Phillip Greenlief - woodwinds | Trevor Dunn - contrabass
Scott Amendola - drums/electronics/percussions
Scott Amendola, Trevor Dunn and Phillip Greenlief have a collective and individual history that spans three decades and many continents. They have recorded as acclaimed duo records and performed up and down the west coast as a trio. While the members have been active in pairs in numerous ensembles, this is their first set of performances as a trio in nearly 20 years. Their approach to free improvisation is to explore the many genres of music they are known for, which spans rock, metal, funk, jazz, post-classical and film music. Expect the level of excitement to be high - these musicians are ecstatic to be working together again as a unit and are ready to deliver that joy to their audiences.
Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Meredith Monk, Rashaun Mitchell and They Might Be Giants. Albums include LANTSKAP LOGIC with Fred Frith and Evelyn Davis, THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and the Banff Center for the Arts. His critical writing has been published in Artforum, OPEN SPACE (SFMOMA) and Signal to Noise.
"The Bay Area's do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief." – Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle
Bassist Trevor Dunn was a co-founder and composer in the avant rock band Mr. Bungle (with vocalist Mike Patton), which started in 1985 in Northern California. In 1992 he moved to San Francisco, and while continuing as a member of Mr. Bungle, began working with the best of the Bay Area's creative improvisers and musicians such as Rova Saxophone Quartet, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and more. He has performed a variety of styles, with a background in punk and death metal, contemporary classical, blues, and jazz -- both standard and free. Through the '90s, Dunn was also active, rock-wise, in the Secret Chiefs 3, a side project with two other Mr. Bungle members, which released two CDs. In addition to playing in this group, Dunn was a member of the jazz outfits Graham Connah's Sour Note Seven, Junk Genius, and various Ben Goldberg groups. At the end of the '90s, Dunn worked on the cult hardcore project Fantômas with Patton, Slayer's Dave Lombardo, and Buzz Osbourne of the Melvins, and led his own jazz group, Trio-Convulsant, whose first CD came out in 1999 on Buzz Records. After moving to Brooklyn in 2000, Dunn remained active as both leader and sideman in a variety of avant projects, including a number of ensembles led by saxophonist/composer John Zorn.
For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.
No project better displays Amendola’s big ears and musical ambitions than “Fade To Orange”, an orchestral piece commissioned as part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Irvine Foundation-funded New Visions/New Vistas initiative. The roiling work premiered to critical acclaim at Oakland’s Paramount Theater on April 15, 2011.
As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with a vast, stylistically varied roster of artists, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Mondo Cane, John Scofield, Cibo Matto, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Wadada Leo Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Kelly Joe Phelps, Larry Klein, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, Paul McCandless, Rebecca Pidgeon, and the Joe Goode Dance Group.
Over a career spanning more than three decades, Amendola has forged deep ties across the country, and throughout the world. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist, and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. He’s never more than one degree away from a powerful musical hook-up.