay, known as Ramon & Jessica, will present a new work, Roses are Blue, a suite for vocal ensemble inspired by experimental author Gertrude Stein’s 1938 children’s book The World is Round. The song cycle explores Stein’s playful language and imagery, using lyrical melodies and complex rhythms to tell the story of the young adventurer Rose and her fellow characters, from Pepe the dog to her irreverent cousin Willie and his pet lion.

Performances will feature the voices of Ramon & Jessica, with an all-star ensemble, featuring Kitka alum Caitlin Austin; pioneering jazz vocalist Lorin Benedict; Sleepytime Gorilla Museum alum Michael Mellender; and composer, and multi-instrumentalist and time artist Ron Shalom. Esteemed poet Judy Grahn, a pioneer of feminist writing who has published a book on Gertrude Stein, will narrate.

Funded by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program, Roses are Blue continues R&J’s decade-long juxtaposition of “art,” “folk,” and “popular” music. Using Stein’s story as a springboard, this new work challenges the conventions of a cappella music, in intimate all-ages venues.

Jan
31
8:00 pm20:00

Songs of Dark Radiance - evening performance

  • Point Reyes Dance Palace

SONGS OF DARK RADIANCE: a music and dance performance

Jesse Olsen Bay; composer, musician and Virginia Matthews; choreographer, dancer have teamed up to present a performance of music and dance based on “Makings” a song cycle inspired by the unpublished writings of renowned author Tillie Olsen. A charismatic performer and distinguished composer, Jesse Olsen Bay weaves an intimate journey of his grandmother Tillie Olsen’s reflections through voice, piano, guitar and other musical instruments. Acclaimed choreographer Virginia Matthews has created her responses to both the musical compositions and the imagery of the songs through solo, duet and group dances. This is a unique glimpse into the world of an artist, musing on her artistic process, revisiting her memories and facing the end of her life. The spirit of Tillie Olsen has inspired these two artists in their own creative journeys to reveal the essence of the arc of a life in this live performance.

Jan
31
2:00 pm14:00

Songs of Dark Radiance - matinee

  • Point Reyes Dance Palace

SONGS OF DARK RADIANCE: a music and dance performance

Jesse Olsen Bay; composer, musician and Virginia Matthews; choreographer, dancer have teamed up to present a performance of music and dance based on “Makings” a song cycle inspired by the unpublished writings of renowned author Tillie Olsen. A charismatic performer and distinguished composer, Jesse Olsen Bay weaves an intimate journey of his grandmother Tillie Olsen’s reflections through voice, piano, guitar and other musical instruments. Acclaimed choreographer Virginia Matthews has created her responses to both the musical compositions and the imagery of the songs through solo, duet and group dances. This is a unique glimpse into the world of an artist, musing on her artistic process, revisiting her memories and facing the end of her life. The spirit of Tillie Olsen has inspired these two artists in their own creative journeys to reveal the essence of the arc of a life in this live performance.

Jul
13
3:00 pm15:00

Makings Album Release Concert - Berkeley

  • Maybeck Recital Hall

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Come help me celebrate the album release of Makings. Ten years in creation, this song cycle is based on unpublished writings by my grandmother, acclaimed author/activist Tillie Olsen. For this performance, I will be collaborating with poet Rebekah Edwards (my cousin and a grandchild of Tillie's), who will be reading original work.

Maybeck Recital Hall is a truly special venue -- an intimate, historic concert hall in a private home designed by architect Bernard Maybeck.

Donations requested at the door.

Jul
11
7:30 pm19:30

Makings Album Release Concert - San Francisco

  • Red Poppy Art House

Come help me celebrate the album release of Makings. Ten years in creation, this song cycle is based on unpublished writings by my grandmother, acclaimed author/activist Tillie Olsen. For this performance, I will be collaborating with poet Rebekah Edwards (my cousin and a grandchild of Tillie's), who will be reading original work. Casey Van Portfleet will accompany me on percussion.

Also appearing is Charming Hostess, an amazing local group led by Jewlia Eisenberg.

Admission is $10 - 20. Doors open at 7pm.

Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

A Tribute to Tillie Olsen

  • Sebastopol Center for the Arts

At 7:00pm, I'll be performing songs from Makings (music from the journals of my grandmother, authot Tillie Olsen), with original choreography by Ginny Matthews. Readings from the new collection of Tillie's work, by her daughter Julie Olsen Edwards. Then at 8:00, Annie Hershey will show her film, "Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action".