Gavin Templeton is a Los Angeles based saxophonist and composer. He “has become a pivotal force in the L.A. progressive jazz scene” says Glenn Astarita of All About Jazz. Labeled as a “Los Angeles alto saxophone phenomenon” by Robert Bush of the San Diego Reader, Templeton always plays with tenacity, virtuosity and fire. Josef Woodard of DownBeat Magazine says, “Templeton boasts an assured yet adventurous voice, sometimes with nods to Ornette Coleman and Henry Threadgill.”
Templeton’s jazz trio embarks on a west coast tour this December. With Templeton on alto saxophone, Richard Giddens on bass and Gene Coye on drums - each a virtuoso in his own right - this group of young bucks play with fearless energy, extraordinary sensitivity, and a maturity far beyond their years. Templeton has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Charlie Haden, Wayne Shorter, Vinny Golia, and Joe LaBarbera. This past November, he went into the studio with Nels Cline to record on the guitar genius’ most recent album. Giddens, an exhilaratingly enthusiastic bassist exudes a raw gritty spirit on his instrument. He has performed with Larry Goldings, Robert Glasper, and STOMP. Coye, the illustrious left coast powerhouse drummer has made his mark on the world music scene touring and performing with Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, and Christian Scott. The trio’s music mixes beautifully soaring melodies with dynamic rhythmic drive, taking the listener on a musical safari of sonic exploration.
Gavin Templeton "Asterperious Special" Live at the Blue Whale, Los Angeles
Gavin Templeton "December" Live at the Blue Whale, Los Angeles
The Michael Mull Octet
The Michael Mull Octet is a chameleon ensemble of emerging Los Angeles talent. Performing the original works of composer/multi-instrumentalist Michael Mull, this group explores a soundscape of cinematic colors, deep-seated groove, fiery improvisations, and yearning melody that ranges from sweet and nostalgic to crushing and electrifying.
Featuring Michael Mull – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet Frank Silva – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone Harrison Kirk – Trombone and Bass Trombone Will Wulfeck – Trombone Tim Fischer – Guitars Greg Uhlmann – Guitars Emilio Terranova – Double-bass Mike Lockwood – Drums and percussion
"I formed the Michael Mull Octet in 2011 with a goal of tapping into some musical influences and directions that hadn't truly had an outlet in my own writing and playing, and to occupy a space that I felt was missing in the musical landscape.
I grew up listening to classic rock from the 60's, 70's and 80's. As I grew in years and in music, I continued to Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, Pantera and Meshuggah, to electronic film scores by Ulver, to Björk, to Bulgarian women's choirs. This music all means so much to me, and is so varied, I have always looked for ways to distill and filter what I love about each sound into my own music. The Octet has been the most successful attempt at this synthesis – the result is intensely personal music, but presented in a way that I hope can connect the listener to their own experiences and thoughts in a meaningful way.
I selected the musicians for the Octet carefully. They each have a unique sound and are strong voices as soloists, but they also have the musical sensitivity to play as an ensemble. The music I write for the group is extremely intricate at times, and more visceral at others, and the careful balance of each part is essential to a successful performance. The musical “responsibility” is great – I trust these fine performers to play all the music, written and unwritten.
As we prepare to go into the studio in February 2014 to record our first album, I feel very honored to be at the helm of the Michael Mull Octet. Each composition continues to become greater than its' original conception through the dedication and artistry of the players. It is my hope to highlight the talents of each of my amazing colleagues, and create a listening experience that the listener can take into themselves and return to again and again, discovering more layers, feeling more of the physical and spiritual motion of the music each time. Let's see what you can find."
— Michael Mull
Michael Mull Octet - Sources
Michael Mull Octet - The People Who Raised Us
Walsh Set Trio
Walsh Set Trio is dedicated to exploring improvisation through contemporary classical music, jazz, and noise making.
Brian Walsh - clarinet and bass clarinet Trevor Anderies - drums Colin Burgess - bass
In addition to Brian Walsh’s compositions and a healthy dose of free improvisation, the group also draws inspiration from African and Bulgarian music.
Brian Walsh is a musician who is interested in sound and communication, regardless of the genre. Mr. Walsh specializes in performance on the clarinet and bass clarinet, and is fluent in many styles of music. He is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts (MFA, BFA), and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Mr. Walsh frequently performs with such diverse groups as Inauthentica, The New Century Players, The Industrial Jazz Group, PLOTZ!, The Doug McDonald Brass and Woodwind Coalition, and the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble.
Mr. Walsh also leads Walsh Set Trio, a jazz ensemble focusing on the performance of his own compositions. Performances have taken him to Japan, Canada, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Iceland, and all over the United States. He has premiered pieces by Luigi Nono, Girard Grisey, James Newton, Rosalie Hirs and many others. Past collaborators have included Peter Maxwell Davies, Gavin Bryars, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Money Mark, Bright Eyes, James Newton, Larry Koonse, Muhal Richard Abrams, the Henry Mancini Orchestra, and the Riverside Philharmonic.
Mr. Walsh is also an active private teacher and clinician. He is an instructor at Baxter-Northup Music, the Oakwood School, and the Academy of Creative Education.
CULA Live at the Blue Whale: Walsh Set Trio - "The Legend of Tiss" - "The Imperial" - "Three"
For someone who initially wanted to be an astronaut, composer Derrick Spiva Jr. writes music that could be more rooted in our Earthly humanity. Drawing his inspiration from disparate cultures the world over, and embracing a global view of our connected spirits, Spiva's music is transcendent, unifying, danceable, and as the Los Angeles Times says "enormous fun." His debut album Prisms, Cycles, Leaps is a lush, rhythmic, and soaring exploration of our modern humanity, bound by sound, and propelled by incredible optimism and pure joy.