Chicago Scene: October 25 – November 8, 2014


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

Saturday, October 25th 2014

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Spektral Quartet

Sunday, October 26th 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, October 27th 2014

7:00PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Free)
Public Collectors : Malachi Ritscher
Panel discussion by Marc Fischer, Dave Rempis, Neil Tesser, Rebecca Zorach
Performance by Kent Kessler, Dave Rempis

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

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge #6
Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier, Ernest Dawkins, Nick Mazzarella, Avreeayl Ra, Michael Zerang

Tuesday, October 28th 2014

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge #6
Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier, Joshua Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz, Renée Baker, Jason Stein

Wednesday, October 29th 2014

6:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Classical Revolution
Ursa Ensemble : Rachel Brown, Nicholas Jeffery, Veronica Nettles, Scott Dickinson, Joe Sanchez, Andy Frickle, Jonathan Hannau

Thursday, October 30th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Dave McDonnell Group : David McDonnell, Andra Kulans, Jeff Kowalkowski, Jason Adasiewicz, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge #6
Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier, Jim Baker, Harrison Bankhead, Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis

Friday, October 31st 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($18)
Ben Frost — A U R O R A Live
Cleared : Steven Hess, Michael Vallera

Saturday, November 1st 2014

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, or $30 series pass)
Oscillations 2014
Nina Dante, Kathryn Schulmeister
Nathan Cook

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Ben Boye Solo
Angela James with Charles Rumback, Justin Brown, Bill MacKay, Jordan Martins, Annie Higgins, Jason Stein, Nick Mazzarella, Ben Boye — Record Release

Sunday, November 2nd 2014

7:00PM at Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust, Milwaukee WI, 414.263.5001
The Bridge #6
Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier, Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Nate Wooley, Carol Robinson — music by Eliane Radigue, Denis Dufour

Monday, November 3rd 2014

8:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
The Bridge #6
Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier, Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Ari Brown
round table with Melvin Butler, Alexandre Pierrepont

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

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Quin Kirchner Group : Jason Stein, Nate Lepine, Nick Broste, Anton Hatwich, Quin Kirchner

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

6:30PM at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
European Jazz Meets Chicago : First Night
6:30PM Wacław Zimpel Quartet with Krzysztof Dys, Christian Raymond, Klaus Kugel
7:30PM Per Åke Holmlander Solo
8:30PM Silke Eberhard Quartet with Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke, Mike Reed

8:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Michael Zerang, Jessie Marasa

Thursday, November 6th 2014

6:30PM at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
European Jazz Meets Chicago : Second Night
6:30PM Juozas Kuraitis Quartet with Paul Giallorenzo, Albert Wildeman, Charles Rumback
7:30PM Dans Les Arbres : Xavier Charles, Ivar Grydeland, Christian Wallumrød, Ingar Zach
8:30PM Max Nagl, Jim Baker
9:30PM Escape Lane : Marquis Hill, Ari Brown, Jeff Parker, Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier

Friday, November 7th 2014

7:00PM at PianoForte Studios, 1335 S Michigan, 312.291.0291 ($15)
The Bridge #6
Joachim Florent, Denis Fournier, Laurence d’Estival Irving, Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Ari Brown, Robert Irving III

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Tony Malaby Solo

Saturday, November 8th 2014

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP {www.eventbrite.com/e/lampo-robert-aa-lowe-tickets-13765979415})
Robert A A Lowe

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Jason Roebke Octet : Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Greg Ward, Jeb Bishop, Jason Stein, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed

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/

Monsieur Délire Reviews


From Monsieur Délire:

ALMUT KÜHNE & GEBHARD ULLMANN / Silver White Archives (Unit Records)
ULTIMA ARMONIA / Someone Killed the Swan: Laments on South-Eastern Europe (Leo Records)
VLATKO / Subjective Experience in a Commercial Free Zone (pfMENTUM)
TOMAS DABROWSKI / Tom Trio (Ilk)
3D: DABROWSKI DAVIS DRURY / Vermilion Tree (Fortune)
MICHAEL JON FINK / From a Folio (Cold Blue Music)
THOMAS NEWMAN & RICK COX / 35 Whirpools Below Sound (Cold Blue Music)
DAY & TAXI / Artists (Percaso)
THE GROUP / The feed-back (Schema Records)
COAX ORCHESTRA / Lent et sexuel (Coax Records)
JEROME KITZKE / The Paha Sapa Give-Back (Innova)
ROTEM SIVAN TRIO / For Emotional Use Only (Fresh Sound New Talent)
MARC DUCRET / Tower-Bridge (Ayler Records)
LES AMBASSADEURS / Les Ambassadeurs du motel de Bamako (Vols. 1 & 2) (Sterns Music)

The Bad Plus Plays Ornette Coleman Reviewed


The Bad Plus

Cover of The Bad Plus

From NYTimes.com:

The Bad Plus performed Ornette Coleman’s dense, empathetic and noisy 1971 album “Science Fiction” on Thursday at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. They played every track, in a different order, as well as a couple extras from the same studio sessions and with three added musicians, turning their trio into a sextet.

DMG Newsletter October 24th, 2014


Oren Ambarchi

Cover of Oren Ambarchi

From DMG:

John Zorn/Bill Frisell/John Medeski/Carol Emanuel/Kenny Wollesen..! Rasa Rasa with Kenny Wollesen & Eyvind Kang! A Dozen Dutch Gems: ICP Orchestra! Tobias Delius Quartet & Trio! Beresford & Bennink! Ernst Glerum Bass Symphony! Three from Michiel Braam! Ig Henneman & Ab Baars’ Duo & Sextet!

John Butcher/Tony Buck/Magda Mayas/Burkhard Stangl! Michael Blake Qt! Peter Madsen CIA Trio! Andrew Barker/Paul Dunmall/Tim Dahl! 2 from Oren Ambarchi! Liudas Mockunas & Petras Geniusas! Ethiopiques 29! More Weirdness from Leap of Faith! The Invisible Hands!

Plus Historic Discs from Hugh Hopper Vol 3! Borbetomagus! Supersilent! Bruce Lacey! Bessie Jones! Blind Willie McTell, Roberto Gerhard and Alexis Zoumbas!

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The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, October 26th Double-Header:
6pm: THOLLEM McDONAS & AVA MENDOZA – Electric Keyboard & Electric Guitar!
7pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT – Solo Contrabass!

A RARE SATURDAY, November 1st Performance:
6pm: KIM MYHR – Experimental Solo Acoustic Guitar! (From MURAL!)

Sunday, November 2nd:
6pm: JESSE DULMAN/WILL CONNELL/RAS MOSHE – Tuba/Alto Sax/Tenor Sax!

Sunday, November 9th: 6pm: THOMAS HEBERER/JAMES ILGENFRITZ/FLIN VAN HEMMEN – Cornet/Bass/Drums!

Sunday, November 30th:
6pm: LISA MEZZACAPPA/JOHN FINKBEINER/JOSH SINTON – Contrabass/Guitar/Bari Sax!

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows


From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Saturday, October 25

Sat 10/25 2:00 PM ROBOTSPEAk [589 1/2 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117]
Please join us on Saturday October 25th from 2 ill 6PM for the Northern California/Bay Area Synth meet at ROBOTSPEAk! In addition to checking out the latest synths & modules, there will be killer live electronic music next door from Kurt Kurasaki, Pete Von Tews, James Cigler, Dimmer (Thomas Dimuzio Joseph Hammer ), Amanda Chaudhary, Jorge Bachmann, JD. Northrup, LX Rudis, Carson Day, Paul Appliancide, Candescent, AC LYON and Slope114. More…

Sat 10/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Irregular Resolutions
This concert presents an eclectic variety of new chamber music, composed variously for strings, strings and electronics, mixed ensemble, and woodwinds. It features two locally renowned string quartets and a number of guest artists.

Sat 10/25 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music & Outsound Presents
The Other World Cycle – visions of the Kalevala land of my grandmothers
A new music odyssey inspired by the ethos of Finnish cultural mythology
featuring The Life’s Blood Ensemble:
Ron Heglin•Voice Jason Hoopes•Bass Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele Bob Marsh•Voice Bill Noertker•Bass Suki O’Kane•Percussion Timothy Orr•Drums Crystal Pascucci•Cello Mark Pino•Percussion Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes Rent Romus•Saxophones, Kantele, Flutes, Bells Shanna Sordahl•Cello

Sat 10/25 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Ornetteology
Steve Adams – alto saxophone
Myles Boisen – guitar
John Finkbeiner – guitar
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone
John Hanes – drums
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass

Sat 10/25 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
The Pyramids (Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents)

Sunday, October 26

Sun 10/26 12:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
GODWAFFLE NOISE PANCAKES
DINOSAURS WITH HORNS! (L.A.)—–+DOG+ (L.A.)—-Damion Romero (L.A.)—–Rule 19 (L.A.)—–Coagualtor—–Zachary James Watkins——Dimmer—-Chinese Fire Drill

Sun 10/26 3:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music & Outsound Presents
The Other World Cycle – visions of the Kalevala land of my grandmothers
A new music odyssey inspired by the ethos of Finnish cultural mythology
featuring The Life’s Blood Ensemble:
Ron Heglin•Voice Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele Bob Marsh•Voice Lisa Mezzacappa•Bass Bill Noertker•Bass Suki O’Kane•Percussion Timothy Orr•Drums Crystal Pascucci•Cello Mark Pino•Percussion Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes Rent Romus•Saxophones, Kantele, Flutes, Bells Shanna Sordahl•Cello

Sun 10/26 3:00 PM Subterranean Arthouse [2179 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Black Cedar performs works from their upcoming debut album, including German composer Klaus Hinrich Stahmer’s Debussyana, a piece written in 1983 and inspired by some of Claude Debussy’s best orchestral works. This inventive free-flowing cadenza for three instruments will finally be released in a commercial recording on Black Cedar’s debut album in 2015.Giacomo Fiore is an Italian-born guitarist who is comfortable in a wide range of styles, from traditional music to the avant-garde. He will perform recent selections from his latest album “iv: american electric guitars” as well as a few surprises.

Sun 10/26 5:00 PM ubuRadio [ubuibi.org]
Gino Robair & Jon Raskin Live on ubuRadio
The working name of this electronics duo is “The Fab Lab”. We will be playing a variety of electronic instruments, including Bugboard devices, Blippoo boxes, Chimera synths, Korg, Moog and others.

Sun 10/26 7:30 PM SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Fall of Solo
7:30pm Jakob Pek – guitar
8:15pm Andrew Jamieson – piano
9:00pm Robert Lopez – drums

Sun 10/26 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
As part of a special West Coast tour, Makino Takashi appears in person to present and perform live soundtracks for two recent works: Space Noise, “a duel between the all-dominant immaculate digital and the irregular organic material dissolves in multiple layers of chaos,” and Phantom Nebula, “a changeable ethereal gaseous mass with no definite form” (S8: Mostra de Cinema Periférico). Completing the program is an interstitial visitation from intergalactic travelers Rubber(()Cement!

Sun 10/26 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm Julie Moon – piano, Josh Casey – electronics; 9 pm Aaron Oppenheimer, laptop; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Eli Wallace, piano

Monday, October 27

Mon 10/27 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Songlines presents The Hub.
A rare opportunity to hear the band that pioneered laptop ensembles over twenty-five years ago. The Hub will perform a set featuring two new pieces as well as recent works such as “Partial Guidance,” “Know-Nothing,” “Lou Drift,” and “Once.”

Mon 10/27 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
The Luna Ensemble
Members of the group include: Rachel Condry (clarinet), Nava Dunkelman (percussion), Christopher Luna (piano/keyboards), Aaron Oppenheim (electronics), Crystal Pascucci (cello), Jakob Pek (electric guitar), Jeanie-Aprille Tang (electronics), and Jennifer Wilsey (percussion).

Wednesday, October 29

Wed 10/29 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Hermit Thrushes (Philadelphia)
A Magic Whistle (Richmond)
Dylan Shearer(Berkeley)
Pet the Tiger (San Francisco)

Thursday, October 30

Thu 10/30 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents Teleformation: the symbiosis of early and new musical styles and ideas. Local composers (Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Joseph Colombo, Sam Withrow) are collaborating with dynamic Bay Area performers Vijay Chalasani (viola), Crystal Pascucci (cello), and Chris Whitley (violin), to produce a show that intertwines the forms of the vintage masters with the styles of rising local talent.

Thu 10/30 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents Teleformation: the symbiosis of early and new musical styles and ideas. The composers are collaborating with dynamic Bay Area performers to produce a show that intertwines the forms of the vintage masters with the styles of rising local talent. The pieces range from solo viola to string trio, and audience members will be treated to the perfect pairing of early and new in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Thu 10/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm VR Quartet Duo
John Vaughn- soprano/alto/tenor saxophones/electronics, Rent Romus – soprano/alto/c-melody saxophones/electronics
9pm Transient: Molina/Ackamoor
David Molina: classical and electric guitar, cello, autoharp, burmese harp, ukeline, bells, hand drum, flutes, spring machine, music boxes, Waterphone, and electronics.
Idris Ackamoor: Alto sax, Invented Cymbal tree and Chinese gongs. Invented Battery of instruments played simultaneously featuring a medium calypso box and a bass calypso box from Jamaica, a Russian hand painted zither, and a Mbira from Zimbabwe. Various percussions featuring Jamaican conch shell, sleigh bells, semsemia Egyptian harp, South African pan flute, nose flutes, musical spoons, train whistle, didgeridoo, New Orleans “musical washboard”, and harmonica. Invented “Ope” (a bamboo instrument with saxophone mouthpiece), various self – made bamboo flutes. Various small African balaphones and Cajon drum box.

Thu 10/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
An evening of improvised duos, with Fred Frith (guitar), Jason Hoopes (upright bass), and Annie Lewandowski (piano and electronics).

Friday, October 31

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

Harris Eisenstadt on Tour in November and December


From Harris Eisenstadt:

11.06.14 Golden State
Michael Moore, Pascal Niggenkemper, Sara Schoenbeck
Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik

11.07.14 Golden State
Michael Moore, Pascal Niggenkemper, Sara Schoenbeck
Wels, Austria Music Unlimited Festival

11.08.14 Trio
Giulio Corini, Nicolò Ricci
Chiari, Italy Il Paradosso

11.09.14 Quartet
Giulio Corini, Nicolò Ricci, Alfonso Santimone
Brescia, Italy Officina da Camera

11.10.14 Trio
Giulio Corini, Nicolò Ricci
Brescia, Italy Trattoria Gasparo

11.12.14 Trio
Achim Kaufmann, Andrea Parkins
Berlin, Germany Kühlspot Social Club

11.13.14 Nate Wooley Quintet
Matt Moran, Eivind Opsvik, Josh Sinton
Wroclaw, Poland Jazztopad Festival

11.14.14 Canada Day
Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley
Singen, Germany GEMS

11.15.14 Canada Day
Mat Bauder, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley
San Sebastian, Spain Bebop Bar

11.16.14 Canada Day
Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley
Bilbao, Spain La Ribera

11.17.14 Canada Day
Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley
Gent, Belgium Jazzclub

11.18.14 Canada Day
Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley
Valencia, Spain Jimmy Glass Jazz Festival

12.05.14 Larry Ochs Quintet
Ken Filiano, Pascal Niggenkemper, Nate Wooley
New York, NY Firehouse Space

12.08.14 Larry Ochs Quintet recording
Ken Filiano, Pascal Niggenkemper, Nate Wooley
New York, NY East Side Sound

12.11.14 Canada Day
Matt Bauder, Chris Dingman, Eivind Opsvik, Nate Wooley
New York, NY Greenwich House