Sunn O))) Pick Their Bandcamp Favorites 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Over the course of Sunn O)))’s two-decade-long career, the group has managed to find a lot of space within space. Core members Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley have become infamous for their lumbering approach to modern classical, black metal, and noise—or to put it in layman’s terms, for stretching out every last, hulking riff for as long as possible.

But the duo’s latest record, Life Metal, is a bit of an outlier. Produced by noise rock icon Steve Albini, it finds Sunn O))) instilling their famously-foreboding dronescapes with more warmth and clarity. “You can hear every single amplifier if you focus on it,” O’Malley says. “There are a lot of other frequencies in the music that haven’t come across as clearly before, especially in the high frequencies. That gives a real vibrancy to the proceedings.”

Anderson and O’Malley are metal dudes first and foremost, though, as evidenced by the cvlt shout-outs scattered throughout the record. The first thing the listener hears is a sample of Bathory’s “Odens Ride Over Nordland,” the iconic intro to one of black metal’s genre-defining albums, Blood Fire Death (a ballsy first impression, to say the least). The title track also contains an Easter egg; it’s named for a diss ascribed to Swedish death metal legends Entombed when they signed with Columbia, which they discovered hanging out with ex-Entombed member Nicke Andersson.

Ahead of their latest, we asked Anderson and O’Malley to pick some of their favorite Bandcamp releases. Their selections prove emblematic of Sunn O)))’s dynamic: Anderson’s all about metal and punk, while O’Malley’s partial to experimental music. Here’s what they’ve been listening to lately.

Hawthonn, Cristián Alvear, James Saunders in Bristol, UK, May 29

Source: Bang the Bore.

HAWTHONN
CRISTIÁN ALVEAR
JAMES SAUNDERS’ ‘LOCATION COMPOSITE #3’ performed by BLUFF AGGREGATES

Café Kino, 108 Stoke’s Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
8pm, Wednesday 29th May 2019
£8.00 on the door or pay what you can

Bang the Bore’s 10th Anniversary concert revisits milestones from our ten-year history of concerts in Bristol, Leeds and Southampton.

Prior to commencing their Hawthonn project, Layla and Phil Legard played for Bang the Bore as the Xenis Emputae Travelling Band in Southampton in 2011, delivering a vowel singing performance inspired by the work of Peter Michael Hamel and Joscelyn Godwin. They subsequently contributed to an early version of Bang the Bore’s collaborative composition ‘Twelve Tapes’ in 2012, taking part in the first eight-hour durational performance at Bradford’s Gallery 2. For this anniversary show, the 2016 recording of ‘Twelve Tapes’ released by Bristolian satirical field recording label Every Contact Leaves a Trace will be played back between performances.

We featured a performance of James Saunders’ ‘Location Composite #1’ at Displacement Activity, our 2013 concert at Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery celebrating the work of Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt. For this performance of ‘Location Composite #3’, Bluff Aggregates will perform the work using only audio recordings of previous Bang the Bore concerts at Café Kino.

The last time Cristián Alvear played for us was at Café Kino in September 2015. Coincidentally, this was also the last time that Bang the Bore founders Seth Cooke, Clive Henry and Daniel Bennett played together on the same line-up.

Chicago Scene: April 20-27, 2019

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

Saturday, April 20th 2019

3:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Angela James with Charles Rumback, Jason Stein, Katherine Young — Record release
Spectralina

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Trio WAZ : Ed Wilkerson Jr, Tatsu Aoki, Michael Zerang

Monday, April 22nd 2019

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Anna Webber Solo
Anna Webber, Katherine Young

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($8) (wheelchair-accessible)
Caleb Willitz Ensemble, with Rami Atassi, Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Tatsu Aoki, Charles Rumback
The Eternals : Damon Locks, Wayne Montana, Nick Mazzarella, Areif Sless-Kitain

Thursday, April 25th 2019

8:00PM at the Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W Hubbard
John Coltrane : Ballads Volume 1
Greg Ward with Dennis Luxion, Joe Policastro, Someone Good

8:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Makaya McCraven
Resavoir : Will Miller with Akenya Seymour, Irvin Pierce, Lane Beckstrom, Peter Manheim, Jeremy Cunningham

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Chicago Plan
Ullman/Swell Quartet : Gebhard Ullmann, Steve Swell, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Friday, April 26th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Snaketime: The Music of Moondog
Dustin Laurenzi with Chad McCullough, Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein, Dave Miller, Matt Ulery, Quin Kirchner, Ryan Packard

Saturday, April 27th 2019

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP)
James Hoff

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The DMG FREE Music Series Continues Every Sunday at 6pm and Features:

Sunday, April 21st:
6pm: ARON NAMENWIRTH / DANIEL CARTER / ZACH SWANSON / JOE HERTENSTEIN –
Guitar / Horns / Bass / Drums
7pm: BENJAMIN SCOTT – Drums Reeds / K. HANK JOST – Bass Reeds

Sunday April 28th:
6pm: OMAR and EMILIO TAMEZ – Tribute to Paul Motian
7pm: BLAISE SIWULA / LUCIANO TROJA / GIANCARLO MAZZU

Sunday, May 5th:
6pm: STUART POPEJOY / CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Electric Bass & Alto Sax!
7pm: ZACH SWANSON / AYAKO KANDA / DALIUS NAUJO / ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE!
8pm: JESSE DULMAN TRIO: DAVE SEWELSON / LEONID GALAGANOV!

Sunday, May 12th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / SARAH BERNSTEIN / NICK JOZWIAK!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

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DMG/BLG Recommended Gigs of This Week:

ERIC’S HOUSE OF IMPROV PRESENTS
Saturday, April 20, 201
KEIR NEURINGER – Alto Sax
LOU GRASSI – Drums
SIMONE WEISSENFELS – Piano

MICHIKO REHEARSAL STUDIOS
PERFORMANCES START AT 8 PM | ADMISSION $20
149 W. 46TH STREET, 3RD FLOOR
B, D, F, M TRAINS TO 47TH-50TH STREETS / N, Q, W TRAINS TO 49TH STREET

Tuesday, APRIL 23, 2019
REMPIS / LOPEZ / PACKARD
DAVE REMPIS – Saxes
BRANDON LOPEZ – Bass
RYAN PACKARD – Drums

244 REHEARSAL STUDIOS
PERFORMANCES START AT 8 PM | ADMISSION $20
244 W. 54TH STREET, 10TH FLOOR
C, E TRAINS TO 50TH STREET / N, Q, R, Q TRAINS TO 57TH STREET

Sound American 21: The Change Issue

Sound American is very excited to announce a new step in our growth as one of the preeminent music journals in America. Beginning on May 6th, we’ll be releasing each issue in print form. Although we will continue to make each issue available for free online at www.soundamerican.org, we are taking a step to meet the long-standing demands of our readership to make each issue available in a physical, collectible form.

Designed by Mike Dyer of Remake Designs (designer of the recent Donald Judd: Writings publication), each issue is:
– Printed using offset lithography in a special Pantone color throughout (which will change each issue)
– Bound with the highest quality thread-sewn binding, using cold glue and Otabind™, so the book lies open and stays completely flat, and will last for a lifetime.
– Printed on Holmen paper, an excellent Swedish stock
– Printed by die Keure, one of the finest book printers in the world in a limited edition of 500

Sound American 21: The Change Issue will be released on May 6th online and in print.  The Change Issue is the first in a new editorial format and features words by or about Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Ornette Coleman, Nicole Kaack, Bradford Bailey, G. Lucas Crane, Jennie Gottschalk, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Margasak, Terry Riley, Kim Brandt, John Cage, Josh Sinton, Edgard Varése, Marc Hannaford, John Zorn, Matthew Mehlan, Million Tongues Festival, Alex Mincek, Lester St. Louis, and Steve Lehman.

San Francisco Scene: April 19-26, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, April 19

Fri 4/19 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Dax Pierson / Beast Nest / Marc Manning

Fri 4/19 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Darius James and Val Jeanty

Fri 4/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa Six + Erika Oba’s Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba’s Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba, piano/flute
Chris Bastian, bass
Eli Maliwan, tenor sax
Lisa Mezzacappa Six
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass and compositions
Jordan Glenn, drums

Fri 4/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Maia Ziaee – Senior Piano Recital – Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall

Fri 4/19 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Raffi Garabedian, Kenny Warren, Miles Wick, Jon Arkin

Saturday, April 20

Sat 4/20 4:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Join us on Saturday, April 20, 4:00-7:00PM for a special performance and discussion. Mutual Aid Project – Marshall Trammell (percussion), Tracy Hui (banjo and electronics), Nick Obando (alto saxophone and electronics) – will be joined by solidarity economists, restorative justice and labor activists, and the general public to listen, translate and broaden practical applications of What Does A Harm Free Zone Sound Like? Part II in everyday practices.

Sat 4/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sacramento – based pianist Sakurako Kanemitsu performs a program of 20th century and contemporary works. Works by Henri Dutilleux, Dai Fujikura, Philip Glass, Lei Liang, Arvo Pärt, and Ryan Suleiman.

Sat 4/20 8:00 PM CounterPulse [80 Turk Street San Francisco, CA 94102]
Ever in thrall of the brilliant music of the late pianist Cecil Taylor, Rova Saxophone Quartet, along with eight other intrepid comrades in sound exploration, will present an homage to the iconoclastic innovator. After the success of our collaborative 2018 concert, Air: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor, Rova was inspired to plan an evening featuring a reworking of Mr. Taylor’s album-length masterwork, Dark to Themselves, along with an opening set of Taylor-related performances by other players in the community.

Sunday, April 21

Sun 4/21 5:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Marshall Trammell leads a workshop involving score-making and performing.
“La Coyuntura & Insurgent Learning: Practical Pedagogies for Improvisation in Everyday Life”

Sun 4/21 5:00 PM Sweetwater Music Hall [19 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley, CA]
A Love Supreme Acoustically Electric

Sun 4/21 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Slow & Steady Records Present: Naomi Moon Siegel, Richard Sears, Jensen Engineering

Sun 4/21 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Monday, April 22

Mon 4/22 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Department 5000 MacArthur Blvd]
Gustavo Matamoros – Lecture: “Comparing Notes: On How I Became a Composer Outside of the University”

Mon 4/22 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out II
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Rent Romus’s Life’s Blood (modern/avant-garde)
(Rent Romus – Alto Saxophone/Compositions, Timothy Orr – Drums, Safa Shokrai – Bass, Max Judelson – Bass, Heikki Koskinen – E Trumpet/Recorder, Mark Clifford – Vibraphone, Joshua Marshall – Tenor Saxophone, gabby fluke-mogul – violin)
Set #2: Disappear Incompletely (modern jazz treatments of Radiohead)
(Rob Ewing – Trombone/Arrangements, Patrick Cress – Baritone Saxophone, Raffi Garabedian – Tenor Saxophone, Ryan Pate – Guitar, Steve Blum – Keyboards, Joe Bagale – Bass, Jaime Moore – Drums)
Set #3: Dillon Vado’s Never Weather (modern jazz)
(DIllon Vado – Drums/Compositions, Aaron Wolf – Saxophone, Josh Reed – Trumpet, Justin Rock – Guitar, Tyler Harlow – Bass)

Mon 4/22 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Bankshot + Yuppie Liberation Front

Tuesday, April 23

Tue 4/23 5:30 PM Anderson Collection at Stanford University [314 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305]
“ANDERSON x CCRMA: Sound Happenings” is a show bridging the auditory and visual worlds of the arts through installations and performances by members of the Stanford Music community, including the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The event takes place in the galleries of the Anderson Collection, and will feature 8-channel sound installations, generative video works, and performances by composers in the Stanford DMA program, to name a few. This magical transformation of the museum will inspire dialogue regarding fixed versus ephemeral art forms, artistic research versus artistic practice, and the connections between science, technology, and art.

Tue 4/23 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Arab.AMP presents Magda Mayas
Arab.AMP is delighted to present solo evening of work by Magda Mayas, a pianist living in Berlin. Over the past 20 years, she developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using amplification, preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. She explores textural, linear sound collage, and has developed a set of techniques that draw on the history of prepared and inside piano vocabulary, but are highly individualized and expand the language for internal piano music making.

Tue 4/23 7:00 PM Audium Theater [1616 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94109]
Audium: Sound and Space Workshop
What is a sound sculpture? How does one compose music for space?
Our second-ever workshop on composing for sound and space. If you didn’t make it last time, now is your chance… Learn how to think beyond one’s eyes and ears- to the entire space- when planning sound installations. Meet the composers behind Audium, hear a BRAND-NEW demonstration performance of the space, and explore the art of sound movement.

Wednesday, April 24

Wed 4/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Other Minds’ Latitudes series continues with a rare triple billing: Paul Metzger, a bonafide American folk outsider, performs his entrancing hymnprovisations for modified 23 string banjo. Minneapolis’ mercurial mystery man John Saint Pelvyn makes an ultra-rare Bay Area appearance performing on solo electric guitar—barely harnessed feedback, f-hole howling, mid-jam retunings and whammy bar abuse all-included. Voicehandler rounds out the bill with a set of unnerving glossolalia, electronic sputter and spuming percussion.

Thursday, April 25

Thu 4/25 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Dafna Naphtali and Hans Tammen present two individual performances: “Audio Chandelier” (Naphtali) and “Endangered Guitar” (Tammen).

Thu 4/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Atchley/Heglin duo
Kattt Atchley, Ron Heglin – voice
9:00 pm Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer – voice (Norway)

Friday, April 26

Fri 4/26 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Level III of the San Francisco Girls Chorus School and SFGC’s Soloist Intensive will perform a varied program of choral music, art songs, opera, and musical theater scenes. Composers include Leonard Bernstein, Eleanor Daley, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, and more. There will be music in English, Latin, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Hebrew, and both groups of young artists will come together for some vibrant ensembles.

Fri 4/26 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Galax Quartet: Music from 1607 to 2007
New Music performed by an “Early” String Quartet. Early music performed with the élan of new music. The Galax Quartet plays music from 1607 to 2007.

Fri 4/26 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
NAYTRONIX
Nate Brenner’s avant-electro-pop super band featuring Hamir Atwal!
and visiting from Portland:
MIKE GAMBLE TRIO
MIke Gamble, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Tim Bulkley, drums

Fri 4/26 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Meráki Quartet