Chicago Scene: April 25 – May 9, 2015

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Han Bannink

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 25th 2015

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$22) (wheelchair-accessible)
ICE — music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Marilyn Crispell

Sunday, April 26th 2015

7:00PM at Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th, 773.702.8068 ($35, 100 VIP ticket)
AACM 50th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Monday, April 27th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, April 29th 2015

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Proyecto Libre : James Sanders, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra, Jean-Christophe Leroy, special guest Edward Wilkerson

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Keefe Jackson, Russ Johnson, Anton Hatwich, Tollof Estvang
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, April 30th 2015

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jason Stein, Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Tollof Estvang

Friday, May 1st 2015
10:00PM at 3310 S Lowe St, 1st Fl (Donation)
Foundation Series
WREST : Jack Wright, Evan Lipson, Ben Bennett
Tollof Estvang, Josh Berman, James A Baker
Chris Riggs

Saturday, May 2nd 2015

7:00PM Rhythm Room Bar and Bistro, Evanston
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, featuring pianist Dan Pierson and bassist Charles Kirchen

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$22) (wheelchair-accessible)
Nicole Mitchell

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
ICP : Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Thomas Heberer, Mary Oliver, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink

Sunday, May 3rd 2015

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
ICP Orchestra : Small Groups
Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Thomas Heberer, Mary Oliver, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink

Monday, May 4th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Peep Show
Ben Wardell/The Cambrians, Joel Valentin-Martinez, Michael Moore

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt, special guests from The Bridge

Thursday, May 7th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
AACM Presents
Ernest Dawkins’s Rhythm and Rhyme, with Douglas Ewart, Ben Lamar Gaye, Will Faber

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Bridge
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Douglas Ewart, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

Friday, May 8th 2015

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, $30 series pass)
OUTER EAR 2015: The Bridge #1
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Douglas R Ewart, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

Saturday, May 9th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Tim Berne’s Snake Oil : Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith

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New From Tzadik

John Zorn (cropped version)

John Zorn

Coming soon on Tzadik:

David Rosenboom
Naked Curvature

Active since the 1960s, composer/performer/ educator/instrument builder and improviser David Rosenboom, has been at the cutting edge of contemporary music, scoring for orchestra, opera, solo performance, chamber ensembles, improvisers, electronics, dance and more. This exciting release presents his whispered chamber opera/concerto grosso for six instrumentalists, whispering voices, electronics and interactive computer software. The recording was produced and conducted under the composer’s direction and features the virtuosic CalArts Chamber Ensemble. A unique masterwork from this legendary composer.

John Zorn
The Song Project Live at Le Poisson Rouge

A live concert version of Zorn’s acclaimed song project! In celebration of his 60th birthday, Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write lyrics to select compositions from his vast musical catalog. Including music originally written for Naked City, Masada, The Dreamers, a variety of film soundtracks and more, “The Song Project” is a retrospective of some of Zorn’s most lyrical compositions from the past 25 years. This CD presents an all-star band performing live in New York after a dozen European concerts and at the peak of their powers. Electricity is in the air from first note to last! A perfect companion to the studio versions presented in the acclaimed box set of vinyl 7-inch singles.

Remembering Bernard Stollman: 10 Essential ESP-Disk Albums


From Stereogum:

Bernard Stollman died this week at 85. Unknown to most but a legend to many, he was one of the most important non-musicians in the history of the 1960s jazz avant-garde. Stollman, a lawyer, founded the ESP-Disk label in 1964, initially so he could release Ni Kantu En Esperanto, an album of songs and poetry in Esperanto (a language invented in the 1880s and intended to transcend national boundaries and thus foster international peace and understanding). The imprint’s second release, though, turned out to be one of the landmark jazz albums of all time — saxophonist Albert Ayler’s Spiritual Unity. Scorching and raw, this trio session can still take the top of your skull off.

Rova Saxophone Quartet Profiled

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

The Rova Saxophone Quartet came together in 1977 and performed its debut concert in February 1978 at a music festival at Mills College in Oakland, California. The group’s lineup — Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, and Steve Adams — has been the same since 1988, when Adams replaced Andrew Voight. Rova’s emphasis over the years has been on composition, mostly from its members but also from a distinguished list of composers who have written new-music works, including free-jazz pieces, for the quartet. Rova has made a place for itself at a point where those two categories overlap, making it at once adventurous and experimental.

DMG Newsletter April 24th, 2015

From DMG:

John Zorn’s Song Project Live! David Rosenboom! Secret Keeper: Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson! New Nu Band: Heberer/Whitecage/Fonda/Grassi! Erik Friedlander Solo! Charles Evans/Dave Liebman Qt! Guillermo Klein/Chick Corea/Don Byron! Antonio Sanchez’ 3 Trios!

Heiner Goebbels & Frank Zappa! Gong 2000 CD/DVD! Tristan Murail! Morton Feldman! Asmus Tietchens! Joe Harriott Quintet! William Burroughs Rarity! Pierre Henry Box-Set! Flying Burrito Brothers! Emmylou Harris! Joni Mitchell! Johnny Winter and Even More!


The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday April 26th Double-Header: 6pm: ROB PRICE – Solo Guitar & Video Projection!

DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY 24th Anniversary/Celebration/Benefits – 6 Events:

Event 1:
This Monday, April 27th at Clemente Soto Velez:
This Event is part of the Arts for Art Evolving Pop-Up Series at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center – Abrazo Interno Gallery 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey) F train to Delancey

DMG 24th Anniversary/Celebration – 4 Day In-Store Fest! Events 2 – 5!
Event 2: Saturday, May 2nd at 6:30: WILLIAM PARKER & TONY MALABY + William Parker Book Signing!
Event 3: Sunday, May 3rd at 6:30: JOE McPHEE – Solo!
Event 4: Monday, May 4th at 6:30: NATE WOOLEY – Solo Trumpet!
Event 5: Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30: AVA MENDOZA’S UNNATURAL WAYS With TIM DAHL & MAX JAFFE!
Donations are Requested!

Event 6: Monday, May 11th at The Stone –
DMG 24 Anniversary/Celebration/Benefit – Double Bill:
10pm: MATTHEW SHIPP & MICHAEL BISIO – The Gospel According to..!
$20 per set – All proceeds go to helping DMG stay alive!

San Francisco Scene: April 17-24, 2015

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, April 24

Fri 4/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Songs for the Ancestors: Poetry & Music in Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide
Jewlia Eisenberg‘s Charming Hostess has been a groundbreaking mainstay of the avant-ethnic music scene for over two decades. The group is known to feature “voices and vocal percussion, handclaps and heartbeats, sex-breath and silence.”
They’ll be followed by the Bay Area’s own Kugelplex, who specialize in their own original brand of Klezmer, East European, Mid East, and Modern Chamber music. In honor of the April 24th Armenian Martyrs Day, they have teamed up with the spoken word of James Baloian for a brand new collaboration

Fri 4/24 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
4 Acts, 4 Poets
Pitta of the Mind: Amanda Chaudhary & Maw Shein Win
YoyoMama: Bab Marsh & Sandra Yolles
Tom Nunn & Dean Santomieri w/ Butoh Dancer Ronie Baker
Brother’s Quarrel: David Samas & Ian Saxton Featuring Tom Clark

Fri 4/24 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Zeena Parkins / Wobbly / Jordan Glenn TRIO with Crystal Pascucci SOLO

Saturday, April 25

Sat 4/25 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Moe! Staiano Duo, + others TBA

Sunday, April 26

Sun 4/26 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708]
Eli Wallace at the Maybeck, solo piano
For this concert he will be going back and forth between new compositions, older established repertoire, and will weave these pre-conceived ideas together via spontaneous improvisations.

Sun 4/26 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 Song & Dance Trio
Cory Wright, Jordan Glenn, Karl Evangelista, Myles Boisen
8:30 Mooncake
Motoko Honda, Biggi Vinkeloe

Wednesday, April 29

Wed 4/29 8:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Avant Pop: a special evening of cutting-edge, Bay Area-bred exploratory song.
Featuring: Grex (art rock/psych rock/free jazz) (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vox, Rei Scampavia-keys/vox, Robert Lopez-drums)
Jack O’ the Clock (folk/prog) (Damon Waitkus/Emily Packard/Kate McLoughlin/Jason Hoopes/Jordan Glenn)
The Dirty Snacks Ensemble (Chamber jazz) (Mark Clifford-vibes, Aram Shelton-reeds, Geneva Harrison-drums, Scott Brown-bass, Kristina Dutton-violin, Marty McGinn-piano)

Wed 4/29 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble presents a concert featuring premiere performances of “moremelodies II” by Makiko Nishikaze and new works by Mills composers, all composed for the ensemble.

Thursday, April 30

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Joshua Marshall – tenor saxphone
9pm Florent Colautti solo electronics (France)
a home-built string instrument with electromagnetic bows (e-bow) piloted by the computer

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend
The Complete String Quartets of JOHN ZORN featuring JACK and Tony Arnold (4/30/15).

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford – walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Karen Stackpole & Drew Webster: Machine Shop & Electric Shaman – An evening of total sonic immersion with Machine Shop: Live Amplified Gong Experience and The Electric Shaman Psychoacoustic Sound Immersion Experience. Machine Shop is Karen Stackpole and Drew Webster coaxing harmonics from large gongs while herding transduced vibrations through analog effects and mixing it all together to bring the listener into the a transcendent world of layered sound. The Electric Shaman is Kyle Bouchard, an audio engineer and musician from the Pacific Northwest and a member of Portland’s Creative Music Guild. Bouchard is trained in psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, sound synthesis, composition, and performance.

Friday, May 1

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8:00 PM Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band
structured and conducted improvisations for large ensemble.

9:00 PM Cornelious Cardew Choir
14th anniversary concert with works by Takuji Kawai, Bob Marsh, Pauline Oliveros, Rae Diamond and David Samas.

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Amy X Neuburg was commissioned by the Cultural Department of Cologne, Germany, to create and perform a new interpretation of Jerry Hunt’s “Song Drapes,” originally a collaboration between Jerry and the performance artist Karen Finley. In homage to the intense and slightly disturbing nature of the original, and to the frantic occult-based compositions of Jerry Hunt (and his tragic end by suicide), Amy’s version is a one-hour song-and-rant cycle about aging, death, and suicide (but also kitties and flowers and rainbows). Jerry’s wild electronic textures serve as a backdrop to Amy’s lyrics, wide ranging vocalisms, electronic percussion, and choreography. One hour before the concert at 7:00 PM, excerpts of films by and about Jerry will offer some context and insight into his work and life.
(Premiered March 21, 2015, in Cologne, Germany; produced and funded by reiheM / Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.)