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Michael Manring, Henry Kaiser, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, and Vinny Golia:
March 06, 2013
Exploring new territories in a cross genre collaboration
Wednesday, March 6
Grammy winner Henry Kaiser is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz and experimental music, and is one of the most extensively recorded as well, having appeared on more than 225 different albums and contributed to countless television and film soundtracks. A restless collaborator who constantly seeks the most diverse contexts for his music, Henry performs frequently throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Along with Davey Williams and Eugene Chadbourne, he is considered one of the "three founding fathers of American free improvisational guitar"; his recording/performance credits read like a Who’s Who of the musical world and range from artists like David Lindley and Herbie Hancock to Jerry Garcia, Billy Kreutzmann and Miroslav Tadic. He is also a scientific diver in the U.S. Antarctic Program, and for almost two decades he taught underwater research at U.C. Berkeley, where he was an early pioneer in the use of underwater video for scientific research and diver training. Henry has had a parallel career in film and television for over 30 years, working as a producer, director and soundtrack composer. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work as the producer for Werner Herzog's film “Encounters At The End Of The World” on which he was also the underwater camera and soundtrack composer; he also worked on 3 other Herzog films: “The Wild Blue Yonder”, “Grizzly Man”, and “Little Dieter Needs To Fly”.
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan sings classical Carnatic music with distinction, innovation, and an inimitable personal style. Dubbed a "local treasure" by SF Classical Voice, and "a magnet for local Indian classical musicians" by the S.F. Chronicle, Gautam has galvanized the local scene, his compelling musicality and unique approach enabling him to inflect a tradition through himself so that listeners feel it speaks directly to them, and that its subtle beauty has grown new roots. Gautam's music expresses authenticity more than ethnicity, immediacy more than nostalgia - it is "new music from an old tradition" (S.F. JAZZ Festival), representing the "ecstatic edge of contemporary Indian classical music" (S.F. International Arts Festival).
Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what's possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. Michael has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings and thousands of live shows around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo and Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. He has worked with a diverse collection of artists including the late guitar genius Michael Hedges, New Age keyboardist Suzanne Ciani, fusion guitarist Steve Morse, celebrated folk troubadour John Gorka, experimental post-metal rockers Tim Alexander (Primus) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) and electro-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby. He has earned two gold records, Grammy and Bammie nominations, a Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Just Plain Folks Awards and numerous Bass Player Magazine Reader's Poll awards including 1994 Bassist of the Year. His innovative solo concerts and expressive skills led The San Jose-Mercury News to call him "...a virtuoso electric bassist who's almost single-handedly redefined the outer limits of the instrument" and The Philadelphia Inquirer to refer to him as simply "...the hottest bassist today."
As a composer Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. He has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer,Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny's recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly "ten best" lists. He was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone, ranked first in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic's Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the L.A. Weekly’s Award for "Best Jazz Musician". Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Vinny has been a featured performer with the likes of artists such as Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Patti Smith, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst a list of other notables too long to name.