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Thursday, May 24th – 7:30-9:30 pm
Lisa Mezzacappa Six: COSMICOMICS Salon #2!
Bookstore residency; $10 requested donation

New music for jazz sextet by the Lisa Mezzacappa Six, inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the history of the universe – developed in a series of salon performances at Bird & Beckett and concluding Saturday, November 3rd.

Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Bookstore Residency
& Work-in-Progress Salons
4 Thursdays at 7:30pm
April 19/May 24/July 5/S
ept 13
$10 Suggested Donation

Concert Finale
Saturday, Nov 3 at 7:30pm
$20 cover charge

Over a series of Thursday evening salons, Lisa and her colleagues are developing an original suite of music inspired by Calvino’s supremely imaginative stories of incidents in the history of the universe and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos.

Mezzacappa’s sensibility as a composer “embraces the full panorama of jazz sound and feeling, from bluesy grooves to abstract soundscapes, playful collective improvisation and richly layered melodies that blend electric and acoustic textures.” Her suite of music for this same ensemble, avantNOIR, was drawn from crime novels by Hammett and Auster,  and earned a 4-1/2 star review in Downbeat Magazine in 2017. avantNOIR was performed at SFJazz as well as Bird & Beckett and other venues. We welcome her and her colleagues back to Bird & Beckett with unbridled enthusiasm.



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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

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