San Francisco Bay Area Scene

John Cage

From Bay Improviser

Thursday, January 19, 8pm
Bay Area creative jazz double header with Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch and the Nathan Clevenger Group. Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch features Aaron Bennett (tenor sax), John Finkbeiner (electric guitar), Vijay Anderson (drums), and Lisa Mezzacappa (acoustic bass). Nathan Clevenger Group features Aaron Novik (clarinets), Kasey Knudsen (alto & tenor sax), Evan Francis (tenor sax, flute), Sam Bevan (bass), Jon Arkin (drums), and Nathan Clevenger (compositions, guitar). Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., San Francisco | $10

Thursday, January 19, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, at 8pm is Marana Jocund, a free-hardcore (‘outrock’) unit, featuring Will Redmond (electric guitar), Rob Pumpelly (drums), and Megan McKearney (visuals). At 9pm, the free jazz noise of Key West takes the stage, featuring Brian Pedersen (saxes), Sung Kim (the fawn), Dave Dupuis (upright bass), Jason Ricci (drums), and Rent Romus (saxes). Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm
The Meridian Gallery Music Series presents San Francisco artist Bill Fontana, known internationally for his pioneering experiments in sound art. Fontana will play short videos, sound recordings and show photos of his work that has been exhibited throughout the world. The event will culminate in a surround sound performance of two spectacular pieces: Kirribilli Wharf (1976), a pioneering 8 channel sound sculpture realized in 1976 for the Australian Broadcasting Commission and last presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1985 and Speeds of Time (2004 and 2008) which had been a live sound sculpture with Big Ben (London). Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco | $10-20

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm
Turquoise Yantra Grotto presents the best of analog and digital invented instrument worlds with Tom Nunn’s & Paul Winstanley’s new duo + the latest incarnation of Tim Thompson’s computer-controlled Space Palette straight from Burning Man & dorkbot-61. Tix by advance reservation only. To reserve, send an email to joe (at) joelasqo.com, and he’ll confirm and send location and details. (Please note in case of allergies: Birds are present in the venue). | $12-15

Friday, January 20, 8pm
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival is America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 25 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 16+ high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. Friday evening’s program will include pieces by John Cage, Luc Ferrari, Maggi Payne (Berkeley), Jacob Felix Heule (San Francisco), Thom Blum (San Francisco), Cliff Caruthers (Oakland), Matthew Barnard (UK), Orestis Karamanlis (Greece), Émilie Payeur (Montréal), and an 1859 Phonautogram by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879). ODC Dance Theatre, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), San Francisco | $15 [$8]

Friday, January 20, 8pm
The long-awaited debut album “Tales From the Land of Lawson” is finally being released! Limited edition handmade physical copies of the album will be available for $10 each. The album is being released by the new Seattle-based creative music label Table and Chairs. Lawson will be comprised of Jacob Zimmerman (alto sax), Theo Padouvas (trumpet), Cory Wright (tenor sax), Rob Ewing (trombone), Michael Coleman (keyboard), Dan VanHassel (keyboard), Dan Good (electronics, trumpet) with special guest Jem Fanvu (voice). There will be an opening set by Zunu, featuring Zeina Nasr (voice, guitar) and Alex Vittum (drums/synthesizer). Swarm Gallery, 560 Second St., Oakland | $10 suggested donation

Saturday, January 21, 8pm
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival is America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 25 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 16+ high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. Saturday evening’s program will include pieces by John Cage (1912-1992), The Beatles (1957-1970), Raymond Scott (1908-1994) with Jim Henson (1936-1990), Kristin Miltner (Oakland), Joseph Anderson (UK), Christopher Burns (Milwaukee), Matt Ingalls (Oakland), Martin Bédard (Montréal), Christopher Swithinbank (UK), and an 1859 Phonautogram by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879). ODC Dance Theatre, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), San Francisco | $15 [$8]

Sunday, January 22, 8pm
The Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) presents Myra Melford (piano), Han Bennink (drums), and Mary Oliver (violin) in concert. More information is available here. CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley | $10, $5 students/seniors

Sunday, January 22, 8pm
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival is America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 25 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 16+ high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. Sunday evening’s program will include pieces by John Cage (1912-1992), Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), Rubber (() Cement (San Francisco), Adam Basanta (Montréal), Dan Joseph (New York), Stelios Manousakis (Seattle/Greece), Alexander Schubert (Germany), John Young (UK), and an 1859 Phonautogram by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879). ODC Dance Theatre, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), San Francisco | $15 [$8]Sunday, January 22, 9pm
The Subterranean Arthouse presents a triple bill with Joey Molinaro (NYC solo acoustic grindcore violin, foot percussion), Moe! Staiano
(SF improvised found percussionist, formerly of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), and Arkham SubUnit, featuring Rent Romus (saxophones), Karl Evangelista (guitar), Bob Marsh (bass, electronics), and Philip Everett (drums). Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | $10-15

Newsbits

Lou Reed

A new release from Anthony Braxton and Buell Neidlinger is out on K2B2 Records.

Taylor Ho Bynum has updated his website with free concert downloads of Spidermonkey Strings and Book of Three.

Lou Reed brings his Metal Machine Music to California State University, Long Beach, on January 27th.

The Insubordinations netlabel has a new (free) release out from d’incise, Hennig, Kocher, and Sciss.

Avantwhatever has a new release out from Jim Denley.

Interview with Rudresh Mahanthappa

rudresh mahanthappa

From CapitalBop:

In the past five years, a new crop of musicians — this time, most of them with South Asian roots — has pronounced its strong and embedded interest in bringing Indian classical together 21st-century jazz. The music they are creating is more directly tied to the sounds of the Indian subcontinent than was that of the ’60s experimenters; look to Vijay Iyer, Rez Abbasi and Dan Weiss for examples of such globalization-era brew. But especially, take stock of the bitingly alert alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Mahanthappa, who was first inspired to bring Indian classical music into his jazz playing after hearing a Kadri Gopalnath record during college, makes some of the current day’s most bracing and exciting music.

Coming to London’s Vortex Jazz Club

CINC + John Russell

From The Vortex Jazz Club:

Mon 23 | 8.30pm£6 adv / £8 door

Ronin
Be prepared for Ronin – the tense night-time soundtrack to the wild desert expanses of the USA, by four serious men from Ital, led by Bruno Dorella, an influential figure in underground Italian music. He runs the label Bar La Muerte, and is half of avant-metal weirdos Ovo. We are extremely excited to present this one off performance in London in support of their new album.

Petrels
Warm cello tones give way to waves of static, crisp, fractured techno. In 2011 artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Oli Barrett (who plays in Bleeding Heart Narrative) created an exceptional album as Petrels. We hear elements of Leyland Kirby, Fennesz and Godspeed.

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Tue 24 | 8.30pm£12
Systems Quartet
Adam Linson, Rudi Mahall, Alex Dorner
& Paul Lytton

Extending the musical environment of the improvisational jazz quartet, Adam Linson, Rudi Mahall, Alex Dorner and Paul Lytton explore possibilities at the intersection of jazz and computer music with real-time digital manipulations of their acoustic instruments including real-time signal processing and time-delayed sampling and layering.

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Wed 25 | 8.30pm£12
John Russell, Stefan Keune, Paul Lovens, Ute Voelker & Phil Wachsmann
Put together specifically for this evening by guitarist John Russell, the five musicians – John Russell (guitar), Stefan Keune (sax), Paul Lovens (percussion), Ute Voelker (accordion) and Phil Wachsmann (violin) – are all major contributors to the free improvised music scene and in some cases share a history going back over 35 years.

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Thur 26 | 8.30pm£15
Schlippenbach Trio
Alex von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, & Paul Lovens
A free jazz trio comprising Alex von Schlippenbach (piano), Evan Parker (saxophone) and Paul Lovens (percussion) that has, incredibly, maintained group stability, artistic integrity and a staggering level of consistency and development over its period of 40 years.

Aki Takase & Rudi Mahall
Pianist Aki Takase and bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall take some terrific standards and make something fresh out of them without compromising their integrity.

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Fri 27 | 8.30pm£12
Fun House Living With special guest Sandra Hempel
Formed by Hans Koller, Fun House Living is a brand new 10-piece comprising Finn Peters, Julian Siegel, Francois Theberge (reeds), Percy Pursglove, Robbie Robson (trumpets), Jim Rattigan (French horn), Hans Koller, Sarah Williams (trombones), Michael Janisch (bass), Jeff Williams (drums) with guest Sandra Hempel (guitar). The repertoire will include brand new material as well as classic tunes. Special guest for the evening will be German jazz guitarist extraordinaire Sandra Hempel.

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Sat 28 | 8.30pm£15
Norma Winstone
In keeping with the ‘German’ theme of this series of concerts, Norma will be exploring the work of Kurt Weill – singing some of his lesser known songs as well as some of his more famous ones like ‘Speak Low’ and ‘My Ship’, with arrangements by Nikki Iles (piano) and Mark Lockheart (saxophones).

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Sun 29 | 8.30pm£12
Gerd Dudek & The Hans Koller Trio
As a member of Manfred Schoof’s pivotal mid-’60s quintet and the Globe Unity Orchestra (GUO), Gerd Dudek (tenor saxophone) subsequently became a mainstay of prominent units such as European Jazz Ensemble (EJE) and Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.