Savage Jazz Dance Company (SJDC) Presents

Sketches of Oakland
The Town Explored Through Dance

Featuring World Premiere choreography by Artistic Director Reginald Ray-Savage, original compositions by Leslie La Barre
In its new offering, Savage Jazz Dance Company pays tribute to The Town. Brought to life and developed in Oakland and containing the same intensity, creativity and diversity of life experiences that only a city like Oakland can provide, Sketches of Oakland paints a portrait of what it is to not only be human but truly be alive in The Town.

A brand-new creation from Founder and Artistic Director, Reginald Ray- Savage, Sketches of Oakland will include new works by composer, Leslie La Barre, performed live by lead musicians solo contemporary pianist Emily Tian plus a collaboration with Oakland visual artist Kaya Fortune, and the bold signature style of Savage Jazz Dance Company.

Through its performances and school of dance, Savage Jazz Dance Company brings innovative, engaging and dynamic dance to the stage and learning studio. SJDC pushes the boundaries of art to explore themes, people, triumphs, and tragedies of its hometown. Some stories are better told through the dance of the young. Other stories are better told with live music, and visual art rooted in The Town. This production bring all of these elements together along with long time SJDC dance artists, under the artistic direction of Mr. Savage.

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts Theater
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

"L I B R A T I O N"

          August 17, 2017 | UCSB Summer Music Festival | Aperture Duo


          June 25, 2017 | Siletz Bay Music Festival, Oregon


February 5, 2017 | The Drinkward Recital Hall

Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference

February 4, 2017 | University of Texas Arlington 

Untitled Studio Project

2017 | Los Angeles, CA 


Armen Ksajikian, soloist

September 3, 2016 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live

August 19, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA


August 17, 2016 | LA performance Concert Series


February & April 2016 | Friends University

Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI Conference  

February 2016 | Wichita, Kansas



*Premiere | July 3, 2014 | Oregon Bach Festival | Eugene, OR 

"Steep Trails"

July 15, 2014 | 7 pm | Boston Court | Pasadena, CA

American Composers Forum of Los Angeles (ACF-LA) 2014 Composition Competition Concert  

American Correspondence Encore Performance

"Piano Sonata"

"Steep Trails"


Tatiana Thibodeaux, piano | Carol Lisek, contralto

October 22, 2014 | Claremont, CA

Tatiana Thibodeaux, piano | Carol Lisek, alto

The five award winning works of the ACF-LA 2014 Composition Competition will be presented on July 15th at 7pm. "Steep Trails" will be performed by stellar artists: pianist Tatiana Thibodeaux and alto Carol Lisek


Leslie La Barre © 2019