Moppa Elliott Interview

This is a few months old, but relevant as Elliott’s band is on tour…from PopMatters:

Mostly Other People Do the Killing‘s new album Blue is a note-for-note re-creation of Miles Davis’ classic 1959 recording, Kind of Blue. The audacious project, first conceived by Moppa Elliott and Peter Evans in 2002, intends to challenge the way people listen to jazz. By transcribing and recording what is arguably the greatest jazz album of all time, Mostly Other People Do the Killing affirms the greatness of the original while questioning the direction of jazz in the 21st century. The thought-experiment-cum-album forces to listener to examine what makes jazz actually jazz and brings the non-notatable elements music to the foreground: timbre, articulation and the ineffable nature of tone and feel.

San Francisco Scene: February 20-27, 2015

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 20

Fri 2/20 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Odds and Ends
Join us for a playful evening of free improv, poetry, comedy, storytelling and song with oddball performers Jaroba, Dave Mihaly and David Samas.

Fri 2/20 9:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at VAMP presents The SOUND EFFECT plus YoYo MaMa

Saturday, February 21

Sat 2/21 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Steel Bridge Trio is a new music trio organized by Chicago percussionist Tim Daisy and includes two mainstays of the Bay Area improvising scene: Aram Shelton on alto saxophone and clarinet and Safa Shofrai on bass. The group was formed as a vehicle for Tim’s original compositions and is the first group which has him featured primarily on the vibraphone.

Sat 2/21 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Reconnaissance Fly

Sunday, February 22

Sun 2/22 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Amy X Neuburg & Thea Farhadian: Improvised duets and solos

Sun 2/22 7:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Project TenFourteen: Concert #3 – World Premieres of we turn in the night in a circle of fire by Laurie San Martin as well as a new work by Ken Ueno, Zetsu. Also on the program, two iconic works of the 20th century: Luciano Berio’s Linea and Luigi Nono’s Hay Que Caminar Soñando. Steven Schick leads the SFCMP ensemble. Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)

Sun 2/22 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 Fistortion
Greg Gorlen – electronics, Jay Korber – drums, Sung Kim – ozukuri, Brian Pedersen – clarinet/sax
8:30 Goddess Aphonic
Britt Ciampa- Drums, Matt Chandler- Bass, Mike Forbes- Sax

Monday, February 23

Mon 2/23 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Monday, February 23, 2015 7:30 pm, Ensemble Room
The improbable meeting of three musicians—Pascal Pariaud (winds), Jean-Charles François (percussion), and Gilles Laval (electric guitar)—is at the origin of the creation of the group PFL TRAJECT in 2006. The terms “traveling” and “trajectory” in their plural dimensions are the constituent elements that best define the groups improvisatory music.

Mon 2/23 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Ben Goldberg and Friends
An exceptional evening of improvised music with
Ben Goldberg – clarinet
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Smith Dobson Jr. – drums
Hamir Atwal – drums

Wednesday, February 25

Wed 2/25 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Meridian Composers in Performance Presents: Andy Strain.
Our next concert will be a special tribute performance by Andy Strain in memory of our dear friend, the incredible trombonist Toyoji Tomita. Toyoji performed many times at Meridian and worked with the youth in the Meridian Interns Program to plan and build the garden in our former gallery space.

Wed 2/25 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Probosci: Gyan Riley and Timba Harris

Wed 2/25 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
PLF Traject is a trio from France – Pascal Pariaud, clarinet, pipes, singer, according, Jean-Charles Francois, percussion, and Gilles Laval, electric guitar – present an evening of improvised music. Within PFL Traject, improvisation is defined as different from composition, on the basis of a continuous process of collective creativity, which never leads to the identification of a definitive work. The improvisation concerns the details of the performance, which are never pre-planned, but the trio has developed a series of protocols used, prior to performances, with the objective to build together collective sounds through actual playing. These protocols are also used in pedagogical situations, which are an important part of the trio’s activity.
Each improvisation of PFL Traject is a voyage in the already constituted memory, a promenade in the garden of delights od what has already been cultivated. Each member brings his own repertoire of sounds, individual manner of proceeding, collections of instruments and heterogeneous objects, musical gestures exploring the multiple manners of making sound — blowing, strumming, beating and scraping…

Thursday, February 26

Thu 2/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
“Sound-Speak” Continues with another night of spoken word and experimental sounds…
8:00pm Nick Obando (and other musicians TBA:)
9:00pm “Pitta of the Mind” (electronic synth, and poetry-)

Thu 2/26 8:00 PM ODD BALL FILMS [275 Capp Street, San Francisco]
Sonic Cinema Soiree – David Michalak and his sound score based experimental music group Reel Change share cinema insights and films. REEL CHANGE – Doug Carroll (cello), Tom Nunn (inventions), Andrew Voigt (winds) and David Michalak (lap steel). Presented by ODD BALL FILMS.

Friday, February 27

Fri 2/27 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA, 94801]
Zach Brock, currently based in Brooklyn, NYC, has been called the “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation” by Chicago critic, Neil Tesser. He will appear at Point Richmond Jazz, 201 Martina St. in Point Richmond on February 27 at 7:30 with drummer, Mark Ferber, and keyboard/organist, Sam Barsh.

Fri 2/27 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Ignition Duo
The Guerrilla Composers Guild is joining forces with the Ignition Duo to explore, examine, and exponentially expand the repertoire for two electric guitars at the Center for New Music. Forged in 2011 by David Gonzales and Ramon Fermin, Ignition Duo has set out to create a new and vital repertoire for two guitars. The show will feature new works by Bay Area composers Nick Bacchetto, Julie Barwick, Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Anthony Porter, Kyle Randall, Dan VanHassel, and Chace Wall. Each composer will write a work specifically for Ignition Duo in an intensely collaborative series of workshops, culminating in a genre-bending evening of music.

Fri 2/27 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Jon Arkin, drums
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Eli Wallace, piano & compositions
with special guests:
Joshua Marshall, sax
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
Come join this boisterous yet purposeful free-jazz trio as they celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album.

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times


Ecstatic Music Festival: Bang on a Can (Thursday) A highlight of the Ecstatic Music Festival is Bang on a Can’s annual People’s Commissioning Fund Concert, which highlights imaginative new works by a range of composers. This year the ensemble presents music by Glenn Kotche, Donnacha Dennehy, Jace Clayton, Michael Gordon, Annie Gosfield and Erdem Helvacioglu. At 7:30 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, 212-501-3330, (Schweitzer)

JACK Quartet (Tuesday) This quartet has become self-recommending in recent years, just like the Miller Theater’s early evening pop-up concerts. It’s free, and there’s beer to go with the American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s new String Quartet No. 8. At 6 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Allen)

Theater of Voices (Saturday) Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Stimmung” has a good claim to being the most brilliantly weird piece ever composed within sight of the Long Island Sound. A mesmerizing choral work of gods, erotica and chant all based on a single harmonic series (or chord), it’s the single item on the program for this team of six singers, led by Paul Hillier. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, (Allen)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Amina Claudine Myers
Amina Claudine Myers


Rob Brown Trio (Saturday) An alto saxophonist with an exploratory compass and a bright, beseeching tone, Rob Brown connects here with two trusted associates, both longtime fixtures of the jazz avant-garde in New York: the bassist William Parker and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, (Chinen)

Aaron Burnett and the Big Machine (Tuesday) Mr. Burnett is an ambitious young saxophonist whose flagship band, the Big Machine, includes some of the vanguardist figures on the current circuit: the trumpeter Peter Evans, the pianist Craig Taborn, the bassist and cellist Nick Jozwiak and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Among the original pieces in this concert, presented by Roulette in partnership with the Jerome Foundation, are “Ace of Swords,” “Dance of the Supernals” and “Juxtaposition.” At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

Jon Irabagon Trio (Saturday) Jon Irabagon is an accomplished young saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the avant-garde. He has worked often in recent years with the drummer Barry Altschul, whose career has largely been defined by that tradition. Here they welcome Bob Stewart, a tuba stalwart who has a lot of history with Mr. Altschul, notably in groups led by the saxophonist Arthur Blythe. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Amina Claudine Myers Trio/Thurman Barker’s Strike Force Plus (Thursday) As part of a 50th anniversary celebration for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, this concert pairs two prominent members of that organization. The pianist and composer Amina Claudine Myers leads a trio with Jerome Harris on bass guitar and Reggie Nicholson on drums. And the drummer Thurman Barker presents “Chicago Suite,” a new piece for his percussion ensemble, Strike Force Plus. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

Myra Melford New Release and Stone Residency

From Myra Melford:

On March 10th, Pianist Myra Melford is set to release her record Snowy Egret (enja/yellowbird), with Ron Miles on cornet, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

From March 24th through the 29th, Melford will be in residency at the Lower East Side venue The Stone, where she will use her week as a career retrospective–reviving many of her erstwhile projects from when she lived in New York. These groups are comprised of musicians such as Matt Wilson, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Allison Miller, Chris Speed, Erik Friedlander, and others.

Myra Melford’s Residency at The Stone NYC
3/24 Tuesday
8 pm
Allison Miller and Myra Melford
Allison Miller (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Spindrift for Leroy Jenkins
Nicole Mitchell (flutes) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/25 Wednesday
8 pm
Ben Goldberg (clarinets) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Myra Melford
Miya Masaoka (koto) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Myra Melford (piano)

3/26 Thursday
8 pm
Crush Quartet
Cuong Vu (trumpet) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Be Bread Sextet
Cuong Vu (trumpet) Ben Goldberg (clarinets) Brandon Ross (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Matt Wilson (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/27 Friday
8 and 10 pm
Same River Twice
Dave Douglas (trumpet) Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) Erik Friedlander (cello) Michael Sarin (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/28 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Snowy Egret
Ron Miles (cornet) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Ted Poor (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/29 Sunday
8 pm
Marty Ehrlich and Myra Melford
Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm
Myra Melford Trio
Lindsey Horner (bass) Reggie Nicholson (drums) Myra Melford (piano)