ON/OFF Featuring Christine Sun Kim, Transmissions and Peals in Arlington, June 26

From Artisphere:

THU JUN 26 / 7PM
Black Box Theatre

Artisphere, along with Sasha Lord, presents a special one-night experiential sensory event featuring three connected performances based on sound, each showcasing a unique approach.

Born deaf, sound artist Christine Sun Kim explores and questions sound ownership through her work, which takes the form of performance and visual works. This performance, which she will conduct with help from Transformer’s E11 participating artists, will mark the end of her residency Upside Down Noon in Artisphere’s Works In Progress Gallery.

Transmissions invites attendees to move throughout the space as an ensemble of eight musicians situated at stations throughout the room collectively sustain one note of transition to another, each for 20 minutes. The immersive sonic meditation is the brainchild of Pat Noecker (aka RAFT and formerly of Liars and These Are Powers) and will feature Alex Braden, Amanda Huron, Margot MacDonald, Ted Zook, Norm Veenstra (Tone) and Peals.

Ted Zook, guitarist, playing processed bass cello; Norm Veenstra of Tone playing monotone + duotone guitars; Alex Braden of Bella Russia performing microKorg, guitar loops + effect; Margot Macdonald, vocalist, performing in voice and live looping; Jerry Busher, appears on albums by Fidelity Jones, The Spinanes, French Toast, Allscars, Alfonso Velez and John Frusciante, playing Casio keyboard samples, hybrid acoustic/electronic drums and Milena Aradski classically trained violinist, playing the violin.

Peals is the Baltimore duo of William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willian (Double Dagger). As exhibiting artists in Fermata, the two have crafted a sound that is markedly different from their primary bands’ more aggressive tone to create a work with an ethereal emphasis on texture. For On/Off, Peals will perform a live set that transitions seamlessly from the preceding Transmissions set.

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, June 20

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…

Saturday, June 21

Sat 6/21 5:00 PM Chapel of the Chimes [4499 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA]
Garden of Memory

Sat 6/21 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Thumbscrew – Michael Formanek + Mary Halvorson + Tomas Fujiwara More…

Sunday, June 22

Sun 6/22 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Sunday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m. Angels with Gongs at the Nunnery – Ron and Michelle Angel will join Karen Stackpole and Tom Nunn in presenting an afternoon of music for, with and about gongs.

Sun 6/22 3:00 PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church [1600 Santa Lucia Avenue in San Bruno]
Winner of a 2014 grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music for a commission by composer, Garret Shatzer, the Black Cedar Trio brings recent compositions to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in San Bruno. More…

Sun 6/22 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Orchestra Nostalgico

Sun 6/22 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Thumbscrew – Michael Formanek + Mary Halvorson + Tomas Fujiwara

Tuesday, June 24

Tue 6/24 7:49 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Chris Brown performs 6Primes, his new suite for piano solo in 13-limit just intonation. sfSound members perform Brown’s Ragamala Chiaroscuro (2004), a tuning-based trio based on an evolving chord. More…

Wednesday, June 25

Wed 6/25 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm Tim Perkis – electronics, Karen Stackpole, gongs, percussion 9 pm Aaron Bennett – saxophone, Teddy Rankin-Parker – cello, Matt Montgomery – bass, Daniel Pearce, drums More…

Wed 6/25 8:00 PM First Congregational Church of Oakland [2501 Harrison St. Oakland, CA]
Heaven Down Here is a unique chamber opera project by Andrew Jamieson that brings together sounds of avant-garde and experimental improvisation with traditional songs of the black gospel tradition and the Pentecostal church. It is also a re-presentation of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple and both the great hope and great abuse that was found there. The first two performances will take place on June 25th and June 28th at 8:00pm at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland CA and tickets are $20/$10. More…

Thursday, June 26

Thu 6/26 5:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
It takes a village to raise a child: Maxine releases her first CD on pfMentum records!

featuring Maxine, improvising software agent with:
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
Aram Shelton, saxophone
Theresa Wong, cello
Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello
Tom Djll, hacked keytar
Darren Johnston, trumpet
Louis Lopez, trumpet
Ritwik Banerji, saxophone
with opening set by Jeff Kaiser (trumpet/electronics) and pre-concert installation “Meet the Maxineans”
Concert at 8, installation from 5pm onwards

Thu 6/26 6:30 PM Italian Cultural Institute [814 Montgomery Street 94133 San Francisco CA]
This voyage through the world of the classical guitar, taking us from the discovery of a very important manuscript dating from 1565 found in the archive of the Cathedral of Castelfranco to Angelo Gilardino’s contemporary music, sheds light on the many souls of the guitar. Among the most fascinating, mysterious and introspective of instruments, it can use plucked strings to invoke the polyphony of madrigals, or the piano virtuosi of the nineteenth century, or even the most modern experimental music. More…

Thu 6/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm Pearce-Wallace-Marshall
Daniel Pearce, drums, Eli Wallace, piano and keyboard, Joshua Marshall, saxophones
9pm Christopher Luna Ensemble
Nava Dunkelman, percussion
Jakob Pek, guitar
Aprille Tang, electronics
Jeniffer Wilsey, percussion
Christopher Luna, keyboard/conduction
Rachel Condry, clarinet
Aaron Oppenheim, electronics

Thu 6/26 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa Street (between Harrison & Alabama) San Francisco, CA 94110]
ROOM: Foot and Mouth
Multidisciplinary performance artists Christine Bonansea, Dohee Lee, and Mary Armentrout in an evening of movement artists who use their voices in their work. Pamela Z will join them for some duos and a tutti finale. More…

Saturday, June 28

Sat 6/28 6:00 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA, 94133, United States]
The evening will begin with a presentation by composer and sound artist Brenda Hutchinson! She’ll be discussing some of her work in direct public engagement and presenting an interactive performance with the audience. After her talk we’ll have a Q&A, followed by a break. Then, the Johnston/Dutton/Rankin-Parker/Pearce Quartet will play a set of improvisational music inspired by Hutchinson’s presentation and the ensuing discussion.

Sat 6/28 8:00 PM First Congregational Church of Oakland [2501 Harrison St. Oakland, CA]
Heaven Down Here is a unique chamber opera project by Andrew Jamieson that brings together sounds of avant-garde and experimental improvisation with traditional songs of the black gospel tradition and the Pentecostal church. It is also a re-presentation of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple and both the great hope and great abuse that was found there. The first two performances will take place on June 25th and June 28th at 8:00pm at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland CA and tickets are $20/$10

Sat 6/28 8:00 PM Berkeley Home of Harry Bernstein and Caren Meghreblian [1068 Spruce Street Berkeley 94707]
Rova Saxophone Quartet in an intimate “chamber concert” at the classic Berkeley home of Harry Bernstein and Caren Meghreblian. “We’ll have two sets of Rova, with an intermission during which time we’ll be serving wine, cheese and fruit. We hope some of you can make it!” Music including notation and improvisation. Featuring a suite of pieces by the late Steve Lacy plus an array of Rova-composed works. Rova = Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Peter Streiff – Komposition/Urs Peter Schneider – Klavier (Edition Wandelweiser)
Thomas Stiegler/Hannes Seidl – das wetter in offenbach (Edition Wandelweiser)
Urs Peter Schneider – Kompositionen 1973-1986 (Edition Wandelweiser)
Rasmus Borg/Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – 120112 (Edition Wandelweiser)
Daniel Lercher/Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – TH_X (Chmafu)

Arts for Art Evolving Series in NY

Chad Taylor
Cover of Chad Taylor

From Arts for Art, Inc.:

Monday Evolving Series
WHEN: Monday, 3 sets beginning at 7:30
WHERE: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk St – between Delancey & Rivington NYC
TICKETS: $11 per set / $16 for two sets / $22 for three sets
students & seniors : $8 per set / $12 for two sets / $16 for three sets

Monday, June 23

7:30 FIVE
Steve Swell – trombone
Thomas Heberer – cornet
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Max Johnson – double bass
Chad Taylor – drums

8:45 Tatsuya Nakatani Project
A surprising band TBA

10:00 Yuko Fujiyama’s Freedom Band
Yuko Fujiyama – piano
Daniel Carter – reeds
William Parker – double bass
Newman Taylor Baker – drums

Monday, June 30

7:30 Sarah Bernstein String Quarter
Sarah Bernstein – violin/composition
Scott Tixier – violin
Mat Maneri – viola
Rubin Kodheli – cello

8:30 VoiceHornsBass
Fay Victor – voice
Will Connell – reeds
Vincent Chancey – french horn
Ken Filiano – double bass

9:30 Baudolino’s Dilemma
Stephen Haynes – cornets
Ken Filiano – bass /EFX
Michael TA Thompson – percussion
Warren Smith – vibes & percussion10:30 Birthday Nonette
Anais Maviel, Jean Carla Rodea, Areni Agbabian – vocals
Daniel Carter, Claire deBrunner, Daro Behroozi – reeds
Pascal Niggenkemper, Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez, Francois Grillot – strings

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Nels Cline and Julian Lage/Mike Baggetta, Jerome Harris, Billy Mintz (Friday) Mr. Cline and Mr. Lage are a study in contrasts, with guitarism — and a taste for American folk traditions — as a binding commonality. They have been working as a duo on and off over the last few years, with hale results. Here they will play a 9:30 p.m. set as part of a new series at the Singlecut brewery. An opening set, at 8 p.m., will feature a trio with Mr. Baggetta on guitars and Mr. Harris on bass and Mr. Mintz on drums. Singlecut Beersmiths, 19-33 37th Street, between 19th and 20th Avenues, Astoria, Queens, 718-606-0788, singlecutbeer.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Kris Davis at the Stone (Tuesday through June 29) An inquisitive pianist with a willful but methodical approach to experimentation, Ms. Davis has programmed her residency at the Stone to feature some of her most stalwart collaborators, like the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and the drummer Tom Rainey, who perform both the 8 and 10 p.m. sets on Tuesday (each with a different group); and the bassist Kermit Driscoll, whose quartet will play the 8 p.m. set on Wednesday, with Don Byron on clarinet. The 10 p.m. set on Wednesday will be a solo piano recital; both of Thursday’s sets will feature bands led by Ms. Laubrock. Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Ben Goldberg-Kirk Knuffke Quartet/Los Toscos (Tuesday) Mr. Goldberg is a clarinetist drawn to subtle subversions, as he has shown on several fine albums, most recently the Thelonious Monk tribute “Worry Later.” His band for this installment of the Konceptions series, at 9 p.m., will include some fellow practitioners of oblique logic: the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the guitarist Libery Ellman and the drummer Ches Smith. (A later set, at 10:30 p.m., will feature the Colombian band Los Toscos, with the saxophonist Tony Malaby as a special guest.) Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, konceptionsmusicseries.wordpress.com; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Steve Lehman Octet (Wednesday) Several years ago the alto saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman introduced this gang of peers, an agile vehicle for his ultramodern compositions, which find use for both spectral analysis and the language of post-bop progressivism. This concert ushers in the group’s second album, “Mise en Abîme,” once again featuring incisive players like the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. At 7 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $10. (Chinen)

Sleepthief (Wednesday) In this collective experiment, Ingrid Laubrock, a German-born tenor and soprano saxophonist, digs in with Tom Rainey, a starkly suggestive drummer, and Liam Noble, a British pianist. The group released its self-titled debut six years ago, but hasn’t made many appearances in New York; this one comes courtesy of the Sound It Out series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Loren Stillman Quartet (Saturday) An alto saxophonist with a dry tone and a coolheaded but searching approach, Loren Stillman recently released “Going Public,” his latest offering with the slippery band known as Bad Touch. Here he works with several other smart partners: the trumpeter Shane Endsley, the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Mark Ferber. 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)

Nate Wooley’s Argonautica (Thursday) Mr. Wooley is a trumpeter forever interested in texture and contrast, as an instrumental strategy as well as a conceptual ploy. Argonautica is a double trio he formed partly to celebrate one of his mentors, the cornetist Ron Miles, and partly to tap into the frontier energies of early jazz-rock. (The Greek epic poem of the same name factors somewhere in there, too.) Along with Mr. Miles, the group includes Cory Smythe on acoustic piano, Joe Malone on Fender Rhodes piano and electronics, and two sharp drummers, Rudy Royston and Devin Gray. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org; $20, $15 for students and members. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

HDaniel Bernard Roumain rehearsing with Maestr...
Daniel Bernard Roumain

From NYTimes.com:

Alarm Will Sound (Friday) The Temple of Dendur has been the backdrop for many memorable concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Kate Soper’s specially commissioned new-music drama, “I Was Here I Was I,” with a libretto by Nigel Maister, who also directed, the temple becomes a character in a suspenseful story inspired by the Victorian adventurer Amelia Edwards. This intrepid ensemble performs under Alan Pierson. At 7 p.m., 212-570 3949, metmuseum.org/tickets; $60 (limited availability); $1 for children 7 to 16. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Bang on a Can Marathon (Sunday) Pushing 30, this venerable new-music extravaganza — part of the River to River festival — will last eight hours this year. Among the impressive lineup of performers are vocal artists like Anonymous 4, singing selections from “love fail,” by David Lang, a Bang on the Can founder); Roomful of Teeth; and Meredith Monk. The instrumentalists include So Percussion; the ensemble Contemporaneous, playing Andrew Norman’s “Try”; and the resident Bang on a Can All-Stars. The mood is always delightfully loose and the music a rich swath, heavy on American composers. At 2 p.m., Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, at West Street, Lower Manhattan, bangonacan.org, lmcc.net; free. (Woolfe)

Caramoor Music Festival (Saturday) This international music festival at the bucolic Caramoor Center opens with a gala program featuring, as so many gala festival do, the violinist Joshua Bell, who is appearing with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the conductor Cristian Macelaru. Mr. Bell performs Ligeti’s “Concert Romanesc” and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D (Op. 47). The program concludes with Bizet’s exuberant Symphony in C. At 8:30 p.m., Venetian Theater, Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, N.Y., 914-232-1252, caramoor.org; $20 to $105. (Tommasini)

Make Music New York (Saturday) The streets, plazas, parks and waterfronts of the five boroughs will be alive with music during this free, outdoor extravaganza, which features over 1,300 concerts from dawn to dusk. Many events are audience participatory, like “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” — a singing event for synchronized headphone choir celebrating Dylan Thomas’s famous poem. The 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s “In C” will be commemorated on Cornelia Street in the West Village. Uptown, on Amsterdam Avenue, the teenagers of Face the Music will perform works by Daniel Bernard Roumain and Gregory Huebner. More than 100 saxophonists will gather on Columbia’s campus and dozens of flute players will converge in Central Park. A trio, a quartet and a solo pianist are among the performers at a six-hour concert at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. And part of the fun is the unexpected: discovering a string quartet, a rock band or an opera singer in the city’s many nooks and crannies. A schedule is at makemusicny.org. (Vivien Schweitzer)

River to River Festival (through June 29) This summer’s outdoor arts festival in Lower Manhattan continues on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with a performance of music by Terry Riley and composers he influenced, at Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street. This weekend the programming is heavy on sound walks and other participatory processional events: including, on Saturday, a Dylan Thomas-inspired participatory singalong at 11 a.m., which celebrates one of his famous poems, “And Death Shall Have No Dominion,” and a “walkscape” — with an app for the iPhone — designed by the Dutch composers Strijbos & Van Rijswijk, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No smartphones are needed for the flutist Claire Chase and the percussionist Svet Stoyanov’s performance of a new duet, “Alone,” by the composer Marcos Balter (on Saturday evening at Federal Hall). This is just a sampling of the dozens of cultural events taking place during River to River’s nearly two-week run. More details: lmcc.net. Events are free, but some require reservations. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)