Creative Jazz Ensemble: The Music of Carla Bley

Thursdays 8:15 - 9:45 pm 1/12 - 3/16 (10 weeks) Performance Date: 3/23

Creative Jazz Ensemble: The Music of Carla Bley
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Thu
Instructor Lisa Mezzacappa
Status inperson event

This quarter, the ensemble (sometimes called the Free Jazz Ensemble) explores the raucous, cinematic, quirky, moody, grooving music of brilliant composer, arranger, and pianist Carla Bley. Bley, who turned 86 this year, is an Oakland native and has been a creative force behind the musical careers of many artists, including Charlie Haden, Paul Bley, and Steve Swallow. This session, the band will explore, select, and arrange its own versions of classic and obscure Bley tunes.

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm

1/12 – 3/16 (10 weeks)

Performance Date: 3/23

Lisa Mezzacappa (in-person) $420

Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory. 


All ensembles require a placement audition. For audition guidelines and to application instructions, please visit the Ensemble page here.

About Lisa Mezzacappa


Berkeley, CA-based composer, bassist, and producer Lisa Mezzacappa has been an active part of California’s vibrant music community for nearly 20 years. Her activities as a composer and ensemble leader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, adventurous jazz, non-traditional opera, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance, and visual art. Recent projects include Cosmicomics, a suite for electro-acoustic jazz sextet based on Italo’s Calvino’s stories about the origins of the cosmos; Organelle, a chamber work for improvisers grounded in scientific processes; Glorious Ravage, an evening-length song cycle for large ensemble and films drawn from the writings of Victorian lady adventurers; and Touch Bass, a collaboration with choreographer Risa Jaroslow. She also co-leads the community improvisation ensemble, the duo B. Experimental Band, with drummer Jason Levis, and is collaborating with writer Beth Lisick on the serial audio opera The Electronic Lover.