Chicago Scene: February 8-21, 2015

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten 

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

Sunday, February 8th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
OpenICE
Michael Nicolas, Jaime Oliver

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, February 9th 2015

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Eli Namay, Jason Roebke

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

Thursday, February 12th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Charles Rumback, Jim Baker, John Tate

Friday, February 13th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Atomic : Fredrik Ljungkvist, Magnus Broo, Håvard Wiik, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Hans Hulbækmo

Saturday, February 14th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Atomic : Fredrik Ljungkvist, Magnus Broo, Håvard Wiik, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Hans Hulbækmo

Sunday, February 15th 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, February 16th 2015

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Reid Karris, Dan Bitney

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, February 18th 2015

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Mikel Avery

Friday, February 20th 2015

6:30PM at Asado Coffee, 1651 W Chicago
Solo Festival : Night 1
Matthew Schneider
Dave Rempis
Jason Adasiewicz

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer

Saturday, February 21st 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Nels Cline, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Glenn Kotche, Mike Reed

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Nels Cline, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Glenn Kotche, Mike Reed

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

http://now-is.org/
http://www.ratchetmusic.com
http://www.umbrellamusic.org
http://www.mcachicago.org
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html
http://www.skylarkchicago.com
http://www.hideoutchicago.com
http://www.elasticrevolution.com
http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html
http://www.lampo.org
http://dalniente.com
http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago
http://www.emptybottle.com/

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Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Seth Cooke/Dominic Lash – PACT (1000füssler)
Francisco Meirino – The Aesthetics of Everything For Nothing (1000füssler)
Nick Hoffman – Necropolis (Organized Music from Thessaloniki)
VA AA LR – Newhaven (Organized Music from Thessaloniki)
Joanna Halska Sokołowska – MSZA (Bôłt)
Gintas K – Blind Man Tales (Bôłt)
Hubert Zemler – GOSTAK & DOSHES (Bôłt)
Kåre Kolberg – Attitudes (Bôłt)
Maja S. K. Ratkje/Eugeniusz Rudnik – Maja S. K. Ratkje in Dialogue with Eugeniusz Rudnik (Bôłt)
Helge Sten/Tomasz Sikorski – Monochromes (Bôłt)
Candelaria Saenz Valiente/Marcin Masecki – Hymnen (Bôłt)
Marcin Mesecki – Variations (Bôłt)
Arturas Bumšteinas – Different Trains (Bôłt)
Asi Mina – Biało (Bôłt)
Mirt – Khmer & Siam Recordings (Saamleng)
Johannes Frisch/Ralf Wehowsky – Which head you’re dancing to? (Monotype)
Transmit – |radiation| (Monotype)
David Moss/Hannes Strobl – At the Beach: Music for Voice and Electric Bass (Monotype)

AMN Reviews: Bore – Issue 3

The compositions of Japanese composer and sound artist Ryoko Akama are featured in this third number of Bore, the publication of predominantly text-based new performance scores edited by Sarah Hughes and David Stent.

Akama, whose multi-dimensional background encompasses the study of traditional Japanese shamisen and vocal music as well as sound engineering and installation and performance art, creates sounds layered into significant tracts of empty space, often using electronics, objects and/or the VSC3 analogue synthesizer as her sound sources. Language plays an important role in her work, whether as an underlying concept for electronic sound art or, as the text-based work assembled here demonstrates, as a compositional medium.

Akama’s scores tend to be made up of sets of instructions couched in economical language. Although worded in a fairly direct manner, all of them embrace indeterminacy of some variety. Some of the instructions are unambiguous and only require the performers to set the values of certain parameters, such as duration or instrumentation. Others call for a greater leap of interpretation and ingenuity. For example, the score to Object Performance consists of verbs scattered across a page, each of which names a specific action to be taken in relation to the objects, but the types and the exact number of objects each performer should use are left open to the performers’ discretion. With a wry touch of humor, Akama also throws in the instruction “whatever” as a kind of open variable for the performer to fill in. Less ambiguously but still leaving choices up to the performers, Fade In consists of a single page of instructions for a twenty-five minute additive/subtractive performance in which four or five sine tones are faded in sequentially and then faded out in reverse order. The duration piece Con.de.structuring asks its three or more performers to select and play three sounds they consider soundless. Here Akama sets up a koan-like paradox in calling for a medium to represent something that by definition defies that medium. Akama’s taste for enigma is further displayed in tada no, a set of eighteen cards each of which contains a simple instruction for an action, a formula in need of creative decryption, or a description of a situation.

As with previous issues of Bore, the scores are printed on high quality paper and come ready for use.

http://borepublishing.com

San Francisco Scene: February 7-13, 2015

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Saturday, February 7

Sat 2/07 3:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
New Frequencies Fest
DOUBLE BILL: ROGER KIM’S ELLIOTT SMITH HOUR / Karl Evangelista’S GREX

Sat 2/07 4:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
New Frequencies Fest
JENNY SCHEINMAN
Solo Fiddle for Growing Boys and Girls

Sat 2/07 5:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
New Frequencies Fest:
Lisa Mezzacappa’S BAIT & SWITCH: avantNOIR
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums
with special guests William Winant, percussion and Tim Perkis, electronics

Sat 2/07 6:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Serge Modular 40 Year Reunion Concert
Performances by Kevin Braheny Fortune, Paul M. Young, Jill Fraser with Anne Graham, Stephen Golovin, Sergei Tcherepnin, Todd Barton, Doug Lynner, Slope 114, Jorge Bachmann, LX Rudis, Citizen Kylee.

Sat 2/07 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
New Frequencies Fest
ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

Sat 2/07 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Morton Subotnick, one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems, returns to Mills College for a week-long visit as Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence and a concert performance of his music.

Sat 2/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
“All Caps No Space” is the concert version of a multimedia work-in-progress. This performance will showcase the culmination of a two-week collaboration and residency at The MilkBar among the talented and unique Addleds musicians Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/English horn; Tony Dryer, double bass; and Jacob Felix Heule, percussion and composer Linda Bouchard.

Sat 2/07 8:00 PM Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA, 94133]
Oa CD release concert at Emerald tablet
Oa = Matt Davignon & Hugh Behm-Steinberg (pre-recorded voices and electronics)

Sat 2/07 10:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
New Frequencies Fest
Myra Melford, JOËLLE LÉANDRE & NICOLE MITCHELL TRIO

Sat 2/07 11:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Ben Goldberg’s ORPHIC MACHINE
with Nels Cline, Carla Kihlstedt, Greg Cohen, Ches Smith, Ron Miles, and Myra Melford

Sunday, February 8

Sun 2/08 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 9 Fingers
Andrew Jamieson/David Douglas
8:30 8:30 Brett Carson/Mia Bella D’Augelli

Sun 2/08 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Guitarist Seth Josel presents a program of music by Berlin-based composers celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Sun 2/08 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
New Music at VAMP presents HAY FEVER plus JOHN McCOWEN(solo) plus CARTOON JUSTICE-DIAMORPH ENTROPIC ARCHITECTURE UNIT

Sun 2/08 8:00 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Shapeshifters Cinema: Cheryl E. Leonard with Rebecca Haseltine and Oona Stern.
Expanded cinema works inspired by hydrology and Yosemite’s frozen lakes performed live by Cheryl Leonard (music) and Rebecca Haseltine (video). Plus two pieces about climate change and the polar oceans created by Oona Stern and Cheryl Leonard.

Monday, February 9

Mon 2/09 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
Electroacoustic musicians and sound sculptors Adam Tinkle and Joe Mariglio – henceforth collectively known as Creosota – explore the visual, sonic, and theatrical potentials of projected light, vibrated fluids, and laser microphony, in works inspired by Inferometrics.

Mon 2/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A new quartet, Existence, brings together Berlin-based artists, Satoko Fujii and Kappa Maki with Rova’s Bruce Ackley, and Bay Area percussionist, Jordan Glenn. The group is a convergence of distinct approaches to making thoughtfully crafted improvisations.

Wednesday, February 11

Wed 2/11 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Starting by sending a diptych of visual score postcards by mail to musician Kevin Corcocan and dancer Peiling Kao and ending in a trio performance, composer Gretchen Jude will explore in new ways the lines between improvisation and composition, dance and music.

Wed 2/11 7:57 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Mazen Kerbaj
sfSoundSalonSeries: Beirut improviser Mazen Kerbaj performs a extended trumpet improvisations with local improvisers.

Thursday, February 12

Thu 2/12 7:00 PM Explatorium [Pier 15 San Francisco, CA]
Resonance: Susie Ibarra

Thu 2/12 7:30 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th St. San Francisco, CA 94110]
American Rainmaker: A Weather Opera

Thu 2/12 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford – walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Joelle Leandre (France) – contrabass; Phillip Greenlief – woodwinds – Leandre and Greenlief will present their long-standing duo at Berkeley Arts! The duo has been working together since 2005, and recorded THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT, a series of improvised duets and solo pieces for the Relative Pitch label in 2009. This is their first performance since 2011. They will play two sets, starting at 8 pm

Thu 2/12 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8pm Eric Glick Rieman and friends
9pm Loop 2.4.3’s Time-Machine_music – Thomas Kozumplik (aka Loop 2.4.3)
combines man’s oldest instruments (percussion and voice) with electronics and time-based effects to create an other-worldly musical journey.

Friday, February 13

Fri 2/13 8:00 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
Ma series and Outsound Presents:
Shanna Sordahl+ Sharmi Basu + Shani Aviram

Fri 2/13 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
A rare Bay Area performance from the noted composer Arnold Dreyblatt, who is visiting from Berlin. A pre-concert lecture will immediately precede the performance.
Program: Nodal Excitation, 1979 and Spin Ensemble, 2011
Dreyblatt has been composing music for his own and other ensembles for over thirty years. Often characterized as the most rock-oriented of American minimalists, Dreyblatt has cultivated a strong underground fan base for his transcendental and ecstatic music with his “Orchestra of Excited Strings”.

Fri 2/13 9:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland, CA]
Bill Nace/Jessica Rylan – Chiara Giovando – A Magic Whistle – Voicehandler

Fri 2/13 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Studio Grand Presents Ackamoor + Molina in Ritual of the Collective Breath

Newsbits: Experimental in Bristol, UK / Lacy, Ray, and Drury in NY / Drumm and Lescalleet in Houston / Champion of New Music Awards

Nick Hennies, H, and Matt Loveridge appear February 16 in Bristol, UK.

Frank Lacy (trombone, flumpet, voice), Kevin Ray (bass), and Andrew Drury (drums) will perform as the trio 10³²K, and explore the musical legacy of Delta blues legend Skip James in Hard Time Killing Floor Suite, February 26 at Lincoln Center.

Houston’s Nameless Sound presents Mazen Kerbaj & Kevin Drumm/Jason Lescalleet at 800 Aurora Street, HOUSTON TX 77098.

The American Composers Orchestra, flutist and Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Claire Chase, and conductor Michael Morgan have been given the Champion of New Music Award.

Lessons Learned From Nate Wooley

From NewMusicBox, some writing by Nate Wooley:

Very few of us ignited our passion for music through critical thinking. Instead, small moments of enlightenment—flashes of understanding informing our future actions and ways of thinking—fanned the flames of initial interest into whatever inferno our obsession currently takes. It’s the primal urge to create, wherever it comes from, that remains at the center of what we do. And, no matter how we propose to articulate where we are and what we think, we are always coming from that place.

St. Louis Noise/Experimental Concerts for February 2015

From Riverfront Times:

“Noise” has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, is huge and diverse but not without its share of hangups. That’s why we’re here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from needlessly complex to minimalist drone. Connect the weird to your ears.

Taboo
w/ Catholic Guilt, Larva Lou
Thursday, February 12
Melt
10 p.m. | $7

Vernacular String Trio
w/ Dizzy Atmosphere, May Day Orchestra
Saturday, February 14
Schlafly Tap Room
9 p.m. | free

New Music Circle presents: Okkyung Lee
w/ Lotte Anker
Saturday, February 21
Joe’s Cafe
7:30 p.m. | $10-$20