Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (New York) 1993
Anthony Braxton – Orchestra (Los Angeles) 1992
Anthony Braxton – GTM (Iridium) 2007 Vol. 1 Set 1
Anthony Braxton – GTM (Iridium) 2007 Vol. 1 Set 2
Andrew Weathers Ensemble – Guilford County Songs (2012)
Stretch Orchestra – Stretch Orchestra (2012)
Michel Redolfi – Sons-Frissons (2012)
Beatriz Ferreyra – Beatriz Ferreyra (2011)
trioVD’s guitarist Chris Sharkey, saxophonist Christophe de Bézenac and drummer Chris Bussey, are three musicians unleashing a maelstrom of sonic energy and ferocious, interlocking counterpoint, that rests somewhere between The Thing and Meshuggah.
The Carracks Project
The Carracks Project is a new ensemble playing the compositions of double bassist Olie Brice, with James Allsopp (tenor and clarinets), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Mark Sanders (drums) and Alex Bonney (real-time laptop processing).
Wed 14 Tim Berne‘s Snakeoil
Snakeoil is a potent blend of new voices and new ideas featuring Tim Berne on alto, Oscar Noriega (woodwinds), Matt Mitchell (keyboards) and Ches Smith (percussion).
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
Mopomoso – the best in free improvisation
Nick Malcolm, Olie Brice & Roger Turner
Following on from a well-received UK tour these two fine musicians, Olie Brice (bass) and Nick Malcolm (trumpet), are joined by drummer Roger Turner in a debut encounter.
An inventive and talented musician with credits ranging from the Fall, Scatter and the London Improvisers Orchestra, this is a rare chance to hear multi-instrumentalist Dave Tucker in a solo piano set.
Chefa Alonso, Barbara Meyer & Cova Villegas
Well respected and much loved Barcelona based Chefa Alonso (sax, percussion) brings her new Spanish trio, with Barbara Meyer (cello) and Cova Villegas (voice), for a UK debut. ‘An unfolding musical journey of intimate exchange….’
Roger Turner & John Russell
The Roger Turner (percussion) and John Russell (guitar) duo is one of the longest-standing in free improvisation, regarded by many as one of the most exciting playing anywhere today.
Samuel Blaser/Bobbey Avey Duo – EARLY SHOW – 3/17 @ Audio for the Arts
Saturday, March 17th, 6pm start, $8 general admission
SBR is thrilled to host this phenomenal duo for the second time (we had them here in the summer of 2010). Both musicians are virtuoso players with a lexicon of conventional and extended techniques that they use to craft gorgeously precise pieces that seamlessly weave together intricate themes and extended improvisations.
Samuel Blaser is a Swiss born, New York-polished trombonist who has been racking up accolades for almost a decade, and has honors and a discography that is simply mind-boggling considering he’s barely in his thirties. His last album ‘Consort in Motion’ featuring the inimitable and recently deceased drum icon Paul Motian, was voted Best Jazz Album of 2011.
Pianist Bobby Avey gaining some serious traction as both a pianist and as a composer, for which he won the 2011 Thelonious Monk competition. Since his 2006 debut with saxophonist and Miles-alum David Leibman, Bobby has been described as “an indisputable rising star” (all about jazz), and “one of the most promising musicians of his generation” (Ken Dryden). In addition to his full schedule as a bandleader and sideman, Bobby has been busy composing for commissions from the likes of Chamber Music America.
Jaap Blonk, the Weather Duo – LATER SHOW 3/17 @ Audio for the Arts
Saturday, March 17th, 8:30pm start
Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet.
In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual animation and poetry.
Madison’s Weather Duo will open the show with a set of electro-acoustic chamber pieces.
Sons Of Daughters – Sunday, March 18
@ The Cardinal Bar – 8pm, $10 / $5 students (Free to UW students)
Patrick Breiner – tenor sax, clarinet, voice (Easton, CT)
Aaron Darrell – bass, voice (Boston, MA)
Devin Drobka – drums (New York, NY)
Patrick Breiner, Aaron Darrell, and Devin Drobka all contribute compositions ranging from wistful rubato ballads to devil may care free jazz avalanches. Breiner’s tenor saxophone and clarinet are augmented by vocals (his own and those of bassist Darrell). Drobka is the wild card, as likely to play with any object within reach as he is to play his drum kit. In short, a helter-skelter new twist on the classic chordless jazz trio.
Thursday, March 8, 8pm OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, this week featuring The Misspelled Trio at 8pm, and from Albuquerque, trombonist Christian Pincock performing a solo set at 9pm, with improvised and composed music on valve trombone and a computer-based instrument of his own creation with MAX/MSP. The Misspelled Trio is Phillip Greenlief (sax), Arora Josefson (voice), and Matt Davignon (drum machine, cd player). Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding
Thursday, March 8, 8pm
CCRMA at Stanford presents a Cabaret Series concert with Jaap Blonk (composer, performer, poet) with his latest piece “Polyphtong” for voice and live-electronics, plus a rare complete performance of Kurt Schwitter’s “Ursonate”! Stanford University, The Knoll Building, CCRMA Stage (3rd floor), 660 Lomita Dr., Stanford | Free
Thursday, March 8, 8pm
The Mills College Music Department Graduate Program presents Signal Flow, an annual spring festival showcasing new student works in music and sound art. This evening’s concert includes works by Evan Bogunia, Matthew Creer, Lydia Martín, Edan Mason, Brandon Rolle, Ryan Ross Smith, and Ben Tinker. Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | Free
Friday, March 9, 6:30pm
Pioneer of computer-enhanced performance practice Edmund Campion transforms Gallery B, at the Berkeley Art Museum, with sound and visuals, including video projection, a choir spread throughout the building, and his own brand of dynamic, buoyant electronic music. Designer Raveevarn Choksombatchai, artist and 3-D animator Claudia Hart, and the Cornelius Cardew Choir come together to collaborate with Campion, a codirector of UC Berkeley‘s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | Free to $7
Friday, March 9, 8pm
The Mills College Music Department Graduate Program presents Signal Flow, an annual spring festival showcasing new student works in music and sound art. This evening’s concert includes works by Sarah Davachi, Giselle Eastman, Nick Kanozik, and Xo Nguyen. Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | Free
Saturday, March 10, 8pm
The Mills College Music Department Graduate Program presents Signal Flow, an annual spring festival showcasing new student works in music and sound art. This evening’s concert includes works by Rachel Condry, Adam Lowdermilk, Yaman Palak, Edward Stumpp, and Nick Wang. Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | Free
Sunday, March 11, 2pm
Gilberg Johnson and Ken Bullock Presents Second Sunday Jazz at Cafe Royale, featuring three sets from The Lost Trio – Phillip Greenlief (tenor saxophone), Dan Seamans (bass), Tom Hassett (drums). Cafe Royale, 800 Post St. (@ Leavenworth), San Francisco | donations accepted
Sunday, March 11, 4pm
The Mills College Music Department Graduate Program presents Signal Flow, an annual spring festival showcasing new student works in music and sound art. This evening’s concert includes works by Ashley Bellouin, Cindy Colins, Wendy Farina, Moni Gbadebo, Ryan Jobes, and Ralph Lewis. Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | Free
Sunday, March 11, 7:30pm
Back for more! Always a great experience, the Scott Amendola Trio bring their “A” game to Dana Street and offer you a unique musical perspective that is rarely found at any venue in the Bay Area…and we offer it, up close and personal. Jeff Parker (guitar), John Shifflett (bass), and Scott Amendola (drums/electronics). Dana Street Roasting Co., 744 W. Dana St., Mountain View | $15
Sunday, March 11, 8pm
The Swarm Gallery presents a triple-bill evening of music with local avant-jazz-post-rock group Stratic – Michael Coleman (keyboards, electronics), Aram Shelton (saxophone, electronics), and Alex Vittum (drums), an album release performance by Berkeley/Brooklyn hybrid trio Jabberclaw – Jon Arkin (drums), Brian Drye (trombone), and Mike McGinnis (clarinet), and an opening set by Chicago bassist Anton Hatwich. Swarm Gallery, 560 2nd St., Oakland | $10-15 donation
Sunday, March 11, 8pm
Cello Joe presents Cello MADNESS Congress 2012, featuring mystical moments of musical mayhem…cellists improvising in ways you’ve never heard cello before. Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns. We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us. Other instruments are welcome too, especially violin, viola, and upright bass. Featured performers include Rushad Eggelston (the craziest punk rock cellist in all the lands), Clay Chollar Vs. CelloJoe (live dubstep trip tron phonics & cello), and Cello Joe (see it to believe it, friends: beatboxing + cello = classical hip hop). Viracocha, 998 Valencia St. (between Liberty & 21st St.), San Francisco | $8-20 sliding
Monday, March 12, 7pm
Nebraska Mondays at Lunas’s Cafe presents Gerry Pineda/Ross Hammond Duo with Scott Collard Group. Nebraska Mondays is the weekly underground jazz/electronic/poetic/creative music spot, hosted by Ross Hammond. Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento | $5-20 sliding
Tuesday, March 13, 9pm
Active Music Series at the Uptown presents: Moe!kestra + Clifford / Hatwich / Shelton / Wick. Moe!kestra is the large ensemble/orchestra project of Bay Area experimental musician, Moe! Staiano, which began at Berkeley’s Beanbenders’ series in 1997. For this concert, Staiano will conduct 30+ Bay Area musicians through Piece No. 9: When Terrie Had Six, based on songs by, and dedicated to, the Dutch band, the Ex. Opening will be the quartet of Mark Clifford (vibraphone), Anton Hatwich (bass), Aram Shelton (clarinets), and Jacob Wick (trumpet). Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland | donations encouraged
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm
Meridian Music: Composer in Performance Series presents the San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist, Pamela Z, featuring new solo voice and electronics works. Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco | $10 general / $5 student/senior
Wednesday, March 14, 9pm
Moe! Staiano’s own Surplus 1980, the fervent fishes of ReCardiacs Fly, and the mysterious (but loud) PG13 (Thomas Scandura, John Shiurba, and Phillip Greenlief) — will take over the Hemlock Tavern and your world. Cardiacs T-shirts and stickers will be on sale to benefit the ongoing medical care of Cardiacs frontman Tim Smith. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., San Francisco | $7