San Francisco Scene: March 27 – April 2, 2015


From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, March 27

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th st. Oakland, CA 94612]
A night of improvisation and experimental music with Architect/Enchantress and RTD3 at The Ridge Space.
$10 – 15 Sliding scale at the door.

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Per Anders Nillson, Tim Perkis, Gino Robair play the music of Miles Davis

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
Architect/Enchantress + RTD3

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM Fort Mason Center Southside Theater [Fort Mason Center Building D 2 Marina Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94123]
SPAN, a multimedia electro-acoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim, is scored for a six-member chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, brass, gongs and low strings and performed within an immersive projection installation created by Carole Kim. Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 27 – 29, 2015, 8:00pm

Saturday, March 28

Sat 3/28 11:00 AM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
YBCA presents 50 Cent Tabernacle: Liberation of Sound / Meredith Monk Edition

Sat 3/28 5:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [Screening Room 701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents Ellis Island – A film by Meredith Monk & Bob Rosen

Sat 3/28 8:00 PM Fort Mason Center Southside Theater [Fort Mason Center Building D, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123]
SPAN, a multimedia electro-acoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim, is scored for a six-member chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, brass, gongs and low strings and performed within an immersive projection installation. Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 27 – 29, 2015, 8:00pm

Sat 3/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: A Tribute To Robert Ashley, presented by New York based baritone Thomas Buckner.

Sat 3/28 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
YBCA presents: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble – On Behalf of Nature

Sat 3/28 9:00 PM The Boat [MLK & Macarthur Oakland]
9 pm
Kiran Arora
Jim Haynes
F.T.P.
Glow Worm

Sunday, March 29

Sun 3/29 3:00 PM Musicians Union Local Six [116 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103]
David Leikam/zBug featuring Sheila Bosco | AFTERNOON / the concert series :: David Leikam/zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture.

Sun 3/29 5:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
YBCA presents: Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble – On Behalf of Nature
If nature were to rise up and speak in defense of itself, its voice might sound like a Meredith Monk theater piece.” —Charles T. Downey, The Washington Post, May 2013

Sun 3/29 5:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ritual #1: FluxGathering
Drawing from her experience in Fluxus and religious ceremonies, Amy Foote curates and performs a concert ritual of Flux events and chance based refrains, culminating in a sermon: John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing. This is the first performance in Miss Foote’s Human Works series and is curated in part by SF based composer, Danny Clay. Please bring your own mug for various communal offerings throughout the performance.

Sun 3/29 7:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Project TenFourteen: Concert #4 – The final Project Ten Fourteen concert presents the World Premiere of Koji Nakano’s, Time Song V: Mandala; Lei Liang’s Luminous, with featured guest bassist Mark Dresser; a work by legendary Chinese composer Chou Wen-chung; the third World Premiere commissioned work by George Crumb, Xylophony, and a special performance of Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation by an all-star percussion ensemble!

Sun 3/29 7:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Sung Kim // Closing Reception + Performance w/Special Guests
Join us to celebrate Sung Kim’s 7-month artist residency at Studio Grand. He will be joined by a group of great musicians and experimenters for an evening stunning art and performance.
This will be the last day to see Sung’s work hung at Studio Grand.

Sun 3/29 8:00 PM Fort Mason Center Southside Theater [Fort Mason Center, Building D, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123]
SPAN, a multimedia electro-acoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim, is scored for a six-member chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, brass, gongs and low strings and performed within an immersive projection installation. Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 27 – 29, 2015, 8:00pm

Tuesday, March 31

Tue 3/31 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 2.2
The second concert of this season’s Del Sol Quartet’s “Soundings” project features the soulful but fiery music of composer Huang Ruo. The evening focuses on the creative exploration of his quartet “Calligraffiti” in conjunction with new artwork by visual artist Kate Rannells. Read about this special concert format in a review of Soundings 2.1 in San Francisco Classical Voice.

Wednesday, April 1

Wed 4/01 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Weston Olencki and Athletics: [HEAVY MATTER]
SF-based trombonist Weston Olencki will present [HEAVY MATTER], a program of radical solo and chamber works featuring world premieres by Peter Ablinger (Austria), Joan Arnau Pàmies (Catalonia), and Pablo Santiago Chin (Costa Rica), with North American premieres from Bernhard Lang (Austria) and Ann Cleare (Ireland). Olencki will also be joined by Eric Wubbels (piano), and Jessie Marino (cello).

Wed 4/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Phillip Greenlief – Zeena Parkins – Gino Robair 3
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone
Zeena Parkins – harp, effects
Gino Robair – electronics, percussion
Live Recording Session – the trio will play two sets, starting at 8 pm.

Wed 4/01 8:30 PM Atlas Cafe [3049 20th St SF]
A Page of Madness (1926) • Ackley/Chen/Cuetter/Tinker/TBA

Thursday, April 2

Thu 4/02 6:30 PM Italian Cultural Institute [814 Montgomery Street, San Francisco]
Marco Paoli will present his exhibition of 16 large black & white photographs from his book Silenzio and from his forthcoming publication Ethiopia. The artist shot these photos during his journeys around the world. For Marco Paoli the journey is a spiritual adventure where we look for something we have inside us, but most of the time we forget we have. This work is an exploration of photography as individual memory.

Thu 4/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SFMusic Thursdays: Sheldon Brown/Lorin Benedict/Jonathan Alford/Eric Vogler – Solos, Duos, Trios . . . (sponsored by SFFCM)

Thu 4/02 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Andrea Centazzo- percussion/Jeff Schwartz – bass/John Shiurba – guitar
9pm ‘Two Toe’ – Marco Eneidi- alto saxophone, Donald Robinson – drums

Jazz Listings From the New York Times


Erik Friedlander at Joe's Pub, 7/17/07.

Erik Friedlander

From NYTimes.com:

John Hébert (Saturday) Mr. Hébert is a bassist with a deeply centered sound, and the trusted anchor to an impressive array of artists. He leads a group with the tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, the alto saxophonist Michaël Attias and the drummer Eric McPherson. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Myra Melford at the Stone (Friday through Sunday) Ms. Melford, a pianist and composer of restless imagination and rigorous execution, has assembled a parade of collaborators for her residency at the Stone. On Friday she’ll play two sets with Same River Twice, her ensemble with the trumpeter Dave Douglas, the multi-reedist Chris Speed, the cellist Erik Friedlander and the drummer Michael Sarin. On Saturday she’ll lead Snowy Egret — another chamber group, with the cornetist Ron Miles and others — which just released a strong self-titled album. And she’ll close on Sunday with an early set in duo with the multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich, and a late set with a trio featuring Lindsey Horner on bass and Reggie Nicholson on drums. At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village; thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Trio 3 (Friday through Sunday) The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are esteemed veterans of the avant-garde, and as the collective Trio 3, they share an agenda of rugged epiphany. They have released recent albums featuring an array of impressive pianists, but this run at the Village Vanguard has no billed guests, which isn’t at all a problem. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village; 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)

Coming to Nashville Tonight and Tomorrow


avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp

From Nashville’s Theatre Intangible:

Thursday at the Platform: Intersection’s debut program Transfiguration

Intersection is a new Nashville ensemble that specializes in 20th and 21st century contemporary music, and they’re performing for the first time on Thursday, March 26th. More from the Intersection program notes:

Original choreography, artwork and a stage that blurs the lines between the audience and performers. Transfiguration is Intersection’s debut performance and will redefine the traditional concert experience. Featuring works entirely from contemporary composers, Transfiguration showcases classical music’s next chapter alongside local art organizations New Dialect and Zeitgeist Gallery. And with nineteen musicians from across the nation, the evening is a carefully curated atmosphere that for one night only devotes Nashville’s finest to the craft of avant-garde music and art for listeners of all ages.

Friday in Nashville: Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio at VFW Post 1970, Future Night at Queen Ave.

Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio are returning to the Nashville VFW Post 1970 on Friday, March 27th! Their 2013 Nashville show was cited by many as the year’s top event. Friday’s show is presented by FMRL Arts and also features The Xists, an experimental rock duo featuring Seth and Jocephus Hudson. Tickets are $20. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.

Friday also marks the return of Future Night at Queen Avenue Art Collective. This installment features Terror’ish, Mge, Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Joey Molinaro, and Future Daze. There will also be art installations by Taylor O’Connor, Mike Kluge, Tyler Blankenship, and Evan Wise. Tickets are $5. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Show at 9:30 p.m.

The Bridge Collective Chicago and Milwaukee Performances


Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...

Joëlle Léandre

From The Bridge:

Chicago
April 27 – May 10 2015

Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1]
Jean-Luc Cappozzo – trumpet, flugelhorn
Douglas R. Ewart – woodwinds, sound objects
Joëlle Léandre – double bass
Bernard Santacruz – double bass
Michael Zerang – drums, percussion

The Bridge #8
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins – saxophones
Antonin-tri Hoang – alto saxophone, clarinet
Mars Williams – saxophones, clarinet
Samuel Silvant – drums

The Bridge, transatlantic network for creative music, is proud to announce its upcoming exploratory tour in Chicago and Milwaukee from April 27th to May 10th, 2015. The Bridge will also inaugurate its record label The Bridge Sessions, in partnership with Rogue Art, with the release of recordings from the Sonic Communion tour. Planet Earth Folk Song, a full track from the upcoming album, is available for preview on our soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/across-the-bridges/sonic-communion-planet-earth-folk-song

Public Events:

4/27 – The Arts Incubator
The Bridge #8 – 7pm, 2 sets, $10

4/28 – Relax Attack Jazz Series at The Whistler
The Bridge #8 + guests – 9:30pm & 10:45pm (w/ guests), no cover
http://whistlerchicago.com/events/relax-attack-jazz-series-bridge-present-ernest-dawkins-mars-williams-antonin-tri-hoang-samuel

4/29 – Constellation
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] & The Bridge #8 double bill & Sonic Communion CD release party! 9:30pm, $10
http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/817831-bridge-8-ernest-dawkins-chicago/

4/30 – Comfort Music Series at Comfort Station
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] + Lou Mallozzi (electronics) – 7pm, $10 suggested donation

4/30 – Doug Fogelson Studio
The Bridge #8 – 9pm, 2 sets, $10 suggested donation

5/1 TBC

5/2 – Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery
Joëlle Léandre solo – 2pm, no cover
http://www.corbettvsdempsey.com/2015/01/16/joelle-leandre/

5/2 – Logan Arts Center
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] performance & discussion – 7pm, no cover

5/3 – MCA Chicago
The musicians Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] will participate in Renée Baker’s Sunyata: Towards Absolute Emptiness – 7:30pm, $28/22/10
http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/renee-baker-creative-music-summit-sunyata-towards-absolute-emptiness/

5/4 – The Black Cinema House at Rebuild Foundation
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] + guests live soundtrack of home movies and found footage – 7pm, no cover
http://rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com/black-cinema-house/

5/4 – Beat Kitchen
Antonin-Tri Hoang and Samuel Silvant will participate in Extraordinary Popular Delusion’s Monday night set – 9pm, no cover
http://www.beatkitchen.com/

5/5 – Relax Attack Jazz Series at The Whistler
The Bridge #8 + guests – 9:30pm & 10:45pm (w/ guests), no cover
http://whistlerchicago.com/events/relax-attack-jazz-series-bridge-present-ernest-dawkins-mars-williams-antonin-tri-hoang-samuel

5/6 – Strobe Recording Studio
The Bridge #8 recorded public performance – 8:30pm, 2 sets, $15 suggested donation

5/7 – Elastic Arts Foundation
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] + guests – 9pm, 2 sets, $10
http://elasticarts.org/event/improv-7th-may-2015/

5/8 – Outer Ear Series at Experimental Sound Studio
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] – 8pm, $10
http://www.experimentalsoundstudio.org/pages/outer_ear/177.php

5/9 – Diasporal Rhythms
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] acoustic apartment performance – 12pm, no cover

5/9 – Participatory Music Coalition at Transition East
The French musicians will collaborate with the Participatory Music Coalition

5/10 – Alternating Currents Live at Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee
Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1] – 7pm, $8
http://www.woodlandpattern.org/performances/

DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos


From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

March 18, 2015
Tatsuya Nakatani Solo, ISSUE Project Room
Tatsuya Nakatani

March 18, 2015
Nakatani Gong Orchestra, ISSUE Project Room
Bob Bellerue Lea Bertucci Kim Brandt Matt Chilton Steve Dalachinsky Sandy Gordon David Grubbs Chris Haag Tatsuya Nakatani Stefan Tcherepnin Philip White Alexis Zaccarello

March 8, 2015
The Artacts Workshop Orchestra conducted by Steve Swell, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Elisabeth Aufschnaiter Sabine Bacher Cäsar Cechmann Klemens Eisner Chris Gandler Lucas Grottenthaler Jakob Köhle Felix Kremsner Benni Lampert Martin Meraner Steve Swell Dorian Windegger

March 15, 2015
Raw Sound Sweden with Guests, Downtown Music Gallery
Elsa Bergman Signe Dahlgreen Shayna Dulberger Anna Högberg Anna Lund Cheryl Pyle Biggi Vinkeloe Malin Wättring

Seattle Scene: March 26 – April 11, 2015


Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, at the ...

Salvatore Sciarrino

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Pek + Savage + Campbell
Thu. March 26, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Jakob Pek is a Bay Area multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer whose work interweaves and recontextualizes various traditional musics of the world with the living expressions of contemporary experimentalism. Seattle composer/guitarist Michaud Savage and percussionist Greg Campbell each present solo sets as well.

David Hahn’s Concert Imaginaire
Fri. March 27, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle composer/guitarist David Hahn and his eclectic ensemble Concert Imaginaire kick off their national tour of Another Day in Suck City. The new program includes a setting of Emily Dickinson’s Massacre of Suns, a eulogy for an elderly dog, an exploration of God as a virus, and the premiere of Just a Kiss Away, a very short opera about love and war and peace.

Vibratory Empathy
Sat. March 28, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Celebrating nine years as frequent collaborators, noisepoetnobody (modular analog synth) and Vanessa Skantze (movement) return to the Chapel to further investigate the realm of Butoh/sound improvisation. Each has been deeply impacted in their respective disciplines by the others’ art form. With special guests Thunder Grey Pilgrim.

THU. 4/2, 7:30 PM – Flutist Daria Binkowski performs Salvatore Sciarrino‘s seminal L’Opera per Flauto

SAT. 4/4, 6:30 PM – pianist Mayumi Tayake performs Crumb’s Makrokosmos II & works by Seattle composer Daniel Carr

FRI. 4/10 – Oliver Groenwald’s NewNet

SAT. 4/11 – Seattle Modern Orchestra with Australian violinist Graeme Jennings

Uncertainty Music Series Upcoming Concerts


From New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series:

Monday 23 March 2015
8pm
Jack Wright (saxophone), Michael Evans (percussion/electronics), Zach Darrup (guitar) plus Matt Ingalls (solo clarinet)
at Never Ending Books
810 State St
New Haven, CT

Saturday 28 March 2015
3pm
Dan Blacksberg (trombone solo) plus Mario Pavone Quintet
at G Cafe
141 Orange St
New Haven, CT

Saturday 18 April 2015
3pm
Daniel Levin Quartet
at G Cafe
141 Orange St
New Haven, CT