Chicago Scene: September 20 – October 4, 2014

Mwata Bowden

Mwata Bowden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Saturday, September 20th 2014

12:00PM-6:15PM in Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd
Englewood Jazz Festival
2:30PM Ernest Dawkins‘s New Horizons Quartet with William Parker, Steve Berry, Isaiah Spencer
3:45PM Presentation of the Spirit of Jazz Award to Ari Brown, Carol Adams and Robert Shy
4:00PM Live the Spirit Big Band with special guest Ari Brown
5:15PM Chico Freeman with George Freeman, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Chicago Wandelweiser Festival :
Robert Reinhart, Nora Barton, Nomi Epstein, Matthew Oliphant, Kenn Kumpf, Jeff Kimmel, Eliza Bangert, Billie Howard, Alex Temple

Sunday, September 21st 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Chicago Wandelweiser Festival
R Andrew Lee

Monday, September 22nd 2014

8:00PM at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn, 773.702.2100
Chicago Wandelweiser Festival
Eva-Maria Houben

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, September 23rd 2014

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jason Adasiewicz

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Le Rex
Sound Of The City Workshop

Friday, September 26th 2014

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Dave Rempis, Charles Rumback
Peter Maunu, Aaron Zarzutzki, Tim Daisy

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Architeuthis Walks on Land : Katherine Young, Amy Cimini — Record Release
Kwaidan : Neil Jendon, Mike Weis, André Foisy

Saturday, September 27th 2014

1:30PM on the Jame W Wagner Stage, Midway Plaisance at Woodlawn Ave
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Ari Brown Quintet

3:30PM at the Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E 58th St, 773.702.9514
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Joshua Abrams

4:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Josh Berman Trio

4:30PM at the Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E 58th St, 773.702.9514
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Joshua Abrams

5:15PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Tomeka Reid’s Hear in Now

6:45PM at the International House, 1414 E 59th
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystals

7:00PM-11:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound Trio

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Sonic Remedies
Douglas R Ewart and Inventions : Mankwe Ndosi, Duriel Harris, Dee Alexander, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Dushun Mosley, Darius Savage, Douglas R Ewart, special guest Maggie Brown

9:30PM at the International House, 1414 E 59th
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Ernest Dawkins Quartet

11:00PM at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn, 773.702.2100
2014 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Craig Taborn

Sunday, September 28th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Ikue Mori

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mazz Swift, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, with special guest

Monday, September 29th 2014

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, September 30th 2014

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Fred Hersch

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago String Collective : Tomeka Reid, Armand Beaudoin, Dorothy Martirano

Wednesday, October 1st 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Volcano Radar : Elbio Barilari, Julia Miller, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, October 2nd 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast : Ken Thomson, Russ Johnson, Nir Felder, Adam Armstrong, Fred Kennedy

Friday, October 3rd 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Peter Walker

Saturday, October 4th 2014

1:30AM-3:45AM at the Green Mill, 4802 N Broadway, 773.878.5552 (wheelchair-accessible)
9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Edward Wilkerson Jr, Junius Paul, Scott Hesse, Vincent Davis, Jim Baker

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12-$10)
Phil Ranelin, Rod Williams, Harrison Bankhead, Charles Rumback

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33rd Skopje Jazz Festival Lineup

The Necks

Cover of The Necks

From the Skopje Jazz Festival.

16 October
Universal Hall, 20:00h
City Hall Center, 24:00h

17 October
Universal Hall, 20:00h
City Hall Center, 24:00h

18 October
Universal Hall, 20:00h
City Hall Center, 24:00h

19 October
MKC Kino Frosina, 13:00h
Macedonian Opera And Ballet, 20:00h

Wails to Whispers in Tokyo, Oct. 17


Cover of 灰野敬二

From the Red Bull Music Academy:


Friday Oct
Time: 7:30 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: SuperDeluxe
Address: 3-1-25 B1 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Price: WAILS: Advance 2500¥ (+ drink @ door) / WAILS+WHISPERS: Advance 3500¥ (20+)
Buy Tickets

WAILS: 20:00-24:00
Fushitusha, Violent Onsen Geisha, Masonna, Melt-Banana, MMMOOONNNOOO

WHISPERS: 24:00-05:00
Keiji Haino with Hurdy Gurdy, Robert Rich

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Claudia Quintet/Anna Webber (Thursday) Smartly detailed composition and orchestration will be the common denominator in this double bill, featuring a 7 p.m. set by Claudia Quintet, a longtime outlet of the percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck. At 8:15 p.m. Ms. Webber, a saxophonist and flutist, will celebrate the release of “Simple,” a deceptively named trio album featuring Mr. Hollenbeck and the pianist Matt Mitchell. At ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

Steve Coleman at the Stone (through Sept. 28, excluding Monday) Mr. Coleman — a formidable alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader, and a guru among the maverick class of jazz musicians — has embarked on a two-week residency at the Stone. This weekend he’s working strictly with Five Elements, his trademark band, featuring Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, David Bryant on piano, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Anthony Tidd on bass and Sean Rickman on drums. Next week he’ll augment the group with members of Talea Ensemble and percussionists from Cuba and Brazil. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street,; $15 or $20 per set. (Chinen)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Sept. 28) This annual hornucopia shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters, with an unrestrictive relationship to genre. Among the highlights in the coming week is a Saturday-night showcase for Riley Mulherkar, recipient of the festival’s new Laurie Frink Career Grant; he’ll play at 9 p.m. at Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village) with his own quartet and a brass ensemble called the Westerlies. On Sunday at 8:30 p.m., also at Cornelia Street, Igmar Thomas — who has received another festival honor, the Roy Campbell Jr. Commission — will perform with his group, preceding a 10 p.m. Campbell tribute featuring more than a dozen trumpeters, conducted by Lewis (Flip) Barnes and Dave Douglas. Both shows are $10, plus $10 minimum. And on Monday at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street, Lower East Side), starting at 7 p.m., Eric Biondo, Shane Endsley and Graham Haynes will each perform solo trumpet sets, with electronics; $15. For more information about the festival, visit (Chinen)

Darius Jones (Saturday and Sunday) Mr. Jones, an emotionally and stylistically intrepid alto saxophonist and composer, presents two related bodies of work this weekend. On Saturday he’ll preside over a performance of “The Oversoul Manual” by the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, a vocal ensemble. On Sunday he’ll play with the band Brigitte’s Baby — Matt Mitchell on piano, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Ches Smith on drums — as well as the vocalist Emilie Lesbros. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $25, or $20 for students. (Chinen)

Evan Parker (Thursday) Now 70, Mr. Parker has spent more than four decades in the British avant-garde, metabolizing the ideas of free jazz and perfecting his own strategies of sound, which skew atonal but often subversively lyrical. He performs a solo recital on soprano saxophone as part of the Interpretations series; sharing the bill is the duo of Earl Howard, on synthesizers and electronics, and J. D. Parran on flutes. (All three musicians are also due to play an improvisation on assorted woodwinds.) At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363,; $20, or $15 for members and students. (Chinen)

Jen Shyu (Saturday) Ms. Shyu, a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer of indomitable vision, performs in two settings during this concert, beginning at 9 p.m. with “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths,” a solo performance. At 11 p.m. she presents “Winged Rain in Diamond Light” with Jade Tongue, an ensemble featuring David Binney on alto saxophone, Mat Maneri on viola, Thomas Morgan on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 212-242-1063,; $22, or $12 for members. (Chinen)

Jesse Stacken and Kirk Knuffke/Ben Holmes and Patrick Farrell (Thursday) Two trumpet-keyboard duos appear on this concert, part of the Sound It Out series: first, at 8 p.m., the pairing of Mr. Stacken on piano and Mr. Knuffke on trumpet, drawing from their fourth duo album together, “Five.” Then at 9 p.m. Mr. Holmes, a versatile trumpeter, teams up with Mr. Farrell, on accordion. At Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $15, or $12 for students. (Chinen)

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, September 19

Fri 9/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Littlefield Concert Hall
Performed by Mills faculty musicians Gloria Justen, violin; Gianna Abondolo, cello; Daniel Lockert, piano; Sara Ganz, soprano; Belle Bulwinkle, piano; and Robert Schwartz, piano.

Fri 9/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

As part of his ambitious and expansive Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Connecticut-based composer and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum passes through the Bay Area (on wheels) for a concert of duets with acclaimed pianist Myra Melford. Bynum is one of the most energetic, prolific and community-minded artists of his generation, working closely as both an instrumentalist and arts organizer with veterans like Anthony Braxton and the late Bill Dixon, and touring the world with his ensembles featuring stellar improvising contemporaries such as Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and John Hebert. In this first-time duo meeting, Bynum and Melford will perform a mix of improvisations and compositions.

Fri 9/19 9:00 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents

Saturday, September 20
Sat 9/20 1:00 PM Lytton Plaza [Palo Alto]
Taylor Ho Bynum and Ben Goldberg

Sat 9/20 7:30 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak Street San Francisco, CA]
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) presents SFMusic Day. Live + Free to be held on September 20th and 21st 2014 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The event will highlight the vibrant and overlapping communities of local artists working in Early Music, Chamber Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Music.
7:30pm BELLA Piano Trio
8:00pm Frank Tusa Trio
8:30pm Telegraph Quartet
9:00pm Del Sol String Quartet
9:30pm Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian Duo

Sat 9/20 7:30 PM FAR LEAVES TEA [2626 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA]
Lisa Sangita Moskow, electric sarod
Guillermo Galindo, Moog guitar and electronics

Sunday, September 21

Sun 9/21 12:00 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music – Osher Salon [50 Oak Street San Francisco]
The Center for New Music offers a special “Field Report” as part of SFMusic Day, an annual marathon featuring approximately 40 different Bay Area music groups across genres. The set takes place at the SF Conservatory of Music, offering a pop-up showcase of highlights from the Center’s first 1.5 years as the new music hub of SF. The Field Report program features Rova Saxophone Quartet, Dohee Lee, Karl Evangelista’s Taglish, Bob Marsh, Mobius Trio, Common Ground with Luis Escareño and Anne Rainwater, a performance + installation by Chris Kallmyer, and a special video presentation.

Sun 9/21 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Bruce Ackley Trio and Quartet – The Forest and the Zoo: A Celebration of the Music of Steve Lacy

Sun 9/21 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
The UCLA Charles Mingus Ensemble performs interpretations of Mingus’ classic compositions and new works bridging jazz, classical, and world music.

Monday, September 22

Mon 9/22 5:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents an exclusive Bay Area screening of the award-winning documentary film I Live 4 Art, exploring the angst, thrills, purpose and methods of the creative process, with filmmakers and composer Mark Applebaum.

Mon 9/22 8:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Aram Shelton’s Sound Quartet (with Mark Clifford, Safa Shokrai, Britt Ciampa) plus the Ben Goldberg / Sheldon Brown / Vijay Anderson Trio

Tuesday, September 23
Tue 9/23 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Hear in Now
Mazz Swift: violin
Tomeka Reid: cello
Silvia Bolognesi: doublebass

Wednesday, September 24

Wed 9/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Hear in Now, the international improvising trio of Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid, New York violinist Mazz Swift and Italian bassist Sylvia Bolognesi, makes its Bay Area debut in a shared bill with Grass Valley reeds player Randy McKean’s inventive chamber jazz ensemble Bristle.

Wed 9/24 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
IMAGES – The music of Sun Ra (Sets at 8 and 9 pm) Dan Clucas – trumpet; Clifford Childers – trombone; David Boyce – tenor saxophone, effects; Phillip Greenlief – alto saxophone; Karl Evangelista – guitar; Dominique Leone – keyboard, piano; Jordan Glenn – drums

Wed 9/24 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Birgit Ulher (trumpet, radios, speaker, objects) and Tim Perkis(computer, electronics) practice a brand of atmospheric improvisation sometimes referred to as “minimal”…

Thursday, September 25

Thu 9/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8:00pm Conan the Barbiturate
André Custodio – percussion & electronics
Josh Martin – bass/pedalboard
Returns to battle once again!
with guests: Bill Mowery: Drums and decay
Rent Romus: Horns
9:00pm Holly Caust (Alee Karim: Guitar & The Norman Conquest: Electronics)

Thu 9/25 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!

Friday, September 26

Fri 9/26 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94720]
Master percussionist William Winant and his cohorts return to L@TE with a program of pioneering percussion music. Don’t miss this chance to hear Steve Reich’s groundbreaking, thunderous work Drumming (Parts One and Two), along with other works by Reich, Lou Harrison, Johanna Beyer, and James Tenney, in the reverberant volume of BAM/PFA.
Programmed by Sarah Cahill.

Fri 9/26 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!

Fri 9/26 9:45 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Jazz Guitar Improvisations w/ Nahum Zdybel Trio + Ross Hammond with Steve Adams

Lee Hyla Tribute Memorial Concerts: New York, Boston & Chicago

Several concerts have been organized in tribute to beloved composer Lee Hyla after his untimely passing this June. Also important to note that a Lee Hyla Music Foundation is being set up in response to much interest in contributing toward a scholarship fund and/or establishing a fellowship in Lee’s name at the MacDowell Colony. More details to come as this develops.

Saturday September 20, 2014 12PM-3PM
St Marks Church-In-the-Bowery
131 E 10th St.
New York, NY
Free admission

Thursday, September 25, 2014 8PM
New England Conservatory of Music-Jordan Hall

Free admission

Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:30PM
Lutkin Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL

Free admission

Composer Lee Hyla was a friend, mentor and inspiration to ICE. The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University honors Lee and his extraordinary music in this free memorial concert featuring many of the Chicago-based musicians and groups that he touched so deeply.

Featuring: Ryan Muncy and Thomas Snydacker, saxophone; Joshua Rubin, bass clarinet; Austin Wulliman, violin; Chris Wild, cello; Spektral Quartet; Nolan Pearson, piano

We Speak Etruscan
Basic Training
String Quartet No. 4

Aposition Festival in St. Petersburg

Arthur Brown

Cover of Arthur Brown

From The St. Petersburg Times:

Arthur Brown, Henry Kaiser and Dror Feiler will perform at the Aposition avant-garde music festival, which opens in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Held for the 10th time, Aposition will feature musicians from different music genres from across 10 different countries.

All concerts will be held at 7 p.m. at Manezh — Maly Zal, 103 Nab. Kanala Griboyedova. M: Sennaya Ploschad. Tel: 314 8248. Free tickets are available from

Aposition Avant-Garde Music
Festival 10

Thurs., Sept. 18
Ernesto Estrella, Debashish Bhattacharya, Famoudou Don Moye and Baba Sissoko

Fri., Sept. 19
Khorovod, Henry Kaiser, Novi Sad

Sat., Sept. 20
Peter Stampfel, Vlad Makarov,
Arthur Brown and Byzantine
Art Punk Ensemble

Sun., Sept. 21
Dror Feiler, Telesmatic Sound Box, Catherine Jauniaux Trio, APosition Orchestra