Missoula Musicians to Kick off Monthly Free-form Improv Sessions Tonight

From the Missoulan:

Experimental improvised music is a niche genre – one so niche that a scene dedicated to it doesn’t even exist in college towns like Missoula. A local quintet is looking to remedy that with a monthly concert dedicated to experimental music that lives in the moment, whether soothing or discordant. The Avant-Garde Alliance, which debuts Friday, features guitarist Matt Olson (The Shiveries, formerly of Vera), saxophonist Nathan Hoyme (Poor School, Finisher), keyboardist Ben Weiss (Modality, Phillip Glasshole), bassist John Sporman (Tom Catmull’s Radio Static, Shahs, NextDoorPrisonHotel) and drummer Derek Smith (Finisher).

San Francisco Scene: March 13-20, 2015

English: Eyvind Kang, moers festival 2010
Eyvind Kang

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, March 13

Fri 3/13 5:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [Screening Room] [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Back by popular demand, this program takes you on an aural journey with the “movers and shakers” of jazz.
John Schott on John Schott
5:30-6:30 PM
Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension Live
7-9 PM

Fri 3/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Elyse Weakley & Lip Service
On Second Fridays at the Center for New Music, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, Festival artists, and other acts who fall between genre lines. Pianist Elyse Weakly performs music by George Hurd, Mason Bates, and Anna Clyne. Brass ensemble Lip Service performs quintet & brass ensemble music led by Aaron Priskorn and Graham Taylor.

Fri 3/13 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministries [1629 8th Street, Oakland]
ZE BIB! Tour Kickoff show with ZE BIB!, Tom Djll/Julie Mazawa, The (subnaught) Band and DJ Glochids

Fri 3/13 8:00 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St SF]
Sheldon Brown Quartet presents an evening of Sheldon’s original music.

Saturday, March 14

Sat 3/14 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
Pulsating Cyst (L.A.)——-Mchtnncts——Bloody Snowman——Tom Djill & Lx Rudis——–17 Veils of Flesh

Sat 3/14 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
An Evening of Jazz
BAD JAZZ with Bryan Day – invented instruments; Ben Solomon – invented instruments, feedback, percussion; Tania Chen, electronic toys, bells and piano.
WORSE JAZZ with Bob Marsh – piano; Sandra Yolles – electronic percussion; Joshua Marshall, saxophones
WORST JAZZ with Julia Mazawa – field recordings and pocket synthe; James Roemer – tape card sampler

Sunday, March 15

Sun 3/15 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Electric Afternoon @ The Nunnery – 2 Duos – Tim Perkis/Ron Heglin, Bill Noertker/Mark Oi
Tim Perkis – electronics, Ron Heglin – voice, trombone
Bill Noertker – electric bass, compositions
Mark Oi – electric guitar, compositions

Sun 3/15 6:30 PM Doc’s Lab [124 Columbus Ave SF]
Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

Sun 3/15 7:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore at Second Act

Sun 3/15 9:00 PM Brick & Mortar Music Hall [1710 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103]
Bay Area composer and percussionist Charles Xavier has released four CD’s on his label Happy Note Records and he is performing as The XMan with guitarist Russel Golub performing his eclectic music for creative minds…The Xman’s next show in 2015 is on Sunday March 15th at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall opening for guitar sensation Nir Felder, called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR. I’m honored to open for fellow Berklee Alumni, guitarist Nir Felder who won the Jimi Hendrix award! The Xman performs his midi vibraphone with guitarist Russell Golub. DownBeat has called Charles Xavier a “Rara Avis,” which is Latin for rare bird.

Monday, March 16

Mon 3/16 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Earplay – New Chamber Music

Mon 3/16 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:30 pm – Ensemble Room
Huebsch’s playing is focused on music as a structure in time–all intent is on the genesis of the moment. Through the use of avant-garde and self-invented performance techniques, the tuba acquires completely new characteristics as a brass instrument. As an array of unexpected sounds is heard, the instrument is seen from a fresh perspective, and the audience is confronted with a novel way of perceiving time.

Mon 3/16 8:30 PM Spice Monkey [1628 Webster St Oakland]
Bridge Of Crows plus Eat The Sun

Wednesday, March 18

Wed 3/18 7:26 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Carl Ludwig Hübsch & Radical 2
German composer/tubist Carl Ludwig Hübsch performs a duo with clarinetist Matt Ingalls and a selction of his compositions for improvisers with members of sfSoundGroup. Brooklyn-based percussion duo RADICAL 2 performs a program of theatrical compositions for percussion and electronics.

Wed 3/18 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St. San Francisco]
Meridian Music: Composers in Performance welcomes the Chicago-based duo Coppice in their first performance on the West Coast. Members Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer will perform their original composition, Compound Form, for pump organ, two tape processes, transmitters, and acoustic filters. Coppice will be joined by two Vancouver based sound artists, Mathieu Ruhlmann and Joda Clément, for a special collaboration.

Wed 3/18 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Idris Ackamoor, Voicehandler, Amanda Chaudhary, IMA
Idris Ackamoor
Idris Ackamoor is a living legend: multi-instrumentalist, master tap dancer, composer and leader of SF’s famed afro-futurist free jazz ensemble, The Pyramids.
Danishta Rivero and Jacob Felix Heule comprise the singular duo, Voicehandler.https://soundcloud.com/voicehandler
Amanda Chaudhary
Amanda Chaudhary’s gaze, her custom software synths, her modular synthesizers, kids’ toys, and all manner of folk instruments combine to confound and awaken the heretofore undiscovered sensibilities of her audiences.
IMA is the electro-percussive duo of Nava Dunkelman and Jeanie-Aprille Tang.

Thursday, March 19

Thu 3/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Fast Forward and Eyvind Kang share a program featuring their recent works. Using an array of kitchen hardware and assorted artifacts, Fast Forward will perform his latest composition for alternative instrumentation. Composer and violist Eyvind Kang’s work draws from a variety of classical, traditional, and popular styles.

Thu 3/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
“There are always two!” A night of duos with:
8pm Collette McCaslin/Sheila Bosco duo
9pm Brian Pedersen/Sung Kim duo

Thu 3/19 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Little Nicky’s Presents Chuck Johnson + Laetitia Sonami and James Fei: Sparrows and Ortolans
Little Nicky’s is a monthly series curated by Noah Phillips and Chuck Johnson. Each installment features a set by a Bay Area artist or group whose sound will complement the special atmosphere of Studio Grand, a multi-use arts space with intimate and lush acoustics. Guitarist and composer Chuck Johnson will open each show with a solo performance. This month we’re joined by Laetitia Sonami and James Fei.

Friday, March 20

Fri 3/20 7:30 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St SF]
Call and Response: Dr. Indre Viskontas + Sound Quartet

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists [Cedar Street Berkeley, CA]
THE Beth Custer ENSEMBLE is a crème de la crème of Bay Area musicians and includes Jan Jackson on drums, (Will Bernard, Curtis Bumpy), guitarist/vocalist David James (Afro Funk Experience, The Coup, Spearhead), Chris Grady on trumpet (Tom Waits, Grassy Knoll, Jewel), Vicky Grossi on bass (Mitch Marcus, Bitches Brew), vocalist Diana Mangano (Jefferson Airplane) and Beth Custer, clarinets/vocal (Club Foot Orchestra, Trance Mission, Eighty Mile Beach, Clarinet Thing).

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Eyvind Kang
Eyvind Kang will present recent research into the dynamics of thoughts, time, and sound in the context of solo viola improvisations.

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Tom Djill, Tania Chen, Eli Wallace
@ Turquoise Yantra Grotto
3 Pianists : 7 Acoustic Keyboard Instruments;
New compositions and Contemporary Canonical Works
for invented, extended, prepared, and retuned “pianos”
in exotic, historical and standard tunings

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Scott R. Looney – Carl Ludwig Hubsch
Phillip Greenlief – saxophones
Carl Ludwig Hubsch – tuba (Germany)
Scott R. Looney – piano
The German tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch meets bay area reed player Phillip Greenlief and pianist Scott R. Looney. Instant language. Sound Exploration. Morphed pitch. Gestalt in exchange. Contact in play. Instrumental research. Joy in noise.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Lucian Ban at Jazzy Spring 2007 Hierogliphycs ...
Lucian Ban 

From NYTimes.com:

AACM50: Thomas Buckner (Thursday) Interpretations, the new music series, has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. This concert finds Mr. Buckner, a baritone, performing works composed for him by the association members Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill. (He’ll be accompanied by an ensemble that includes Ms. Myers.) At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Nate Chinen)

Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri (Friday) The pianist Lucian Ban and the violist Mat Maneri have a lovely and restive recent album on ECM — “Transylvanian Concert,” recorded in Mr. Ban’s native land — that reveals their shared interest in enfolding mystery. They reconnect as part of the Sound It Out concert series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org. (Chinen)

Michael Formanek’s Cheating Heart (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Formanek, a bassist and composer drawn to scintillating frictions, probably has no intention of forming a Hank Williams cover band. Instead his Cheating Heart is a quintet with a front line featuring two saxophonists — Tim Berne, his longtime compatriot, on alto and Brian Settles on tenor — and an adaptable rhythm section that includes the pianist Jacob Sacks and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Lee Konitz and Dave Douglas Quintet (Thursday through March 22) At 87, Mr. Konitz is not just one of jazz’s most venerable alto saxophonists but also one of its most steadfast searchers. Which means he has the right artistic temperament to fall in easily with the trumpeter Dave Douglas and a dynamic rhythm section comprising Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

International Contemporary Ensemble (Friday) The Music of the Americas series turns its spotlight on the Argentine composer Mario Davidovsky with a program of works mixing acoustic instruments and electronics, including a world premiere. The impeccable International Contemporary Ensemble is conducted by David Fulmer. At 7 p.m., Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, between 68th and 69th Streets, 212-277-8359, as-coa.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Johann Johannsson (Tuesday) The American Contemporary Music Ensemble and the outstanding vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth give the world premieres of two pieces by this Icelandic composer. Most exciting is “Drone Mass,” an oratorio for string quartet, vocals and electronics that’s based on the Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians. Naturally, then, the work will be heard in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At 7 p.m., 212-570-3949, metmuseum.org. (Allen)

The Knights (Thursday) Backstabbing and betrayal are the unusual themes of this Brutus-inspired program of chamber music presented by members of the orchestral collective the Knights. The program includes music by Haydn, Schnittke, Timo Andres, Fred Lerdahl and Thomas Adès. At 8 p.m., SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker Street, near Lafayette Street, East Village, 212-533-5470, subculturenewyork.com. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Tomas Fujiwara Interview

From Jazz Right Now:

This is the first of a multi-part preview of Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up’s new release, After All Is Said, set to be out on 482 Music, April 21. This record comes on the heels of the band’s two highly-regarded earlier albums, Actionspeak (2010) and The Air Is Different (2012). Headed by consummate drummer and composer Fujiwara, the new record will feature three of the quintet’s original members–Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Brian Settles (tenor saxophone, flute), and Mary Halvorson (guitar). The new addition since 2012 is veteran bassist Michael Formanek, contributing his signature robust sound.

Denovali Festival 2015 London May 22-23

Jon Hassell performing at Stockholm JazzFest09
Jon Hassell 

From Denovali:

We’re pleased to present you the (nearly) final lineup for DENOVALI FESTIVAL LONDON 2015 and are very much looking forward to return to the city for the 3rd time. This year’s edition of our experimental music festival will take place again at legendary Café Oto for the first festival day (Friday, May 22nd) and will continue the next day in cooperation with the wonderful St John Sessions at St John at Hackney Church (Saturday, May 23rd).

Friday May 22nd – Cafe OTO London
:: Dalhous (uk)
:: Ricardo Donoso (bra)
:: Karen Gwyer (uk)
:: Matthew Collings (uk)

Saturday May 23rd – St John at Hackney Church
:: Jon Hassell (us) + Ensemble
:: Fennesz (at)
:: Greg Haines (uk)
:: + 1 more tba