AMN Picks of the Week: Woven Entity / Anthony Braxton / Brownout / Sava Marinkovic / My God, It’s Full of Stairs

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Woven Entity – Woven Entity (2014)
Anthony Braxton with Kyoko Kitamura, Erica Decker, and Katherine Young – 12 Duets (DCWM) 2012 (2014)
Brownout – Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath (2014)
Sava Marinkovic – Evocation (2014)
Various Artists – My God, It’s Full of Stairs (2014)

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Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows: December 12-19, 2014

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, December 12

Fri 12/12 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
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.

Fri 12/12 8:00 PM Studio Ilanio [1250 Missouri St. San Francisco]
Deva: Alpha
A series of experimental performances produced by Ilanio, Ed Dahl and Ian Albert. Deva: Alpha will be unlike anything we’ve ever done, and possibly unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Saturday, December 13

Sat 12/13 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
GodwaffleNoisePancakes

Sat 12/13 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Ghost in the House – 10th Anniversary Celebration – A Decade of Ectoplasmic Ecstasy and Terror
Karen Stackpole – Gongs, percussion
David Michalak – lap steel, percussion
Tom Nunn – inventions
Dean Santomieri – The Dreamer, vocal & Resonator Guitar
Kinji Hayashi – The Dancer
Plus special Guest

Sat 12/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Rova Sax Quartet has its first meeting with Ryan Page, a live video performer who uses circuit bent laserdisc players, prepared discs, and custom video mixing circuits to create a vibrant, mysterious visual language.

Sat 12/13 9:00 PM SoundBox [300 Franklin Street SF]
Extremities

Sat 12/13 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
New Music and Experimental Sounds w/Broken-Trap Ensemble + Canyonlands

Sunday, December 14

Sun 12/14 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Steve Coleman brings his supercharged Five Elements band to SFJAZZ, presenting a fresh approach to John Coltrane’s masterwork, A Love Supreme with Berkeley-born trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, guitarist Miles Okazaki, bassist Anthony Tidd and drummer Sean Rickman, the group heard on Coleman’s 2013 Pi Recordings release, Functional Arrhythmias.

Monday, December 15

Mon 12/15 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Pamela Z and Shinichi Iova Koga: Sound | Silence | Motion | Stillness
Pamela Z and Shinichi Iova-Koga in a duo evening of improvisatory explorations of sound, movement, and image. The artists will engage in sonic and visual conversations combining movement (Iova-Koga) with voice, electronics, and video (Z).

Tuesday, December 16

Tue 12/16 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
AI OutLoud: an audio showcase
AI Out Loud is an evening of live music, interactive sound, bands, DJs, hand-made instruments, a projection room and more created by the students and alumni of AiCA-SF’s audio production program.

Tue 12/16 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
A visiting special guest, with Gino Robair (percussion) and others yet to be named.

Wednesday, December 17

Wed 12/17 7:30 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Christina Stanley, Tujurikkuja, Tiros Won, (O)X_3Y3

Wed 12/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Double Negative Ensemble
The Double Negative Ensemble is made up the following stellar musicians and master improvisers: John Bischoff – electronics, Matthew Goodheart – piano, Frank Gradkowski – clarinet/sax, Shoko Hikage – koto, Aurora Josephson – vocal, Elzbieta Potak – violin, Jon Raskin – clarinet/sax, Nava Dunkelman – percussion. The non-narrative music is organized by Jon Raskin with an ear to turning the know’s into great music in a variety of combinations with some proscribed sources to be utilized as needed.

Thursday, December 18

Thu 12/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SFMusic Thursdays: Aaron Bennett’s “Horn of Plenty” (sponsored by SFFCM)
Horn of Plenty is Jon Raskin – Baritone Sax, Aram Shelton – Alto Sax, and Aaron Bennett – Tenor Sax. We will be performing re-engineered sound track music from Bollywood films, blues, original music and perhaps some hard rock.

Thu 12/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
sonic alchemy, stretched membrane, texture, chance and exploration
8pm: Ben Bennett/Wilson Shook
9pm: Thomas Dimuzio

Thu 12/18 8:00 PM Subterranean Arthouse [2179 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
The Long Breath with Gelsey Bell & Ann Dyer

Thu 12/18 8:00 PM Subterranean Arthouse [2179 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
The Long Breath:Thingamajigs Performance Group convenes with singer-songwriter-scholar Gelsey Bell (New York) and yogini Ann Dyer (Oakland) in an evening of experimental performance and meditations on alternate tunings, durational forms, and new work. The evening will feature performative projection by Keith Evans and compositions by TPG members Edward Schocker, Dylan Bolles and Suki O’Kane.

Thu 12/18 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Frozen States, Moving Soungds, Tania Chen and Ben Kreith Concert
Piano & Violin music performed by Tania Chen, piano and Benjamin Kreith, violin
The evening includes a performance of Morton Feldman’s multi-perspective and glacial solo piano composition “Palais de Mari”, 1982, a selection of Violin pieces performed by Kreith, and a premiere of Chen’s “Frozen States, Moving Sounds” for Violin and Piano, 2014.

Friday, December 19

Fri 12/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Gratkowski/Brown/Winant Trio
Frank Gratkowski, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax
Chris Brown, piano and live electronics
William Winant, vibraphone and percussion
This trio specializes in improvisations that seamlessly meld avant-garde classical, jazz and electronic influences. Extended techniques and interactive electronic signal processing create an original sound-world that transcends its instrumental sources through hybrid timbral and temporal transformations.

Fri 12/19 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
While renowned for performing experimental music with self-invented instruments, on this special evening Bart and Peter will each perform a set showcasing them as songwriters and bards with their reinvented strings. Bart will perform on his Y-string guitar, floating bridge guitar, wobble steel guitar, deep guitar, and his new semi-self-playing SSP-Strings instrument. Peter Whitehead performs haunting folk tunes accompanied on his hand built ethnic folk instruments from found objects.

Fri 12/19 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Tawil + Guarino / The Norman Conquest – – get shiny with us
Mike Guarino (percussion, guitar, electronics)
Leyya Tawil (dance)

The Norman Conquest
http://www.thenormanconquest.net/bio

Fri 12/19 9:30 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents Lash/Bruckmann/McCowen/Djll plus Walton/Djll/Perkis/Ingalls plus Lash/Walton Duo

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Dave Douglas and Uri Caine (Tuesday) Mr. Douglas, a trumpeter, and Mr. Caine, a pianist, have logged many bandstand hours over the years, but on their new album, “Present Joys,” they lock into a more conversational mode. Inspired by the music of the Sacred Harp tradition, it’s an album of duologue that manages to be at once intimate, soulful and irrepressibly buoyant. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470, subculturenewyork.com; $22 in advance, $25 day of show. (Chinen)

Ben Goldberg (Tuesday) Mr. Goldberg, a clarinetist and composer of multivalent interests, has been working on an ambitious project, “Orphic Machine,” inspired by the poetic writings of Allen Grossman. That music will probably make up some part of his presentation here, in a concert featuring the saxophonist Donny McCaslin, the guitarist Steve Cardenas, the bassist Stomu Takeishi and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Malaby, a tenor saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon, works with two groups this weekend, each a representative outlet. On Friday he leads a quintet with Christopher Hoffman on guitar, Dan Peck on tuba, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Billy Mintz on drums. On Saturday he presents a version of his Adobe project, with Mr. Mintz and the bassist John Hébert. 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)

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom (Monday) Allison Miller, a drummer of propulsive adaptability, leads a slightly modified version of her dynamic Boom Tic Boom band, with Myra Melford on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Kirk Knuffke on cornet and Todd Sickafoose on bass; the clarinetist Ben Goldberg joins them as a featured guest. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Nublu Jazz Festival (through Sunday) Organized by the saxophonist and club owner Ilhan Ersahin, this East Village marathon features a range of improvised music, both at Nublu and the nearby Studio 151. A full schedule is at nublu.net. At Nublu, 62 Avenue C, near East Fifth Street, and Studio 151, 151 Avenue C, near East 10th Street. Times and prices vary. (Chinen)

Jesse Stacken (Wednesday) Mr. Stacken is a pianist of rigorous imagination, as he has proved over the last few years with a strict series of home recordings posted to his website; his new album, “Helleborus,” came out of a weekly composition project, though it hardly has the feel of a homework assignment. As on this album-release celebration, it spotlights the loose but well-bonded rapport of a band with the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, the bassist Sean Conly and the drummer Tom Rainey. 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)

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Rhodri Davies/John Butcher/Chris Watson – Routing Lynn (Ftarri)
Fergus Kelly – Unnatural Actuality (Room Temperature)
Lance Austin Olsen – Fragments of Incidents Barely Remembered (Infrequency Editions)
Robert Curgenven – They tore the earth and, like a scar, it swallowed them (Recorded Fields Editions)
Teletopa – Tokyo 1972 (splitrec)
Lucio Capece – Factors of space inconstancy (Drone Sweet Drone)

Scott Amendola on Tour This Winter

From Scott Amendola:

December 12, 2014 Slo Brewing Co
Oakland, CA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

December 13, 2014 The Mint
Los Angeles, CA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums
Early Show!

December 14, 2014 Dana Street Roasting Company
Mountain View, CA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

December 15, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

December 16, 2014 Harlow’s
Sacramento, CA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

December 17, 2014 City Winery
Napa, CA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

December 18, 2014 The Independent
San Francisco, CA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

January 10, 2015 Duende
Oakland, CA
Alex Cline, Michael Manring, Stuart Liebig, Scott Amendola
Alex Cline-drums, percussion
Scott Amendola-drums, percussion, electronics
Michael Manring-electric bass
Stuart Liebig-electric bass

January 17, 2015 Duende
Oakland, CA
Scott Arnold Quartet CD Reease Party
Scott Arnold-electric bass
Joe Rut-guitar
Tony Bertke-tenor saxophone
Scott Amendola-drums

February 3, 2015 The Blue Whale
Los Angeles, CA
Scott Amendola Band
Jenny Scheinman-violin
Nels Cline-guitar
Jeff Parker-Guitar
John Shifflett-Bass
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

February 4, 2015 Duende
Oakland, CA
Scott Amendola Band
Jenny Scheinman-violin
Nels Cline-guitar
Jeff Parker-Guitar
John Shifflett-Bass
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

February 5, 2015 Duende
Oakland, CA
Scott Amendola Band
Jenny Scheinman-violin
Nels Cline-guitar
Jeff Parker-Guitar
John Shifflett-Bass
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

February 6, 2015 Dana Street Roasting Company
Mt. View, CA
Scott Amendola Band
Jenny Scheinman-violin
Nels Cline-guitar
Jeff Parker-Guitar
John Shifflett-Bass
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

February 27, 2015 World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

February 28, 2015 Berrie Center for the Arts
Ramapo, NJ
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums

Ole Mathisen in New York

This Saturday, Dec 13, Whynot Jazz Room, 11 PM.
Marko Djordevic and Sveti / Ole Mathisen’s Outlier
With Julian Pollack on keyboards/bass.
http://nyc.jazznearyou.com/event_detail.php?id=556124
Ole Mathisen’s Outlier
Ole Mathisen – sax/compositions
Julian Pollack – piano/bass
Marko Djordjevic – drums

Wednesday Dec 17, ShapeShifter Lab, 8 and 9:30 PM.
Joshua Davis Known Garden (8 PM) / Ole Mathisen’s Outlier (9:30 PM)
Double bill with Joshua Davis’ wonderful band. Only $10 for both sets!
http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/portfolio/dec-17-ole-mathisens-outlier/
Joshua Davis Known Garden
Jason Rigby – sax
Ole Mathisen – sax
Joshua Davis – bass/ableton/compositions
Colin Stranahan – drums