Chicago Scene: May 26 – June 2, 2018

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

Saturday, May 26th 2018

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio with Jim Baker, Davi Priest

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore, with Mike Pride, Jason Roebke — Album release

Tuesday, May 29th 2018

Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Artie Black, Dustin Laurenzi, Mike Harmon
9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)

Thursday, May 31st 2018

7:30PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Donation)
Dave Rempis, Russ Johnson

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
NH, Tim Daisy
Matt Piet Trio, with Charlie Kirchen, Julian Kirshner

Friday, June 1st 2018

7:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100
Markus Stockhausen, Kahil El’Zabar, Florian Weber, with Stephen Burns and Fulcrum Point

Saturday, June 2nd 2018

3:00PM at the May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N Ravenswood
Whenever the Breeze
Olivia Block, Julia Holter, with Tim Daisy

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Stereogum’s Month In Jazz – May 2018 

Source: Stereogum.

Anthony Braxton records such an astonishing amount of music in such a broad range of contexts that it seems weird to think of him as having a “band” in the conventional sense. But he has worked with certain small, cohesive units for years at a time, and one of the most notable such groups was his quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway. They first came together in 1985, and released several live albums from a UK tour that was also documented in Graham Lock’s book Forces In Motion, which is essential to understanding both Braxton’s music and his personality.

JazzTimes Reviews

Source: JazzTimes.

Live Review: Dave Burrell Night in Brooklyn

Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London (Intakt)

Bobby Previte: Rhapsody (RareNoise)

The Nels Cline 4: Currents, Constellations (Blue Note)

Jamie Saft: Solo a Genova (RareNoise)

Gordon Grdina Quartet: Inroads (Songlines)

Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House)

Roswell Rudd/Fay Victor/Lafayette Harris/Ken Filiano: Embrace (RareNoise)

Marshall Allen Interview

Source: The Australian.

Here’s the thing, Marshall Allen: those four guys in the Rolling Stones, who are forever being asked those tiresome questions? The youngest member, Ronnie Wood, is 70 — which means that all four of them are at least two decades younger than you.

Yet you’re still touring the world, as band leader of the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra, the avant-garde free jazz ensemble founded in the mid-1950s by a man by the name of Sun Ra. You’ve been leading that ensemble since 1995, following his death.

Nashville’s DIY Electronic and Experimental Scene 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

That ingrained musical DNA allows Nashville’s experimental artists to excel. Take R. Stevie Moore, the godfather of home recording—Moore’s father, Bob Loyce Moore, was a studio musician and member of the Nashville A-Team. Though Moore has been actively making music since the ’60s, these days, the 66-year-old spends more time maintaining his impressive back catalog, while also dealing with his declining health. But as he’s gotten older, his musical interests have changed. In his home outside Nashville, Moore explains, “All I’m really into anymore is noise, industrial, lo-fi stuff. Merzbow—I didn’t really care much for it back in the day, but I’ve got tapes from the early ‘70s just like that. Feedback and loops.”

San Francisco Scene: May 25 – June 1, 2018

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, May 25

Fri 5/25 9:30 AM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Ebbing Sounds Symposium
Gray Area is thrilled to host Ebbing Sounds Symposium, an interdisciplinary symposium accompanied by concerts investigating new ways of music production, music listening and music critique.

Fri 5/25 6:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94704]
Alam and Manik Khan play sarode duets with tabla drummer Nilan Chaudhuri.

Fri 5/25 7:00 PM Cafe Claude [7 Claude Lane San Francisco]
Vijay Anderson Quartet

Fri 5/25 7:30 PM First Unitarian Universalist Chapel [1157 Franklin St San Francisco CA]
guitarists Giacomo Fiore and Paul Kogut (NY) will present an evening of improvised ruminations in solo and duo settings.

Fri 5/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Friction Quartet + Danny Clay + Pascal Le Boeuf: CounterPaint Video Release

Fri 5/25 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
David Slusser: Stray Horns Play Sun Ra

Fri 5/25 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Larry Ochs – Donald Robinson Duo

Saturday, May 26

Sat 5/26 8:00 PM Problem Library [1288 15th Ave, San Francisco, California 94122]
Foreign Drama is an event series of female electronic musicians from strong influence of cultures outside of America. Viewfinder and RVC will be performing experimental live sets.

Sat 5/26 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Ebbing Sounds Symposium
Gray Area is thrilled to host Ebbing Sounds Symposium, an interdisciplinary symposium accompanied by concerts investigating new ways of music production, music listening and music critique.

Sunday, May 27

Sun 5/27 1:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Pianist Sarah Cahill performs a solo concert including works by composers Lou Harrison and Ruth Crawford.

Sun 5/27 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Pascal’s Triangle: No-Boundaries, Modern Jazz Piano Trio
Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf presents a collection of new and classic original works with an “advanced-propulsion rhythm team” (New York Times) comprised of Bay Area heroes Giulio Xavier Cetto on bass and Malachi Whitson on drums.

Sun 5/27 8:00 PM Amnesia [853 Valencia St SanFrancisco, CA 94110]
Oakland based indie/post jazz band The Dirty Snacks Ensemble will share a bill with Maria Neckam and Loosh, on tour from Brooklyn.

Tuesday, May 29

Tue 5/29 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Cities
Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends perform six small-ensemble pieces written by living composers from San Francisco, Hamburg, and Shanghai.

Thursday, May 31

Thu 5/31 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Helen Newby presents some of her recent works for cello and electronics.

Friday, June 1

Fri 6/01 7:00 PM Kala Art Institute [Kala Art Gallery 2990 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702]
“Rapoport Remembered,” is the brainchild of violin/vocals duo Hae Voces (Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery).

Fri 6/01 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Hannah Addario-Berry, Jeff Anderle & Kate Campbell

Fri 6/01 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Friday 6/1 and Saturday 6/2

AMN Picks of the Week: Maryam Sirvan / Nhung Nguyen / Bella / Uuskyla, Øgrim, & Berg / Oiseaux-Tempête

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Maryam Sirvan – Untamed Terror (2018)
Nhung Nguyen (Sound Awakener) – Oblivion (2018)
Bella – UN (2018)
Peeter Uuskyla / Tellef Øgrim / Anders Berg – Oslo Hærverk (2018)
Oiseaux-Tempête – AL-‘AN! (2017)