San Francisco Scene: September 30 – October 7, 2016


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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, September 30

Fri 9/30 5:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery Street SF]
Bird and Beckett Books presents The Lost Trio: Phillip Greenlief, tenor saxophone – Dan Seamans, bass – Tom Hassett, drums, playing mostly original compositions by Greenlief and Seamans

Fri 9/30 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Friction Turns 5 – Concert 1
On September 29 and 30, Friction Quartet, the San Francisco string quartet specializing in contemporary works, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a pair of concerts at the Center for New Music. On Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 pm, they will premiere works by Stephen Feigenbaum and Loren Loiacano alongside a work by Philip Glass. On Friday, September 30, at 7:30 pm Friction will premiere works by Alex Van Gils and Piers Hellawell.

Fri 9/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Trio Improvisations
Chris Brown, piano; Donald Robinson, drums;
John McCowen, clarinets

Saturday, October 1

Sat 10/01 6:39 AM Western Bunker [Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve 167 O’Hara Court @ Railroad Ave Vallejo]
The 19th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival commences with the durational performance Continuum, a large-scale multimedia work based on 1,000 poems written by Stephen Ratcliffe over 1,000 days, and read aloud from beginning to end with accompaniment by Thingamajigs Performance Group (Dylan Bolles, Suki O’Kane, Edward Schocker) , Rae Diamond(Long Tone Choir) and Shinichi Iova-Koga(inkBoat).

Sat 10/01 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Invisible Guy
Michael Coleman – keyboards
Hamir Atwal – drums
Ben Goldberg – clarinet

Sat 10/01 7:00 PM Sound and Savor [Oakland, CA]
Bruce Ackley-Nava Dunkelman Duo
For listener-diners’ delight, we’ll offer a saxophone and percussion duo. The soprano sax and clarinet have special timbral relationships to percussion, which naturally blossom with Nava’s unique instrumental palette. It brings to mind the music of Edgard Varèse, who has been on my mind a lot recently. We’ll create contrasting soundscapes evocative of the shortening days, and the shift to the inner worlds of autumn and winter.

Sat 10/01 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jessie Nucho Plugs In: Electroacoustic Music for Flute
San Francisco flutist Jessie Nucho presents a sampling of electroacoustic music, featuring works by Kaija Saariaho and Benjamin Broening. The program culminates in Pittsburgh composer Adam Shield’s brand new work “The Uncertainty Principle,” which explores the origins of the universe.

Sat 10/01 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Invisible Guy: Ben Goldberg, Michael Coleman, Hamir Atwal, play Bird & Beckett’s jazz club! when lights are low…

Sat 10/01 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Join us for a spectacular evening of breathtaking virtuosity and deep listening spaces while Butoh sensations Ronie Baker and Sea Chel improvise. Tatsuya is one of the most compelling performers I have seen in my life and his performances are full of grace and ferocity. Kanoko will open us up with a minimalist set of subtle proportions.
Tatsuya Nakatani, Jacob Felix Heule, Kevin Corcoran- extended technique percusion
w/ Butoh Dancer Ronie Baker
Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto, Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum
w/ Butoh Dancer Chel Sea

Sunday, October 2

Sun 10/02 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Black Cedar

Monday, October 3

Mon 10/03 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Invisible Guy (all-star bicoastal trio)
(Ben Goldberg-cl, Michael Coleman-p, Hamir Atwal-dms)
Set #2: Allen Lowe Ensemble (East Coast new jazz/composition)
( Allen Lowe-sax, compositions, Theo Padouvas-tpt, Karl Evangelista-gtr, Max Judelson-b, Jason Levis-dms)
Set #3: Tim DeCillis Trio (Bay Area drum music)

Wednesday, October 5

Wed 10/05 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
CCRMA Transitions 2016 (Night the 1st!)- The annual outdoor season openers at CCRMA. Two different programs of multichannel and 3D immersive music performed under the stars in the CCRMA courtyard. As alway we encourage everybody to wrap up warm, bring a blanket, and a picnic. Program details for both nights to be announced soon…. stay tuned…

Thursday, October 6

Thu 10/06 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Music Celebrating the Publication of Meg Pontecorvo’s Murder in the Generative Kitchen.. Music & Spoken Word with Cartoon Justice, Andrew Joron, ebolabuddha … Sci Fi Literature flavored Improvisation.

Thu 10/06 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
CCRMA Transitions 2016 (Night the 2nd!)- The annual outdoor season openers at CCRMA. Two different programs of multichannel and 3D immersive music performed under the stars in the CCRMA courtyard. As alway we encourage everybody to wrap up warm, bring a blanket, and a picnic. Program details for both nights to be announced soon…. stay tuned…

Thu 10/06 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Person L (Dania Luck – supercollider)
9pm: K. Kipperman, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Aurora Josephson, Kataryna Kopelevich

Friday, October 7

Fri 10/07 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
CONCERT FOR TWO PIANOS: Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta

Fri 10/07 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
Life’s Blood Ensemble perfoms music from their newest release “Rising Colossus” as well as debut compositions
Rent Romus – alto saxophone, Timothy Orr – drums, Max Judelson – double bass, Safa Shokrai – double bass
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone, Mark Clifford – vibes, Heikki Koskinen – e-trumpet

Fri 10/07 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Sun Riah & Invisible Cinema
Join us for a night of experimental music by harpist and vocalist, Sun Riah (OKC), and Jazz and Psychedelic band, Invisible Cinema (Bay Area).

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AMN Picks of the Week: Rene Aquarius / São Paulo Underground / Instinct Primal / dB/Mz / Brownout


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.

Rene Aquarius – Blight (2016)
São Paulo Underground – Cantos Invisíveis (2016)
Instinct Primal – Dazzling Darkness (2015)
dB/Mz – The Light To Come (2015)
Brownout – Brownout Presents Black Sabbath, Vol. 2 (2016)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Rudresh Mahanthappa

Source: The New York Times.

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY (Sunday) Last fall, for a commission from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mr. Argue helped create a concert-length oratorio titled “Real Enemies” about conspiracy theories in American life. He has adapted that opus for an album of the same name, and if some of the multimedia sizzle is lost in translation, the ingenuity and urgency of the music, as executed Mr. Argue’s state-of-the-art big band, couldn’t be clearer (or timelier). At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Chinen)

KRIS DAVIS AND CRAIG TABORN (Sunday) Ms. Davis is a freethinking pianist whose new album, “Duopoly,” features duets with partners including the guitarists Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, the saxophonist Tim Berne, the clarinetist Don Byron, and Mr. Taborn — with whom she performs here, as part of a two-piano, cross-country tour. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)

VINNY GOLIA QUARTET (Tuesday) Mr. Golia, a multireedist and longtime pillar of the West Coast improv scene, convenes a band with several like-minded peers: the saxophonist Tim Berne, the bassist Ken Filiano, and the drummer Michael T.A. Thompson. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA: ‘BIRD CALLS’ (Tuesday) “Bird Calls,” the most recent release by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, takes Charlie Parker as a point of departure if not a distant lexicographic ancestor. The album, widely recognized as one of last year’s best, features the sharp young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and a rhythm section consisting of the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Thomson Kneeland and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com. (Chinen)

PHAROAH SANDERS QUARTET (Tuesday through Oct. 8) This spring the tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders was recognized as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. He inhabits that stature with an ecstatic, gruffly spiritual style that coalesced in the 1960s, took full flight in the ’70s and still bears relevance on the current scene. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com. (Chinen)

CHES SMITH AT THE STONE (Tuesday through Oct. 2) Mr. Smith, a drummer equally capable of gangly fury or brittle restraint, convenes a handful of his favorite collaborators at the Stone this week. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

HENRY THREADGILL’S ZOOID (through Sunday) Mr. Threadgill recently won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for music, on the strength of his assuredly spiky 2015 album, “In for a Penny, In for a Pound.” He’ll be at the Village Vanguard next week with the same band featured on the album: Zooid, a blazingly intuitive chamber-improv unit with Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on tuba, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Elliot Kavee on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)

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Dusted Reviews


English: Sacred Bones Records Logo

Source: Dusted.

Supersilent — 13 (Smalltown Supersound)
Steve Noble & Kristoffer Berre Alberts – Coldest Second Yesterday (Clean Feed)
Jenny Hval — Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)

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Upcoming Events at the Vortex Jazz Club


The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

Mon 03 October 2016
Paul Dunmall/ Percy Pursglove / Hamid Drake / Steve Tromans/ Dave Kane
Time: 8 – 11pm

Tue 04 October 2016
Evan Parker
One of our most innovative improvisers, saxophonist Evan Parker, returns with two greats to make a trio – John Edwards on bass, Mark Sanders on drums
Time: 8 – 11PM

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Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 21/2016


Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Tomo Jacobson
Moonbow: Danielle Dahl (No) – Sax, Mads Egetoft (Dk) – Sax, Maciek Kadziela (Pl) – Sax, Lucas Leidinger (DE) – Piano, Anton Jansson (Se) – Guitar, Tomo Jacobson (Pl) – Double Bass, Kresten Osgood (Dk) – Drums

Richard Andersson
Splitting up in Boston: George Garzone, Sax/ Jerry Bergonzi, Sax/ Bob Moses, Dr/ Richard Andersson, B

Intuition: Bill McHenry, Ts/ Jacob Anderskov, P/ Rj Miller, Dr/ Richard Andersson, B

Cipsela
Flowers: Joe Mcphee, as

Elastic: Joelle Léandre, B/ Théo Ceccaldi, Vln

Darrell Katz
Jailhouse Doc with Holes in Her Socks: Darrell Katz and Oddsong

Barefoot
Upwind Circles: Sven Dam Meinild: Saxophones/mey/flutes Tomasz Dąbrowski: Trumpet/flutes Paul Wacrenier: Piano/vibes/mbira/flutes Casper Nyvang Rask: Bass/flutes Rune Lohse: Drums/flutes

Endectomorph
Earprint: Tree Palmedo, Tpt/ Kevin Sun, Ts, Cl/ Simon Willson, B/ Dor Herskovits, Dr

Improvising Beings
Four Pillars of Destiny: Maki Hachiya, Vo/ Yuta Yokoyama, Tpt/ Hughues Vincent, Cello/ Shota Koyama, Dr

LA Main Qui Cherche LA Lumière: Roberto Del Piano (Electric Bass), Silvia Bolognesi (Double Bass), Marco Colonna (Clarinets), Massimo Falascone (Saxophones), Paolo Falascone (Double Bass), Roberto Masotti (Crackle Box), Stefano Giust (Drums), Pat Moonchy (Vocals), Robin Neko (Crackle Synth)

Linda Shrrock Network: Linda Sharrock (Voice), Mario Rechtern (Baritone, Alto, Sopranino Saxophones, Saxolin), Lucien Johnson (Tenor Saxophone), Itaru Oki (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Flutes), Makoto Sato (Drums), Yoram Rosilio (Double Bass), Claude Parle (Accordion)

Jeff Platz
Low Light Filter: Jeff Platz, G/ Dmitry Ishenko, B/ Dalius Naujokaitis, Dr

Cleanfeed
Cornua Copiae: Dag Magnus Nervesen

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AMN Reviews: Three From Silken Tofu – Barchan / dB/Mz / Instinct Primal


0003983616_10Silken Tofu is a European label putting out a mix of ambient, industrial, noise, and electronic releases. We have had a chance to listen to several of their 2015 releases, and are duly impressed by the quality of the efforts therein. All of their material is available for streaming on Bandcamp.


Barchan – Soliton (2015; Silken Tofu)

This release is billed as live “percussion-driven industrial drone music,” a fitting description indeed.  Barchan consists of James Welburn on drones and Tomas Järmyr on drums. The single, 57-minute track (which appears to be divided into several movements) involves Welburn laying down one to three layers of static-drenched background drones, with occasional foreground growlings.  In addition to this dark and ominous foundation, Järmyr plays a drum kit in the style of free jazz or improv (think Han Bennink meets Tony Buck). The result is something that would be right at home at the Big Ears Festival, or similar endeavors.


dB/Mz – The Light To Come (2015; Silken Tofu)

dB/Mz is the duo of Magnus Zetterberg and David Bengtsson, who collectively create a set of dark, intense soundscapes. Not unlike Lustmord, dB/Mz could fall into the category of deep-space ambient, though with a more industrial twist. In addition to subtle background drones, foreground elements, such as undulating waves, clashing of metals, and distorted scraping are frequently present. On at least one track, grinding patterns of interference serve as an abrasive melody, reminiscent of the electroacoustic efforts of modern classicists.


Instinct Primal – Dazzling Darkness (2015; Silken Tofu)

This, the first solo album from Jan Kruml, is dark ambient in the vein of mid-nineties Robert Rich. Kruml focuses on slow-moving washes, and dramatic fanfares. But interspersed between are indistinct voices. Haunting and reminiscent of a science-fiction movie soundtrack, the album includes a generous share of drones and spacescapes, not to mention post-industrial elements. Non-western percussion accompanies on two of the tracks, adding an earthy element to otherwise non-worldly music.

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