English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...

Yet another Winter Jazzfest review is available, this time from the Wall Street Journal.

Kayo Dot‘s Toby Driver is interviewed.

John Zorn‘s performance at the Miller Theatre last month is reviewed.

Vijay Iyer has a new album, Accelerando, due out in March.

The results of the Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll are out.

Fotofono has posted live sets from Bryan Eubanks (electronics) and Jason Kahn (modular synthesizer), as well as Andrew Lafkas (bass), Cat Lamb (viola), Radu Malfatti (trombone), and Tucker Dulin (trombone).

Coming to the SuperCoda, January 16th

From New York’s SuperCoda:

CELLOJOE – is a beatboxing, genre bending cellist from San Fransisco. CelloJoe rides his bicycle with his cello and has traveled over 10,000 miles from San Francisco, California to the bottom of Mexico; from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC; from Logan to Provo, Utah; and in England, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, France, and Spain with the Pleasant Revolution and SHAKE YOUR PEACE!

LELAND WULFF – is a transubstantiated blues musician/performance artist whose projects range from balloon art to karaoke. He is a master in the art of surprise. He also scores films. You can hear examples of his work in the newly released short Sisyphus, streaming on Vimeo.

JASON TRACHTENBURG – is the legendary force behind the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and Pendulum Swings. His ability to balance musical grace with uproarious comedy is stunning. He will perform a solo set this evening full of folk songs new and old.

HOUSEHOLD TALES – Household Tales is a Rock N’ Roll band for the Postlapsarian Age. Songs about truck drivers on the open road, woodsmoke, digging your own grave, escaped lions, Philadelphia, baleful drunks, and pregnant women are played on guitars, contrabass, drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute, cello, voices, and found objects.

JUNKYARD WITH MARSH – a duo for violin and yells featuring the lovely Hunter Francis Jack.


Appearances are deceptive and distracting. We can all allow ourselves to be deceived. Fascination and aesthetic perception melt away when faced with the attraction of something unknown but worthy of value for its exceptional nature.

Therefore, appearances can transmit one set of emotions, while quite the contrary is true. Although we are aware of this, it is still easy to let ourselves get carried away, so deception is an easy trick we find hard to resist. We can always say that our appearance was given to us at birth.

BIG PLASTIC FINGER – post post post everything quartet for sax, guitar, drums, bass. Self-described as Somewhere beyond the flickering abyss of cyberspace, a new quartet plays space-jazz with healthy doses of the Canterbury improv scene (Robert Wyatt, Derek Bailey), Sun Ra, and Ash Ra Tempel.

San Francisco Bay Area Scene

English: Fred Frith performing at Mills Colleg...

From Bay Improviser

Thursday, January 12, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, this week featuring David I. Katz (a cappella, solo vocal improvisation) at 8pm, and Los Angeles based composer/vocalist/performance artist Odeya Nini, performing “A Solo Voice” at 9pm. Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding

Friday, January 13, 8:30pm
Nate Wooley, trumpeter from NYC, will visit the Bay Area and reacquaint with Fred Frith and perform for the first time with Aram Shelton, Kanoko Nishi, Jason Hoopes, and Jordan Glenn. The night will feature three short sets: two trios and a sextet. Trio groupings will features Wooley, Frith and Glenn; Shelton, Nishi and Hoopes. All six will combine in a new long form composition by Shelton. Nate Wooley (trumpet), Fred Frith (guitar), Aram Shelton (saxophone), Kanoko Nishi (koto), Jason Hoopes (bass), Jordan Glenn (drums). Subterranean Art House, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | $10-15 sliding

Saturday, January 14, 7:30pm
Meridian Music presents a new electro-acoustic trio featuring, ex-pat living in Italy, Morgan Craft (electric guitar and electronics), Marshall Trammell (percussion), and Zachary Watkins (electronics). This debut collaboration will highlight the trio’s mutual concerns via an improvised performance setting. Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco | $10 general, $5 students/seniors

Sunday, January 15, 7:30pm
OutSound presents the SIMM Series, this week featuring, at 7:30, Time Is Not Now Money, with Lorin Benedict (voiceophone), Scott R. Looney (piano), Bishu Chatterjee (bass), Bryan Bowman (drums), and special guest Kasey Knudsen (alto saxophone). At 8:30, Lewis Jordan (alto and baritone saxophone, poetry) will perform with Karl Evangelista (guitar), Richard Saunders (bass), and Marshall Trammell (drums). Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St. (@ Mission), San Francisco | $10/$8

Tuesday, January 17, 8pm
Yoshi’s Oakland presents the Del Sol String Quartet. The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse, featuring Kate Stenberg, Rick Shinozaki, Charlton Lee and Kathryn Bates Williams. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland | $20

Tuesday, January 17, 9pm
The Hemlock Tavern presents a triple-set evening of adventurous music, with SHAKEN FLESH, MARANA JOCUND, and HECKLER. Shaken Flesh features Rent Romus (reeds), Michael Coleman (synths), Karl Evangelista (guitar), and Jordan Glenn (drums, composition). Marana Jocund is Rob Pumpelly (drums), Will Redmond (guitar), and Megan McKearney-Inciardi (visuals). Heckler features Jacob Felix Heule (drums), Karl Evangelista (guitar), and Matt Chandler (bass). Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., San Francisco | $6