Program Type: 
Community Engagement

Apr 17: Jazz Pop-Up Club & stitch and b*tch

April 17, 2014
Grand Lobby


Monthly, see dates below
Grand Lobby
The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. YBCA's Grand Lobby and Front Door Gallery will come alive during ConVerge events with social art, live music and inspiring curated performances, as well as drinks prepared by YBCA mixologists.

Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena, FREE art, drinks, fun… Get your culture on each month in downtown San Francisco with artworks, talks, performances, and interactive events throughout the neighborhood!

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  • ConVerge: Jazz & Stitch
    Apr 17, 2014 4:00pm – 8:00pm
    Grand Lobby

    YBCA ConVerge presents a communal "stitch and b*tch" session led by embroidery artist Mei-ling Humphrey and her visiting mother, Catherine Wong. From 4:30-6 PM, sit around a giant embroidery hoop with Mei and Catherine, engaging in communal learning, labor, and expression.

    In addition, YBCA Artist-in Residence Myra Melford partners with Berkeley's Jazzschool to present a Jazz Pop-Up Club featuring a cross-section of inter-generational Jazzschool students. The sextet unites middle school, high school and college age players, led by trumpeter and Jazzschool Young Musicians Program director Erik Jekabson. Besides featuring trumpeter Erik Jekabson, the ensemble includes Eric Nakanishi and Quinn Rocklinone on saxophone, Arabelle Schoenberg on piano, Kanoa Mendenhall on bass, and Dillon Vado on drums.

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  • ConVerge: 0th and Infrasound
    May 15, 2014 4:00pm – 8:00pm
    Grand Lobby

    Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All the Time, May’s YBCA ConVerge investigates sound’s relationship to the body through special performances by 0th and Infrasound. 0th is an all-female group whose performances incorporate dance, sculptural installation-based electronic instruments, multi-channel video installations, and robotics to investigate technology’s hold on contemporary life. Members include Jacqueline Gordon, Caryl Kientz, Canner MEFE, and Amanda Warner. Infrasound is a spatial acoustic concert series initiated and performed by Scott Arford and Randy Yau, one that provides a framework for exploring the complex relationship between sound, space, perception, and the body. Demanding that the audience “hear with their body,” Infrasound investigates the possibility of sound, especially low frequencies, to measure the capacity of architecture; it is about the physicality of sound and the physical experience of sound.

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Artist Bio

Apr 17
Myra Melford
emerged in the early '90s as one of the most highly acclaimed young jazz pianists of the day. Her career has been defined by a restless curiosity and openness to collaborative creativity that is reflected in her highly personal, idiosyncratic style, which incorporates such wide ranging influences as the Chicago blues, Zen Buddhism, and the “organic philosophy” of Frank Lloyd Wright. Melford was the recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Music in 2012 and a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award in 2013, and is currently an artist-in-residence at YBCA, leading an initiative to increase appreciation of jazz, particularly among women and youth, and to strengthen the Bay Area jazz ecology.

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer, and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students. Erik has three CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Anti-Mass”, released in 2012 on his own Jekab’s Music label, “Crescent Boulevard” (also on Jekab’s Music) and “Intersection”, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena, FREE art, drinks, fun… Get your culture on each month in downtown San Francisco with artworks, talks, performances, and interactive events throughout the neighborhood!

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
Adobe Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts