Chicago Scene: August 23 – September 6, 2014


Ken Vandermark

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

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20)
Ken Vandermark‘s Audio One : Jason Adasiewicz, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Tim Daisy, Nick Macri, Nick Mazzarella, Jen Clare Paulson, Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams

Sunday, August 24th 2014

2:00PM at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd
Jazz jam session with Microcosmic Sound Orchestra : David Boykin, Alex Wing, Jayve Montgomery, Dan Godston, Eliel Sherman Storey

4:00PM at Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside MI ($20)
San : Donna Lee Kwon, Jeff Chan, Tatsu Aoki

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Jessica Pavone
Billy Gomberg

9:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393 ($20)
Ken Vandermark’s Audio One : Jason Adasiewicz, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Tim Daisy, Nick Macri, Nick Mazzarella, Jen Clare Paulson, Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mike Reed’s People, Places And Things : Greg Ward, Tim Haldeman, Jason Roebke, Mike Reed

Monday, August 25th 2014

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

Tuesday, August 26th 2014

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

Wednesday, August 27th 2014

5:30PM-6:30PM at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S Michigan, 312.291.0291
Chicago Jazz Festival : PianoForte Sessions
Matthew Shipp Solo

6:00PM at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
David Boykin in conversation with Nicole Mitchell

9:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Keefe Jackson’s Likely So

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Von Freeman’s New Apartment Lounge Trio : Mike Allemana, Matt Ferguson, Michael Raynor

Thursday, August 28th 2014

12:15PM at Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630
Chicago Jazz Festival
Keefe Jackson’s Likely So
1:45PM David Boykin Expanse

4:00PM at Roosevelt University, Ganz Hall, 430 S Michigan, 7th Fl, 312.341.3780
Chicago Jazz Festival
Panel discussion – Sun Ra : Will Faber with John Swed, Art Hoyle, John Corbett, Marshall Allen

6:30PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
Homage to Nelson Mandela : Ernest Dawkins’s Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things, with Greg Ward, Tim Haldeman, Jason Roebke

Friday, August 29th 2014

Von Freeman Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
1:10PM Joshua Abrams Quartet

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
7:10PM Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
After Fest Session
Kidd Jordan, Matthew Shipp, Alvin Fielder, with special guests

10:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($10 suggested donation)
Hereafterfest featuring the Nicole Mitchell Quartet, David Boykin Expanse, Microcosmic Sound Orchestra, others TBA

Saturday, August 30th 2014

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
2:00PM Chicago Underground Duo : Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor
3:30PM Kurt Rosenwinkel

3:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8)
Pillars and Tongues
Mind Over Mirrors
Kwaidan
Quicksails

5:00PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
Ari Brown Quintet
6:00PM Gary Burton
8:30PM Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn, Eric Harl

7:00PM-11:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound Trio

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
After Fest Session
Kidd Jordan, Matthew Shipp, Alvin Fielder, with special guests
10:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($10 suggested donation)
Hereafterfest featuring the Nicole Mitchell Quartet, David Boykin Expanse, Microcosmic Sound Orchestra, others TBA

Sunday, August 31st 2014

12:30PM at the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
Tomeka Reid Quartet
2:00PM Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
8:30PM Sun Ra Arkestra

7:00PM at Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust, Milwaukee WI, 414.263.5001 ($8-$6)
Tomeka Reid Quartet with Mary Halvorson, Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
James Falzone, Michael Hall

9:00PM in the Rooftop Garden, 117 N Jefferson ($25-$20)
Jazz Fest Afterset
Harrison Bankhead’s Velvet Blue Quartet featuring Vincent Chancey and special guests — tickets: http://www.hothouse.net

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Rempis Percussion Quartet : Dave Rempis, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

10:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jason Stein Quartet with Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Marcus Evans

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Tim Stine Trio with Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly

Thursday, September 4th 2014

7:30PM at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W Morse, 773.381.4554
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by George Lewis, Philip Glass, Lee Hyla, Patricia Alessandrini, Frederic Rzewski

Friday, September 5th 2014

9:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Hanami Quartet : Andrew Trim, Mai Sugimoto, Jason Stein, Charles Rumback

Saturday, September 6th 2014

7:00PM-11:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound Trio

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/

http://www.ratchetmusic.com

http://www.umbrellamusic.org

http://www.mcachicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html

http://www.skylarkchicago.com

http://www.hideoutchicago.com

http://www.elasticrevolution.com

http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html

http://www.lampo.org

http://dalniente.com

http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago

http://www.emptybottle.com/

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Coming to the ISSUE Project Room


Sir Richard Bishop at Greensboro College, 2006.

Sir Richard Bishop at Greensboro College, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the ISSUE Project Room:

ISSUE & Pioneer Works Summer Concert Series
Liturgy
Wreck and Reference
White Suns
Kyle Eyre Clyd
SAT, AUGUST 23 – 3:00-8:00PM
159 PIONEER ST., BROOKLYN
$15 / $12 MEMBERS + STUDENTS
ISSUE Project Room’s concert series in collaboration with Pioneer Works closes with an all-day indoor/outdoor show crosses metal, noise and experimental electronics, headlined by Liturgy— in their first reunited show as a quartet since 2011— alongside Californian post-metal duo Wreck and Reference, Brooklyn extreme-noise group White Suns, and noise/electronic artist Kyle Eyre Clyd, alias Penny Royale. Anticipating a forthcoming full-length in 2015, self-christened “Transcendental Black Metal” band Liturgy make a long-awaited return to the stage with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Bernard Gann, Tyler Dusenbury, and drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Zs).

Coming Soon

Sir Richard Bishop
Tashi Dorji
SAT, SEPTEMBER 6 – 8:00PM
$15 / $12 MEMBERS + STUDENTS
Established as a cult icon decades ago as a founding-member of the Sun City Girls, Sir Richard Bishop took on his royal prefix and began touring solo in 2005. A master guitarist whose improvisations and compositions effortlessly reflect the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and American folk, Bishop’s penchant for crossing a range of styles yields a distinctive body of highly original work. A Bhutanese guitarist based in Asheville, Tashi Dorji’s revelatory style is unbound by tradition.

Minor Musics Japan
FRI, SEPTEMBER 19 – 8:00PM
SAT, SEPTEMBER 20 – 8:00PM
$15 / $12 MEMBERS + STUDENTS
Minor Musics Japan Tour 2014 comes to four American cities this September featuring performances by venerated artists of Japan’s musical underground: Ché-SHIZU, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and à qui avec Gabriel. Organized by Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room, this landmark tour touches the fringes of rock and pop with a naivist bent, crossing folk, improvisation, and a gleeful embrace of the unpolished.

AMN Reviews: Emiliano Romanelli – 333 Loops (Volume 1) (Terziruolo)


romanelli_333loops1_te02_bigThe longing for eternal concord is written into our DNA and is the outcome of our most optimistic philosophies, from the Torah to Kant´s still much-discussed perpetual peace. Thirteen years after co-founding T um´, Emiliano Romanelli has begun issuing documents of “sound events generated by the homonymous modular system” he designed in 2011.

As he explains, the system he constructed contains “an archive of 333 pre-recorded sound loops produced…by a sound synthesis software played in different acoustic environments… the loops are used as modules in a random process of juxtapositions.” Depending on how it is programmed, 333 Loops could run between 110,889 seconds and 110,889 years, according to Romanelli´s calculations.

This first volume, featuring three extracts running a mere thirty-five minutes combined, was recorded at a festival held on the grounds of a medieval Capuchin monastery in Italy. Despite being so hot-wired, generative music never sounded less artificial. It is a sublime ambience more absorbed than heard, the sound of all of us dissolving into our yearned-for innate amity.

http://www.terziruolo.com/editions/te02/

Stephen Fruitman

Monsieur Délire Reviews


From Monsieur Délire:

A FAVOLA DA MEDUSA / Dada Dandy (Slam Productions)
FLETCHER BRICE JOZWIAK / Nick of Time (Slam Productions)
ANNE WALDMAN / Jaguar Harmonics (Fast Speaking Music)
STEFAN ROIGK / Unpredictable Fromberg mix (2013) (eh?)
BEN BENNETT & JACK WRIGHT / Tangle (Public Eyesore)
BARZIN / To Live Alone in That Long Summer (Monotreme)
TAMARA OBROVAC QUARTET / Ulika Revival (Unit Records)
ALESSANDRA NOVAGA / La chambre des jeux sonores (Setola di Maiale)
MIKE COOPER & CHRIS ABRAHAMS / Trace (Al Maslakh)
ELECTRIC KULINTANG / Drum Codes (Song of the Bird King)

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows


English: MoeTar plays The Independent, San Fra...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Saturday, August 23

Sat 8/23 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Westerlies are a collectively run ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. Steven Lugerner is a San Francisco-based composer, woodwind doubler and solo performer. Join these two groups for a memorable night of acoustic music.

Sat 8/23 8:00 PM SOMArts [934 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA]
WATER STORIED
Theatrical performances featuring Edward Schocker & Dohee Lee, Kasia Krasnoplska & Qimmin Liu, and MEI Collective

Sat 8/23 8:00 PM Jupiter [2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley]
Nathan Clevenger Group

Sat 8/23 8:00 PM Foundry Night Gallery [835 Carleton Street, Berkeley, CA]
Moe! Staiano will be playing percussion guitar as one of the guests with Thomas Carnacki, creating a soundscape for dancer Margaret Cromwell for the Experimental Musicking #1 show at Foundry Nights Gallery.

Sunday, August 24

Sun 8/24 7:30 PM SIMM Series – Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall]
7:30 PM Heikki Koskinen Ensemble
Timothy Orr drums, Rent Romus – saxophones, Jason Hoopes – double bass
Heikki Koskinen – piano, recorder, Morrison Digital Trumpet
8:30 PM Winant/Allen/Miller
Josh Allen – tenor saxophone, Mark Miller – drums, William Winant – drums

Sun 8/24 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Set 1, 8pm: Thomas Dimuzio & Wobbly – Extreme space exploration by the Bay Area’s most radical electronics duo as the Good Ship Gench takes wild shore leave on Planet Plunderphonia.
Set 2, 9pm: Bruce Ackley (saxes) — Lisle Ellis (bass) — Joe Lasqo (laptop/piano) — Donald Robinson (drums) – The subtly driving and telepathic rhythm section of Lisle Ellis + Donald Robinson is joined by avant-sax master Bruce Ackley and neogaku pianist/laptopist Joe Lasqo in a large-scale improv form.

Sun 8/24 8:00 PM Conservatory of Music [50 Oak St, San Francisco]
sfSound presents “small packages” – Stockhausen’s “Kontra-Punkte” & Grisey’s “Periodes” and new short works written in response.

Sun 8/24 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The International Low Brass Trio leaves classical arrangements behind and immerses audiences in new music inspired by the resonance and versatility of brass instruments. Come celebrate the release of our first studio recording! Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, as well as a performance of selections from the EP.

Sun 8/24 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Jones Jones (Dresser, Tarasov, Ochs)
Mark Dresser: bass
Vladimir Tarasov: percussion
Larry Ochs: sopranino, tenor saxophones

Monday, August 25

Mon 8/25 8:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Oluyemi / Cabbages, Captain & King

Mon 8/25 8:30 PM Mystery location in North Beach, SF [Send email to joe@joelasqo.com for address.]
Set 1, 8:30pm: Opera Wolf – Joshua Marshall (reeds), Crystal Pascucci (cello), & Robert Lopez (drums) trace out a tetrahedral hyperpyramid of sound in their fresh and unclassifiable improv space.
Set 2, 9:30pm: Bruce Ackley (saxes) — Lisle Ellis (bass) — Joe Lasqo (laptop/piano) — Donald Robinson (drums) – The subtly driving and telepathic rhythm section of Lisle Ellis + Donald Robinson is joined by avant-sax master Bruce Ackley and neogaku pianist/laptopist Joe Lasqo in a large-scale improv form.

Wednesday, August 27

Wed 8/27 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Prélude/Introit, 8pm: Bob Marsh & Evangel King
Set 1, 8:20pm: Henry Kuntz & Envision Ensemble
Set 2, 9:15pm: Tom Duff & his Wire Machine

Wed 8/27 8:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Moe! Staiano and Surplus 1980 with Grex and Spring
Show starts at 8 pm! Admission is $5-10, sliding scale.

Wed 8/27 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Vinny Golia’s Bay Area Septet M

Thursday, August 28

Thu 8/28 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8:00 pm Bridge of Crows
Kersti Abrams – alto saxophone, rhaita, maqrunah, flute, Greg Baker – Bb clarinet, laptop, percussion, Mika Pontecorvo – flute, guitars, laptop electronics, percussion, Elijah Pontecorvo – electric basses, theremin, Adriane Pontecorvo – cello, Mariko Miyakawa – cello, voice, electronics.
9:00 pm Bandito Overlord (Los Angeles)
9:30 pm My Name is Ann (Los Angeles)

Friday, August 29

Fri 8/29 6:00 PM The De Young Museum [50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco, CA 94118]
Fridays at the De Young Presents: Broken Shadows Family Band
(New Roots Music for Internationalists)

International Contemporary Ensemble Plays at the Armory


Alvin Lucier

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From NYTimes.com:

Consider the lobster. As a musical instrument, that is. Or, more precisely: as a resonant body capable of dispersing delicate music box tinkles. The International Contemporary Ensemble certainly did for Alvin Lucier’s “Chambers,” a work for an unspecified array of “instruments” collected and assembled according to the composer’s instructions.

Upcoming New York Shows


Thursday, September 18th
at Trans Pecos
915 Wycoff Ave.
Ridegwood, NY 11385
8pm $10

Living Myth presents:

PEP TALK
Shayna Dunkelman – percussion
Preshish Moments – electronics
Angelica Negron – vocals

IMA feat. special guest Michael Mersereau
Jeanie-Aprille Tang – electronics
Nava Dunkelman – percussion
Michael Mersereau – sound and light

PERIOD
Mike Pride – drums
Charlie Looker – guitar
Chuck Bettis – electronics + throat

Saturday, September 20th
at Trans Pecos
915 Wycoff Ave.
Ridegwood, NY 11385
8pm $10

Living Myth presents:

KAYO DOT
Toby Driver – vocals, bass, keys
Ron Varod – guitar
Daniel Means – saxophone, woodwinds
Tim Byrnes – trumpet
Keith Abrams – drums

ISLAJA (from Finland)

ILL CONVOY
Judith Berkson – voice, keys, electronics
Brandon Seabrook – banjo, guitar