Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...
English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Satoko Fujii (藤井郷子) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Fri 6/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
23five Incorporated presents two performances of field-recording based dissonance, disruption, and electro-acoustics from the Australian multi-media trio of Camilla Hannan, Van Sowerwin, and Martine Corompt, and from the Brooklyn based sound-art Melissa F. Clarke. More…

Saturday, June 14
Sat 6/14 2:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
The 2nd Annual Richard Waters New Music Festival – a festival of musical invention inspired by Richard Waters and his creation, the Waterphone.

Sat 6/14 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Todd Sickafoose‘s Tiny Resistors More…

Sun 6/15 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF]
Sheldon Brown Ensemble – World Premiere
Bay Area saxophonist and composer Sheldon Brown presents the world premiere of Blood of the Air: The Subconscious Music of Philip Lamantia, a new large-scale piece dedicated to the work of Beat Generation-era surrealist poet and San Francisco literary fixture Philip Lamantia. More…

Mon 6/16 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]

Wed 6/18 7:30 PM Second Act [1727 Haight Street]
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Schurt Kwitters, Diagram: A, Horaflora, Waxy Tomb – EARLY SHOW

Wed 6/18 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8 pm KGB Lorin Benedict – voice; Ben Goldberg – clarinet; Kasey Knudsen – alto saxophone – 9 pm Nathan Clevenger Trio: Kasey Knudsen – alto

Wed 6/18 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Satoko Fujii‘s Orchestra Oakland More…

Thu 6/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm David Katz – solo voice
9pm Doug Carroll – solo cello/found sound More…

Thu 6/19 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Thumbscrew – Michael Formanek + Mary Halvorson + Tomas Fujiwara More…

Fri 6/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Friction Quartet + Jeff Anderle, Makeunder

Fri 6/20 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Thumbscrew – Michael Formanek + Mary Halvorson + Tomas Fujiwara More…


Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Anton Webern
Cover of Anton Webern

From NYTimes.com:

Orchestra of the League of Composers (Monday) This ensemble, devoted to modern music, offers a stimulating mixture for its season finale, including works by David Froom, Suzanne Farrin, David Lang and Philip Glass (a scene from his opera “Akhnaten”). To give a sense of the League of Composers’ illustrious history, Anton Webern’s Op. 21, “Symphony,” a League commission in 1927, rounds out the program. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway, at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, leagueofcomposers.org; $20 ($10 students and 65+). (Woolfe)

Talea Ensemble (Tuesday through Thursday) In the first three days of its residency at the Stone, with two sets per night, this daring ensemble cuts a wide swath through recent music. On Tuesday, Anthony Cheung (the group’s artistic director and a noted pianist and composer) plays new compositions and improvisations with the saxophonist Steve Lehman (early) and works by Alvin Curran, Ben Johnston and Ana Sokolovic (late). The violist Elizabeth Weisser takes the first set on Wednesday with a program that ranges from Gesualdo, Corelli and Paganini to modern masters like Sciarrino and Scelsi, and the violinist Yuki Numata Resnick is on later in the evening. On Thursday, the cellist Chris Gross, joined by the excellent pianist Stephen Gosling, plays a set of music by Charles Wuorinen, and then the bassoonist Adrian Morejon offers works by Franck Bedrossian, Sciarrino, Pierluigi Billone and a premiere by David Fulmer. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 per set for 13- to -19-year-old students. (Woolfe)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Briggan Krauss at a concert with Sex ...
Briggan Krauss 

From NYTimes.com:

Bizingas (Friday and Saturday) 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 guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, who leads his own trio in a 9:30 p.m. set on Friday; the equivalent late set on Saturday will feature Good for Cows, a duo of Devin Hoff on bass and Ches Smith on drums. IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $15. (Chinen)

Michael Formanek (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Formanek, a nimble and powerful bassist, leads two dynamic bands this weekend, starting on Friday with a version of the quartet featured on his recent albums, with Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Craig Taborn on piano and Dan Weiss on drums. On Saturday he’ll present his Resonator Sextet, a more chamber-like affair with Kirk Knuffke on cornet; Andrew Bishop and Loren Stillman on reeds; Angelica Sanchez on piano; and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Briggan Krauss at the Stone (through Sunday) An alto and baritone saxophonist with a special gift for textural abstraction, Briggan Krauss continues his run at the Stone this week, with a trio performance on Friday with the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara (at 8 p.m.) and a quartet featuring Ms. Halvorson, Ches Smith on drums and Wayne Horvitz on keyboards (at 10 p.m.). Mr. Horvitz will also join Mr. Krauss throughout the weekend, with the drummer Kenny Wollesen and the guitarist Elliot Sharp for sets on Saturday and the closing set on Sunday night. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 to $15 per set. (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 closing weekend include Decay, composed of the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the guitarist Ryan Ferreira, the bassist Michael Formanek and the drummer Ches Smith; Fractal Attraction, led by the guitarist Gene Ess; and the Rivington Project, led by the drummer George Coleman Jr. From 1 to 6 p.m., the Urban Meadow, at President and Van Brunt Streets, Brooklyn, urbanmeadowbrooklyn.blogspot.com; $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. Among the other highlights this weekend: the Whit Dickey Quartet, featuring the violist Mat Maneri, at 7:15 p.m. on Friday; Sonic Projections, with the flutist Nicole Mitchell, the tenor saxophonist David Boykin, the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Chad Taylor, at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday; and a collective quartet featuring Kidd Jordan on tenor saxophone, Dave Burrell on piano, William Parker on bass and Hamid Drake on drums, at 7 p.m. on Sunday. At 7 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 212-254-5420, artsforart.org; $30 per day, $20 for students, $140 for a five-day pass, $270 for a V.I.P. pass. (Chinen)

Remembering Composer Lee Hyla

From the Chicago Reader, an overview of Lee Hyla tributes:

On Saturday morning my Facebook feed began filling with posts expressing shock and grief at the passing of Lee Hyla, a brilliant composer and a professor at Northwestern University‘s Bienen School of Music since 2007. I was a huge fan of his music, and I honored his album My Life on the Plains (Tzadik) in last year’s Best of Chicago issue.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

British saxophonist Evan Parker performing liv...
British saxophonist Evan Parker performing live at Spicejazz, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Vortex:

SUN 15 JUNE • 20.00 • £8 / £6 (CONC)
In a break from their usual programming Mopomoso presents an intriguing concert in two halves, with the first half from the Portfolio Improvisers group and the second featuring three fine guitar players from the UK (Arthur Bull, electric), France (Pascal Marzan, classical) and Canada (John Russell, archtop).

WED 18 JUNE • 20.00 • £8 adv / £10 door • MD
Dice Factory consists of Tom Challenger (tenor saxophone), Dan Nicholls (piano) Tom Farmer (double bass) Jon Scott (drums). They play exploratory music covering influences from alt rock band Deerhoof to NYC pianist Vijay Iyer. Stories is an outlet for new music, uniting five of London’s most exciting improvising musicians. Their combined force creates an emotionally charged music full of nifty melodies, fruity harmony and propulsive grooves.

THURS 19 JUNE • 20.00 • £10.00 • MD
Monthly Vortex residency led and curated by saxophonist Evan Parker.
First set: Sam Bailey solo prepared piano
Second set: Evan Parker / John Russell / John Edwards
Third set: Evan Parker / John Russell / John Edwards / Sam Bailey