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Rupa & the April Fishes

GROWING UPWARD (2019)

In April 2019, the group released its sixth album Growing Upward in a plastic-free, plantable format--as a set of 12 seed packets. These songs come from a time of Rupa's deep engagement as a physician in places where the social underpinnings of what ails us becomes starkly clear, working closely with groups struggling for dignity, health and sovereignty in a time of climate catastrophe. Laced with love, optimism and unflinching analysis and inspired by direct conversations with Gil Scott Heron, families who have lost their loved ones to police violence and the indigenous grandmothers at Standing Rock, this album is a document of where we are today and where we can focus our gaze in order to rise to the challenges that face us on planet earth. The album features artwork by a longtime collaborator, the art-ivist and muralist, Mona Caron.

The band consists of drummer Aaron Kierbel, cellist Misha Khalikulov, trumpeter Mario Alberto Silva, electronics artist/duduk player JHNO, bassist Daniel Fabricant, violinist Matt Szemela and guitarist/vocalist Rupa.

Rob Reich

SWINGS LEFT (2019)

Rob Reich "Swings Left" just released our debut album January 2019! Check it out here.

Swings Left plays jazz music for dancing, rooted in the classic swing era of the late 1930s. The new album features Reich's original music in the style, combining a hot rhythm with a cool sensibility. Check out this article in Berkeleyside about the band.

Rob Reich - piano, compositions

Daniel Fabricant - bass

Elizabeth Goodfellow - drums

Craig Ventresco - guitar

Ben Goldberg - clarinet

Andrew Stephens - trumpet

Redwood Tango Ensemble

PRIZEFIGHTER (2018)

Redwood Tango Ensemble is a leading North American sextet dedicated to contemporary tango music. Known for visceral and powerful stage performances and innovative original music, Redwood Tango Ensemble is a singular voice within the new generation of cutting edge tango composition and future-driven chamber music in North America.

Charles Gorczynski - bandoneón, compositions
Elyse Weakley - piano
Kendra Vernon - violin
Mia Bella D'Augelli - violin
Anton Estaniel - cello
Daniel Fabricant - double bass