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Phainopepla, Afferents & Phil Di Leo


Phainopepla’s music can most easily be described by the bird of the same name. Although the phainopepla is known to travel throughout the summer from the Sonoran Desert of the Southwest to California, its specific migrations are relatively unknown and inconsistent.

Like the phainopepla, Jake Morris began his life in Tucson, AZ, playing small local rock clubs and jazz gigs, eventually migrating to California in adulthood. Now based in Oakland, the multi-instrumentalist and producer experiments with the marriage of electronic beats and pop sensibilities, resulting in a blend of sounds that transcends specific genre. He creates music that represents the ebbs and flows of emotion that we experience throughout our lives: from hard-hitting indie rock to solitary acoustic strums; from house and techno inspired four-on-the-floor beats to soft falsetto sung over traditional jazz chords and structures. While he may find himself lost within the world that he built in Phainopepla, he is unrestricted by any musical expectation.

Afferents is the musical project of Seattle-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Raymond Sanchez. As the neural pathways that relay information from sensory organs to the brain, afferents connect the external world to our internal experiences. Drawing on influences ranging from 60's era psychedelia and jazz to contemporary indie folk rock and electronica, Raymond creates emotionally earnest acoustic-guitar driven songs that seek to bridge the gap between life's trials and the inner monologues we construct in response.

Phil Di Leo has always been fascinated by the relationship between improvisation and composition. Raised in Northern California, he began writing and performing piano in the first grade and grew to love a life completely saturated in the holistic world of music. With his intense and curious affinity for music, Di Leo simultaneously joined the Young Composers Program and started his first band in the same year.

He continued to study and perform alongside many talented artists until he relocated to San Francisco to study Broadcasting. Music remained at the forefront as he started to converse with and record local artists on his weekly college radio show, which allowed him to find a footing within the supportive arts community in San Francisco. Using his previous solo moniker Edward’s Crossing, named after a bridge crossing the Yuba River, he quickly began collaborating and producing a new body of work which led to the release of his first solo record Summer Stitch. Di Leo has released a number of long-form singles including “Sit Down and Say A While" and "House Of Representatives Votes On House GOP Tax Bill," which features a 12 minute speech from former Speaker Paul Ryan. Di Leo loves to explore the curious narrative-like tendencies of classical compositions while melding them seamlessly with reactive improvisational elements. He moved to Oakland in 2016 and has been since performing with notable groups Seemway, Sun Kin, and Known to Collapse as he finishes production of his newest solo record slated for 2019.

Phainopepla, Afferents, and Phil Di Leo are all part of the next generation of indie multi-instrumentalists: those that write, record, produce, and perform their own original music. Each artist will be playing an acoustic set, showcasing original music made for the modern age, while performing in an intimate setting.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Earlier Event: March 21
Joyce Kwon - Dream of Home
Later Event: March 23
Joel Dorham