Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Thursday 10 | 8.30pm | £8

Buckley / Batchelor Quartet

A timely return to the Vortex for the near telepathic alto and trumpet pairing of Steve Buckley and Chris Batchelor, who formed their first band together over 30 years ago and have subsequently featured in many line ups, including Loose Tubes, Equal Interest+ and their own award-winning band Big Air.

Variously described as “genre-mashing”, “the Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman of UK Jazz” and “as funky and unbuttoned as a chimp on acid”, they appear alongside top drawer bass and drums team of Steve Watts and Gene Calderazzo. A rare treat.

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Saturday 12 | 2.00pm | £4

Leafcutter John, Gina Southgate
Dave Morecroft

Three art forms combine in this exciting project featuring Leafcutter John (Polar Bear) on electronics, stalwart of the London improv scene Gina Southgate (canvas/objects) and Dave Morecroft (WorldService Project) on piano.

The trio will transform the Vortex into an installation space for the afternoon; with nail-biting electronics, visual art, experimental improvisation and melancholic drones all likely to feature. Drop in for this exciting installation-style performance.

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Saturday 12 | 8.30pm | £10

Loop Collective

Splice

Splice’s raison d’être is to mesh together elements of contemporary jazz, free improv, loud and soft noise, punk grit, ambient music, and more…

With players from England, France and Québec including Alex Bonney, Robin Fincker, Dave Smith and Pierre Alexandre, the quartet dissolves boundaries with seamless blends or blunt juxtapositions.

Dice Factory

Dice Factory is Tom Challenger (saxophone), George Fogel (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) and Jon Scott (drums) – they’ve developed an unwritten ethos of purposefully discovering and utilising challenging modes of composition and improvisation with an emphasis on texture, rhythmic sound-scapes achieved through constant interplay alongside strong grooves, striking harmonic passages and melodic playfulness.

Mirror+

An engaging collaboration between some of London’s most distinctive instrumentalists including Dan Nicholls, Kit Downes, James Allsopp, Shabaka Hutchings and Dave Smith, performing music impelled and inspired by contemporary issues and mass-media imagery, and exploring connections between sound and image.

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Sunday 13 | 8.30pm | £12

Convergence Quartet

The Convergence Quartet –Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt, Alexander Hawkins, and Dominic Lash – comprises four leading composer-improvisers steeped in both US and European creative traditions.

The results, heard most recently on their second album, ‘Song/Dance’ (Clean Feed), are ‘uncommonly compelling’ (All About Jazz New York) and provoke ‘a sustained sense of open-mouthed surprise’ (BBC Music).

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Wednesday 16 | 8.30pm | £9
Mustard Pie
Improvisational tour-de-force Seb Rochford (drums) and Tom Herbert, from 2005 Mercury nominated Polar Bear, and Mark Holub (drums) and Liran Donin (bass) from 2009 Mercury nominated Led Bib teaming up with legendary saxophonist Jan Kopinski.

Crump
Featuring long-time musical associates Dave Okumu (The Invisible, Finn Peters), Tom Herbert (The Invisible, Polar Bear) and Tom Skinner (Zero 7, Zed-U), the trio will be playing material from their forthcoming album. Bring on the crumpage!

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Thursday 17 | 8.30pm | £15
Charles Gayle / Han Bennink
Living in Downtown Manhattan since the 1960s Charles Gayle is a saxophonist, pianist, nowadays also a double bassist, sometimes a clown and radical musical performer yet still a man of great humility. It is sometimes hard to predict what he will do on stage.

This is also true for legendary Dutch drummer Han Bennink, whose first recording was with Eric Dolphy in 1964. These two acclaimed performers have now found each other as duo partners – two free spirits who keep alive the idea of what jazz was once supposed to be.

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San Francisco Bay Area Scene

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...
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From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, November 10, 7:30pm
Maybeck Studio, Berkeley (directions/reservations, email: theresa.wong8 (at) gmail.com)
Theresa Wong’s THE UNLEARNING, CD Release Concert & Celebration with HELLO DUST
* THE UNLEARNING: Theresa Wong (cello, voice), Carla Kihlstedt (violin, voice).
* HELLO DUST: Carla Kihlstedt (voice, violin, pump organ) & Matthias Bossi (drums, percussion, keyboards, voice, bass harmonica)
Theresa’s debut release on Tzadik records, The Unlearning is a collection of songs inspired by the Disasters of War etchings by Francisco Goya, recorded and performed in duo with the extraordinary Carla Kihlstedt.

Thursday, November 10, 8pm
Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco
OutSound presents Luggage Store New Music Series
Four Channels of Music by:
* 8pm – Tim Walters (electronics)
* 8:45 – Amar Chaudhary (electronics)
* 9:30 – Robert Hamilton (electronics)

Friday, November 11, 8pm
The Lab, 2948 16th St., San Francisco
IAMINDUST Experifest 2011 with:
Chrome (legendary San Francisco ‘cyborg punk’ band), Death of the West, Future Blondes, Dark Muse, SciHi, James Goode, Cloud Shepherd.

Friday, November 11, 8pm
THE MILK BAR at The Sunshine Biscuit Factory, 81st and San Leandro, Oakland
Installation / video / sound by Kim Anno, Dave Coll and Ricardo Rivera
Performance / music by The wounded stag (Dan Carbone & Andrew Goldfarb)
Dance & Film by Margit Galanter (dance) & Kadet Kuhne (film)
Film and Live Music by Sylvia Schedelbauer (film) and Lisa Mezzacappa / Noah Phillips (music)
Prose by Maw Shein Win (poetry).

From Berkeley Arts Festival:

Friday, November 11, 8pm
Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave. (between Shattuck and Oxford), Berkeley
TRIO with Fred Frith (guitar), Theresa Wong (cello/voice) & special guest from Denmark, SØREN KJÆRGAARD (piano)

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, November 12, 8pm
The Lab, 2948 16th St., San Francisco
IAMINDUST EXPERIfestival 2011 with:
Nux Vomica, Deglet Noor Fakris, Instagon, Nihil Communication, Thomas Dimuzio, Illusion of Safety, Noisepslam, Cursed Chimera.

Sunday, November 13, 2pm
Cafe Royale, 800 Post St. (@ Leavenworth), San Francisco
Ken Bullock and Gilbert Johnson Present Second Sunday Jazz:
The Lost Trio: Phillip Greenlief (tenor saxophone), Dan Seamans (bass), Tom Hassett (drums).

From Mills College:

Sunday, November 13, 4pm
Mills College, Center for Contemporary Music, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
Mills Music Now presents: GIANNA ABONDOLO playing cello music by Crumb, Shostakovich, Tanaka, and Abondolo. Performers include Gianna Abondolo (cello, composition), Robert Schwartz (piano), Jeffrey Anderle (clarinet), William Everett (double bass), Loren Mach (percussion).

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, November 13, 7:30pm
Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St. (@ Mission), San Francisco
OutSound.org presents SIMM series:
2 sets by Noertker’s Moxie Quintet: Annelise Zamula (tenor saxophone, flute), Amber Lamprecht (oboe, flute), John Vaughn (baritone sax, flute), Bill Noertker (contrabass), Dax Compise (drums).

From Berkeley Arts Festival:

Sunday, November 13, 8pm
Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave. (between Shattuck and Oxford), Berkeley
* Phillip Greenlief (saxophones), Soren Kjerkgaard (piano), Tim Perkis (electronics).
* Empty Cage Quartet: Jason Mears (saxophone, clarinet), Kris Tiner (trumpet), Ivan Johnson (bass), Paul Kikuchi (drums).

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, November 13, 9pm
Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., San Francisco
* Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch
* Ava Mendoza (guitar) / Nick Tamburro (drums)
* Myles Boisen & Friends

Monday, November 14, 8pm
Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Yoshi’s San Francisco presents Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed plus Roscoe Mitchell, in a fundraiser for the Before Columbus Foundation.

Tuesday, November 15, 7:30pm
Tuesdays at Tom’s Place, 3111 Deakin St., Berkeley
duo and trio performances by Theresa Wong (cello/voice), with SØREN KJÆRGAARD (piano) and TORBEN ULRICH (voice, etc.).

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Darmstadt' fourth annual Essential Repertoire festival

La Monte Young
Cover of La Monte Young

From New York’s ISSUE PROJECT ROOM:

Thursday, December 8 at 8 p.m.
Morton Feldman
For Christian Wolff (1986)
Ensemble Sospeso: Nicholas DeMaison (keyboards), Amelia Lukas (flute)
An “extended waking dream,” written and premiered in 1986, For Christian Wolff is scored for keyboards and flute, played here by Ensemble Sospeso’s Nicholas DeMaison and flutist Amelia Lukas. Generally regarded as the most austere of Feldman’s late works, For Christian Wolff is described by DeMaison as “fantastically quiet, full of pitches and yet somehow never quite emerging from a perpetual state of almost-being.” Since its Carnegie Hall debut in 1998, Ensemble Sospeso’s performances have been described as “stunning” (The New York Times), “a wonder to watch” (The Wall Street Journal) and “gorgeously rich” (The Village Voice).

Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m.
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Cosmic Pulses (2007), Telemusik (1966), Trumpet from Orchestra Finalists (1996)
Analog Arts: Joe Drew (trumpet and sound projection)
Joe Drew, of Analog Arts, will give the New York premiere of Cosmic Pulses, the last piece of electronic music Karlheinz Stockhausen wrote. With an 8-channel sound system surrounding the audience (and a subwoofer on every channel), Cosmic Pulses envelops the audience in a swirl of sound. Cosmic Pulses will be paired with Stockhausen’s early electronic masterpiece, Telemusik (1966) and an excerpt from Orchestra Finalists (1996), the second scene of Wednesday from the Licht cycle.
Joe Drew is a trumpeter, composer, and specialist in the music of Stockhausen. He is responsible for the US premiere of Cosmic Pulses in 2008. Drew toured with Markus Stockhausen and Marco Blaauw in musikFabrik’s production of Michael’s Journey Around the World, the second act from Licht. Drew is also the director of the Iron Composer competition and a doctoral fellow at NYU Steinhardt.

Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m.
Terry Riley
In C (1964)
Darmstadt: Essential Repertoire closes with the seventh annual performance of Terry Riley’s minimalist classic, and instigator of a musical movement, “In C.” The piece will be performed in true Darmstadt fashion, by an intergenerational ensemble of New York experimental musicians, amplified and backed by former Swans drummer and La Monte Young collaborator Jonathan Kane. The annual electrifying new music jam session, called “the most vital, audacious and energizing performance” of the piece by the New York Times, has never before taken place at Issue Project Room.

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Upcoming Detroit Shows

From the Bohemian in Exile:

Monday, Nov. 14th: Travis Laplante (solo), Joel Peterson at 2739 Edwin
Saxophonist Travis Laplante is best known as a member of the Brooklyn group Little
Women, but he’s making a significant mark with his solo sets of extended technique saxophone. His sounds veers towards hypnotic repetition and archaic sounds; Little Women is a group that makes creative, chaotic improvisations, but Travis solo is closer
music as ritual. I’ll open the show with my new set for overtone series guitar.

Show at 8 pm; $5-10 suggested. 2739 Edwin is in Hamtramck. Please use the
free parking behind 2739 Edwin, accessible from the alley next to the building.

Monday, Nov. 21st: Keir Neuringer (solo), Joel Peterson at Public Pool
You couldn’t blame Keir Nueringer for thinking Detroit is a gallery-centric! Last time
he was here, he performed inside an installation by Lynn Bennett-Carpenter at 2739 Edwin, and this time he’ll be performing alongside the new clothing inspired show at Public Pool! Luckily, Keir can carry a show without a band behind him, whether its on Farfisa organ or saxophone. At times he’s reminiscent of Math (Quintron’s early Chicago-era band) or other recent art-rock acts, but his saxophone playing shows a broad concept of contemporary improvising.

Again, I’ll open the show with my final reprise of the overtone guitar set.
Show at 8 pm; $5-10 suggested. Public Pool is located at 3309 Caniff in Hamtramck.

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