Previous events

May22

Private sfSound "test" concert at a new Oakland space

somewhere on Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Matt Ingalls of sfSound is organizing this "test" concert at a newly-converted Oakland mortuary (!!), to see if having (post-pandemic) live music there is likely to make sense. Only vaccinated performers will be playing, and only a select set of (similarly vaccinated) folks will act as audience members. Matt will be associating the musicians into small groups, and each such group will engage in free, collective improvisation. The confirmed list of participants is: Matt on reeds, Kanoko Nishi on koto, Crystal Pascucci on cello, Chris Brown on piano, Sharkiface on electronics, Danishta Rivero on voice and electronics, Kyle Bruckmann on oboe, Mark Clifford on vibes, Tom Dambly on trumpet, Jordan Glenn on drums, Phillip Greenlief on reeds, Jacob Felix Heule on percussion, Diane Gubbe on flute, John Ingle on saxophone, Brendan Lai-Tong on trombone, Kjell Nordeson on percussion, Monica Scott on cello, Hallie Smith on violin, and Yours Truly on voice.

May15

Lake Merritt session

somewhere in the throes of Lake Merritt, Oakland

Drummer Ben Esposito is leading a quartet outdoors at Lake Merritt, which will feature Hannah Mayer- keys, Isaac Coyle- bass, and Lorin Benedict- voice. We'll be setting up starting around 12:45pm, and we'll be targeting a spot in the general vicinity of those pillars-- you know the ones-- near where various drum circles often hold forth (yikes?!). But as the eventual location is necessarily somewhat indeterminate, just search for the "jazz group".

May8

Jed Holtman Group recording/filming(?) session for his CSUN senior recital

online, Yours! (whatever that is)

The group of Jed Holtman- guitar, Hannah Mayer- keys, Tommy Noble- alto sax, Isaac Coyle- bass, Ben Esposito- drums, and myself- voice, will be performing a set of numerous interesting arrangements of jazz tunes. This will serve as Jed's senior recital for his jazz guitar bachelors degree at Cal State Northridge. I'm excited about this; our work so far, in preparation for this, is already bearing some interesting fruit! I'm hopeful that it will be available to be viewed by non-CSUN-ers as well, eventually. I'll update this listing if/when such a link appears.

Mar13

Lorin Benedict online SOLO performance at JJ Tiziou's "house concert" salon

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YOUR home

I will be performing a solo set of improvised + composed music as part of Jacques-Jean Tiziou's long-running House Concert series. "JJ" is a Philadelphia-based artist and arts promoter; I first heard of him through cellist Tom Kraines. Apparently he's been running these things for years out of his house, but this season it will be transacted via the internet! And there will be two other sets during this evening's show as well, involving singer-songwriters Jean Rohe and Ximena Violante!!

Jan24

An Expansive Approach to Vocal Improvisation, Part 2- Online Workshop

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Zoom, YOUR town :)

I will be leading a 2-part workshop under the auspices of Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory, of which this is the 2nd part.

Jan17

An Expansive Approach to Vocal Improvisation, Part 1- Online Workshop

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Zoom, YOUR town :)

I will be leading a 2-part workshop under the auspices of Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory, of which this is the 1st part.

Oct4

An Expansive Approach to Vocal Improvisation, Part 2- Online Workshop

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over Zoom

I will be leading a 2-part workshop under the auspices of Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory, of which this is the 2nd part. See details in the link.

Sep27

An Expansive Approach to Vocal Improvisation- Part 1, Online Workshop

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over Zoom

I will be leading a 2-part workshop under the auspices of Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory, of which this is the 1st part. See details in the link.

Sep7

Nora Stanley + Lorin Benedict Duo

Bird and Beckett Livestream, YOUR street :), YOUR town :)

Alto saxophonist Nora Stanley and I will be playing our first-ever gig together! It'll be a short one (a single 25-minute set), as part of the mammoth multi-hour Labor Day Live Stream Music event put on by this already-iconic San Francisco institution.

Jul12

An Expansive Approach to Vocal Improvisation- Online Workshop

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over Zoom, N/A, N/A

I will be leading a workshop under the auspices of Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory. It will be conducted in 2 parts, separated by a ~1 hour break, during which the students will be able to work on a few exercises, assigned by me. Other free-wheeling discussions/demonstrations will be conducted as well.

May31

Benedict-Levis Duo at SIMM

San Francisco Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St., San Francisco, CA

Drummer/composer Jason Levis and I will present a set of composed and improvised pieces. We did this once before, several years ago (and also in the SIMM series). We're excited to try it again!

$10 or so

Feb28

The Art of Skatch

Sherman Street Studios, 16 Sherman St., San Francisco

This will be the closing event of a few-week visual exhibit of the invented instruments of Tom Nunn. Reception at 7pm, and performances starting at 8pm. The performances will involve the duo, T.D. Skatchit (Tom Nunn + David Michalak, playing the aforementioned invented instruments!), and they will be joining forces with three different sets of collaborators: 1. Chris Brown (electronics), 2. Dean Santomieri (spoken word), and 3. the vocal "choir" of Ron Heglin, Kattt Atchley, and Lorin Benedict. I can't wait for this!! :)

Feb24

Perkis-Benedict Duo at the MakeOut!

Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA

Electronics improvisor Tim Perkis and I have been hard at work recently on material for a duo project, and we will finally be premiering it live at this show! YAY!!

nada (but please tip!)

Feb11

The Holly Martins play the Active Music Series

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph, Oakland, CA

The Holly Martins (Kasey Knudsen- alto saxophone, Eric Vogler- guitar, and Lorin Benedict- voice) play the Active Music Series for the very first time. There will be two other sets as well: Cory Wright's Fellow Hominids, and Phillip Greenlief's Birthday celebration set.

$5 - $15 sliding scale

Jan14

The Holly Martins play the Way Out West Series

California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, CA

The Holly Martins (Kasey Knudsen- alto sax, Eric Vogler- guitar, and me- voice) will play the CJC's Way Out West Series, in which it is stipulated that one or more new compositions are unearthed at each event. As such, we'll be hard at work conceptualizing/writing/rehearsing a brand new piece for this! And we'll do a few other things as well, no doubt. It'll be one LONG (~ 75 minute) set for your listening pleasure.

$15, I think (?)

Jan2

Logan Kane / Lorin Benedict Duo

Private house in San Jose, CA, email me for details!, San Jose, CA

Bassist Logan Kane and I will be performing our duo material (including some of the same stuff we did in our relatively recent Blue Whale show), along with other fun things, at this house concert in San Jose! This will be our officially-unofficial album release show for our soon-to-drop offering, NO RELATION NO PROBLEM. If you're interested in attending, email me for the specific location (email address in the "Contact" tab of this site).

Dec5

Ian Carey small ensemble at the Luggage Store

Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. @ 6th St., San Francisco, CA

Trumpeter/composer Ian Carey leads this small ensemble including me on voice and Jon Arkin on drums.

$10 or so

Nov4

Knudsen-Benedict Duo at the MakeOut!

Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA

Kasey Knudsen- alto saxophone, and Yours Truly- voice-a-phone, will play a series of duo improvisations, as part of a 3-set extravaganza also including the Jon Raskin-Kevin Corcoran Duo AND a quintet led by Michael Dessen (w/ Perkis, Mezzacappa, Schenck, and Nordeson)!

nada (but please tip!)