Presented by Creative Music Works
When: Friday, April 7th, 2017
Doors: 6:30 p.m.
Show: 7 p.m.
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Hot Pursuit Of Happiness is Thollem’s solo show forging a fun-filled onslaught of Punk-World, Noise-Blues and Avant-Americana through an unruly electrionic beast of vintage keyboards and stomp boxes. About the bitter sweet existence in 21st century America, always somewhere between being pursued and pursuing, healthy rage against it all, love and death, the time of our lives. With songs from recent albums Machine In The Ghost, Always Put On Your Sincere Face and Tsigoti, plus music from Howled Ground, Operation Sunbeam and his newest release Who Are U.S. The show will be backdropped by a hyper-speed video of Silver Ochre’s trip around the U.S. last year.

As a songwriter and singer Thollem’s released albums with long-term and ad hoc bands including Tsigoti (Jacopo Andreini, Andrea Caprara, Piero Spitilli and Matteo Bennici), The Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dietrich, Tim Barnes) and The Whistling Joy Jumpers (Jad Fair and Brian Chase). Last year his first solo album as a singer ‘Machine In The Ghost’ was released by Personal Archives Records. Tsigoti’s 5th album will be coming out later this year.

“Unreal linear explosions, extreme imagination”

(Greg Burk, LA Weekly)

“Thollem’s the kind of fiercely independent artist the world needs more of.”



Presented by DazzleJazz and Creative Music Works
When: Friday, January 6th, 2017 & Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Where: Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203

with a very special guest quartet featuring students from Slavens and University Park schools
Presented by Creative Music Works
Thursday, October 6
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Presented by Dazzle Jazz presents and co-sponsored Creative Music Works
Featuring Amendola, drums; Nels Cline, guitar; Jenny Scheinman, violin, and John Shifflet, bass
When: Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16
Where: Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203
Articles: Jon Solomon, “Scott Amendola Band Gets Emotional at Dazzle,” Westword, July 12, 2016

Dino1When: Friday, April 29th
Where: Kenneth King Center, Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO 8020
*Free Parking in the 7th Street Garage
Day program: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Evening concert: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free and Open to the Public

The Immediate Music Festival provides an opportunity for students to join professional musicians and thoughtful clinicians in an open, collaborative environment to foster the learning of improvisation.

About the musicians

Dino J. A. Deane moved to NYC in the early 1980’s where he pioneered the use of Live-Electronics, Live-Looping and Live-Sampling, playing trombone controlled synthesizer in the Art/Punk band Indoor Life; playing electro acoustic percussion in the Fourth World Music of trumpet master Jon Hassell; and live sampling the ensemble in the Conduction Orchestras of Butch Morris.

Since Maestro Morris’ passing in 2013, Mr. Deane has committed himself to continuing the legacy of Conduction through education, by providing workshops for conductors, musicians, actors and spoken word artists.

The Flux Crew: A Conduction Ensemble (under the direction of Dino J.A. Deane), is a twelve piece chamber ensemble that engages in real time collaborative composition. The ensemble is made up of outstanding Colorado musicians, from diverse musical backgrounds, who come together monthly to explore the art of Conduction.

Conduction is a gesture based system created by Butch Morris that allows musicians to collaboratively create music. Gestures create a structure interactive with the conductor, within which musicians improvise and musically relate to each other.

Sone (pronounced “sewn”) is a collaboration of four innovative and exploratory sound makers, recording artists and musical imaginators: Janet Feder on prepared guitars; Jane Rigler, flutes; Evan Mizunek, keyboards; and Mark Harris on saxophone, combine their career-long improvising experience with a search for new sound qualities and animate those with a focused compositional sensibility.

Sone explores notation, space, time and texture with sensitivity and surprise, and the results are imaginative sound landscapes that can defy description.

Jeffrey Agrell joined The University of Iowa School of Music faculty in 2000 as horn professor after a first career as a professional symphony musician. In addition to being an accomplished composer and writer, he is very interested in creativity in music and in improvisation for classical musicians, frequently giving concerts and workshops nationally and internationally. Professor Agrell also teaches a unique course entitled Improvisation for Classical Musicians, and has six published books on the subject, including Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians.

Schedule of events

evan playing accordion29:00—9:15 am Meeting and introductions
9:20—9:40 am Sone Performance with Jeff Agrell
9:40— 10:00 am Get to know the artists
10:00—10:10 am Ten minutes of group sounds
10:10—11:05 am Soundpainting with Evan Mazunik
11:10—11:30 am Janet Feder Performance and Chat
11:30—12:00 pm Group Play
12:00—12:30 pm Lunch
12:30—12:50 pm Improvising with Jeff Agrell
12:50—1:10 pm Deep Listening Workshop with Jane Rigler
1:10—2:05 pm Conduction led by Dino J.A. Deane
2:10—2:30 pm Final Group Performance led by Jeff Agrell

7:30 p.m. Evening Concert, King Center Recital Hall & MDS
Sone accompanies silent films by women
Flux Conduction Ensemble

Presented by Creative Music Works
Bret Saunders, “Even in a quiet winter, Colorado jazz performances beckon,” Denver Post, 1/5/17
Jon Solomon, “Fred Frith on Why an Electric Guitar Isn’t an Instrument Until It’s Plugged In,” Westword, 1/20/17
Release: Meet the Board Series: Janet Feder + Fred Frith

ARTIST TALK & DEMONSTRATION: The Art of the Creative Process
When: Friday, January 20th, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Where: Neorama Art Studio, 2895 W 44th Ave Denver, 80211

When: Saturday, January 21st, 2017 – 7 p.m.
Where: Mighty Fine Productions, 5235 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207