The San Francisco Tape Music Festival Reviewed

Photograph of Brian Eno at a 2006 Long Now Fou...
Brian Eno

From East Bay Express:

The contradictions at the heart of this year’s San Francisco Tape Music Festival started with the headliners: Pauline Oliveros, absent; Brian Eno, absent; and Frank Zappa, dead. Because this is 2015, it’s necessary to add that Zappa didn’t appear via hologram.

Now in its fifteenth year, the San Francisco Tape Music Festival is an annual service from the San Francisco Tape Music Collective — comprised of Joseph Anderson, Thom Blum, Cliff Caruthers, Matt Ingalls, and Kent Jolly — a subset within the experimental ensemble and concert programming group sfSound. Across three evenings at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco last weekend, a 24-speaker, surround-sound system emitted works by dozens of composers for an audience who sat in total darkness.


Newsbits: Runhild Gammelsaeter and Lasse Marhaug Reviewed / Ayman Fanous and Susan Alcorn Performance / Rolf Schulte Lifetime Achievement / Myra Melford New Release

English: Susan Alcorn
Susan Alcorn

Burning Ambulance reviews a new album from Runhild Gammelsaeter and Lasse Marhaug.

An upcoming concert by Ayman Fanous and Susan Alcorn will feature improvised music for guitar, bouzouki, prepared guitar, and pedal steel guitar, Friday, January 30, at 7:30 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 5649 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville, VA 20120. Free admission.

Association for the Promotion of New Music will honor classical violinist Rolf Schulte for lifetime achievement March 4 at Merkin Concert Hall. Hundreds of composers owe him a debt for championing their works, including: Elliott Carter, Donald Martino, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, and Mario Davidovsky. Mr. Schulte, on principle, championed these works to small acclaim, compared with the recognition he would have received had he played just the standard repertoire. The concert will feature Rolf Schulte, solo violin, Stephen Gosling, piano, Misha Amory, viola, Eric Bartlett, cello, and David Grossman, bass, and this group will perform works of DeBussy, Biggs, Stravinsky, Peel, and Lerdahl.  A Kickstarter has been launched to fund the concert.

Pianist/Composer Myra Melford will release a new recording by Snowy Egret on March 10. The album will feature Ron Miles (cornet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). Melford will curate a week at The Stone NYC March 24-29th with Snowy Egret to perform Two sets on March 28th.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Gerry Hemingway, moers festival 2007
Gerry Hemingway

From Free Jazz:

Assif Tsahar, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway – Code Re(a)d (Hopscotch, 2013) ****
Kid Millions & Jim Sauter – Fountain (Family Vineyard, 2014) ***½
Henri Roger, Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lasserre – Parole Plongée (IMR, 2014) ***½
Hidden Forces Trio – Crows are Council (Knockturne/Clamshell, 2014) ***
Lawnmower – Lawnmower II (Clean Feed, 2014) ****
Peter Evans Quintet – Destination: Void (More Is More Records, 2014) ****½
Tim Daisy – October Music Vol 1: 7 Compositions for Duet (Relay, 2014) *****



January 12, 2015
Pascal Niggenkemper & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, JACK
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Pascal Niggenkemper

January 12, 2015
Tony Malaby, Gerald Cleaver, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, JACK
Gerald Cleaver Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Tony Malaby

January 12, 2015
Daniel Levin & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, JACK
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Daniel Levin

January 10, 2015
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley, Judson Memorial Church
Ken Vandermark Nate Wooley

January 10, 2015
Theo Bleckmann Quartet with Ambrose Akinmusire, Judson Memorial Church
Ambrose Akinmusire Theo Bleckmann John Hollenbeck Christopher Tordini Gary Versace

January 9, 2015
Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett, Baby’s All Right
Marcia Bassett Samara Lubelski

January 9, 2015
Rangda, Baby’s All Right
Sir Richard Bishop Ben Chasny Chris Corsano

January 8, 2015
Lea Bertucci The Cepheid Variations, ISSUE Project Room
Lea Bertucci Leila Bordreuil Jeanann Dara

Seattle Scene: January 15 – 24

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences. All ages are welcome. All shows 8 PM, $5 – $15 sliding scale at the door unless otherwise noted (check individual listings).

Amy Reed + KO SOLO
Thu. Jan. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Sacramento composer/improviser Amy Reed performs solo music for electric guitar and voice. Seattle saxophonist Kate Olson plays a solo set that combines her love for minimalism, ambient music, noise, and found sounds. Using soprano saxophone, laptop and other noisemakers (thumb piano, buddha box, cracklebox), she creates loops that overlap and shift gently over the course of her improvisations.

Angelique Poteat
Fri. Jan. 16, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Seattle composer Angelique Poteat presents recent chamber works performed by members of the Seattle Symphony and faculty at UW and Cornish College of the Arts. Poteat’s music is heavily influenced by her surroundings, most often drawing from personal interactions as well as nature and the Puget Sound area. Works vary in inspiration from psychological examination to dance and landscape.

The Tiptons: Mythunderstandings
Sat. Jan. 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Mythunderstandings explores the common threads of our individual experiences and the myths we tell ourselves and each other to make sense of them. The heart of this audio/visual feast is centered around personal stories from a diverse range of people, including a hoarder, a refugee, an adoptee, a bank teller, grandmothers, and a northwest Salish tribe member, whose tales are woven together into a provocative tapestry presented with humor and pathos.

The Ballad of Ishtar
Jan. 22, 23, 24, 8 PM; $5 – $15 in advance
An electro-acoustic, semi-improvised opera that responds to our world-wide rape culture crisis. Its contemporary language is shaped by its particular musician creators, whose backgrounds all include improvisation and composition. Creator/violist Heather Bentley is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including singers Beth Fleenor, okanomodé, and Jimmie Herrod. They are directed by Wayne Horvitz, and joined by dancer Paris Hurley.

TUE. 1/27 – Beth Fleenor’s Workshop Ensemble

FRI. 1/30 – Ivan Arteaga’s Neijing Ensemble, music for saxophone quartet, 3 basses, and voice