If you are fan of progressive music, smart new music, genre-defying improvisatory music, or just plain good music, listen up. There’s a show - well, it’s more like a program, really, Friday night at Capistrano Hall on the CSUS campus of CSUS that you shouldn’t miss.
A cello player named Dana Leong will perform with a keyboardist named Jason Lindner and percussionist Scott Amendola. This is the kind of group you would get at the Knitting Factory in New York.
Lindner and Amendola both play a lot of jazz; Lindner has made a name for himself with his progressive big band and he’ll follow up Friday night’s show here by playing with funky bassist Meshell Ndegeocello at the Independent in San Francisco. Amendola plays in so many different bands that I’ve lost count, but let’s just say he’s a musician’s musician.
Leong, whose gig it is, also plays trombone (in Lindner’s big band). Leong’s Web site says, “Dana's sound is a fusion of computerized electronic hip-hop funk rhythms and rock propulsions. While playing the cello or trombone, Dana also uses his laptop onstage to integrate electronic soundscapes.”
The CSUS concert, part of the New Directions Cello Festival, starts at 7:30 p.m., with the Dana Leong group scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Tickets - available at the door only - are $20 general, $12 students and seniors, $6 for those under 12.