Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Tony Conrad & Charlemagne Palestine
THU, MARCH 5, 2015 – 8:00PM
Tony Conrad and Charlemagne Palestine, masters of improvisation and drone, come together for a special duo concert at Brooklyn’s First Unitarian church. Pairing Conrad on violin with Palestine on pipe organ, grand piano, and voice, the evening-length performance renews a nearly 5 decades-long association.

Tony Conrad at 75: a Benefit for ISSUE Project Room
SAT, MARCH 7, 2015 – 6:30PM
GREENE NAFTALI: 508 W. 26TH ST., NYC 10001
Greene Naftali hosts ISSUE Project Room’s spring benefit, honoring the 75th birthday of pioneering multidisciplinary artist Tony Conrad. The night includes a dinner by Fitzcarraldo, and performances by Mr. Conrad & Jennifer Walshe, David Grubbs & Eli Keszler, MV Carbon & Dan Conrad, and The Cornichons.

Georgia Sagri: Daily Bread
SUN, MARCH 8, 2015 – 12:00PM
SUN, MARCH 22, 2015 – 8:00PM

Nakatani Gong Orchestra
WED, MARCH 18, 2015 – 8:00PM

The Stone in March

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Sylvie Courvoisier

From New York’s Stone:

3/1 Sunday (MJC)
8 and 10 pm
WIS Vibes with Alva Nelson, Eli Fountain, Leon Dorsey & Warren Smith
Warren Smith (vibes) Rod Williams (piano) Eli Fountain (drums)
Leon Dorsey (bass)

3/2 Monday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Dave Lombardo (drums) Gerry Nestler (guitar, piano, vocals) Pancho Tomaselli (bass)
Special performance of the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore triumvirate featuring drummer Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, FANTOMAS), guitarist/vocalist/pianist Gerry Nestler (CIVIL DEFIANCE), and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (WAR)—TWENTY DOLLARS!

3/3 Tuesday (LC)
8 pm
Phillip Johnston with pre-recorded audio and electronics
Phillip Johnston (soprano sax)
Compositions and improvisations.

10 pm
Phillip Johnston’s Idea
Phillip Johnston (alto sax) David Hofstra, Joe Gallant (electric basses) Richard Dworkin (drums) Guests
Compositions and improvisations.

3/4 Wednesday (DDT)
8 pm
Phillip Johnston and Edward Johnson
Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) Edward Johnson (piano)
Compositions and improvisations.

10 pm
Phillip Johnston’s New Big Trouble
Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) Joe Fiedler (trombone) Mike Hashim (baritone sax) Neal Kirkwood (piano) David Hofstra (bass) Rob Garcia (drums)
Compositions and improvisations.

3/5 Thursday (RJP)
8 pm
Guy Klucevsek & Phillip Johnston Duo
Guy Klucevsek (accordion) Phillip Johnston (soprano sax)
Compositions and improvisations.

10 pm
The Microscopic Septet
Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) Don Davis (alto sax) Mike Hashim (tenor sax) Dave Sewelson (baritone sax) Joel Forrester (piano) David Hofstra (bass) Richard Dworkin (drums)
An evening of free improvisation.

3/6 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Joe Ruddick & Phillip Johnston Duo
Joe Ruddick (piano) Phillip Johnston (soprano sax)
An evening of free improvisation.

10 pm
The Spokes
Andy Biskin (clarinet) Curtis Hasslebring (trombone) Phillip Johnston (soprano sax)
Compositions and improvisations.

3/7 Saturday (KM)
8 pm
The Microscopic Sax Quartet
Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) Don Davis (alto sax) Mike Hashim (tenor sax) Dave Sewelson (baritone sax) + Guests
Compositions and improvisations.

10 pm
Pat Irwin, Phillip Johnston & Ed Tomney
Pat Irwin (guitar, keyboards) Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) Ed Tomney (guitar, keyboards, analog synths)
An evening of free improvisation.

3/8 Sunday (RK)
8 pm
Ned Rothenberg & Phillip Johnston Duo
Ned Rothenberg (woodwinds) Phillip Johnston (soprano sax)
Compositions and improvisations.

10 pm
Phillip Johnston Large Ensemble—Page of Madness Suite
Phillip Johnston (soprano sax) Andy Biskin, Ned Rothenberg, Mike Hashim, Dave Sewelson (reeds) Joe Fiedler, Curtis Hasselbring (trombones) Pat Irwin (guitar) Neal Kirkwood (piano) Dave Hofstra (bass) Rob Garcia (drums)
Composition and improvisation.

3/10 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
MALPHAS-Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman playing Book of Angels
Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
Masada compositions by John Zorn.

10 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier & Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot (guitar) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

3/11 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Jim Black and Scott Colley
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Scott Colley (bass) Jim Black (drums)
Playing Sylvie’s tunes from her album “Double Windsor” on Tzadik Records.

10 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier & Taylor Ho Bynum
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

3/12 Thursday (HM)
8 and 10pm
Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman New Quartet featuring Scott Colley and Billy Mintz
Mark Feldman (violin, compositions) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano, compositions) Scott Colley (bass) Billy Mintz (drums)
Playing music from their new album “Birdies for Lulu” on Intakt Records.

3/13 Friday (HM)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Susie Ibarra (drums)
Friday the 13th, don’t be afraid to come out!

10 pm
Mephista + Nate Wooley
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Jim Black (drums) Nate Wooley (trumpet)
Friday the 13th, don’t be afraid to come out!

3/14 Saturday (HM)
10 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Duo
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano, compositions) Mark Feldman (violin, compositions)
Sylvie Courvoisier-Mark Feldman DUO playing their own music from their CDs “Live at theatre vidy-Lausanne” and new compositions.

10 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier New Graphic Scores
New Graphic Scores.

3/15 Sunday (KM)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier Solo
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano, compositions)
Playing music from her solo album “Signs and Epigrams” on Tzadik Records + new pieces and improv.

10 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman, Ned Rothenberg TRIO
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mark Feldman (violin) Ned Rothenberg (clarinet)

3/17 Tuesday (ICS)
8 pm
The Klucevsek/Bern Unit
Alan Bern (accordion, piano, melodica, compositions) Guy Klucevsek (accordion, compositions)

3/18 Wednesday (LC)
8 pm
Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy
Peter Brown, Kamala Sankaram (voices) Jed Distler (toy piano, piano) Todd Reynolds (violin) Guy Klucevsek (accordion, compositions)
Music for collaborations: Chinoiserie (Ping Chong), Fallen Shadows (Karen Bamonte), Industrious Angels (Laurie McCants), Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Lionel Popkin) TWENTY DOLLARS

3/19 Thursday (RJP)
8 pm
Solo Accordion Music 1982-2013
Guy Klucevsek (accordion, compositions)

3/20 Friday (DDT)
8 pm
The Bantam Orchestra
Pete Donovan (bass) Erik Friedlander (cello) Mary Rowell (violin) Guy Klucevsek (accordion, compositions)
Music from Citrus, My Love (rec/rec swiss), Stolen Memories (Tzadik), and Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (XI) TWENTY DOLLARS

3/21 Saturday (DDT)
8 pm
Buffalo Braunschweiger
Pete Donovan (bass) Steve Elson (clarinet, sax) Barbara Merjan (drums) Guy Klucevsek (accordion, compositions)

3/22 Sunday (BK)
8 pm
AAATT (All Accordions All the Time)
Art Bailey (accordion) Nathan Koci (accordion, bass accordion) Guy Klucevsek (accordion, compositions)

3/24 Tuesday (KR)
8 pm
Allison Miller and Myra Melford
Allison Miller (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Spindrift for Leroy Jenkins
Nicole Mitchell (flutes) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/25 Wednesday (KR)
8 pm
Ben Goldberg (clarinets) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Myra Melford
Miya Masaoka (koto) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Myra Melford (piano)

3/26 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Crush Quartet
Cuong Vu (trumpet) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Be Bread Sextet
Cuong Vu (trumpet) Ben Goldberg (clarinets) Brandon Ross (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Matt Wilson (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/27 Friday (EP)
8 and 10 pm
Same River Twice
Dave Douglas (trumpet) Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) Erik Friedlander (cello) Michael Sarin (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/28 Saturday (KR)
8 and 10 pm
Snowy Egret
Ron Miles (cornet) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Ted Poor (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/29 Sunday (KR)
8 pm
Marty Ehrlich and Myra Melford
Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Myra Melford Trio
Lindsey Horner (bass) Reggie Nicholson (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/31 Tuesday (LC)
8 pm
Lukas Ligeti solo
Lukas Ligeti solo (drums, percussion)

10 pm
Lucas & Lukas
Gary Lucas (guitar) Lukas Ligeti (drums)

San Francisco Scene: February 27 – March 6, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 27

Fri 2/27 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA, 94801]
Zach Brock, currently based in Brooklyn, NYC, has been called the “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation” by Chicago critic, Neil Tesser. He will appear at Point Richmond Jazz, 201 Martina St. in Point Richmond on February 27 at 7:30 with drummer, Mark Ferber, and keyboard/organist, Sam Barsh.

Fri 2/27 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Ignition Duo
The Guerrilla Composers Guild is joining forces with the Ignition Duo to explore, examine, and exponentially expand the repertoire for two electric guitars at the Center for New Music. Forged in 2011 by David Gonzales and Ramon Fermin, Ignition Duo has set out to create a new and vital repertoire for two guitars. The show will feature new works by Bay Area composers Nick Bacchetto, Julie Barwick, Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Anthony Porter, Kyle Randall, Dan VanHassel, and Chace Wall. Each composer will write a work specifically for Ignition Duo in an intensely collaborative series of workshops, culminating in a genre-bending evening of music.

Fri 2/27 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Jon Arkin, drums
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Eli Wallace, piano & compositions
with special guests:
Joshua Marshall, sax
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
Come join this boisterous yet purposeful free-jazz trio as they celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album.

Saturday, February 28

Sat 2/28 3:00 PM AFTERNOON / the concert series at Musicians Union Hall [116 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103]
David Leikam/zBug featuring Sheila Bosco, Sean Price with Nancy Davenport – poet // zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture.

Sat 2/28 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin St, Berkeley, CA]
Korean Court and Shaman musics collide with free improvisation and Feldman-esque space tonalities
Tania Chen piano
Danielle DeGruttola cello
Henry Kaiser guitar
Soo-Yeon Lyuh haegum
William Winant percussion

Sat 2/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Wild Rumpus presents a program of opposites, juxtaposing harmony and noise, movement and stillness. Gritty, kinetic energy reigns supreme in Ofir Klemperer’s punk-chamber Love Song and in the clattering theatrics of David Coll’s Position, Influence. Harmonious stillness characterizes Jacob Cooper’s serene haiku Silver Threads and Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel Im Spiegel. Rounding out the program are new works written for Wild Rumpus by David Bird, Ben Richter, and artistic director Dan VanHassel, composers who make exquisite use of color and contrast in their work.

Sunday, March 1
Sun 3/01 7:30 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues this Sunday with a featured set by Aram Shelton (sax+electronics) & Owen Stewart-Robertson (guitar); and ad hoc trios randomly drawn from a hat.

Monday, March 2

Mon 3/02 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: David Slusser’s Lost Planet (space jazz)
David Slusser-reeds & keys, Len Paterson/Steve Clarke-gtr, Thomas Scandura-dms
Set #2: Electro-Kraken (Portland-based nuclear rock)
Set #3: Quintet (first time meeting of Bay Area improvisers)
Theo Padouvas-tpt, Jake Leckie-b, Eli Wallace-p, Bob LaDue-aux. perc et al, Hamir Atwal-dms

Thursday, March 5

Thu 3/05 8:00 PM New Parish [1743 San Pablo Oakland, 94612]
Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, with nine albums behind them, the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music Considered the top Jewish roots band in the world today.

Thu 3/05 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
8pm Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic – solo ambient drone
9pm Alan Ishii – solo loop voice

Thu 3/05 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Spanning four days and taking place throughout the picturesque Mills campus, graduate students will be presenting a wide variety of new compositions, improvisations, and installations. Signal Flow is a celebration of innovative sound art in all its forms, and affords audiences the chance to experience the cutting edge of music.

Friday, March 6
Fri 3/06 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Spanning four days and taking place throughout the picturesque Mills campus, graduate students will be presenting a wide variety of new compositions, improvisations, and installations. Signal Flow is a celebration of innovative sound art in all its forms, and affords audiences the chance to experience the cutting edge of music.

The Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival in Pittsburgh this Weekend

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In the U.S. and Europe, the pitches hidden in between the black and white keys of a piano are referred to as microtones. But one man’s microtone is another man’s C major. In much of the world, from India to Indonesia to Turkey, musical scales commonly contain pitches different from those included in the 12-tone equal temperament system that has dominated Western music since the mid-18th century. Now, microtones in contemporary Western music are as varied as they are ubiquitous.

Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival

Where: Co-presented by Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore, and University of Pittsburgh Music Building, 4337 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

When: Friday-Sunday.

Tickets: Per concert: $15, $10 for students and seniors in advance; $20, $15 for students and seniors at the door. Festival pass: $30, $20 for students and seniors. Symposium sessions are free. 412-624-7529 or


8 p.m., Warhol Theater: Guitarists Mak Grgic and Daniel Lippel perform Radulescu’s “Subconscious Wave” and other works; pianist Michael Harrison performs his own work, “Revelation”; cellist Theodore Mook performs Ezra Sims’ “Solo in Four Movements.”


1-4 p.m., University of Pittsburgh Music Building, Room 132: symposium session on Ligeti’s “Hamburg Concerto” and La Monte Young’s “The Well-Tuned Piano” with Charles Corey, Anthony Cheung, Kyle Gann and Michael Harrison.

8 p.m., Warhol Entrance Space: The FLUX Quartet performs Scelsi’s String Quartet No. 2 and other works; Mantra Percussion performs Michael Gordon’s “Timber.”


6-7:30 p.m., Warhol Theater: symposium session no. 2, an introduction to microtonal music (historical issues) with Frank J. Oteri and Robert Hasegawa.

8 p.m., Warhol entrance space: Ray-Kallay Duo performs Enno Pope’s “Rad” and works by Eric Moe (world premiere), Frank J. Oteri, Kyle Gann and others. The FLUX Quartet and Mantra Percussion perform Mathew Rosenblum’s “Ostatnia runda” (world premiere). Alia Musica performs Georg Friedrich Haas’ “Nach-Ruf … ent-gleitend ….”

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Frank Kimbrough Quartet (Friday and Saturday) The pianist Frank Kimbrough has a gift for flowing ethereality, along with a fondness for earthy rapture. He’ll draw here from “Quartet,” the sure-footed, poetic album he released last year; his partners are the saxophonist Steve Wilson, the bassist Jay Anderson and the drummer Matt Wilson. At 8 and 10 p.m., Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, 212-885-7119, (Chinen)

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Friday and Saturday) The bassist Chris Lightcap has a strong new album, “Epicenter,” featuring a batch of tunes inspired by New York locales. (Among the song titles: “Arthur Avenue” and “Stillwell.”) The music was composed for Bigmouth, a long-running unit featuring the tenor saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. (Andrew Bishop steps in for Mr. Cheek for these performances.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Miles Okazaki Quartet (Friday) The most recent album by the guitarist and composer Miles Okazaki is “Figurations,” a cerebral but thrilling showcase for his elaborate designs. It was recorded live at the Jazz Gallery, the institution that now presents his excellent current group, with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

HDaniel Bernard Roumain rehearsing with Maestr...

Daniel Bernard Roumain 


Avant Music Festival (Friday and Saturday) This adventurous new-music festival presents music that mixes electronics and acoustic instruments by Paula Matthusen on Friday, with performers including Mantra Percussion and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet. On Saturday the virtuosic vocal ensemble Ekmeles takes on the complete eccentric choral works by John Cage. (The series continues on March 6 and 7.) At 8 p.m., Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, 212-228-1195, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Composer Portrait: Augusta Read Thomas (Thursday) Of the four works on August Read Thomas’s program in the Miller Theater’s wonderful series, two are world premieres. One is a brief piece for violin and viola, “Capricci,” the other a more ambitious work for percussion and string quartet, “Selene.” Also on the docket are “Resounding Earth,” a percussion symphony of sorts, and an excerpt from “Sun Threads” for string quartet. Third Coast Percussion and the Jack Quartet do the honors. At 8 p.m., Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Allen)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Friday and Saturday) This intrepid ensemble continues its residency at the Abrons Arts Center, where it celebrates the centennial of the Henry Street Settlement with two free concerts. The lineup on Friday includes works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Toshio Hosokawa, Marcos Balter and Andrea Agostini. On Saturday the saxophonist Steve Lehman and the pianist Cory Smythe collaborate on a program inspired by the New York composer Alvin Lucier. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, 212-352-3101, (Schweitzer)

Locrian Chamber Players (Thursday) This impressive contemporary music ensemble assures audiences that its free programs will be fresh through its defining mission: The group only plays works written within the last decade. These musicians have a good record of choosing interesting pieces. The concerts are presented in the intimate 10th floor performance space at Riverside Church. During intermission you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the balcony outside the hall. The next program offers works by John Adams, Daniel Bernard Roumain, David Macbride, Robert Cohen and Matthew Hough. At 8 p.m., Riverside Drive at 122nd Street, Morningside Heights, 212-870-6700, (Tommasini)