Newsbits: Seattle’s Debacle Fest / Self Determination Music / Roomful of Teeth / Bill Orcutt plus UCF Collide Ensemble in Orlando

English: Bobby Bradford, moers festival 2008
Bobby Bradford

Seattle’s Debacle Fest takes place in late May, and features drone, electronic music, avant-garde composition, improv, out rock, and other styles.

The Chicago Reader features the newly re-released Self Determination Music by John Carter and Bobby Bradford.

Roomful of Teeth’s Render is coming out April 28. New Amsterdam Records announces Render, the sophomore album from the GRAMMY Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Their widely acclaimed first album won the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and included Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices. The new album, which will be released on April 28, 2015, features compositions from Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle, Wally Gunn, Brad Wells, Caleb Burhans, and Eric Dudley.

Saturday, April 4th The Civic Minded 5, Timucua Arts Foundation and Gallery at Avalon Island present Bill Orcutt plus UCF Collide Ensemble plays Globokar, Lucier and Rzewski. 39 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, 6:00 pm doors, 7:00 pm concert.

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Taylor Ho Bynum on an Acoustic Bicycle Tour of Miami

English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007
Taylor Ho Bynum

From Taylor Ho Bynum

On Wednesday April 8 at 7:30pm, Taylor will screen a 15-minute documentary film (Dir. Chris Jonas, 2015) about his West Coast bike tour, and perform solo and as a duo with Gustavo Matamoros, at Audiotheque.

On Friday April 10 at 8pm, Taylor’s long-time primary ensemble, the Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette, will perform at the WDNA Jazz Gallery, featuring music from their critically acclaimed recordings Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings) and Apparent Distance.

On Saturday April 11 at 1pm at the Koubek Center Theater, at the end of a local bike ride sponsored by Emerge Miami, Bynum’s 7-tette will be joined by some of Miami’s leading new music performers, creating a 15-piece ensemble that will perform the world premiere of a new work for creative orchestra, inspired by the experiences from Bynum’s various biking journeys.

Finally, on Sunday April 12, Bynum will join a group of free-wheeling Peddling Poets who will present site-specific poetry and music on a bike ride through Miami’s diverse neighborhoods starting at 3pm, closing out with a 6:15pm performance at O, Miami’s Poetry in the Park celebration at New World Symphony’s SoundScape Park.

Big Ears Festival Preview

Creative Loafing Atlanta provides a long preview of next weekend’s Big Ears Festival.

Exploring these unexpected musical connections is the foundation upon which Big Ears was created in 2009. Capps’ annual weekend of jazz, modern classical composition, minimalism, and improvised music rattles the street signs and storefronts of downtown Knoxville. Why these nebulous strains of experimental music are placed on the same lineup isn’t spelled out in an easy explanation. Big Ears’ website steers clear of pushing the festival as a forum for any particular musical genre. The festival’s identity is as much of an enigma as the music and the audience that will descend upon Knoxville when Big Ears returns March 27-29.

An Essential Guide to Ennio Morricone

In what promises to be a reference that I will keep coming back to, Exclaim provides An Essential Guide to Ennio Morricone:

When it comes to soundtrack maestros, few are esteemed as Ennio Morricone. The Italian cinematic legend’s musical legacy is filled with more high-water marks than seems humanly possible, and not just by reapplying the same old tricks ad nauseam. Amongst his decades-deep catalogue, you’ll find everything from chilling horror-score weirdness, to outer-reaching free jazz, to refined classicalism, to buoyant bossa-nova pop and psych-loaded rock, to the very foundations of what became spaghetti western — sometimes all within a single album.

Scott Amendola on Tour

English: Scott Amendola live at Saalfelden 200...
Scott Amendola

From ScottAmendola.com:

March 19, 2015 Nova Jazz Cava
Terrassa, Spain
Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline-guitars
Trevor Dunn-bass
Cyro Baptista-percussion/voice
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

March 20, 2015 Raindog’s House
Savona, Italy
Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline-guitars
Trevor Dunn-bass
Cyro Baptista-percussion/voice
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

March 21, 2015 Nasjonal Jazzscene, Victoria
Oslo, Norway
Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline-guitars
Trevor Dunn-bass
Cyro Baptista-percussion/voice
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

March 22, 2015 Auditorium di Piazza della Liberta
Bergamo, Italy
Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline-guitars
Trevor Dunn-bass
Cyro Baptista-percussion/voice
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

April 7, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola-drums
8:00 PM

April 7, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Charlie Hunter / Scott Amendola Duo
w/ special guest Jim Campilongo
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Scott Amendola Drums
Jim Campilongo guitar
10:00 PM

April 8, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Comedies For the Young
Mathias Bossi-percussion, Scott Amendola-drums/electronics
Charlie Hunter 7-string guitar
Mocean Worker- laptop
8:00 and 10:00 PM

April 9, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Scott Amendola Quartet
Jeff Parker-guitar
Regina Carter-violin
Jerome Harris-bass
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics
8:00 and 10:00 PM

April 10, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Amendola Vs. Blades
Wil Blades-Hammond B3 Organ
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics
8:00

April 10, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Amendola Vs. Blades w/ special guest Jeff Parker
Wil Blades-Hammond B3 Organ
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics
Jeff Parker-guitar
10:00

April 11, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Nels Cline Singers play Amendola
Nels Cline-guitars
Trevor Dunn-bass
Cyro Baptista-percussion/voice
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics
8:00

April 11, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
Nels Cline Singers play Amendola w/ special guest Jeff Parker
Nels Cline-guitars
Trevor Dunn-bass
Cyro Baptista-percussion/voice
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics
Jeff Parker-guitar
10:00

April 12, 2015 The Stone
New York, NY
The ABC Trio w/ Nels Cline
Michael Coleman-piano/keys
Nate Brenner-bass
Scott Amendola-drums
Nels Cline-guitar
8:00 & 10:00

April 17, 2015 Doc’s Lab
San Francisco, CA
Amendola vs. Blades
Wil Blades-Hammond B3, Clavinet
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

May 2, 2015 Duende
Oakland, CA
Henry Kaiser/Scott Amendola duo record release celebration of “Leaps”
Henry Kaiser-guitar
Scott Amendola-drums/electronics

Jazz Listings From the New York Times

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa 

From NYTimes.com:

Barry Altschul and the 3dom Factor (Friday) The drummer Barry Altschul has been a stealth eminence in jazz: known mainly within the avant-garde, and for music he made many years ago. But that’s changing, thanks to work like “The 3dom Factor,” which features the youngish saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who has been one agent of Mr. Altschul’s recent re-emergence, and the veteran bassist Joe Fonda, who has been another. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village; 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

John Escreet Quartet (Saturday) On his exploratory recent release, “Sound, Space and Structures,” the pianist John Escreet connects with an uncompromising elder, the great British free-jazz saxophonist Evan Parker. For this one-nighter, the framework will probably be a bit less abstract, as Mr. Escreet connects with the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the bassist Harish Raghavan and the drummer Antonio Sanchez. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at West 27th Street, fifth floor; 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. (Chinen)

Jacob Garchik’s Ye Olde (Thursday) Mr. Garchik is a trombonist, composer and arranger brimming with bright ideas: Consult his most recent album, “The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album,” or his work with the Kronos Quartet. This will be the premiere of Ye Olde, an intriguing proposition that involves one infinitely adaptable drummer, Dan Weiss, and three texture-mad guitarists: Jonathan Goldberger, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook. At 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village; 212-967-7555, joespub.com. (Chinen)

Steve Lehman Octet (Friday) The alto saxophonist Steve Lehman is a state-of-the-art musical thinker — a composer of high academic credentials and complex algorithms — but he has a true affinity for postwar jazz modernism, as a benchmark and a literature. His octet, featured on two superb recent albums, features longtime peers like the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the tubaist Jose Davila. At 8 p.m., Brooklyn Conservatory Concert Hall, 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope; 718-622-3300, bqcm.org/tickets. (Chinen)

Rudresh Mahanthappa: ‘Bird Calls’ (Tuesday) “Bird Calls” is the audacious new album by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, which takes Charlie Parker as a point of departure, if not a distant lexicographic ancestor. To celebrate the album’s release, Mr. Mahanthappa reconnects with a frontline partner, the sharp young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and an anchor, the agile bassist François Moutin; rounding out the band are the pianist Bobby Avey and the drummer Jordan Perlson. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan; 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Chinen)

Myra Melford at the Stone (Tuesday through March 29) Ms. Melford, a pianist and composer of restless imagination and rigorous execution, has assembled a parade of collaborators for her residency at the Stone. Among the highlights: a 10 p.m. set on Tuesday by Spindrift, her tribute to the violinist Leroy Jenkins, featuring the flutist Nicole Mitchell and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey; at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a duo with the clarinetist Ben Goldberg; and both sets on Thursday, featuring her ensembles Crush (at 8 p.m.) and Be Bread (10 p.m.). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village; thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Vinnie Sperrazza’s Apocryphal/Loren Stillman & Russ Lossing (Saturday) “Apocryphal,” the most recent album by the drummer and composer Vinnie Sperrazza, follows an appealing agenda of postgenre modernity, blending jazz dynamics with the vibe of experimental rock and ambient music. He is appearing as part of the Sound It Out series, and his partners, here as on the album, are the alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, the guitarist Brandon Seabrook and the bassist Eivind Opsvik; the other half of the bill will feature Mr. Stillman in a duo with the pianist Russ Lossing. At 7:30 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village; 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org. (Chinen)

Trio 3 (Tuesday through March 29) The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are esteemed veterans of the avant-garde, and as the collective Trio 3, they share an agenda of rugged epiphany. They have released recent albums featuring an array of impressive pianists, but this weeklong run at the Village Vanguard has no billed guests, which isn’t at all a problem. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village; 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)

San Francisco Scene: March 20-27, 2015

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...
Rent Romus

From the Bay Improviser:

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]
PIANO CIRCUS:
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.

Saturday, March 21

Sat 3/21 4:00 PM St. John’s Presbyterian Church Berkeley [2727 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705]
2015 is the 50th anniversary of the founding in Chicago of the legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and African American organization that has had an extraordinary effect on Contemporary music in American and Abroad. Thomas Buckner and pianist Joseph Kubera will perform works written for them by founding members of the AACM over the past 35 years, along with viola, cello, flute and percussion.

Sat 3/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Trance Mission Duo Concert
Beth Custer & Stephen Kent provide and evening of rollicking trance dance music

Sat 3/21 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova:Arts Presents Matches, Night 1: Steve Adams with Vinny Golia, woodwinds // Jon Raskin with Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello
Over two nights, Rova members will team up with long-time associates and first-time co-conspirators to present 4 sets of duo performances. Hear the Rovas work outside their ‘comfort’ zones to investigate new possibilities with their fellow travelers.
Steve Adams with Vinny Golia, woodwinds
Jon Raskin with Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello

Sat 3/21 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Brutal Sound Effects Festival #80

Sunday, March 22

Sun 3/22 6:30 PM Doc’s Lab [124 Columbus Ave SF]
Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

Sun 3/22 7:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
New compositions for string trio and for sax quartet by Dan Plonsey.
Performers: Masha Albrecht, violin; Sarah Willner, viola; Mary Artmann, cello; Randy McKean, Josh Smith, Cory Wright, and Dan Plonsey, saxophones.

Sun 3/22 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 PM Dialectical Imagination
Rob Pumpelly – drums, Eli Wallace – keyboard
8:30 PM Hadron Quartet
Timothy Orr – drums, Mark Pino – cloud kit, John Vaughn – saxophones, Rent Romus – saxophones

Sun 3/22 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova:Arts Presents Matches, Night 2: Ochs-Robinson Duo // Bruce Ackley – Tania Chen Duo
Over two nights, Rova members will team up with long-time associates and first-time co-conspirators to present 4 sets of duo performances. Hear the Rovas work outside their ‘comfort’ zones to investigate new possibilities with their fellow travelers.
Larry Ochs, with Don Robinson, drums
Bruce Ackley, with Tania Chen, piano, keyboards, electronics + objects

Monday, March 23

Mon 3/23 8:30 PM Spice Monkey [1628 Webster St Oakland]
LOW STANDARDS
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone, Eli Wallace – keyboard
Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, C-melody saxophones, Collette McCaslin – trumpet, analog electronics, Josh Allen – tenor saxophone, Ray Schaeffer – 6-string electric bass, Timothy Orr – drums

Wednesday, March 25

Wed 3/25 6:00 PM First Person [550 Bryant St San Francisco, California 94107]
San Francisco at Dawn + Abstract Reality
Hosted by André Custodio

Thursday, March 26

Thu 3/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
A night of Solo “There can only be one!”
8pm Adam Adhiyatma – solo guitar, etc.
procedural music, sound meditation, healing, social corrective or catharsis
9pm gabby fluke-mogul – solo violin

Friday, March 27

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th st. Oakland, CA 94612]
A night of improvisation and experimental music with Architect/Enchantress and RTD3 at The Ridge Space.
$10 – 15 Sliding scale at the door.

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Per Anders Nillson, Tim Perkis, Gino Robair play the music of Miles Davis

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
Architect/Enchantress + RTD3

Fri 3/27 8:00 PM Fort Mason Center Southside Theater [Fort Mason Center Building D 2 Marina Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94123]
SPAN, a multimedia electro-acoustic chamber work by composer/performer Pamela Z and video artist Carole Kim, is scored for a six-member chamber ensemble of voice & electronics, brass, gongs and low strings and performed within an immersive projection installation created by Carole Kim. Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 27 – 29, 2015, 8:00pm