Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, July 18
Fri 7/18 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8PM Aaron Oppenheim (laptop)
8:30PM Rubber (() Cement (noise)
9PM:Ear Spray (electro-acoustic: vocal,electronics,video,percussion).

Fri 7/18 8:30 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Brian Kenney Fresno, Joey Molinaro (NYC), Amy X Neuburg, and Moe! Staiano

Fri 7/18 9:00 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents Goldberg/Brown/Anderson plus the Cadent Trio

Saturday, July 19
Sat 7/19 9:00 PM SOMArts [934 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA 94103]
Now in its fourth year, Night Light utilizes SOMArts’ post-industrial indoor space and grounds, including the garden path, street-side loading bay, theater, Bay Gallery and Main Gallery to display a multitude of applications of light in art. This year the spectacle includes two new curatorial subsections—Signal Flow and Projected Personae— and live performances by:
Jen Cohen
Sofía Córdova
Jeff Ray’s Taser Island
Mary Franck & Kadet Kuhne
PINE & Elia Vargas
Andy Puls
Pamela Z

Sunday, July 20
Sun 7/20 2:00 PM Chapel of the Chimes [4499 Piedmont Ave Oakland, CA 94611]
NUVO Chamber Trio is an ensemble that effortlessly bridges the gap between jazz and classical styles, world music and free improvisation, acoustic and electronic sensibilities. The group is comprised of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, composer/arranger and educator Michael Smolens, touring cellist, composer and educator Sam Bass, and the highly versatile percussionist Brian Rice.

Sun 7/20 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Skatch & Violin – T.D. Skatchit and Joey Molinaro – amplified angular violin and foot percussion at the Nunnery

Sun 7/20 4:00 PM The Forte House [1498 24th Avenue San Francisco 94122]
The award-winning Black Cedar at the Forte House of San Francisco

Winners of a 2014 grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and an affiliate ensemble with SFFCM, Black Cedar brings music from their upcoming debut album to San Francisco audiences in an event complete with cocktails, h’ordeurves, and great live music. “A curious trio explores a path less trod…and brilliantly performed,” writes the Berkeley Times. The San Francisco Examiner says, “They bring a solid academic foundation to their performances…a delightful introduction to early repertoire, presented with historically-informed performances on modern instruments.” The South Bay Guitar Society writes, “They perform beautifully together: perfect synchronization of subtle rhythms and phrases.” Black Cedar is the only chamber ensemble devoted to the unique instrumentation of cello and guitar combined with a variety of flutes – wood flute, alto flute, bass flute, and recorder.

Sun 7/20 6:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Max Jaffe (solo drums)
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Excess Recess (Darren Johnston, trumpet; Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello; Daniel Pearce, drums)

Sun 7/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Trio Next
Trio Next is a free improvisation group consisting of Charles Sharp on reeds, Jeff Schwartz on bass, and Andrea Centazzo on percussion and electronics.
Moe! Staiano in an improvised duo with pianist Thollem McDonas

Wednesday, July 23
Wed 7/23 7:30 PM Second Act [1727 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117]
EARLY SHOW at SecondACT (formerly Red Vic movie house)
Noise, demons, drums, bats, bass, cardboard mainframe with…
Desert Center (CJ Boyd, John Horner)
White Pee
Rubber O Cement
Demonsleeper

Wed 7/23 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm Julia Mazawa, turntable; Tom Djll, electronics 9pm BlipVert: Will Northlich-Redmond – solo electronics http://www.synapsecompound.com

Thursday, July 24
Thu 7/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Gojogo is an unusual quartet that combines the Western sounds of classical and jazz with the rhythmic traditions of India. Founded in 2003, they are dedicated to creating innovative music that is accessible and captivating. Gojogo performs original music composed collaboratively by the four performers, each drawing upon a different musical tradition and training. Compositions feature improvisation over structured forms, creating opportunities for spontaneity and a medium to present each unique instrument. The result is a sound that defies the borders of any specific genre.

Thu 7/24 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
Tales of Topographic Motion
…A meeting of sound and movement…
Joshua Marshall (Tenor Saxophone) & Sophia Colmenarez
Theo Padouvas (Trumpet) & Megan Kurashige
David Slusser (Winds) & Kim Ip
Erika Oba (Flute) & Sophia Klein

Thu 7/24 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
California Unification Process: improvisations by combinations of Charles Sharp (reeds), Jeff Schwartz (bass), Jordan Glenn (drums), Motoko Honda (piano), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Tim Perkis (electronics), Jennifer Wilsey (percussion), and Francis Wong (saxophones).

Friday, July 25
Fri 7/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aaron Novik is among the most prolific and startlingly original voices to emerge from the Bay Area’s independent/underground music scene in the past decade. With influences ranging from klezmer and Balkan music to chamber minimalism to heavy metal, Tropicalia and indie rock, Novik has developed a cohesive, expansive and extremely personal body of work for a variety of ensembles, working with avant-music heroes like Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, Fred Frith, William Winant, Cornelius Boots, Ches Smith and many others.

Fri 7/25 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento San Francisco]
sfSound plays the west coast premiere of compositions by John Zorn, Hans Tutschku, and Christopher Burns and works by Terry Riley, and György Ligeti/Ingalls.

Saturday, July 26

Sat 7/26 8:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St San Francisco]
3 nights of music celebrating the music of local composer Aaron Novik for his 40th birthday.

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

The image of Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu ...
The image of Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Bang on a Can (Sunday) This dynamic and eclectic collaborative continues its summer series in the Noguchi Museum’s sculpture garden with music by Michio Kitazume, Dai Fujikura, Kazuo Fukushima and Toru Takemitsu. At 3 p.m., 9-01 33rd Road, at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, 718-204-7088, noguchi.org; free with museum admission ($10, or $5 for students and seniors). (Schweitzer)

Rite of Summer (Sunday) Every summer Governors Island offers a fresh perspective on New York City. A different musical take on the city is offered at this Rite of Summer, when the intrepid new-music specialists Ethel (a string quartet) and Iktus Percussion perform works written by children participating in the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. Two premieres by the teaching artist-composers Justin Hines and Angélica Negrón round out the program. At noon and 2 p.m. (rain date: July 19), Colonels’ Row, Governors Island, riteofsummer.com; free. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Jason Lescalleet and Others in Nashville

Jason Lescalleet
Jason Lescalleet (Photo credit: cattoo)

From FMRL:

An Evening With

Jason Lescalleet
July 18th, 2014 9:00 pm
FMRL proudly presents its first in an ongoing program of experimental music and art events at Emma Bistro ( 9 Lea Avenue, Nashville, TN) , a concert performance and video screening by Jason Lescalleet, one of the pre-eminent sound artists working in the medium of analog tape.

The show will begin with a screening of Lescalleet’s audio-visual album “Trophy Tape,” which pairs videos with the music from the first disc of “Songs About Nothing,” his critically-acclaimed sonic tribute to Big Black’s “Songs About Fucking.” Lescalleet curated and directed the video which consists of commissioned work by Aaron Dilloway, Ellen Frances, Annie Feldmeier Adams, Justin Meyers, Antony Milton, C. Spencer Yeh, Olivia Block, Adel Souto, Neil Young Cloaca, Todd Deal, Jubal Brown, Heidi Alasuvanto, and Robert Beatty.

After a brief intermission, Lescalleet will perform a live set utilizing two reel-to-reel tape recorders and a laptop computer. This show should be uniquely valuable for local artists who have an interest in post-Cagean ideas and in using their ears as sense organs to perceive abstract art. It is also a great show for the person with even a casual engagement in that which is interesting.

Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew
July 25th, 2014 9:00 pm

FMRL proudly presents Jeremy Bible, Derek Schartung, Coupler, and Tate Eskew in an ongoing program of experimental music and art events at Emma Bistro in Nashville, TN.

Jeremy Bible is an Ohio based interdisciplinary artist and founder of Experimedia. For two decades Jeremy has explored the fringes of media through sound, visual and installation works. Jeremy’s connection to the underground worlds of electronic and visual art runs deep. Aurally, Jeremy explores the edges of modular synthesis with bursts of noise and disorder interrupted by passages of field recordings. Jeremy’s recent work jumps from the actuators with a crisp frenzy that at times will send a jolt through the room and then subside into reflectiveness that seems to grow from a synthetic biome. Jeremy will be presenting his jagged and engaging compositions alongside his reactive visuals. http://jeremybible.com

Derek Schartung, born in Kentucky and a graduate of Memphis College of Art, cut his teeth on music playing in garage and punk rock bands in Memphis. Later moving to Nashville, he began playing in various noise rock groups such as New Faggot Cunts, Tan as Fuck, and Taiwan Deth. Over a decade ago he began exploring circuit bending and analog audio circuits. Combining saxophone, modular synthesizers, and homemade circuits, Derek builds layers of textures and sound while trying to avoid the harsh – melody and rhythm are very present. Influenced by Cabaret Voltaire, Eno, Felix Kubin, Whitehouse, GX Jupitter-Larsen, and Moondog amongst many others; his work is both sweet and feral. He has collaborated with Pengo, Newton, Steve MacKay, Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, and a sundry of miscreants and ne’er-do-wells. He plays out under the monikers of Malocchio, SocMal, and under his own name. He is also a member of Deep Deep Light Show and plays in a punk rock band, Dogs not Cats. http://derekschartung.tumblr.com

Coupler is the solo project of Ryan Norris. Ryan performs with Kort, Cortney Tidwell, Hands Off Cuba and others; most notably as a member of Lambchop, the collective of musicians focused around its creative center, frontman Kurt Wagner. With Coupler, Ryan explores instrumental ambient electronic music often recalling the sounds of the likes of Enno Velthuys, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, and Craig Leon. Norris produces distinctive aural arrangements that flow with ease without ever sounding too meticulous. http://www.couplermusic.com

Tate Eskew has spent over two decades obsessing and experimenting in the studio, programming computer software and playing guitar, so it is no surprise that his music is constructed of stacked sonic building blocks. Through his singular style and studio proficiency, Eskew melds old and new musical influences into his own exceptional sound. Songs from Eskew’s collection often start in a traditional directive but soon turn unexpected corners, later blooming into a wash of melody and noise. Throughout every performance, Eskew’s obsession with refined composition and studio experimentation shows. http://www.tateeskew.com

Visualizations will also be presented by the Dig Deep Liquid Lights collective.

The show takes place at Emma Bistro, 9 Lea Avenue on July 25th. Doors are 8 pm. Showtime is 9 pm. Cover is $7 and tickets should be purchased at the FMRL website. http://fmrlarts.org FMRL events are sponsored by Emma – http://www.myemma.com and Yazoo Brewing Company. http://yazoobrew.com

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Donny McCaslin
Cover of Donny McCaslin

From NYTimes.com:

Miles Okazaki Quartet (Thursday) The most recent album by the guitarist and composer Miles Okazaki is “Figurations,” a cerebral but thrilling showcase for his elaborate designs. It was recorded live at the Jazz Gallery, the institution that next week presents his current working band, with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org; $22, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Pascal’s Triangle (Wednesday) Last year the pianist Pascal Le Boeuf released a sleek trio album, “Pascal’s Triangle,” with Linda Oh on bass and Justin Brown on drums. They rejoin him for a celebration of his latest album, “Blackout Lullaby,” inspired by the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy. Also aboard are a pair of excellent saxophonists, Miguel Zenón and Donny McCaslin, and a fine guitarist, Charles Altura. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25 cover. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Friday) Tom Rainey, a precisely off-kilter drummer, has broken into bandleading of late, often with the partners in this trio: Ingrid Laubrock, a tenor and soprano saxophonist of exploratory instincts, and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with $10 minimum. (Chinen)