AMN Picks of the Week: JC Sanford / In Slaughter Natives / Mary Halvorson / Lynn and Barbiero

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...
Mary Halvorson

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.

JC Sanford Orchestra – Views from the Inside (2014)
In Slaughter Natives – Cannula Coma Legio (2014)
Mary Halvorson Trio – Ghost Loop (2013)
Chris Lynn / Daniel Barbiero – Augmented Landscapes (2014)

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Slobodan Kajkut -The Art of Living Dies (God)
Peter Kutin – Burmese Days (Gruenrekorder)
Thomas Tilly – Le Cébron/Statics and sowers (Aussenraum)
Costis Drygianakis – Blown Into Breeze (self-released)
Mattin – Songbook #5 (Disembraining-What Is Not Music? #1)
Mark Vernon – Sounds of the Modern Hospital (Meagre Resource)
Michael Pisaro/Miguel Prado – White Metal (Senufo Editions)

In Milwaukee: Philippe Petit / Xambuca / the Three-brained Robot / Xallxforxthisx / Fake Blood Universe/ Citizen 2-13

Via FTAM a show coming Tuesday, June 10 at 7:00pm, Borg Ward, 823 W National Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204:

PHILIPPE PETIT- There is not much that can prepare you for the extraordinary skills of Petit, this was a performance I hadn’t seen the likes of before. The first set started with Petit on his computer producing an electro grinding swell sustained by beats in the background producing a rising pulse of sound. This moves swiftly into a slither of a noise that then slipped up and down scales moving into sliding scales. All the while the background is haunted – implying a kind of buried sound giving weight to the strength of the slippery electronics. Because of this layering, notes were free to waver from their source, as if they would leap at freedom and scramble to find their place on the register again. At times the sound was underwater, as if the listener is in a submarine or a submerged experience. Sonic and potent. Music that can be felt.

XAMBUCA- As the name implies, XAMBUCA, is a non-sensical arrangement of letters spelling out what most often confuse to be the Italian liqueur made from elderberries known as sambuca. In actuality, the name lacks any direct definition whatsoever, the similar spelling only a mere coincidence. Cause it’s never what you think it will be, but it might and we’d like you to start thinking it’s whatever you want it to be…even if it’s horrible. This being indicative of the chance operational, improvisational, free-for-all element of approaching art with a naivete free from distinction, categorization, organization, limitation and imitation while also struggling with the confines of these simultaneously as we would be naive also to ignore that these phenomenon exist wherever humans are possible.

THE THREE-BRAINED ROBOT- Decidedly out there noise/performance art insanity. Couple of dudes getting REAL weird.

XALLXFORXTHISX- Striaght edge power electronics from three of Milwaukee’s most notorious harsh noise artists. This show will celebrate two new cassettes being released on FTAM.

FAKE BLOOD UNIVERSE- Heady drones and beats with a serious infatuation with black metal overlords.

CITIZEN 2-13- Harsh noise from the back of a cave as you stand in front and feel to scared to enter.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Ornette Coleman


Michael Bates Quartet (Friday) The bassist Michael Bates brings a prickly fluency to his role as bandleader-arranger on “Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich,” his most recent album. He lines up a different ensemble for this engagement, but one with a comparable skill set: Gregory Tardy on saxophones, Bobby Avey on piano and Jeremy Clemons on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Bizingas/Kirk Knuffke Quartet (Thursday) Led by the trombonist and keyboardist Brian Drye, Bizingas, playing here at 8:30 p.m., favors an aesthetic informed by electronic music, rock and avant-garde jazz. Its ranks include the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, who plays his own set at 9:30 p.m. with the saxophonist John O’Gallagher and the guitarist Miles Okazaki. IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $15. (Chinen)

Celebrate Ornette: The Music of Ornette Coleman (Thursday) This salute to the trailblazing saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman — a joint presentation of Celebrate Brooklyn! and the Blue Note Jazz Festival — features his son, Denardo Coleman, on drums and at the helm. This free show’s illustrious guest list, with Denardo Coleman Vibe as a house band, will include the performance artists Patti Smith and Laurie Anderson; the saxophonists Henry Threadgill and David Murray; the guitarists Bill Laswell, Thurston Moore and James Blood Ulmer; the pianists Geri Allen and Bruce Hornsby; and the bassist Flea. And no promises, but there could also conceivably be an appearance by the man of the hour. At 7 p.m., Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-683-5600, (Chinen)

Michael Formanek’s Elusion Trio (Thursday) Mr. Formanek, a bassist and composer drawn to scintillating frictions, has excellent partners in the pianist Kris Davis and the drummer Ches Smith, who round out this new band. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

HNH (Thursday) The name of this avant-garde European collective refers to the surnames of Thomas Heberer, who plays a quarter-tone trumpet; Pascal Niggenkemper, a bassist; and Joe Hertenstein, a drummer. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Briggan Krauss at the Stone (Tuesday through June 15) An alto and baritone saxophonist with a special gift for textural abstraction, Briggan Krauss sets up shop at the Stone next week, beginning on Tuesday with a solo performance (at 8 p.m.) and a quartet featuring Jacob Sacks on piano, John Hébert on bass and Jim Black (at 10 p.m.). H-Alpha, his band with Mr. Black and the electronic musician Ikue Mori, plays on Wednesday, adding the guitarist Nels Cline for its second set; on Thursday Mr. Krauss plays first with the Micro Titans, and then with Han Blasts Panel. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $15 per set; $10 per set for 13- to -19-year-old students. (Chinen)

Red Hook Jazz Festival (Sunday) Now in its seventh year, this proudly grass-roots festival takes place on two consecutive Sundays, in a community garden near the industrial Brooklyn waterfront. Highlights of this weekend’s lineup include the Ralph Alessi Trio, led by its namesake trumpeter, with Drew Gress on bass and Mark Ferber on drums; Azares, which includes the guitarists Joe Morris and Ryan Ferreira; Aberikula, led by the drummer Harris Eisenstadt and featuring Nate Wooley on trumpet and Sara Serpa on vocals; and Deathblow, led by the guitarist Amanda Monaco, with Michaël Attias on saxophone. From 1 to 6 p.m., the Urban Meadow, at President and Van Brunt Streets, Brooklyn,; $10 for adults, free for children. (Chinen)

Vision Festival (Wednesday through June 15) This festival, the country’s leading annual summit of avant-garde jazz, has dedicated its 19th edition to the memory of Amiri Baraka, with poets reading from his work each night. The festival will also bestow a lifetime achievement honor on the free-jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle, featuring him in several groups on Wednesday night, notably a large-scale Vision Artist Orchestra. Thursday’s program will celebrate the action painter and festival fixture Jeff Schlanger, with musicians including the multireedist Peter Brötzmann with William Parker on bass and Hamid Drake on drums. At 7 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 212-254-5420,; $30 per day, $20 for students, $140 for a five-day pass, $270 for a V.I.P. pass. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Dave Liebman
Cover of Dave Liebman


Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Saturday) This admirable group presents its annual program devoted to contemporary music, “Soundscapes,” at Roulette in Brooklyn. The chorus gives its young participates a chance to work with commissioned composers, and for this concert the featured composer is Julianna Barwick, a Brooklynite. There will also be commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner and Missy Mazzoli. At 7:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 800-838-3006,; $15 to $40. (Anthony Tommasini)

Counter)Induction (Saturday) This fiercely committed new-music ensemble presents a tribute to the American modernist master Mario Davidovsky on the occasion of his 80th birthday, with an emphasis on his acoustic vocal and instrumental chamber music. The guests include the soprano Mary Hubbell, the guitarist Daniel Lippel, the flutist Amanda Lukas and the bassist Douglas Balliett. At 8 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470,; $20. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Prism Quartet (Thursday) This adventurous saxophone quartet, which has commissioned numerous pieces for its unusual instrumentation, concludes a series that has featured new works by jazz saxophonists. On this night, the saxophonists Greg Osby and Dave Liebman will join the ensemble in the premieres of their new works. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, 212-864-5400,; $22, $17 for students. (Schweitzer)

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

Michael Manring
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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Fri 6/06 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF]
Jason Moran/Charles Lloyd Duo

Fri 6/06 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Favorite Street: 3 Sets of Steve Lacy Music
Ben Goldberg / Michael Coleman Duo
Darren Johnston / Aram Shelton / Doug Stewart / Kjell Nordeson More…

Fri 6/06 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Henry Kaiser + Michael Manring + Scott Amendola

Saturday, June 7
Sat 6/07 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2196 Mission St. twixt 17th and 18th SF CA]
GodwaffleNoisePancakes: Headboggle, Michael Gendreau & Seitz, Private Language (NYC), Chopper, Finger The Janitor — A variety of noise artists often with a visual performance aspect + vegan pancakes. More…

Sat 6/07 5:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Mentors and Mavericks – Myra Melford
DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg

Sat 6/07 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SmellLab (Theresa Wong: cello, electronics, and voice; Motoko Honda: piano and electronics) / The Broken-Trap Ensemble (Teddy Rankin-Parker: cello; Kristina Dutton: violin; Aram Shelton: reeds; Daniel Pearce: drums) / Kristina Dutton (solo violin)

Sat 6/07 8:00 PM Trinity Chamber Concerts [Trinity Chapel 2320 Dana Street Berkeley CA 94704]
Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area’s first reed quintet, recently formed by five innovative musicians whose reeds vibrate primarily to the sounds of the 20th and 21st Century. The members of this New Music dream team share a composite performing history that includes San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, sfSound, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, Dal Niente, Sqwonk, and many more.

Sunday, June 8
Sun 6/08 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Jaroba/Kevin Corcoran Duo & Medium Sized Band
8 pm
Jaroba – reeds
Kevin Corcoran – percussion
9 pm
Medium Sized Band
Brett Carson – Piano
Jon Meyers – Drums
Jakob Pek – Guitar, Miscellany
Joshua Marshall – Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
…with very special guest Rent Romus – Alto/Soprano Saxophones, small instruments, objects More…

Tuesday, June 10
Tue 6/10 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents Ochs/Robinson, The duo of Larry Ochs, saxophones, and Donald Robinson, drums. Talk More: electro acoustic improvisations and compositions with Aaron Oppenheim, laptop, Shanna Sordahl, cello and electronics; and Andrew Weathers, guitar and electronics. Watkins / Bonansea Duo: Movement and sound with Choreographer/Dancer Christine Bonansea and Composer/Performer Zachary James Watkins.

Thursday, June 12
Thu 6/12 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm aroba/Kevin Corcoran Duo
Percussion, home built instruments, soprano sax and bass clarinet
9pm Ritwik Banerji/Joel Wanek – bass

Thu 6/12 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Henrik Frisk
Henrik Frisk (PhD) is an active performer (saxophones and laptop) of improvised and contemporary music and a composer of acoustic and computer music.

Ars Nova Workshop Summer Concerts

Uri Caine
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From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, July 25, 2014 – 8:00pm
Dave Douglas + Uri Caine Duo
Summer Season
Ars Nova Workshop is proud to present Uri Caine and Dave Douglas. Caine, a Philadelphia native and Grammy nominee, has made a career of exploring and combining the worlds of chamber music and jazz. His ensembles have performed his arrangements of the works of classical composers like Wagner, Beethoven and Bach, and he has performed with chamber orchestras all over the world, but he’s also established his standing as a significant figure in modern jazz, having worked in ensembles with Don Byron, John Zorn, Rashid Ali, Barry Altschul, and many others.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 8:00pm
Unfold Ordinary Mind
Summer Season
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
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Price: $15 General Admission Buy Tickets
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome Unfold Ordinary Mind back to Philadelphia. Led by clarinetist Ben Goldberg, the “slightly unorthodox lineup” (AllMusic) consists of saxophonists Kasey Knudsen and Rob Sudduth with Nels Cline on guitar and Allison Miller on drums.