Peter Brötzmann North American Spring Tour

From Exclaim:

05/07 Houston, TX – Eldorado Ballroom ^
05/09 Potter Valley, CA – private event ^
05/10 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel ^
05/12 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios ^
05/13 Seattle, WA – Seattle Art Museum ^
05/14 Calgary, AB – Festival Hall ^
05/15 Edmonton, AB – Yardbird Suite ^
05/18 Kelowna, BC – Summerhill Pyramid Winery *
05/19 Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl *
05/22 Halifax, NS – Obey Convention *

^ with William Parker, Hamid Drake
* Brötzmann solo


Robert Rich in Tucson Tonight

From Tucson Weekly:

For more than three decades, electronic composer Robert Rich has explored a wide palette of expansive sounds, categorized under a variety of terms—”new age,” “dark ambient,” “tribal,” “industrial,”—but when the 51-year-old Californian discusses the kinds of music he makes, he mostly uses two terms: “active music” and “quiet music.”

San Francisco Scene: April 3-10, 2015

From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, April 3

Fri 4/03 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Legendary percussionist/composer Andrea Centazzo performs his compositions with violin (Murray Campbell), cello (Crystal Pascucci), and bass (Jeff Schwartz). This new ensemble presents a wide range of forms, styles, and textures, melodies, grooves, and noise.

Fri 4/03 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Rhythm + Strings + Woodwind + Brass = David James’ GPS

Saturday, April 4

Sat 4/04 2:00 PM Brava Theater [2781 24th St. San Francisco]
2015 Switchboard Music Festival

Sat 4/04 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
7:30pm Jeffrey Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust (NY) – violin and Ableton Live
8:15pm Three Thirds (LA) – folk band with guitar, bass, English horn, viola, & lush vocal harmonies
9pm Moe! Staiano (OAK) – percussion solo set, followed by group improv
7:30pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave

Sat 4/04 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
X-SOUND FESTIVAL: Women making Experimental Sound–The annual X-Sound Festival of new music and sound art by undergraduate seniors at Mills this year features original works by composer/performers Besan Zidan, Ana Recto, and Rachel Austin. Queer Palestinian-American experimental electronic composer Besan Zidan performs with black queer womyn drummer Imogen Teasley-Vlautin in a set of four pieces for guitars, percussion, voice, and electronics. Ana Recto performs a solo set of her contemplative songs that combine technology with ancient and contemporary vocal traditions, including Moog synthesizer tracks and live electronic processing. Finally, composer/vocalist Rachel Austin will perform “10 Movements for Intuition & Computer,” a solo performance juxtaposing abstraction and meaning featuring live interactive processing of her voice.

Sunday, April 5

Sun 4/05 5:00 PM Actual Cafe [6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland]
The first Sunday of every month at the Actual Cafe:
John Schott’s Actual Trio, with John Hanes and Dan Seamans
Rowdy, groovin’, original Jazz from the acclaimed guitarist.

Sun 4/05 7:30 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues this Sunday. Bring your instrument or just your ears. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names, and there will be a full set by Avant Red (Eli Wallace, keys; Bob Marsh, guitar).

Sun 4/05 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
9Fingers with Andrew Jamieson and David Douglas.

Monday, April 6

Mon 4/06 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Monday, April 6, 2015, 7:30 pm – Ensemble Room
Stanford composer Mark Applebaum presents recent works on the fringe of musical ontology–a concerto for florist, a 72-foot pictographic score without instruction, a work for peripatetic chamber instrumentalists who do not produce sound, notations appearing on the face of custom wristwatches, electroacoustic sound–sculptures made of junk, and a live performance of a piece consisting of hand gestures—as well as musically exoteric creative enterprises.

Mon 4/06 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Instagon (ritualistic rock/experimental)
Set #2: The SPA (post punk/experimental rock)
Set #3: Jordan Glenn’s Beak (conducted improvisations/excitement)
(Karl Evangelista/Will Redmond/Mark Clifford/Jason Hoopes/Bob LaDue/Robert Lopez/Jon Arkin)

Thursday, April 9

Thu 4/09 12:30 PM Market Street [Between 6th and 7th St San Francisco]
C4NM @ Market Street Prototyping Festival: Mark Helias’s Open Loose
On April 9 and 10, C4NM curates special free outdoor performances on Market Street, in front of The Hall (between 6th Street and 7th Street).
Thursday’s 1pm show features Mark Helias’s Open Loose Trio, who will also be performing a full program in the evening at C4NM. Open Loose will perform streetside in a special “Show Box,” designed and built by CounterPULSE and Jensen Architects as part of the Market Street Protoyping Festival.

Thu 4/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mark Helias’ Open Loose
Consummate improvising trio from NY.

Thu 4/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8:15pm: Alexandra Hay
8:45pm: Corey Fogel (from LA, Percussion)
9:30pm: Maxwell Gualtieri (from LA, Guitar)
Note our temporary new address – 998 Market Street.

Thu 4/09 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
permutations040915: Taka Kigawa
NYC based piano virtuoso, Taka Kigawa, returns to the bay for a very rare performance of works for solo piano and electronics, including works by Marco Stroppa and Georg Friedrich Haas

Friday, April 10

Fri 4/10 12:30 PM Market Street [Between 6th and 7th St San Francisco]
C4NM @ Market Street Prototyping Festival: Helen Newby
On April 9 and 10, C4NM curates special free outdoor performances on Market Street, in front of The Hall (between 6th Street and 7th Street).
Friday’s 1pm show features up and coming cellist Helen Newby, who will offer a sneak preview of her upcoming concert at C4NM. Newby will perform streetside in a special “Show Box,” designed and built by CounterPULSE and Jensen Architects as part of the Market Street Protoyping Festival.

Fri 4/10 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
In the run-up to Rova’s major show “Rovaté 2015” taking place on June 29 at ODC Theater, this is the first of two concerts at C4NM where Rova will introduce musical units of the June orchestra. Tonight in set 1, we introduce Rova String Quartet, one-third of the Rovate orchestra: Christina Stanley (violin), Tara Flandreau (viola), Alex Kelly (cello), Scott Walton (bass). Set 2: Rova itself, improvising on themes and ideas, and using visual cues for improvising that all will be fleshed out during Rovate with the orchestra.

Creative Music in DC

Wednesday, April 8 @ 9pm
Dorian Phibian :: May Tabol :: Benjamin Schurr
A Series of Solo performances
Member of Louisiana’s Cloudheavy Recording Collective, Dorian Phibian creates psychedelic soundscapes alongside his homemade sculptures. DC based lead singer of Pree, May Tabol delivers a rare solo performance. Benjamin Schurr has lead many iterations of the band Br’er, developing his prowess on various instruments.
Suggested Donation
The Beehive
1327 Delafield Street NW
Located near the corner of 14th and Delafield Streets NW

Thursday, April 9 @ 8pm
watcher’s wood :: thirteencolonies :: naxalite
Milwaukee based watcher’s wood performs indie anti-punk. thirteencolonies performs improvised electronic excursions. naxalite blends chamber music with ambient rock with visuals.
Admission $5
Bravo Bar
2917 Georgia Avenue NW
Located at the corner of Georgia ave and Hobart street NW. Across from Woodlands Bistro.

Friday, April 10 @ 7:30pm
Sensations Fix :: Protect-U
Franco Falsini founded Sensations Fix in the 1970s. The band has since become a cult favorite among psyche/prog fans and DJs. Guest musicians have been a crucial part of the current live project, fitting in local musicians wherever he performs. The current touring line-up includes Jackson Pollis (drummer of Real Estate) and synth wizard Collin Crowe. In the hands of DC’s Protect-U, synths are liberated to contribute whatever they can toward body-moving and brain-waving. Mike Petillo (who co-runs the Future Times label along with Andrew Max D of Beautiful Swimmers) and Aaron Leitko – treats every piece of hardware as an expression of possibility, and then enjoins those circuits into its beat-driven mission.
Admission $10adv//$13door
2001 14th Street NW
Located on the corner of 14th and U Streets NW, below the Subway.

Friday, April 10 @ 7:30pm
Andrea Parkins/Ayman Fanous :: J. Surak
Andrea Parkins is a New York-based composer, sound/installation artist and electro-multi-instrumentalist who performs using electronically-processed accordion, laptop electronics, and amplified objects. Over the last 25 years, Ayman Fanous has forged a singular synthesis of classical and flamenco guitar technique with contemporary free improvisation. Fanous also reaches back into his Egyptian ancestry in improvisations on the bouzouki. Jeff Surak operates in the netherworld between composed and improvised music, moving between musique concrete, drone, noise, & free improvisation using whatever sound implements at hand. He runs the Zeromoon label and directs the annual Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music in Washington DC, presenting performances by a wide range of artists from Phil Niblock, Magma, Univers Zero, Merzbow, Faust, Odal, Andrea Parkins, David Behrman, and hundreds of others.
Admission $10
Back Alley Theater
5501 Colorado Ave NW
Enter through the basement at the corner of Colorado Ave and Kennedy Street NW

Saturday, April 11 @ 8pm
Audrey Chen/Margaret Rorison/Flandrew Fleisenberg :: Janel Leppin/Anthony Pirog/Jeff Surak
Fleisenberg is a player of objects on an ever changing assortment of ephemera and modified drum parts coaxing texture and tone both familiar and bizarre. Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, fleisenberg playfully utilizes sound and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. Audrey Chen is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers. Using the cello, voice and occasional analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of the homemade analog synthesizer, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language. Margaret Rorison is a filmmaker and curator from Baltimore, Maryland. Her work often develops from extensive walks through rural and urban landscapes, combining memories, field recordings and text. She is interested in the potentials of storytelling through the use of 16mm projection and sound and often projects her films along other experimental sound artists. Janel Leppin, Anthony Pirog, and J. Surak are three of the DC’s most active experimental musicians. They have collaborated often over the years, each time presenting a different set of soundscapes that crush any notion of genre.
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Saturday, April 11 @ 9pm
Andrew Bishop :: Gerald Cleaver :: Tim Flood
Bishop/Cleaver/Flood have been performing together since 1996. The three have since forged impressive careers in Creative Music, performing with a wide variety of musicians, maintaining an extremely active performance schedule both domestically and internationally. Founded on an uncompromising group dynamic and aesthetic freedom B/C/F draws from a wide variety of composition and improvisational frameworks.
Admission $28
Atlas Theater
1333 H Street NE

Saturday, April 11 @ 7pm
Sir Richard Bishop :: Robert Millis :: Kohoutek
Presented by Clavius and Eyelounge Productions
Sir Richard Bishop was a founding member of the Sun City Girls, a band who and released over 50 full-length albums over the course of a career spanning more than 2 decades. In early 2005, Richard began extensive touring as a solo artist, performing throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States. He is known mostly for his acoustic playing, though he has recently been performing with electric guitars in a solo setting. One can usually recognize the influences of Omar Khorshid, Django Reinhardt, Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar in his playing, though he has fused these and many other influential elements into his own unique style. Robert Millis is a sound artist, producer, guitarist, and composer. He is a founding member of Climax Golden Twins and AFCGT, a solo artist and a frequent contributor to the Sublime Frequencies label. He has scored long and short films, created sound installations, produced and designed audio projects, and released many LPs and CDs. His work veers haphazardly between sound art, music concrete, instrumental, improv, field recording, song and collage, with a deep interest in folk and traditional music. Philadelphia-based improv ensemble Kohoutek has constructed a dynamic, stylistic range of abstract sound, consisting of textural drone, atmospheric rock, harsh noise freakouts, clattering percussion, guitar heroics and alien electronics, all congealing to form a multihued psychedelic extravaganza. They inhabit a world of murky terrain where drone, musique concrete and noise coalesce with cosmic folk, where doom and sludge metal merge with fiery jazzoid polyrhythms. All Kohoutek performances are rituals channeling untapped energy transmogrified through pure expression and response to the immediate environment.
Admission $10
Clarendon Presbyterian Church
1305 N. Jackson, Arlington VA

ICP Orchestra U.S. Tour

Han Bennink in Austin Texas April 2006
Han Bennink

From the ICP Orchestra:

The world-renowned Amsterdam-based Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra celebrates the release of its recent CD East of the Sun with a 13-date US tour, May 2 – 17, 2015. Performances include:

Saturday, May 2 – Monday, May 4: Constellation, 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $15 – $20;
Mix of performances including ICP Orchestra, mixed groups of ICP players and Chicago players and ICP players with dancers.

Tuesday, May 5: Trinosophes, 1464 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI
8:00 p.m.; Tickets: $10 – $20; 313-737-6606

Wednesday, May 6 –
Friday, May 8: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
8:00 p.m. each night; Tickets: $25 / $20 students/seniors advance; $30 / $25 students/seniors at door.; 917-267-0363

Saturday, May 9: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY
8:00 p.m.; Tickets: $10 / $5 members; 716-882-8700

Monday, May 11: Caspe Terrace, 33158 Ute Avenue, Waukee, IA
7:30 p.m. ; Tickets: $35 / $30 advance; 515-279-6452

Thursday, May 14: The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX
8:00 p.m.;
Presented by Epistrophy Arts –

Friday, May 15: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Boulevard Southeast, Albuquerque, NM
7:30 p.m.; Tickets: $25 / $20 members and students; 505-268-0044

Saturday, May 16: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Avenue South, Columbia City, WA
7:00 and 9:30 p.m.; Tickets: $20 / $18 Earshot members & seniors / $10 students & veterans
Presented by Earshot Jazz:; 206-547-6763

Sunday, May 17: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR
8:00 p.m.; $15 suggested price (but tickets sold on a sliding scale).
Presented by Creative Music Guild:
Tix available at

The 9-piece Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra has earned worldwide acclaim for its inventiveness, musical genius, and unpredictable stage antics. The group includes world-class improvisers Han Bennink on drums, Michael Moore on clarinet and alto saxophone, Ab Baars on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Tobias Delius on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Thomas Heberer on coronet, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Tristan Honsinger on cello, Ernst Glerum on bass, and Mary Oliver on viola, violin, vocals.

Jazz Listings From the New York Times


Bishop/Cleaver/Flood (Wednesday) For well over a decade, Andrew Bishop, a saxophonist and bass clarinetist, has led an exploratory group with the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the bassist Tim Flood. Celebrating the release of its second album — “De Profundis,” partly inspired by the Renaissance composer Josquin Des Prez — the trio works with focused abstraction and dynamic intrigue. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Nate Chinen)

Christian McBride Big Band (Through Sunday) This spit-and-polish outfit, which won a recent Grammy for best large-jazz-ensemble album, thrives on the robust energies of the bassist-bandleader for which it is named. It also relies on the diligence of a lineup that includes stalwarts like the saxophonist Ron Blake, the trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and the trombonist Steve Davis. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, (Chinen)

Donny McCaslin Group (Tuesday and Wednesday) Drawing from “Fast Future,” his determinedly plugged-in new album, the tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin regroups perhaps the best possible rhythm section for the task: Jason Lindner on piano and synthesizers, Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, and Mark Guiliana on drums. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Roulette in April

From New York’s Roulette:

Brooklyn Music Shop Presents: David Bromberg & Larry Campbell with Special Guest Freebo

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
“Crash” an opera by Robert Ashley Robert Ashley one of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation, is particularly known for his work in new forms of opera. Crash is an opera for six voices and a three-person photo-projection score. …

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
[GENERATE] Danielle Schwob and John Zorn performed by Vicky Chow, Jennifer Choi, and Michael Nicolas The world premiere of “Three Self Portraits”, an introspective ‘triptych’ of solo pieces by award-winning composer Danielle Eva Schwob that draws inspiration from the works of David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Functioning as a score to the self-portraits of these seminal English artists, this intimate piece is scored for solo violin, solo cello and solo piano and was commissioned by The American Composers Forum’s JFund….

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Briggan Krauss’ H-alpha Plus Special Guests Brandon Seabrook and Kato Hideki The performance at Roulette marks 8 years of H-Alpha. Be there when H-Alpha breaks through, filling the room with a vibrant and rich texture of stunning beauty….