Wordless Wednesday: Berkeley

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Downtown Berkeley

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Base 4 and the Bay Area Improvising Tag Team Ensemble

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Despite being extremely tired from a major event as well as a rehearsal this past weekend, I did manage to catch a performance of jazz and improvisational antics at Berkeley Arts this Sunday evening. The evening opened with Base 4, a jazz trio featuring Bruce Friedman on trumpet, Derek Bomback on guitar, and Alan Cook on drums and percussion.

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They performed very abstract versions of standards, including Afro Blue and Solar, two favorites of mine. There was also free improvisation and some lesser-known compositions. It was a technically strong performance, a full of creative details.

Then we switched rooms for a completely different experience with the “Bay Area Improvising Tag Team Ensemble.” Not really an ensemble, this cast of characters assembled by Moe! Staiano performed free improvisation “refereed” by Gino Robair. Basically, performers were given signals of when to start and stop, and could within that context tag one another to play together and switch instruments. There were, however, penalties that could be levied against performers. A penalty meant holding a can of motor oil and not playing until it lapsed or another penalty was committed.

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As with sporting events, one could find disagreement with the referee. In this case, I strongly disagreed with Gino’s giving Polly Moller a penalty for using a wah-wah pedal. We at CatSynth approve of wah-wah pedals.

Here are some other scenes from the evening’s performance. We begin with Matt Davignon on turntable and Moe! Staiano on drums.

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Bandmates Polly Moller (Reconnaissance Fly) and Melne Murphy (Surplus 1980).

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Mark Clifford and Kyle Bruckmann. Mark does not usually play bass.

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Brian Tester and Yacob Roli Glowniss.

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Rounding out the ensemble for the evening were Dominique LeoneJacob Felix HeuleJason Hoopes, and others who I have missed.

Overall it was a lot of fun to watch, especially when things got more rhythmical or when a penalty was eminent. The performers who I talked to seem to have a lot of fun as well.

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CatSynth pic: Ikea Rast Modular Synthesizer

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Ikea Rast modular and cats

From Appliancide.

“Cats are very into beefy terminal blocks.”

I was actually looking into the Ikea Rast as a hackable piece of studio furniture, but I’m not sure it is precisely what I need. If only there was a way to make it slightly wider…

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Carnival of the Cats 526

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We at CatSynth are happy to be hosting the Carnival of the Cats this weekend! It has been a while since we last hosted – indeed we have been a little remiss on participating of late. But we’re happy to be doing so today, and even updated our banner to reflect the changes underway with San Francisco’s street signs. But without further ado, let us get on to the cats.

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Over at StrangeRanger Maddie teaches us about the use of resources. Sunshine should be applied in the proper places, otherwise it is wasted.

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Meanwhile, our friends at Elvira reviews some great toys with an assist from Sneakers. In addition to the feather toy, there were mousies and balls as well, all from The Natural Pet Company. On a related note, we are sending good healthy thoughts and restful thoughts for our friend Daddy Kiril who greatly overdid it this past week. Cats fortunately make great nurses. But please stop by to leave some words of encouragement.

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Some good news about our friend Moosey at Animal Shelter Volunteer! His tests came back good, and his health is improving. He is home relaxing and quite contented with his humans, our friends Kevin and Tracey. We wish them all well.

We will continue to update through tonight as submissions come in, so please leave a comment or contact us if you like to be included.

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CatSynth pic: CV Sunday from Moog

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Another from our friends at Moog Music, Inc., via Twitter.

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This picture of a kitten on a Moog modular actually appeared here on CatSynth before. I leave it as an exercise to the reader to find the post :)

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Wordless Wednesday: Decatur

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decatur street

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CatSynth pic: Mimi and Minibrute

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We have another recent photo of Mimi, this time with an Arturia Minibrute.

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Submitted by Eric of of polynominal. As one can see in this pic, Mimi is getting older and having some health issues. We at CatSynth are sending her healing thoughts and vibes.

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CatSynth pic: Animoog

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Cat and Animoog

Today we have a gorgeous picture featuring a cat and the Animoog iPad app. Submitted by our friends at Moog Music, Inc., via Twitter.

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CatSynth pic: Mimi and Roland SP-808

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Mimi and Roland SP-808

We at CatSynth love Mimi! And we’re happy to feature her once again, this time with a Roland SP-808(EX).

Submitted by Eric of polynominal. Definitely check out his site if you haven’t already.

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Wordless Wednesday: Open (Kettleman City)

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