San Francisco-based creative arts composer, designer, improviser, producer, and bandleader of the industrial jazz unit zBug.

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2012-04-15: zBug | Godwaffle at The Lab in San Francisco, CA, USA.
An excerpt of the full set presented at Godwaffle Noise Pancakes by the industrial jazz unit zBug featuring David Leikam, Sheila Bosco, and Fred Malouf. Video by Bill Leikam [7:57 of 22:04]

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"You guys sound very similar to Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio!"
- John Baffa, Sound Engineer/Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio: The Creation Of The Universe

zBug; an industrial jazz unit based in San Francisco, CA that presents structured improvisational music sets based on the performance venue and compositional themes along with featuring prominent video artists and musical guests on selected concert engagements.

They have also been associated with Wadada Leo Smith, Kidd Jordan, Eddie Gale, and Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio.

Styles: Ambient, Industrial, Jazz, Psychedelic Arts.

2010: zBug [aka z_Bug]20120415 zBug | Godwaffle
2011 - 2012: zBug; David Leikam and Sheila Bosco with Guest Member, Fred Malouf.
© 2010/12 Bill Leikam . All Rights Reserved.

Core Members
David Leikam - moog rogue/electric bass-cello/piano
Sheila Bosco - drumset/percussion

Sheila Bosco is a long time percussionist and drummer. Over the years she has played with many groups including Faun Fables, Autobody, Flaming Fire, and (her percussion project) Drumhead which was featured in Modern Drummer magazine. Currently, besides being a member of zBug since 2007, she plays with Poor Sweet Creatures, Christine Shields, and the once-in-a-while solo show. When Sheila isn't playing the drums, she is working on composing music and doing sound design for theater, video, and dance where she is a long time music collaborator with inkBoat Butoh dance troupe.

Guest Members
Phillip Greenlief - saxophone/reeds (Oakland, California, USA)
Kidd Jordan - saxophone (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Craig Latta - electric guitar/electronics (Amsterdam, NL)
Fred Malouf - electric guitar/electronics (Palo Alto, California, USA)
Mark Spybey - electronics/voice (Northumberland, UK)

2011.08.04: Live at The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco (video still)
2011-08-04: Live at The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco (video still)
Left to Right: David Leikam and Sheila Bosco.
© 2011 Bill Leikam . All Rights Reserved.

In 2011, zBug finds itself with the unfortunate departure of Zachary Morris and Sean Price though zBug is continuing ahead with David Leikam, Sheila Bosco, and other guest members (see above) booking more local concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Meridian Gallery, The Lab, Stork Club, and other venues along with heading into Europe and Aisa in 2012 on tour. They are also looking forward to collaborating with Eddie Gale, Jon Raskin, Muruga Booker, Daniel Rosenboom, and others on the near horizon.

In 2010, the unit expanded once more to a sextet with the addition of Fred Malouf on electric guitar for their 2010.01.07 concert at Velma's Blues and Jazz Club in San Francisco, CA which was followed by a return invitation by Eddie Gale on 2010.03.04 to perform again as part of the Eddie Gale's Thursday Night Creative Jazz Series. Since then, zBug has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as the current quartet since their 2010.05.17 performance at the Kingman's Ivy Room in Albany, CA and recently returned from a very successful tour in Los Angeles, CA in early October where they have been associated with Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio. zBug ended 2010 as a concise quartet unit again and looking toward to touring outside of the San Francisco Bay Area more in 2011. They also performed concerts at The Wild Beast Pavilion, CalArt, KZSU 90.1FM, Stanford University, The Luggage Store Gallery, The Lab, El Rincon, and others.

In 2007, the unit expanded to a trio with Sheila Bosco joining as the second drummer and shortly afterthat, a quartet with the addition of Craig Latta on infrared theremin/laptop. They performed concerts at KZSU 90.1FM, Stanford University, The Luggage Store Gallery, The Axe and Palm Cafe, Stanford University, ArtSF Gallery among others and released their debut EP recording late that year entitled 3, 2, 1 ... Live!

In 2006, zBug's first performance was on 2006.02.15 at the Roy O. Disney Concert Hall, CalArts in Valencia, CA during David Leikam's composition "We Are Not Installing A Toilet Here!" They had a following late night concert at the same venue on 2006.03.09-10, then moved north to the San Francisco Bay Area later that year performing on 2006.12.22 at the G3 Lounge and have been regularly performing locally and elsewhere ever since.

In late 2004, David Leikam and Zachary Morris met while both in Wadada Leo Smith's Creative Music Orchestra and studying music at the California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. They have been collaborating on music of an electronic structured improvisational jazz style ever since. They have primarily performed numerous live concerts in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas along wih several studio recordings since 2005.

2010.10.09: zBug Live at The Wild Beast Pavilion zBug : Passings of A Window Sil zBug : 3, 2, 1 ... Live, 20.09.2007 at 22:00
Album Releases
2010 - zBug Live at The Wild Beast Pavilion
2009 - Passings of A Window Sil
2007 - 3, 2, 1 ... Live, 20.09.2007 at 22:00

Former Core Members
Craig Latta - electronics (2007-2010)
Zachary Morris - drums/percussion/electronics (2006-2011)
Sean Price - modular symthesizer/laptop (2006, 2009-2011)

Former Featured Guests
Eric km Clark (electro-violin - 2007)
William Leikam (spoken word - 2007)
Fred Malouf (electric guitar - 2010, 2011)
Moe! Staiano (drums/percussion - 2010)

2010: zBug: Live at The Wild Beast Pavilion, CalArts
2010-09-10: Live at The Wild Beast Pavilion, CalArts
Left to Right: David Leikam, Zachary Morris, Sheila Bosco, Sean Price.
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