Arraymusic Events in September

From Toronto’s Arraymusic:

Intersection @ Dundas Square: Saturday, September 6 all day. Organized by Contact Contemporary Music, this jam-packed marathon offers information dissemination and performances by our top contemporary music organizations which will be taking the stages and manning the tables to distribute brochures, CDs and raise awareness for events happening this year. At 4 pm Array percussionist Rick Sacks performs his own original opera mashup, Andronicus, and Gilles Gobeil‘s GOLEM.

Audiopollination 22.1: Tuesday September 9, 8 pm; this monthly Somewhere There series @ Array Space often includes visual manipulations of live performances projected onto Array’s large video screen. $10 or PWYC; features members: Paul Newman (saxophone), Aldwyn Hogg Jr. (piano), Peter Lutek (saxophone), Elliott Fienberg (keyboard/laptop), Aisha Sasha John (dance), Shahriyar Jamshidi (violin/kamancheh), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello), Ian Bain (guitar), Phookie Nijjit (trombone), Nodoubt Fersure (guitar).

Array Session #27: Wednesday,September 10, 8pm, presents Arraymusic’s evenings of improvisation. Rick Sacks puts together a different Array of Toronto’s finest musicians and out of town guests each Session, heralding a return to the 1970s Columbia U Radio jams; this Session features Robert Appleton (computer generated video), Ted Phillips (electronics) Edwin Huizinga (violin), and Rick Sacks (percussion); FREE/PWYC (presented with special support from The SOCAN Foundation).

Audiopollination 22.2: Saturday, September 13, 8 pm, features Raphael Foisy-Coulture (bass), Arnd Jurgensen (guitar/banjo), Evan Tighe (drums/percussion), Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet), Michael Kaler (bass), Aaron Leaney (saxophone), and William Davison (electronics).

Somewhere There: Sunday, September 14, 8 pm, features Ryan Brouwer, Christine Duncan, and Margarita Night.

The Array Ensemble at The Gladstone Hotel: Tuesday, September 16, 8 pm, performs the music of Nic Gotham at Martha Baillie‘s Book Launch of The Search for Heinrich Schlôgel.

Kelsey Mcnulty: Wednesday, September 17 8:30 pm; CD Release Concert and the Toronto stop on her Southern Ontario tour.

E-void Collective Dance Jam: Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm; take your shoes off and dance!

Somewhere There: Saturday, September 20, 8 pm, features pianist Ali Berkok.

The Array/Evergreen Community Gamelan Meetup: Sunday, September 21, 7 pm, invites you to come join in the music making! This monthly, casual, hands-on activity allows amateurs and trained musicians alike the opportunity to play gamelan instruments. As one participant said, “As soon as you start playing, these sounds put you into a ‘zone’.

The Meandering Streams of Consciousness: Friday, September 26, 8 pm, offers a new co-produced series led by Avesta Nakhaei.

Culture Days – Free Percussion Workshop: Saturday, September 27, 2 pm to 4:30 pm, is presented by Rick Sacks who invites you to join in an afternoon of music making on a treasure trove of percussion instruments (all levels are welcome).

Debra Brody CD Release – Portal of Sound: Saturday, September 27, 8 pm, features special guests Ian Desouza and dancer Joanna Desouza.

Toronto Improvisers’ Orchestra: Sunday, September 28, 2 pm, offers this even open to improvising musicians that uses hand signals to sculpt real-time compositions.

Thin Edge New Music Ensemble – Unusual Spectrum IV Concert: Sunday, September 28, 8 pm, offers an eclectic evening of contemporary chamber music, including works by Luigi Nono, Alex Mincek, and Chaya Czernowin, and features special guest guitarist Nilan Perera.

AMN Reviews: The Group – The Feed-Back (1970; RCA / 2014; Schema)

R-150-2806310-1366730184-2395The Group was actually an incarnation of Franco Evangelisti’s Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza, an avant-garde Italian collective influenced by experimental rock, modern classical and free jazz. The Feed-Back was a one-off release from Evangelisti and seven collaborators, including movie score guru Ennio Morricone on trumpet. Consisting of three tracks running a total of less than thirty minutes, The Feed-Back is a short burst of scratchy, dissonant energy. Comparisons to electric Miles Davis, Luigi Nono, AMM, and The Beatles are not out of order. The horns layer drones, textures, and squeals, and are interlaced with jangly guitar over a busy rock drumbeat, not unlike the rhythms of their German Krautrock contemporaries. The Feed-Back could even be viewed as a proto-prog offering, as mid-70’s Italian group Area evokes similar sounds on their more outside releases (such as Event ’76). A welcome reissue.

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, September 5

Fri 9/05 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jarring Sounds, Amy Foote and Alexis Luque are partnering together to present music by San Francisco based composer Kyle Hovatter.

Fri 9/05 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
The Scott Amendola Trio
Scott Amendola, drums; Jeff Parker, guitar; John Shifflet, bass

Saturday, September 6

Sat 9/06 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Littlefield Concert Hall
Works by guest composer David Wessel, and Mills CCM composers Maggi Payne, Guillermo Galindo, James Fei, and John Bischoff.

Sat 9/06 8:00 PM Subterranean Arthouse [2179 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Two sets of music by the San Francisco-based avant garde world fusion quartet DaMaDa, featuring lively Mandarin vocals by Chinese-born Luo Danna, and Western-influenced instrumentation by electric guitarist Marc Schmitz, drummer Dave Mihaly, and electric bassist Michael Fortes.

Sat 9/06 8:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]

Sunday, September 7

Sun 9/07 2:00 PM Oakland Asian Cultural Center [9th Street #290 Oakland 94607]

Sun 9/07 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
On Ensemble is a Los Angeles based taiko quartet that incorporates non-traditional elements—melodies, unusual time signatures, and unexpected instruments like cajon, frame drum, trap set, koto, melodica, and Japanese flute—to create an original and modern sound.

Monday, September 8

Mon 9/08 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
MAXXI UNICORNI: Improvised quartet music by visiting Italian stars Piero Bittolo Bon (alto saxophone, feedback sax) and Marta Raviglia (voice), with local Italian-Americans Gino Robair (percussion, electronics) and Lisa Mezzacappa (acoustic bass).

Mon 9/08 8:00 PM Yoshi’s Oakland [510 Embarcadero West Oakland]
Nineteen is pleased to feature virtuoso keyboardist and Oakland native Frank Martin and drummer extraordinaire Wally Schnalle. The group will perform original compositions by both artists as well as compositions by Nineteen musical director Eric Bolvin.

Mon 9/08 8:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents
Schimscheimer Family Trio
Michael Coleman-keyboards
Kasey Knudsen-sax
Jon Arkin-drums
Darren Johnston Trion +1
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Matt Szemela – violin
Doug Stuart – bass
+ special guest Fred Frith – guitar

Tuesday, September 9

Tue 9/09 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents Ornettology + Ze Bib! + Alex Christie

Wednesday, September 10

Wed 9/10 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]

Thursday, September 11

Thu 9/11 7:00 PM SFEMF [Kanbar Forum Pier 15 San Francisco CA]
The 15th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
David Dunn
Headboggle + Caitlin Denny

Thu 9/11 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston returns to CNM with both a duo and trio project. The focus of the evening will be on collective, spontaneous compositions, some of which to be based on a collection of short musical ideas that have occurred to Darren over the last several months.

Thu 9/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm Josh Allen – tenor saxophone
9pm TBA

Thu 9/11 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
BODABODA + Klaxon Mutant Allstars: freewheeling original jazz from Italy and CA
Piero Bittolo Bon (IT) – saxophones
Marta Raviglia (IT) – voice
John Finkbeiner – guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa – acoustic bass
Jason Levis (DE/US) – drums
Klaxon Mutant Allstars
Henry Hung – trumpet and effects
Eric Garland – drums
Kasey Knudsen – sax and effects
Colin Hogan – keyboards and melodica
Sam Bevan – bass

Friday, September 12

Fri 9/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard launches its 2014-2015 season on September 12 at the Center for New Music with Switchboard Presents, a monthly concert series that features split bills of innovative and eclectic music from the Bay Area and beyond. SBP features the raucous bass clarinet duo Sqwonk, heavy bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles, and an appearance by a rare assembly of nine of the Bay Area’s best bass clarinetists performing a nonet by Jonathan Russell.

Fri 9/12 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
East Bay Composers Colloquium #2 is a night of entirely new compositions by several active bay area performers/improvisers. The composers for this show are Shani Aviram, Sam Withrow, Aram Shelton, Rachel Devorah Trapp and Moe! Staiano.

Fri 9/12 8:00 PM SFEMF [Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street (at York) San Francisco, CA]
The 15th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Aki Onda
Joker Nies
Sarah Davachi

Fri 9/12 8:00 PM Artists’ Television Access [992 Valencia SF]
MISSION EYE & EAR #6: New music/sound + film/video collaborations by:
Crystal Pascucci + Isabelle Harada
Zachary James Watkins + Rosario Sotelo
Lisa Mezzacappa + Janis Crystal Lipzin
with film scores performed live by the Eyes’nEars House Band:
Marta Raviglia (IT), voice
Steve Adams, winds
Piero Bittolo Bon (IT), reeds
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Suki O’Kane, percussion

Fri 9/12 8:45 PM Main Grove at the Bruns Amphitheatre [100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA ‎]
This summer, the Center for New Music partners with Cal Shakes’ The Triangle Lab to present three special concerts at Fridays in the Grove: performances by the Bay Area’s best poets, musicians, comics, and more. The third and final show features Pet the Tiger, an improvised acoustic collective for invented instruments with David Samas (composer/inventor/extended technique vocalist), Ian Saxton (programer/percussionist), Peter Bonos (horns/explosives). Pet the Tiger will play Music for Fairies and Elves in anticipation of the evening’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream — a work that seeks to enchant the listener with exotic “sounds and sweet airs that give delight, but hurt not”. More…

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Cover of Masada


Analytical Symmetry (Thursday) For the last year or two, the Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz has been exploring the affinities between music and architecture, partly inspired by the pertinent writings of the composer Iannis Xenakis. Mr. Ortiz will put his ideas in motion with a band composed of Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Michaël Attias on alto saxophone and Nasheet Waits on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio (Monday) Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist given to contemplative frictions, and on “Double Windsor” — her smart new album, released this summer on the Tzadik label — she works with the same lean and responsive rhythm team that joins her here, featuring Drew Gress on bass and Kenny Wollessen on drums. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363,; $20, $15 for students and members. (Chinen)

Kris Davis Trio (Friday) An inquisitive pianist with a willful but methodical approach to experimentation, Kris Davis has made herself indispensable on New York’s left-of-center jazz scene. The trio she leads here has partners of similar temperament: the violist Mat Maneri and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Odean Pope, Pharoah Sanders, James Carter, Geri Allen & More (Tuesday through Sept. 14) The subtitle of this all-star summit could well have been “Saxophone Vesuvius,” given the shared aesthetic proclivities of Mr. Pope, Mr. Sanders and Mr. Carter. How they’ll manage not to blow each other off the stage is an open question going into this engagement, which will be recorded for a live album. What’s not in question is the responsive agility of their rhythm section, consisting of Ms. Allen, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592,; $35 cover at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

Steel House (Wednesday and Thursday) This recently formed collective features three superb musicians who have worked side by side in various rhythm sections: the drummer Brian Blade, the bassist Scott Colley and the pianist Edward Simon. Their rapport seems likely to maximize the potential for chamberlike sensitivity and a brisk sense of play. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232,; $25 cover. (Chinen)

John Zorn’s Masada: Angels at the Vanguard (through Sunday) The composer, alto saxophonist and ringleader John Zorn has been presiding over a festival of his Masada project this week, with a different band playing each set. On Friday, the Masada String Trio performs an early set, followed by Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits. Saturday, which is sold out, belongs entirely to the original Masada quartet. And Sunday’s lineup will feature the percussionist Roberto Rodriguez with Octeto Masada, followed by a quartet led by the saxophonist Uri Gurvich. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037,; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

A building of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in...
A building of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ensemble LPR (Tuesday) The work of John Lurie, the ever-shape-shifting musician, actor, painter and director, undergoes one more transformation in this concert of music originally written for the Lounge Lizards. Here it will be arranged for string quartet and quintet, and performed by Le Poisson Rouge’s chamber ensemble. At 9 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474,; $15 in advance, $18 at the door. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Next Wave Festival (Tuesday through Thursday) It may be oxymoronic to term a program of Minimalist music “Greatest Hits,” but that is the essence of these three evenings of music by the composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, who will also be featured as performers in some. Among the works on offer are Mr. Reich’s “Four Organs” on Tuesday and Wednesday, performed by Mr. Reich, Mr. Glass, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres as well as the percussionist David Cossin; scenes from Mr. Glass’s “Powaqqatsi” and “Einstein on the Beach” on Wednesday; and Mr. Reich’s moving memorial “WTC 9/11” on Thursday. At 7:30 p.m., Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100,; $30 to $105 (limited availability). (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Taylor Ho Bynum’s Acoustic Bicycle Tour Hits Portland

English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007
English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Some years ago, while jazz composer-cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum was at his day job at New York’s Creative Capital Foundation, he gazed up at a map of the United States and, remembering the 800-mile bike trip down the East Coast he and a friend had taken when he was 19, wondered: Wouldn’t it be fun to bike through some of those places on tour?  The bike-tour model gives me a different connection to the reality of the places I’m playing,” Bynum says. “I meet people I’d never meet [otherwise]. And we can have a conversation that opens them up to check out music in a way that you’ll never get from 30 seconds on YouTube. It’s a way to proselytize for the work without having to compromise it.”