When Lindsay Cooper stepped on to the stage of the Battersea Arts Centre, picked up her bassoon and started to play, I was transfixed. As a group, Henry Cow projected a radical image, rejecting the trappings of rock-star status and, it seemed, 4/4 time as well. But what really stood out was the presence – unusual at the time – of three female musicians. Dagmar Krause sang with stark intensity, Georgie Born played a mean bass guitar, and Lindsay Cooper brought an instrument that is normally hidden in the back rows of an orchestra right into the front line.
A Stockhausen Festival Kickstarter has been launched to fund an LA performance of Kathinka’s Gesang, the second scene from Stockhausen’s opera Saturday from Light.
The Nathan Hubbard Trio’s recent performance at the Loft in San Diego is reviewed.
Pere Ubu’s recent Cambridge, UK performance is reviewed.
At Troy NY’s EMPAC, Pharmakon will perform December 5. It is described as “[a]n intensely intimate and confrontational performance by Pharmakon, a death industrial music project from Margaret Chardiet.”
From the Houston Press:
A lot of tinkerers want to fix Houston’s jazz scene, but Matthew Shipp says there’s no need to break out the toolkit for something that either isn’t broken or requires a larger repair than all the city’s musical handy men and women can muster. “So many players come out of there to begin with. As far as national attention, obviously Robert Glasper and Jason Moran come to mind, and let’s not forget the great Joe Sample. So, Houston is doing something right.”
From the Bay Improviser Calendar:
Friday, November 21
Fri 11/21 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A spectacular bridge into the surreal and time travel. Noise piano pop jazz ensemble Echo Wild plays in collaboration with Geneva Jacuzzi in a Dadaist Thanksgiving Day prayer, to the dead… Come to a night of wonder and watch a live Bauhaus-jive performance, a hot jazz fusion function wildly oscillating into the dark mysticism of Tropicalia Neo Concretist sounds. We’re taking music to make drugs to.
Fri 11/21 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Pauline Oliveros, a leader in the musical avant-garde for five decades, returns to Berkeley to collaborate with like-minded local seekers Thingamajigs Performance Group. Together they will create a new piece of music during a week of workshops and open rehearsals, leading up to the premiere at this landmark L@TE event. Prepare to be transported by masterful improvisation, sonic meditation, and experiments in deep listening.
Fri 11/21 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Two Videos, a Duo with Tom Bickley and The Emergency String (X)tet
Videos by Eric Glick-Rieman and Kevan Jensen, Eric Glick-Rieman and Tom Bickley, and the Emergency String (X)tet with David Michalack, lap steel guitar, Doug Carroll, cello and Bob Marsh cello.
Fri 11/21 9:00 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents-
Britt Ciampa’s Ape Like Impact
Aram Shelton/Owen Stewart-Robinson/Jordan Glenn Trio
Saturday, November 22
Sat 11/22 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Pianist Anne Rainwater presents an evening of vocal and piano music by three friends including Ian Power’s hauntingly beautiful Ave Maria, based on a Scelsi theme, and Jude Traxler’s setting of Theodore Roethke’s poem The Waking. Also on the program is a world premiere by Danny Clay, a setting of the poetry by local writer Roy Doughty.
Sunday, November 23
Sun 11/23 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
The Jon Raskin Variety Show plus T.D. meets T.D. with Tom Djll. Jon Raskin performs on saxophone, various small synths, concertina and jaw harps. Tom Djlls hackMIDI meets the skatchbox.
Sun 11/23 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson brings his chamberjazz group to play music from his recording “AntiMass”, which was inspired by artwork from the DeYoung Museum. The “Stringtet” consists of Trumpet, saxophone, violin, viola, bass and drums doubling on vibraphone.
Sun 11/23 7:30 PM SIMM Series [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM Emily Hay/Motoko Honda/Biggi Vinkeloe
flutes, voice, piano
8:30 PM Time is Now Not Money performs “Origins and Originals”
Bishu Chatterjee – bass, Lorin Benedict – voice, Aaron Bennett – saxophone, Scott R. Looney – piano, Surya Prakash – drums/percussion
Sun 11/23 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Meridian Music: Composers in Performance Series presents internationally acclaimed composer, educator, and electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros.
Monday, November 24
Mon 11/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
In The Incendiary Cycle, vigorous horn lines contend with a profusion of guitar, electronics and percussion. The instrumental dynamic evokes the natural and industrial processes that cyclically renew the California landscape.
From Just Outside:
Jaap Blonk/Damon Smith – Hugo Ball: Sechs Laut- und Klanggedichte 1916 (Six Sound Poems, 1916) (Balance Point Acoustics)
Ben Owen – Birds and Water 4 (Notice Recordings)
Haptic – Excess of Vision: Unreleased Recordings, 2005-2014 (Notice Recordings)
Jack Harris/Samuel Rodgers – Primary/Unit 11 (Notice Recordings)
Nels Cline and Julian Lage (Tuesday) Mr. Cline and Mr. Lage are a study in contrasts, with guitarism — along with a taste for American folk traditions, and mutual respect — as a binding commonality. They have been working fruitfully as a duo over the last few years, and now they have a fine album to show for it, “Room,” whose release they’ll celebrate with this concert. At 8 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470, subculturenewyork.com; $20 in advance, $25 day of show. (Chinen)
Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band (Saturday) The Horns Band, which released its self-titled debut album this summer, is the chief expressive outlet for the bassist Matt Pavolka. This performance will feature one substitution, with the trumpeter Michael Rodriguez filling in for Kurk Knuffke. Otherwise the band’s personnel is as on the album, with Loren Stillman on alto saxophone, Jacob Garchik on trombone and Mark Ferber on drums. 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)
Mario Pavone’s Arc Quartet (Wednesday) Mr. Pavone, a resourceful bassist and composer, has created a range of sturdy and scintillating work under the banner of Arc music — for trio, quartet and larger formats. Here he connects with several veteran collaborators: the trumpeter and cornetist Dave Ballou, the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the drummer Matt Wilson. 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)
American Composers Orchestra (Friday) This excellent and important ensemble begins its new season with a concert at Zankel Hall, part of its Orchestra Underground series. The program, titled “Monk’s Sphere,” is the first of many tributes this season to the innovative, influential composer and vocalist Meredith Monk, who is celebrating 50 years of performing and creativity in New York. The orchestra, conducted by George Manahan, plays works by A.J. McCaffrey, Ian Williams, Theo Bleckmann, Loren Loiacono and Ms. Monk. At 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $43 and $50. (Tommasini)
Axiom (Monday) An exciting program from Juilliard’s relentlessly excellent new-music ensemble brings together two works by John Cage — “Third Construction” and Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra, with the pianist Han Chen — as well as Conlon Nancarrow’s String Quartet No. 1 and Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio for Violin, Piano and Percussion. Jeffrey Milarsky conducts, with the Aeolus Quartet. At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-799-5000, events.juilliard.edu; free, but tickets are required and will be available at the Juilliard box office starting Saturday. (David Allen)
Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) As part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, this gifted young ensemble presents “Black Mountain Songs,” a multimedia choreographed work that explores the utopian spirit of North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, where John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg and other luminaries worked and collaborated in the 1940s and ’50s. The score features music by Jherek Bischoff, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, Aleksandra Vrebalov and others. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, bam.org; $20 to $55. (Vivien Schweitzer)