Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

British saxophonist Evan Parker performing liv...
Evan Parker 

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Sun 18 January 2015
3:00pm – 6:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
First up in Mopomoso’s new afternoon slot is cellist Hannah Marshall with Berlin-based Spanish piano player Josep Maria Balanya, followed by saxophonist Rachel Musson, an improviser able to play across the spectrum and to change effortlessly between both dynamic and…

Tue 20 January 2015
Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet – UPGRADED UPDATE!
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex
Change of programme! This is now the album launch of the Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet 4 Blokes album (Ogun) with Jason Yarde, Alexander Hawkins, John Edwards. 4 musicians instead of 2 with no change in the admission price! As John Fordham…

Thu 22 January 2015
Evan Parker
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
Monthly residency of leading saxophonist Evan Parker, a man who has evolved ways and approaches of innovation. With John Edwards (bass), Steve Noble (drums)

AMN Picks of the Week: Maoz, Ilgenfritz, Ligeti / Michael Snow and Thollem McDonas / Stefan Wesolowski / Atwal and Goldberg

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.

Maoz / Ilgenfritz / Ligeti – Hypercolor (2015)
Michael Snow and Thollem McDonas – Two Piano Concert (2014)
Stefan Wesolowski – Liebestod (2014)
Hamir Atwal / Ben Goldberg – Clarinet and Drums (2014)

Chicago Scene: January 17-31, 2015

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, January 17th 2015

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio

Monday, January 19th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Glad Cloud Ambient Music Series
KG Price
Pup House

Wednesday, January 21st 2015

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson, Jason Roebke, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, January 26th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Keefe Jackson, Charles Rumback

Saturday, January 31st 2015

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

San Francisco Scene: January 17-23, 2015

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Saturday, January 17

Sat 1/17 10:00 AM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak St. San Francisco, CA]
January 15–17, 2015 launches the first New Music Gathering, an annual coming-together of people focusing on topics of current music made in the classical music tradition. Combining concerts, discussions, and presentations about new music and its creators and activists, New Music Gathering brings top contemporary musicians, artists, administrators, and musicologists together to meet, talk, and foster relationships in the new music community. The 2015 debut is headlined by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) cofounder and flutist Claire Chase; pianist, writer, and producer Sarah Cahill; the Grammy Award–winning Kronos Quartet; internationally renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man; and the boundary-breaking ensemble The Living Earth Show. This year’s event, hosted by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street) and Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street), will focus on “Artist-Led Ensembles” with over fifty presenters and performing acts over the course of three days. Advance Tickets: $60 full conference pass, $30 day pass.

Sat 1/17 10:00 AM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
10 AM – 4:30 PM
C4NM hosts a full day of events as part of the New Music Gathering, a three-day conference for contemporary classical musicians.
Events include panel discussions on community and scene building (10 AM), technology in new music (11 AM), a curated noontime concert featuring Isaac Schankler, and an open rehearsal plus discussion with Kronos Quartet and pipa virtuoso Wu Man (2 PM).

Sat 1/17 1:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NextNow: A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art
NextNow presents Hardly Strictly Personal – A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art – a festival to benefit the good works of Earth Justice and the Coalition On Homelessness.

Sat 1/17 3:00 PM Musicians Union Local 6 [116 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103]
AFTERNOON / David Leikam/zBug featuring Timothy Orr & Sean Price … zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture. ArtsEarth presents AFTERNOON / the new concert series once-a-month featuring the best in music from the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally.

Sat 1/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thollem/Robair Trio Music Minus One with Special Guests
To celebrate their duo album on Setola di Maiale “Trio Music Minus One (For Dennis Palmer)”, Thollem Electric and Gino Robair have invited some local sonic inspirators for a round of trios that will vary dramatically in timbre and character over the course of the concert. The first half the duo will be joined by the insurmountable genius of saxophonist Larry Ochs from the Rova Saxophone Quartet. The 2nd half Gino and Thollem will be joined both by cellist Crystal Pascucci for a trio followed by another trio with violinist Christina Stanley.

Sunday, January 18

Sun 1/18 7:00 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble perform The Otherworld Cycle – visions of the Kalevala
Ron Heglin•Voice, Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele, Bob Marsh•Voice, Suki O’Kane•Percussion, Joshua Marshall•Tenor Saxophone, Bill Noertker•Bass, Timothy Orr•Drums, Crystal Passcucci•Cello, Mark Pino•Percussion, Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes, Rent Romus•Alto Saxophone, Kantele, Flutes, Bells, Shanna Sordahl•Cello M

Sun 1/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Weston Olencki/Katherine Young/Architeuthis Walks On Land
SF trombonist Weston Olencki and Chicago-based composer/bassoonist Katherine Young will present a concert featuring the results of over a year of collaboration with a new work for trombone and electronics. Young will also perform a set as a part of Architeuthis Walks On Land, with violist Amy Cimini.

Sun 1/18 8:00 PM Viracocha [998 Valencia St. SF]
David James’s GPS
David James-Guitar, Vocal; Alan WIlliams-Trombone; Beth Custer-Clarinet; Dina Maccabee or Charith Premawardhana-VIola; Lisa Mezzacappa-Bass; Jan Jackson-Drums

Sun 1/18 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts Festival [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Jerry Kuderna presents “A Half Century of American Piano Music”: Roger Sessions Five pieces (1975), Robert Helps Nocturne (1973), Elliot Carter Two Thoughts About the Piano (2006-7), Milton Babbitt: Post Partitions (1966)

Monday, January 19

Mon 1/19 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Earplay – New Chamber Music

Mon 1/19 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
Thomas Ankersmit Performs Live Electronics Set

Mon 1/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Autoduplicity is an exploration of music for bodies and speech – our shared instruments – and investigates how these ordinary sounds can be transformed into powerful musical ideas reflective of the human experience. The program also probes themes of blurred identities and realities, questions of sanity, the movements of our bodies, and the rhythms of our speech.

Mon 1/19 8:00 PM Era Art Bar and Lounge [19 Grand Ave Oakland, CA]
Bells Atlas
Young Nudist
Michael Coleman, Piano
Jordan Glenn, drums
Andrew Conklin, guitar
Mark Allen-Piccolo, bass

Mon 1/19 9:00 PM Spice Monkey [1628 Webster St Oakland]

Wednesday, January 21

Wed 1/21 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Miaozu, Zhuangzu, Yi Zu, Xinjiang and northwest Chinese tribal musics meld with American free jazz interpretivity right before your ears.
Theremin Barney
His instruments, amps, effects, unpredictable and unnamed devices are all one-of-a-kind designs, all built by hand and usually analog. Past playmates have included Victims Family, Throbbing Gristle, Social Unrest, Jean Jacques Perrey, L7, Hawkwind, DJ RAZ, and Farflung.
Djll Mazawa
Tom Djll lays down slabs of sound, etching them with timbres from his kit of synth circuits. Julia Mazawa raises timbres from etched slabs, laying and delaying their path from tonearm to circuit to soundspace. Pick up the signal rising down from this twisted pair.
SL Morse
Combining composition and improvisation, SL Morse is the project of Sarah Lockhart (drums) collaborating with other musicians. Tonight’s performance of “The Yellow Wallpaper” features Sarah’s long-time collaborator from past projects (Tainted Pussy, Aurora Nonet), Aurora Josephson (voice/small percussion).

Wed 1/21 7:52 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Séverine Ballon
French cellist Séverine Ballon performs new solo works written by local composers Franck Bedrossian, Erik Ulman, and Stanford Graduate Composers.

Thursday, January 22

Thu 1/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8:00pm Collette McCaslin (formerly CJ Borosque)/Sheila Bosco
Adam Adhiyatma – guitars, clarinets, electronics, voice, Alex Cohen – guitars, tubes, percussion, voice, Kim Nucci – saxophones,clarinet, flute, electronics, voice

Friday, January 23
Fri 1/23 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jen Shyu’s “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths”, directed by Garin Nugroho (performance and pre-concert screening of fieldwork footage)
Jen Shyu’s solo performance — that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and “projecting her ancestry” through contemporary monologue — reveals a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal through the exploration of losses that plagues our modern world: loss of tradition, habitat, and public spaces. Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections are discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. Renowned Indonesian film and stage director Garin Nugroho (Opera Jawa, Under the Tree, Daun di Atas Bantal) directs Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, infusing his distinctive vision for celebrating the exhilarating and sacred into the work.

Fri 1/23 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
In association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Jazz@YBCA Program , Jazz in the Neighborhood is proud to present Darren Johnston’s Wind Over Walls Quintet featuring Myra Melford.

Fri 1/23 8:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Benefit Show for Outsound w/Grex, Jim Ryan, Teddy Rankin-Parker, + Moe! Staiano Ensemble
An exciting group of Bay Area creative musicians convene for a special benefit for Bay Area non-profit Outsound Presents, including innovative art rock trio Grex, acclaimed solo cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker, avant-garde composer/percussionist Moe! Staiano, and singular Beat poetry survivor Jim Ryan.

DMG Newsletter January 16th, 2015

From DMG:

3 from Tzadik: John Zorn/Dither Guitar Quartet & Hermetic Organ Vol. 3! Hypercolor: Eyal Maoz/James Ilgenfritz/Lukas Ligeti! Andrew Drury Solo & Quartet with Briggan Krauss/Ingrid Laubrock/Brandon Seabrook! Andrew D’Angelo/Trevor Dunn/Jim Black! Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble!

Joachim Badenhorst & Jordan McLean Solo CDs! Chris Potter Underground Orchestra! Steve Swallow/Ohad talmor/Adam Nussbaum! Ananda Gari with Tim Berne/Res Abbasi/Michael Formanek! Keiji Haino/Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi! More & More & Even More..!


The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, January 18th:

Sunday, January 25th:
6pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT & JON IRABAGON – Two Solos & A Duo!

Sunday, February 1st Double-Header:

Sunday, March 1st Double-Header:

2015 Crow with no Mouth Concert Series

Toshimaru Nakamura (performing with John Butch...
Toshimaru Nakamura 

From Minneapolis’s Crow with no Mouth:

Please note that some of the participants’ appearances are contingent upon our receiving grant-funding for the series; that funding announcement comes on March 25; some of the others are not contingent upon that funding, and will appear either way. All concerts will be at Studio Z in St. Paul.

May 22
Asher Tuil // Mike Bullock

June 11
Will Guthrie //

July 18
C. Spencer Yeh // Jessica Rylan

August 15
Ian William Craig // crys cole

October 28
Konus Quartett // Tomas Korber

November 7
Tetuzi Akiyama / Toshimaru Nakamura / Jason Kahn / Bryan Eubanks