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May 9, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeff Kaiser, Ventura's finest gift to new music, is always looking for new routes to a world of strange sounds. The quest might require scouring local hardware stores for the right-size plunger to use on his trumpet (trumpeters be alerted: He found one at Target). It might require asking a musician to extend the normal boundaries of instrumental technique.
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December 20, 2001 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeff Kaiser, Ventura's stalwart champion of improvised and experimental music, turned 40 recently and put on a birthday bash in suitable style. The public was invited, and they showed up in droves to Ventura City Hall for two hours of uncharted and often inspiring sounds. The tall wooden statue of Padre Serra in the atrium seemed to stand over the proceedings like a sentry who looked a bit suspicious of the mayhem unfolding.
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October 31, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Composer Jeff Kaiser is no stranger to Ventura. He's a man about town, and a man with a good collection of hats. Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with the increasingly rich new music scene here knows Kaiser, the composer-musician, who devises elaborate, adventurous and sometimes zany pieces for both conventional and electronic instruments.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeff Kaiser has been making a ruckus, publicly, in Ventura for at least a dozen years, creating and protecting music on the cultural fringe. An adventure-minded trumpeter, electronic artist, composer and improviser, Kaiser has kept the experimental faith around town. Through his pfMentum record label and concert organization--along with producer Keith McMullen--Kaiser has given Ventura a spot on the international new music circuit.
NEWS
February 25, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura composer Jeff Kaiser is an excitable man, prone to hopping from topic to topic in a conversation. In a recent lunch interview, he was also prone to bursting into song, right there in the public forum of Frankie's restaurant in old town Ventura. Of course, Kaiser's head is especially fit to burst as he prepares his first opera, "The Rooster Brings Heresy."
NEWS
December 20, 2001 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeff Kaiser, Ventura's stalwart champion of improvised and experimental music, turned 40 recently and put on a birthday bash in suitable style. The public was invited, and they showed up in droves to Ventura City Hall for two hours of uncharted and often inspiring sounds. The tall wooden statue of Padre Serra in the atrium seemed to stand over the proceedings like a sentry who looked a bit suspicious of the mayhem unfolding.
NEWS
December 6, 1990 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just when you thought that it was safe to take in Venturan music . . . composer-performer Jeff Kaiser will be unveiling his latest work, "Changed Breaths," at the Momentum Gallery at 7 p.m. Saturday. Kaiser does voice and electronic gadgetry. Flutist Renee Janton performs on "Native American woodwinds." Expect everything but the expected. This is a site- and city-specified piece, a programmatic work that pays heed to Ventura's twin root systems--the Chumash culture and the Spanish mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Portland-based jazz trumpeter Rob Blakeslee, a thoughtful, free-minded and technically gifted player, makes his Ventura debut tonight at Ventura City Hall, but he's no stranger to these general parts. And therein lies a tale of creative willpower, impressive beyond the notes themselves. Thanks to Blakeslee's involvement in a loose network of West Coast jazz musicians outside the mainstream, he's part of a self-reliant circuit up and down the coast.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For most of the '90s, Jeff Kaiser, with horn in hand and a crusader's zeal, has done more than his share to charge up the local new-music scene. He has presented his own music, straddling jazz, classical and pure improvisation, while also fulfilling an avant-impresario function, promoting performances from out-of-towners. Now, after an almost two-year hiatus from the scene he spawned, Kaiser is returning to action.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeff Kaiser has been making a ruckus, publicly, in Ventura for at least a dozen years, creating and protecting music on the cultural fringe. An adventure-minded trumpeter, electronic artist, composer and improviser, Kaiser has kept the experimental faith around town. Through his pfMentum record label and concert organization--along with producer Keith McMullen--Kaiser has given Ventura a spot on the international new music circuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Portland-based jazz trumpeter Rob Blakeslee, a thoughtful, free-minded and technically gifted player, makes his Ventura debut tonight at Ventura City Hall, but he's no stranger to these general parts. And therein lies a tale of creative willpower, impressive beyond the notes themselves. Thanks to Blakeslee's involvement in a loose network of West Coast jazz musicians outside the mainstream, he's part of a self-reliant circuit up and down the coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura's music scene in the last decade of the century would have been a much duller place without Jeff Kaiser, its heroic iconoclast and envelope-pusher. Kaiser--trumpeter, composer and all-around new music scene maker--has been pretty faithful to his stated agenda of producing an ambitious new work every year.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For most of the '90s, Jeff Kaiser, with horn in hand and a crusader's zeal, has done more than his share to charge up the local new-music scene. He has presented his own music, straddling jazz, classical and pure improvisation, while also fulfilling an avant-impresario function, promoting performances from out-of-towners. Now, after an almost two-year hiatus from the scene he spawned, Kaiser is returning to action.
NEWS
July 22, 1993
When it comes to grass-roots new music activities in Ventura, things seem to circle back to Jeff Kaiser, the composer/bandleader/impresario who has either produced the music himself or helped present others in live settings. Kaiser is again behind the Ventura New Music Concert Series at the Performance Studio, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura, which takes place Friday and Saturday. On Friday at 8 p.m., the Jim Connolly Ensemble will perform.
NEWS
February 25, 1993 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura composer Jeff Kaiser is an excitable man, prone to hopping from topic to topic in a conversation. In a recent lunch interview, he was also prone to bursting into song, right there in the public forum of Frankie's restaurant in old town Ventura. Of course, Kaiser's head is especially fit to burst as he prepares his first opera, "The Rooster Brings Heresy."
NEWS
October 31, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Composer Jeff Kaiser is no stranger to Ventura. He's a man about town, and a man with a good collection of hats. Anyone with even a passing acquaintance with the increasingly rich new music scene here knows Kaiser, the composer-musician, who devises elaborate, adventurous and sometimes zany pieces for both conventional and electronic instruments.
NEWS
July 22, 1993
When it comes to grass-roots new music activities in Ventura, things seem to circle back to Jeff Kaiser, the composer/bandleader/impresario who has either produced the music himself or helped present others in live settings. Kaiser is again behind the Ventura New Music Concert Series at the Performance Studio, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura, which takes place Friday and Saturday. On Friday at 8 p.m., the Jim Connolly Ensemble will perform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura's music scene in the last decade of the century would have been a much duller place without Jeff Kaiser, its heroic iconoclast and envelope-pusher. Kaiser--trumpeter, composer and all-around new music scene maker--has been pretty faithful to his stated agenda of producing an ambitious new work every year.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jeff Kaiser, Ventura's finest gift to new music, is always looking for new routes to a world of strange sounds. The quest might require scouring local hardware stores for the right-size plunger to use on his trumpet (trumpeters be alerted: He found one at Target). It might require asking a musician to extend the normal boundaries of instrumental technique.
NEWS
December 6, 1990 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just when you thought that it was safe to take in Venturan music . . . composer-performer Jeff Kaiser will be unveiling his latest work, "Changed Breaths," at the Momentum Gallery at 7 p.m. Saturday. Kaiser does voice and electronic gadgetry. Flutist Renee Janton performs on "Native American woodwinds." Expect everything but the expected. This is a site- and city-specified piece, a programmatic work that pays heed to Ventura's twin root systems--the Chumash culture and the Spanish mission.
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