Pianist Alexander Hawkins Profiled

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Source: Chicago Reader.

The legacy, influence, and importance of folks like Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Tony Oxley, and Evan Parker, among others, remains undiminished half a century after they first emerged. The UK has continued to boast a formidable jazz and improvised music scene with loads of talented players coming along year after year, but for much of the 80s and 90s those folks lacked a lasting vision. Too many jazz musicians got caught up in rather shallow trends like acid jazz, making music that now sounds horribly dated, facile, and stale. In recent years, however, things have improved dramatically. And few current practitioners are as exciting, deep, and committed as the Oxford pianist Alexander Hawkins, a musician whose easy versatility has given him loads of opportunities.

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

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Source: The New York Times.

American Modern Ensemble (Thursday) This contemporary music group joins forces with the Claremont Trio for a lunar-themed program of works by Claude Baker, Robert Paterson, Judith Shatin and George Tsontakis. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Vivien Schweitzer)

Tristan Perich (Thursday) The music of this pianist-composer is inspired by physics, math and code. Mr. Perich creates simple electronic tones by sending pulses of electricity to a speaker, resulting in oscillations at a particular pitch, called one-bit tones. Here, he offers a program of solo improvisations on piano and 1-bit electronics. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Schweitzer)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Tim Berne

Source: The New York Times.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil (Thursday and next Friday) Tim Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer of granite conviction, has had a superb recent outlet in Snakeoil, a chamber-improv quartet with the clarinetist Oscar Noriega, the pianist Matt Mitchell and the drummer and vibraphonist Ches Smith. The band seems likely to draw here from its three fine albums on the ECM label — but Mr. Berne likes to spring new music on his audiences, which means all bets are off. Thursday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at West 27th Street, fifth floor, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. Next Friday at 8 p.m., I-Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com. (Nate Chinen)

Joel Harrison and Infinite Possibility (Tuesday) Mr. Harrison, a prolific and broad-minded guitarist-composer, released his first large-ensemble album, “Infinite Possibility,” a couple of years ago. The band, well stocked with adaptable players like the multi-reedist Ben Kono and the percussionist James Shipp, regroups to perform a new batch of his music in this concert, including a suite titled “America at War.” At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)

Wayne Horvitz (Friday and Saturday) The musical vernacular of the American West has been a fruitful preoccupation for Mr. Horvitz, a pianist and composer with a knack for painterly color. “Some Places Are Forever Afternoon,” his gorgeously evocative new album, draws inspiration from the poetry of Richard Hugo, and features the same chamber group appearing here on Friday; its ranks include the trumpeter Ron Miles, the cellist Marika Hughes and the guitarist Nels Cline. On Saturday Mr. Horvitz performs duos with the dancer-choreographer Yukio Suzuki and the saxophonist and electronic artist Briggan Krauss. That concert also includes a performance of Mr. Horvitz’s music by the Westerlies, a spruce young brass quartet made of players he has mentored. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)

December at the IBeam Brooklyn 

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Source: Brooklyn’s IBeam.

Terrence McManus
Wednesday, December 2nd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:30 p.m.
Terrence McManus/Russ Lossing Duo
Terrence McManus, guitar
Russ Lossing, piano
9:15 p.m.
Terrence McManus Trio
Terrence McManus, guitar + compositions
Russ Lossing, piano
Billy Mintz, drums

Friday, December 4th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Tim Berne – Saxophone
Oscar Noriega – Clarinets
Matt Mitchell – Piano
Ches Smith – Drums

‘The Stereography Project’ + Monk Trio
Saturday, December 5th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
‘The Stereography Project’ (8:00 pm)
This New York based project, led by Dutch saxophonist and composer Marike van Dijk had its first official outing with its eponymous release on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records on February 27th, 2015. Van Dijk is a well-known saxophonist in the Netherlands; Dutch national TV recently made a documentary about her and her musicians’ life in New York, which was broadcasted in April 2015.
Saxes/compositions – Marike van Dijk
Cl/Tsx- Lucas Pino
Bcl/Asx – Ben van Gelder
Flute/Tsx – anna webber
Tb – Darius Christian Jones
Violin – TBA
Viola – Benjamin von Gutzeit
Viola – Eric Lemmon
Cello – Amanda Gookin
Piano – Manuel Schmiedel
Bass – Rick Rosato
Drums – Colin Stranahan
Vocals – Kate Kelsey-Sugg
Monk Trio (10 pm)
Steve Cardenas
Billy Mintz
Ben Goldberg
Performing works of Thelonious Monk

Jaimie Branch & Ståle Smith
Thursday, December 10th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Jaimie Branch – Trumpet
Ståle Smith – Drums
Jaimie Branch – Trumpet
Matt Bauder – Reeds
Brandon Lopez – Bass
Ståle Smith – Drums

Sam Blaser Quartet / Brian Drye Trio
Friday, December 11th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Samuel Blaser Quartet (8:30)
Samuel Blaser – Trombone
Russ Lossing – Piano
Billy Mintz – Drums
Toto Gucci – Bass
Brian Drye Trio (10:00)
Brian Drye – Trombone
Jeff Davis – Drums
Matt Pavolka – Bass

Samuel Blaser Quartet / Davølka Kirkbērger
Saturday, December 12th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Samuel Blaser Quartet (8:30 pm)
Samuel Blaser – Trombone
Russ Lossing – Piano
Billy Mintz – Drums
Toto Gucci – Bass
Davølka Kirkbērger (10 pm)
Matt Pavolka – Bass
Kirk Knuffke – Cornet
Jeff Davis – Drums
Jonathan Goldberger – Guitar

Max Johnson Winter Quintet
Tuesday, December 15th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Celebrate the closing of 2015 with an evening of music dedicated to the winter, with this quintet of amazing improvisers…
Ben Goldberg – Clarinet
Samuel Blaser – Trombone
Kris Davis – Piano
Max Johnson – Bass
Billy Mintz – Drums

Anna Webber Residency (night 1)
Friday, December 18th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Jagged Spheres
Devin Gray – drums
Teddy Klausner – piano/synth
Anna Webber – tenor sax/flute
Adam Hopkins Sextet
Adam Hopkins – bass
Josh Sinton – bari/bass clarinet
Ed RosenBerg III – tenor sax
Anna Webber – tenor sax
Jonathan Goldberger – guitar
Devin Gray – drums

Anna Webber Residency (night 2)
Saturday, December 19th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Matt Mitchell – piano
John Hollenbeck – drums
Anna Webber – tenor sax/flute
10 pm
Jagged Spheres
Devin Gray – drums
Teddy Klausner – piano/synth
Anna Webber – tenor sax/flute

Anna Webber Residency (night 3
Sunday, December 20th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Theo Bleckmann ‘Elegy’
Ben Monder – guitar
Shai Maestro – piano
Chris Tordini – bass
John Hollenbeck – drums
Theo Bleckmann – voice
10 pm
Matt Mitchell – piano
John Hollenbeck – drums
Anna Webber – tenor sax/flute

Billy Mintz Quintet
Wednesday, December 23rd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
John Gross – Saxophone
Tony Malaby – Saxophone
Roberta Piket – Piano
Hillard Green – Bass
Billy Mintz – Drums

San Francisco Scene: November 28 – December 4, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Saturday, November 28

Sat 11/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Endangered Temperaments: Bertamo Trio / Edward Schocker / Dennis Aman [don’t be a stranger #4]
A concert of works for baroque trio (harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba) using meantone tempearament, including two new commissioned pieces conceived for this tuning by Edward Schocker and Dennis Aman.

Monday, November 30

Mon 11/30 7:30 AM Mills College Chapel [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA]
Lucky Cloud 003 ft. BEAST NEST, FOREST FLOOR, MARISSA DEITZ WALL. Lucky Cloud is a monthly experimental music series in the Mills College Chapel featuring intimate performances by local composers, sound artists, and songwriters. Shows are all-ages, donation-based, and are held on the last monday of every month.

Mon 11/30 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Kristina Dutton/John McCowen/Britt Ciampa + Mark Clifford/Crystal Pascucci/Jordan Glenn

Wednesday, December 2

Wed 12/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sara Cubarsi: solo violin recital – Ferneyhough, Berio, Bartók, and more
Solo recital given by Catalan violinist Sara Cubarsi featuring 20thC./contemporary music by Ken Ueno, Ferneyhough, Berio, Bartók and the performer herself.

Thursday, December 3

Thu 12/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Biggi Vinkeloe – alto saxophone, Donald Robinson – drums
9pm Tim Perkis/Ron Heglin – electronics/trombone/voice

Thu 12/03 8:30 PM Octopus Salon [2101 Webster Street #170 Oakland, CA 94612]
Firebreathing new music from Bay Area faces new and old.
Grex: Karl Evangelista (gtr, vox), Rei Scampavia (keys, vox), Robert Lopez (dms) – ecstatic art rock/psych w/free jazz bent
Mike Sopko/Hamir Atwal Duo – virtuoso experimental prog music
Hamir Atwal/Tim DeCillis/Robert Lopez Trio – hardcore percussion explosion by local triumvirate

Friday, December 4
Fri 12/04 7:30 PM Artists’ Television Access [992 Valencia St San Francisco CA 94110]
SOLO ORGAN Record Release with Black Spirituals and Ettrick

Fri 12/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Van-Anh Nguyen & Julian Toha: 1 PIANO, 4 HANDS

You’ve seen both artists execute solo piano repertoire. In the lead up to the festive season, concert pianists Van-Anh Nguyen (Australia) and Julian Toha (USA) collaborate in a vibrant, exciting and passionate concert of repertoire for 4 hands. Come see their electric playing light up the stage in Brahms Hungarian Dances and the complete Nutcracker Suite. Support act is Ryan Hickey, an extremely talented multi-genred pianist.

Fri 12/04 8:00 PM East Side Arts Alliance [2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94606]
Music of Color Presents: An Avant-Garde Portrait of Repression
Broun Fellinis with the Color Ensemble
From prejudice to police violence, these two bands will take you on a passionate journey exploring personal struggles around racial equity while pushing the boundaries of their sound. You must not miss this premier Music of Color event!

We Need No Swords Reviews

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Source: We Need No Swords.

Mike Cooper: Forbidden Planet Delta Blues
Duncan Harrison, BBBlood, Aqua Dentata: Ineluctable modality of the visible
Whited Sepulchre Records
Will Montgomery: The crystal at the lips
Coppice: Bypass Ideal

A Heavy Music Fan’s Guide to Forgotten Synth Icons

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Source: Noisey covers Klaus Schulze, Heldon, and others influence on today’s synth use.

Nearly 50 years ago, two men changed the future. Working completely independently of one another, inventors Robert Moog and Don Buchla each released a new instrument called the analog synthesizer. Today, its sleek, modern synthesized sounds are everywhere in popular music, and even as technology progresses, many listeners remain drawn to the anomalous and unique sounds that these seemingly outdated analog synthesizers are capable of creating. Everyone from Taylor Swift to Tame Impala has based hits around them, and the analog synthesizer has even gained a foothold in the heavy music sphere.