15 Questions with Daniel Barbiero 

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Source: 15 questions interviews AMN contributor Daniel Barbiero.

When did you start composing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?

It seems like I’ve been composing ever since I’ve been conscious of music as something one could compose—as opposed to something that was just out there, in the air–whether or not I actually knew what I was doing. The urge to experiment with creating objects out of sound has always been very strong, and predates my having the conceptual vocabulary to be able to articulate that thought. And it’s proceeded along two parallel lines. The first is purely pragmatic—the need to have material that can be used for performance, generally as launching points for improvisation. The second is more concerned with exploring specific problems or concepts—a kind of counterfactual, or “what if?” approach to organizing sound. This latter approach grows directly out of my very earliest fascination with composition. It’s never left me, really.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

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Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

FRI 22 JULY 2016
CHAOS COLLECTIVE PRESENTS….
Presented by team Chaos Collective – a night of improvised and original music featuring some UK’s most exciting improvisers 8:30 – Corrie Dick – Solo drums Drummer Corrie Dick has been developing…

THU 28 JULY 2016
DUNMALL/ MUSSON/ SANDERS/ STEPHENS/ THOMAS
Masters of improvisation and jazz.
Paul Dunmall – saxes
Rachel Musson – saxes
Pat Thomas – piano
Nick Stephens – bass
Mark Sanders – drums

SUN 31 JULY 2016
JOHN ESCREET AND EVAN PARKER – UK PREMIERE
It’s a pleasure to welcome John Escreet, one of the great young pianists in New York (and one of our leading ‘exports’), performing in duo with Evan Parker.

A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed

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Lou Reed. Schinitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR

Source: Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

11:00 am–4:00 pm
Alice Tully Hall Morgan Stanley Lobby
Lou Reed DRONES
(An immersive sound installation created from six of Lou Reed’s guitars and amps in a feedback loop.)

11:30 am
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Rock & Roll
House band with Don Fleming, Sal Maida, Kenny Margolis, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and Matt Sweeney
Guest singers: Joan As Police Woman, David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, Kembra Pfahler, Felice Rosser, Harper Simon, Jon Spencer, Bush Tetras, JG Thirlwell, and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Film Society’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street
12:00 pm Red Shirley
1:30 pm A Night with Lou Reed
3:00 pm Red Shirley
4:00 pm Rock and Roll Heart
5:30 pm A Night with Lou Reed

Selections of Lou Reed recordings from Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection (Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment)

A Night with Lou Reed is presented courtesy of Lightyear Entertainment.

2:00 pm
Hearst Plaza
Tai chi chuan and weapon demonstrations by Master Ren GuangYi
Eagle claw weapons demonstration by Masters Emmanuel Sam and Paul Lee

3:00 pm
Hearst Plaza
Pass Thru Fire: Lyrics of Lou Reed
Readings by Elizabeth Ashley, Steve Buscemi, Anne Carson, Kim Cattrall, Willem Dafoe, A.M. Homes, Natasha Lyonne, Julian Schnabel, Fisher Stevens, and Anne Waldman

7:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Lou Reed’s Love Songs
featuring Laurie Anderson, Anohni, Emily Haines, Garland Jeffreys, David Johansen, Mark Kozelek, Bill Laswell, John Cameron Mitchell, Maxim Moston, Jenni Muldaur, Jane Scarpantoni, Victoria Williams, Jim White, John Zorn, and more

10:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Lou Reed’s Berlin
(Film screening with headphones)

San Francisco Scene: July 22-29, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, July 22

Fri 7/22 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Scott Amendola Trio: Original Music & Sonic Soundscapes
Featuring:
Karl Evangelista – guitar
Jason Hoopes – electric bass
Scott Amendola – drums/electronics

Fri 7/22 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Live Cinema at Berkeley Arts! Thingamajigs Performance Group + viDEO sAVant
Thingamajigs Performance Group
Dylan Bolles (wurlitzer) – Keith Evans (images) – Suki O’Kane (percussion) – Edward Schocker (guitar)
viDEO sAVant
Charles Woodman (video) – Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) – Jason Levis (drums) – Noah Phillips (guitar) – John Finkbeiner (guitar) – Tim Perkis (electronics)

Fri 7/22 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Economimesis: Drummer’s Secret Handshake #3
“Drummer’s Secret Handshake is the newest iteration of Decolonizing the Imagination: Arts Practicum from Music Research Strategies chief investigator Marshall Trammelll. This performance features Bay Area percussionists Nava Dunkelman, Robert Lopez, Jordan Glenn & Marshall Trammell in a in a combination of individual solos, a simultaneous multi-solo and as a quartet. ”

Saturday, July 23

Sat 7/23 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue (cross street Noriega) San Francisco, CA 94122]
Join Ari Micich in an evening of virtuoso music for solo trumpet and piano. This unique program features Benjamin Britten’s brass fanfare Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, Tomaso Albinoni’s Concerto in B-flat for trumpet, Maurice Ravel’s Pièce en forme de Habanera, and much more.

Sat 7/23 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Continuing its series of experimental collaborations between Bay Area sound and projection artists, Gray Area’s UNSEEN series presents works by plunderphonic legend Wobbly and codemiester Bill Thibault and multichannel expanded cinema with live score by Kerry Laitala and Cyrus Tabar.

Sat 7/23 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Gambits
Steve Adams – Baritone Saxophone
Alisa Rose – Violin
Theo Padouvas – Cornet
Vijay Anderson – Drums
Jang, Wong, Trammell
Jon Jang – Piano
Francis Wong – Saxophones
Marshall Trammell – Drums

Sat 7/23 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents Kurva Choir + Blockrad

Sunday, July 24

Sun 7/24 2:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Community Improvisation Workshop with Brandon Evans
All Ages, Instruments Welcome
Saxophonist, composer and improviser Brandon Evans who has worked with with Anthony Braxton, Sonny Simmons, Taylor Ho Bynum, and many others will present an open public workshop in music improvisation. He will explain in depth the structural functions and possibilities inherent in his own music notation system called ‘Ellipsis & Elliptical Axis Systems.’ Far from academic, this is a family-friendly, all-ages community hands-on workshop which seeks to foster new creative approaches to the documentation of musical ideas and their realization as living music. Anyone attending the workshop will receive a free download of the entire catalog of the recorded music of Brandon Evans.

Sun 7/24 4:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita (off University Ave.) Berkeley, CA]
NOW AND THEN
Experience Classical Indian Music and some of its Bay Area Offshoots with
Sangita Moskow, Sarod and Thomas Niggli, Sitar

Sun 7/24 7:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Touch the Gear Expo
Outsound’s original public event Touch the Gear is a hands-on, family-friendly exposition open to the public. During the evening attendees get to roam among 25-30 musicians and experience sound producing gear, computers, instruments and inventors with their various different configurations of “gear”–everything from oscillators and electronics, to planks of wood with strings attached. All attendees get to ask questions, make sound and experience how the instruments work, in an environment that demystifies technology while inspiring creativity.
Expo Exhibitors:
Andrew of Chopstick, Christine Richers , CJ Borosque, David Michalak, David Samas, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Jorge Bachmann, Lx Rudis, Matt Davignon, Peter Whitehead, Scott Looney, Shanna Sordahl, Sheila Bosco, Tom Nunn, R. Duck, Tom Djll

Monday, July 25

Mon 7/25 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Sonny Simmons A film documentary by Brandon Evans
A film on the life of the great American Master Sonny Simmons, born August,1933. Featuring extended interviews with Simmons himself, Anthony Braxton, & Juni Booth, plus great rare footage of Sonny Simmons playing alto saxophone and english horn in studio sessions and private rehearsals. Directed by Brandon Evans. Originally released in 2003.

Mon 7/25 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents Dan Thorpe and Christine Richers

Tuesday, July 26

Tue 7/26 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Artist Q&A 7:30 pm Concert 8:15 pm
Brett Carson’s Mysterious Descent featuring David Katz – voice, percussion, Brett Carson – piano, voice, percussion, compositions Mia Bella D’Augelli – violin, voice, percussion, Nava Dunkelman – percussion, voice
Dan Plonsey: “On His Shoulders Stands No One”featuring Steve Adams, Sheldon Brown, Dan Plonsey – saxophones, Lynn Murdock – keyboards, Masha Albrecht – violin, Steve Lew – bass, Jenya Chernoff, Suki O’Kane – percussion

Tue 7/26 9:00 PM Crate Oakland [420 14th Street. Oakland, CA]
RATSKIN RECORDS Presents
CHICHARRA (ALBQ)
https://www.facebook.com/chicharraNM/
(Femme fronted triple bass player threat / doom death heavy / Gatas Y Vatas / Death Convention Singers
RAGANA
https://ragana.bandcamp.com/
(Oakland black metal / punk / one of the heaviest in the Bay Area )
EARTHBOUND
(Oakland teleportation / Performance art / noise / experimental rituals / newest best band bay has to offer)
PANDER (Industrial / soul / dance project of Zander Brown / earth dance mafia / beast nest / black spirituals frequent collaborator
CJ BOYD (Perpetual touring machine / ambient soundscapes )

Wednesday, July 27

Wed 7/27 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Artist Q&A 7:30 pm Concert 8:15 pm
Music exploring the fields of energy in music:
Golia/Mezzacappa/Anderson featuring Vinny Golia, Lisa Mezzacappa, Vijay Anderson
Thomas Carnacki featuring Sheila Bosco, Gregory Hagan, James Kaiser, Cheryl E. Leonard, Gregory Scharpen

Thursday, July 28

Thu 7/28 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Artist Q&A 7:30 pm Concert 8:15 pm
Living legend, saxophonist, composer, and poet Oliver Lake
performs with renowned Bay Area drummer Donald Robinson
Evans/Stanley/Pino
Multi-instrumentalist Brandon Evans meet up with Bay Area violinist Christina Stanley and percussionist Mark Pino for a set of spontaneous creation.

Friday, July 29

Fri 7/29 7:00 PM Grace Cathedral [1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108]
In our very first partnership with the Grace Cathedral, we present two series of performances expanding the architecture and acoustics of the French Gothic Cathedral. For the first installment, four artists and ensembles reimagine organic architectures of the body as vessels for sound within the Cathedral and city infrastructure. The night begins with Gabriel Gold inhabiting the body of the cathedral with vocal layering and metallic percussion, followed by musician and vocalist Agnes Szelag and dancer Amy Lewis drawing our attention from the physical structure surrounding us to the architecture of the body and the female form. Kadet Kuhne then demonstrates through sound and video performance how our bodies can be vessels that can adapt to the rapidly evolving world around us, and finally, Joe Lasqo and Ensemble reimagine how a future programmed body could reshape the world with living structures.

Fri 7/29 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Artist Q&A 7:30 pm Concert 8:15 pm
A night of Avant-Pop with two performances by cutting edge melody makers Mark Clifford’s Dirty Snacks Ensemble and Bill Wolter’s Inner Ear Brigade whose compositions feature a mix of progressive rock, electronic jazz, and experimental pop.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Source: Jazz Listings for July 22-28 – The New York Times.

Cyro Baptista (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Baptista, an irrepressibly kinetic percussionist originally from São Paulo, Brazil, leads two distinct projects this weekend, presenting them one after the other each night. His 7:30 p.m. sets will revisit “Vira Loucos,” a 1997 album on which he interprets the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. (That title, in addition to playing on the composer’s name, could be translated as “Behold the Insanity.”) The 9:30 sets will feature Mr. Baptista’s band Banquet of the Spirits, playing original material as well as tunes by Don Cherry and John Zorn, representing two generations of the jazz avant-garde. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, jazz.org/dizzys. (Nate Chinen)

Stephan Crump, Kris Davis, Eric McPherson (Friday and Saturday) They travel in overlapping circles — Mr. Crump, a bassist; Ms. Davis, a pianist; and Mr. McPherson, a drummer — but they haven’t joined forces as a trio until now. What they all have in common is a willingness to push beyond known parameters, while keeping a loose tether on compositional form. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

William Parker (Tuesday and Wednesday) Mr. Parker, an avant-garde bassist whose sound and purpose both ring of bedrock, presents all new music in this two-night booking at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, a more formal setting than usual for him. On Tuesday he’ll lead his Cosmic Mountain Quintet, a promising group with the saxophonists Kidd Jordan, Rob Brown and James Brandon Lewis; the pianist Cooper-Moore; and the drummer Hamid Drake. On Wednesday he’ll present his In Order to Survive Extended Breathe Ensemble, featuring the same three saxophonists, along with the pianist Dave Burrell, the trombonist Steve Swell, and the multi-instrumentalists Lee Rozie (known as Mixashawn) and Daniel Carter. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, jazz.org. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

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Source: The New York Times.

Bang on a Can Festival (all week) As a composers collective, Bang on a Can continues to be one of the most fertile grounds for nurturing composing talent and encouraging a spirit of exploration. This festival, in North Adams, Mass., proves as much with highlights including a tribute by the pianist Vicky Chow to the collective’s founders, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, that also includes new music by Christopher Cerrone. On Sunday, there will be a rare performance of John Cage’s strangely moving “Atlas Eclipticalis.” Other events showcase premieres by some 30 up-and-coming composers and the music of Martin Bresnick, who will celebrate his 70th birthday this year. Various times, at Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, massmoca.org. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

International Keyboard Institute and Festival (Sunday through July 31) For pianists and their fans, for those who love piano music and for everything piano-related, the 18th season of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival is back at Hunter College. True to tradition, the festival offers recitals (sometimes two of them a day) by acclaimed as well as emerging pianists, lectures, master classes and a competition. Highlights this week include a rare appearance by the eminent French pianist Philippe Entremont, now 82, on Saturday, a joint concert by institute faculty on Monday, and a recital by the impressive young George Li on Wednesday. At 8 p.m., Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, 68th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, 212-772-4448, ikif.org. (Tommasini)

Tanglewood (all week) The main attraction in the Berkshires this week is the Festival of Contemporary Music, which, before he died in February, was to be curated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. The concerts, which are scheduled every day through Monday, will include music by Dennehy, Harvey, Boulez and Meltzer, the climax coming as Stefan Asbury conducts the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Messiaen’s “Turangalîla Symphonie” and the American premiere of George Benjamin’s “Dream of the Song” (Monday at 8 p.m.). The Boston Symphony has solid programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, not least giving a rare outing to Ginastera’s “Variaciones Concertantes” under Juanjo Mena (Sunday at 8 p.m.). Full details available online. Tanglewood Music Center, 297 West Street, Lenox, Mass., 888-266-1200, bso.org. (Allen)

Music and More Reviews

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Tim Berne

Source: Music and More.

Greg Ward and 10 Tongues – Touch My Beloved’s Thought (Greenleaf, 2016)
Kent Miller – Contributions (Tnek Jazz, 2016)
Tim Berne‘s Snakeoil – Angus Oleum (Screwgun Records, 2016)