Mary Halvorson in New Haven Previewed

Posted: November 1, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From WNPR News a profile of Ms. Halvorson and a preview a her upcoming solo performances:

Devotees of the ruggedly individualistic, inexhaustibly creative Mary Halvorson have much to celebrate and cogitate upon as the rising, young, cutting-edge guitarist presents solo explorations at 8:30 and 10:00 pm on November 7 at New Haven’s Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street.

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The Cornelia Street Cafe in November

Posted: November 1, 2014 by Mike in Performances

Tim Berne

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From New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe:

Saturday, Nov 01 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Tim Berne, alto sax; Kris Davis, piano

Sunday, Nov 02 – 6:00PM
Roald Hoffman & David Soldier, hosts
Rob Singer, Anatomy & Structural Biology; Olek, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Our theme is light and color, showing us the way to understanding. Rob Singer at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine has developed ways to tag individual molecules with tiny fluorescent beacons, and then to observe those molecules in the course of normal living processes. He will show us a remarkable video of molecules traveling in real time in living brain cells of a mouse, while memories are being formed. And how genetic messengers move within us, from one inner zipcode to another.

Sunday, Nov 02 – 8:30PM
Peter Van Huffel, alto sax, clarinet; Michael Bates, bass; Jeff Davis, drums Boom Crane image

Wednesday, Nov 05 – 8:30PM
Jeff Lederer, sax, clarinet; Jamie Saft, piano; Rene Hart, bass; Chad Taylor, drums

Thursday, Nov 06 – 8:30PM
David Ullmann, guitar ; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Ben Holmes, trumpet; Mike McGinnis, clarinet; Jamie Reynolds, piano; Jacob Garchik, trombone; Dave Ambrosio, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums The David Ullmann 8 image

Sunday, Nov 09 – 8:30PM
Jon Irabagon, sax; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums
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Thursday, Nov 13 – 8:30PM
Andy Biskin, clarinet, comp.; Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Brian Drye, trombone; Jeff Davis, drums

Wednesday, Nov 26 – 8:30PM
Mario Pavone, bass; Dave Ballou, trumpet, cornet; Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax; Matt Wilson, drums

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 29/2014

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Mike in Podcasts

Henry Threadgill

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From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

the Great Lakes: Leo Smith, Tp/ Henry Threadgill, as, FL, Bfl/ John Lindberg, B/ Jack Dejohnette, Dr

Bunuel DE Jour: Kalle Kalima, El G/ Mikko Innanen, Sax, Xaphonn, Whistles, Etc/ Veli Kujala, Accordian/ Teppo Hauta Aho, B, Perc

Raoul Van Der Weide
Blue Lines Trio: Michiel Scheen, P/ Raoul Van Der Weide, B, Crackle Box/ George Hadow, Dr

Lana Trio: Andreas Wildhagen, Dr/ Kjetil Jerve, P/ Hanrik Munkby Norstbo, Tbn

Chroma: Kasper Tom, Dr/ Jacob Anderson, P

Nashville Electric: Tracy Silverman, El G/ Ryan Norris, Keyb/ Dylan Simon, Keyb, Effects/ Thollem Electric, Keyb/ Ed Pettersen, G, Eff, Perc

Elena Kakaliagou
Paraphore: Elena Kakaliagou, Fr Hrn, Vo/ Ingrid Schmoliner, P/ Thomas Stempkowski, B

No Business
North and the Red Stream: Rodrigo Pinheiro, P/ Hernani Faustino, B/ Gabriel Fernandini, Dr/ Matthias Stahl, Vibraphone

Perilous Architecture: Daniel Blacksberg, Tbn/ Matt Engle, B/ Mike Szekely, Dr

Live at Vilnius: Willim Hooker, Dr/ Liudas Mockunas, Ss, as, Ts

Esben Brandt
Constants: Esben Brandt, G/ Rj Miller, Dr/ Tomasz Dabrowski, Tp/ Anders Christensen, B

Deric Dickens
Team Players: Brad Linde, as, Ts/ Billy Wolfe, Ts/ Aaron Quinn, G/ Deric Dickens, Drums, Cym, per

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, October 31

Fri 10/31 6:00 PM Presidio Officers’ Club [50 Moraga Ave San Francisco]
Telegraph Quartet

Fri 10/31 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Eric Revis Quartet
Eric Revis – bass; Bill McHenry – tenor sax; Darius Jones – alto sax; Ted Poor – drums

Saturday, November 1

Sat 11/01 2:00 PM Asian Art Museum [200 Larkin Street San Francisco]
Del Sol String Quartet

Sat 11/01 4:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Renowned clarinetist Ben Goldberg introduces audiences to his seminal project Orphic Machine, a ten movement song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman.

Sat 11/01 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A concert honoring the life and work of Robert Ashley, composer, performer, teacher, and Mills faculty (1969-1981). Works include: The Wolfman, in memoriam … CRAZY HORSE (symphony), She Was A Visitor, String Quartet Describing the Motions of Large Real Bodies, others. Pre-concert slide, audio, and video presentations.

Sat 11/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
RTD3 and newly formed Know Crystal Nun, two trios, will present an evening of improvised music with traditional and experimental instruments finding common ground. RTD3 is Ron Heglin, voice/trombone, Doug Carroll, cello, and Tom Nunn, experimental instruments. Know Crystal Nun is Gary Knowlton, experimental instruments, Crystal, homebuilt analog modular synth, and Tom Nunn.

Sat 11/01 8:00 PM The Foundry Nights Gallery [835 Carleton Street Berkeley]
Moe! Staiano appears again at the Foundry Gallery, this time bringing his solo percussion show. Also on the Foundry’s evening of music are: Zeek Sheck, Styrofoam Sanchez, Los Angeles band Harassor and the Bob Ross Band.

Sunday, November 2

Sun 11/02 5:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Caracol Carnívoro (Free Jazz from L.A/Mexico)
Bandaid Army

Sun 11/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sacramento’s modern chamber ensemble Citywater is excited to be making their C4NM debut! Currently Ensemble-in-Residence at CSU-Sacramento, Citywater has been hailed as “a top-flight interpreter of contemporary classical music” (Sacramento Bee) and is in their 7th year of performance. This concert will feature a series of world premieres for sextet, including works by Garrett Shatzer and Nick Deyoe.

Monday, November 3

Mon 11/03 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Shudder: Phillip Greenlief, Kyle Bruckman, Lance Grabmiller
Mills College Ensemble Room

Mon 11/03 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music:
Set #1: Tonal Masher (Aram Shelton, electroacoustic improvisation)
Set #2: Swimming in Bengal (Jed Brewer/Tony Passarell/Dave Mihaly, pan-ethnic jazz from Sacramento)
Set #3: Ben Goldberg’s Brainchild (Cast of Thousands, improvised big band music)

Tuesday, November 4

Tue 11/04 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Creative flutist Nicole Mitchell will lead a collaborative evening with the Chocolate Heads Ensemble, as part of a week-long residency at Stanford University. A short conversation with contemporary dancer and Stanford faculty member Aleta Hayes will be followed by a solo set with Mitchell. The performance concludes with Mitchell leading the Chocolate Heads in a full ensemble performance.

Wednesday, November 5

Wed 11/05 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Extreme New York tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance, led by virtuoso sax experimentalist Travis LaPlante and including longtime Bay Area resident Matt Nelson, makes its Bay Area debut with a complete performance of its acclaimed new recording, Palace of Wind, out on New Amsterdam Records. Battle Trance explores densely layered sound worlds with extended techniques and circular breathing, creating “a floating tapestry of fascinating textures made up of tiny musical motifs, and a music that throbs with tension between stillness and agitation, density and light” (The New York Times). The Dirty Snacks Ensemble, led by Oakland composer and vibraphonist Mark Clifford, opens the evening, with lush pop-inflected chamber music that combines thoughtfully-constructed long form compositions with far-ranging improvisational possibility, informed by influences ranging from Kool Keith to Bela Bartok.

Wed 11/05 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents: Evangelista | Hui | Obando | Pumpelly

Thursday, November 6

Thu 11/06 5:30 PM Richmond Art Center [2540 Barrett Avenue Richmond,CA]
Del Sol String Quartet
Musical Reflections on Diebenkorn

Thu 11/06 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm Tania Chen, Tom Djll, Gino Robair
9pm Caracol Carnívoro (From LA: Martín Escalante – sax and Oliver Steinberg – bass)

Thu 11/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
All India Permit + The Sound Quartet

Music and More Reviews

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Mike in Reviews

Matthew Shipp

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From Music and More:

Anthony Pirog – Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform, 2014)
Matthew Shipp – I’ve Been to Many Places (Thirsty Ear, 2014)


Clapping Music,” a work for two pairs of hands whose rhythms start in sync and move, intriguingly, out of it, is just three or four minutes long: a charming lark, a palate cleanser. “Drumming” — even shorn of its repeats, as it was in a stirring performance led by the percussionist Colin Currie during an evening of Reich at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday — lasts nearly an hour, a capacious catalog of textures and moods.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Mike in Performances

Anthony Coleman

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Anthony Coleman (Thursday) Mr. Coleman, a pianist of extravagantly catholic interests, will perform one of his far-ranging solo piano sets in the first half of this concert; the second half, more outwardly dynamic, will feature him in a trio with the alto saxophonist Michaël Attias and the drummer Mike Pride. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $15, $12 for students and 62+. (Chinen)

★ Kris Davis and Tim Berne (Saturday) Ms. Davis, a pianist, and Mr. Berne, a saxophonist, come from different generations and vantage points, but they share a rigorous commitment to originality, along with a dual allegiance to composition and improvisation. Their interplay in this rare duo setting, building on new music by each partner, holds much promise. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Jeff Lederer’s Sunwatcher (Wednesday) Mr. Lederer, a tenor saxophonist drawn to earthy ecstasies, sees his Sunwatcher band as an heir to the firebrand legacy of Albert Ayler. He has the right partners for such a task: the pianist Jamie Saft, the bassist Rene Hart and the drummer Chad Taylor. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Matthew Shipp Trio (Monday) A restive, probing pianist, Matthew Shipp has toggled between trio and solo settings lately: his most recent album, “I’ve Been to Many Places,” is a solitary affair, but here he’ll lead his working trio. Featuring Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums, it’s not a group you’d necessarily expect to see on the Jazz at Lincoln Center calendar, even under the guise of a Duke Ellington tribute — all of which could imbue this one-nighter with a welcome frisson. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595,; $25 cover, with a $10 minimum; $10 for students. (Chinen)