The Living Collection
"The living collection" is a phrase that was once used to describe the zoos, botanical gardens, and museums of the city. These places, made of tiny creatures and organisms, have inspired a sense of wonder and deep mystery in the way they collectively function to create a balanced ecosystem. The Living Collection aims to build an ecosystem of its own—one in which each member activates compositional material, learns to find a center within multiple relationships, and creates new forms and cycles as it unfolds.
David Leon, alto saxophone/flute Yuma Uesaka, tenor saxophone/clarinet
Kalun Leung, trombone
Sonya Belaya, piano
Florian Herzog, bass
Lesley Mok, drums/compositions
Along with Noah Becker on alto saxophone & clarinet and Nick Dunston on bass, Lesley co-leads Feral Children. Playing exclusively original music by all members of the trio, Feral Children explores playful counterpoint and role-obscuring orchestration, always diving further into its roots of jazz and freely improvised music. Gestures originate from both body and mind as they navigate the music by a logic of their own collective design, breathing as one three-headed beast, balancing and re-balancing from within to project a wild sense of outward unity.
Thworp is a collective trio consisting of Santiago Leibson on piano, Shawn Lovato on bass, and Lesley Mok on drums. Using composition as a relational framework for improvisatory language, the group is guided by the theory of organized chaos--a process of self-assemblage that is arrived at through repetition and non-linearity.