DMG Newsletter September 26th, 2014

Bill Laswell
Cover of Bill Laswell

From DMG:

Three from John Zorn: With Bill Laswell, Marc Ribot/Trevor Dunn/Tyshawn Sorey & Roberto Rodriguez! Mostly Other People Do the Killing Do Miles’ Kind of Blue! Peter Evans Quintet! Irene Schweizer & Jurg Wickihalder! Thomas Heberer & Pascal Niggenkemper!

Day & Taxi Return! Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms! Andrew Raffo Dewar/Kyle Bruckmann/Gino Robair/John Shiurba! David Shea With Oren Ambarchi! Joe McPhee & Konstrukt LP! Philip Corner Plays Erik Satie!

Plus Archival Discs from Hal Russell/NRG Ensemble + Charles Tyler! Mahavishnu Orchestra! Tom Waits! Joshua Abrams! Harold Budd! Head, Hand & Feet! Glaxo Babies! Joe Harriott! Cecil Taylor LP! Eric Dolphy LP! Francis Bebey LP! And Even More Gems!


The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday, September 28th:

Sunday, October 5th:
6pm: FRANTZ LORIOT – Solo viola!

Sunday, October 12th Double-Header:
7pm: KEN ALDCROFT – Solo Guitar!

Sunday, October 19th:
6pm: CHERYL PYLE & MARK ALBAN LOTZ – International Flute Duo!

Sunday, October 26th Double-Header:
6pm: THOLLEM McDONAS & AVA MENDOZA – Electric Keyboard & Electric Guitar!
7pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT – Solo Contrabass!

Rare SATURDAY, November 1st Performance:
6pm: KIM MYHR – Experimental Solo Acoustic Guitar!

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...
Rent Romus 

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, September 26

Fri 9/26 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94720]
Master percussionist William Winant and his cohorts return to L@TE with a program of pioneering percussion music. Don’t miss this chance to hear Steve Reich’s groundbreaking, thunderous work Drumming (Parts One and Two), along with other works by Reich, Lou Harrison, Johanna Beyer, and James Tenney, in the reverberant volume of BAM/PFA.
Programmed by Sarah Cahill.

Fri 9/26 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!

Fri 9/26 9:45 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Jazz Guitar Improvisations w/ Nahum Zdybel Trio + Ross Hammond with Steve Adams

Saturday, September 27

Sat 9/27 7:49 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: German trumpet improviser, Birgit Ulher, performs solo and group improvisations with Grosse Abfahrt — a San Francisco freely-improvising music continuum/community whose name means “great departure”. From out this departure of de-parts comes a salute to epic failure, a disaster in full-dress uniform, gold epaulets dangling off the corpse of Western culture.

Sat 9/27 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Leticia Castanada
Xo Xinh
Daniel Blomquist
Tara Sreekrishnan
R.Duck & D. Lynner
Jack hertz
Forbidden Colors

Sunday, September 28

Sun 9/28 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Phillip Greenlief – solo plus The Everett/Allen Duo at the Nunnery – delicate, destructive, bawdy, and always compelling

Sun 9/28 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 Mike Sopko & Hamir Atwal duo
8:30 Life’s Blood Ensemble
Clifford Brown III – trumpet, Jason Hoopes – double bass, Rent Romus – saxophones
Scott Walton – double bass, Timothy Orr – drums

Sun 9/28 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford – walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm The Social Stutter Quartet: Elizabeth Schenck & Kasey Knudsen – alto saxophone; Phillip Greenlief & Cory Wright – tenor saxophone performs new works for saxophone quartet by Elizabeth Schenck 9 pm Ultralash – The Hollywood Launderette – Karry Walker (Ultralash) and Myles Boisen (Club Foot Orchestra) revisit the days of Tin Pan Alley and Hawaiian kitsch as The Hollywood Laundrette.

Monday, September 29

Mon 9/29 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
German improvising trumpeter Birgit Uhler with Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), Tony Dryer (contrabass) and Tom Nunn (percussion) in a night of improvised music, Company-style. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Tuesday, September 30
Tue 9/30 8:00 PM Artists’ Television Access [992 Valencia SF]
Jacob Felix Heule with Birgit Ulher (germany tpt/electronics) and Bill Hsu (graphics)

Tue 9/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Guitarist Marco Cappelli’s ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY makes an unannounced pitstop in Berkeley on its international tour … with original and irreverent treatments of ’60s Italian film scores plus video projections – in a double bill with the Bay Area’s own IBIM LAB, featuring Donald Robinson

Wednesday, October 1

Wed 10/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm
Ross Hammond – guitar 9 pm Eat the Sun: Noah Phillips – guitar; Gretchen Jude – koto; Jason Hoopes – bass

Wed 10/01 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]

Thursday, October 2

Thu 10/02 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
This reception will feature a brief performance at 7 PM by Tom Nunn, followed by an interview hosted by instrument builder and window gallery curator Bart Hopkin. Visitors will be welcomed to an up close look at Nunn’s work, which will be on display in C4NM’s window gallery throughout September and October.

Thu 10/02 7:30 PM Forte House [1498 24th Avenue San Francisco,CA 94122]
Del Sol String Quartet
While we are saddened by the recent passing of the great composer Peter Sculthorpe, we are honored to be able to celebrate his life through our album release of Sculthorpe’s Quartets with Didjeridu (with Stephen Kent, dijderidu) on the Sono Luminus label.

Thu 10/02 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
Synthesizer Madness: 3 sets of synthesizer music
8:15 pm: Lx Rudis (
8:45 pm: Madalyn Merkey (
9:30pm: Doug Lynner (

Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 & 27: Phil Ranelin’s 75th birthday celebration with Vibes From The Tribe (Jaribu Shahid, Rod Williams, Djallo Djakate)-plus the grand-opening of the Michigan Audio Heritage Society Museum (MAHS Museum) !!!!!

Oct. 4-7: Thollem/Clem Fortuna residency
One of the most wide-rarnging artist working today, pianist Thollem McDonas has had several long-term projects happening in Detroit since he first visited Bohemian National Home back in 2006. One of these is his fabulous multiple micro-tonal piano project with local composer/musician Clem Fortuna. To further develop the project, Thollem will be doing a residency at Trinosophes culminating in a piano concert with Clem, and performance by another on-going Detroit project, The Soar Quartet.

Monday, October 6: Thollem McDonas/Clem Fortuna microtonal piano concert
This third iteration of Thollem and Clem’s collaboration will feature pianos in three different and tuning systems. Unlike the previous versions, where Thollem performed solo on multiple pianos that Clem tuned, this time will have portions where both collaborators perform together.

Coming Soon

Nov. 8: Virgil Moorefield
Nov.10: Kevin Drumm and Jason Lascaleet
Nov. 20: Steve Swell/Frode Gjerstadt

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Moniek Darge/Graham Lambkin – Indian Soundies (Kye)
Jason Kahn – Noema (Editions)
Ian Vine – frieze/static form/division (self-released)
6335 – ♭’s safari (self-released)
David Neal Lee – The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (Wolsak & Wynn)
Hein Schoer – Box of Treasures (Gruenrekorder/[transcript])

Arts for Art Shows in New York

From Arts for Art:

Saturday 09/27 @ Childrens Magical Garden
Stanton & Norfolk

2PM: Behroozi/Lyons Quartet
Daro Behroozi (sax), Nick Lyons (sax), Pete Swanson (bass), Carter Bales (drums)

3PM: deProphetis/ Drury
Maryanne deProphetis (voice), Andrew Drury (drums)

4PM: Oluyemi Thomas / Michael Wimberly
Oluyemi Thomas (sax), Michael Wimberly (bass)

Sunday 09/28 @ 6BC Garden
6th street between Avenue B&C

2PM: Barker Trio
Michael Foster (sax), James Ilgenfritz (bass), Andrew Barker (drums)

3PM: Brown/Levin
Rob Brown (sax), Daniel Levin (cello)

4PM: Finlayson/Pride/Settles
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Brian Settles (sax), Mike Pride (drums)

Saturday 10 /04 @ 6BC Garden
6th street between Avenue B&C

2PM: Cooper-Moore Solo

3PM: Bisio/Dickey
Mike Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)

4PM: Hwang /Wimberly
Jason Kao Hwang (violin, viola), Michael Wimberly (drums)

Sunday 10 /05 @ 6BC Garden
6th street between Avenue B&C

2PM: Lisa Sokolov Solo
Lisa Sokolov (voice, keyboard)

3PM: Shayna Dulberger Solo
Shayna Dulberger (bass)

4PM: The Daves
Dave Sewelson (baritone sax), Dave Hofstra (tuba)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Henry Threadgill
Cover of Henry Threadgill


Steve Coleman at the Stone (through Sunday) Last week Mr. Coleman — a formidable alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader, and a guru among the maverick class of jazz musicians — received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the so-called “Genius Grant.” Anyone curious about the thrust of his work could do no better than to stop in at the Stone during the end of this two-week residency, featuring Five Elements, his trademark band, with members of Talea Ensemble and percussionists from Cuba and Brazil. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street,; $15 or $20 per set. (Chinen)

Mark Dresser Quintet (Friday) A master of abstract texture and extended techniques, the bassist Mark Dresser surrounds himself with sympathetic partners here: Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, Michael Dessen on trombone, Denman Maroney on prepared piano and Michael Sarin on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Peter Evans Quintet (Friday through Sunday) Peter Evans, a trumpet virtuoso with a knack for sly contrarianism, has a productive outlet in this quintet, featuring Ron Stabinsky on piano, Sam Pluta on live electronics, Tom Blancarte on bass and Jim Black on drums. For the first two nights of this weekend residency, the band will welcome a guest, each an eminence of free jazz: first the British saxophonist Evan Parker (on Friday), followed by the American multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee (Saturday). At 8 p.m., Jack, 505 ½ Waverly Avenue, near Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn,; $10 in advance, $15 at the door. (Chinen)

Kneebody (Friday) One of the smarter bands blenderizing postbop, indie rock, hip-hop and classical music, Kneebody put it all on the table with “The Line,” its recent Concord Records debut. For this show, the group teams up with Kimbra, the New Zealand pop eclectic now touring behind her own stylistically slippery album, “The Golden Echo.” At 6:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474,; $20. (Chinen)

Reverse Blue (Thursday and next Friday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson works often with Tomas Fujiwara, the drummer anchoring Reverse Blue. She has a bit less history — but more all the time — with Chris Speed, a probing saxophonist and clarinetist, and Eivind Opsvik, a bassist drawn to glowing lyricism. This will be a preview of its self-titled debut album, due out on Oct. 7. At 8:30 p.m. (9 and 10:30 p.m. next Friday), Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Eric Revis Quartet (Friday) As a bassist and bandleader, Eric Revis knows the trick to making heady abstractions feel like blunt physical facts, negotiable only on their own terms. He draws here from a new album, “In Memory of Things Yet Seen,” featuring a knockabout quartet with Darius Jones on alto saxophone, Bill McHenry on tenor saxophone and Chad Taylor on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625,; $22, $12 for members. (Chinen)

Matthew Shipp (Sunday) An improvising pianist drawn to prickly epiphany, Mr. Shipp has done his fair share of work in the solo format, but not often with the plain conviction found on “I’ve Been to Many Places,” whose release he celebrates with this concert, part of the Sound It Out series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Ches Smith at the Stone (Tuesday through Oct. 5) A smartly unruly drummer active in devious art-rock and outsider jazz, Ches Smith will be in residence at the Stone next week, leading a different group each night. On Tuesday he presents We All Break, a convergence of improvised music and traditional Haitian drumming, with partners including the pianist Matt Mitchell; on Wednesday he presides over These Arches, featuring Tim Berne and Tony Malaby on saxophones, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Andrea Parkins on accordion and electronics. On Thursday he leads a quartet with the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the pianist Craig Taborn and the bassist Stephan Crump. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street,; $15 per set. (Chinen)

Strange & Beautiful: A Celebration of the Music of John Lurie, The Lounge Lizards and Marvin Pontiac (Saturday) The culmination of several days of tributes to John Lurie — a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, actor and painter still synonymous with an era of downtown culture — this concert has been organized around several of his enduring musical guises. It will feature a heavy lineup of his contemporaries and heirs, notably the saxophonist and composer John Zorn, the guitarist Marc Ribot, the pianist John Medeski, the cellist Jane Scarpantoni, and Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, 800-982-2787,; $30 to $40. (Chinen)

‘Very Very Threadgill’ (Saturday and Sunday) The saxophonist, flutist and composer Henry Threadgill, one of the great figures in the past half-century of American music, is still playing with inspired hunger and writing lots of new work — sometimes jazz-related but not jazz per se — for his changing bands of unusual timbre, which have included cello, tuba and accordion. For a two-night stand at the Harlem Gatehouse, the pianist Jason Moran will organize more than 30 musicians to play his music from different parts of his career, as well as conduct a public interview with Mr. Threadgill. Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., 150 Convent Avenue, at 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, 212-281-9240,; sold out. (Ben Ratliff)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

English: BAMcafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music, B...
English: BAMcafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


‘The Difficulty of Crossing a Field’ (Sunday) Based on a brief tale by Ambrose Bierce, David Lang’s 2002 opera, with a libretto by the experimental playwright Mac Wellman, is an enigmatic exploration of the metaphysical costs of slavery featuring five principal singers, a small chorus and a string quartet (here, the Harlem Quartet) that acts as both orchestra and an element of the set. At 7:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363,; $20, $15 for students and 65+. (Woolfe)

Laurie Anderson (Friday and Saturday) Hurricane Sandy was the inspiration behind parts of “Landfall,” a song cycle by this composer and songwriter in which she teams up — for the first time — with Kronos Quartet. Their instruments here are amplified and the sound digitally altered to create a weather front of acoustic effects. At 7.30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100,; $20 to $70. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Claire Chase (Thursday and next Friday) This daring, incisive flutist and administrator, the founder and artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, has begun “density 2036,” a 22-year project that will culminate at the 100th anniversary of Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, “Density 21.5.” Each year from 2014 to 2036, Ms. Chase will commission a new program of works for her instrument, and things get started with a set of premieres by George Lewis, Matthias Pintscher, Felipe Lara and Du Yun. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793,; $15. (Woolfe)

Composer Portrait: Chou Wen-chung (Thursday) To many, the 91-year-old composer Chou Wen-chung is revered as the trailblazer who paved the way for and mentored a generation of successful Chinese-born composers, and as Varèse’s student. Here is a rare chance to hear his own meticulously crafted, atmospheric compositions — some written as recently as 2003 — performed by an excellent roster of musicians, including the Brentano String Quartet and Talujon. James Baker conducts. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799,; $20 to $30; $18 for students and those under 25. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)