Scott R. Looney

Scott R. Looney comes from a long list of Cal Arts alumns, joining fellow improvisers Adam Lane and Aaron Bennett whom he regularly plays with.  He first studied jazz and improvisation in Iowa, of all places, at Coe College under trumpeter Paul Smoker, also obtaining his BM in Music Composition.  At Cal Arts he studied improvisation under Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith, as well as composition and interactive electronics under David Rosenboom and Morton Subotnick.  After graduating, he moved to New York, where he honed his composition and improvisation skills in sessions with Herb Robertson, Phil Haynes, Jim Black, and Randy McKean.  In the summer of 1996, he moved back to the Left Coast, this time to Oakland, and since then he has been gradually emerging from his shell, composing and playing varying instruments in performances with Leo Smith, Dan Plonsey, Moe Staiano's MOEKESTRA!, Matt Ingalls Y2K, Tom Nunn, and many others in the area.  Current projects are a solo piano CDR, as well as a live electronic work, and a sextet recording.  Scott also plans concerts at 1502 8th St. for the BASIC organization.