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
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]
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.