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Vijay Iyer

From NYTimes.com:

It was never accurate to pigeonhole Vijay Iyer as a jazz pianist, though he is one of his generation’s most rightfully celebrated jazz improvisers and composers, as well as a Harvard professor and a 2013 MacArthur fellow. His three-night engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, which started on Thursday, concentrated on the nominally classical, notated part of Mr. Iyer’s work as a composer. Even there, it was multifaceted: a three-part program that showed Mr. Iyer as social conscience, multimedia collaborator, system builder, rhapsodist, historical thinker and multicultural gateway.

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San Francisco Scene: December 19-26, 2014

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, December 19

Fri 12/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Gratkowski/Brown/Winant Trio
Frank Gratkowski, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax
Chris Brown, piano and live electronics
William Winant, vibraphone and percussion
This trio specializes in improvisations that seamlessly meld avant-garde classical, jazz and electronic influences. Extended techniques and interactive electronic signal processing create an original sound-world that transcends its instrumental sources through hybrid timbral and temporal transformations.

Fri 12/19 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
While renowned for performing experimental music with self-invented instruments, on this special evening Bart and Peter will each perform a set showcasing them as songwriters and bards with their reinvented strings. Bart will perform on his Y-string guitar, floating bridge guitar, wobble steel guitar, deep guitar, and his new semi-self-playing SSP-Strings instrument. Peter Whitehead performs haunting folk tunes accompanied on his hand built ethnic folk instruments from found objects.

Fri 12/19 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Tawil + Guarino / The Norman Conquest – – get shiny with us
Mike Guarino (percussion, guitar, electronics)
Leyya Tawil (dance)

The Norman Conquest

http://www.thenormanconquest.net/bio

Fri 12/19 9:30 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents Lash/Bruckmann/McCowen/Djll plus Walton/Djll/Perkis/Ingalls plus Lash/Walton Duo

Saturday, December 20

Sat 12/20 7:00 PM 11 Wharf Road [Bolinas]
The Long Breath: Thingamajigs Performance Group convenes with singer-songwriter-scholar Gelsey Bell and Dyemark (Oakland) in an evening of experimental performance and meditations on alternate tunings, durational forms, and new work.

Sat 12/20 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Ben Bennett, Bad Jazz, Thomas Carnacki and Pet The Tiger at Turquoise Yantra Grotto.

Sunday, December 21

Sun 12/21 11:00 AM Berkeley Art Museum [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Let’s Go! A Farewell Revel
December 21, 2014; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A Full Day of Free Events at BAM/PFA
Come celebrate BAM/PFA’s final day of public programs in its 2626 Bancroft Way location before the institution moves to a brand new home in downtown Berkeley in early 2016!
• Dance Battles by the Brilliant TURFinc
• Vibrant Vocals from All-Women Ensemble Kitka
• Performance by Groundbreaking Artist Dohee Lee
• Inspired Sound Art by Chris Kallmyer
• Art-Making for Kids of All Ages with Veronica Graham
• Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes, led by Sarah Cahill

Sun 12/21 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Two solos
Set One: Ben Bennett – invented and revisioned instruments
Set Two: The Visitor – Bob Marsh – wearable sound

Friday, December 26

Fri 12/26 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [Point Richmond United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond 94801]
Brothers Matt Eakle, flute and Kit Eakle, violin join forces to celebrate BOXING DAY, Dec. 26, at 7:30 to FUNkify your Holiday Season!

Just Outside Reviews

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Reviews

From Just Outside:

John Lely – The Harmonics of Real Strings (Another Timbre)
Ryoko Akama/Bruno Duplant/Dominic Lash – next to nothing (Another Timbre)
Jamie Drouin/Lance Austin Olsen – sometimes we all disappear (Another Timbre)
A. F. Jones – rearward through forgottenness (Laminal Recordings)
Morton Feldman – Two Pianos and other pieces, 1953-1969 (Another Timbre)
Nick Storring – Gardens (Scissor Tail Records)
Nick Storring – Endless Conjecture (Orange Milk Records)

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

FRI, DECEMBER 19 – 7PM
This Land is…
FREE
An emergency public meeting hosted by sound adventurer Matana Roberts features the voices of concerned NYC artists on the grand jury verdict of Eric Garner. This is an opportunity for open dialogue in the arts community around problems of policing in urban space.

Featuring speakers Matana Roberts, Melvin Gibbs, Latasha Diggs, Camonghne Felix, Christopher Stackhouse, Tessa Lena, Henry Grimes, Laura Hanna, Ras Moshe, and more.

SAT, DECEMBER 20 – 8PM
Peter Evans
FREE / $10 SUGGESTED
Raw and inventive trumpeter Peter Evans closes his residency with a solo performance. Improvisation is used as a method of pressurizing and slowly refining materials from concert to concert; a process of using the known as a catapult to the unknown that is a central focus of Evans’ residency and work at large.

Atomic on Tour in North America

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Performances

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Atomic, a European free jazz band featuring bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist, trumpeter Magnus Broo, pianist Håvard Wiik and drummer Hans Hulbœkmo:

Atomic North American Tour in Support of Lucidity:

February 3 – Brooklyn, NY – ShapeShifter Lab
February 4 – Cambridge MA -Elizabeth Parks Killian Hall
February 5 – Montreal QC (Canada) – La Salla Rosa
February 6 -Toronto, ONT – The Rex Hotel
February 7 – Hamilton ON (Venue TBA)
February 8 -Buffalo, NY – Hallwals
February 11 – Cleveland OH – Night Town
February 12 – Ann Arbor, MI – Kerrytown Concert House
February 13/February 14- Chicago, IL – Constellation

Upcoming Wordless Music Shows

Posted: December 19, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From New York’s Wordless Music:

Wordless Music
Presents

Under the Skin Live
Mica Levi, conductor
wild Up + Wordless Music Orchestra
Regent Theater, Los Angeles
January 6, 2015

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Beasts of the Southern Wild
Wordless Music Orchestra
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Symphony Space, NYC
January 23-24, 2015

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Max Richter
[string quintet + visuals]
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn
March 20, 2015


From OC Weekly:

Most music fans in OC have no intention of looking under the rug at the sounds that exist in the noisy underbelly of our avant-garde music scene. But you can find them Saturday at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), where some our most inventive young artists will come to tear the definition of “music” to shreds at a yearly event dubbed the Santa Ana Noise Fest.