February 25, 1993 |
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."
December 20, 2001 |
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.
December 6, 1990 |
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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November 5, 1999 |
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.
November 20, 1997 |
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.
December 6, 2001 |
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.