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About

Roger Kim is a guitarist and composer and leader of the experimental chamber ensemble Portrait Maker. At UC Berkeley Roger composition and improvisation with Myra Melford, and jazz guitar with Brian Pardo. He graduated with honors for a thesis composition that featured text based scores and pieces featuring combinations of free and harmonically based improvisation. He plays in various groups ranging from jazz to experimental to funk throughout the San Francisco bay area.

Contact Roger directly: roger@rogerkimmusic.com (510) 557-4047

Schedule

Schedule

Upcoming

Portrait Maker

Portrait Maker is an experimental chamber ensemble that marries melody, unorthodox harmony, improvisation, complex rhythm, and theater in a strange and beautiful polygamous relationship.

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Portrait Maker has included, but is not limited to:
Roger Kim: Guitar/Banjo
Ryan Pate: Guitar
Andrea Wang: Vocals
Marica Petrey: Vocals
Eli Wirtschafter: Violin/Narration
Zachary Hazen: Violin/Viola
Daniel Brown: Cello
Debbie Gold: Flute
Michelle Lee: Alto Flute
Steven Lugerner: Alto Flute/Bb Clarinet
Jason Gillenwater: Bb Clarinet
Kyle Beard: Bass Clarinet
Hannah Westbrook: Dance
Julia Havard: Dance
Mackenzie Dolginow: Dance
Aru Gonzalez: Dance
Lauren Hamilton: Dance
Maria Gerstley: Dance
Aejay Mitchell: Dance

Elliott Smith Hour

Elliott Smith Hour began as a tribute to Elliott Smith, the late singer songwriter revered for the quiet, but cutting introspection of his lyrics and music. The project has since evolved into an acoustic chamber music group covering a wide variety of musical matter, featuring arrangements of originals and pop, classical, and modern jazz music. Performances thoroughly explore the meaning of form, structure, love, and beauty of each song while combining technical musicianship with sensitive improvisation.

Listen to the Elliott Smith Hour Demo for free on SoundCloud

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Elliott Smith Hour has included, but is not limited to:
Roger Kim: Guitar/Banjo
MJ Lee: Violin
Somin Lim: Violin
David Boyden: Violin
Zak Hazen: Violin/Cello
Daniel Brown: Cello
Steven Lugerner: Bass Clarinet and Alto Flute
Jack Hanan: Bass
Liz Duran: Flute
Crystal Pascucci: Cello
Brendan Liu: Trumpet
Jacob Richards: Drums

First Day

First Day began as a vehicle for Roger's original compositions while he was a senior at UC Berkeley. It has sinced coalesced into an amorphous group (though most often a trio with Jacb Richards on drums and Brendan Liu on trumpet) featuring original arrangements and compositions from all members of the band.

Free jazz and other freely improvised musics can often be heard as abstruse to the point of being too difficult to listen to. The music of First Day, however, utilizes freedom to seek the expressive possibilities of music. Through structure, composition, and an emphasis on sympathetic playing between the musicians in First Day, Roger hopes to unlock the use music as a means of communication at once both more specific and yet more universal than words alone.

Download First Day's latest album Cafe Music for free on Bandcamp

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First Day has included:
Roger Kim: Guitar
Brendan Liu: Trumpet
Jacob Richards: Drums
Josh Drilling: Drums
Jake Barczak: Drums
Jason Gillenwater: Tenor Saxophone
Casey Mattson: Keyboard
Cairo McCockran: Drums
Anna Clifford: Cello
Nicki Adams: Keyboard
Benny Amon: Drums
Forrest Reige: Alto Saxophone
Mike Lee: Alto Saxophone
Chris Weir: Bass
Anand Badri: Drums
Kenny Mar: Tenor Saxophone

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