Creative Jazz Ensemble: Women Creators

Mondays 8:15 - 9:45 pm 9/18 - 12/4 (10 weeks) no class 11/20

Creative Jazz Ensemble: Women Creators
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Mon
Instructor Lisa Mezzacappa
Status inperson event

The Creative Jazz Ensemble is designed for improvising musicians interested in stretching the boundaries of harmony, time, texture, and form. In the Women Creators ensemble, we will explore and arrange music by women composer-improvisers past and present, such as Mary Halvorson, Myra Melford, Mary Lou Williams, Ingrid Laubrock, Linda Oh, Nicole Mitchell, and Geri Allen, as well as leading voices from West Coast jazz communities today – and explore tunes in the new fakebook, “New Standards: 101 Lead sheets by Women Composers.”

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 10). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 10 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
9/18 – 12/4 (10 weeks) no class 10/2, 10/9, 11/20

One of those three dates will be made up before the performance on a date TBD, so there will be a total of 9 class meetings, plus the performance.
Lisa Mezzacappa, $395 (In-person)

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.