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.

DMG Newsletter October 9th, 2015

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4 Cantaloupe Gems: Julia Wolfe! David Lang! Michael Gordon! DJ Spooky/Kronos Quartet! Tristan Honsinger/Nicolas Caloia/Joshua Zubot/Isaiah Ceccarelli! Matana Roberts/Sam Shalabi Trio! Rob Reddy’s Sidney Bechet Project! Max Johnson/Kirk Knuffke/Ziv Ravitz! Stefano Maltese/Ferdinando D’Urso Qt!

Lee Ranaldo/Alan Licht/Christian Marclay/William Hooker! David Borden! Ken Aldcroft Solo! Movie Gold Label Last Restocks: Bill Laswell! Henry Threadgill! Dave Douglas! Wayne Horvitz! Robin Holcomb! Power Tools! Nicky Skopelitis! and Many More..! Plus a couple of Archival Box Sets from Chico Hamilton!


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

Sunday, October 11th:
7pm: JOSH SINTON – Solo Baritone Sax!
Sunday, October 18th:

Sunday, October 25th:

Sunday, November 1st:
7pm: PATRICK BRENNAN & JASON HWANG – Alto sax & violin!

Special Monday, November 2nd, DMG Welcomes:
6pm: MIA DYBERG – Danish Alto Saxist!
7pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Downtown Alto Saxist!

Sunday, November 8th:
7pm: VIV CORRINGHAM & ANNA HOMLER – Experimental Vocal Duo!

John Zorn and Bill Laswell at The Stone Reviewed

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Source: All About Jazz, a review of a show from June.

Associations between composer John Zorn and bassist Bill Laswell go back at least to the formation of their band Painkiller (with drummer Mick Harris) in 1991, and it was trailing the shadows of that potent abyss that they reconvened for a rare duo performance during a week-long Laswell residency at Zorn’s curatorial sound space, The Stone. Both musicians are, of course, towering figures in their respective fields, statuses neither would ever dream of flaunting.

Coming to Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop

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Saturday, October 10, 8:00pm
[Dave Burrell 75th Birthday Celebration]

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present this very special duo performance by two avant-garde jazz giants: Philadelphia pianist Dave Burrell and New York drummer Andrew Cyrille.

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Friday, October 16, 7:30pm
Celebrating Bill Barron & Ted Curson

American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
$15 in advance / $20 at the door

Ars Nova Workshop and the Philadelphia Jazz Project are pleased to present the Makanda Project Big Band and Quicksilver featuring Carol Harris and Sam Reed, in a special concert honoring the lives and work of two Philadelphia jazz heroes: saxophonist and educator, Bill Barron and trumpeter, Ted Curson – two Philadelphia artists who were in the thick of things during the New Thing in Jazz in the late 1950s. They played with Cecil Taylor, Charles Mingus, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Heath, Andrew Hill, New York Contemporary 5 and Archie Shepp and continued to explore the possibilities of music until their departures from this life.

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Ars Nova Workshop recommends:

Tuesday, October 13, 8pm

Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
$15 General Admission

Bobby Zankel and the Warriors return with a mid-week night concert series. Led by Philly’s own composer/saxophonist, Bobby Zankel, the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound have been called “a unique amalgam of the rhythm and intricacy of bebop, with the soul and drive of hard-bop, and the spirituality, creativity and intensity of the avant garde.” This series promises to be the midweek pick-me-up you’ve been waiting for.

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Open rehearsals, pop-up performances, and advance intensive workshops announced for the Steve Coleman residency.
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Richard Pinhas Tour Dates

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Upcoming Richard Pinhas Tour Dates
Fall/Winter 2015

Paris, France – Friday, October 9, 2015
Richard Pinhas & Pascal Comelade (mini-set one)
Energie Fantome (set one)
Richard Pinhas & Sax Ruins (Yoshida Tatsuya & Ono Ryoko) (set two)
Richard Pinhas & Sax Ruins & Patrick Gauthier (encore)
Sets at 8:00 pm/ 20:00 hr
Le Triton
11 Bis Rue du Coq French
Lilas (Les), France, 93260
€ 20 Normal/ €15 Reduced/ €12 Member/ €8 Junior

Newcastle, UK – Saturday, October 10, 2015
Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya & Ono Ryoko
Set Times: 6:00 pm onwards
Tusk Festival: Day One
Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear NE1 2NP, United Kingdom
€55 Full Weekend Pass/ €20 day pass

Newcastle, UK – Sunday, October 11, 2015
Richard Pinhas & Stephen O’Malley
Set Times: 6:00 pm onwards
Tusk Festival: Day Two
Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear NE1 2NP, United Kingdom
€55 Full Weekend Pass/ €20 day pass

London, UK – Monday, October 12, 2015
Richard Pinhas & Sax Ruins (Yoshida Tatsuya & Ono Ryoko)
Set time: 7:30 pm
presented by Baba Yaga’s Hut
Corsica Studios
4/5 Elephant Rd,
London SE17 1LB, United Kingdom
£11 Advance

Poitiers, France – Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Richard Pinhas & Sax Ruins (Yoshida Tatsuya & Ono Ryoko)
Set Time: 9:00 pm/ 21:00
Planetarium, Espace Mendés France
1 Rue de la Cathédrale,
Poitiers, France 86038
PT: € 6; TR: € 3.50

Toulouse, France – Saturday, December 17, 2015
Richard Pinhas & Arthur Narcy
Set Time: 7:00 pm/ 19:00
les Abattoirs, Auditorium
76 Allées Charles de Fitte,
Toulouse, France 31300
€ 7 admission

Terry Riley Works at National Sawdust Reviewed

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American composer Terry Riley Interview at Lin...

Source: The New York Times.

“We hope you will make National Sawdust your home,” the composer Paola Prestini told an eager audience on Monday at that inviting new performance space in a bustling section of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As the creative and executive director of this adaptable black-box venue, its walls and ceiling scattered with white mottled sound panels, Ms. Prestini was introducing her new institution, and also the last in a series of programs celebrating the pioneering American composer Terry Riley, who turned 80 in June.

Lisa Mezzacappa’s Glorious Ravage Reviewed

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The spirit of adventure powers Lisa Mezzacappa’s musical expedition, Glorious Ravage, which enjoyed its Northern California premiere at the Brava Theater, in San Francisco’s Mission District, Oct. 1-2. Mezzacappa, in collaboration with four local filmmakers and a virtuosic ensemble of Californian musicians — and an entrancing vocalist from New York — sourced and magically reimagined the legacy of a handful of women explorers from a century-and-more ago, leading the appreciative audience into its own thoroughly modern series of discoveries.