One of the Bay Area’s indispensable musicians, drummer Scott Amendola can often be found in stripped-down settings, duking it out in his long-running duo with Hammond organist Wil Blades in Amendola vs. Blades or investigating spacious soundscapes in his new duo with bassist Zach Ostroff, Turning Into a Butterfly.
But as one year gets set to metamorphosize into the next, Amendola is assembling a formidable collection of improvisers in Orchestra di Pazzi (which could translate as crazy orchestra), which includes vocalists Aurora Josephson and Pamela Z; guitarists Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith and John Schott; ROVA saxophonists Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams; vibraphonist Mark Clifford; cellist Crystal Pascucci; violinists Alisa Rose and Christina Stanley; and percussionists William Winant, Robert Lopez and Jordan Glenn. Whether splitting up into various smaller configurations or playing all together, the ensemble is conceived as a vehicle for impromptu exploration of sonic textures, dynamics, and interplay.
The gang will perform Dec. 30 at Slim’s in San Francisco. - East Bay Times