Opera Wolf is a trio of musicians performing free improvisation and improvised based works. The cello/sax/percussion ensemble performs graphic scores, text based score, partially notated pieces, and conducted works. Drawing on influences in contemporary classical music, free jazz, and electroacoustic experimentation, they work with atmospheric timbres, modulating rhythms and extended technique to mold sound in a way that challenges compositional organization and performance practice. Influences range from John Zorn to Edgard Varèse, and include Debussy and Sun Ra. Crystal Pascucci (cello), Joshua Marshall (sax) and Robert Lopez (percussion) have all studied composition and improvisation together under a number of preeminent musicians and educators, including Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins and William Winant. Opera Wolf performs regularly in the SF Bay Area and will have made their New York debut in June, 2012.
So far, Opera Wolf has been performing in the bay area with other artists such as, Jordan Glenn’s Mindless Thing, Ches Smith, Manara Jocnaud, and Jacob Felix Huele. The trio is taking on the challenge of performing John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra, as invited artists to the UC Santa Cruz John Cage Centennial Celebration on September 5th, 2012.