Please join us in the basement for a night of “multi-phonics” and vibraphone! We are proud to announce two sets of music for LONE GLEN FOURTEEN: Aram Shelton and his solo project Tonal Masher, and Mark Clifford with a solo set on vibraphone. Come one, come all to our cozy Oakland basement venue located a pleasant 15 minute walk from either the 19th St or MacArthur BART station.

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3132 Harrison St

Oakland, CA 94611

Tonal Masher is the solo project of Aram Shelton on saxophone with processing via Max/MSP.  His music combines acoustics and electronics via resonant feedback harnessed by alternate saxophone fingerings and a custom made Max/MSP software patch.

Aram Shelton is a saxophonist, improviser and electronic musician from Oakland, California, where the projects Tonal Masher, the Broken Trap Ensemble, and the Sound Quartet represent his music. He is connected to Chicago (where he lived from 1999 to 2005) through his Quartet, the cooperative sextet Fast Citizens and Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown. His playing and music are available through Delmark, Clean Feed, Cuneiform, 482 Music, Locust Music, MultiKulti, Edgetone, and his own Singlespeed Music. Since 2001, Aram Shelton has been using computer based live sampling via Max/MSP in a variety of settings to process acoustic instruments. He received his MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, and his 2007 thesis focused on the use of live sampling to extend and rearrange the sounds of acoustic instruments in a live performance setting.  He has taught  at the Oakland School for the Arts and has led improvisation and electroacoustic music workshops in San Francisco, at UC Santa Cruz, Evergreen State University and the jazz school in Luzern (CH). In 2002 he formed the duo Grey Ghost (482 Music) with the drummer Johnathan Crawford. The Wire found their music to be a “focused symbiosis of breath and circuitry”.  From 2010 to 2012 he joined Michael Coleman and Alex Vittum in the trio Stratic. All About Jazz compared their music to “a waking dream memory of music”. In the past year, Shelton has focused on solo electroacoustic music that is based on explorations of the resonant feedback frequencies that are unique to the saxophone.  Due to his ongoing fascination with sonic rearrangement, Shelton has chosen the anagram Tonal Masher as an apt moniker.

Mark Clifford is a vibraphonist, composer, and percussionist living in Oakland, CA. A sought after performer and improviser, Mark is equally involved in free improvisation, new music, jazz, and indie music, and is a part of multiple projects in the Bay Area and around the country. His performance experience spans worldwide, and he has had the honor of playing alongside an array of wonderful musicians including Tatsuya Nakatani, Jeff Parker, Wu Fei, Moe! Staiano, Ron Miles, So Percussion, Scott Amendola, Aram Shelton, Greg Gizbert, Paul Riola, Danny Meyer, Colin Stranahan, Paul Romaine, and Josh Berman. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2009, Mark has recieved multiple commissions for new music , including music for the New Keys Ensemble, Samantha Stone’s Dance Company, and an original score for the short film Sprinkles.


annelyseWe invite you to join us at 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 31st for an evening of music and poetry to celebrate our anniversary edition of the Lone Glen series. The night will commence with songs performed by poet and musician Annelyse Gelman and then feature the inspiring work of poet Joseph Lease. Please join the merriment: Bring a friend, (perhaps) a beverage, and an open mind. Entering its fourth year, Lone Glen is a quarterly reading and performance series dedicated to promoting more community and support among writers and artists of all genres and persuasions. Find us at our home, 3132 Harrison Street in Oakland. You can find more information about the series here: About our featured artists:

Annelyse Gelman is a California Arts Scholar, the inaugural poet-in-residence at UCSD’s Brain Observatory, and recipient of the 2013 Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2013 Lavinia Winter Fellowship. She has new work in Hobart, Indiana Review, Swarm, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere, and is the author of the poetry collection Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone (Write Bloody, 2014). Find her at

Joseph Lease’s critically acclaimed books of poetry include Testify (Coffee House Press) and Broken World (Coffee House Press).

Lease’s poems “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” and “Send My Roots Rain” were anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.

“‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” was also anthologized in The Best American Poetry.

Marjorie Perloff wrote: “The poems in Joseph Lease’s Broken World are as cool as they are passionate, as soft-spoken as they are indignant, and as fiercely Romantic as they are formally contained. Whether writing an elegy for a friend who died of AIDS or playing complex variations on Rilke’s Duino Elegies . . . Lease has complete command of his poetic materials. His poems are spellbinding in their terse and ironic authority: Yes, the reader feels when s/he has finished, this is how it was—and how it is. An exquisite collection!”

Michael Bérubé called Broken World “remarkably inventive and evocative work from Joseph Lease, one of the finest poets writing today.”

We are thrilled to announce our fall installment of the Lone Glen series, featuring poets Genine Lentine and Linda Norton.  Join us at our home on the evening of Saturday, November 8th at 7:30 pm to celebrate inspiring poetry. We are located at 3132 Harrison Street in Oakland; look for the signs directing you through the side entryway that lead to the backyard and basement. Bring a friend and/or a libation to share; bring an open mind. We will provide wine, snacks, and mood lighting. Lone Glen is a quarterly writing, art, and performance series dedicated to promoting more community and support among artists of all disciplines. For more information, go to We look forward to seeing you! Here are the authors’ bios:

Genine Lentine is the author of Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model (Kelly’s Cove, 2012) and Mr. Worthington’s Beautiful Experiments on Splashes (New Michigan Press, 2010) and, and co-author with Stanley Kunitz of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (W.W. Norton, 2005). Recent work appears in The BafflerFunk & Wag, and the PEN Poetry Series. She received an M.S. in Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University.  She’s the recipient of fellowships from Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands, Hedgebrook, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. This fall she’s curating the RE@DS series at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and privately.

Poet, writer, and collage artist Linda Norton is the author of THE PUBLIC GARDENS: POEMS AND HISTORY (Pressed Wafer, 2011; with an introduction by Fanny Howe), a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize in 2012. Her work appears in four anthologies and her collages are on the covers of several books. Norton is currently completing two manuscripts: DARK WHITE (non-fiction) and COLORATURA. Chapters and poems from these works in progress have appeared or are forthcoming in the Fish Anthology (Cork, Ireland), Colorado Review, Zen Monster, Ambush, Eleven Eleven, and Berkeley Poetry Review. She recently returned from Ireland where her collages are on exhibit at the Dock Arts Center. She is a recipient of a 2014 Creative Work Fund grant. For more information, visit:


We are thrilled to announce our fall installment of the Lone Glen series, featuring poets Genine Lentine and Linda Norton.  Join us on the evening of Saturday, November 8th! More details coming soon.


Celebrating the spirit of collaboration at our eleventh Lone Glen, we are thrilled to host poets Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr on the evening of Saturday, August 16th. Join us at 6:30 in our garden to hear both their individual works and a new, co-written poem. We will welcome you with libations and snacks, but please feel free to contribute! Find us at 3132 Harrison Street in Oakland.

Joshua Clover’s next book of poetry, Red Epic, will be published in 2015, and his book on political struggle, Of Riot, in 2016. He has collaborated on poetry, critical writing, and conferences with Chris Nealon, Chris Chen, Aaron Benanav, Annie McClanahan, Louis Schwartz, Jasper Bernes, and Juliana Spahr; with the lattermost two, he edits Commune Editions. He is author of two previous books of poetry and two of cultural theory, a longtime columnist and Editorial Board member at Film Quarterly, and a columnist at The Nation.

Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people and Commune Editions with Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers, a book about two friends who are writers in a time of war and ecological collapse and also the symposium Beyond Oakland. She has edited books with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011), with Joan Retallack Poetry & Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave, 2006), and with Claudia Rankine American Women Poets in the 21st Century (Wesleyan U P, 2002).


Lone Glen 10:  Classical Folk Night

Celebrating our tenth Lone Glen, we are honored to host guitarist and singer-songwriter, Marc Hufnagl, plus the dynamic violin-viola duet, Joseph and Raphael Gold. Please join us on Saturday, April 26th at 7:45 pm for an evening steeped in music.  Hufnagl inspires audiences with his rich voice and narrative laced songs that warm a room with a nostalgic sound akin to Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley.  The Gold duet plays with gorgeous intensity and movement that we hope will sweep you off your feet!  This is a special night that encompasses our first Lone Glen musical performances. We hope you can share the joy with us!  Please bring a friend, a libation or snack (if you have the means), and a love of the arts….Find us at 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland.

Marc Hufnagl, singer-songwriter, guitarist 

Just for the record, Marc Hufnagl can’t read a lick of music. Back in high school, he taught himself to play guitar and piano so he could give voice to the tuneful messages that were already bubbling under the surface. In college, he became sidetracked from music and traveled an “over two decade creative sojourn” as a modern dance choreographer with three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships to his credit and a body of dance works. But the enduring power of his first love, music, drew him back. Ten years ago, he returned to writing music, tapping into a swelling reservoir of songs about his life. “Lunden,” his first CD, will be released this spring. He and his partner Juerg live in Oakland and Switzerland and also curate a salon performance series.

Raphael Gold, violist

A native of the Bay Area, Raphael plays extensively throughout the region in several orchestras and chamber groups.  He has participated in several international music festivals, including Avila, Spain, Tirol, Austria, Managua, Nicaragua, Guanajuato, Mexico, and New York.  Raphael lived in Yucatan state for several years where he was a member of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, touring extensively throughout Mexico.  While in Yucatan, he performed chamber music in correctional facilities, retirement homes, and church-run rehabilitation centers in an effort to bring classical music to disadvantaged communities.

Joseph Gold, violinist

Joseph Gold grew up in Southern California, the son of Russian émigré parents.  He began his violin studies at the age of eight.  A graduate of the University of Southern California, he had the privilege of being coached by the great Jascha Heifetz.  All-Around Musician & Proponent of the Romantic Revival Mr. Gold, who makes his home in San Francisco, is an enthusiastic proponent of the “romantic revival” of Nineteenth Century violin music.  He is an ardent author and lecturer on his two favorite virtuoso composer-performers, Paganini and Sarasate.  Mr. Gold’s numerous publications include his book, Paganini’s Art of Violin Playing, as well as many transcriptions and original compositions.  Although steeped in the tradition of the Romantic style, Joseph Gold’s programs are not restricted to the Nineteenth Century. He is an all-around musician who has premiered and championed many Twentieth Century compositions while maintaining a Baroque repertoire as large as many Baroque specialists.  Joseph Gold’s warm personality and perfectly timed humor make him a popular guest artist on University campuses. He is eminently qualified as an “Artist in Residence” and holds a Master’s Degree as well as three teaching credentials.




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Lone Glen 9:  Anniversary Edition

Please join us for poetry, film, music, and things that sparkle (water, Bacchus, and Christmas lights) at our Anniversary Lone Glen, 7:30 pm on Saturday, 14 December.  The night’s provisions will provide something for everyone, including banter between the artists and audience.  We look forward to featuring not only the talents of writer and musician Kevin Simmonds but also poems from James Cagney, a short film from Alex Greenhough, and poems from Samantha Thornhill.  Hosted by Alexandra Mattraw and Owen Rosenboom, we will greet the end of Lone Glen’s second year with our usual enthusiasm for community and diversity among artists and art lovers in the Bay Area and beyond.  Bring a friend, bring a beverage or snack (if you have the means), and bring an open mind.  We can’t wait to see you at 3132 Harrison Street, Oakland.  Make your way to the heated basement and we will create a celebration!  Meet the artists:

James Cagney

James Cagney is a storyteller and poet from Oakland, Ca.  James has appeared as a featured performer in Midnight in Mumbai, Celebration of the Word, Litquake 2013, and the San Francisco Public Library.  James is a Cave Canem fellow and his work has been published by Tandem, Ambush Review, Caduceus, and Sparring with the Beatnik Ghosts, among others.  Some of his true life stories can be downloaded from .  Find  more of James’ work at


Alex Greenhough

Alexander Greenhough lives in Berkeley, California. His three feature films – I Think I’m Going, Murmurs, and Kissy Kissy – were all set and produced in New Zealand. He has received grants from the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and the New Zealand Film Commission. Greenhough is currently visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is completing a doctoral dissertation in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

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Kevin Simmonds

Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician, and performance artist originally from New Orleans. Mad for Meat (2011) is his debut collection of poetry. He is the editor of Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under my Mother’s Roof. He also wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Most recently, he wrote the music for Emmett Till, a river, a Japanese noh-inspired theatre work that debuted at Theatre of Yugen last month.  Find Kevin’s work at


Samantha Thornhill

Samantha Thornhill is a globe-trotting writer and performer. A poetry graduate of University of Virginia’s Masters in Fine Arts program, for the past decade she has taught poetry and performance to drama students at the Juilliard School. She’s published children’s books with Simon & Schuster and Scholastic Inc., and her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. She is currently co-directing a documentary film project, Daddy’s Glass House, about teenage daughters of incarcerated fathers. She is a founding curator of the group Poets in Unexpected Places, which the New York Times profiled in April 2013. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, she has presented at universities, conferences, and festivals from South Africa to Hungary. She lives in Brooklyn.  Find Samantha’s work at

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