Dead Neanderthal and Burning Tree in Chicago This Weekend

From the Chicago Reader:

A couple of European acts that record for the label are playing this weekend, and lucky for us, they’ll also swing by Chicago on Sunday, once the fest is over. Dead Neanderthal from the Netherlands and Burning Tree from Norway are both saxophone-drums duos rooted in the language of free jazz, but both push the music so hard it sometimes lands closer to harsh noise.

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Ornette Coleman Breakdown

Yesterday saw the passing of jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who helped open new musical horizons from the 1950’s on. There are quite a few tributes out there; here are some.

Ornette Coleman

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San Francisco Scene: June 12-19, 2015

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

From the Bay Improviser:

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 + STRATIC
LORD TANG
Lord Tang is a project of crumpled beats and melodies; the latest solo incarnation of Dominic Cramp.
STRATIC
Michael Coleman, keyboards & electronics
Aram Shelton, saxophone & processing via Max/MSP
Alex Vittum, drums & modular synthesizer.

Saturday, June 13

Sat 6/13 5:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Jazz@YBCA Presents
Celebrating Jazz in the Present Tense
In this intimate celebration and performance, Jazz@YBCA artist-in-residence Myra Melford presents a program that will honor the work we’ve done over the last two years. Meet the artists, educators, and partners who brought this exciting project to light, and find yourself in the present tense of this rich American art form. Featuring performances by the Oakland Future Trio Youth Ensemble, an improvisation between Melford and YBCA’s Chief of Program and Pedagogy and renowned spoken word poet, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and more! We will end with a Jazz@YBCA jam with Marcus Shelby, John Schott, and others. This special jam is open to audience participation. Bring your instruments or your voices and get your chance to perform on the legendary YBCA stage!

Sat 6/13 7:56 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Margaret Lancaster & Elliot Simpson perform solo works by Larry Polansky
Margaret Lancaster performs Larry Polansky’s “Piker” (1997–8), a set of five pieces for solo piccolo. Elliot Simpson performs Polansky’s “Songs and Toods” (2005) a set of five pieces for the Lou Harrison National Just Intonation Resophonic guitar that explores various and extreme possibilities of the guitar’s tuning structure.

Sat 6/13 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Surplus 1980, BAUS, Sharon Tate Fetus Explosion
Surplus 1980 returns with music is a thicker brew with an out-jazz touch and more than a dash of punk ferocity.

Sunday, June 14

Sun 6/14 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Bill Wesley and Jonathan Glasier – Maximum Micro @ The Nunnery – playing Array Instruments (TM), created by Bill Wesley, based upon Pythagorean ideas.+ Brother’s Quarrel

Wednesday, June 17

Wed 6/17 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Diaphonic: 21st Century Music for Bassoon
New Music specialist Christin Schillinger performs new works for bassoon by California composers Kyle Hovatter, Jenni Brandon, John Steinmetz, Adrienne Albert, & Alex Shapiro. She is joined by collaborative pianist Jed Moss.

Wed 6/17 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight]
Maggi Payne
Tania Chen
Extra Soft Earthquake
Earth Jerks

Wed 6/17 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
a rare Bay Area visit by SoCal improviser and composer Michael Dessen!
Michael Dessen, trombone / Kyle Bruckmann, oboes / Steve Adams, saxophones / Tim Perkis, electronics / Scott Walton, contrabass and piano / Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass

Thursday, June 18

Thu 6/18 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone

Thu 6/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
8pm Aurora Josephson & Klime
Jesse Austin, Josh Casey, Yari Bundy – custom designed analog and digital electronics
9pm Phillip Greenlief – solo saxophone
Saxophonist/Composer Phillip Greenlief will perform a set of solo improvisations as he kicks off his Summer 2015 Solo Tour of the United States. The Luggage Store Gallery show will be the first concert in a 28 city tour that will span both coastlines and cross the continent twice.

Friday, June 19

Fri 6/19 8:00 PM Old First Church [1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109]
Sarah Cahill – A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80

Fri 6/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
“Play that Thing or Throw It Away” (Larry Ochs – Darren Johnston – Gino Robair)
Three Cats Making Magic Happen

Fri 6/19 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Yahya Abdul-Majid of the Sun Ra Arkestra

From NYTimes.com:

Theo Bleckmann at the Stone (Tuesday through June 21) A vocalist of inventive instinct, Theo Bleckmann has organized his residency at the Stone as a kaleidoscopic self-portrait. Among the early highlights are an 8 p.m. set on Tuesday with the pianist Uri Caine, putting a new twist on Schumann’s “Dichterliebe”; an 8 p.m. set on Wednesday featuring Mr. Bleckmann’s own compositions with a first-rate band, as on a forthcoming ECM release; and a 10 p.m. set on Wednesday featuring Refuge Trio, a collective with the drummer John Hollenbeck and the pianist Gary Versace. Tuesday through June 21 at 8 and 10 p.m., The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Matt Mitchell Quartet / Devin Gray’s Relative Resonance (Saturday) For its 100th show, the Sound It Out concert series presents two young bands of sound experimental temperament. The pianist Matt Mitchell leads his quartet — with Chris Speed on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Chris Tordini on bass and Dan Weiss on drums — in previewing material from a double album due this fall. And Mr. Gray, a drummer, celebrates the release of “Relative Resonance,” with Mr. Speed, Mr. Tordini and the pianist Kris Davis. At 7:30 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org. (Chinen)

Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit (Saturday) An astute Norwegian drummer with sprawling avant-garde credentials, Paal Nilssen-Love combines intellect and brawn in this 11-piece electroacoustic ensemble, stocked with fearless fellow improvisers like the trumpeter Thomas Johansson and the saxophonists Klaus Holm and Julie Kjaer. Drawing partly from a rambunctious three-CD boxed set, “Erta Ale,” released last year, the band appears here to kick off a two-week North American tour. At 8 p.m., First Unitarian Congregational Society, 116 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, issueprojectroom.org. (Chinen)

Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas (Wednesday) Mr. Opsvik is a Norwegian bassist with a deep connection to songlike melody, as he demonstrates with his flagship band, featuring Tony Malaby on saxophones, Jacob Sacks on piano, Brandon Seabrook on electric guitar and Kenny Wollesen on drums. (The group appears as part of the Sound It Out series.) At 7:30 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org. (Chinen)

Red Hook Jazz Festival (Sunday) This proudly grass-roots festival takes place on two consecutive Sundays in a community garden near the industrial Brooklyn waterfront. Highlights of the first installment include Trio X, featuring Joe McPhee on saxophone and trumpet, with the guest violinist and vocalist Rosi Hertlein; a pair of trios led respectively by the guitarist Ben Monder and the keyboardist Shai Maestro; and the Alon Nechushtan Quintet, featuring the tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin and others. (Also on June 21.) From 1 to 6 p.m., Urban Meadow, at President and Van Brunt Streets, 917-751-9347, facebook.com/redhookjazzfestival. (Chinen)

Sun Ra Arkestra (Sunday) Led by the irrepressible alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, 91, this repertory outfit carries on the cosmic avant-gardism of its namesake with all the necessary gusto. The band is presented here (as part of the Northside Festival) by the Brooklyn label Northern Spy; the opening acts are PC Worship and Shilpa Ray. At 8 p.m., Rough Trade NYC, 64 North Ninth Street, at Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 800-745-3000, roughtradenyc.com. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Eighth Blackbird and Will Oldham (Thursday) The adventurous and excellent Chicago-based contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird takes part in the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell with a free program. The players will perform Frederic Rzewski’s dazzling spoken-word piece “Coming Together.” Teaming up with the folk artist and singer Will Oldham, they perform arrangements of Oldham songs and more. The jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and the folk revivalist Sam Amidon are featured in the second half of this double bill. At 7:30 p.m., Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-683-5600, bricartsmedia.org. (Anthony Tommasini)

Either/Or (Saturday) Members of this flexible new-music ensemble present two American premieres of works by the late French-Romanian master of spectral composition, Horatiu Radulescu, as well as Morton Feldman’s lovely tribute “For John Cage.” At 8 p.m., University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, at Rivington Street, Lower East Side, eitherormusic.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance (Wednesday and Thursday) Each summer this ambitious institute and festival, founded and directed by the pianist Marc Ponthus, brings together exceptional student performers with established artists and composers for an immersion in contemporary music. There are workshops and coaching sessions galore, but also public concerts, the first one this summer, on Wednesday, is titled “Polymedia Continuous Performance.” What that means, it’s hard to say. But who can resist a concert with that billing? There will be works by Boulez, Stockhausen, Kurtag and more. The second concert, “Third Stream Tangents,” on Thursday, has works by Stravinsky, Charles Mingus, David Sanford and other composers, the theme being music that draws from both contemporary classical and jazz traditions. (Through June 21, with various programming.) At 8 p.m., Mannes Concert Hall, 150 West 85th Street, 212-580-0210, ext. 4884, ifcpny.com. (Tommasini)

Lukas Ligeti (Sunday) The Austrian Cultural Forum and Roulette join forces in presenting a 50th birthday tribute to Mr. Ligeti, a ceaselessly innovative composer. Members of the Ensemble Mise-En present old and new works, including “Champagne for Urbana,” “Thinking Songs” and a new version of “Zambezi.” At 5:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

June 15th Houston Debut For Jim Sauter (Borbetomagus) and Kid Millions (Oneida)

From Houston Press:

Jim Sauter and Kid Millions are an unlikely pair for a music duo. Sauter is a saxophone veteran of the long-running Borbetomagus, the sax-sax-electric guitar noise wall that’s both wonderful and horrible in the most amazing way. Millions is a younger drummer of rock-grounded projects Oneida, People of the North, and Soldiers of Fortune, bands that have appeared on indie-rock labels like Thrill Jockey and Mexican Summer.