Life’s Blood Quartet with special guest Amber McZeal

by on January 30, 2015

Life’s Blood “damn well rock their Jazz” says blogger disaster amnesiac, while exploring the influences and inspirations that make the art of jazz and improvisation timeless. The ensemble pays tribute as well as brings to light, reinvents, deconstructs, and breaths life into the deeper realms of their collective body of memory. Originally created by saxophonist Rent Romus while on tour in Northern Europe in 1999, the group currently features drummer/percussionist Timothy Orr along with a cast of guest performers from the local San Francicsco scene. Romus and the LBQ roll into Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park this Sunday.

Hailed by Downbeat as having “…a bold sound, unmistakeable sincerity and conviction”, Rent Romus is a force spanning over 25 years of music production curating over 80 shows a year for the new music, avant garde, and jazz communities as well as leading several groups from rollicking jazz to free abstract chamber music, to sounds tracks for film and dance. Timothy Orr studied drums with Edward Blackwell from 1985-89 at Wesleyan University. Timothy has played with musicians in many fields, including Josh Roseman, Stephen Schwartz, Marco Eneidi, Richard Hell, Adam Lane, and many more.

The original members on the debut recording featured Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg and bassist Jonas Westergaard whom Romus met while on tour. Other performing musicians have included bassists Kim Cass, Markus, hunt, Jason Hoopes, and Scott Wallton, as well as drummer Philip Everett pianist Thollem McDonas, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and bassist Eric Marshall.

Word is Law, all life is vibration, and intention dictates experience. These words have shaped and guided the artistic and creative maturation of Amber McZeal over the past decade. Beginning in the swampy halls of New Orleans, Amber began her journey under the tutelage of Mr. Ellis Marsalis and Leah Chase, studying jazz vocalization. Her passion for harmony and humanitarianism led her down a path of scientific inquiry: an inter-disciplinary intersection of neuroscience, quantum theory, and acoustic art. Amber has recently received her Bachelor of Arts with a focus on vibrational theories and sacred intellectualism. Her current body of work, Mudzimu, is a combination of original music compositions and cultural, futurist mythos that is committed to expanding the discussion of trauma, life and identity from the purview of matter as vibrating energy. Amber is currently a Ph.D. student at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and resides in Oakland.

Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Quartet will be joined by poet, vocalist, and researcher Amber McZeal for a fun filled wild ride at the legendary Bird & Beckett Book store in Glen Park district of San Francisco. 2 blocks from Glen Park BART
Free Admission Donations accepted

Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Quartet
with Timothy Orr, Adam Lowdermilk, Bill Noertker
and special guest Amber McZeal
Sunday, February 1st @ 4:30 pm

E. ”Doc” Smith

E. ”Doc” Smith

E. "Doc" Smith is a musician, producer and recording artist with Edgetone Records, who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Madonna, Mickey Hart and many others. He is also the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick and makes his home in San Francisco.

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