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From the Houston Press:

A lot of tinkerers want to fix Houston’s jazz scene, but Matthew Shipp says there’s no need to break out the toolkit for something that either isn’t broken or requires a larger repair than all the city’s musical handy men and women can muster. “So many players come out of there to begin with. As far as national attention, obviously Robert Glasper and Jason Moran come to mind, and let’s not forget the great Joe Sample. So, Houston is doing something right.”

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Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, November 21

Fri 11/21 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A spectacular bridge into the surreal and time travel. Noise piano pop jazz ensemble Echo Wild plays in collaboration with Geneva Jacuzzi in a Dadaist Thanksgiving Day prayer, to the dead… Come to a night of wonder and watch a live Bauhaus-jive performance, a hot jazz fusion function wildly oscillating into the dark mysticism of Tropicalia Neo Concretist sounds. We’re taking music to make drugs to.

Fri 11/21 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Pauline Oliveros, a leader in the musical avant-garde for five decades, returns to Berkeley to collaborate with like-minded local seekers Thingamajigs Performance Group. Together they will create a new piece of music during a week of workshops and open rehearsals, leading up to the premiere at this landmark L@TE event. Prepare to be transported by masterful improvisation, sonic meditation, and experiments in deep listening.

Fri 11/21 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Two Videos, a Duo with Tom Bickley and The Emergency String (X)tet
Videos by Eric Glick-Rieman and Kevan Jensen, Eric Glick-Rieman and Tom Bickley, and the Emergency String (X)tet with David Michalack, lap steel guitar, Doug Carroll, cello and Bob Marsh cello.

Fri 11/21 9:00 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents-
Britt Ciampa’s Ape Like Impact
Aram Shelton/Owen Stewart-Robinson/Jordan Glenn Trio

Saturday, November 22

Sat 11/22 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Pianist Anne Rainwater presents an evening of vocal and piano music by three friends including Ian Power’s hauntingly beautiful Ave Maria, based on a Scelsi theme, and Jude Traxler’s setting of Theodore Roethke’s poem The Waking. Also on the program is a world premiere by Danny Clay, a setting of the poetry by local writer Roy Doughty.

Sunday, November 23

Sun 11/23 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
The Jon Raskin Variety Show plus T.D. meets T.D. with Tom Djll. Jon Raskin performs on saxophone, various small synths, concertina and jaw harps. Tom Djlls hackMIDI meets the skatchbox.

Sun 11/23 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson brings his chamber­jazz group to play music from his recording “Anti­Mass”, which was inspired by artwork from the DeYoung Museum. The “String­tet” consists of Trumpet, saxophone, violin, viola, bass and drums doubling on vibraphone.

Sun 11/23 7:30 PM SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM Emily Hay/Motoko Honda/Biggi Vinkeloe
flutes, voice, piano
8:30 PM Time is Now Not Money performs “Origins and Originals”
Bishu Chatterjee – bass, Lorin Benedict – voice, Aaron Bennett – saxophone, Scott R. Looney – piano, Surya Prakash – drums/percussion

Sun 11/23 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Meridian Music: Composers in Performance Series presents internationally acclaimed composer, educator, and electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros.

Monday, November 24

Mon 11/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
In The Incendiary Cycle, vigorous horn lines contend with a profusion of guitar, electronics and percussion. The instrumental dynamic evokes the natural and industrial processes that cyclically renew the California landscape.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Posted: November 21, 2014 by Mike in Performances

Ellery Eskelin en concert au Triton (Les Lilas...

Ellery Eskelin en concert au Triton (Les Lilas-France) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Nels Cline and Julian Lage (Tuesday) Mr. Cline and Mr. Lage are a study in contrasts, with guitarism — along with a taste for American folk traditions, and mutual respect — as a binding commonality. They have been working fruitfully as a duo over the last few years, and now they have a fine album to show for it, “Room,” whose release they’ll celebrate with this concert. At 8 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470,; $20 in advance, $25 day of show. (Chinen)

Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band (Saturday) The Horns Band, which released its self-titled debut album this summer, is the chief expressive outlet for the bassist Matt Pavolka. This performance will feature one substitution, with the trumpeter Michael Rodriguez filling in for Kurk Knuffke. Otherwise the band’s personnel is as on the album, with Loren Stillman on alto saxophone, Jacob Garchik on trombone and Mark Ferber on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mario Pavone’s Arc Quartet (Wednesday) Mr. Pavone, a resourceful bassist and composer, has created a range of sturdy and scintillating work under the banner of Arc music — for trio, quartet and larger formats. Here he connects with several veteran collaborators: the trumpeter and cornetist Dave Ballou, the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the drummer Matt Wilson. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)


American Composers Orchestra (Friday) This excellent and important ensemble begins its new season with a concert at Zankel Hall, part of its Orchestra Underground series. The program, titled “Monk’s Sphere,” is the first of many tributes this season to the innovative, influential composer and vocalist Meredith Monk, who is celebrating 50 years of performing and creativity in New York. The orchestra, conducted by George Manahan, plays works by A.J. McCaffrey, Ian Williams, Theo Bleckmann, Loren Loiacono and Ms. Monk. At 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800,; $43 and $50. (Tommasini)

Axiom (Monday) An exciting program from Juilliard’s relentlessly excellent new-music ensemble brings together two works by John Cage — “Third Construction” and Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra, with the pianist Han Chen — as well as Conlon Nancarrow’s String Quartet No. 1 and Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio for Violin, Piano and Percussion. Jeffrey Milarsky conducts, with the Aeolus Quartet. At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-799-5000,; free, but tickets are required and will be available at the Juilliard box office starting Saturday. (David Allen)

Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) As part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, this gifted young ensemble presents “Black Mountain Songs,” a multimedia choreographed work that explores the utopian spirit of North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, where John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg and other luminaries worked and collaborated in the 1940s and ’50s. The score features music by Jherek Bischoff, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Aleksandra Vrebalov and others. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100,; $20 to $55. (Vivien Schweitzer)

Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

Posted: November 20, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Thursday, Nov. 20: Frode Gjerstadt Trio with special guest Steve Swell

Trinosophes welcomes back one of Europe’s most intense improvising ensembles, the Frode Gjerstadt Trio, with special guest trombonist/composer Steve Swell.

Both saxophonist Gjerstadt and drummer Paal Nilssen- Love have performed in our series in numerous contexts, often together. Gjerstad stands out for his raw, unique voice on reed instruments; Nilssen-Love became a heavily-in-demand drummer for all sorts of creative music in Chicago, where he lived for a period. In this version of the trio, they are joined by fellow Norwegian Jon Rune Strom on doublebass.

Trombonist Steve Swell is one of the most acclaimed trombonists in America. He has worked primarily in creative improvised music and jazz, working with traditionalists like Buddy Rich and Lionel Hampton, but focusing on the adventurous end of the music with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton, William Parker and many others. He has won numerous awards, critics polls and also a foundation fellowship for his work in NYC’s public schools.

7:30 pm doors; $10 suggested.

Tuesday, Nov. 25: GitGO (Mars Williams, Jeb Bishop, Anton Hatwich, Jeremy Cunningham, Paul Giallorenzo).

GitGo is an ensemble lead by pianist Paul Giallorenzo and featuring some of Chicago’s top improvisors, including Mars Williams on saxophone, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Anton Hatwich on bass and Jeremy Cunningham on drums. The group’s recent record, Force Majeure, was released earlier this year on the Delmark label, an emblematic avenue for his dense compositions that reveal a deep connection to the jazz tradition, but a preference to hang at it’s fringes. Echoes of Monk, Herbie Nichols, Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor all emerge from the piano, but nothing overwhelms the leader’s own, original voice.

Doors at 7:30 pm; $10 suggested minimum.


Dec. 6: Self Proclaimed Doctors of Detroit
Dec 10: Benefit fundraiser concert for New Music Detroit
Jan 31: Dawn of Midi

Experimental Music Shows Coming to Houston

Posted: November 20, 2014 by Mike in Performances

From the Houston Chronicle:

Bassist Damon Smith sometimes creates unorthodox meals for his dinner guests. He recently prepared lamb testicles, which, he says, have the texture of scallops, and pair nicely with a complementary beer. Jaap Blonk, a Dutch avant-garde composer who performs with Smith tonight, leans across the table at Siphon Coffee and says, “Breakfast with him was a big plate of brains.”

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Posted: November 20, 2014 by Mike in Performances

Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) at Rock en Seine Rout...

Kim Gordon

From the ISSUE Project Room:

FRI, NOVEMBER 21 – 8:00PM ($15)
Madalyn Merkey
Battle Trance
Californian composer Madalyn Merkey premieres a new electronic work composed for the acoustic properties of our 22 Boerum theater, with accompaniment by violinist Dylan Neely. Battle Trance perform their album-length work Palace of Wind, a hypnotic and textural acoustic composition for four tenor saxophonists.

WED, DECEMBER 3 ($15-20)
Kim Gordon & Loren Connors / Gary War
Advance tickets are disappearing fast! ISSUE is pleased to welcome back rock icon Kim Gordon performing in a special first-time duo with the legendary Brooklyn-based guitarist Loren Connors. Electro-rocker Gary War, recently residing in New Zealand, opens the night.

Fri 12/05 7PM
Swedish Energies: CM von Hausswolff / Frederikke Hoffmeier / Christine Abdelnour & Joachim Nordwall / Jenny Sunesson / Daniel Rozenhall & Sten Backman

SAT 12/20 8PM
Swedish Energies: Ellen Arkbro / The Sons of God / Kristina Matousch / Stephen O’Malley / Maria w Horn

TUE 12/09 7PM
BENEFIT: Matmos perform Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives

Fri 12/12 8PM
Raúl De Nieves

SAT 12/13 8PM
Paul Clipson & Liz Harris (Grouper): HYPNOSIS DISPLAY

SAT 12/20 8PM
Peter Evans solo