Photo: Pietro Previti

Mission Eye & Ear

Mission Eye & Ear is a live cinema series I program in collaboration with the venerable Mission District arts organization, Artists' Television Access (ATA). The series began in 2010 at the Red Poppy Art House, moved to ATA in 2011, and has since been remounted with local musicians in Europe (Naples and Turin, Italy; Berlin, Germany) and at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's annual Chamber Music Day.

Check out this short montage of works commissioned for the series in 2011:



Friday March 7, 2014 8pm

New music & film collaborations by
Suki O'Kane + John Davis
Jason Hoopes + Azin Seraj
Marielle Jakobsons + Kirthi Nath

Save the Dates!
Friday June 27, 2014:
Gino Robair + Bryan Boyce
Kyle Bruckmann + John Slattery
Dominique Leone + Brenda Contreras

Friday September 12, 2014:
Crystal Pascucci, Zach Watkins, Lisa Mezzacappa, Isabelle Harada, Rosario Sotelo, Craig Baldwin!

Mission Eye & Ear 2014 is supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.



Mission Eye & Ear: TORINO

Thursday October 10, 2013
Cafe des Arts, Turin

Luca Pissavini, contrabass
Michele Anelli, contrabass
Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass
Erika Sollo, voice
Maurizio Suppo, guitar

Alfonso Alvarez
Nara Denning
Konrad Steiner
Kathleen Quillian
Sylvia Schedelbauer
Paul Clipson


Mission Eye & Ear Marathon @ Chamber Music Day 2012

Sunday November 18, 2012, noon to 7pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room

Film + Live Music by:
Konrad Steiner + Matt Ingalls
Phillip Greenlief + Mike Kuchar
Linda Scobie + Aaron Novik
Kathleen Quillian + Ava Mendoza
Carl Diehl + Randy McKean
Nara Denning + Kasey Knudsen/John Arkin
Sylvia Schedelbauer + Lisa Mezzacappa/Noah Phillips
Paul Clipson + Darren Johnston
Bill Basquin + Cory Wright


Mission Eye & Ear: BERLIN
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8pm
Pink Melon Joy, Neukölln

Jason Levis, percussion
Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass
George Cremaschi, electronics
Ritwik Bannerjee,  saxophone
Chris Heenan, winds
Alessandra Eramo, voice/electronics
Wendelin Buchler, guitar/electronics
Piero Bittolo Bon, bass clarinet

Alfonso Alvarez (US)
Nara Denning (US)
Konrad Steiner (US)
Kathleen Quillian (US)
Sylvia Schedelbauer (DE/JA)
Carl Diehl (US)
Bill Basquin (US)


Mission Eye & Ear: NAPOLI

Sunday June 10, 2012, 9:30pm
Lanificio25, Napoli

Luisanna Serra, voice
Charles Ferris, trumpet
Marcello Giannini, guitar
Stefano Costanzo, drums
Giuseppe Vietri, saxophone
Mirko Pizvic, vibraphone
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass

Alfonso Alvarez (US)
Paul Clipson (US)
Nara Denning (US)
Konrad Steiner (US)
Kathleen Quillian (US)
Sylvia Schedelbauer (DE/JA)
Carl Diehl (US)
Bill Basquin (US)


Mission Eye & Ear @ ATA: 2011

Mission Eye & Ear @ ATA #1
Friday March 4, 2011, 8pm
New collaborations by:
Randy McKean and Carl Diehl
Kasey Knudsen/Jon Arkin and Nara Denning
Phillip Greenlief/shudder and Mike Kuchar

Mission Eye & Ear @ ATA #2
Friday June 3, 2011, 8pm
New collaborations by:
Paul Clipson and Darren Johnston
Kerry Laitala and Aaron Novik
Konrad Steiner and Matt Ingalls

Mission Eye & Ear @ ATA #3
Friday September 16, 2011, 8pm
New collaborations by:
Cory Wright and Bill Basquin
Graham Connah and Kathleen Quillian
Lisa Mezzacappa/Noah Phillips and Sylvia Schedelbauer
Randy McKean and Carl Diehl

Mission Eye & Ear 2011 was supported by the Alternative Exposures grant program of Southern Exposure, and the Subito grant program of the American Composers Forum, Norther California.


Mission Eye & Ear @ the Red Poppy Art House: 2010

Winter 2010: I SPY
Friday December 3, 2010 8pm
Artists respond to the theme "I SPY" - surveillance, espionage, eavesdropping, diary-snooping, private eyes, and other subversive activities, from the sinister to the benign.

Readings by BETH LISICK
Compositions by AARON NOVIK


Summer 2010: DREAMS

Artists respond to the idea of DREAMS: each artist created a new work based on or inspired by a dream sequence from a film, a work of literature, a dream or nightmare of their own...

Live film music by Lisa Mezzacappa & Nightshade
Aram Shelton, clarinets
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Tim Perkis, electronics
Kjell Nordeson, vibraphone
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass

Songs by Katy Stephan, voice and Adam Shulman, piano

Live film projection/installation by Alfonso Alvarez

New dream music by the Holly Martins
Kasey Knudsen, saxophone
Lorin Benedict, vocals
Eric Vogler, guitar