Something Else! Reviews

Source: Something Else!

Michael Coleman, Ben Goldberg – Practitioner (2018)

Bill Frisell – Music IS (2018)

Mary Halvorson – Code Girl (2018)

Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Oneness (2018)

Matthew Shipp Quartet – Sonic Fiction (2018)

Matthew Shipp – Zero (2018)


Found Sounds from the Edge of Earth 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

There are certain sounds that can’t be born in the confines of a studio or created after countless hours spent fiddling with expensive synthesizers. The meditative drone of a rainforest can’t be replicated by a Juno, and a drum machine will never echo the repetitive, crashing pulse of a waterfall. Field recording, the act of capturing often unexplored terrain with a microphone and a pair of headphones, is one way to archive these sounds.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Palle Mikkelborg, moers festival 2010

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn/Matt Hollenberg/Julian Lage Qt! Nels Cline 4: Julian Lage/Scott Colley/Tom Rainey! Jakob Bro / Palle Mikkelborg Quartet! Yoni Kretzmer’s New Dilemma: Josh Sinton/Chris Hoffman / Frantz Loriot..! Diane Moser Trio: Ken Filiano & Anton Denner!

Leap of Faith Orchestra, Sub Units & Turbulence! Plus Rarities from: Edward Ka-Spel & Steve Stapleton! Mouvements! King Tubby! Satoko Fujii! Peter Brotzmann & All Purpose Weirdness from Feeding Tube Records!

Celebrate RECORD STORE DAY this Saturday, April 21st at your favorite local music emporium! Come on down to DMG and see what we have to set you FREE! Every day is Record Store Day at DMG so come visit as soon as you can!


Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm


Sunday, April 22nd:
6pm: NOAH BECKER and COLIN HINTON – Alto Sax and Drums

Sunday April 29th:
7pm: NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC / MICHAEL LYTLE – Contrabass & Bass Clarinet!

Rare Tuesday, May 1st:
6:30pm: ELLIOTT SHARP – Solo Acoustic Guitar and Reading from Book, ‘Found Sound Nation’
Plus refreshments and a talk from David Rothenberg and Kyla Rose-Smith

Sunday, May 6th:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON and BRANDON LOPEZ – Contrabass Duo
7pm: NICOLA HEIN and ROBERT DICK – Guitar and Flutes

Rare Monday, May 7th:
6pm: LORIN BENEDICT / MARIA GRAND / CAROLINE DAVIS – Voice / Tenor Sax / Alto Sax!

Sunday, May 13th:
6pm: JACKDAW: SEAN ALI / ERIKA DICKER / JOE MOFFETT – Contrabass / Violin / trumpet!

San Francisco Scene: April 20-27, 2018

English: The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridg...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, April 20

Fri 4/20 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [Adeline and 24th Streets in West Oakland. Exact address only given to those who register.]
Joel Davel, solo marimba lumina and a 4 course gourmet vegan meal.

Fri 4/20 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Studio Grand and Jordan Glenn present:
Spontaneous Sounds Small and Large
This evening features Ben Goldberg, Francis Wong, Chamberlain Zhang and Jordan Glenn (as a quartet), along with Jordan Glenn’s BEAK featuring special guest Michael Coleman.
DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM
$10-15 sliding scale at the door

Saturday, April 21

Sat 4/21 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
TwoSense: Ashley Bathgate cello, Lisa Moore piano “Look Left Again”

Sat 4/21 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery Street San Francisco (near Glen Park BART)]
animals and giraffes – the ongoing project with Phillip Greenlief and writer claudia la rocco – will be performing at bird and beckett books this saturday at a new concert series that eric at b&b has launched to feature improvised music. a&g is celebrating the release of our newest CD, LANDLOCKED BEACH (with jon leidecker) on the creative sources label, so you can think of this as a CD release party; we will have copies on hand for sale. animals and giraffes: Phillip Greenlief – woodwinds; claudia la rocco – text, voice; danishta rivero – voice, electronics; john shiurba – guitar, preparations, effects

Sat 4/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
rob reich Group with Ben Goldberg

Sunday, April 22

Sun 4/22 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM Ian Carey Ensemble
Steve Adams – saxophone, Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass, Jason Levis – drums, Mark Clifford – vibes

8:30 PM Unbound free-jazz world fusion music
Marc Schmitz – vocals, guitar, Dave Mihaly – drums, Lin Shi – vocals, keyboard, Shuxin Meng – pipa

Sun 4/22 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Jack Wright: saxophones
Tom Djll: trumpet
Jacob Felix Heule: percussion

Angela Roberts: cello
Kim Nucci: baritone saxophone, electronics
Evan Lipson: double bass

Danishta Rivero: voice and electronics
Matt Chandler: bass guitar
Zachary Darrup: guitar and objects

Monday, April 23

Mon 4/23 9:45 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: T.J. Borden (solo) + Marshall/Pearce Duo

Wednesday, April 25

Wed 4/25 7:30 PM Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street, Berkeley]
The Actual Trio is a vehicle for the compositions of iconoclastic Bay Area guitarist John Schott (Junk Genius, T.J. Kirk). Bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, Lost Trio), and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Victor Krummenacher) provide the foundation for Schott’s adventurous-but-accessible compositions, marrying deep pockets and joyful swing to wayward harmonies and spontaneous excursions.

Wed 4/25 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble performs new music for instruments and voices by Cardwell, Collins, Hege, Kem, Lyuh, Rieman, and Wolff.

Thursday, April 26

Thu 4/26 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Matt Renzi’s Arm-Sized Legging: Original Jazz & Contemporary Classical

Thu 4/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00pm [ruidobello]
Jorge Bachmann – electronic sound art
9:00pm Doug Lynner – Mystery Serge

Thu 4/26 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Orchestration Concert – Roscoe Mitchell

Friday, April 27

Fri 4/27 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Greenlief & Raskin play Steve Lacy•KREation Ensemble

Frederic Rzewski at 80

Source: Second Inversion.

Composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski, who turned 80 on April 13, has had one of the most impactful careers in modern music. He has experimented with, embraced and advanced many of contemporary music’s most significant ideas, and his credits include such landmarks as the minimalist masterpiece Coming Together and the monumental piano variations The People United Will Never Be Defeated!. He’s arguably the most important living composer of piano music, and is surely one of the dozen or so most important living American composers.