Sea Of Sound Festival in Alberta

The Sea Of Sound takes place this weekend in Alberta, Canada.

Please join us for a series of concerts featuring new sounds and experiences created with technology, presented in an 8-channel surround sound environment. Featuring music by local Albertan artists, as well as the winning electroacoustic works of the National Jeu de temps / Times Play 2011 (JTTP 2011) Competition for young and emerging Canadian artists. These events will feature a collection of sound art works and performances featuring music, dance, video, theatre, installation, and acousmatic surround sound works, as well as a special seminar with Kevin Austin of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.

University of Alberta Music Department, BEAMS, Tonus Vivus, and the CEC present:

The Sea of Sound Festival, 2011.
Catalyst Theatre / New City Legion
Edmonton, Alberta
November 18-20

In celebration of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s 25 anniversary.

Featuring work by local artists:

Wayne Defehr . Raylene Campbell . Clinker . Scott Smallwood . Ken Gregory
Shawn Pinchbeck & Gerry Morita . Jeannie Vandekerkhove, Jodie Vandekerkhove
& Adam Tindale . Trio Latitude . MUGBAIT . Wijit . Allison Balcetis
The Dada Police . Gene Kosowan . Jacek Sobieraj . Agaperaygunexperiment . Will Scott
Zachary Polis . Philip Dickau & Ryan Sowiak . D. Andrew Stewart

And featuring the winning works of the Jeu de Temps / Times Play Competition:

Maxime Corbeil-Perron . Marc-André Perron . David Arango Valencia
Jullian Hoff . Guillaume Barrette . Guillaume Campion

with special guest Kevin Austin of the CEC.

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Kidd Jordan
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Hamid Drake and Kidd Jordan meet in New Orleans on Sunday.

Pauline Oliveros will perform in a Live Telematic Trio with Ricardo Arias and Chris Chafe, Saturday, November 19, 2011, 7pm, at The Wortham Opera Theatre at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.

The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble will perform works by John Cage, Giovanni Gabrieli, Luigi Nono, and Petr Kotik December 13th in New York.

Divorce Records has a new release out from My Cat is an Alien, entitled Living on the Invisible Line.

Open Ears Music has posted a recent show featuring Caroline Davis.

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Paal Nilssen-Love
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From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Thursday 17 | 8.30pm
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.

Saturday 19 | 8.30pm

Coax Collectif Night

A night dedicated to bands from the French COAX stable; one of the most cutting edge and groundbreaking collectives currently working out of Europe, including bands such as Q.

IRèNE’s compositions and concerts are comparable to a cinematic drama, mixing contemporary experimental jazz with alt rock and electronic music. IRèNE also just recently won the extremely prestigious National Jazz competition at La Défense (best band & best composition).

Founding member of the COAX Collective, MeTal-O-PHoNe take jazz, gamelan, rock, improvised and repetitive music for inspiration. If Steve Reich joined Battles this is probably what it would sound like.

Sunday 20 | 7.00pm


Daniel Thompson, Javier Carmona
Will Connor
Rising guitar star Daniel Thompson presents a new percussion-based trio with Javier Carmona (drums) and Will Connor (percussion). Intelligent detailed and engaging.

The London debut for established Norwegian duo, Ståle Liavik Solberg (drms/perc) and Stine Janvin Motland (voice).

Tom Chant, Pablo Rega
Barcelona-based duo Tom Chant (sax) and Pablo Rega (guitar) in another London debut playing music that is both fiery and intense and covering the whole dynamic range.

Favourites at festivals around Europe, but rearely heard in the UK – four of the best UK improvisers put together by guitarist Dave Tucker with Pat Thomas (piano), Phil Minton (voice), and Roger Turner (drums/perc). Sonic pyrotechnics of the highest order!

Steve Beresford, Satoko Fukuda
A highly rated and much loved duo, Steve Beresford (piano) and Satoko Fukuda (violin) make a welcome return to The Vortex. A perfect closing set to warm the heart and feed the mind – Imaginative, inventive and full of spirit.

Monday 21 | 8.30pm

Evan Parker, Peter Evans, Okkyung Lee

This trans-Atlantic, trans-generational trio first played together as part of Evan Parker’s 2009 residency at The Stone in New York. Cellist Okkyung Lee is well known for her dramatic technique, which incorporates a love of noise and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. Her fearless attitude and voracious appetite for new musical situations has led to collaborations with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Thurston Moore, and many others. Peter Evans has reconfigured the trumpet in the same way Evan Parker did the saxophone, revealing new sonic possibilities and future directions for the instrument. Together, their extraordinary instrumental techniques are transmuted through collective improvisation into music rich in imaginative and emotional resonance.

Tuesday 22 | 8.30pm

Ken Vandermark Fire Room

Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love / Lasse Marhaug

A tempest of jazz-noise erupts on the Atavistic debut from Fire Room, a trio project between long-time collaborators Ken Vandermark (tenor and baritone saxophones), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Lasse Marhaug (electronics). As core members of the initial lineup of Powerhouse, as well as numerous other adventurous small and large groups, these musicians know each other well. The telepathic vibe necessary to make free music really work is tested and expanded upon throughout, given Marhaug’s penchant for moodier, darker, yet still explosive forays on an array of vintage, contemporary and custom pieces of electronic gear.

Wednesday 23 | 8.30pm

Ken Vandermark Fire Room

Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love / Lasse Marhaug

Saturday 26 | 8.30pm

Keith & Julie Tippett – couple in spirit

Keith and Julie Tippett are acknowledged as two of the most distinctive and original musicians in jazz and improvised music. They have worked together in larger ensembles such as Centipede, The Ark, Dedication Orchestra, Tapestry and Minafric, Viva la Black, as well as smaller ensembles such as Ovary Lodge, Mujician, The Dartington Improvising Trio, Dreamtime and a myriad of duos and trios with musicians from around the world. They have also won acclaim from the world of contemporary classical music with commissions from and for the Composers Ensemble, the Kreutzer and Elysian String Quartets, the BBC singers and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. As they enter their 42nd year of marriage and making music together they perform tonight an evening of spontaneous composition; the architecture being complete only when the last note has drifted into silence.

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Pjusk, Sval (12k)
Various Artists, The Trees are All Blocking the Forest (2 CDR Striate Cortex)
Loopool & Oneirothopter, Notation Improvisations #3 (CDR Hipster Death)
Various Artists, The Reconstruction of Fives (n5MD)

San Francisco Bay Area Scene

Fred Frith performing at Mills College, Oaklan...
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From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, November 17, 7:30pm
Tuesdays at Tom’s Place, 3111 Deakin St., Berkeley
Piotr Michalowski (saxes, including sopranino) from Michigan, Vinny Golia (sopranino sax) and Jon Raskin (sopranino sax). A very squeaky saxophone trio.

Thursday, November 17, 8pm
Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco
OutSound presents Luggage Store New Music Series
Music in Motion featuring the Cornelius Cardew Choir
Solo, duo, quintet, sextet and ensemble pieces by Bob Marsh, Diane Caudillo, Nancy Beckman and Tom Bickley. Music in Motion is an ongoing series of investigations into the sonic properties of the Luggage Store Gallery. This series, curated by Bob Marsh, explores the dialogue between sound and space. How does sound define the space? How does the space define the sound. This is the sixth event in this series.

From Berkeley Arts Festival:

Thursday, November 17, 8pm
Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley
* ADDLEDS: Kanoko Nishi (koto), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe/English horn), Tony Dryer (bass) & Jacob Felix Heule (percussion)
Addleds explore timbral and textural extremes of distended instrumental technique via improvisation and open-ended compositional strategies. Their music tends towards a brutalist minimalism as informed by the noise underground as by recent developments in the field of free improvisation.

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, November 17, 9pm
Public Works, 161 Erie St., San Francisco
T.I.T.S., Erase Errata, & Grass Widow join forces to melt your mind! Possible T.I.T.S. record release.

From The Freight.Org:

Friday, November 18, 8pm
Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
* Australian Bebop Ragas: Teed Rockwell (veena), Stephen Kent (didgeridu), Ian Dogole (world jazz drums), Vishal Nagar (tabla).
As its name suggests, this performance weaves together intriguing elements from far-flung corners of the globe to create an adventurous evening’s listening.

From Squid List:

Friday, November 18, 9pm
Kimo’s Penthouse Lounge, 1351 Polk St., San Francisco
First Church of the Sacred Silversexual Debut
The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual is a musical in the form of a religious service where David Bowie is the object of our exaltation! Join the Reverent Father Lysol Tony-Romeo and the very first “worship” band, The Strangers, for a night of sparkly revelry, beatitude and blasphemy, rock show and revival!

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, November 19, 4:30pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th St. (between Broadway and Telegraph), Oakland
Vessel Acoustic Festival – showcasing exquisite acoustic music in our aurally compelling architectural space, featuring:
Graham Patzner (Whiskerman), Phillip Greenlief (solo), Tumbleweed Wanderers, Song Preservation Society, Sara Aboulafia, Lia Rose, Wolf and Crow, The Fist and the Furry.

From Squid List:

Saturday, November 19, 8pm
Temescal Art Center, 511 48th St., Oakland
THE UNCOMFORTABLE ZONES OF FUN: experiments in experience/participation performance
Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, November 19, 8pm
Electric Works Gallery, 130 8th St.,(SOMA), San Francisco
Electric Works Gallery Presents Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin’s 1+1
* Phillip Greenlief (solo saxophone)
* Jon Raskin (solo saxophone)
* This performance will conclude with a duo performance by Phillip and Jon.

From Berkeley Arts Festival:

Saturday, November 19, 8pm
Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley
Danishta Rivero Solo (Hydrophonium)

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, November 20, 5pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Actual Jazz Series, curated by drummer Jordan Glenn
* duo: Kanoko Nishi (koto), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion)
* trio: Fred Frith (guitar), Jason Hoopes (bass), Jordan Glenn (drums)
The Actual Jazz Series takes place every third Sunday from 5-7pm at the Actual Café in North Oakland. Each month a different local musician curates the musical program for the evening, presenting a diverse cross-section of the local scene.

From FaceBook:

Monday, November 21, 7pm
Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento
Nebraska Mondays, curated by Ross Hammond, presents:
Tyson Graf/Mike Johnson and the Know Hassell Project

From Berkeley Arts Festival:

Monday, November 21, 8pm
Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley
The Pierrot Players perform Pierrot Lunaire

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