Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch, presented by Jazz at Intersection at the de Young

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Jazz at Intersection at the de Young
Koret Auditorium
2:00-4:00 p.m.

For the fifth consecutive year, Intersection for the Arts and the de Young join forces in a unique collaboration to present five concerts featuring some of the most exciting Bay Area jazz musicians exploring the boundaries between jazz, classical, and world music.

Lisa Mezzacappa is a double bassist, composer, collaborator, and musical instigator. Her music lives in the intersection of improvisation and composition, and her projects often integrate improvisation-infused composition into public spaces and cross-disciplinary works. She studied bass with Michael Formanek and Peter Spaar, studied improvisation with Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, and John D'earth, and has workshopped with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Bob Moses, Art Baron, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, and David Murray, among others. She has performed at countless Bay Area venues including Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, and the de Young Museum; as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle; and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Lisa has been artist-in-residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2008), Headlands Center for the Arts (2006), the Banff International Jazz Workshop (2000), and the Painted Bride Arts Center (2000). She holds an MA in ethnomusicology from U.C. Berkeley (2003), and a BA in music from the University of Virginia (1997). Lisa has been awarded grants from American Composers Forum, the City of Oakland and Meet the Composer. She currently performs in nearly a dozen original jazz, pop and chamber ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives. 

Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch is her garage jazz quartet, performing Mezzacappa’s original music, inspired by the improvisations of her musical heroes: Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The music funnels rowdy collectivity into finely honed compositions steeped in free-jazz abandon, avant-Caribbean groove, and garage rock attitude. The ensemble has been fortunate enough to play at Yoshi's San Francisco, SFJazz Summerfest, the Jazzschool, Intersection for the Arts, and this coming fall, the Monterey Jazz Festival. 

"Mezzacappa has become a ubiquitous figure on the Bay Area's creative music scene, and her presence on the bandstand is a reliable sign that something extraordinary is going down." —Contra Costa Times

“Brawny and brainy new out jazz from some of the scene's most accomplished and passionate players . . . . It had been a long time since I had heard anyone follow up on the sophisticated traditions of the seventies' AACM / loft jazz scene with such dedication and focus.”  —Transbay Creative Music Calendar

Aaron Bennett, saxophones
John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
Vijay Anderson, drums
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass

Lisa Mezzacappa photo by Myles Boisen.

Ticket Information

The concert is free. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Gallery admission is neither included or required.


Contact Information

Public Programs
publicprograms@famsf.org