John Zorn in New York Reviewed


On the title page of the score of “The Aristos,” John Zorn’s 2014 piano trio of “ten metaphysical ambiguities,” the composer quotes T. S. Eliot: “We shall not cease from exploration/And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time.” Let’s hope this old downtown maverick’s exploring doesn’t end anytime soon. As the distinction between uptown and downtown music has become outdated, Mr. Zorn’s work has moved into the city’s most prominent institutions. Combine a program entitled “John Zorn’s Sacred Visions” at the Cloisters museum last Saturday with a Miller Theater Pop-Up Concert on Wednesday, and you had a mini-Zornathon.

San Francisco Scene: June 5-12, 2015

English: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge at night

From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, June 5

Fri 6/05 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Matmos, Kevin Blechdom
Part of the Megapolis Audio Festival

Fri 6/05 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Amendola vs. Blades – Live Recording!

Saturday, June 6

Sat 6/06 2:30 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
How the Squid Sings (It Screams) – Bhob Rainey
Part of the Megapolis Audio Festival

Sat 6/06 5:00 PM Re:Sound [Magazine A-168, Railroad Ave. & Mercado Ct., Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592]
Re:Sound and 23five present an afternoon of sound and video inside a highly resonant concrete munitions storage magazine. Live performances by Keith Evans, Cheryl E. Leonard + Rebecca Haseltine, and HoraFlora.

Sat 6/06 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Greenlief & Raskin’s 2 + 2: Phillip Greenlief – alto and tenor saxophones; Jon Raskin – alto and baritone saxophones; Claudia La Rocco – poetry, voice (New York); Elizabeth Robinson – poetry, voice (Colorado)

Sat 6/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
J​onah Parzen-­Johnson Solo & Steven Lugerner’s SLUGish
Chicago ­born/Brooklyn ­based lofi experimental folk saxophonist, Jonah Parzen­-Johnson, performs solo music for analog synthesizer and baritone saxophone in support of his new album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (6/2/15 Primary Records). He shares the bill with Bay Area composer & woodwind renaissance man Steven Lugerner’s SLUGish ensemble.

Sat 6/06 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Amendola vs. Blades – Live Recording!

Sunday, June 7

Sun 6/07 4:00 PM Old First Church [1751 Sacramento St. San Francisco]
Splinter Reeds

Sun 6/07 4:30 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Roman Mars, Song Exploder (live with Matmos)
Part of the Megapolis Audio Festival

Sun 6/07 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30pm Amy Reed & Collette McCaslin Duo
Amy Reed – electric guitar and voice/Collette McCaslin – cornet
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – saxes,flute/Theo Padouvas – trumpet/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums

Sun 6/07 7:30 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The monthly serie of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or just your ears. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names, and there will be a full set by Bran (…) Pos.

Monday, June 8

Mon 6/08 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland]
ZEBU!, Bhob Rainey, Vapor Gourds, Sophie Dickinson

Mon 6/08 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NewBorn Trio
NewBorn Trio is Katie Down & Miguel Frasconi playing glass objects and other instruments, plus Jeffrey Lependorf playing shakuhachi and Asian winds.

Tuesday, June 9

Tue 6/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
An evening of new music for two clarinets and two cellos presented by a San Diego based ensemble of musicians from Japan, Australia, and the USA. The program will feature works by Liza Lim, Chikako Morishita, Olga Neuwirth, Ken Ueno, and Tashi Wada. Presented by Michiko Ogawa (Clarinet/Bass clarinet), Samuel Ekkerhardt Dunscombe (Clarinet/Bass clarinet), Tyler. J. Borden (Cello) and Judith Hamann (Cello).

Wednesday, June 10

Wed 6/10 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova Power Trio vs. Rova String Quartet vs. ROVA!!!
Rova power trio: John Shiurba (el gtr.), Jason Hoopes (el. bass), Jordan Glenn (drums)
Rova String Quartet: Christina Stanley (violin), Tara Flandreau (viola), Alex Kelly (cello), Scott Walton (bass).
Rova Saxophone Quartet: Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley
In the run-up to Rova’s major show “Rovaté 2015” taking place on June 29 at ODC Theater, this is the second of two concerts at C4NM where Rova will introduce musical units of the June orchestra. All 3 units listed above will perform separately and mixed small units.

Thursday, June 11

Thu 6/11 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ensemble San Francisco: Amor
Ensemble San Francisco presents the world premiere of a new set of songs by composer Jose Gonzalez Granero, featuring SF Opera’s Efrain Solis. Also on the program is music by Oakland-based Mark Ackerley, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Levante for piano solo.

Thu 6/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm: Y’reka (Aram Shelton: Sax/electronics & Owen Stewart-Robinson: Guitar/electronics)
9pm: Pamela Z (voice, electronics, video)

Thu 6/11 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm Julie Moon and Adria Otte will present a set comprising of recent studies exploring configurations of duet improvisations, processing, and the negotiation of roles within these structures. 9 pm Phillip Greenlief’s BARBED WIRE – a series of 37 graphic scores for trio, performed by John Bischoff – electronics; Phillip Greenlief – reeds; Tim Perkis – electronics

Friday, June 12

Fri 6/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Lady Band and surprise special guest
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.
June’s set features Lady Band, a new trio performing songs inspired by vintage sheet music, art song, sea chanties, and strophic tales. A nod to pre-digital home entertainment.

Fri 6/12 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Lord Tang is a project of crumpled beats and melodies; the latest solo incarnation of Dominic Cramp.
Michael Coleman, keyboards & electronics
Aram Shelton, saxophone & processing via Max/MSP
Alex Vittum, drums & modular synthesizer.

DMG Newsletter June 5th, 2015

English: Bill Frisell, moers festival 2010
Bill Frisell

From DMG:

Jeff Cosgrove/Matt Shipp/William Parker! Two from Michael Gibbs + Bill Frisell! Munoz/Medeski Quintet! Bob Moses/Jeanne Lee/Sheila Jordan! Michael Bates/Michael Blake Trio! Chuck Bettis! Carrier & Lambert!

8 from FMR: Dunmall/Bianco! Moholo/Gjerstad/Stephens/Lonberg-Holm! Van Huffel/Willers/Steidle! Kikuchi/Street/Osgood! Arthur Russell! Sonny Clark Complete! Zoot Sims 12 Classics! More ESP-Disk Restocks & A Short LP Only Section!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, June 7th Double-Header:
6pm: CHRIS WELCOME / SAM WEINBERG – Guitar & Tenor Sax!
7pm: NICO SOFFIATO / JOSH DEUTSCH – Guitar & Trumpet!

* JUST ADDED to DMG Free In-Store Schedule:
Two Italian Jazz Avant Legends Next SATURDAY, June 13th

Sunday, June 14th: Hosted by Chris Pitsiokos:

Sunday, June 21st: Hosted by Chris Pitsiokos:

Sunday, July 5th – Special Holiday Weekend Sets at 2 & 6pm:
2pm: The NU Band: MARK WHITECAGE/THOMAS HEBERER/JOE FONDA/LOU GRASSI + ERHARD HIRT – Rare US appearance of this great FMP Guitarist!
6pm: ROCHUS AUST – Trumpet & Devices/ JONATHAN GOLOVE – Theremin-cello & devices / JOKUBAS AUST – Electric Devices!

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Kris Davis Quartet (Saturday) The pianist Kris Davis made her most recent album, “Save Your Breath,” with a rockish rhythm section and a front line of four bass clarinetists. She’ll have a more conventional instrumentation on this one-nighter, with Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Sylvaine Helary on flute, Stephan Crump on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, near Bleecker Street, West Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (Wednesday) The drummer and composer John Hollenbeck uses an orchestra as a panoramic canvas, blending color and texture with an eye toward the sweeping view. His new album, “Songs We Like a Lot,” features an imaginative reframing of nominally unlikely fare — the Carpenters’ smash “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” the Fifth Dimension hit “Up, Up and Away” — performed by the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, with Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry on vocals. The singers reprise their roles at this concert, with Mr. Hollenbeck’s namesake band. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, Chinen)

Roy Nathanson at the Stone (through Sunday) Mr. Nathanson, an alto saxophonist, bandleader, composer and poet, has brought a characteristic breadth and whimsy to his residency at the Stone. He’ll perform in duo, with the pianists Anthony Coleman (Friday at 8 p.m.) and Arturo O’Farrill (Saturday at 8 p.m.); in trio, with the baritone saxophonist Claire Daly and the beatbox percussionist Napoleon Maddox (Sunday at 8 p.m.); and in working bands like Sotto Voce, which also includes Mr. Maddox (Friday at 10 p.m.). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times


Either/Or Ensemble (Wednesday) This adventurous, flexible chamber ensemble focuses on new and recent scores in the experimental and avant-garde traditions. For the event, the pianists Taka Kigawa and Anthony Coleman and the percussionist David Shively offer Mr. Coleman’s “Scenes from a teleological sickbed” and Gio Janiashvili’s “Muffling Fog: After Martin Heidegger” for piano, video and electronic sounds. At 8 p.m., University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, at Rivington Street, Lower East Side, (Schweitzer)

League of Composers (Thursday) The conductor Scott Voyles and the composer Louis Karchin share conducting duties in this program of works by David Felder, Kaija Saariaho and, in honor of his centennial, Irving Fine. There will also be the world premiere of Morris Rosenzweig’s “A League of Notions.” The soprano Heather Buck and the bass Ethan Herschenfeld are vocal soloists. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 347-559-5376, (Tommasini)

Lukas Ligeti Focus (Thursday) The distinctive composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti, whose works have boldly drawn fused modernist contemporary idioms, rock, jazz, electronics, African music and more, turns 50 on June 13. In a slightly early celebration, the Austrian Cultural Forum presents the Austrian-born Mr. Ligeti and his indie-rock band, Notebook, along with other noted performers, in a free concert featuring the composer’s solo and smaller chamber works. At 7:30 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, 212-319-5300, (Tommasini)

Wet Ink Ensemble (Monday) This innovative septet of composer-performers will play works by members of the ensemble, including Alex Mincek and Sam Pluta. The lineup also features new pieces by Katherine Young, David Franzson and Mahir Cetiz. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Schweitzer)