B. EVELYN DAVIS

 

MUSIC EDUCATOR-IMPROVISATION-SOUND ART

3809 Shafter Ave.

Oakland, CA 94611

 

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

MFA Improvisation and Performance, Mills College, 2013

BM Composition, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2011

AA School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College, 1999

Diploma, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Preparatory School, 1997

 

 

Major/Principal Teachers

 

Piano

Eliane Lust, current

A. DeWayne Wee, St. Olaf University, 1995-97

Carolyn Tyler, School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College, 1997-1999

Phil Mattson, School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College, 1998-1999

Andre De Groot, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2007-2009

Luba-Edlina Dubinsky, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2009-2011

Robert Schwartz, Mills College, 2011-2012



 

Voice

Classical

Anthony Holt, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School

Cindy Smith, School for Music Vocations, Southwestern Community College

 

Jazz

Phil Mattson, School for Music Vocations, Southwestern Community College

Jason Smith, School for Music Vocations, Southwestern Community College


 

Organ

Chris Young, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2009-2010


 

Improvisation

Fred Frith, MIlls College

Zeena Parkins, MIlls College

Roscoe MItchell, Mills College

Chris Brown, Mills College

 

Composition

Fred Frith, Mills College

Gabriela Ortiz, (at Indiana Univeristy) NAU, Mexico City

Claude Baker, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Don Freund, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Aaron Travers, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

 

Electronic Music

Jon Gibson, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Jeffrey Hass, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University


 

Master Classes

Composition (Indiana University)

Bernard Rands

Evelyn Glennie

Gabriela Ortiz

Kurt Rhode

Joel Fagen

Stephan Freund

 

Improvisation/Performance/Composition (Mills College)

Larry Ochs

Phillip Greenlief

Ikue Mori

Laurie Anderson

Alvin Lucier

David Behrman


 

Teaching Experience  

Professional Private Teaching

Piano, Voice, Composition, Theory, Young Musicians Faculty

San Francisco Community Music Center, San Francisco ,CA March 2016- present

Grand Music Studio, West Des Moines, IA, 2014-2015

Fremont Music Institute, Fremont, CA, substitute 2014-2015

Private Studio, (MN, IA, IL, IN, CA) since 1996

Anderson Musik, Northbrook, IL 2005-2006

Take Lessons, Oakland, CA 2011-2012

 

Student Teaching

Musicianship III, Mills College, 2011-2013

 

Non-Music Teaching

No Child Left Behind Reading Program through Sylvan Learning, Oakland, CA, spring 2012

Student Advisor, Life Skills Teacher, College Internship Program, Bloomington, IN 2009-2011


 

Accompaniment

Freelance substitute organist (St. John’s Lutheran, Des Moines, IA, First Christian Church, Des Moines, IA)

Staff Accompanist, Mills College 2013-2014

Accompanist, freelance, for Waukee School District, for grades 11-12 division of their annual Instrumental Festival, spring 2015


 

Selected Recent Performances

February 23, 2017 (piano, voice) Residency- Masterclass in Improvisation, Extended Teaching Techniques, Concert with Amma Ateria, from the record "The Wit of the Staircase", Armstrong University, Savannah, GA

February 18, 2017 (celesta) Other Minds Festival 22, Suite for Violin, Piano,and Small Orchestra (1951), Lou Harrison, Mission Dolores Basilca, San Francisco, CA

August 12, 2016 (keyboard) Athens Pop Festival, Lunchbox, Athens, GA

December 5, 2015 (piano/keyboards) Music by Lindsey Cooper, Mills Improvisation Group, Mills College, Oakland, CA [Celebrating the music of the late Lindsay Cooper–feminist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist–with a large ensemble directed by her former bandmates Fred Frith and Zeena Parkins.]

April 12, 2015, (piano/inside-piano, voice) improvisation in nonet led by Ross Feller, Green Mill, Chicago, IL

October 11, 2014, (piano/inside-piano) improvisation in trio with Phillip Greenlief, Fred Frith, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA with NEGATIVWOBBLYLAND

Sept. 24 & 25, 2014 (piano and voice) in song at  La Chaouée, Metz, France, and Le Temps Perdu, Bar le Duc, France, with Jan Morgenson

July 13, 2014 (vocalist, synthesist) with Cheer-Accident, Different Sounds Festival, Lublin Poland

July 4, 2014 (vocalist, synthesist) with Cheer-Accident, Le Ferme Electric Festival, Paris France

May 26, 2014 (piano, inside-piano) solo improvisation, benefit for San Francisco’s Homeless Children’s Network, Grace Cathedral,

April 26, 2014 in song for SF Women Against Rape’s Walk Against Rape, final celebration at Potrero Del Sol Park in San Francisco

March 11, 2014 (piano, inside-piano) guest with SF Sound, small ensemble improvisations with Joan La Barbara and her Angels, Demons, and Other Muses (2010), at the Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA

November 17, 2014 (piano/inside-piano) improvisation in trio with Phillip Greenlief, Fred Frith, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA

September 22, 2013 (vocalist, synthesist) with Cheer-Accident, Rock in Opposition Festival, Carmaux France

 

Performance History

 

Recent Improvisation Performances

solo, benefit for San Francisco’s Homeless Children’s Network, Grace Cathedral, May 26, 2014 (piano, inside-piano)

guest, with SF Sound featuring Joan La Barbara, small group improvisations and La Barbara’s Angels, Demons, and Other Muses (2010), March 11, 2014 at the Center for New Music, SF (piano, inside-piano)

in trio with Phillip Greenlief, Fred Frith, (organ, piano/inside-piano) since January 2013

VOZZT, duo with Jeanie-Aprille Tang, since January 2014 (rhodes, piano)

Joshua Marshall  Pharaoh Lunaire, May 2013

Rachel Condry, Thesis, Signal Flow, May 2013

Ikue Mori, Manga film ensemble, September 2011

various Mills Improvisation Ensemble concerts under the direction of Fred Frith

ensemble concert for Roscoe Mitchell’s seminar

 

Recitals

Signal Flow Festival, Mills College 2012, 2013

Graduate, Mills College 2013

Senior, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University 2011

Final, Southwestern Community College, 1997

 

Recent Chamber Music Performances

(Mills College, piano)

Ichiyanagi, Trio Interlink, with Nava Dunkelman, percussion, and Mia Bella D’Augelli, violin spring 2013

Behrman, Long Throw, piano, with David Behrman, electronics, and Mia Bella D’Augelli, violin, spring 2013

Lucier, Twonings, piano, with Joan Jeanreneaud, cello, spring 2013

Brahms Quartet Op. 60, C minor, I, spring 2012

Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, spring 2012

Brahms Cello Sonata Op. 38, E minor, I, spring 2012

Jobes, Suite for Just Intonated Piano and Percussion, with Scott Siler, percussion May, 2012

 

Recent Solo Performances

Songs, under Sword of Exactly or Evelyn Davis in and around Iowa, Chicago, IL, Bloomington, IN, Oakland/ San Francisco CA, various cities in France (voice and piano) 2007-2016

Schoenberg, Klavierstucke, Op. 11, for Zeena Parkins’ seminar at Mills College, Sept. 2012

Dance Thesis Accompaniment Ada Langley Bartok, Romaninan Folk Dances 2 & 7, Shostakovich Preludes 3, 13, Improvisation, May 2012 (piano)

Winter Solstice Celebration, Mills Chapel, Messiaen, Le Banquet Cèlèste, Improvisation, December 2011 (organ)



 

Freelance

Extensive touring (vocals, keyboards, and/or songwriting) with my bands (Frankenixon, Sword of Exactly) and various other bands associated with BiFi Records Label (Joe Terry’s Sound is a Moving Thing, Organ Donor) 1999-2007, as well as performing on piano, keyboards, vocals, recorder, and drums with the long-standing progressive rock band, Cheer-Accident 2013-2016

 

Voice Performance History

Classical/New Music

Davis, From the Bath, with Daniel Bubeck, countertenor

Verdi’s Requiem, Chorus

Shostakovich, Op. 88: Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets

Golijov, Ainadamar, Chorus

Wilson, The Music Man, Mayor’s wife

Kander & Ebb, Cabaret, Lulu

Slaughter & Clark, Alice in Wonderland, Caterpillar


 

Conducting

Artist-Instructor, Choir Director, Summer Program, St. Anselm’s Jim Fisher Development Center, Chicago, IL

 

Compositions (selected)

Suite on W.A. Mathieu’s The Musical Life, 2012-2013, for improvisors.  Text-based improvisations for ensembles of any size.

Unwritten Etudes, 2012-13, for solo piano.  Improvisation etudes working with gestural practice of technique.

Concerto for Two Percussionists, 2011, for 27-piece chamber ensemble with two soloists (inside & outside the piano)

From the Bath, 2010, a song cycle for countertenor, alto, alto flute, and violin in three movements


 

Prizes and Grants

Flora Boyd Piano Performance Award, Mills College

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School


 

Honors/Awards

Teaching Scholarship Mills College

 

 

Recordings and Broadcasts

DRAFTS, solo record, field recordings and field-recorded songs, released Sept. 2014

Cheer Accident, monthly subscription song, July 2014, writer, performer (voice, piano, synthesizer)

Rabbit Rabbit, monthly subscription song, July 2013 (voice, piano)

Frankenixon/Sword of Exactly, EP, 2 Full Length LPs, & 7” record, singles for Bifi Records, indieworkshop.com compilation, writer, performer (voice, synthesizer)

Joe Terry’s Sound is Moving Thing (piano)

Organ Donor, Midwest Italia (piano)

Mark Cassello (piano)

Various radio interviews, recently on KALW for Sarah Cahill’s Revolutions Per Minute, re: December 5, 2015 Lindsay Cooper concert

Various print media interviews 2001-2004

 

Tours

France, solo, September, 2014

European, Cheer-Accident July 2014

European, Cheer-Accident September 2013

various Midwest and East Coast 2001-2005

 

Festivals

Athens Pop Festival, Athens GA, USA 2016

Different Sounds, Lublin, Poland, July 2014

Le Ferme Électrique, Paris, France, July 2014

Rock in Opposition, Carmaux France, September 2013