Listening Lab — Women Creators, Women Leaders

Sun. 7:30–9 pm 4/7 – 4/28 (4 weeks)

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Listening Lab — Women Creators, Women Leaders
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department History Culture Aesthetics
Day Sun
Instructor Lisa Mezzacappa
Status online event

A four-week online listening class exploring great moments in jazz through the work of women who shaped musical movements as composers and bandleaders. We will learn about the lives and careers of artists like Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Hazel Scott, Carla Bley, Geri Allen, Matana Roberts, Alice Coltrane, Myra Melford, Maria Schneider, and others, and reflect on the obstacles and inequities women jazz artists have historically endured as professionals. But mostly, we will immerse ourselves in their powerful music, and learn about their motivations and inspirations as creators.

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.