Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, August 1

Fri 8/01 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Constructions a night that bring two extremes together
Teddy Rankin-Parker/Daniel Pearce Duo
The Deconstruction Orchestra
Josh Allen, conductor, composer and tenor saxophone
Saxophones: Aaron Bennett-alto, Sam Flores-tenor, John Ingle-baritone, Matt Ingalls-alto/clarient, Josh Marshall-tenor, Dan Plonsey-baritone, Dave Slusser-tenor, Vinny Golia-soprano/tenor, Rent Romus-alto, Cory Wright-baritone
Brass: Peter Bonos-trpt, Collete McCaslin-coronet, Matt Gaspari-Flugel, Ron Heglin-tuba, Jeff Hobbs-trpt, George Moore -trpt, Matt Streich-trombone
Rhythm: Henry Kaiser-guitar, John Finkbeiner-guitar Timothy Orr-drums, William Winant-drums, Lisa Mezzacappa-bass, Matt Montgomery-bass

Saturday, August 2

Sat 8/02 1:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
An OutSpoken Event

Sat 8/02 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Improvisations improvisers exploring the language of the unknown
Jill Burton Trio
Tim Perkis – electronics, Doug Carroll – cello, Jill Burton – voice/movement
Emergency String (X)tet
Violins: Mia Bella D’Augelli, Jeff Hobbs, Christina Stanley
Cellos: Doug Carroll, Shanna Sordahl, David Michalak – lap steel guitar, Kanoko Nishi-Smith – bass and koto, Bob Marsh – cello, composer
Obstreperous Doves
Bill Noertker – bass, Nava Dunkelman – percussion, Christina Stanley – violin/pedals, Karl Evangelista – guitar/pedals, Dave Mihaly – drums
Advance Tickets @ Brownpapertickets

Sat 8/02 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Jenny Scheinman, Adam Levy, Todd Sickafoose & Ted Poor

Sunday, August 3

Sun 8/03 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
On Sunday August 3rd at 8pm at the Community Music Center, The Luna Ensemble will premier Decoding Phonography, a new music project that will premier six pieces by Jennifer Wilsey, Rachel Condry, Daniel Steffey, Crystal Pascucci, Sam Withrow and Christopher Luna/Diego Villaseñor. Inspired by the Luna Ensemble’s mission, the composers were commissioned to translate field recordings from three Bay Area landmarks: The Port of Oakland; Embarcadero-West Oakland BART; Redwood Regional Park, into notated scores for the ensemble.

Mezzacappa/Lopez Duo is a pairing of improvisers which explore the terrain between propulsive intensity and textural fervor. The two initially performed together as a part of a large improvised ensemble conducted by Philip Greenleaf. Since then they have come to know each others voices by using specific improv strategies as well as by venturing into completely uncharted territory.

The Broken-Trap Ensemble—which features Teddy Rankin-Parker, Kristina Dutton, Aram Shelton, and Daniel Pearce—explores the group dynamic through the use of strings, reeds, and percussion, employing traditional and experimental techniques. The quartet creates a latticework of sounds whose origins are slyly dissembled, with one instrument reflecting the timbre and texture of another as the group burrows into a singular sound.

Tuesday, August 5

Tue 8/05 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Tim Perkis and Scott Walton comprise an improvising duo that’s sonically adventurous yet remarkably compatible with one another. Atonal flourishes, pops, smashes, sudden surprising torrid excursions, and low rumbles are tossed around between piano and electronics. Eli Wallace performs a set of compositions that juxtapose divergent yet complimentary musical elements: 20th century classical compositional devices, idiomatic jazz vocabulary, and free improvisation. Specifically, he will debut a three movement piece entitled “Water Row,” and select other pieces from his repertoire.

Tue 8/05 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Music Moves Festival: Bandelion
Suki O’Kane experimenting on drone and drum with Bandelion, the moving musical ensemble emanating from Dandelion Dance Theater.

Tue 8/05 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Drummer/percussionist/composer Jordan Glenn presents a night of new acoustic music for improvisors and friends Theresa Wong, Jason Hoopes, and from Boston, Kaethe Hostetter. The beautifully hypnotic solo guitar work of Chuck Johnson will open the show.

Wednesday, August 6

Wed 8/06 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Beep Trio (CD release show)

Wed 8/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents: Booker Long Duo plus One + David Leikam/zBug Industrial Jazz Unit

Thursday, August 7

Thu 8/07 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Trio 180 (formerly New Pacific Trio), in residence at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, is quickly gaining recognition throughout the United States. This talented ensemble is made up of celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller, Grammy-nominated cellist Nina Flyer, and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong.

Thu 8/07 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery]
8:00 PM Andrew Jamieson – solo keyboard
8:40 PM Divine Circles
9:15 PM Elisa Faires

Thu 8/07 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Lisa Mezzacappa’S INTERLOPERS (Pascucci – Campbell – Perkis – Mezzacappa – Finkbeiner)+ special guest Kaethe Hostetter + THE HOLLY MARTINS

Friday, August 8

Fri 8/08 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Wet Invention:
an evening exploring aquatic sound
with instrument inventors Cheryl Leonard, Krys Bobrowski, Brenda Huchinson, David Samas and Tom Nunn
Co-presented by Thingamajigs and Soundwave
In partnership with the Window Gallery at the Center for New Music

Fri 8/08 8:30 PM Bottom of the Hill [1233 17th Street SF]
Cuz A Girl’s Gotta Boogie!
Pachuco Cadaver Beefheart Musical Tribute, San Francisco

AMN Reviews: Richard Crandell & Masumi Timson – Pacific Bridge (Panai)

With a long, and long unsung career to his credit, Richard Crandell, Oregonian innovator of the African mbira (“the sacred instrument of Zimbabwe,” he writes) reaches across the nearest ocean to build a Pacific Bridge anchored on the other side by Masumi Timson (regular guest member of Portland-based “little orchestra” Pink Martini) on Japan´s equally ancient and sacrosant koto. Crandell´s two albums on John Zorn´s Tzadik, Mbira Magic and Spring Steel, are among the label´s most cherished. The two met when she appeared as part of a koto ensemble playing a local event.

Though utterly hypnotic, Pacific Bridge is far from New Age chill music to be played while enjoying a relaxing couple´s massage. The duo are not afraid to wander close to the precipice of dissonance in search of breathtaking harmonic vistas, as they range between composition and improvisation. The metal tabs and pitched strings resonanting against wooden boards lull the mind into a trance with circular repetition (particularly on the two part “MIdnight in Oregon”) while their bendy poesy picks at the cerebrum with pinpoint intelligence. Crandell and Timson convey the complexity of philosophy with the agreeable undertone of pop-song refrain. One of the sweetest and most gratifying duets of the year.


Stephen Fruitman

New Music Circle 2014/15 Shows

Craig Taborn
Cover of Craig Taborn

From St. Louis’s New Music Circle:


Friday, September 12, 2014
concert 7:30 PM
doors 7:00PM Joe’s Cafe
6014 Kingsbury Ave., 63122 (map)
(SW corner of Kingsbury and Des Peres)
Mary Halvorson — guitar
Michael Formanek — bass
Tomas Fujiwara — drums

ELI KESLZER / RASHAD BECKER (solo performances)

Saturday, November 8, 2014
concert 7:30 PM, doors 7:00PM The Luminary
2701 Cherokee St. 63118 (map)
Eli Keszler — drums
Rashad Becker — electronics


Friday, December 5th, 2014
concert 7:30 PM, doors 7:00PM The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)
Roscoe Mitchell — saxophones
Craig Taborn — piano


January, 2015 (date TBA) Venue TBA
Johanna Ballou — piano

OKKYUNG LEE / LOTTE ANKER (solo sets and collaborative duo)

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Concert 7:30 PM
Doors 7:00 PM Joe’s Cafe
6014 Kingsbury Ave., 63122 (map)
Okkyung Lee — cello
Lotte Anker — saxophones

ON FILLMORE (Glenn Kotche, Darin Gray)

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Concert 7:30 PM
Doors 7:00 PM The Stage at KDHX – welcomed by KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)
Glenn Kotche — percussion
Darin Gray — bass

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – (quartet)

Friday, May 8, 2015
Concert 7:30 PM
Doors 7:00 PM The Stage at KDHX – welcomed by KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)
Tim Berne — saxophone
Oscar Noriega — clarinets
Matt Mitchell — piano
Ches Smith — percussion

Tyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Crispell at the Stone Reviewed

From NYTimes.com:

The drummer Tyshawn Sorey and the pianist Marilyn Crispell played together as a duo only once before Tuesday night at the Stone. It was a couple of months ago, during a Creative Music Studio Workshop in the Catskills, and it lasted about 20 minutes. The reports were positive, and a video appeared online. It’s a little compromised. Ms. Crispell is playing a digital keyboard; the subtleties of Mr. Sorey’s drumming are compressed through YouTube audio. What can you do?

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Nels Cline

From NYTimes.com:

Nels Cline at the Stone (Tuesday through Aug. 10) Nels Cline might be best known in some corners of the world as the lead guitarist of Wilco, but at the Stone, where he’ll be in residence next week, that’s a mere footnote to his career. On Tuesday he’ll tussle with veteran partners, the alto saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Jim Black, in a collective called BB&C; on Wednesday he’ll lead the Nels Cline Singers, his engine of hard-charging eclecticism. Both sets on Thursday will feature an old colleague from Los Angeles, the multireedist Vinny Golia. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Fest (through Sunday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson, a calmly prickly and increasingly prominent presence on the avant-garde landscape, performs in a different setting each night this weekend, beginning on Friday with a trio featuring Chris Lightcap on bass and Jim Black on drums. On Saturday she’ll play with Anti-House, a combo led by the tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock; on Sunday she’ll play solo and in duos with the saxophonist Jon Irabagon. Friday and Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover ($20 on Saturday), with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey at the Stone (through Sunday) Tyshawn Sorey can play the drums with gale-force physicality or with a sense of scale and equipoise, and he’s as serious a composer as you’ll find among his peer group. On Friday he’ll play with two superb collective trios: Paradoxical Frog (at 8 p.m.) and Fieldwork (at 10). On Saturday he leads his Piano Trio, with Cory Smythe on piano and Chris Tordini on bass. And on Sunday he connects with two uncompromising vocalists, Jen Shyu (at 8 p.m.) and Fay Victor (at 10). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, 212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com; $20 per set, $15 on Sunday, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid (through Sunday) Mr. Threadgill, a penetrating saxophonist, flutist and composer, has long been a sly maestro of unconventional timbres, bristling counterpoint and tough but slippery rhythms. Zooid — his steady outlet over the last decade or so, making its Village Vanguard debut — features Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on tuba and trombone, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Elliot Kavee on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)