Weekend Nashville Shows: Suzanne Thorpe, Bonnie Jones, Jeremy Bible, Silent Film The Temptress w/ Live Dulcimer Score


From Theatre Intangible:

Just a few short years ago, it was really difficult to find experimental programming in Nashville. But now our city has one of the most active experimental scenes in the country, thanks to the hard work and passion of people like Chris Davis, Leslie Keffer, Brady Sharp, Greg Bryant, Cody Bottoms, and Crom Giguere.

Take for example the evening of Friday, July 25th. Nashville hosts two must-see experimental lineups. At the new Wedgewood/Houston arts venue abrasiveMedia (I wrote about the space in Nashville Arts here), we have the duo Suzanne Thorpe and Bonnie Jones. Thorpe performs on flute, electronics, and laptop, and Jones performs on circuit-bent electronics and spoken word. They’re in town for an electronics workshop at Southern Girls Rock Camp, which I think is fantastic.

The Voight-Kampff Duo (Brady Sharp on prepared guitar and Stephen Seifert on synthesizers) will open. The event, which begins at 8:30 p.m., is organized by Brady Sharp.

On the same evening at Emma Bistro, Chris Davis and Tate Eskew’s experimental art company FMRL is presenting Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew. Bible is an Ohio sound artist and founder of the label Experimedia.

Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew are all amazing local musicians. Dig Deep Light Show will provide the visuals. The FMRL show begins at 9 p.m. I recommend starting the evening at abrasiveMedia and then high-tailing it over to Emma to catch as much of this as you can.

Over at Cult Fiction Underground, they’re screening the silent film The Temptress, starring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, and Lionel Barrymore. What makes this a must-see is the live hammered-dulcimer score by Ricko Donovan. The Temptress is playing at 8p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Of course, I recommend seeing the abrasiveMedia and Emma shows on Friday and catching this Saturday night.

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From Just Outside:

Antoine Beuger – Tschirtner Tunings for Twelve (Another Timbre)
Laurence Crane – Chamber Works 1992 – 2009 (Another Timbre)
Jake Meginsky – L’appel du Vide (open mouth)
Daniel Barbiero/Chris Lynn – Augmented Landscapes (zeromoon)
Strom Varx – A Cogent Heavy High-Technology Works (Agxibatein)
Catherine Lamb – matter/moving (winds measure)
Phil Julian/Ben Owen – between landing (winds measure)
Craig Shepard – On Foot: Brooklyn (Edition Wandelweiser)

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows


Friday, July 25
Fri 7/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aaron Novik is among the most prolific and startlingly original voices to emerge from the Bay Area’s independent/underground music scene in the past decade. With influences ranging from klezmer and Balkan music to chamber minimalism to heavy metal, Tropicalia and indie rock, Novik has developed a cohesive, expansive and extremely personal body of work for a variety of ensembles, working with avant-music heroes like Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, Fred Frith, William Winant, Cornelius Boots, Ches Smith and many others.

Fri 7/25 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento San Francisco]
sfSound plays the west coast premiere of compositions by John Zorn, Hans Tutschku, and Christopher Burns and works by Terry Riley, and György Ligeti/Ingalls.

Saturday, July 26

Sat 7/26 8:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St San Francisco]
3 nights of music celebrating the music of local composer Aaron Novik for his 40th birthday.

Sun 7/27 1:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
An OutSpoken Event
Improvisation Workshop with International Touring Artist, Pianist, Composer Thollem McDonas
All musicians and backgrounds welcome to investigate the process of free improvisation.

Sun 7/27 7:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
An OutSpoken Event
Touch the Gear Expo

Sun 7/27 9:00 PM Amnesia [853 Valencia St. Between 19th & 20th San Francisco]
3 nights of music celebrating the music of local composer Aaron Novik for his 40th birthday.

Mon 7/28 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
An OutSpoken Event
Improvisation Workshop Concert
Thollem McDonas performs with the Participants of the Improvisation Workshop Ensemble

Mon 7/28 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Orchestra Euphonos and Opera Wolf
Members Crystal Pascucci – Cello Robert Lopez – Percussion Joshua Marshall – Saxophone

Wednesday, July 30
Wed 7/30 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
PoetryFreqs – a night of spoken word, poetry, electro-acoustic music, and noise
Watkins/Trammell/McZeal
Zachary James Watkins – Electronics, Marshall Trammell – Percussion, Amber McZeal – Voice
Poet ruth weiss”Goddess of the Beats”
Hal Davis – hollow log & Doug Lynner -Buchla Mystery Serge
Pitta of the Mind
Maw Shein Win: poetry – spoken word, Amanda Chaudhary – Electronics

Wed 7/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Grale, with Thomas Carnacki

Thursday, July 31
Thu 7/31 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Guitars a showcase of seven talented and provocative guitarists
Henry Kaiser
Amy Reed/Ross Hammond Duo
John Finkbeiner/Noah Phillips Duo
Sandy Ewen/Jakob Pek Duo

Thu 7/31 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A live performance and release party for guitarist Giacomo Fiore’s iv: american electric guitars, featuring music by Christian Wolff, Larry Polansky, Eve Beglarian, and Anthony Porter.

Thu 7/31 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa Street (near Harrison), San Francisco, CA]
ROOM: The Body Electroacoustic. The ROOM Series presents an evening of electroacoustic music by composer/performers Donald Swearingen, Jon Leidecker, Pamela Z, and Kadet Kuhne, with special guests Suki O’Kane and Giselle Eastman. Donald Swearingen translates gesture into sound via a series of sensor-based instruments of his making. Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) inscribes gestures on a tablet to generate sonic events. Pamela Z’s hand and vocal gestures deliver and transform live and sampled sounds. Kadet Kuhne layers electroacoustic material while Suki O’Kane and Giselle Eastan’s dexterous gestures excite sonorities from vibraphone, bass drum, and clarinet.

Friday, August 1
Fri 8/01 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Constructions a night that bring two extremes together
Teddy Rankin-Parker/Daniel Pearce Duo
The Deconstruction Orchestra
Josh Allen, conductor, composer and tenor saxophone
Saxophones: Aaron Bennett-alto, Sam Flores-tenor, John Ingle-baritone, Matt Ingalls-alto/clarient, Josh Marshall-tenor, Dan Plonsey-baritone, Dave Slusser-tenor, Vinny Golia-soprano/tenor, Rent Romus-alto, Cory Wright-baritone
Brass: Peter Bonos-trpt, Collete McCaslin-coronet, Matt Gaspari-Flugel, Ron Heglin-tuba, Jeff Hobbs-trpt, George Moore -trpt, Matt Streich-trombone
Rhythm: Henry Kaiser-guitar, John Finkbeiner-guitar Timothy Orr-drums, William Winant-drums, Lisa Mezzacappa-bass, Matt Montgomery-bass

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2014 Week III Preview


Pittsburgh New Music Net:

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season continues with the world premiere of a new commission by Ryan Anthony Francis for PNME and guitar virtuoso Mattias Jacobsson. The program also includes Amy Williams’ First Lines for flute and piano and a song cycle by Christopher Cerrone, I will learn to love a person, featuring soprano Lindsey Kesselman. The concerts take place Friday and Saturday nights at City Theatre at 8 p.m.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Ingrid Laubrock Quintet (Friday) The saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock this year released “Strong Place,” her second album with the restless unit she calls Anti-House. Here she enlists a slightly different assortment of intrepid texturalists: the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the trombonist Ben Gerstein, the tuba player Dan Peck and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $22, $10 for members. (Chinen)

James Brandon Lewis (Thursday) A hale-sounding tenor saxophonist originally from Buffalo, Mr. Lewis had that rarest of things this year: an avant-garde album on a major label, in the form of “Divine Travels.” The album features an unassailable rhythm team, with William Parker on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Dominic Fragman fills in for Mr. Cleaver here, and the accomplished poet Thomas Sayers Ellis joins as a special guest. At 6 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby Quartet (Friday) Mr. Malaby, a tenor saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon, leads a band full of veteran collaborators, all of whom share his range: the guitarist Ben Monder, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Jeff Williams. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Matana Roberts’s Anthem (Saturday) Ms. Roberts, a restlessly inventive alto saxophonist with a knack for teasing out unlikely connections, presents her current ensemble, featuring the guitarist Liberty Ellman, the bassist Kevin Tkacz and the drummer Ches Smith. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $22, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey at the Stone (Tuesday through Aug. 3) Tyshawn Sorey can play the drums with gale-force physicality or with a sense of scale and equipoise, and he’s as serious a composer as you’ll find among his peer group. He’s calling on a wide range of collaborators during this residency, starting on Tuesday with the pianist Marilyn Crispell. On Wednesday he’ll lead his Koan Trio in the early set, and then play duets with the pianist Matt Mitchell; on Thursday he’ll connect first with the pianist Dave Burrell and the bassist Henry Grimes, and then with the guitarist Joe Morris and the cornetist Stephen Haynes. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, 212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set ($20 on Thursday), $10 for students. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (Tuesday through Aug. 3) Mr. Threadgill, a penetrating saxophonist, flutist and composer, has long been a sly maestro of unconventional timbres, bristling counterpoint and tough but slippery rhythms. Zooid — his steady outlet over the last decade or so, making its Village Vanguard debut — features Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on tuba and trombone, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Elliot Kavee on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Portland in August


From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

OUTSET SERIES
Marcus Fischer / Corey Fuller & Ian Christensen Trio
August 6, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny

Marcus Fischer (b.1977) is a musician & multimedia artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. Field recordings, chance, and DIY instruments, coupled with acoustic instrumentation and visual art, define what has become Marcus’s minimal signature. In recent years he has also been involved with projects and performances for Art organizations such as the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, SASSAS, Dublab and Berklee College of Music.Past musical releases include “Monocoastal” (12k, 2010), “Arctic/Antarctic” (Luxus-Arctica, 2010), contributions and remixes to various compilations + net labels as map~map, “For Friends This Winter” (dustbreeding.com, 2009), various untitled ltd 3” CDRs, and two CDs as part of the duo Unrecognizable Now. Marcus’ music + visual art has found it’s way onto sites such as MAKE, create digital music, Swiss Miss +Apartment Therapy and the public radio show Radio Lab. (http://www.mapmap.ch)

Born in the US and raised in Japan, Corey Fuller is a musician and multimedia artist from Tokyo, Japan. Growing up between several different cultures and traveling extensively as a child have made geography and a sense of place major components of Fuller’s music. His work is a slow and gradual music composed of infinitesimal details comprised of processed and delicately treated acoustic instruments, field recordings, and other sound sources. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Fuller finds his collaborations with other artists invaluable. Besides his work with Date, he is currently collaborating with Mathieu Ruhlmann, Tyler Wilcox and Chihei Hatakeyama of Opitope. Fuller also belongs to a trio with Hatakeyama and Date called KUUKOKA. The trio’s debut album is scheduled for release in 2012 from Celer’s label, Two Acorns. Hatakeyama and Fuller have a full-length album entitled “euphotic” scheduled for release on Infraction Records in 2011. In December 2009, Fuller released his first solo album, Seas Between on Dragon’s Eye Recordings to critical acclaim. (http://illuha.com)

Saxophonist and Composer Ian Christensen is equally at home in the worlds of Jazz, Rock, and Improvised Music. Inspired by the works of Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Albert Ayler, Claude Debussy, and Elliot Smith, Ian strives to cultivate a new and honest approach, anchored by a strong melodic sensibility and a passion for the unknown. Ian has studied music in New York City, at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, under the likes of Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, Andrew Cyrille, Tony Malaby, and Bill McHenry, and in Portland, OR under David Valdez, Renato Caranto, Tim Bryson, Ben Medler, Michelle Medler, Thara Memory, Randy Porter and Alan Jones. Ian has had the honor of playing with such luminaries as Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Terrell Stafford, Red Holloway, John Stowell, Javon Jackson, Dave Glasser, and many others. In March of 2010, Ian was invited to play at the Bern International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland, with a group from the New School.Ian also remains an active composer, having written extensively for small and large groups. He performs alongside bassist Andrew Jones and drummer Scott Cutshall.

OUTSET SERIES
Blue Lighters & Sam Boshnack Quintet
August 20, 2014 — 8PM (ends by 10PM)
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Revival Drum Shop
2045 SE Ankeny

Prolific composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack is based in Seattle, where she leads three ensembles of her own music, including the Sam Boshnack Quintet, which features piano, clarinets, trumpet, bass & drums. This performance features Sam Boshnack on trumpet, Beth Fleenor on clarinets & voice, Dawn Clement on piano & keyboards, Isaac Castillo on bass, and Max Wood on drums. In March 2014, the Sam Boshnack Quintet released the critically-claimed “Exploding Syndrome.” Boshnack earned a BA in Music Composition from Bard College in 2003. While at Bard, she studied classical composition with Joan Tower and jazz composition with Erica Lindsay. She has receive support and commissioning funds from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw Productions, ASCAPlus, Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation of the Arts, and Earshot Jazz. Boshnack has toured Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, and extensively in the US. These tours have included international festivals, colleges, grade schools, concerts, theaters, studio, and club performances. She has performed or recorded with artists such as Butch Morris, Eyvind Kang, Oliver Lake, Los Campesinos, Bobby Previte, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Skerik, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Jherek Bischoff, Tom Varner, Sumi Tonooka, Jessica Lurie, Amy Denio, Joshua Kohl, Paul Kikuchi, Evan Flory Barnes, Paul Rucker, Orkestar Zirkonium, among others. (http://samanthaboshnack.wordpress.com)