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.

Steve Roach to be Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

English: Portrait image of Steve Roach at Soun...

Source: EINPressWire.

Steve Roach is a pioneer in the evolution of ambient/electronic music, shaping it into what it is today. The extremely prolific American artist has a discography of over 170 albums. Following his 1982 debut, landmark recordings include Structures from Silence, Dreamtime Return and 2017’s Grammy-nominated Spiral Revelation. Tireless in his creative focus, Roach constantly challenges boundaries of what one would consider coming from a single artist. Ranging in styles from deep drift ambient to rhythmic analog sequencer music, pure floating spaces and primordial tribal-ambient to long form immersions. Listening to Steve Roach’s music you’re hearing the momentum of a lifetime dedicated to the soundcurrent, an artist operating at the pinnacle of his artform; he creates a sonic experience that breathes emotion, passion and vital life energy that connects to audiences worldwide.

Jazz in NYC This Weekend 

English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

THE RESIDENTS at Murmrr Theater (April 22, 8 p.m.). “Rock’s best-known nobodies, the Residents, played their first New York show Thursday night,” Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times 32 years ago. The eyeball-headed, quasi-anonymous pranksters — still nobodies after all these years — will return to the city this weekend, invading the comparatively sedate quarters of the Murmrr Theater with their gonzo sound art.

BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE WITH AMIR ELSAFFAR at the Jazz Gallery (April 20-21, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). What raga is to South Asian music — a system of melodic patterns that also serve broadly as a guide — maqam roughly is to Arab, Turkish and Persian music. At this concert Mr. ElSaffar, a remarkable Iraqi-American trumpeter, joins the Carnatic violinist Arun Ramamurthy and other members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive for a series of original works that interweave maqam and raga techniques.

THE MESSTHETICS at the Bell House (April 20, 8 p.m.). There are two story lines for the Messthetics: It’s a reunion band, bringing together the bassist Joe Lally and the drummer Brendan Canty from Fugazi, an iconic Washington, D.C., post-punk ensemble; and it’s a place of ascent for Anthony Pirog, an extravagantly creative young guitarist hailing from Fugazi’s hometown. And the music that this trio creates has a double identity, too: sometimes a tangle of electric laceration, elsewhere an ethereal sprawl.

SOFÍA REI at the Stone (April 24-28, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Rei, a vocalist hailing from Argentina, sings in a windblown, mountains-high voice, but she often sounds like she might be withholding something, too. It’s as if maybe the full delivery might be too overpowering — an engrossing suggestion. On Tuesday, Ms. Rei will perform a portion of John Zorn’s newly released, 11-volume collection, “The Book Beriah,” the closing installment of his epic “Masada” series. On Wednesday, she performs material from her own most recent album, a dedication to the Chilean folk icon Violeta Parra. On Thursday, she presents a gathering of eight vocalists titled “Slides, Stills & Snapshots.”

TOMEKA REID QUARTET at the Jewish Museum (April 26, 7:30 p.m.). When playing in a swing rhythm, Ms. Reid creates a flow with her cello that’s tensile and quick — like so much free jazz of the 1970s and ’80s — but also earthy and more sturdily organized. Her playing has a sandpapery warmth and a stately power, and often a thick backbone of funk. Here she performs with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Jason Roebke on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, the quartet behind a strong self-titled album from 2015. The concert is presented through a partnership between the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can.

MATANA ROBERTS at the Park Avenue Armory (April 24, 7 and 9 p.m.). Ms. Roberts is an alto saxophonist with a big, blooming tone. She’s also a historically minded conceptualist, digging deeply into the workings of memory and taking up arms against the present-day traumas that will haunt us in the years ahead. Her primary musical form is the long suite, but recently she’s also solidified a visual art practice. Ms. Roberts is represented by the Fridman Gallery in Lower Manhattan, where her second solo exhibition, “Jump at the Sun,” is on view through Wednesday. In the mixed-media works presented there, she uses combinations of sound, musical scores, old photographs and other collaged items. This concert, uptown at the Park Avenue Armory, coincides with the closing of that show and features Ms. Roberts joined by a poet known as Geng and a sextet of snare drummers.

AMN Picks of the Week: LEYA / Taphephobia & Kave / Anker, Thomas, Flaten & Solberg / Charlie Rhyner

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.

LEYA – The Fool (2018)
Taphephobia & Kave – Monuments (2018)
Anker / Thomas / Flaten / Solberg – His Flight’s At Ten (2018)
Charlie Rhyner – The First Second (2018)

Interview with Sophia Subbayya Vastek

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Sophia Subbayya Vastek is a pianist and multidisciplinary artist who has performed in South Africa, Mexico and across the United States. She released three recordings in 2017, including her debut album Histories on Innova Recordings, which features music by Michael Harrison, Donnacha Dennehy and John Cage. She maintains ongoing collaborations with Harrison, composer David Ibbett and with Sam Torres as the electroacoustic duo Tilted Arc. Sophia is a co-founder of Music of Reality, an interdisciplinary event series which celebrates the beauty of the natural and human worlds in collaboration with researchers, scientists and other musicians. In summer 2018, she will co-direct (with Harrison) the two-week long Creative Music Intensive at Arts Letters & Numbers. She received a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington where she studied with Emile Naoumoff, the last pupil of Nadia Boulanger, and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. We asked Sophia about her collaborations and piano work.