Chicago Scene: October 10-17, 2015

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William Parker

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

Saturday, October 10th 2015

2:00PM-3:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Ann Ward and AACM School of Music

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Jazz Occurrence #6
Vincent Davis Percussion Plus, with Lewis Achenbach

Sunday, October 11th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Anthony Pateras, Jenna Lyle

Monday, October 12th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Dave Rempis
Katie Ernst

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Rob Lundberg Solo
Art Union Humanscape : Ayako Kato, Jason Roebke

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
Tracy Cantin, Dave Miller
Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, October 14th 2015

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433
Forest Management
Brian Case

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
James Davis Quintet
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, October 15th 2015

7:30PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
Dave Rempis, Wolfgang Reisinger

Friday, October 16th 2015

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($30-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Afterword, an Opera
George Lewis, Catherine Sullivan, Sean Griffin, with ICE

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
William Parker Quartet

Saturday, October 17th 2015

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($30-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Afterword, an Opera
George Lewis, Catherine Sullivan, Sean Griffin, with ICE
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
William Parker Quartet

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Nate Wooley at the Stone Preview

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I am lucky enough to have a week’s residency at The Stone in Manhattan at the end of October. It has already been a wonderfully absorbing experience, just in preparation. There are concerts with established groups like Battle Pieces, Nate Wooley Quintet, and my duo with Paul Lytton in which we are expanding into new territories, but also some slightly frightening first meetings with Tim Berne, Matthew Shipp, Gerald Cleaver, and Joe McPhee thrown in for good measure.

Beyond all the improvising, I’ll also present new compositions for Battle Pieces, the full-length premier of Psalms from Hell for soprano voice, trumpet, and cello quartet, and the most recent iteration of a work for solo trumpet using phonetic mechanics, called For Kenneth Gaburo.

I’m pleased to also be doing a benefit for the Stone with John Zorn, Paul Lytton, and members of the quintet. On this set, all proceeds will go to keeping this last lighthouse of experimentation open in Manhattan.

Tuesday October 20:
8 pm Battle Pieces with Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Matt Moran
10 pm Battle Pieces Meta with special guest Tim Berne

Wednesday October 21:
8 pm Psalms From Hell World Premiere with Megan Schubert, Shanda Wooley, Mariel Roberts, Christopher Hoffman , Carolyn Jeselsohn
10 pm For Kenneth Gaburo (solo trumpet with tape)

Thursday October 22:
8 pm Ryan Sawyer, C Spencer Yeh, Jeremiah Cymerman, Nate Wooley
10 pm Duo with Joe McPhee

Friday October 23:
8 pm Duo with Matt Shipp
10 pm Duo with Gerald Cleaver

Saturday October 24:
8 pm Zeena Parkins, Joe Morris, and mystery British dentist playing drums
10 pm same drummer with Ben Vida and C. Spencer Yeh

Sunday October 25:
8 pm STONE BENEFIT CONCERT! with John Zorn, mystery Brit, Josh Sinton, Harris Eisenstadt, and Eivind Opsvik
10 pm Record Release party for the NW5 plays the music of Wynton Marsalis: featuring Josh Sinton, Harris Eisenstadt, Eivind Opsvik, and Matt Moran

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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AACM 50th Anniversary Festival (Fridays through Oct. 30) The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a groundbreaking institution for American experimental music, has been celebrating its golden anniversary this year with events in and beyond Chicago, its city of origin. This concert series, presented by the association’s New York chapter on four consecutive Fridays in October, will feature avant-garde titans like the pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and the saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, who appear as an improvising duo on Friday at 8 p.m. A preceding panel discussion, at 6 p.m., will feature those and other association members, including the saxophonist Henry Threadgill. At the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, 800-838-3006, (Nate Chinen)

Stephan Crump’s Rhombal (Saturday) Mr. Crump is a bassist with a broad stylistic frame, at home in both the avant-garde and a more traditional framework. His promising new band, Rhombal, has a front line of Adam O’Farrill on trumpet and Ellery Eskelin on saxophone, with Tyshawn Sorey, a smartly combustible drummer. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Tomas Fujiwara Trio (Monday) “Variable Bets,” the new album by the drummer Tomas Fujiwara, places him at the fulcrum of two strong and distinctive improvisers: the strategically unruly guitarist-banjoist Brandon Seabrook and the surgically precise trumpeter Ralph Alessi. At 8:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

Noah Preminger Group (Wednesday) On his often ecstatic new album, “Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar,” the tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his new band in a pair of incantatory half-hour extemporizations on classic blues by Bukka White. For this outing, he leads the same personnel — Jason Palmer on trumpet, Kim Cass on bass, Ian Froman on drums — in a different West Village room. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (Chinen).

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

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John Luther Adams (through Saturday) The composer John Luther Adams’s shimmering sonic landscapes are inspired by nature, including the beautiful panoramas of Alaska, where he lived for decades before moving to New York. Mr. Adams recently received Columbia University’s $50,000 William Schuman Award; a three-concert retrospective begins on Wednesday with Steven Schick conducting the International Contemporary Ensemble in Mr. Adams’s “Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing” — a contemplative piece punctuated by enigmatic clusters of bells and named after a 14th century mystical Christian text. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Schweitzer)

Axiom (Saturday) A second opportunity within a couple of weeks to hear Giacinto Scelsi’s violin concerto, “Anahit,” is one reason to note this concert: Axiom’s consistently strong performances under Jeffrey Milarsky provide another. The Juilliard players also essay another Scelsi work, “Okanagon,” as well as Gerard Grisey’s “Talea” and Kaija Saariaho’s “Lichtbogen.” At 7:30 p.m., Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street, 212-769-7406, (Allen)

Sarah Cahill (Tuesday) Terry Riley, the grandfather guru of American contemporary music, has been basking in the limelight this season as he celebrates his 80th birthday. Here a leading light of the new-music piano scene throws him a “piano party” chock-full of world premieres of works written in his honor by composers including Pauline Oliveros, Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth and others. Also on the program is Mr. Riley’s own Keyboard Studies and Fandango on the Heaven Ladder. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

National Sawdust (Friday and Saturday) The programming at this new Williamsburg venue is particularly sprawling this week, but is most focused for a John Zorn festival that lasts through the end of the month. On Friday there’s the world premiere of his “Madrigals” (Books I and II), plus, in a later set, “Asmodeus,” with the guitarist Marc Ribot. Attention turns to improvisations on Saturday, both in an early concert with Mr. Zorn on saxophone, and later, for “Cobra.” At 8 and 10 p.m., 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Allen)

San Francisco Scene: October 9-16, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, October 9

Fri 10/09 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
John Schott – electric guitar, Dan Seamans, double bass, and John Hanes, drums play original and imaginative music that moves from moody to exuberant, with swing and honesty.
Celebrating the release of their Debut CD on Tzadik.

Fri 10/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Matt Linder and HK&tCS
Matt Linder of Mobius Trio performs a new solo work for electric & acoustic guitar developed in collaboration with Danny Clay, followed by the debut of HK&tCS (Hella Khords & the Consonant Tones), a new quartet of trombone, cello, flute, and electronics featuring Helen Newby, Bethanne Walker, Weston Olencki, and Chris Wood.

Saturday, October 10

Sat 10/10 6:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
The 5th Annual Yerba Buena Night
6pm – 10pm

Sat 10/10 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Music Now: KALA RAMNATH “The Singing Violin of Indian Classical Music”
Kala Ramnath, violin
Abhijit Banerjee, tabla
Kala is at the vanguard of the present generation of Indian instrumental super-stars. Due to her rigorous training in the classical tradition she comfortably forges musical alliances with artists of renown from different genres around the globe incorporating elements of Western Classical, Jazz, Flamenco and traditional African music into her rich and varied repertoire.

Sat 10/10 9:00 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Oakland]
ROVA SPECIAL SEXTET with guests Scott Amendola + Gino Robair

Sunday, October 11
Sun 10/11 4:00 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents John Schott Actual Trio

Sun 10/11 4:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
The Life’s Blood Ensemble presents music from their forthcoming recording entitled “Haven”
Safa Shokrai – bass
Timothy Orr – drums
Heikki Koskinen – e-trumpet/flutes
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone
Rent Romus – alto saxophones/flutes

Monday, October 12

Mon 10/12 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Monday Nights With Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents Thea Farhadian + Tim Perkis

Tuesday, October 13

Tue 10/13 7:30 PM CCRMA [Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics The Knoll, 660 Lomita Court Stanford California 94305]
Percussion and its Double: William Winant & Joe Lasqo – Two of the Bay Area’s most daring improvising musicians team up for a “percussion ++” evening of rhythmic and meta-rhythmic electro-acoustic improvs.

Tue 10/13 7:30 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland CA 94609]
Active Music Series presents: Wiener Kids – Tender Buttons – Ctrl-Z

Tue 10/13 7:43 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Diamond Pulses: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Daniel Corral + sfSoundGroup featuring Brendan Lai-Tong
Diamond Pulses, by L.A.-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Corral combines just-tuned harmonies, driving minimalist rhythms, noisy ambiance, and electronic timbres. sfSoundGroup’s opening set will feature trombonist Brendan Lai-Tong, performing frenetically virtuosic solo works by Brian Lynn and Christian Lindberg.

Tue 10/13 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
Myra Melford Snowy Egret

Thursday, October 15
Thu 10/15 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Center [509 Ellis Street SF]
The LSG Creative Music Series RETURNS to the Luggage Store Gallery!
8pm Ross Hammond – solo guitar
9pm Ruminations
Rent Romus – saxopones/flutes/objects, Mark Pino – percussion, Nathan Swedlow – double bass, Jeff Hobbs – violin, Karl Evangelista – guitar

Thu 10/15 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Paul Dresher and co. perform PACT – Scott Johnson’s score for dance Resist/Surrender by Risa Jaroslow

Friday, October 16

Fri 10/16 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Wild Rumpus
Wild Rumpus presents a program of genre-bending works of chamber music expressing a wide variety of reflections on life in the 21st century. Echoes and repetition are two threads weaving themselves throughout this program.

Dusted in Exile Reviews

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Noah Preminger – Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (self-released)
Olivia Block—Aberration Of Light (NNA Tapes)
Kostis Kilymis—Bethnal Greener (Rekem)
Laughing Eye Weeping Eye — Once Was You (Moon Glyph)

Music and More Reviews

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Nicole Mitchell / Tomeka Reid / Mike Reed – Artifacts (482 Music, 2015)
Jon Irabagon – Behind the Sky (Irabbagast Records, 2015)
John Zorn – Inferno (Tzadik, 2015)