Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows: November 30, 2014 – December 5, 2014

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...
English: Rent Romus performing at the San Francisco Community Music Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Sunday, November 30

Sun 11/30 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Company-style electroacoustic improv with Håvard Skaset (ac. guitar) and Guro Skumsnes Moe (double bass) from Oslo. Featuring Fred Frith, Tom Djll, Jacob Felix Heule, and John McCowen.

Monday, December 1

Mon 12/01 8:30 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St San Francisco, CA]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–

◉ Set 1, 8:30pm: Lewis Jordan Trio (introspective chamber jazz)
(Lewis Jordan-sax, poetry, Karl Evangelista: gtr, Nava Dunkelman: perc)

◉ Set 2, 9:30pm: Heikki Koskinen Quartet (new compositions by Bay Area experimentalists)
(Heikki Koskinen: E tpt etc., Adam Lowdermilk: b, Timothy Orr: dms, Rent Romus: winds)

◉ Set 3, 10:30pm: Aaron Bennett’s Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra (large group improvisation)
(Aaron Bennett: sax, leader, comp., Bishu Chatterjee (বিশু চ্যাটার্জি): b, Kristina Dutton: vln, Karl Evangelista: gtr, Jeff Hobbs: vln, Darren Johnston: tpt, Joe Lasqo: MSP/laptop & synth)

Wednesday, December 3

Wed 12/03 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents Teleformation: the symbiosis of early and new musical styles and ideas. Local composers (Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Joseph Colombo, Sam Withrow) are collaborating with dynamic Bay Area performers Vijay Chalasani (viola), Crystal Pascucci (cello), and Chris Whitley (violin), to produce a show that intertwines the forms of the vintage masters with the styles of rising local talent.

Wed 12/03 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Sarah Cahill and Adam Tendler Play Luciano Berio

Wed 12/03 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents THE SOLO SHOW V.1 (music for Clarinet)

Thursday, December 4

Thu 12/04 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8:00 PM DunkelpeK
Nava Dunkelman – percussion, Jakob Pek – guitar, miscellany, piano
9:00 PM Mike Sopko & Hamir Atwal duo
“an amazing document of eclectic improvisation. . . ” – Frank Alkyer

Thu 12/04 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Addleds and Sult are both groups founded by Jacob Felix Heule and Tony Dryer to explore concerns in acoustic noise and brutalist minimalism. This concert will be their first performance as a combined sextet. Featuring Håvard Skaset and Guro Skumsnes Moe from Oslo!

Talk More inhabits the fuzzy regions between improvisation and composition, ambience and noise, accessibility and experimentation, stasis and movement, drone and melody. Aaron Oppenheim plays Laptop-instrument, Shanna Sordahl plays Cello and Electronics, and Andrew Weathers plays Guitar and Electronics. http://talkmoretalkmore.com/

Friday, December 5

Fri 12/05 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Five years ago, Terry Riley played at our very first L@TE event, and we are elated to have him return to close out the series. Pioneer of the minimalist aesthetic, seminal influence on the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth, devotee of Hindustani classical music as well as jazz, Riley remains one of the most dynamic compositional voices of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He will joined by his son, guitarist and composer Gyan Riley. Don’t miss your last chance to hear his sublime music reverberate through our vast architecture.

Fri 12/05 8:00 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
The Beth Custer Ensemble

Fri 12/05 8:00 PM Zellerbach Playhouse [UC Berkeley]
Paul Dresher Electro-Acoustic Band and Amy X Neuburg
They Will Have Been So Beautiful: Songs and Images of Now

Fri 12/05 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Set One. Kaiborg – the dynamic duo from so called SoCal of Jeff Kaiser (LA) – trumpet plusplus and David Borgo (San Diego) – saxophones

Set Two. Music for Hard Times – Paul Winstanley – extended electric bass and Tom Nunn – invented instruments.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Michaël Attias Quartet (Thursday) Michaël Attias is a saxophonist and composer of inquisitive temperament, given to exploring frictions of texture and harmony. For this installment of the Sound It Out series, he presents a new band well furnished with fellow seekers: Andy Milne on piano, John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Circle Down (Wednesday) The pianist Angelica Sanchez, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer Chad Taylor share responsibility for the output of Circle Down, a trio that tends toward an exploratory cadence and spirit. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, and a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Maria Schneider Orchestra (through Sunday) Perhaps you’ve heard the latest single by this peerless big band: “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime),” featuring some chap named David Bowie on vocals. It’s actually his single, if you want to get technical about it, but the harmonic sweep and percolating texture point clearly to the imprint of Maria Schneider, an inspired composer-conductor. This week, in their 10th annual Thanksgiving-week residency at the Jazz Standard, she and the band are previewing new music from a forthcoming album, “The Thompson Fields.” At 7:30 and 10 p.m., with 11:45 sets on Friday and Saturday, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $35. (Chinen)

John Zorn’s Cobra (Saturday) John Zorn’s Cobra, a “game piece” stamped by operational rigor but no predetermined outcome, received its first performance 30 years ago, at Roulette in Lower Manhattan. For this anniversary concert, Mr. Zorn will conduct the piece — which he once memorably pegged as “a psychodrama,” a social experiment in sound — with contributions by some of his best-known collaborators, like the guitarist Marc Ribot, the trombonist George Lewis, the violinist Mark Feldman, the electronics artist Ikue Mori, the cellist Erik Friedlander, the pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and the organist John Medeski. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org; $25 in advance, $35 at the door, with a $5 discount for students; $15 in advance for members, $25 at the door. (Chinen)

December at Cafe OTO

British saxophonist Evan Parker
British saxophonist Evan Parker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Cafe OTO:

Monday 1 December 2014, 8pm
Metá Metá + DJ Lewis Robinson (Mais Um Discos)

Tuesday 2 December 2014, 8pm
Kammer Klang – plus-minus & Alexander Schubert / Kit Downes & Moondog

Wednesday 3 December 2014, 8pm
Man Forever + Arrington DE Dionyso

Thursday 4 December 2014, 8pm
Woven Entity + Klavikon + Strobes

Friday 5 December 2014, 8pm
Dig That Treasure! Presents
Laetitia Sadier + Jane Weaver + Let’s Eat Grandma

Saturday 6 December 2014, 8pm
Ute Kanngiesser / Paul Abbott (Duo) + Michael Speers / Billy Steiger / Tom Wheatley (Trio) + Pascal Nichols (Solo)

Sunday 7 December 2014, 8pm
the London Improvisers Orchestra

Monday 8 December 2014, 8pm
Resonance104.4fm Presents:
Feedback – 120th Anniversary Concert

Tuesday 9 December 2014, 8pm
Jennifer Walshe + Sharon Gal & Andie Brown + People Like Us

11–12 December 2014, 8–11pm
the Ex – Two-day Residency Series

Sunday 14 December 2014, 8pm
Cranc with Benedict Drew

Thursday 18 December 2014, 8pm
Monopoly Child Star Searchers + Dolphins into the Future

Friday 19 December 2014, 8pm
John Russell at 60 with Thurston Moore + Evan Parker + John Edwards Phil Minton + Satoko Fukuda + Henry Lowther

Saturday 20 December 2014, 8pm
Denovali Records Presents
Poppy Ackroyd + Piano Interrupted + Carlos Cipa
£15 £13 (Wegottickets)

Sunday 21 December 2014, 8pm
Goodiepal Jazz Night with Kresten Osgood

The Roulette in December

From New York’s Roulette:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Matana Roberts’ Anthem This work in progress narrative piece is a reflection of Roberts’ continued interest in social justice through sound.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Henry Threadgill’s Zooid performs the Quintet Book—“In for a Penny, In for a Pound” Roulette is thrilled to premiere four brand new quintets by Henry Threadgill during our Fall 2014 season. These quintets feature four members of Zooid: Liberty Ellman (Ceroepic), Jose Davila (Unoepic), Elliot Kavee (Dosepic), Christopher Hoffman (Tresepic). Each quintet has a number of featured soloists, however in each piece focuses extensively on the featured instrument….

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Annie Gosfield / JACK Quartet: Signal Jamming and Random Interference. A world premiere for string quartet and jammed radio signals December 7th will be an Annie Gosfield portrait concert featuring the highly acclaimed JACK Quartet. The centerpiece of the concert will be the world premiere of “Signal Jamming and Random Interference” for string quartet and electronics, inspired by the sounds, processes, and perceptions of jammed radio signals….
MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Svjetlana Bukvich: Works from EVOLUTION and other stories Bosnian-New Yorker Svjetlana Bukvich (minimoog, piano, voice) brings her signature sound to Roulette in a boundary-defying set featuring compositions from EVOLUTION, her recent release on PARMA’s Big Round Records. Electric guitars, synthesizers, strings, voices, and tuning of her design tell stories through one-of-a-kind exploits in intonation, timbre, and rhythm, along with new media works…

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Tyshawn Sorey Trio A program of new works by drummer, trombonist, and composer Tyshawn Sorey with Cory Smythe and Christopher Tordini.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
INTERPRETATIONS: Chris Brown, Frank Gratowsky & William Winant // Fast Forward: 10 An evening of music that explores the frontiers between composition and improvisation.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Pauline Oliveros

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Allison Miller’s BOOM TIC BOOM Drummer/composer Allison Miller presents a special night of original music showcasing her regularly touring band, Boom Tic Boom.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Ben Goldberg Clarinetist Ben Goldberg presents a program of new compositions with Donny McCaslin, Steve Cardenas, Stomu Takeishi, and Tyshawn Sorey.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
EXPANSIONS: The Dave Liebman Group Dave Liebman’s EXPANSIONS will present some of the music from the new recording “Samsara” in a program ranging from straight ahead jazz to freer textures; lyricism to cacophany; acoustic to electric; some world rhythm influences and adaptations of jazz classics….

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014 @ 5:00 PM
Phill Niblock, Music and Film, Six Hours An exploration of sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings (generally microtonal in conception) performed in long durations…

John Zorn’s 30th anniversary of ‘Cobra’

From The Brooklyn Paper:

Thirty years ago, John Zorn found a way to control chaos. In 1984, the celebrated jazz saxophonist and composer introduced the world to a new composition called “Cobra” at a performance at Roulette, then located at a loft space in Tribeca. For the show, a group of musicians — including guitarist Bill Frisell, turntablist Christian Marclay, and trombone player Jim Staley — were given visual instructions by Zorn via printed cards, hand gestures, and even the movement of his baseball cap to play little snippets of improvised solos. The result was a funny and fast-paced cacophony.