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OPTION: Lisa Mezzacappa

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N RAVENSWOOD Chicago (map)
OPTION: Lisa Mezzacappa

March 25, 2019

Doors At 7. Music At 7:30pm

San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa presents a program that showcases her far-ranging musical personality—combining improvisation, compositions, graphic scores, and music for experimental film. She performs solo in the first set and in duos with drummer Jason Levis, plus a surprise guest or two from the Chicago improvised music community.

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“Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) and Mezzacappa & Jason Levis (drums) duo.  "Highly prolific, SF Bay Area bassist, composer, bandleader and producer Lisa Mezzacappa has been active for more than a dozen years leading, co leading with many musicians and ensembles including Bait and Switch, the Interlopers and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio. She also collaborates frequently on sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art. This will be Mezzacappa's first trip to the Option stage and should not be missed!” - OPTION curators


Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.

As curator, she programs the annual JazzPOP concert series at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, now in it’s 10th year; and a live cinema series, Mission Eye and Ear, at Artists' Television Access. She founded the Monday Makeout creative music series in the Mission District of San Francisco, and programs the Best Coast Jazz Composers series as a member of the artistic committee San Francisco's Center for New Music. In 2012 she started the "Festival-of-Us," a semi-annual festival celebrating Bay Area creative jazz and improvised music.

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OPTION: Darius Jones