TYSON JACKSON is a truly versatile drummer who has been refining his style with the many opportunities to study, perform, and be mentored by world-renowned artists including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Darren Barrett, AJ Wright, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, and Nona Hendryx, to name a few.
In his own words: “As I create and perform, I never lose focus of the idea that I must play to positively affect and influence the listener. Every time I play music, I count it as an absolute pleasure.”
A rock drummer turned vibraphonist, SASHA BERLINER is a musician, composer, producer, and band leader. She has studied with Stefon Harris whose influence, particularly with regard to harmony, is something that she felt was “nearly prophetic” in helping her liberate her unique style on the instrument.
The alternative jazz album, “Azalea” (2019), was nominated for JazzTimes 2019 Readers' Poll's “Best New Release.” The record takes on a trans-genre, politically charged, jazz-alternative sound, employing digital effects, synths, audio speech samples, and strings in the soundscape.
She performs national and internationally with her own band, and her recent notable performances and recordings have been with musicians such as Tyshawn Sorey, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, and Quincy Davis.
Sasha has been featured by The SF Jazz Education Center, PBS News Hour, NPR, WBGO, and The New York Times for both her musicianship and her activism surrounding intersectional feminism, representation, and mental wellness in the music industry. She was named the 2020 Downbeat Critics' Poll winner of the “Rising Star — Vibraphone” category. She was both the first woman, and at 21, was the youngest individual in the poll's history to be granted the win. She was voted in the top ten vibraphonists for the 2021 and 2022 Downbeat Reader's Polls, sharing a list with vibraphonists such as Joe Locke, Stefon Harris, and Joel Ross.
Tyson Jackson, drums
Sasha Berliner, vibrophone
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Art Exhibit by: STEVE PAINTER
STEVE PAINTER has been creating art for twenty years.
Currently he is creating non-representational works with the aim to engage the viewers to embrace their own experience through re/interpretation.
Words that describe his process are improvisation, spontaneity, accident, chance, experimentation. He almost always paints to music, which he believes contributes to the useful process of accessing “the wordless part of the brain.”
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