San Francisco Scene: April 24 – May 1, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, April 24

Fri 4/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Songs for the Ancestors: Poetry & Music in Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide
Jewlia Eisenberg‘s Charming Hostess has been a groundbreaking mainstay of the avant-ethnic music scene for over two decades. The group is known to feature “voices and vocal percussion, handclaps and heartbeats, sex-breath and silence.”
They’ll be followed by the Bay Area’s own Kugelplex, who specialize in their own original brand of Klezmer, East European, Mid East, and Modern Chamber music. In honor of the April 24th Armenian Martyrs Day, they have teamed up with the spoken word of James Baloian for a brand new collaboration

Fri 4/24 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
4 Acts, 4 Poets
Pitta of the Mind: Amanda Chaudhary & Maw Shein Win
YoyoMama: Bab Marsh & Sandra Yolles
Tom Nunn & Dean Santomieri w/ Butoh Dancer Ronie Baker
Brother’s Quarrel: David Samas & Ian Saxton Featuring Tom Clark

Fri 4/24 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Zeena Parkins / Wobbly / Jordan Glenn TRIO with Crystal Pascucci SOLO

Saturday, April 25

Sat 4/25 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Moe! Staiano Duo, + others TBA

Sunday, April 26

Sun 4/26 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708]
Eli Wallace at the Maybeck, solo piano
For this concert he will be going back and forth between new compositions, older established repertoire, and will weave these pre-conceived ideas together via spontaneous improvisations.

Sun 4/26 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 Song & Dance Trio
Cory Wright, Jordan Glenn, Karl Evangelista, Myles Boisen
8:30 Mooncake
Motoko Honda, Biggi Vinkeloe

Wednesday, April 29

Wed 4/29 8:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Avant Pop: a special evening of cutting-edge, Bay Area-bred exploratory song.
Featuring: Grex (art rock/psych rock/free jazz) (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vox, Rei Scampavia-keys/vox, Robert Lopez-drums)
Jack O’ the Clock (folk/prog) (Damon Waitkus/Emily Packard/Kate McLoughlin/Jason Hoopes/Jordan Glenn)
The Dirty Snacks Ensemble (Chamber jazz) (Mark Clifford-vibes, Aram Shelton-reeds, Geneva Harrison-drums, Scott Brown-bass, Kristina Dutton-violin, Marty McGinn-piano)

Wed 4/29 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble presents a concert featuring premiere performances of “moremelodies II” by Makiko Nishikaze and new works by Mills composers, all composed for the ensemble.

Thursday, April 30

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Joshua Marshall – tenor saxphone
9pm Florent Colautti solo electronics (France)
a home-built string instrument with electromagnetic bows (e-bow) piloted by the computer

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend
The Complete String Quartets of JOHN ZORN featuring JACK and Tony Arnold (4/30/15).

Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford – walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Karen Stackpole & Drew Webster: Machine Shop & Electric Shaman – An evening of total sonic immersion with Machine Shop: Live Amplified Gong Experience and The Electric Shaman Psychoacoustic Sound Immersion Experience. Machine Shop is Karen Stackpole and Drew Webster coaxing harmonics from large gongs while herding transduced vibrations through analog effects and mixing it all together to bring the listener into the a transcendent world of layered sound. The Electric Shaman is Kyle Bouchard, an audio engineer and musician from the Pacific Northwest and a member of Portland’s Creative Music Guild. Bouchard is trained in psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, sound synthesis, composition, and performance.

Friday, May 1

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8:00 PM Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band
structured and conducted improvisations for large ensemble.

9:00 PM Cornelious Cardew Choir
14th anniversary concert with works by Takuji Kawai, Bob Marsh, Pauline Oliveros, Rae Diamond and David Samas.

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend

Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Amy X Neuburg was commissioned by the Cultural Department of Cologne, Germany, to create and perform a new interpretation of Jerry Hunt’s “Song Drapes,” originally a collaboration between Jerry and the performance artist Karen Finley. In homage to the intense and slightly disturbing nature of the original, and to the frantic occult-based compositions of Jerry Hunt (and his tragic end by suicide), Amy’s version is a one-hour song-and-rant cycle about aging, death, and suicide (but also kitties and flowers and rainbows). Jerry’s wild electronic textures serve as a backdrop to Amy’s lyrics, wide ranging vocalisms, electronic percussion, and choreography. One hour before the concert at 7:00 PM, excerpts of films by and about Jerry will offer some context and insight into his work and life.
(Premiered March 21, 2015, in Cologne, Germany; produced and funded by reiheM / Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.)


Doek Festival 2015 with Anthony Braxton

from Doek Festival 2015:

Doek meets Tri-Centric: Improvisation & Composition
June 2-7, 2015
Bimhuis, Zaal 100 and other Amsterdam venues

From June 2 to June 7 in Amsterdam, the DOEK collective and Anthony Braxton‘s Tri-Centric, two musician-run organizations which champion adventurous trans-idiomatic music, will join forces for the first time to produce a festival of six continuous days of performances, gathering musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. The festival will celebrate the June milestone birthdays of two masters, Anthony Braxton (turning 70 on June 4th) and Misha Mengelberg (80 on June 5th), but also celebrate the next generation of creative artists, with premiere compositions by many members of the two organizations including Eric Boeren, Taylor Ho Bynum, Kaja Draksler, James Fei, Ingrid Laubrock, Michael Moore and Carl Testa. Over the first five days of the festival, at Zaal 100 and the Bimhuis, twenty musicians (ten from each organization) will form a community of artists that will perform in shifting configurations each evening – exploring the evolving borders of composition, improvisation, and intuition.

Core Tri-Centric performers
Anthony Braxton: alto, sopranino, and soprano saxophones
Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet
Vincent Chancey: French horn
James Fei: alto and sopranino saxophones, clarinet, electronics
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Ingrid Laubrock: tenor and soprano saxophones
Tomeka Reid: cello
Brandon Seabrook: guitar, banjo
Carl Testa: double bass, electronics
Nate Wooley: trumpet

Core DOEK performers
Eric Boeren: cornet
Wilbert de Joode: double bass
John Dikeman: tenor sax, baritone sax
Kaja Draksler: piano
Onno Govaert: drums
Oscar Jan Hoogland: piano, electric clavichord
Michael Moore: alto sax, clarinet
Mary Oliver: violin, viola
Michael Vatcher: drums
Wolter Wierbos: trombone

Additional artists (June 7 only)
Yedo Gibson: reeds
Ab Baars: alto sax, clarinet, shakuhachi
Mikael Szafirowski: guitar
Gerri Jäger: drums
(plus more bike tour performers tba)

Full schedule – Doek Festival 2015

June 2: Zaal 100 and Central OBA (Central Public Library)
Tickets concert: €10
Open rehearsals: free entry
Tickets Anthony Braxton talk: €10
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
12:00 – 13:30 open rehearsal at Zaal 100
14:30 – 16:00 open rehearsal at Zaal 100
16:00 Talk by Anthony Braxton at Centrale OBA (Central Public Library)
18:00 – 20:00 Indonesian vegetarian dinner for musicians and public at Zaal 100
20:30 Concert; discussions and interviews led by Kevin Whitehead at Zaal 100

June 3: Zaal 100
Tickets concert: €10
Open rehearsals: free entry
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
12:00 – 13:30 open rehearsal
14:30 – 16:00 open rehearsal
18:00 – 20:00 Organic vegetarian dinner for musicians and public
20:30 Concert; discussions and interviews led by Kevin Whitehead

June 4: Bimhuis
Anthony Braxton birthday concert
Tickets: €25
20:30 Tri-Centric 10tet; Braxton piece for all 20 musicians
Concert preceded by talk on Anthony Braxton’s music by Taylor Ho Bynum

June 5: Bimhuis
Tickets: €20
20:30 various size ensembles playing improvisations as well as premiere compositions by Eric Boeren, Kaja Draksler, Taylor Ho Bynum & Carl Testa.
Concert will be interspersed with interviews of musicians by Kevin Whitehead.

June 6: Bimhuis
Misha Mengelberg birthday concert
Tickets: €20
20:30 various size ensembles playing improvisations, interpretations of Misha Mengelberg pieces and premiere compositions from Michael Moore, James Fei & Ingrid Laubrock

June 7: Pianola Museum/Torpedo Theater/Het Perron
Amsterdam Real Book Bicycle Tour
Tickets: €5 per concert, €15 for tour. Limit of 80 places
14:00 – 17:00 Amsterdam Real Book Bicycle Tour – line-ups to be confirmed.
The Amsterdam Real Book bicycle tour will happen at 4 very small theaters in Amsterdam during the afternoon. It will be very intimate with a mini theatre piece and a solo performance of a Mengelberg composition in each venue. Venue information listed here:

June 7: Zaal 100
Closing party
Free entry
Dinner @ Zaal 100: €8
18:00 – 20:00 Indonesian dinner
20:30 Yedo Gibson trio featuring Ab Baars – radical interpretations of Misha Mengelberg compositions
21:30 – late Doek and Tri-Centric DJ’s.

Newsbits: Gary Rouzer / Avant Music in Melbourne / Lee Hyla and Mathew Rosenblum / Eighth Blackbird / Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal backstage in Old Fruitmarket at Gl...
Ahmad Jamal 

Gary Rouzer discusses his new release on Eh? Records in the online journal Bourgeon.

Melbourne, Australia’s Avantwhatever will feature Ur 1st Luv, Ben Byrne, and Samuel Bruce on Sunday April 26 2-6pm at 1 Holbeach Avenue Tempe.

The music of Lee Hyla and Mathew Rosenblum will be performed Monday, May 18, 2015, 8:00 PM at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.

An Eighth Blackbird show tonight in Chicago is previewed.

Ahmad Jamal is interviewed.

Coming to Toronto

From Toronto’s Arraymusic:

Dirt Road by Linda Catlin Smith
Saturday, April 25, 2015
concert @ 8PM
pre-concert talk @ 7:15PM
$25 general / $15 students / arts workers; $17 / $12 Advance
“Dirt Road (2006) is an hour-long work in 15 movements for violin and percussion. The work can be performed in its entirety or in any number of movements, in any order. I chose to compose for this duet as to give myself a difficult challenge. I imagined the two instruments as two travelers, moving along a simple landscape, with all of its slight or grand changes. The work was created with the assistance of a Toronto Arts Council composer’s grant.”

First Annual Arraymusic Turntable Spinoff
Friday, May 1, 2015
@ 8PM / doors + refreshments @ 7PM
$12 general
With over 1,500 LPs in Array’s collection, we thought it was time to put the resource to work. Six turntable artists will get the chance to use only discs from Array’s collection to create compositions for you.

Cathy Lewis Sings @ 8PM
Monday, May 4, 2015
Renowned as a highly versatile soprano and sound artist, Cathy Lewis and visiting guest performer/composer Rodney Sharman perform works by Sharman, Sappho Smith Lewis, Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Monk Feldman, Daniel Scheidt, Luciano Berio, Linda Catlin Smith, John Cage, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Jon Oswald.
Lineup: Cathy Lewis (voice); Rodney Sharman (flute); and Linda Catlin Smith (piano).

Array Session #31 @ 8PM
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
An evening of improvisation with:
Ann Bourne – Cello and voice
Cathy Fern Lewis – voice
Doug Van Nort – electronics
Rick Sacks – percussion

Grey Broken @ 8PM
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Cathy Lewis, Rodney Sharman and Linda Catlin Smith perform for an impromptu Spring Party featuring Grey Broken by Linda Catlin Smith for soprano, flute and piano.
Lineup: Cathy Lewis (voice); Rodney Sharman (flute); and Linda Catlin Smith (keyboard).

Jazz Listings From the New York Times

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009
Roscoe Mitchell


AACM50 (Tuesday and Wednesday) Part of this year’s anniversary festivities for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, these concerts will feature the S.E.M. Ensemble — and members of Ostravska banda, a chamber orchestra from the Czech Republic — playing works by the association members Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill (as well as by Christian Wolff and John Cage). Several of the composers will also perform; Wednesday’s program includes a blue-chip trio, with Mr. Abrams on piano, Mr. Mitchell on saxophones and flute and Mr. Lewis on electronics and trombone. At 8 p.m. Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, (Nate Chinen)

The Bad Plus (Tuesday through May 3) The new album by the Bad Plus, due out next month, will be a collaboration with the saxophonist Joshua Redman, a kindred spirit and a member of the same jazz generation. This weeklong run features just the original band lineup (Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums), which can deliver a gut punch one moment and turn delicate as a snowflake in the next. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592, (Chinen)

Matt Bauder and Day in Pictures (Wednesday) Mr. Bauder is a tenor saxophonist of adventurous disposition, along with the sort of versatility that allows for a touring gig with Arcade Fire. His most recent album, “Nightshades,” features Day in Pictures, a sharp band consisting of Mr. Bauder, Nate Wooley on trumpet, Kris Davis on piano, Jason Ajemian on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, near Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Ben Goldberg at the Stone (Tuesday through May 3) Mr. Goldberg is a clarinetist and composer with an admirable breadth of vision, and he’ll bring that quality to his residency at the Stone. It begins on Tuesday at 8 p.m. with a trio featuring Michael Formanek on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums; subsequent sets, in larger or smaller configurations, pair him with collaborators like the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and the drummer Ches Smith. A full schedule is at At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio (through Sunday) The furiously productive pianist Vijay Iyer recently released another superlative album, “Break Stuff,” which confirms his stature in jazz’s contemporary vanguard — along with the dynamic excellence of his working trio, with the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Marcus Gilmore. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., with an 11:45 p.m. set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition (Friday) This year, Jazz & Colors, which has twice presented a bounty of jazz ensembles at picturesque locations around Central Park, made its debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The experiment worked well enough to justify this sequel, featuring 10 ensembles interpreting the same two sets of standards. Among the performers are the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, with his current trio; the tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, with a quartet; the cellist Marika Hughes, also with a quartet; and a group led by the soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and the violinist Meg Okura. Sets at 6 and 7:30 p.m., 212-535-7710,; free with museum admission. (Chinen)

Open Loose (Saturday) Mark Helias is a bassist equally committed to the causes of momentum and texture, and, in that sense, he has a very good thing in Open Loose, a band with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums. The band has a new album, “The Signal Maker,” which should provide some of the material here. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, near Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Mike Pride’s I Hate Work (Wednesday) Mr. Pride is a drummer of strong build and forceful attack, qualities he honed partly in settings like MDC, the long-running, politically charged hardcore band. I Hate Work, appearing here on the Sound It Out series, is his attempt to translate that music into a piano-trio setting: a quixotic notion made less so by his choice of partners, the pianist Jamie Saft and the bassist Brad Jones. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, (Chinen)

Wadada Leo Smith: 44 Years: A Retrospective (through Sunday) Mr. Smith, a blazingly creative trumpeter and composer, has approached his weeklong residency at the Stone with an intense seriousness of purpose. He’ll draw from music developed over his career, with highlights including a quintet with Bill Laswell on bass and Brandon Ross on guitar (Friday at 10 p.m.); his Golden Quartet, playing music from the acclaimed recent album “Ten Freedom Summers” (Saturday at 10 p.m.); and the Bell, a collaboration with the pianist Aruán Ortiz, the bassist William Parker and the percussionist Adam Rudolph (Sunday at 8 p.m.). A full schedule is at At 8 and 10 p.m., with a 7 p.m. discussion on Sunday, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village. (Chinen)