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My name is AVA MENDOZA. I play guitars and stompboxes and write music. Currently I'm based out of Brooklyn, NY, having recently relocated here from Oakland, CA. I have played guitar for most of my life and been active for the last decade playing my own music and in many different groups. In any context I try to bring expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music I play. I've toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with a broad spectrum of musicians including singer Carla Bozulich (The Geraldine Fibbers, Evangelista), Fred Frith (Massacre, Henry Cow, Art Bears), Nels Cline, Weasel Walter, Tune-Yards, and more. I've played on recordings released by labels Weird Forest, Tzadik, Clean Feed, NotTwo, ugEXPLODE, Resipiscent, New Atlantis, and others.
Friendly critics have called me "Oakland's avant-jazz virtuoso" (Village Voice), "a versatile and virtuosic guitarist" (The San Francisco Film Society), "a wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique," (Lars Gotrich, A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz).

TIM DAHL is a composer and professional electric and double bass player, vocalist, and keyboardist living in New York City. He is best known as the frontman and bass player of the noise-rock band Child Abuse and bass player of the defunct avant-jazz group The Hub. He also writes and performs for the jazz ensemble Pulverize The Sound and the rock band Lydia Lunch's Retrovirus. Dahl has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan. He has performed with many notable musicians, composers and performers including Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, Eugene Chadbourne, Lydia Lunch, Tatsuya Yoshida, Von Freeman, Stanley Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Malcolm Mooney, Marc Ribot, Hamid Drake, Elliot Sharp, Weasel Walter, Marni Nixon, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Mick Barr, Jan Terri etc.
http://timdahlmusic.com
SAM OSPOVAT- Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, I played piano and sang in boys' choir before picking up my first pair of drumsticks in 5th grade. Late nights spent improvising in friends' parents' basements eventually revealed to me the wisdom of moving to the Bay Area, where I studied percussion with William Winant, Peter Magadini, George Marsh and lately with the Haitian master drummer Daniel Brevil. Recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY, I play drums in Beep, Naytronix,Timosaurus, Passwords (duo with Lorin Benedict), CavityFang, Young Nudist, Enablers and my solo project PIKI. I was lucky to play with Cecil Taylor, Leo Smith, and Maryanne Amacher at Mills College, where I received my MFA in percussion performance. Since then I've worked with Tuneyards, Ava Mendoza, William Winant, The SF Contemporary Music Players, Aram Shelton, Ches Smith, members of Rova Saxophone Quartet, Bill McHenry, Angelica Sanchez, and Phillip Greenlief.
http://samospovat.com/
 


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DOMINIQUE LEONE is a composer, keyboardist, DJ and music journalist based in San Francisco.  His records have appeared on Smalltown Supersound, Important, Feedelity and Upcode, and he regularly performs in the Bay Area, as well as having toured the US and Europe.  Dominique has worked with a wide range of artists including Matmos, R.Stevie Moore, Hans-Peter Lindstrom, Fred Frith, William Winant, Kevin Blechdom and Max Tundra.  His 2010 remix of Steve Reich's 2x5 was selected by the composer himself as top remix among hundreds of entries, and was released by Nonesuch Records shortly afterwards.  He also appeared on the Boredoms' Super Roots 10 EP, performing on Lindstrom's remix for the Japanese band.  His most recent music project was a new production of Igor Stravinsky's Les Noces opera, producing a recording with two pianists, and recording the entire vocal score for full choir and soloists himself.  He recently worked with experimental guitarist Frith on a new performance of his 1980 Gravity LP.  As a writer, Dominique has been featured in Pitchfork, AllMusic, PASTE and many other publications, and presented a paper at the 2007 EMP Pop Music Conference in Seattle, WA.

NICK TAMBURRO is a drummer who has contributed his “endlessly inventive polyrhythmic suppleness” (ThrillJockey.com) to the worlds of improvised music, jazz, death metal, indie pop, experimental rock, and orchestral & new music. He feels most at home when these separate spheres collide. Nick has played and toured extensively in the US, Europe, the UK, Scandinavia and Australia with The Dead Science (Constellation Records, named Best Jazz/Experimental Band - Seattle Weekly), Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista, Daniel Johnston, Dominique Leone band, Craig Wedren / Shudder To Think, Parenthetical Girls, Jherek Bischoff, Anni Rossi, Soko and many more. He has released albums on Constellation, Weird Forest, Tomlab, Absolutely Kosher, Deathbomb Arc and Marriage Records. Outside of band settings, he has performed with Seattle performance art group Implied Violence, played percussion as part of Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Orchestra, played live films scores(The Bat for SF Film Society, Baraka for Cornell University, and shorter works for animator Stefan Gruber and for Chamber Music Day in San Francisco), composed an audiobook percussion soundtrack for the novel The Wikkeling, and performed in visual artist Chris Duncan’s multimedia museum project THE SUN.

 

   

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USA: Ava Mendoza, ava(dot)mendoza(at)gmail.com
Europe: Saudades Tourneenjakob (at) saudades.at