One part working band and one part teaching ensemble, The TOaG Quartet is dedicated to producing hard-hitting improvisational music, honoring Black American musical roots, and supporting arts education.
Oakland-based ensemble The TOaG Quartet debuts their new music showcase, featuring never before heard compositions from their upcoming third album. The night will span a dazzling breadth of improvisational music, all composed in response to and reflecting on the tumultuous last several years – which hit professional creatives especially hard. Audiences will delight at the dynamic power of this assembly of Bay Area instrumentalists who have been described as “Swinging and Funky,” “Beautiful and Groovin,” “Dark and Spacey,” and “Raw but Refined.” Under the direction of bassist Benjamin Lee, the quartet is fronted by saxophone phenom Eli Maliwan, whose technical and creative prowess is unmatched. Powerhouse drummer Ricky Carter commands the rhythm section with a seamless blend of fury and subtly, alongside veteran guitarist DV Wright – who’s soundscapes are as stunning as his screaming solos.
The evening will also feature special guests from TOaG’s educational partnership with Oakland High School, as well as a surprise guest visual artist live painting!
Tickets and info at: https://www.firehousearts.org/events/the-toag-quartet/
THE NEW DOUBLE ALBUM
"The TOaG Quartet: Live at the Airship" is an 84-minute double album of all original music, recorded live in front of an audience at the premiere Airship Laboratories recording studio. Charting a course of all original music that spans dirge like ballads, greasy grooves, cinematic arrangements, sizzling up tempo swingers, and narrative interludes, this sonic adventure is going to take you places. Sparking the mind with truth, and moving the spirit with groove, this music is the product of our collective - which is one part working band and one part teaching ensemble.
The Debut Album
"Grey and Green" is the debut album of Oakland-based furious jazz ensemble the TOaG Quartet. Recorded live at Airship Laboratories in May of 2017, this record represents the beginning of our journey together as a band, and we are so proud to share it with you. Featuring several compositions by our esteemed trumpet player Matt Kelly, a dazzling array of soundscapes from DV Wright, and the deep pockets of Mr. Carter and Mr. Lee, this album is where TOaG was born!
What we do
"As an assembly of instrumentalists, the TOaG Quartet is an Oakland-based musical organization inspired by the many lineages of improvisation and groove. Striving to be honest to who we are, where we have been, and where we hope to go, we pay homage to the work of our elders - who laid the groundwork upon which we stand - while aspiring to spark the mind with truth, and move the spirit with groove. Alongside the tireless service of community music educators, TOaG also works to support arts education by curating improvisational music clinics for young students, creating a positive space for musical exchange between professionals and pupils."