San Francisco Scene: June 19-26, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

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!

Saturday, June 20

Sat 6/20 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!

Sunday, June 21

Sun 6/21 3:00 PM Musicians Union Hall, Local 6 [116 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103]
David Leikam/zBug featuring Sheila Bosco & Sean Price | Afternoon / the concert series :: zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture.

Sun 6/21 5:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Ritual 50-70: conjunction
Performed by inkboat:Yuko Kaseki, Sten Rudstrøm, Heekyung Cho, Joshua Kohl, Crow Nishimura, Dohee Lee, Dana Iova-Koga, Suki O’Kane, Shinichi Iova-Koga
Guest performers: Kronos Quartet

Sun 6/21 5:00 PM Chapel of the Chimes [4499 Piedmont Ave Oakland]
Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes
At this popular solstice concert, the program features simultaneous performances in different parts of the building by Bay Area composers, musicians, and other performers presenting a variety of acoustic and electronic music, installations, and interactive events; the audience is free to move throughout the building during the performances.

Wednesday, June 24

Wed 6/24 7:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
2015 Outsound Presents Fund Drive & The Seventh Annual Wednesday a little less than a month before Benefit Dinner
Nava Dunkelman and Jordan Glenn perform a dinner set in addition to a delicious variety of food for all preferences provided by Berkeley’s Slippery Fish Catering.

Wed 6/24 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
John Hanes plays Simon Hanes
14 piece band plays work of Simon Hanes

Thursday, June 25
Thu 6/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
ZOFO: Rohde and Riley
ZOFO – GRAMMY- nominated one-piano-four-hand Steinway Artist Ensemble – will perform the World Premiere of Kurt Rohde’s new piano duet commissioned by them, “Altromondo”. This piece involves innovative inside-piano techniques and additional instruments including triangles, harmonicas, melodicas and Chinese paper accordions. The second half will feature selections from ZOFO’s newly-released album “ZOFO Plays Terry Riley”.

Thu 6/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Alex Cohen/Kim Nucci
9pm Britt Ciampa – drums/percussion

Thu 6/25 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
whrthsdwlknds jazz trio plus Karl 2000
Eli Wallace, piano
Giulio Cetto, bass
Jacob Richards, drums

Friday, June 26

Fri 6/26 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
KRONOS PRESENTS Terry Riley Festival
Kronos Quartet, Wu Man, Zakir Hussain

Fri 6/26 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Keys Without Locks
Join us for an evening of keyboard works in disparate genres
Matthew Goodheart (extended technique)
Thomas Dimuzio (electronics)
Katy Luo (classical pianist)

Fri 6/26 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Reed and Slide: François Houle & Samuel Blazer
Houle & Blazer will perform Gérard Grisey’s Solo pour deux, for clarinet and trombone, a new commission by Joëlle Léandre, and their own compositions

Creative Music in DC

Friday, June 19 @ 9pm
Insect Ark :: Olivia Neutron-John :: Chester Hawkins :: Bastet
Presented by Sonic Circuits
Insect Ark (One-woman solo electro-rock, NYC)
Olivia Neutron-John (Post-Bro, DC)
Chester Hawkins (Experimental Electronic legend, DC)
Bastet (Dark Ambient Techno, Baltimore)
Admission $10
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue
A short walk from the Silver Spring Metro

Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Artists of any discipline welcome!
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Wednesday, July 1 @ 8pm
Circuit Des Yeaux :: Janel Leppin :: Laughing Man
Circuit des Yeux (Experimental Folk, Chicago)
Janel Leppin (Experimental Dream Pop, DC)
Laughing Man (Art-punk with old-school R&B, DC)
Suggested Donation $9
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

AMN Reviews: Core Shift – Far Beyond the Stars (CS Music)

Shortly after the sun-dappled, ambient full-length A Gentle Touch swung into radar range, Netherlands-based Core Shift sends a small astral probe into orbit, a limited edition, three-inch CDR in mini-DVD packaging, from Far Beyond the Stars. On the subject of extraterrestrial life, sampled talking heads opine. On setting the perfect spacey mood, its gravitational pull is irresistible.

Stephen Fruitman

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Bill Laswell at the Moers Festival 2006

From The New York Times:

Theo Bleckmann at the Stone (through Sunday) A vocalist of inventive instinct, Mr. Bleckmann has organized his residency at the Stone as a kaleidoscopic self-portrait. Highlights of his closing weekend include a solo vocal set at 8 p.m. on Friday; music from “Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush” at 8 and 10 p.m. on Saturday; and an 8 p.m. performance on Sunday with the German pianist Julia Hülsmann, his partner on a contemplative new album titled “A Clear Midnight — Weill And America.” At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

Go: Organic Orchestra (Thursday) The percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph has an endlessly pliable outlet in the Go: Organic Orchestra, a (very) large ensemble trained to execute his ideas. For its first concert in a new home base, the group plays music inspired by the summer solstice, albeit several days after the astronomical event. At 8 p.m., Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-622-3300,, (Chinen)

Bill Laswell at the Stone (Tuesday through June 28) The lineup for Mr. Laswell’s residency at the Stone runs as varied and head-spinning as you’d expect, though it puts the spotlight on his bass playing rather than his production work. On Tuesday he’ll perform two sets with Blue Buddha, featuring the saxophonist Louie Belogenis and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Each set will feature a guest trumpeter: Dave Douglas at 8 p.m., and Graham Haynes at 10 p.m.. On Wednesday Mr. Laswell reunites with the visionary guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer; on Thursday he’ll play duets with the saxophonist and composer John Zorn (at 8 p.m.) and the percussionist Milford Graves (at 10 p.m.). The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (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. Among the highlights of the closing installment are Rez Abbasi’s Junction, with Mr. Abbasi on guitar, Mark Shim on tenor saxophone and others; and the Brooklyn Qawwali Party, which brings a jazz aesthetic to the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. From 1 to 6 p.m., Urban Meadow, at President and Van Brunt Streets, 917-751-9347, (Chinen)

Skirl Party (Friday) Skirl, a Brooklyn label run by the saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, throws itself a party featuring five groups on the roster. Drawing from new or recent albums, these ensembles will be led by the trumpeter Arnold Hammerschlag, the flutist Leah Paul, the saxophonist Sean Sonderegger, the bassist Simon Jermyn and the drummer Devin Gray. At 8 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, 718-395-3214, (Chinen)

Thumbscrew (Saturday) On its self-titled debut album, from last year, this artfully rugged collective — with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums — does an impressive mind-meld, muscling through compositions conceived for the occasion. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

From The New York Times:

Electroacoustic Music Festival (Sunday through June 28) With ever more sophisticated technology at their fingertips, composers of electronic music are producing a dizzying array of works that often draw on video and performance art, too. For one week the Abrons Arts Center will host wall-to-wall programming of recitals, installations and discussions. Full schedule available online at At various times, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, 212-352-3101, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance (Friday, Sunday and Monday) This new-music festival mixes a training institute for — and concerts given by — young performers with programs featuring some of New York’s more familiar contemporary stars. The main event is on Friday, when the brilliant violinist Miranda Cuckson plays works by Iannis Xenakis, Kaija Saariaho, Brian Ferneyhough and John Mackey, before half of the Yarn/Wire percussion-and-piano quartet essays music by Davíd Brynjar Franzson, Klaus Lang and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Free concerts on Sunday and Monday offer a plethora 20th- and 21st-century composers, known and not-yet-known. At 8 p.m., Mannes Concert Hall, 150 West 85th Street, 212-580-0210, (Allen)

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts (Tuesday) The Knights, a Brooklyn-based collaborative chamber orchestra, kicks off this season’s series with Eric Jacobsen conducting folk-influenced works by Schubert, Arvo Pärt, Ligeti, Zhou Long and Dvorak. Seating in front of the bandshell is first come first served; other listeners picnic on the lawns. At 7:30 p.m., Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, midpark, enter at 72nd Street,; free. (Schweitzer)

Roomful of Teeth (Wednesday) As part of the River to River Festival, this a cappella octet, known for its adventurous sounds, performs songs from its new album, “Render,” as well as Wally Gunn’s “The Ascendant” and “Ritornello,” an installation by Caroline Shaw, a member. At 8 p.m., 28 Liberty Plaza, 28 Liberty Street, between William and Nassau Streets, Lower Manhattan,; free. (Zachary Woolfe)

Washington Square Music Festival (Tuesdays) This lively summer festival offers free concerts on Tuesdays on the main stage of Washington Square Park. The festivities continue this week, with the Festival Chamber Orchestra performing works for harp, celeste and speaker by André Caplet, Grieg and Sofia Gubaidulina. (Through July 7.) At 8 p.m., Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place, Greenwich Village (rain space: New York University’s Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West Fourth Street), 212-252-3621, (Schweitzer)