Argue, Lewis, Lehman, and Steiger Among Guggenheim Fellows

English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010
Steve Lehman

Darcy James Argue, Steve Lehman, George Lewis, and Rand Steiger has all been awarded Guggenheim Fellowship Awards :

In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships (including two joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.

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San Francisco Scene: April 10-17, 2015

From the Bay Improviser:

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.

Saturday, April 11

Sat 4/11 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer Meetup & Member Party
C4NM hosts a two-part day of community fun: the kick-off of a new series of composer meetups from 3 to 5 PM, followed by a reception for current and prospective members.
C4NM staff and board will offer exciting announcements, and we’ll have special prizes for anyone who renews their membership or joins at the party!

Sat 4/11 7:03 PM CCRMA [The Knoll 660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
SF-based Weston Olencki presents a program of boundary-pushing and radical works for trombone

Sat 4/11 7:30 PM St Mark’s Lutheran Church [1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109]
Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. He is also celebrated for his willingness to take art music into unusual venues (including schools, senior centers,logging camps and prisons). After 45 years before the public he remains as his mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.”
For complete information visit http://omniconcerts.com/concerts/eliot-fisk/ For tickets call (415)242-4500 or visit http://www.cityboxoffice.com/ordertickets.asp?p=7144

Sat 4/11 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Black Cedar is the only chamber music ensemble devoted to music for flute, cello, and guitar, and they are the winners of a 2014 grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. This concert includes works from their upcoming debut album: two new commissions by Bay Area composers Garrett Shatzer and David Smith, music by one of the Bay Area’s most popular composers, Durwynne Hsieh, plus works by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung and Germany’s Klaus Hinrich Stahmer.
Kris Palmer on wood flute and alto flute, Nancy Kim on cello, and Steve Lin on guitar
http://www.blackcedar.biz

Sat 4/11 8:00 PM Brava Theater [2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110]
In celebration of THE MEDEA PROJECT: THEATER FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY Brava! For Women in the Arts and Cultural Odyssey present “BIRTHRIGHT?”, a collaboration between Artistic Director, Rhodessa Jones, and her Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and Planned Parenthood Northern California.. All performances will be at Brava Theater Center, 2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110 running Thursdays through Sundays, April 9 – April 19, 2015. Bay Area new music icon, IDRIS ACKMAOOR< will perform the score for the theater piece “LIVE”! Improvisor DAVID MOLINA, will also provide a “soundscape” for the show.

Sunday, April 12

Sun 4/12 3:00 PM Brava Theater [2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110]
In celebration of THE MEDEA PROJECT: THEATER FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY Brava! For Women in the Arts and Cultural Odyssey present “BIRTHRIGHT?”, a collaboration between Artistic Director, Rhodessa Jones, and her Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and Planned Parenthood Northern California.. All performances will be at Brava Theater Center, 2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110 running Thursdays through Sundays, April 9 – April 19, 2015. Bay Area new music icon, IDRIS ACKMAOOR< will perform the score for the theater piece “LIVE”! Improvisor DAVID MOLINA, will also provide a “soundscape” for the show.

Sun 4/12 4:00 PM Old First Concerts in San Francisco [1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109]
Wooden Fish Ensemble celebrates the Music of Boudewijn Buckinx
70th Birthday Concert

Sun 4/12 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 PM Vox Venefica
Valentina Osinski – voice/Chiara Viscomi – voice/Eli Wallace – piano
8:30 PM Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – saxes, flute/Brett Carson – piano/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums

Monday, April 13

Mon 4/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Topographies: Tenor Saxophone solo recital
This recital presents some of the major existing works for tenor saxophone. They both develop a coherent and deep musical discourse and push the instrumental limitations of the instrument, helped by the use of extended playing techniques.
Program:
Tre pezzi by Giacinto Scelsi (1956) (10′)
Périple by Paul Méfano (1978) (10′)
Hard by Christian Lauba (1988) (9′)
Alter ego by Georges Aperghis (2001) (7′)
Charon Schläft (…kein notturno) by Valentin Marti (2007) (12′)

Mon 4/13 8:30 PM Spice Monkey [1628 Webster St Oakland]
Avant-Jazz & Experimental Noise Every Monday featuring Darren Johnston Duo plus Earth Blind
Darren Johnston Duo
Hamir Atwal – drums
Darren Johnston – trumpet
plus
Earth Blind
Nick Obando – Saxophone
Michael John Dale – Keyboards & electronics
Aaron Levin – Drums

Tuesday, April 14

Tue 4/14 7:30 PM CCRMA [The Knoll, 660 Lomita Court Stanford, California 94305-8180, USA]
Oakland’s wonderful Lightbulb Ensemble at CCRMA. The Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) is a composers collective that champions
experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan.

Wednesday, April 15

Wed 4/15 7:42 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Wired Breath/Strung Waves: Christian Pincock & Florent Collautti (sfSoundSalonSeries)
sfSound presents two perspectives on electroacoustic solo instrumental hyperextension. Christian Pincock (Albuquerque) is a composer/performer on trombone and electronics who uses custom-made controllers and software to play multiple parts simultaneously and create orchestral textures unaccompanied. Florent Coulautti composes and plays using a homebuilt instrument with electromagnetic bows piloted by computer and strings subsequently amplified and processed with Max/MSP.

Wed 4/15 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Fleshtone Aura is a licentious collaborator at the core of Toronto’s underground. He co-founded the killer Bennifer Editions label and Gastric Female Reflex is his long celebrated noise duo. S. Glass, himself a known libertine (Glands of External Secretion, Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble) created Bananafish magazine and Tedium House. Making it a threesome, unmatched visuals by W.hacking will illuminate the whole torrid affair.
Cleav’d Cleaver is Chicago-based Jason Soliday (J.Soliday/Coeurl/Gunshop/Enemy) on modular synth and Jake Rodriguez (bran(…)pos) of SF/Bay Area weirdness fame on mouth/vox. Savory electronics collide with face-twisting vocal exhortations in an acutely well controlled yet freely improvised (noisy) forms.
Marc Kate: In a detour from his post-punk/synthgaze project, Never Knows, Marc Kate is creating static experiments in synthesis that embody the opposite of New Age music. This performance marks the release of “File #08”, his debut for the San Francisco label, Computer Tapes.
Beast Nest
Beast Nest is the primary performance vehicle for Sharmi Basu, a queer South Asian woman of color focused on creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. One day, Sharmi aspires to have an ensemble called “Dog Divas,” which will feature her lying in the grass surrounded by Casio keyboards played by overexcited 6-week-old puppies.

Thursday, April 16

Thu 4/16 6:30 PM Italian Cultural Institute [814 Montgomery Street San Francisco CA 94133]
The musical evening that the Five O ‘Clock Piano Duo offers the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco reflects the content of their recent album, ITALIAN CONNECTION

Thu 4/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SFMusic Thursdays: Gestaltish (sponsored by SFFCM)
Please join Gestaltish for an evening of sonic exploration in celebration of their newly released EP. Embracing tonality, rhythmic integrity or the absence of either, this free-improvising ensemble traipses deftly through space and time offering audience unique listening experiences.

Thu 4/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
Solo + Extension is an investigation, a cartographic excursion with hitherto-unknown tools, performed in a series of vignettes offering the widest possible sonoscopic and chromaural variety. Master musicians on their “traditional” instruments, these five intrepid composer/improvisers stretch out — using attachments, toys, devices and appendages — bringing their musicality into unexpected and delightful realms of sonic art.
Aram Shelton — saxophone and electronics
John McCowen – amplified clarinet and floor tom
Shannah Sordahl — ‘cello and electronics
Kyle Bruckmann — oboe and electronics
Tom Djll — circuit-bent keyboards and analog electronics

Thu 4/16 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Two (or three) solo sets
8:00 PM Andrea Pensado (Argentina) – sounds
9:00 PM Isolde Touch/Asha Sheshadri (So Cal and New England) – multimedia

Thu 4/16 8:00 PM Brava Theater [2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110]
In celebration of THE MEDEA PROJECT: THEATER FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY Brava! For Women in the Arts and Cultural Odyssey present “BIRTHRIGHT?”, a collaboration between Artistic Director, Rhodessa Jones, and her Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and Planned Parenthood Northern California.. All performances will be at Brava Theater Center, 2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110 running Thursdays through Sundays, April 9 – April 19, 2015. Bay Area new music icon, IDRIS ACKMAOOR< will perform the score for the theater piece “LIVE”! Improvisor DAVID MOLINA, will also provide a “soundscape” for the show.

Friday, April 17

Fri 4/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova Sax Quartet: Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley.
New pieces by Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams and Jon Raskin for Rova. Plus the premiere of Phillip Greenlief’s “San Francisco”. Over the past few years, sequential collaborations and other side projects, plus the fact that the group’s improvising skills have been getting more and more magical on their own, led to there being less time for individual compositions. Except from the pen of Steve Adams, there were not many new quartet pieces being introduced into the band. Elaborate structures for improvising with – yes – but not the more composed works. With several touring concerts on the horizon in late April and early May and with a temporary lull in the collaborative projects, it seemed a good idea to “deadline” April 17 as the point where new pieces for the quartet and by the quartet would be presented. Sure to be an exciting night.

Fri 4/17 8:00 PM Brava Theater [2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110]
In celebration of THE MEDEA PROJECT: THEATER FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY Brava! For Women in the Arts and Cultural Odyssey present “BIRTHRIGHT?”, a collaboration between Artistic Director, Rhodessa Jones, and her Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and Planned Parenthood Northern California.. All performances will be at Brava Theater Center, 2781-24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA 94110 running Thursdays through Sundays, April 9 – April 19, 2015. Bay Area new music icon, IDRIS ACKMAOOR< will perform the score for the theater piece “LIVE”! Improvisor DAVID MOLINA, will also provide a “soundscape” for the show.

Fri 4/17 8:00 PM Third Street Hydroponics [636 3rd St, Oakland, California]
French Radio / Grale / lazyboy / Thomas Carnacki / Sheila Bosco
An evening honestly displaying the incestuous interconnectedness of multiple, supposedly disparate projects. With the addition, subtraction, or replacement of individual musicians, each project on the bill will metamorphose into the next without preamble, warning, or fanfare. An unofficial amalgam of Alethiometer Records, Petit Mal Music, and Quadruped Media.

Joe Morris Interview

From Guitar Moderne:

Great guitarists abound. There is even a thrilling number of guitarists with their own instrumental voice. Fewer are musicians of any kind who invent their own musical language. Playing things never played before is not that difficult; playing them in a way that possesses such a strong internal logic it draws listeners to a sound they have never experienced, is a marvel. Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Stevie Wonder are among the few who introduced us to new ways of hearing through their explorations. Joe Morris also fits in this category. The first time I saw him play, I was struck by how his unique note and rhythm choices made immediate sense to me.

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Cantata Profana (Thursday) This inventive chamber ensemble describes “Dreams and Visions,” its coming program at Symphony Space, as a “haunting musical nightscape” of songs and string quartets. There will be works by Webern, De Falla, Berio and Kaija Saariaho. At the core of the program is Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet, which features a prominent part for soprano. At 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, 212-864-5400, cantataprofana.com.(Tommasini)

‘Crash’ (Wednesday) The inventive American composer Robert Ashley died last year at 83, shortly after finishing “Crash,” his final opera, which had its premiere at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Mr. Crash’s unconventional operas blend spoken dialogue; meditative, surrealist scores; surrealist dramatic elements; and experimental vocal idioms. “Crash,” which explores the attitudes and prejudices of an older man, features six voices and a score accompanied by photo projections. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Schweitzer)

MATA Festival (Monday through Thursday) Zany, adventurous and polyglot, this essential festival of very new music returns, this time presenting 30 composers from 17 countries, all under the age of 40. The opening week’s highlights include Tuesday’s program by the Curious Chamber Players, from Sweden, and Wednesday’s “Mad Filaments and Ungovernable Shoots,” an evening that includes a piece scored for table lamps and Megan Grace Beugger’s “Liaison,” performed by a dancer connected, through a pulley system, to a prepared piano. Full details are online. (Through April 18.) Most events take place at the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, thekitchen.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Upcoming Keir Neuringer Performances

From Keir Neuringer:

Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson’s “A Mother’s Lament”
Sat 4/11 @ Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk Street NYC
7PM
part of Arts for Art’s Evolving Pop-Up festival Our Earth/Our World

First Meeting: Neuringer / Lopez / Cleaver
Sun 4/12 @ I-Beam
168 7th Street Brooklyn
8:30 PM
KN – saxophone
Brandon Lopez – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums
first meeting for this trio
two sets, $15 suggested

Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson + Transformational Music Ensemble
Sun 4/19 @ Aux
319 N 11th Street Philadelphia
8PM
new compositions by Nelson & KN for this ensemble of Philly musicians
Mike Watson (bass clarinet), Heru Shabaka-Ra (trumpet), Dan Blacksberg (trombone), Tara Middleton (violin), Veronica MJ (viola), Tom Kraines (cello), Matt Engle (bass), Julius Masri (drums), KN (saxophone), Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson (trumpet)
$7-10 sliding scale

H-O-T Series of improvised music & dance
Fri 4/24 @ Mascher Space
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave Philadelphia
8PM
$10 suggested

Musicians Against Police Brutality
Sun 4/26 @ Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave Brooklyn
panel (5:30PM) & concert (7PM)
A benefit for the family of Akai Gurley (murdered by NYPD in November 2014)
performing with Moor Mother Goddess (voice), Luke Stewart (bass)
many other musicians performing