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...

Source: Soundstreams.

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

We Need No Swords Reviews

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Ayn Sof
Kokum: Impressions of Environment
Mike Adcock: Accord
Ashtray Navigations: Ashtray Navigations presents The Mechanical Abrasions Of (volume 1)
The Blunder of a Horse: Zoantrophi
Ute Kanngiesser: Geäder

San Francisco Scene: February 12-19, 2016

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English: Fred Frith performing at Mills Colleg...

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
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
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.

Dusted Reviews

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Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus — The Distance (ECM)
Icepick — Amaranth (Astral Spirits)
Brian Groder Trio – R Train on the D Line (Latham)
Apartment House — Joseph Kurdika Beauty and Industry (Another Timbre)
Ches Smith – The Bell (ECM)

Music and More Reviews

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Empirical – Connection (Cuneiform, 2016)
Charles Gayle/William Parker/Hamid Drake – Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt, 2015)
Rich Halley 4 – Eleven (Pine Eagle, 2015)
Naima – Bye (Cuneiform, 2016)

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.”