Chicago Scene: February 13-20, 2016

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Kent Kessler

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

Sunday, February 14th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Wet Ink : Josh Modney, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta

9:30PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300 (Donation)
Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Jim Baker

Monday, February 15th 2016

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Weston Olencki, Katherine Young — improvisations, and compositions by Evan Johnson, Peter Ablinger, Katherine Young

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

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Peep Show
Urban Bush Women, David Boykin

Wednesday, February 17th 2016

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Volcano Radar : Elbio Barilari, Julia Miller, Rollo Radford, Tim Davis
Sound Of The City Workshop

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson Trio with Jason Roebke, Mikel Avery

Thursday, February 18th 2016

9:00AM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ben Schmidt-Swartz, Albert Wildeman, Matt Carroll
Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Phile Sudderberg

Saturday, February 20th 2016

7:00PM at The Annex, 4660 N Rockwell ($10 donation)
Experimental Artist Series #19
Keefe Jackson, Julian Kirshner
Tim Daisy, Jason Stein
Ben Baker Billington, Carlos Chavarria, Adam Tramposh

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP {})
Lampo Presents
EVOL : Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Hanne Darboven

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Ambrose Akinmusire

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ascension : 50th Anniversary Celebration
Galaxxu : Alexander Adams, Corey Lyons, Zachary Mark, Marc Williams
Set Self on Fire : Ben LaMar Gay, Daniel Van Duerm, Reid Karris, Brendan McAlinden, special guests Aaron Zarzutzki, Andrea Malek

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Creative Music in DC

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Events at Union Arts DC
Every Wednesday @ 7:30pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Artists of any discipline welcome!
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, February 19 @ 8pm
A Benefit Show for Union Arts DC
Janel and Anthony :: DAIS :: Escape-ism
Janel and Anthony (Creative Music, DC)
DAIS (Experimental Pop, DC)
Escapism (Solo Ian Svenonious, DC)
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, February 20 @ 8pm
Marie Davidson (Electro-synth vocalizations, Montreal)
Ginger Breaker (Neuromodulation, Montreal)
Violence de Masse (Neuromodulation/ex Vox Nihili, Montreal)
Claire (Ascetic House, RVA)
Rosemary Arp (Broken Call, DC)
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, March 4 @ 8pm
Kohoutek :: Bonnie Kane :: Jeff Lederer’s DC Blowhards :: Boat Burning
Kohoutek (Improvised Psych Rock, Philly/DC)
Bonnie Kane (Solo Saxophone and Flute, NYC)
Jeff Lederer’s DC Blowhards (Creative Music, NYC/DC)
Boat Burning (Chamber Guitar, DMV)
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Steve Reich 80th Birthday Events in Toronto

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American composer Steve Reich performing clapp...

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Steve Reich at 80 is a celebration of the “father of minimalism’s” 80th-birthday, where he will be joined by artists from Canada and the US to undertake three signature compositions representing significant signposts in his prolific career.

This concert brings together the three original members of the Steve Reich Ensemble: Steve Reich, Russell Hartenberger, and Bob Becker. Formed in 1966 to perform Reich’s compositions, the ensemble quickly grew to 18 members or more and has toured nationally and internationally. Steve Reich at 80 will kick off with a rare onstage appearance by Reich, performing his playful Clapping Music (1972) with Toronto-based percussionist Hartenberger.

April 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
Presented by Soundstreams and The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall


Ear Candy: Electric Counterpoint (*note: Steve Reich will not be present at this event)
March 19, at 8:00 pm, The Theatre Centre

Salon 21: Clapping Music (*note: Steve Reich will not be present at this event)
April 8, at 7:00 pm, The Gardiner Museum

Soundstreams’ 2016 Gala (featuring Steve Reich)
April 11, at 6:30 pm, Integral House

Steve Reich and Michael Snow in conversation with Sook Yin Lee
April 12, at 7:00 pm, Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

San Francisco Scene: February 12-19, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 12

Fri 2/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Amaranth Quartet and Ogni Suono
Saturday, February 13

Sat 2/13 7:30 PM Piedmont Center for the Arts [801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611]
In this concert, clarinetist Mara Plotkin teams up with the Circadian String Quartet, composers Noam Lemish and Sahba Aminikia, along with guest performers Anne Rainwater (piano) and Christa Durand (soprano), to explore the musical soul of two cultures: Iran and Israel.

Sat 2/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Fred Frith / Shelley Hirsch Duo
Fred Frith guitar and more – Shelley Hirsch Voice/text Our improvisations are never the same way twice and get better and better all the time.

Sat 2/13 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Phill Niblock in San Francisco

Sat 2/13 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A tribute to composer and sound artist Mark Trayle, featuring his solo compositions and works for network bands performed by his musical friends, colleagues, and students associated with Mills and Cal Arts: Casey Anderson, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Matt Ingalls, David Paha, Tim Perkis, Sara Roberts, Zachary Mariano, and Phil Stone. Pieces include Unstable Trombone, Paper, In My Room, Pins & Splits, and Simple Degradation.

Sunday, February 14

Sun 2/14 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Ches Smith Trio – US tour celebrating the release of THE BELL, on ECM records – Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone; Craig Taborn: piano; Mat Maneri: viola

Tuesday, February 16

Tue 2/16 7:30 PM CCRMA [The Knoll 660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
line upon line percussion seeks new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary art music by performing newly commissioned works alongside existent masterpieces, for adventurous and curious listeners.

Tue 2/16 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Bad Jazz (Bryan Day, Tania Chen and Ben Salomon) will be releasing their second cassette, ‘Tincture’ later this month on Friends and Relatives Records. Invented instruments, toys, electronics. Opening the event will be Oakland’s Homoglochini (Raub Roy, James Roemer, Julia Mazawa, Dianne Lynn).

Tue 2/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Bad Jazz ‘Tincture’ Release Show
Bad Jazz celebrates the release of their second album ‘Tincture’ on Oakland’s Friends and Relatives Records.

Tue 2/16 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Ben Goldberg Group plus Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Ryan Keberle – Trombone, Melodica
Camila Meza – Voice
Mike Rodriguez – Trumpet
Jorge Roeder – Bass
Eric Doob – Drums

Wednesday, February 17

Wed 2/17 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Barbara Golden
Splendor Generator
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase

Magnetic Stripper

Thursday, February 18

Thu 2/18 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
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India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 2/18 7:30 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Composer Hilda Paredes Lecture. Paredes will talk about how she structures her music and about the various influences on her music from European contemporary music to North Indian Music as well as the multi-faceted cultural influences from Mexico and Latin America.

Thu 2/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:10 Christine Richers – cello/electronics
8:30 Leland Vandermeulen – guitar/electronics
9:20 Tristan Norton – guitar

Friday, February 19

Fri 2/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
line upon line percussion
Austin-based percussion trio performs work by Matthew Shlomowitz, Thomas Meadowcroft, Andrew Greenwald, David Coll and Steve Snowden.

Ches Smith Profiled

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English: Ches Smith at a concert with Marc Rib...

Source:, a profile of Mr. Smith in anticipation of his Portland show on Monday.

When percussionist Ches Smith has played in Portland in the past, he’s primarily been in a supporting role, playing in saxophonist Tim Berne‘s muscular yet nimble ensemble during their recent stop at Jimmy Mak’s and backing up Ben Goldberg at Mississippi Studios for a performance of the clarinet maestro’s spacious, bop-leaning compositions.

His next visit to the Rose City, on Feb. 15 at Mississippi Studios, will be one of his first as a bandleader and the first to feature songs from his most recent album, “The Bell.”

DMG Newsletter February 12th 2016

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Harry Partch (c. 1969), from the cover of The ...

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Dan Weiss Ensemble 16! Dave Douglas/Monash Art Ensemble! Henry Kaiser/Chris Cogburn/Steve Parker/Damon Smith! Four from Paal Nilssen-Love: Frode Gjerstad/Joe McPhee/Yagi Michiyo/Lasse Marhaug! Three from Otomo Yoshihide: Solo Right/Roger Turner/Satoh Masahiko!

Circuit: Paul Dunmall/Philip Gibbs/Trevor Taylor! Four from Slam: Szilard Mezei/Gyorgy Szabados/David Haney Duos/Jorge Cabadas! Christy Doran’s New Bag! Markus Burger/Jan Von Klewitz: Kenny Wheeler Tribute/Norma Winstone! Daniel Zamir!

Plus Historic Discs from King Crimson! Charlemagne Palestine! Harry Partch! Henri Pousseur! Oliver Nelson! Modern Jazz Quartet! 13th Floor Elevators! The Insect Trust! And Always More..!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day Special Event with:

Sunday, February 21st:

Sunday, February 28th:
6pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS & JON IRABAGON – Alto Sax & Sopranino Sax Duo! Wow!

Sunday, March 13th:
6pm: STEVE BACZKOWSKI – Solo Baritone & Tenor Sax!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a Buddhist temple. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine.
Come on Down, the Music Always Free & the Vibes are Quite Cosy!

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

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Source: The New York Times.

Australian Chamber Orchestra (Thursday) It’s not every day you see a “Director of Surfing” credited in the program of a concert, but then this polished and vivacious ensemble isn’t your everyday chamber orchestra. Here, as part of the 92nd Street Y’s investigation into the intersection of image and sound, the orchestra delivers a score encompassing music by Beethoven, Ligeti and Alice in Chains (among many others) to an immersive video shot at the Ningaloo Reef. At 7:30 p.m., Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Composers Now Festival (through Feb. 29) This festival celebrating contemporary music in myriad forms and styles continues to bring innovative programs to performances spaces all over the city. Among the highlights are an evening of chamber music from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Tunisia performed by Ensemble 365 on Saturday; the North/South Chamber Orchestra in “Romantic Expressions,” a program devoted to premieres by Joel Feigin, Max Lifchitz and others on Sunday; and on Thursday, the Da Capo Chamber Players present new music for voices and instruments by the composers Kevin Puts and Dan Visconti, among others. At various times and locations, complete scheduling information is at (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Ekmeles (Wednesday) This new-music vocal ensemble offers a program centered around “Sarà dolce tacere,” a haunting a cappella work by the 20th century Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono. The program also features works by Giacinto Scelsi and Salvatore Sciarrino, framed by selections by the medieval composer Josquin. The lineup concludes with Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura,” performed by the violinist Miranda Cuckson and the sound artist Christopher Burns. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Schweitzer)

Loadbang (Tuesday) The Miller Theater’s free Pop-Up Concerts series, where listeners are seated onstage close to the performers, has thus far presented an innovative lineup. Loadbang — consisting of the unusual formation of baritone, trumpet, trombone and bass clarinet – offers a program including pieces by Taylor Brook, Adam Zahller, David Lang and an arrangement of a 14th-century work by Guillaume de Machaut. At 6 p.m., Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Schweitzer)

So Percussion (Friday) This pathbreaking percussion quartet plays five of the Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartets, plus the premiere of his new work, “Migrations.” There are also the first New York performances of pieces by Steven Mackey and Shara Worden, who joins in as vocalist. At 9 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, (Allen)