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Melanchoholics & Noertker/Oi Duo – SIMM Series | Musicians Union Hall, Local 6

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Date(s) - 10/16/2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Musicians Union Hall Local 6


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7:30pm The Melanchoholics

8:30pm Oi-Noertker Duo

  • Mark Oi — electric guitar, composition
  • Bill Noertker — electric bass, composition

David Beck is a world-class artist specializing in intimately-scaled moving sculptures. His work is in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection and includes a piece commissioned by the Museum that resides in the National Portrait Gallery. He has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art. In addition to this he is a baritone saxophonist. He and bassist Bill Noertker have been composing and performing together as the Melanchoholics for over a decade.

Mark Oi is a guitarist, composer and music educator that has been performing and recording nationally and internationally for the last 25 years in a variety of genres. He spent a decade performing, touring and collaborating with Danish jazz saxophone legend John Tchicai. During this time he performed on Danish and German National Radio, The Knitting Factory, Bauhaus, Copenhagen Jazz Haus, Yoshis, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Griefswald Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. In 2001 he relocated to Seattle, where he played with Clinton Fearon recording on 4 albums and toured the United States, France, England, Belgium, Canada, and Guam. In Seattle, Oi also worked with Publish the Quest, recording three albums and performing in Cape Verde, Zimbabwe, Portugal, Poland, Canada and the United States. He has worked with De Cajon, a seattle-based Afro-Peruvian ensemble, studying and performing with international artists Miguel Ballumbrosio, Marina Lavalle, Cotito, Robert Arguellas, and Monica Rojas. The jazz group, Reptet featured him as a guest artist on two CDs. Since relocating to Alameda he and bassist Bill Noertker have been composing and performing as a duo.

Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker’s Moxie, as a forum for his compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 150 pieces of music for this group and has released nine CDs, including three CDs of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, and three volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite.

He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film, The Commandments or the Nostril of Ektor Kaknavatos, that was selected for the Short Film Corner at the prestigious Festival de Cannes 2010, and scored the Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck” which is currently screening on the festival circuit.

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