"Bass Invaders" (Jah Wobble, Bill Laswell, Peter Apfelbaum, Josh Werner, Hamid Drake, Dorian Cheah)

The Chapel presents a special residency with Bill Laswell & friends

"Bass Invaders" (Jah Wobble, Bill Laswell, Peter Apfelbaum, Josh Werner, Hamid Drake, Dorian Cheah)

Tue · February 5, 2019

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$50 adv / $55 door

This event is all ages

Multi-show passes available - please contact us directly at 415.551.5157 or info@thechapelsf.com

8 show passes available here

Jah Wobble
Jah Wobble
English bass guitarist, singer, poet and composer, born August 11, 1958 in Stepney, London.
Wobble eventually got his start with John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols group Public Image Limited (PiL). He left PiL in 1980 and has since collaborated with a wide variety of musicians.
His explorations into World music predated much of the genre's popularity. His music has spanned a number of genres, including ambient music and dance music, and in 2003, reworkings of traditional English folk songs.
Though he has released recordings since the early 1980s, Wobble has been quite prolific from the mid-1990s to the present. He now runs his own label, 30 Hertz Records, and tours regularly throughout England and Europe.
His daughter is actress Hayley Angel Wardle and he is married to the renowned harpist Zi Lan Liao.
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell (b. February 12, 1955 in Salem, Illinois and raised in Albion, Michigan) is an American bassist, producer and record label owner. He was married to Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw alias Gigi.

Laswell ranks among the most prolific of musicians, being involved in hundreds of recordings with many musicians from all over the world. Laswell's music draws upon many different genres, most notably funk, various world music, jazz, dub and ambient styles. He has also played or produced music from the noisier, more aggressive end of the rock spectrum, like hardcore punk and metal.
Peter Apfelbaum
Peter Apfelbaum
US multi-instrumentalist and composer, born 1960 in Berkeley, California.
Josh Werner
Josh Werner
Josh Werner (September 17,1974) is an American Bassist, producer and composer. Werner works in a variety of styles, most notably Reggae, experimental Rock, Hip Hop and Jazz.

Werner grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He was a private student of Richard Davis. In 1996 Werner moved to New York city and attended the New School for Jazz and contemporary music program.

He has worked with, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Cibo Matto, Robert Glasper, Cocorosie Wu Tang Clan, Popcaan, Ghostface Killah, James Brandon Lewis, The Alchemist, Tunde Adebimpe, and is a frequent collaborator of noted American bassist / producer Bill Laswell.
Hamid Drake
Hamid Drake
Hamid Drake was born in 1955 in Monroe, Louisiana, and his family moved to Evanston, Illinois when he was a child, just as an older musician from Monroe named Fred Anderson also moved to Evanston, with his family. Hamid started playing with local rock and R&B bands, which eventually brought him to Fred Anderson‘s attention. Drake worked with Anderson from 1974 to 2010 including on Anderson‘s 1979 The Missing Link.[ At Fred Anderson's workshops, a young Hamid met Douglas Ewart, George Lewis and other members of Chicago‘s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Another of the most significant percussion influences on Drake, Ed Blackwell, dates from this period. Hamid‘s flowing rhythmic expressions and interest in the roots of the music drew like~minded musicians together into a performance and educational collective named the Mandingo Griot Society, which combined traditional African music and narrative with distinctly American influences. Career. Don Cherry, who Drake first met in 1978, was another continuing collaborator. After meeting Don Cherry, Hamid and fellow percussionist Adam Rudolph travelled with Don to Europe, where they explored the interior landscape of percussion and shared deeply in Mr. Cherry‘s grasp of music‘s spiritually infinite transformational possibilities. Drake worked extensively with him from 1978 until Cherry‘s death in 1995.

Drake was one of the founders, along with Foday Musa Suso and Adam Rudolph, of The Mandingo Griot Society. His other frequent collaborators include New York bassist William Parker, saxophonist David Murray, composer and percussionist Adam Rudolph, German free jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and drummer Michael Zerang. Drake performing with Iva Bittová in Moscow in January 2014

Now touring and recording all over the world and in constant demand everywhere, Hamid Drake has played and/or recorded with Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Herbie Hancock, Archie Shepp, William Parker (in a large number of lineups), Reggie Workman, Yusef Lateef, Wayne Shorter, Bill Laswell, David Murray, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Jim Pepper, Roy Campbella, Sabir Mateen, Rob Brown, Marilyn Crispell, Johnny Dyani, Dewey Redman, Joe McPhee, Adam Rudolph, Hassan Hakmoun, Joseph Jarman, George Lewis, John Tchicai, Iva Bittová and almost all the members of the AACM. These diverse artists all play in a broad range of musical settings which allows Drake to comfortably adapt to north and west African and Indian impulses as well as reggae and Latin. Although engaged as sideman, he is also devoting his energies and creativity as a band leader; focusing on his own groups and projects such as Bindu or Indigo Trio.

Drake has frequently appeared with jazz legend Archie Shepp in various configurations. The most common is the group Phat Jam along with human beat boxer and rapper Napoleon Maddox. Drake also works with Maddox in the jazz hip hop group ISWHAT?!. Drake performs with European jazz groups, recording with Hungarian musicians such as Viktor Tóth and Mihály Dresch, also releasing projects with Polish saxophonist Mat Walerian. In addition to the drum set, Drake performs on the frame drum, the tabla, and other hand drums.

Since 1990 Drake has collaborated with fellow percussionist Michael Zerang to present annual winter solstice concerts. For the past 25 years both musicians have been committed to return to Chicago, IL from wherever in the world they are performing to stage the event which commemorates the northern hemispheres shortest day. About the event Drake has said, "The solstice is an important time for all people of any religion or race, because it's about the cycling of the earth itself, and nobody can really claim that. It's a time of the year when a lot of people are home and visiting, and we wanted to create something that people would enjoy at that particular time, regardless of whatever they might be following. I think it just kind of naturally turned into this continuing event. I don't think that we planned it at the beginning."
Dorian Cheah (electric violin)
Dorian Cheah (electric violin)
Dorian Cheah is a violinist and Emmy-nominated composer, producer, and arranger from Pittsburgh, PA. He began playing violin at age 2 ½ and moved to New York to study with Dorothy De Lay and Naoko Tanaka at The Juilliard School.

He is known for his unique sound on the electric violin and has recorded two albums with esteemed producer and bassist Bill Laswell (Ara, 2007 on Metastation Records, and The Dorian Electric, 717, available digitally on Bandcamp).

Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1995, Dorian has composed music for film and television, worked with top producers and songwriters in LA, and recorded with major label artists including Brandy, Celine Dion, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, and En Vogue. His original scores for feature films and documentaries include the score for Am Limit by Academy Award-winning director Pepe Danquart and Concrete Kids by producer/director Lije Sarki (The Peanut Butter Falcon with Jon Bernthal, Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf).

Dorian’s original compositions and productions have been placed in hundreds of films and TV shows including CSI, Ghost Whisperer, Zoey 101, Material Girls, Drake and Josh, Naturally Sadie, Degrassi, Tosh.0, Burn Notice, Victorious, One Life to Live, General Hospital, All My Children, and many others.

Dorian has two children and lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Oz Fritz
Oz Fritz
Oz Fritz has worked as an audio professional and sonic architect for over 40 years. Starting out in live sound reinforcement, Fritz transitioned into studio recording after moving to New York in the mid ‘80s. Highlights of his career include a long-time collaboration with producer/musician Bill Laswell in the areas of concert sound, studio recording and mixing, and remote field recording with artists such as Material, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Iggy Pop, and the Flying Mijinko tour of Central Asia. Other credits include Tom Waits, Primus and the English group God. More recently he mixed and mastered the new Flat Earth Society double album Untitled #0. Fritz lives in Grass Valley, California.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com