Lexington native Ross Hammond brings his jazz guitar to Mecca

528990_440195956015126_112459292_nFrom Kentucky.com, a preview of Hammond’s show tonight.

Traveling is usually an accepted routine in the life of a working musician. That’s certainly been the case for guitarist Ross Hammond. Though born in Lexington, he has spent all of his professional life in Sacramento, Calif., establishing a voice of his own for the jazz guitar and, more importantly, an audience to accept and appreciate it. But when Ross Compton, chieftain of the Outside the Spotlight series, got wind the guitarist was heading to Lexington, he arranged for a performance Friday at the Mecca dance studio on Manchester Street.

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

Cover of "Tiny Resistors"
Cover of Tiny Resistors

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

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

Saturday, August 16

Sat 8/16 7:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Lukas Ligeti and Friends
Lukas Ligeti and friends featuring Dave Mihaly, Motoko
Honda, Bob Bralove, Stepehen Elliot and Jaroba.

Sat 8/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The music of Oakland-based reed player and composer Cory Wright encompasses an astonishingly broad range of sounds anyone would call jazz – fiery swing, beautifully intricate horn writing, and a sensitivity to both fun and brainy ways of driving the music foreword with collective improvisation, asymmetric grooves and dazzlingly virtuosic soloing. At times playfully irreverent and at others lovingly sympathetic to jazz traditions past and present, Wright’s music also embraces texture and abstraction and formal experimentation, and he is truly an innovator in creating novel ways for improvising musicians to interact in the moment. Among the Bay Area’s first-call musicians on saxophones and clarinets, here Wright is joined by his stellar ensemble, performing selections from his latest release “Apples and Oranges” and new compositions for duo, trio and quintet configurations.

Sat 8/16 8:00 PM Meridian Gallery [535 Powell Street SF]
This instrumental opera is inspired by the mysterious “number stations” that have broadcast on shortwave radios throughout the world since the late ‘40s, which are widely believed to provide coded messages between government intelligence agencies and their spies. Composer Gino Robair models the opera’s musical score after the individual characteristics of these stations by giving each performer a set of coded instructions to interpret musically or through movement.

Sat 8/16 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
The Westerlies – A New Music Brass Quartet

Sunday, August 17

Sun 8/17 7:30 PM SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Brett Carson – solo piano
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute, Theo Padouvas – trumpet, Bill Noertker – contrabass, Jon Arkin

Sun 8/17 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Pianists and Composers Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz present an evening of improvised and composed music for solo piano, two pianos, and piano and voice. This evening will be a rare opportunity to hear the longtime musical and life partners perform on 2 beautiful grand pianos. Horvitz and Holcomb will also each perform solo and songs by Robin Holcomb with Horvitz on piano and Holcomb singing.

Sun 8/17 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
SL Morse – Ladies’ Night
Heavy sedated distorted pulses and hypnotic vocals based on nightmares and lucid dreamscapes. Demonsleeper is the solo project of Alexandra Buschman.
SL Morse voice/percussion/drums duo of Aurora Josephson and Sarah Lockhart.

Wednesday, August 20

Wed 8/20 7:30 PM Second Act [1727 Haight Street]
Bled Sorghum
Omniverous Sensillium
Sharon Tate Fetus Explosion

Wed 8/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
One night, two trios:
Jon Raskin Trio and Stackpole/Ackley/Thollem

Wed 8/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Shock Ray Trio
Darren Johnston – Trumpet
Vijay Anderson – Drums
Safa Shokrai – Bass
Oakland Future Trio
Caleb Sankofa – Piano
Ari Carpenter – Bass
Mikhi Woodley – Drums

Thursday, August 21

Thu 8/21 5:30 PM Berkeley Botanical Gardens [Redwood Grove, UC Botanical Garden UC Berkeley]
Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors + Etienne de Rocher

Thu 8/21 7:00 PM Kanbar Forum at the Exploratorium [The Exploratorium, Kanbar Forum, Pier 15, San Francisco]
(sub)mersion at the Exploratorium
MEDIATE & SF Weekly present an immersive surround sound and cinema event featuring Pamela Z, IN/S and Paul Clipson featuring Ashley Bellouin

Thu 8/21 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Flutist Laura Scarlata and Pianist Sharon Lee Kim will present an exciting selection of chamber music, including a trio featuring special guest, cellist Jane Lee. Hear a few of Duo Camaraderie’s favorites, and some new collaborations as well!

Thu 8/21 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm Dave Defilippo – synth modules
9pm John Krausbauer/Agnes Szelag

Friday, August 22

Fri 8/22 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jones Jones is the great Mark Dresser on bass, Lithuanian Vladimir Tarasov on percussion and Rova sax member Larry Ochs. The trio has played intermittently on tours in Europe and USA since 2008. Expect sublime and detailed music from this stellar group of veteran improvisers.

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Bruno Duplant/Eva-Maria Houben/Bileam Kümper – Field by memory inhabited III & IV (Rhizome.s)
Jeff Gburek/Karolina Ossowska – Visitations (Catalogue of Wonders)
Ryan McGuire – Civilian (Glasswing Music)
Radio Cegeste – three inclements (Consumer Waste)
Luciano Maggiore/Enrico Malatesta – talabalacco (Consumer Waste)
The International Nothing – The Dark Side of Success (Ftarri)
Paul Baran – The Other (Fang Bomb)
Neu Abdominaux Dangereux – Dangereuxorcisms (CKC)
Virilio – Signature (Record Label Record Label)
Catherine Lamb – in/gradient (Sacred Realism)
Bryan Eubanks – Anamorphosis (Sacred Realism)
Andrew Lafkas – 1 + 1 = year zero (water/moon) (Sacred Realism)

Ear Heart Music 2014-15 Schedule

From Ear Heart Music:

Ear Heart Music, 2014-15 season at Roulette

Since September 2009, Ear Heart Music has produced over 85 unique concerts with over 65 world premieres. In 2012, the series formed a partnership with Roulette and continues to present dramatic and engaging collaborative events in this ideal venue. The 2014-15 season features the return of the Ear Heart Music Ensemble, original animation by Jeanne Stern, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, three CD release parties, and countless New York premieres… Join us and HEART good music!

September 29, 2014
Richard Reed Parry, Y Music Ensemble, and Nico Muhly
Music for Heart and Breath (Deutsche Grammaphon CD release party)
Ear Heart Music opens its third season at Roulette with a concert to celebrate the release of Richard Reed Parry’s highly acclaimed new CD, Music for Heart and Breath. Y Music Ensemble and Nico Muhly join Parry (most widely known as a band member of Arcade Fire) to comprise the all-star lineup. Parry conceived the music from this CD to be played according to the performers’ own internals rhythms of heartbeat. Pitchfork magazine wrote, “There is a palpable aliveness to the performance that makes the six pieces, written for different configurations, feel like a guided meditation. This is body music, unquestionably, and by the end of the album the music’s subtle internal rhythms have reconfigured your own.”

November 12, 2014
Living Toys
The new music chamber orchestra Contemporaneous performs a show of frantic magic through a series of pieces that provide a surround-sound explosion of energy. This is music that moves like data across the internet or electrons around the nucleus. The show opens with Thomas Ades’ Living Toys, an adventurous projection of a child’s magnificent and superhuman vision of his future life. Ades translates these heroic dreams and toys into music, motion and life. Yotam Haber’s We were all follows, a delicate work of extreme vigor. Haber himself describes the piece as “a short burst of physical, muscular energy, sometimes menacing, sometimes exuberant.” Tracing through music this line of fascination, that child-like sense of magic and possibility, the show winds its way to John Adams’ remarkable Son of Chamber Symphony, an apotheosis of the manic joy of discovery. A sky-high detonation of vibrant color, this finale reaches escape velocity, launching us all into orbit, and restoring to us the magic of our craziest dreams.

March 24, 2015
Arkora and Ear Heart Music Ensemble
Songs and Glosses (Redshift Records CD release party)
Featuring original animation by Jeanne Stern
This performance offers the New York premieres of two works, one with vocalist, one with narrator, which expertly explore literary angles and a search for deeper meaning through color and nuance. Benton Roark’s Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge (Redshift Records CD release) is a delicate and evocative melding of poetry and instrumental timbre that creates a shimmering world within itself – a world of questioning, exploration, and bittersweet nostalgia. Exploring the psychological phenomenon of depersonalization – or a loss of Self – from a first-hand perspective, the poetic impetus stems from using the rainshadow (occurring in the northwest, where the shadow is in fact where the sun is, and rain the norm) as a metaphor for relativism in perception of Self and the world. The narrative arc of the music and text leads the listener through diverse perspectives on the subject from existentialist, Buddhist, and Jungian philosophies. The unusual instrumentation of soprano, flute, viola, bass, electric guitar, and percussion along with original animation by Jeanne Stern add to the slightly surreal impact of the piece.
Revered Spanish composer Benet Casablancas offers us a different type of cycle; one in which musical response follows the spirit-seeking narrative of a pilgrim in Six Glosses on Texts by Cees Nooteboom. Frenetic and compact, but simultaneously open and spacious, the work transcends paradox. Masterful in his color and orchestration, Casablancas responds to the rich fabric of allusions and chiaroscuro, encouraging changes in coloration and expressive register which characterize each movement. In maximizing instrumental possibility to its fullest and most pristine, Casablancas contrasts contemplation with impulse, lyric intermezzi with the bare essence of Haiku, and light scherzando with profound momentum.

May 19, 2015
International Contemporary Ensemble and JACK Quartet
Jason Eckardt’s “Subject” (Tzadik CD release party)
Celebrating the release of Subject, Jason Eckardt’s new record on Tzadik, the JACK Quartet, ICE, and soloists Tony Arnold, soprano; Jay Campbell, cello; Jordan Dodson, guitar; and Eric Lamb, flute perform works from the new record as well as John Zorn’s string quartets Necronomicon and The Dead Man. JACK will also perform the title track, a work that confronts “advanced interrogation” techniques using sound and light, including a complex lighting design conceived by the composer and fully realized for the first time in this performance. Ms. Arnold and conductor David Fulmer lead ICE in a performance of Eckardt’s Tongues, a work that explores glossolalia, or “speaking in tongues,” and evokes the volatile grip of possession that is said to hold the human vessels through which the divine or supernatural passes. Eckardt’s stunningly virtuosic Paths of Resistance is realized by guitarist Jordan Dodson, and Eric Lamb and Jay Campbell will navigate Flux, a duet for alto flute and cello inspired by self-organizing processes in the natural world. Ear Heart Music resident visualist Joshue Ott collaborates.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.
Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Connie Crothers at the Stone (Tuesday through Aug. 24) Ms. Crothers, a restless but reflective pianist, has programmed next week at the Stone, enlisting a wide array of collaborators. Among the highlights are TransFormation, her collective with the vocalist Andrea Wolper and the bassist Ken Filiano (Tuesday at 8 p.m.); a trio set with Jemeel Moondoc on alto saxophone and Henry Grimes on bass (Wednesday at 8 p.m.); and a confab with Mr. Filiano, the saxophonist Louie Belogenis and the drummer Michael Wimberly (Thursday at 10 p.m.). At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Dave Douglas Quintet (Tuesday through Aug. 23) The industrious trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas broke in a terrific new band last year, releasing two albums on his own Greenleaf label: “Be Still,” a contemplative recasting of Protestant hymns, and “Time Travel,” a more rambunctious postbop outing. The quintet — with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums — will most likely draw from both releases here. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Adam Rudolph (Friday and Monday) Mr. Rudolph, a hand percussionist, composer and world-music hybridist, has recently focused most of his attention on the Go: Organic Orchestra, a visionary large ensemble performing at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn on Monday. But he never retired his Moving Pictures ensemble, stocked with longtime partners like the cornetist Graham Haynes and the multireedist Ralph Jones, which appears on Friday at the Jazz Gallery in Manhattan. Friday 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. Monday at 8:15 and 9:30 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15. (Chinen)

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex:

SUN 17, MON 18 7 TUE 19 AUGUST • 20.00 • £8 / £6 (CONC) / £20 / £15 (three-night pass)
Three nights of cutting edge improvised music directed by guitarist and Mopomoso founder John Russell, with an ensemble of 12 experienced international performers. Each night will begin and end with a short ensemble piece with all of the musicians, with a changing programme of smaller combinations throughout. No two nights will be the same.

THURS 21 AUGUST • 20.00 • £10 • MD
A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley and Anthony Braxton, to Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt and Squarepusher. He is one of Europe’s most innovative and intriguing saxophonists, which is why he keeps audiences coming back for more. With John Russell (guitar) and John Edwards (double bass).

Faust: Whatever happened to ‘the German Beatles’?

From the BBC:

The late 1960s and early 1970s saw in West Germany the formation of an extraordinary handful of experimental groups, including Amon Düül 2, Can, Kraftwerk, Neu! and Cluster. These groups were often misunderstood and even ignored, not least in their own country, and in the UK were banded together under the term ‘Krautrock’, which they understandably resented.  Today, the Krautrock groups are regarded as having exercised a huge influence on subsequent generations and genres including techno, post-punk, electropop, ambient and ‘post-rock’.  However, perhaps the strangest of all of these avant-garde outfits, certainly the one with the strangest back story, is Faust, who formed in Hamburg and released their debut album on the German Polydor label in 1971.