Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend Takes Place July 31 – August 2, 2020

Source: MASS MoCA.

LOUD Weekend returns this summer with special guest Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Orchestra of Original Instruments, late nights at The Chalet – and lots more yet to be uncovered. More than 30 concerts over 3 days with a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music.

Featuring Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mark Stewart’s Orchestra of Original Instruments, music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, and so much more to be announced. Early bird tickets go on sale January 29, 2020.

Don Moye Interviewed About the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Source: Jazzwise.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago show no signs of slowing down. The group’s new double-album, We Are On The Edge, finds longstanding members Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye joined by guests including Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Dudu Kouyate on a typically adventurous set. It’s a fitting testament to this iconic, ever-challenging band, who took Paris by storm in the late 1960s, and remain as relevant as ever. Don Moye tells it like it is to Kevin Le Gendre

Music of Eliane Radigue Featured Houston 


Should good fortune accompany Éliane Radigue, the storied composer will turn 88 next month. Think about that the next time you hear a young or middle-aged composer of electronic music referred to as “pioneering.”

Radigue was born just a few months before Houston native Pauline Oliveros, another giant in progressive electronic music. Both were part of a 20th century avant-garde that followed stylistic paths that contemporary music — for all of its futurism — hasn’t yet caught.

San Francisco Scene: December 6-13, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, December 6

Fri 12/06 8:00 PM Shapeshifters Cinema [567 5th St., Oakland]
Shapeshifters Cinema presents…
Elena Pardo with Voicehandler + Laboratorio Experimental de Cine

Fri 12/06 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Gamelan Ensemble Concert – Traditional Javanese music and new compositions.

Saturday, December 7

Sat 12/07 6:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The duo B. Experimental Band celebrates its first birthday with a CONTINUOUS 4-HOUR INSTALLATION-CONCERT
of live improvised/composed music. Please join us from 6-10pm!
Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Randy McKean, clarinet
Kevin Robinson, saxophone
Phillip Greenlief, saxophone
Bruce Ackley, soprano saxophone
gabby fluke-mogul, violin
Murray Campbell, violin/oboe
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Lee Hodel, bass
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums
Jason Levis, drums

Sat 12/07 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mobius Trio: Bon Voyage Release Party

Sat 12/07 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Éliane Radigue: Trilogie de la Mort

Sat 12/07 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]

Sunday, December 8

Sun 12/08 2:00 PM private studio in South Berkeley [Email for address]
Sunday 8 December 2019 2-5 pm The Cardew Choir hosts an Afternoon of Deep Listening: open to all participants, focus on vocal practice (no singing experience needed) “If you can talk, you can sing” -Zimbabwean proverb • Location: south Berkeley near Ashby BART

Sun 12/08 3:00 PM The Women’s Building [3543 18th Street #8 San Francisco, CA 94110]
This family-friendly winter celebration begins with the visceral and reflective piece, “The Ice is Talking” by Vivian FUNG. Scored for solo percussion and electronics, it is in essence a celebration of the elements, taking in the beauty of gliding through ice as taps and swishes shape into virtuosic rhythmic patterns and end with dramatic flair, in the hope of raising awareness to the world around us. As the ice melts away, we create a “community-made” piece designed by Jason TREUTING, a member of the acclaimed So Percussion Quartet, titled “How to (Blank).” Audience members fill in the blanks with headlines captured from the day’s (good) news to add to the festive atmosphere. The audience is invited to bring an instrument and join in on Treuting’s piece.

Sun 12/08 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Éliane Radigue: Occam Ocean
Performed By Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Charles Curtis, Rhodri Davies, And Robin Hayward
Éliane Radigue (b. 1932) is a pioneering French composer of undulating continuous music marked by patient, virtually imperceptible transformations that purposefully unfold to reveal the intangible, radiant contents of minimal sound—its partials, harmonics, subharmonics and inherent distortions.

Sun 12/08 9:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
9PM zBug is a psychedelic jazz trio. 10PM Feral Luggage is a San Francisco-based septet band playing NullWave.

Monday, December 9

Mon 12/09 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Composition Seminar Concert – Tomeka Reid, director

Mon 12/09 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Fernando’s OFJS Birthday Party!

Tuesday, December 10

Tue 12/10 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Jordan Glenn’s BEAK
– New Zombies
– Ackley/fluke-mogul/Mezzacappa

Tue 12/10 9:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Resident is a monthly electronic audiovisual open mic event started in 2017. It is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at The Laundry. The Laundry event space is casual and cool, and the community you’ll find is like no other for aspiring electronic musicians in Bay. No judgments, no bullshit, just positive support and openness to new ideas.

Wednesday, December 11

Wed 12/11 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Five Songs for Kate and Vanessa ~ a world premiere

Wed 12/11 7:00 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Department 5000 MacArthur Blvd]
Mills Sound Techniques of Recording Concert. Laetitia Sonami, director.

Thursday, December 12

Thu 12/12 8:00 PM Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium [1313 Newell Road Palo Alto]
Earthwise welcomes Larry Ochs free jazz concert

This event is free courtesy of Earthwise Productions.

Thu 12/12 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Philip Everett – analogue pedals, autoharp, xlarinet
Conan the Barbiturate
André Custodio/Josh Martin

Thu 12/12 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Xylouris White

Friday, December 13

Fri 12/13 8:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Mike Baggetta, Stephen Hodges and Mike Watt return to the Uptown with their newly formed trio, mssv, in support of the release of a new live album. Henry Kaiser & Scott Amendola duo open the night.

Fri 12/13 8:00 PM Private home in Berkeley Hills [Private home in North Berkeley Hills]
Spectral, a trio consisting of Dave Rempis (alto and baritone saxophones), Darren Johnston (trumpet) and Larry Ochs (tenor and sopranino saxophones) perform a house concert in a private home in the Berkeley Hills. The trio will play 2 sets, with cheese/wine/fruit served during intermission. Seating is limited. Email for info.

Fri 12/13 8:00 PM The Lost Church [65 Capp St San Francisco]
Thomas Carnacki + Leila Abdul-Rauf

New World Records Releases

Source: New World Records.

Charles Amirkhanian: Loudspeakers

Charles Amirkhanian (b. 1945) can be regarded as a central figure in American music, and on several fronts. As a composer, he’s been pervasively innovative in two genres: text-sound pieces, in which he can draw engaging rhythmic processes from wacky word assemblages such as “rainbow chug bandit” and “church car rubber baby buggy bumper”; and natural-sound electronic pieces which go far beyond the usual confines of musique concrète to create long, poetic sound narratives poised between collage and sonic landscape.

Daniel Lentz: Ending(s)

While certain recognizable fingerprints are found throughout the body of Daniel Lentz’s (b. 1942) work, he has never been content to settle within one particular style or mode of music for long, moving ever forward in an evolutional continuum, an overriding arc that defines his growth as a composer – beginning with traditional music, diverting into electronic music, moving into performance art pieces for his various touring groups, then sallying into minimalism, followed by work distinguished for its revolutionary use of live multi-track recording in performances in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally evolving into his own brand of modern romanticism.

Where Should This Music Be? – Songs of Lola Williams

Growing up in the South in the first half of the 20th century, Lola Williams (1913 – 2013) exhibited great musical talent at a time when women rarely were encouraged to compose, and those who did struggled to hear their works performed publicly. Williams was a serious Shakespearean scholar as well as music educator, but it was not until her retirement that she was able to fully dedicate herself to writing and composition. She quietly created a large body of art songs, mostly inspired by Shakespearean texts, for female voices – solos, duets, and trios – which she seldom shared outside of private clubs. In their melding of vernacular musical forms with classical techniques, her lyrical and tonally lush compositions are reminiscent of the music of Frederick Delius and Gustav Mahler.