Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

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 8:30 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.

Saturday, September 13

Sat 9/13 8:00 PM SFEMF [See Announcement for address SF]
The 15th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Christina Stanley
Xo Xinh

Sunday, September 14

Sun 9/14 3:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Sarah Cahill – solo piano – To celebrate the release of her new two-CD album of Mamoru Fujieda’s “Patterns of Plants” on the Pinna Records label, Sarah performs some of these collections of pieces ranging from 1996 to 2010.

Sun 9/14 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131]
The Lost Trio CD release party! – Phillip Greenlief, tenor saxophone; Dan Seamans, bass; Tom Hassett, drums celebrate the release of MONKWORK, their 6th release on Evander Music, featuring an all Thelonious Monk program

Sun 9/14 7:30 PM SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Dave Mihaly’s Spillway Trio
Dave Mihaly – table vibes, guitar, and voice/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Dax Compise – drums
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute/Eli Wallace – piano/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Dax Compise – drums

Sun 9/14 8:00 PM SFEMF [See Announcement for address SF]
The 15th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Nicolas Collins
Ezra Buchla
Julia Mazawa

Tuesday, September 16

Tue 9/16 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Taylor Ho Bynum – bicycle tour! 8 pm Goggle Saxophone Quartet: Chris Jonas – soprano saxophone; Randy McKean – alto saxophone; Cory Wright – tenor saxophone; Dan Plonsey – baritone saxophone 9 pm Taylor Ho Bynum Conducts OrcheSperry: ela polak – violin; Christina Stanley – violin; shanna sordahl – cello; Lisa Mezzacappa – bass; John Shiurba – guitar; pete fitzpatrick – guitar; Rachel Condry – Bb clarinet; Cory Wright – bass clarinet; Phillip Greenlief – alto saxophone; Jon Raskin – baritone saxophone; clifford childers – trombone; Tim Perkis – electronics; Gino Robair – percussion

Wednesday, September 17

Wed 9/17 7:30 PM Second Act [1727 Haight Street, SF, CA]
Amphibious Gestures
Not I

Wed 9/17 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Tim Perkis solo – Steve Adams / shinji / john hanes 3
8 pm
Tim Perkis solo – live electronics
9 pm
Steve Adams – electronics
John Hanes – electronics
Shinji – butoh movement

Wed 9/17 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Taylor Ho Bynum/James Fei Quartet Plays Braxton

Wed 9/17 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]

Thursday, September 18

Thu 9/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm Matt Herman – solo live-looped customized guitar
9pm John McCowen – clarinet

Thu 9/18 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Grex: A Retrospective (part of Robert Lopez Residency at TAC)
An intimate evening with Bay Area art rock/post-jazz trio Grex, featuring the group’s first and only full duo set in several years, plus the debut of several new duo and trio pieces. Expect a mix of rarely heard originals (including the three part “Suite: Extinction”) and bizarre reworkings of pieces by Tim Smith, Mongezi Feza, and Don Cherry.
Set #1: Duo (Karl Evangelista/Rei Scampavia)
Set #2: Trio (Evangelista/Scampavia + Robert Lopez)

Thu 9/18 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Bruce Ackley Trio and Quartet – The Forest and the Zoo: A Celebration of the Music of Steve Lacy

Friday, September 19

Fri 9/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Littlefield Concert Hall
Performed by Mills faculty musicians Gloria Justen, violin; Gianna Abondolo, cello; Daniel Lockert, piano; Sara Ganz, soprano; Belle Bulwinkle, piano; and Robert Schwartz, piano.

Fri 9/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

As part of his ambitious and expansive Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Connecticut-based composer and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum passes through the Bay Area (on wheels) for a concert of duets with acclaimed pianist Myra Melford. Bynum is one of the most energetic, prolific and community-minded artists of his generation, working closely as both an instrumentalist and arts organizer with veterans like Anthony Braxton and the late Bill Dixon, and touring the world with his ensembles featuring stellar improvising contemporaries such as Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and John Hebert. In this first-time duo meeting, Bynum and Melford will perform a mix of improvisations and compositions.

Fri 9/19 9:00 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Jürg Frey/Radu Malfatti – II (Erstwhile)
Asher Tuil – Two Compositions / Selections from an Unlimited Series / Nocturne
Giacomo Fiore – iv: american electric guitars
Tim Allen – Emergent Forms (Conv)
Glenn Stallcop – Ash Fork Verses #3 (SMS Recordings)
Anne-F Jacques/Tim Olive – Dominion Mills (845 Audio)
Jonas Kocher/Badrutt Gaudenz – Cinema Rex (INSUB)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Steve Coleman
Cover of Steve Coleman

From NYTimes.com:

Jane Ira Bloom: The Night Skywriting Trio (Sunday) Ms. Bloom, among the leading soprano saxophonists in jazz, has long been a devotee of the cosmos; her Night Skywriting Trio has performed commissioned, site-specific work in planetariums. The setting will be more contained in this one-nighter, but the music will stay expansive, with the help of the bassist Mark Dresser and the drummer Jerry Granelli. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Steve Coleman at the Stone (Tuesday through Sept. 28, excluding Sept. 22) Mr. Coleman — a formidable alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader, and a guru among the maverick class of jazz musicians — is about to embark on a two-week residency at the Stone. In his first week he’ll work strictly with Five Elements, his trademark band, featuring Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, David Bryant on piano, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Anthony Tidd on bass and Sean Rickman on drums. (His second week will also augment the group with members of Talea Ensemble and percussionists from Cuba and Brazil.) At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 or $20 per set. (Chinen)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (Wednesday through Sept. 28) This annual hornucopia shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters, with an unrestrictive relationship to genre. The festivities begin next week with two nights of up-and-coming trumpeters, handpicked by a former member of that society, Jeremy Pelt. The lineup on Wednesday will feature groups led by Carlos Abadie, Kirk Knuffke, Leon Jordan Jr. and Theljon Allen; Thursday’s players are Paul Williamson, Steve Fishwick, Nadje Noorduis and Keyon Harrold. For more information about the festival, visit fontmusic.org. Starting at 7 p.m., Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street, 212-864-6662, smokejazz.com; $9 cover. (Chinen)

Phil Haynes & No Fast Food (Friday) Led by Mr. Haynes, a drummer, No Fast Food is a trio inspired by a spirit of collectivism and by the intrepid ethos of the 1970s. The band’s other members are Dave Liebman, on saxophones and flute, and Drew Gress, on bass; this booking comes on the heels of a representative double album, “In Concert.” At 8 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $20. (Chinen)

Joseph Jarman’s 77th Birthday Celebration (Sunday) Mr. Jarman, a multireedist and spiritual guide hailing from the first wave of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, will turn 77 this weekend, a joyful cause for the dozen or so musical celebrants gathered here. Among them are the pianist Adegoke Steve Colson, the multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart, the drummer Thurman Barker and the guitarist John Ehlis. At 7:30 and 9 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15. (Chinen)

Oliver Lake Big Band (Saturday) Oliver Lake, a multireedist and composer with acres of experience in the self-sustaining avant-garde (he was a founder of both the Black Artists Group in the 1960s and the World Saxophone Quartet in the ’70s), reconvenes a version of the band heard on his steamrollering recent album, “Wheels.” At 8 and 10 p.m., Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, 212-582-2121, theiridium.com; $30, with a $15 minimum. (Chinen)

Mat Maneri and Lucian Ban New Quintet (Saturday) The violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Lucian Ban have an established rapport — last year they released a lovely and restive duo album, “Transylvanian Concert” — that forms the pliable core of this ensemble. But the rest of the group is also serious; along with the tuba player Bob Stewart, it includes the saxophonist Tony Malaby and the drummer Billy Mintz. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Evan Parker (Friday through Sunday, Wednesday) Now 70, the saxophonist Evan Parker has spent more than four decades in the British avant-garde, metabolizing the ideas of free jazz and perfecting his own strategies of sound, which skew atonal but often subversively lyrical. This weekend he concludes a residency at the Stone, connecting with partners like the band Rocket Science (Friday) and the percussionist Milford Graves (Saturday). Next Wednesday, as part of the Sound It Out series, he plays duos with the guitarist Joe Morris, whose approach is as intuitive and uncompromising as his own. At 8 and 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, thestonenyc.com; $20 or $25 per set. Wednesday at 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $20, or $15 for students. (Chinen)

Odean Pope, Pharoah Sanders, James Carter, Geri Allen & More (Friday through Sunday) 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 one another 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, bluenote.net; $35 and $45 cover at tables, $20 and $30 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

Vinnie Sperrazza (Sunday and Thursday) “Apocryphal,” the new album by this drummer and composer, follows an appealing agenda of postgenre modernity, blending the discipline and dynamic of jazz with the vibe of experimental rock and ambient music. His partners, on the album as on these two appearances, are the alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, the guitarist Brandon Seabrook and the bassist Eivind Opsvik. Sunday at 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 347-422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10. Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

Tyondai Braxton
Cover of Tyondai Braxton

From NYTimes.com:

Alarm Will Sound (Friday and Saturday) The Next Wave festival continues its homage to Minimalism with performances of music by John Adams (on Friday) and Steve Reich (Saturday) by this group, one of the most adventurous new-music ensembles around. Led by Alan Pierson, Saturday’s program also includes works by Tyondai Braxton and Donnacha Dennehy. At 7:30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, bam.org; $16 to $45. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

‘Become Ocean’ Listening Party (Friday) Advancing in great orchestral heaves and sighs, this 40-minute work by the Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and its music director, Ludovic Morlot, won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Music. By that time it had already been recorded in Seattle, and it is scheduled for release just as the new season gets underway. This event features a conversation with Mr. Adams and a playback of the recording, in surround sound. At 8 p.m., the Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, at Varick Street, SoHo, 866-811-4111, thegreenespace.org; sold out. (Woolfe)

‘Heart & Breath’ (Thursday) The adventurous Miller Theater at Columbia University opens its season with the intriguing program “Heart & Breath: Colombine’s Paradise Theater,” featuring the dynamic instrumental ensemble Eighth Blackbird. The production is described as a contemporary fantasia on 17th-century Italian music and theater, combining new arrangements of Monteverdi and Gesualdo with several modern scores. The six performers play, sing, speak, growl and dance in this musical-theatrical piece. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, millertheater.com; $25 to $40. (Tommasini)

The San Francisco Electronic Music Festival Corrals Academics, Noise Artists, and Cult Experimentalists

Harry Partch (c. 1969), from the cover of The ...
Harry Partch

From East Bay Express:

David Dunn’s biography is a lengthy scroll of academic achievements. It lists grants, lectures, exhibitions, and works (culminating with his current position as founder of the Art & Science Laboratory in New Mexico) all inked in decade-spanning chronology with a quill inherited from his dignified mentor, the storied, American avant-garde composer Harry Partch. Since 2010, multimedia artist Julia Mazawa has performed locally, mostly in illicit venues, with just a turntable and delay pedal, warping vinyl source sounds with a common effect. Now, forget their backgrounds, because both artists are scheduled to perform at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, an event that corrals divergent experimentalists like Dunn and Mazawa annually. The eclecticism brings underground artists and ivory-tower denizens alike to illuminate a common interest: the margins of electronic sound.

AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Tim Berne / Jason Lescalleet

Tim Berne
Cover of Tim Berne

Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Tim Berne / Hard Cell – Hard Cell Live (2004)
Tim Berne / Hard Cell – Feign (2005)
Tim Berne / Paraphrase – Pre-Emptive Denial (2005)
Joe Colley / Jason Lescalleet – Annihilate This Week (2006)
Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet – The Breadwinner (2008)