Modern Music Guild presents experimental improvisational music at the Birenbaum with guest Oberlin Alumni Beth Ann Jones and Matei Predescu. With opening acts from Jordan Guldman, Coleman Rose and Lynette Gassner.
Beth Ann Jones (OC ‘22) is a composer, bassist, and sketch artist from Jackson, Mississippi. Her recent work explores both functional and ideological realizations of asceticism, emptiness as state of being, and charnel meditation via sonic and visual means. Beth Ann has performed and studied with London Branch, Tracy Rowell, Dana Jessen, LaDonna Smith, Elliot Sharp, John Zorn, Jack Wright, Alvin Fielder, and others. She is currently based in Boston, MA and is pursuing her graduate degree at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Tom Van Dyck and Brandon Lopez (New York).
Matei Predescu (OC ’21) is a Romanian American pianist, composer, and writer from the Bay Area, CA whose work engages interdisciplinary performance and storytelling. Matei explores the extremities between improvisation and composition while rooted in traditions of Black American music, Eastern European folk music, and contemporary creative music. Now based in Brooklyn, Matei regularly performs in New York City as a sideman and bandleader. At Oberlin and beyond, Matei has studied with Amonte Jon Parsons, Dan Wall, Dana Jessen, Billy Hart, Johnny Coleman and others.