DMG Newsletter August 8th, 2014

Uri Caine
Uri Caine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From DMG:

Farmers By Nature: Gerald Cleaver/William Parker/Craig Taborn! Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp! A Half dozen from Matchless: AMM (John Tilbury/Eddie Prevost)! Evan Parker/Sebastian Lexer/Prevost! Meetings with Remarkables Saxists: Jason Yarde & Bertrand Denzler! Eddie Prevost Workshop Sextet!

Wayne Horvitz/Tucker Martine: 55 Music and Dance in Concrete! Blaise Siwula/Harvey Valdes/GL Diana! Rich Halley/Michael Vlatkovich 4! Haitian Rail: Nick Millevoi/Ed Ricart/Dan Blacksberg/Kevin Shea! Shane Perlowin/Blind Thorns! Damo Suzuki! Ten Black Saint/Soul Note CD+LP Sets! Pauline Oliveros Reissues!


The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, August 10th Double Header:
6pm: LOUISE D. E. JENSEN & KEVIN SHEA – Alto Sax & Drums!

Sunday, August 17th Double Header:

Sunday, August 24th:

Sunday, August 31st:



The CLAUDIA QUINTET is performing a FREE CONCERT AT BRYANT PARK in Manhattan on Friday, August 8th from 6pm-7:10pm & will be followed by the great Lincoln Trio.

The Claudia Quinte feature: Drew Gress – bass (John Abercrombie, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane); Matt Moran – vibraphone (Slavic Soul Party, Mat Maneri, Nate Wooley); Red Wierenga – accordion (Respect Quartet, Signal, Brad Lubman); and Chris Speed – clarinet and tenor saxophone (Uri Caine, Endangered Blood, Alas No Axis).

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

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 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Pushing beyond the boundaries of the performance stage towards a multidisciplinary celebration of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the Bay Area today.

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

Saturday, August 9

Sat 8/09 11:00 AM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Dried Up Corpse (WA)
Monochromacy (S.Diego)
Steve Flato (S.Diego)
G.S. Sultan & Earthmasters (NYC)
I-Doser Xenodrome

Sat 8/09 2:00 PM Classic Cars West [411 26th St, Oakland California 94612]
First Annual Mutant Soundwave Festival:
A D.I.Y. mini outdoor music festival featuring unusual, psychedelic, trance inducing, experimental, sound manipulating, noisy fun music of all styles.

Sat 8/09 7:30 PM Second Act [1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA]
Handmade sound and vision! Wine and Magnolia Brewery on tap. Use or lose this superb sound space!
Gorgeous Suntan (NY)
Disorienting, musical, and humorous soundscapes.
Earthmasters (NY)
LED glare and murked fuzz of our unguessable future.
Xambuca (NC)
With Chandra Shukla + underground megastars.
Methyl Group
Refers to that one group which differentiates the hormones estrogen from testosterone.

Sat 8/09 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
The Beth Custer Ensemble

Sat 8/09 8:00 PM Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut [671 24th St. Apt. 1 Oakland]
The Mindgaze Hut’s fourth installment of the chamber music series. Show begins AT 8PM SHARP!!!

Sunday, August 10

Sun 8/10 3:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
John Schott’s Actual Trio, with Jordan Glenn and Dan Seamans. Original music, standards reconsidered, and music from the entire history of Jazz.

Sun 8/10 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Set 1, 8pm: Mountains In Space. Mountains in Space perform live ambient electronic music made with analog synths, custom algorithms, & field recordings. Their music is a time-dilated dive into fractal cosmic jello. Mountains in Space is Luke Dahl & Colin Sullivan who met at Stanford’s CCRMA computer music lab & began collaborating musically in 2013.

Set 2, 9pm: Luciano Chessa & Benjamin Kreith perform pieces from their suite Garrett — Confusing Salon Music & Noise since 2013, for violin, piano, Vietnamese đàn bầu, bullhorn, saw, Aardvark synth app, harmonica & voice. A program consisting of Futurist sound poetry, original pieces, Erik Satie transcriptions, a Fluxus piece, delicate improvisations, and much more.

Monday, August 11

Mon 8/11 8:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Ant’Ird CD release show for Biblioteca Nod Out. Plus, Power Stations, and Low Standards

Tuesday, August 12

Tue 8/12 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A program featuring a series of 20th and 21st Century works for unaccompanied performers of various instruments.

Tue 8/12 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents Mwahaha | Fibers with Gargantius Effect | mchtnchts Mwahaha. Psychedelic ebb & flows, electronic undercurrents, and elated pop flourishes bring into focus an attention to detail that’s staggering. Fibers + Gargantius Effect. Combinations of free improvisation, Balkan swing, chamber jazz, texture and tone with Murray Campbell, violin, oboe & electronics; Randy McKean, reeds; Wes Steed, electronics and Kevin Corcoran, percussion. mchtnchts. Lance Grabmiller and Kyle Bruckmann create music that is delightfully nasty, unapologetically invoking a mutual love of vintage electronic music and old-school industrial crunch.

Wednesday, August 13

Wed 8/13 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
This will be the first time multi-instrumentalist Jessica Lurie and pianist Thollem McDonas meet in person, on stage, in sound. These two extraordinarily eclectic world traveling vanguard musicians will present spontaneous respirations between the known and the unknown. In the second set the quartet of Jessica, Thollem, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and drummer/percussionist Spirit will take it further.

Thursday, August 14

Thu 8/14 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8:15 Joe Tocci – solo guitar, atop pedals, noise, and looping
8:45 Nick Obando & Rob Pumpelly Duo – Sax&Drum Core
9:15 Ori Barel – electronics

Thu 8/14 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Brian Pederson/Robert Lopez Duo
Jacob Felix Heule Group

Thu 8/14 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Grosse Abfahrt
Tom Djll, Kyle Bruckmann, Tim Perkis

Friday, August 15

Fri 8/15 5:00 PM Meridian Gallery [535 Powell Street SF]
Neither Confirmed Nor Denied

Fri 8/15 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Darren Johnston Trio includes violin virtuoso Matt Szemela (Quartet San Francisco), bass powerhouse Doug Stuart (Bell’s Atlas) and Darren Johnston on trumpet. As part of an ongoing residency with the Oakland Freedom Jazz Society, the trio has presented many concerts featuring guest improvisers in the “plus one” format, including William Winant, Steven Lugener, and Jordan Glenn. For this evening’s concert, the trio reunites with one of their favorite guests, pianist and koto player Kanoko Nishi-Smith. The music can move from sparse and textural to dense and driving, from intricate melodies to static sonic clouds.

Seattle trumpeter and bandleader Samantha Boshnack synthesizes a dazzling array of musical influences in her sophisticated yet fun, highly original compositions – from intricate chamber writing to lush jazz panoramas and funky brass band-inspired grooves. Her quintet features some of Seattle’s most accomplished improvisers, and makes its Bay Area debut hot on the heels of an acclaimed new CD.

Fri 8/15 9:00 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents

Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas’ Positive Knowledge
Oluyemi Thomas – Bass Clarinet/Saxophone
Ijeoma Thomas – Voice/Percussion/Poetry

Earth Blind
Nick Obando – Saxophone/Electronics
Michael John Dale – Keyboards/Electronics
Aaron Levin – Drums

Brooklyn’s Douglass Street Music Collective to Host Final Concert then Close

From Douglass Street Music Collective:

Please join us for a special farewell to Brooklyn’s revered, artist-run, Douglass Street Music Collective.

Sat., August 16, 8 PM
Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass St., Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11217
$10 suggested donation

Sonic Liberation Front (octet)
Musicianers – Josh Sinton & Chad Taylor

Sonic Liberation Front blends the repertory music of Santeria with New Thing sensibility. Under the leadership of Kevin Diehl, SLF has shared billing with and/or collaborated with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Marshall Allen and Odean Pope, Billy Bang & Kahil El Zabar, Sunny Murray, Michelle Rosewoman, Ideal Bread, Chicago Underground Duo, Extra Golden, and Thurman Barker. They have toured festivals throughout North America. They have consistently won international critical acclaim for their five internationally-distributed albums. Kevin Diehl – bata & drumkit, Matt Engle – bass, Veronic Jurkiewicz – viola, Todd Margasak – cornet, Connor Przybyszewski – trombone, Tom Lowery – percussion & drumkit, Ron Howerton – bata & percussion, Nichola Rivera – bata & percussion

A long-standing member of the Douglass Street Music Collective, Josh Sinton has hosted hundreds of concerts over the past 7 years brooklyn. his work has been recognized extensively in international press. Josh is a long-standing member of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, The Nate Wooley Quintet, The Andrew D’angelo Dna Orchestra and Anthony Braxton’s Tricentric Orchestra. He’s worked with Kirk Knuffke, Tomas Fujiwara, Chad Taylor, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock, Jeremiah Cymerman, Josh Roseman, Harris Eisenstadt, Roswell Rudd, James Fei, Denman Maroney, Han-Earl Park, Greg Tate, Curtis Hasselbring, Mike Pride and Jon Irabagon..

Known for his work with Chicago Underground Ensembles with Rob Mazurek and Jeff Parker, Drummer/Multi-instrumentalist Chad Taylor has performed on over 50 recordings and has had the opportunity to work with Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Derek Baily, Ken Vandermark, Sonny Simmons, Matana Roberts, Angelica Sanchez, Eugene Chadbourne, Joe McPhee, Peter Brotzman, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, John Zorn, Rob Brown, Kid Jordan, Leroy Jenkins, Fred Hopkins, Evan Parker, Henry Grimes, Nicole Mitchell, Ernest Dawkins, Marilyn Crispell and many more.

Interpretations Fall / Winter Schedule at the Roulette UPDATED

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Amina Claudine Myers in Paris, France

Below is a more detailed version of the recent Interpretations Fall / Winter Schedule that we posted earlier this week.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
A Tribute To Robert Ashley

One of the most original minds in new music, Robert Ashley reinvented opera and the relationship of words and music. Thomas Buckner will perform some of the many works composed especially for him to sing in a concert setting during the more than thirty years he sang in the operas. He is joined by Tom Hamilton (electronics), Joseph Kubera (piano/voice), Pauline Kim Harris, Conrad Harris (voice), Stephen Gosling, Ines Thiebaut (synthesizers), Marianne Gythfeldt, (clarinet), JD Parran (bass clarinet), Tom Verchot (trumpet), Chris Nappi (timpani), and Petr Kotik (conductor). Roulette TV will present parts of an interview with Robert Ashley at the beginning of the concert. Please come and celebrate the life and work of this most deeply human composer. This event is co-sponsored by Roulette and Performing Artservices.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Evan Parker Solo // Earl Howard & JD Parran

Dynamic solos and collaborations from two major innovators in improvised music. British saxophonist Evan Parker presents a rare New York solo concert. New York composer/performer Earl Howard presents a solo performance of his “ML 70” for electronics, and the world premiere of an electro-acoustic composition with guest JD Parran on multiple flutes.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Michael Byron: “Celebration” // John King: Selections from “Free Palestine”

New works from two long-standing proponents of New York’s Avant-Garde tradition. Composer Michael Byron presents Celebration, a one-hour song cycle for piano, string quartet and baritone, with Thomas Buckner (baritone), Joseph Kubera (piano) and the FLUX Quartet (Tom Chiu, Conrad Harris, violin; Max Mandel, viola; Felix Fan, cello), featuring texts by Anne Tardos. Composer John King presents selections from ‘Free Palestine’, for string quartet, featuring Cornelius Dufallo’s Secret Quartet (Cornelius Dufallo, Jennifer Choi, violin; Lev Zhurbin, viola; Yves Dharamraj, cello), which uses materials derived from the Arabic systems of pitch and rhythm, maqam’at and iqa’at.

Thursday November 20, 2014
Marie Incontrera & The Eco-Music Big Band “Tribute To Fred Ho” // Warren Smith Ensemble

An evening of new compositions expanding the tradition of jazz and improvisation. Composer Marie Incontrera directs the Eco-Music Big Band in a tribute to the life and work of Fred Ho, featuring Ho’s music, as well as Cal Massey, Marie Incontrera, and Liberte-Anne Lymberiou. Composer and percussionist Warren Smith premieres a new hour-long composition for quartet, with Sonelius Smith (piano & keyboard), James Stewart (woodwinds), Ratzo Harris (bass and cello), and Warren Smith on multiple percussion.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Chris Brown, Frank Gratowsky & William Winant // Fast Forward: 10

An evening of music that explores the frontiers between composition and improvisation. The international trio of Chris Brown, Frank Gratowsky, and William Winant uses improvisation, extended techniques, and interactive electronic signal processing to create an original sound-world. New York composer Fast Forward presents 10, comprised of ten pieces for a ten-piece ensemble featuring ten different instruments.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
STRING NOISE (Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim) // Bozzini Quartet

An exciting evening of music for strings, with the Montreal – based Bozzini Quartet and New York’s premiere violin duo, String Noise. Violinists Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris present world premieres for their duo String Noise, by Bernhard Lang (Austria), Petr Bakla (Czech Republic), Spencer Topel (USA), Dan Siegler (USA). Montreal’s Bozzini Quartet perform works by Canadian composers Nicole Lizée and Martin Arnold, as well as James Tenney’s Koan For String Quartet .

Thursday February 26, 2015
Thurman Barker’s Strike Force // Amina Claudine Myers Trio

New music from two important figures of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Pianist/composer Amina Claudine Myers brings her trio with Jerome Harris (bass guitar) and Reggie Nicholson (drums). Composer and percussionist Thurman Barker presents his percussion quintet Strike Force, including the premiere of ‘Chicago Suite’. Featuring Malik Washington (timpani, percussion) Bryan Carrott (vibes, percussion), Eli Fontain (Marimba, percussion), Ray Mantilla (percussion), and Thurman Barker (drumset and percussion).

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Thomas Buckner: AACM 50th Anniversary Tribute (works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith)

Baritone Thomas Buckner presents an evening of music celebrating the legacy of Chicago’s Association For the Advancement of Creative Musicians on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary. Accompanied by pianist Joseph Kubera, Christopher Hoffman, Alex Lipowski, Matthew Gold, and others, Buckner performs concert works written for him by his long-time associates from the AACM: Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith.

All concerts start at 8PM unless otherwise noted.

509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR.
General admission: $15 / $10 Roulette Members, Students, Seniors.
Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.INTERPRETATIONS.INFO

An Interview With Death Shanties’ Alex Neilson

From The Quietus:

Alex Neilson’s CV reads like a who’s who of contemporary underground music. A regular collaborator with Richard Youngs, Jandek, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Current 93, Josephine Foster and Baby Dee, the Yorkshire-born, Glasgow-based drummer was also a driving force in the expansive free-folk collective Scatter. In addition to the free jazz duo Tight Meat, Neilson led his own collaborative project, Directing Hand. Yet when launched his folk-rock troupe Trembling Bells around five years ago, Neilson claimed to have reached an impasse with free music, preferring to concentrate on his songwriting. With a new Trembling Bells album in the can and an EP by his medieval and Renaissance influenced a capella group the Crying Lion on the way, Neilson remains bewitched by song. However, the past year has seen him reconnect with free music, playing with Japanese undergound legend Kan Mikami and jamming with alumni of London’s Cafe Oto, including Thurston Moore, bass maestro John Edwards and Sons of Kemet’s Shabaka Hutchings. The main conduit for this renewed interest has been Death Shanties, a mixed-media free jazz group with Dutch saxophonist Sybren Renema (pictured, top) and artist Lucy Stein, whose live projections add another dimension to their concerts. Following last year’s self-released CD-R, Nunatak, the trio has released their debut album proper, Crabs [which you can listen to in full via the embed below]. Refracting fire music through a singular sense of British weirdness, it’s one of the most distinctive underground albums of the year.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Nels Cline at the Stone (through Sunday) Nels Cline might be best known in some corners of the world as the lead guitarist of Wilco, but at the Stone, where he is in residence this week, that’s a mere footnote to his career. Among the highlights of his closing stretch this weekend are a series of acoustic guitar duets with Elliott Sharp (Friday at 10 p.m.); Reunited, with the accordionist Andrea Parkins and the drummer Tom Rainey (Saturday at 8 p.m.); and Old Themes with New Schemes, another guitar duo, with Mary Halvorson (Sunday at 10 p.m.). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, 212-473-0043,; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Cosmic Lieder Duo/Farmers By Nature (Saturday) The estimable avant-garde label Aum Fidelity presents a double album-release show, featuring artists at the heart of its current roster. First up, at 7:30 p.m., is the Cosmic Lieder Duo, composed of the alto saxophonist Darius Jones and the pianist Matthew Shipp, improvisers of penetrating insight; their new album is “The Darkseid Recital.” Then at 8:45 p.m., drawing from “Love and Ghosts,” is Farmers by Nature, a texture-alert collective featuring the drummer Gerald Cleaver, the bassist William Parker and the pianist Craig Taborn; doors open at 7 p.m. ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $15. (Chinen)

Briggan Krauss Quartet (Friday) The alto saxophonist Briggan Krauss, possibly best known for his combustible presence in Sex Mob, leads two four-piece bands here, each a reflection of his personality. The Need, playing at 7 p.m., is a plugged-in outfit with Mr. Krauss doubling on electric guitar, with effects; also in the lineup are the guitarist Brandon Seabrook, the bassist J. Granelli and the drummer Jim Black. As for the Briggan Krauss Jazz Quartet, which follows at 8:15 p.m., its declarative name shouldn’t be confused for an easygoing approach. It will feature Mr. Black, along with Jacob Sacks on piano and John Hébert on bass. ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

Mingus Big Band (through Monday) A 2011 Grammy winner for “Live at Jazz Standard,” this repertory band has held a Monday-night residency here for years. It also plays this weekend, filling in for a last-minute cancellation — and building as always on the rugged sophistication of Charles Mingus’s music, which still has the capacity to sound radical. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232,; $25 and $30. (Chinen)

Swallow-Talmor-Nussbaum (Wednesday) “Singular Curves” is the altogether charming new release by this collective post-bop trio, made up of the bassist Steve Swallow, the saxophonist Ohad Talmor and the drummer Adam Nussbaum. The album’s air of firmly self-assured chamber interplay gives some idea of what should unfold here. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232,; $20. (Chinen)