Tim Berne’s Snakeoil & Blue Cranes in Portland on March 2

Tim Berne

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

3/2/12: Tim Berne‘s Snakeoil & Blue Cranes

From the Blue Cranes: We are excited to host his group at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Friday, March 2 in a double bill with Blue Cranes. Snakeoil is comprised of Ches Smith on drums (Xiu Xiu, Mr. Bungle, Marc Ribot, Good for Cows), Oscar Noriega on clarinet (Endangered Blood, Paul Motian, Anthony Braxton), Matt Mitchell on piano (John Hollenbeck, Darius Jones, Rudresh Mahanthappa/Bunky Green), and Tim Berne on alto sax/composition.

Tim Berne’s music is amazing to behold live. His trio at the Portland Jazz Festival several years back with Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver left me in awe for months. I’m excited to experience this group in the Alberta Rose Theater. Because this show comes on the heels of this year’s Portland Jazz Festival the week before, we have decided to forego booking our own show during the festival in order to make this a very special event.

Tim Berne / Snakeoil
Blue Cranes
Friday, March 2
Alberta Rose Theater (3000 NE Alberta St., Portland)
$12 advance here, $15 day of show
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm.


Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) at Rock en Seine ...
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From the ISSUE Project Room:

02/23 @ 8:00pm
Littoral: Flowers & Cream

Flowers & Cream is a small press / independent POETRY publishing imprint founded by Sonic Youth songwriter Thurston Moore. The press aims to feature work of young, emerging poets steeped in contemporary poetic practice and investigation/illumination.

The evening will include reading by Anselm Berrigan, John Coletti, Ben Estes & Eliane Kahn, and a performance by Thurston Moore & Samara Lubelski.

02/24 @ 8:00pm – Stephen Drury plays John Cage’s Etudes australes + Collide-O-Scope Music plays Riley, Glass, Stockhausen

Stephen Drury performs John Cage’s Etudes australes. Composed in 1974-1975, the piece (a total of 32 Etudes, organized into 4 books, each book having 8 Etudes) consists of single tones and combinations derived from star charts of the Atlas Australis. Though notated on conventional staves, there are no dynamic markings nor pedal instructions, and the player is free to interpret the notes given.

Now in its third season, Collide-O-Scope Music is a contemporary music collective with a focus on presenting a diverse spectrum of music and visual media, emphasizing the integral connection between emerging technologies and the formation of new aesthetic environments. Led by pianist Augustus Arnone and composers Chris Bailey and Louis Bunk the group has offered an eclectic mix of newly composed works and essential classics from the modern repertory.

02/25 @ 8:00pm
The Experimental Music Yearbook

Now entering its 4th year, The Experimental Music Yearbook is a repository for composers, performers, and the public to glean the methods and styles of various artists working in the experimental music tradition. As the modes of experimentation in the arts change from year to year, the Experimental Music Yearbook’s annual issues will build into a comprehensive, and varied, database of experimentation in music/sound.

For this concert, the editors will select highlights from the first three years to spotlight the different methods composers use to create their music. Differing in concept and execution, the compositions display the full range given to performers in realizing works in the experimental tradition. Composers include Peter Ablinger, Casey Anderson, Olivia Block, John P. Hastings, Tom Johnson, Taku Sugimoto, Hans W. Koch, and Christian Wolff.

Han Bennink Interview

English: ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink

From two.one.five magazine.

Free Jazz! What does this even mean?” Dutch drummer Han Bennink remarks in a small room on the 3rd floor of the Philadelphia Art Alliance. “Does it mean you won’t get paid?” He laughs at his own sarcastic question. Free jazz, he explains, means you can make the music anything you want, which is exactly what he did, playing, for the first time in history, in a duet with world-renowned jazz pianist Dave Burrell.

Review of Contempo’s all-Gubaidulina Concert

English: Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina in...
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From chicagotribune.com:

How odd that the music of Sofia Gubaidulina, generally considered to be the most important composer to have emerged from the former Soviet Union since Shostakovich, turns up so infrequently in performance — as opposed to recordings, where it’s well represented. So the concert presented by Contempo in honor of Gubaidulina’s 80th birthday season, Wednesday night at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, carried a rightful sense of occasion, with performances worthy of a widely respected contemporary figure who, last June, became the first composer ever to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Chicago.

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

I Heart Lung, Empty Bottle, Chicago, March 8, 2009
Tom Steck, Empty Bottle, Chicago, March 8, 2009 (Photo credit: John Kannenberg)


Friday, February 17, 6:30pm
The LA Free Music Society (LAFMS) presents a bonus concert at The Box. This concert will feature Points of Friction (Damian Bisciglia, Tim Alexander, Joseph Hammer, Mitchell Brown), Albert Ortega, Destroy Date (Eddie Nervo), Small Drone Orchestra (Wild Don Lewis – bass, synth; Eddie Nervo on 2nd bass) and Artzenkraft (John Lewis, solo extended guitar). The Box, 805 Traction Ave., downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From FaceBook:

Friday February 17, 7:30pm
Sacred Grounds Coffee presents Base 4, the jazz/free improv trio of Derek Bomback (guitar), Alan Cook (drums), and Bruce Friedman (trumpet). Sacred Grounds Coffee, 468 W. 6th St., San Pedro | Free, donations accepted

From Beyond Baroque:

Friday, February 17, 9:30pm
Beyond Baroque presents WYATT PENN KEUSCH MUSIC PERFORMANCE. Following up on the four-year-long concert series “decay fest”, Wyatt Penn Keusch and KHALIJA present transmigrations, a new series of experimental electronic music performances focussing on one-off collaborations between artists within the KHALIJA collective. This, the first installment, will feature performers such as Daniel Eaton, Jinku Kim, Wyatt Penn Keusch, Scott Cazon and more. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $7

From Open Gate Theatre:

Saturday, February 18, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents What the Moose Heard: CC’:”filamento”, with Carole Kim (live video performance, performance-based video installation) and Carmina Escobar (voice, multimedia performance) performing a criss-cross live audio-visual sampling
projections onto a sculptural mesh screen. Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 18, 8pm
Miles Memorial Playhouse presents Fireside at the Miles, with String Theory, a unique collaborative ensemble of musicians and dancers that utilize invented instruments and sonic sculpture to create a unique performance landscape and sonic footprint. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. (1/2 block N. of Wilshire), Santa Monica | $10

From Creative Alarm Inventions:

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm
Creative Alarm Inventions and California State University Dominguez Hills present a series of concerts featuring Improvisation and Creative Music. This evening’s performance presents two sets, the Grasse/Hay/Steck Trio and Other Criteria. Jonathon Grasse (guitar), Emily Hay (flute, voice), and Tom Steck (drums) will perform, as well as Other Criteria – Robert F. Leng (saxes) and Tom Steck (drums). California State University Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall (LaCorte Hall A103) , 1000 East Victoria St., Carson | $2 minimum donation, $4 parking (lot 6)

From FaceBook:

Tuesday, February 21, 11:30pm
The TRiP Santa Monica presents the Scott Fraser (guitar, electronics) Bruce Friedman (trumpets) Duo, performing improvised melodic overlays to evolving sonic tapestries. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica | Free

From Angel City Arts:

Wednesday, February 22, 9pm
Angel City Arts presents the Rhythm Chowder Quartet, featuring Bevan Manson (piano), Brad Dutz (percussion), Dave Robaire (bass), and Tom Rizzo (guitar). Blue Whale, The Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. # 301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From Hammer Museum:

Thursday, February 23, 7pm
The Hammer presents Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine, an aural and optical experiment conducted by interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers. His live work, by turns troubling and inspiring, weaves found images of punk, funk, film noir, sci-fi, traditional Samoan dance, and Buddhism with original video content and improvised turntableism and veejaying. The result is an evocative concert that is as much jam session as it is a performative film screening. UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood | Free, $3 parking

From Creative Alarm Inventions:

Thursday, February 23, 7:30pm
Creative Alarm Inventions and California State University Dominguez Hills present a series of concerts featuring Improvisation and Creative Music. This evening’s performance presents two sets, Scott Heustis and Friends, and The Decisive Instant. Scott Heustis (guitar) will perform with Breeze Smith (drums), Tony Green (bass), Dan Clucas (trumpet), and Tony Atherton (sax). The Decisive Instant is a large free jazz and creative music ensemble who will perform pieces by Barry Guy, Jonathon Grasse, Robert F. Leng, and Charles Sharp. The Decisive Instant features David Adler, Robert F. Leng, Ken Luey, Tracy McMullen, Charles Sharp, and Alexander Vogel (reeds), Bruce Friedman, Carvell Holloway, and Douglas Wadle (brass), Derek Bomback, Jonathon Grasse, and Jeff Schwartz (strings), Eduardo Poyart (keyboards), and Alan Cook, David Martinelli, and Tom Steck (drums, percussion). California State University Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall (LaCorte Hall A103) , 1000 East Victoria St., Carson | $2 minimum donation, $4 parking (lot 6)

From CalArts:

Thursday, February 23, 8pm
CalArts presents ESP Night 2, an evening of electronic & experimental music composed and performed by students in the Experimental Sound Practices program. <a href=”California Institute of the Arts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

ACL 2008 - Jenny Scheinman
ACL 2008 - Jenny Scheinman (Photo credit: Kingsnake)

From NYTimes.com:

Tim Berne (Friday) Mr. Berne, the alto saxophonist and composer, has a potent new album, “Snakeoil” (ECM), that typifies his relentlessly inventive style: meticulous but volatile, with a shifting balance between convoluted form and wide-open improvisation. The album features the same well-tested working band that appears here, as part of a cross-country tour: the clarinetist Oscar Noriega, the pianist Matt Mitchell and the drummer Ches Smith. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000, rmanyc.org; $20, or $16.20 for members. (Chinen)

Jim Black Trio (Thursday) Jim Black is known as a drummer of convulsive intensity and a bandleader rooted in the plugged-in protocols of noise-rock. But on “Somatic” (Winter & Winter), his transfixing new album, he leads an acoustic trio featuring the young Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder and the American bassist Thomas Morgan. Here Mr. Black reinvestigates the same original material with Chris Tordini on bass and Teddy Klausner on piano. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers (Tuesday) In a vivid example of the cross-cultural currents in modern improvised music, Mr. ElSaffar plays both the trumpet and the santoor, a hammered dulcimer, and sings in the Iraqi maqam tradition. He appears here with much of the crew from his most recent album, “Inana” (Pi Recordings), including Ole Mathisen on tenor and soprano saxophones, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Zafer Tawil on oud and percussion; Tyshawn Sorey joins them on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem (Monday) Ms. Scheinman, a violinist, favors a style both folksy and exploratory, leaning a bit more to the latter with this working band, which appears here in advance of an overdue (self-titled, independently released) studio debut, due out on March 6. Her partners are the engagingly prickly guitarist Nels Cline, the stalwart bassist Todd Sickafoose and the polymorphically propulsive drummer Jim Black. At 6:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15, free for members. (Chinen)