Remembering Bernard Stollman: 10 Essential ESP-Disk Albums


From Stereogum:

Bernard Stollman died this week at 85. Unknown to most but a legend to many, he was one of the most important non-musicians in the history of the 1960s jazz avant-garde. Stollman, a lawyer, founded the ESP-Disk label in 1964, initially so he could release Ni Kantu En Esperanto, an album of songs and poetry in Esperanto (a language invented in the 1880s and intended to transcend national boundaries and thus foster international peace and understanding). The imprint’s second release, though, turned out to be one of the landmark jazz albums of all time — saxophonist Albert Ayler’s Spiritual Unity. Scorching and raw, this trio session can still take the top of your skull off.

Rova Saxophone Quartet Profiled

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

The Rova Saxophone Quartet came together in 1977 and performed its debut concert in February 1978 at a music festival at Mills College in Oakland, California. The group’s lineup — Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, and Steve Adams — has been the same since 1988, when Adams replaced Andrew Voight. Rova’s emphasis over the years has been on composition, mostly from its members but also from a distinguished list of composers who have written new-music works, including free-jazz pieces, for the quartet. Rova has made a place for itself at a point where those two categories overlap, making it at once adventurous and experimental.

DMG Newsletter April 24th, 2015

From DMG:

John Zorn’s Song Project Live! David Rosenboom! Secret Keeper: Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson! New Nu Band: Heberer/Whitecage/Fonda/Grassi! Erik Friedlander Solo! Charles Evans/Dave Liebman Qt! Guillermo Klein/Chick Corea/Don Byron! Antonio Sanchez’ 3 Trios!

Heiner Goebbels & Frank Zappa! Gong 2000 CD/DVD! Tristan Murail! Morton Feldman! Asmus Tietchens! Joe Harriott Quintet! William Burroughs Rarity! Pierre Henry Box-Set! Flying Burrito Brothers! Emmylou Harris! Joni Mitchell! Johnny Winter and Even More!


The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday April 26th Double-Header: 6pm: ROB PRICE – Solo Guitar & Video Projection!

DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY 24th Anniversary/Celebration/Benefits – 6 Events:

Event 1:
This Monday, April 27th at Clemente Soto Velez:
This Event is part of the Arts for Art Evolving Pop-Up Series at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center – Abrazo Interno Gallery 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey) F train to Delancey

DMG 24th Anniversary/Celebration – 4 Day In-Store Fest! Events 2 – 5!
Event 2: Saturday, May 2nd at 6:30: WILLIAM PARKER & TONY MALABY + William Parker Book Signing!
Event 3: Sunday, May 3rd at 6:30: JOE McPHEE – Solo!
Event 4: Monday, May 4th at 6:30: NATE WOOLEY – Solo Trumpet!
Event 5: Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30: AVA MENDOZA’S UNNATURAL WAYS With TIM DAHL & MAX JAFFE!
Donations are Requested!

Event 6: Monday, May 11th at The Stone –
DMG 24 Anniversary/Celebration/Benefit – Double Bill:
10pm: MATTHEW SHIPP & MICHAEL BISIO – The Gospel According to..!
$20 per set – All proceeds go to helping DMG stay alive!

San Francisco Scene: April 17-24, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, April 24

Fri 4/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Songs for the Ancestors: Poetry & Music in Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide
Jewlia Eisenberg‘s Charming Hostess has been a groundbreaking mainstay of the avant-ethnic music scene for over two decades. The group is known to feature “voices and vocal percussion, handclaps and heartbeats, sex-breath and silence.”
They’ll be followed by the Bay Area’s own Kugelplex, who specialize in their own original brand of Klezmer, East European, Mid East, and Modern Chamber music. In honor of the April 24th Armenian Martyrs Day, they have teamed up with the spoken word of James Baloian for a brand new collaboration

Fri 4/24 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
4 Acts, 4 Poets
Pitta of the Mind: Amanda Chaudhary & Maw Shein Win
YoyoMama: Bab Marsh & Sandra Yolles
Tom Nunn & Dean Santomieri w/ Butoh Dancer Ronie Baker
Brother’s Quarrel: David Samas & Ian Saxton Featuring Tom Clark

Fri 4/24 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Zeena Parkins / Wobbly / Jordan Glenn TRIO with Crystal Pascucci SOLO

Saturday, April 25

Sat 4/25 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Moe! Staiano Duo, + others TBA

Sunday, April 26

Sun 4/26 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708]
Eli Wallace at the Maybeck, solo piano
For this concert he will be going back and forth between new compositions, older established repertoire, and will weave these pre-conceived ideas together via spontaneous improvisations.

Sun 4/26 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 Song & Dance Trio
Cory Wright, Jordan Glenn, Karl Evangelista, Myles Boisen
8:30 Mooncake
Motoko Honda, Biggi Vinkeloe

Wednesday, April 29

Wed 4/29 8:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Avant Pop: a special evening of cutting-edge, Bay Area-bred exploratory song.
Featuring: Grex (art rock/psych rock/free jazz) (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vox, Rei Scampavia-keys/vox, Robert Lopez-drums)
Jack O’ the Clock (folk/prog) (Damon Waitkus/Emily Packard/Kate McLoughlin/Jason Hoopes/Jordan Glenn)
The Dirty Snacks Ensemble (Chamber jazz) (Mark Clifford-vibes, Aram Shelton-reeds, Geneva Harrison-drums, Scott Brown-bass, Kristina Dutton-violin, Marty McGinn-piano)

Wed 4/29 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble presents a concert featuring premiere performances of “moremelodies II” by Makiko Nishikaze and new works by Mills composers, all composed for the ensemble.

Thursday, April 30

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Joshua Marshall – tenor saxphone
9pm Florent Colautti solo electronics (France)
a home-built string instrument with electromagnetic bows (e-bow) piloted by the computer

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend
The Complete String Quartets of JOHN ZORN featuring JACK and Tony Arnold (4/30/15).

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford – walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Karen Stackpole & Drew Webster: Machine Shop & Electric Shaman – An evening of total sonic immersion with Machine Shop: Live Amplified Gong Experience and The Electric Shaman Psychoacoustic Sound Immersion Experience. Machine Shop is Karen Stackpole and Drew Webster coaxing harmonics from large gongs while herding transduced vibrations through analog effects and mixing it all together to bring the listener into the a transcendent world of layered sound. The Electric Shaman is Kyle Bouchard, an audio engineer and musician from the Pacific Northwest and a member of Portland’s Creative Music Guild. Bouchard is trained in psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, sound synthesis, composition, and performance.

Friday, May 1

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8:00 PM Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band
structured and conducted improvisations for large ensemble.

9:00 PM Cornelious Cardew Choir
14th anniversary concert with works by Takuji Kawai, Bob Marsh, Pauline Oliveros, Rae Diamond and David Samas.

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Amy X Neuburg was commissioned by the Cultural Department of Cologne, Germany, to create and perform a new interpretation of Jerry Hunt’s “Song Drapes,” originally a collaboration between Jerry and the performance artist Karen Finley. In homage to the intense and slightly disturbing nature of the original, and to the frantic occult-based compositions of Jerry Hunt (and his tragic end by suicide), Amy’s version is a one-hour song-and-rant cycle about aging, death, and suicide (but also kitties and flowers and rainbows). Jerry’s wild electronic textures serve as a backdrop to Amy’s lyrics, wide ranging vocalisms, electronic percussion, and choreography. One hour before the concert at 7:00 PM, excerpts of films by and about Jerry will offer some context and insight into his work and life.
(Premiered March 21, 2015, in Cologne, Germany; produced and funded by reiheM / Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.)

Doek Festival 2015 with Anthony Braxton

from Doek Festival 2015:

Doek meets Tri-Centric: Improvisation & Composition
June 2-7, 2015
Bimhuis, Zaal 100 and other Amsterdam venues

From June 2 to June 7 in Amsterdam, the DOEK collective and Anthony Braxton‘s Tri-Centric, two musician-run organizations which champion adventurous trans-idiomatic music, will join forces for the first time to produce a festival of six continuous days of performances, gathering musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. The festival will celebrate the June milestone birthdays of two masters, Anthony Braxton (turning 70 on June 4th) and Misha Mengelberg (80 on June 5th), but also celebrate the next generation of creative artists, with premiere compositions by many members of the two organizations including Eric Boeren, Taylor Ho Bynum, Kaja Draksler, James Fei, Ingrid Laubrock, Michael Moore and Carl Testa. Over the first five days of the festival, at Zaal 100 and the Bimhuis, twenty musicians (ten from each organization) will form a community of artists that will perform in shifting configurations each evening – exploring the evolving borders of composition, improvisation, and intuition.

Core Tri-Centric performers
Anthony Braxton: alto, sopranino, and soprano saxophones
Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet
Vincent Chancey: French horn
James Fei: alto and sopranino saxophones, clarinet, electronics
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Ingrid Laubrock: tenor and soprano saxophones
Tomeka Reid: cello
Brandon Seabrook: guitar, banjo
Carl Testa: double bass, electronics
Nate Wooley: trumpet

Core DOEK performers
Eric Boeren: cornet
Wilbert de Joode: double bass
John Dikeman: tenor sax, baritone sax
Kaja Draksler: piano
Onno Govaert: drums
Oscar Jan Hoogland: piano, electric clavichord
Michael Moore: alto sax, clarinet
Mary Oliver: violin, viola
Michael Vatcher: drums
Wolter Wierbos: trombone

Additional artists (June 7 only)
Yedo Gibson: reeds
Ab Baars: alto sax, clarinet, shakuhachi
Mikael Szafirowski: guitar
Gerri Jäger: drums
(plus more bike tour performers tba)

Full schedule – Doek Festival 2015

June 2: Zaal 100 and Central OBA (Central Public Library)
Tickets concert: €10
Open rehearsals: free entry
Tickets Anthony Braxton talk: €10
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
12:00 – 13:30 open rehearsal at Zaal 100
14:30 – 16:00 open rehearsal at Zaal 100
16:00 Talk by Anthony Braxton at Centrale OBA (Central Public Library)
18:00 – 20:00 Indonesian vegetarian dinner for musicians and public at Zaal 100
20:30 Concert; discussions and interviews led by Kevin Whitehead at Zaal 100

June 3: Zaal 100
Tickets concert: €10
Open rehearsals: free entry
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
12:00 – 13:30 open rehearsal
14:30 – 16:00 open rehearsal
18:00 – 20:00 Organic vegetarian dinner for musicians and public
20:30 Concert; discussions and interviews led by Kevin Whitehead

June 4: Bimhuis
Anthony Braxton birthday concert
Tickets: €25
20:30 Tri-Centric 10tet; Braxton piece for all 20 musicians
Concert preceded by talk on Anthony Braxton’s music by Taylor Ho Bynum

June 5: Bimhuis
Tickets: €20
20:30 various size ensembles playing improvisations as well as premiere compositions by Eric Boeren, Kaja Draksler, Taylor Ho Bynum & Carl Testa.
Concert will be interspersed with interviews of musicians by Kevin Whitehead.

June 6: Bimhuis
Misha Mengelberg birthday concert
Tickets: €20
20:30 various size ensembles playing improvisations, interpretations of Misha Mengelberg pieces and premiere compositions from Michael Moore, James Fei & Ingrid Laubrock

June 7: Pianola Museum/Torpedo Theater/Het Perron
Amsterdam Real Book Bicycle Tour
Tickets: €5 per concert, €15 for tour. Limit of 80 places
14:00 – 17:00 Amsterdam Real Book Bicycle Tour – line-ups to be confirmed.
The Amsterdam Real Book bicycle tour will happen at 4 very small theaters in Amsterdam during the afternoon. It will be very intimate with a mini theatre piece and a solo performance of a Mengelberg composition in each venue. Venue information listed here:

June 7: Zaal 100
Closing party
Free entry
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
18:00 – 20:00 Indonesian dinner
20:30 Yedo Gibson trio featuring Ab Baars – radical interpretations of Misha Mengelberg compositions
21:30 – late Doek and Tri-Centric DJ’s.

Newsbits: Gary Rouzer / Avant Music in Melbourne / Lee Hyla and Mathew Rosenblum / Eighth Blackbird / Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal backstage in Old Fruitmarket at Gl...

Ahmad Jamal 

Gary Rouzer discusses his new release on Eh? Records in the online journal Bourgeon.

Melbourne, Australia’s Avantwhatever will feature Ur 1st Luv, Ben Byrne, and Samuel Bruce on Sunday April 26 2-6pm at 1 Holbeach Avenue Tempe.

The music of Lee Hyla and Mathew Rosenblum will be performed Monday, May 18, 2015, 8:00 PM at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.

An Eighth Blackbird show tonight in Chicago is previewed.

Ahmad Jamal is interviewed.