Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, October 7

Fri 10/07 8:00 PM Shapeshifters Cinema [567 5th St. Oakland]
Cheryl E. Leonard – Antarctica: Music from the Ice
Listen to Antarctica and celebrate the release of Leonard’s latest album. The evening will include a solo set of Antarctic compositions, a slideshow about the project, a field recording listening session, and an Antarctic instrument petting zoo.

Fri 10/07 8:00 PM Mills College at Northeastern University – Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
Gevevieve Lee, pianist – Darius Milhaud Concert

Fri 10/07 8:00 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Streaming and in-person:Click for stream
CCRMA celebrates the start of the 2022 season with its annual Transitions: two evenings of outdoor, under-the-stars concerts showcasing music from the CCRMA community and beyond. Feast your ears on immersive 3D sounds played on our multichannel system (24.8 speakers!) in our Courtyard outside the Knoll. Each evening’s program will be different and will feature live performances, fixed media electronic music, and audiovisual works.

Saturday, October 8

Sat 10/08 11:00 AM Fruitvale Bart Station [3401 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601]
Thingamajigs presents Redline Redefined, a new multi-year project that investigates, narrates and celebrates our formally red-lined neighborhoods. Thingamajigs has curated a program of audio and visual pieces designed to transport audiences from their home to the streets of Oakland and Berkeley. Featuring eight of the East Bay’s most exciting performing artists, events scheduled include soundwalks, live performances, video narratives, poetry readings and an online interactive map. A diverse group of local artists are participating in the project, including performance artist Theresa Wong, Oakland’s Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga, and instrument inventor Sudhu Tewari.

Sat 10/08 4:00 PM Johnson Park [268 Waverley Street Palo Alto, CA 94301]
Green Mitchell Trio

Sat 10/08 7:30 PM Land & Sea Gallery [5428 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA, United States, California]
A night of Drone, Experimental and Improvised music at Land & Sea in Oakland as part of Kole Galbraith’s West Coast tour. Kole Galbraith is a multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on sound in the vein of drone, noise and improvised music and inspired by Folklore and contemporary indigenous experience. Based in both Seattle, Washington and Tartu, Estonia, Kole Galbraith has been active in the underground experimental music community for the past decade performing throughout the West Coast of the United States and Austria. The music and sounds are informed by early 20th century French Musique-Concret, Metal, Jazz and contemporary composition. Kole Galbraith has released albums on his own label “Obscure & Terrible” and other labels such as SIGE and Titania Tapes.

Sat 10/08 7:30 PM Dresher Ensemble Studio [2253 Poplar St Oakland]
Concert Among Friends with Pianists Gloria Cheng and Matthew McCright
Pianists and longtime friends Gloria Cheng and Matthew McCright team up for an evening of new music for solo and four-hand piano.

Sat 10/08 7:30 PM The Dome Center for Art, Music, and Dance [951 62nd Street, Oakland]
Dream Kitchen performs original compositions and new interpretations of Brazilian and American jazz, featuring Joyce Todd McBride; piano, Jeff Kaz; sax, Todd Larson; bass, Jeff Pera; drums. In collaboration with Dream Kitchen, the Dead Media Center at the Dome will present a slideshow, “The History of the Future” — 1888 – 1988 Science illustrations from magic lantern to 35mm slides.

Sat 10/08 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Performances and memories shared in recognition of Tom Nunn’s immense contributions to free improvisation and instrument inventing.

Sat 10/08 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Park Jiha
Park Jiha is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who approaches ancient Korean instruments from the perspective of a modern, improvisatory minimalist.

Sat 10/08 8:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
LEILA ABDUL-RAUF, ROSS HOYT + ED LLOYD, and ALBERT YEH will provide an evening of spectral states, Avant-Jazz, cinematic ambient composition and improvisation. An evening for the curious, for the studious and for the unfamiliar.

Sat 10/08 8:00 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA celebrates the start of the 2022 season with its annual Transitions: two evenings of outdoor, under-the-stars concerts showcasing music from the CCRMA community and beyond. Feast your ears on immersive 3D sounds played on our multichannel system (24.8 speakers!) in our Courtyard outside the Knoll. Each evening’s program will be different and will feature live performances, fixed media electronic music, and audiovisual works.

Sat 10/08 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing works of contemporary composers and presenting diverse new music to international audiences. Since the quartet’s beginning in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers representing a wide aesthetic range of contemporary composition.

Sunday, October 9

Sun 10/09 12:00 PM San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center [401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102]
SF Music Day is the free in-person day-long music marathon that celebrates the past, present, and future of Bay Area music, on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. Now in its 15th year, SF Music Day will showcase more than 25 local groups, 100+ artists, and a range of diverse musical styles from classical music to global music and new music to modern jazz.

Sun 10/09 1:00 PM Shapeshifters Cinema [567 5th St. Oakland, CA 94607]
Thingamajigs presents Redline Redefined, a new multi-year project that investigates, narrates and celebrates our formally red-lined neighborhoods. Thingamajigs has curated a program of audio and visual pieces designed to transport audiences from their home to the streets of Oakland and Berkeley. Featuring eight of the East Bay’s most exciting performing artists, events scheduled include soundwalks, live performances, video narratives, poetry readings and an online interactive map. A diverse group of local artists are participating in the project, including performance artist Theresa Wong, Oakland’s Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga, and instrument inventor Sudhu Tewari.

Sun 10/09 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Wooden Fish Ensemble

Sun 10/09 7:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
Meet/Fundraiser for our new 92-key Bösendorfer piano! Works by Cage, Cowell, Farish, Goodman, Ligeti, Looney, Luo, Mercer, with performances by Patti Deuter, Kymry Esainko, Greg Goodman, Scott R. Looney, Ting Luo, Hadley McCarroll, and Janis Mercer.

Sun 10/09 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SSSS is a monthly, informal show at CNM in which electronic music composers present their fixed media and/or live electronic music through the 8-channel surround system, generously provided by Meyer Sound. The composers mix their sounds from the center of the space, and the audience is free to choose their own listening location, and to move within the space to hear the music from different vantage points. This concert features music by John Bischoff from his just-released album “Surface” on Artifact recordings; “The Secret Opera” by David Michalak ; and three microtonal pieces by Chris Brown, from his recent performance of graphic scores by the artist David Ireland.

Thursday, October 13

Thu 10/13 7:00 PM Great Star Theater [636 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94133]
Other Minds Festival 26 brings together a cast of composers from locations both near and far for three nights of new music at San Francisco’s historic Great Star Theater in Chinatown, October 13-15, 2022. Panel discussions begin at 7:00pm and concerts at 8:00pm.

Thu 10/13 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
A Quarterly Experimental Music, Film and Media Series. Featuring: Aaron Oppenheim, Gabby Wen, Roco Córdova, John Davis

Thu 10/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thomas Dimuzio and Scot Jenerik make a stop at C4NM on their Left Coast Tour for NOISE BY NOISE WEST 2022

Thu 10/13 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
CBSM (Cody Brant & Shane McDonell)
Gustavo Pastre
Methods Body (John Niekrasz, Luke Wyland)
KREation Ensemble (Kevin Robinson Ensemble)
Thurs Oct. 13 8pm-11pm $5-$15 sliding scale (notaflof) all-ages
Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF

Friday, October 14

Fri 10/14 5:30 PM Lytton Plaza Downtown Palo Alto [200 University Ave Palo Alto]
Earthwise welcomes Ben Goldberg clarinet Liberty Ellman guitar jazz duo

Fri 10/14 7:00 PM Great Star Theater [636 Jackson Street SF]
Other Minds Festival 26 October 13-15
A Festival of Boundary-Defying Creativity
Composers from seven countries will convene for the 26th Other Minds Festival, an international annual showcase for composers whose innovative work ranges widely across styles and practices.

Fri 10/14 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
METHODS BODY (Portland, OR, USA) is a performance duo that creates original sound art and music using custom tunings systems, polyrhythms, and the cadences of language. Longtime collaborators Luke Wyland (keys, electronics) and John Niekrasz (drums, percussion) use bespoke live-sampling technologies to create compositions that inhabit waves of subliminal melody and deep, uncanny grooves.

Mike Patton’s Four Decades of Mind-Bending Music

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

When Mike Patton gets on the phone to discuss his formidable discography, the singer/composer/producer asks a simple question: “Why?” “I’ll be honest—it scares me,” he says of the wide-ranging list of releases, one that includes two very different reunions (Mr. Bungle and Faith No More) as well as several one-and-done stunners that sound unlike anything he’d done before. “It’s like, ‘Jesus, what is this? Am I in the grave already? Why such a haunting retrospective?’” The Ipecac Recordings co-founder is not trying to be difficult. Patton’s just one of those people—a restless perfectionist who’d rather look at the long road ahead than marinate on or mourn the past.

Overview of the Canterbury Prog Scene

Source: Yahoo.

At the end of the 60s, the quaint, historic city of Canterbury became the unlikely breeding ground for an underground music scene defined by its willful weirdness and its refusal to take itself too seriously. In and around the town immortalized by Chaucer in the 14th century, dedicated nonconformists like Soft Machine, Caravan, and Hatfield and the North took mad scientist delight in breeding obscure mutations of jazz and rock templates while pulling the rug out from under people’s expectations.

S.E.M. Ensemble and AACM in NY, October 15

Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.

SEM continues its collaboration with the
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
in concert by
The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
Petr Kotik, Conductor
with soloists
Thurman Barker, drums
Nicolas Hay, baritone

Saturday, October 15th
7pm at DiMenna Center for Classical Music
(450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018)

PROGRAM:
Amina Claudine Myers Interiors
George Lewis Mangle of Practice
Adegoke Steve Colson Counterpoints I & II
Leonard E Jones Quintets 1 and 1_2
Muhal Richard Abrams Trio
Henry Threadgill Poems for Voice (1&3)
Thurman Barker Mr. Speed-Str

AMN Reviews: Fractalyst – Watchtower (2022; Cryo Chamber)

This debut from Fractalyst (Dimitris Valasopoulos) is a heady and disconcerting mix of dark ambient drones and electroacoustic elements. In particular, background noises and effects accentuate and often are the focus of attention over the layered synth. These sounds include crackling and hissing static, strange vocalizations and animal noises, and twisted looping melodies that lilt and oscillate. They result in a cinematic soundscape that nonetheless supports active listening.

Valasopoulos’s manipulation of samples is quite compelling, as he uses them to build haunting stories and to give each track a distinct character. For example, Burial provides footsteps and background voices, as well as ebbing and flowing waves, some smooth, others gritty. This evolves into a wistful yet foreboding melody atop the aforementioned effects.

Imagined as a post-apocalyptic journey, Watchtower is a promising first release that comes highly recommended. It is also one of those albums that requires experiencing at a relatively high volume to fully appreciate its attention to detail.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1355

Source: Vital Weekly.

MARC BARON & JEAN-PHILIPPE GROSS (CD by Eich) *
SAM PREKOP – THE SPARROW (CD by TAL27) *
MATHIAS DELPLANQUE – Ô SEUIL (CD by Ici D’Ailleurs/Minds Travel Series) *
STEVE BATES – ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN (CD by Constellation Records) *
ECOVILLAGE – THE ROAD NOT TAKEN (CD by Laaps) *
HANNES LINGENS – NACHTHUND (CD by Umlaut Records) *
HANDS HOLDING THE VOID – BRDLND (CD, private) *
MARK HANSLIP & ANDREW CHEETHAM – STRING AND GRID (CD by Discus Music) *
BORDA – ATRABILE (CD by Standa) *
MASSARO & VITOLO & MIELE – SPURIOUS CORRELATIONS (CD by 13/Silentes) *
SIMON BALESTRAZZI – ATTI INNATURALI (CD by Standa) *
GIANLUCA BECUZZI – AXIS MUNDI (CD by Standa) *
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE – RADIO BROADCASTS SUMMER OF THE ARRIVAL 2008 (2CD by Ramble Records) *
FRED MOTEN & BRANDON LÓPEZ & GERALD CLEAVER – MOTEN​/​​​​​LOPEZ​/​​​​​CLEAVER (CD by Relative Pitch Records) *
RIPIT – A CHURCH OR A FACTORY (LP by Cheap Satanism)
ALESSANDRO BARBANERA – OBLIO (CDR by ROHS!/Lontano series) *
AD VAN AART – CONCERT FOR ORGAN PIPES AND VACUUM CLEANERS (CDR by Zesde Kolonne) *
MAX FRIMOUT – MAUVAIS PAQUET (cassette by Zesde Kolonne) *
PIERRE-YVES MARTEL – WEIRD STUDIES – MUSIC FROM THE PODCAST VOL.2 (cassette, private) *
MODELBAU – THE ENCOUNTER (cassette by Dark Passage)

Pharoah Sanders Profiled

Source: burning ambulance.

I saw Sanders live twice. The first time was in the mid ’90s, at Iridium when it was still uptown near Lincoln Center. I don’t remember the entire band, but Ron Carter was on bass, Cindy Blackman (not yet Cindy Blackman Santana) was on drums, and Sanders climaxed the set with a number on which he pounded his chest and sang a bellowing, wordless song.

Coming to Roulette

Source: Roulette,

JENNIFER CHOI AND LES FRÈRES MÉDUSES: THE UNKNOWN (SILENT FILM ORIGINAL SCORE)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2022. 8:00 PM
Violinist Jennifer Choi and the European guitar duo Les Frères Méduses perform an original score for the 1927 silent film The Unknown.

INTERPRETATIONS: SCOTT ROBINSON / WADADA LEO SMITH
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2022. 8:00 PM
The New York-based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson and trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Wadada Leo Smith.

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE AND MV CARBON: LIQUIDDD CHANGESSS ALBUM RELEASE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2022. 8:00 PM
The multidisciplinary artists celebrate the release of their new collaborative album with an improvised performance.

MYRA MELFORD’S FIRE AND WATER
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2022. 8:00 PM
The visionary pianist taps into the elemental nature of inspiration for her exhilarating new project, Fire and Water.

Coming to Seattle

Source: Wayward Music Series.

James Falzone: So Far Still
Sat. Oct. 8, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

James Falzone presents a solo performance on clarinets, piano, penny whistles, shruti box, and bells, in celebration of his new release, So Far Still, recorded by Steve Peters at the Chapel as part of the Wayward in Limbo series. Joining James will be spoken word artist Omar Willey.

Michelle Huang & Erin Wight
Thu. Oct. 13, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

The Seattle-based duo of Michelle Huang (piano) and Erin Wight (viola) presents an intriguing program exploring the idea of transformation through the works of composers Mary Kouyoumdjian, Clarice Assad, Rebecca Clarke, and Arvo Pärt.

Ben McAllister
Fri. Oct. 14, 7:30 PM; $10 donation at door

Ben McAllister offers a solo set involving projected notation and home-brewed software slicing-and-dicing, then an hour of audience collaboration which will result in some new compositions. Bring your voice or another unamplified pitch-making apparatus.

Earshot/NonSeq: Vitamin D/Drum Orbit
Sat. Oct. 15, 8:30 PM; $10 – $20 advance/door

Drum Orbit is a new experimental quintet led by turntable artist/producer Vitamin D, featuring Kassa Overall (drums), Darrius Willrich (keys), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), and Gerson Zaragoza (guitar), seeking new approaches while acknowledging ancestral traditions and rhythms.