AMN Reviews: Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up – After All is Said (2015; 482 Music)

AfterAllIsSaidCoverNew York based drummer Tomas Fujiwara has been slowly building a reputation for excellence. Whether in one of his many collaborative works, such as those with Anthony Braxton, Matana Roberts, Mary Halvorson, and Taylor-Ho Bynum, or as a leader, such as here, Fujiwara has been involved in surprisingly large number of stand-out recordings in the creative jazz scene over the last ten years. His drumming is both dexterous and muscular, but contains a subtlety that can be easy to overlook.

Fujiwara’s co-conspirators in The Hook Up consist of Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass, Brian Settles on tenor sax and flute, as well as Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet. This group is not merely a showcase for its leader. Instead, Fujiwara’s compositions involve the collective as a whole, with each musician taking on prominent roles, often simultaneously.

Immediately setting After All is Said apart from the group’s previous recordings is Brian Settles incorporating flute into the mix. To that point, the album opens with Lastly, featuring Settles blowing over an angular rhythm driven by Formanek and Fujiwara, as well as subdued speed picking from Halvorson. Unlike the rhythmic attack of Eric Dolphy or the classically-inspired James Newton, Settles’ approach to the flute is pointed and atmospheric, and contrasts well with Halvorson’s often herky-jerky guitar style.

When not on flute, Settles provides horn interplay with Finlayson, usually over twisted accompaniment from Halvorson. Fujiwara stays busy, laying down dense textures. Formanek, to no one’s surprise, shines on both bowed bass and picked, playing leads as well as backing parts. Braxton’s influence shines brightly in Fujiwara’s writing – After All is Said clearly recites jazz, but with tight, complex writing, staggered rhythms, and superb execution. A very strong release.

Read related reviews:
Tomas Fujiwara Trio – Variable Bets (2014; Relative Pitch Records)
Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara – Thumbscrew (Cuneiform Records)

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San Francisco Scene: July 24-31, 2015

English: The San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridg...

From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, July 24

Fri 7/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Kate Campbell + Anne Rainwater [don’t be a stranger series #1]
Brilliant local pianists Kate Campbell and Anne Rainwater play game-based music by Rozalie Hirs, György Kurtág, John Zorn, and an immersive collaboration with Danny Clay. Pre-concert party with the artists begins at 7:30; music proper begins around 8.

Saturday, July 25

Sat 7/25 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Kallie Ciechomski, violist
NY City violist on tour. Repertoire features solo unaccompanied works for viola that have all been written in her lifetime, with an emphasis on composers who are women.

Sat 7/25 7:45 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Black Spirituals, Charles Barabé, Jean-Sébastien Truchy, Black Givre the best of the Bay Area and Montreal’s experimental music and video scene will descend on San Francisco’s Center For New Music, Saturday, July 25, $5-$10 sliding/FREE for members of CNM.

Sat 7/25 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
9Fingers + Wiener Kids

Sunday, July 26

Sun 7/26 4:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Serge Modulator
An exploratory discussion and demonstration on the use and history of the Serge with Lx Rudis, Doug Lynner, Dmitri Nikolai Svistula M

Sun 7/26 6:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [1629 8th st Oakland]
Abstract/Post-Concrete Deep Hang: Odd Nosdam, Charles Barabe, Ant’lrd, JS Truchy, Gardener, Black Givre, Orra, DJ Selaroda

Sun 7/26 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
BRUTAL SOUND EFFECTS FESTIVAL #81
Pulsating Cyst (L.A.)—–OHMn—Conscious Summary (L.A..)——Omnivorous Scencilium——Marshall Dunkelpek–Mod Life Crisis——Christina Stanley——Tujurikkuja

Sun 7/26 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]

An evening of jazz and improvised music both sweet and sour; featuring an exciting, enterprising cast of Bay Area stalwarts:
Song & Dance Quartet (Karl Evangelista-guitar, Jordan Glenn-drums, Cory Wright-saxophone, Myles Boisen-electric bass)
Bristle (Randy McKean-reeds, Cory Wright-reeds, Lisa Mezzacappa-bass, Murray Campbell-violin)

Monday, July 27

Mon 7/27 7:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Creative Music Media
Opening Reception for the Photography of Peter B Kaars, discussion panel, and a rare screening of Noisy People a film by Tim Perkis

Tuesday, July 28

Tue 7/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Séverine Ballon / Andrew C. Smith: resonance, order, and chaos
New and recent works exploring resonance, order, and chaos for solo cello and solo piano by Elizabeth Adams, David Kant, Andrew C. Smith, Ma’ayan Tsadka, and K.C.M. Walker, curated by Indexical.

Wednesday, July 29

Wed 7/29 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Quiet Noise(the art of sculpting sound from metal, wood, and earth)
Machine Shop: A Live Amplified Gong Experience
Karen Stackpole: Gongs
Drew Webster: Live Mixing, Analog Effects Processing and Electronics
Cheryl Leonard natural-object instruments, Japanese bowl gongs, field recordings

Wed 7/29 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Spontaneous Collaborations with Aurélie Lierman, Mark Clifford, Motoko Honda, Aram Shelton, + Theresa Wong

Thursday, July 30

Thu 7/30 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Comprovisation(the art of compositional improvisation)
Vacuum Tree Head Jason Berry, Amanda Chaudhary, Richard Corny, Michael de la Cuesta, Richard Lesnik, Justin Markovits, Amy X Neuburg, Tom Ferguson
Lisa Mezzacappa: avantNOIR w/Bait & Switch
Aaron Bennet, John Finkbeiner, Lisa Mezzacappa, Jordan Glenn, William Winant, Tim Perkis
Cabbages, Captain, & King
Jon Arkin, Karl Evangelista, Eli Wallace

Friday, July 31

Fri 7/31 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
14th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Electro-Plate(a sonic journey down the twisted road of electronic music)
Smooth, Stepped & RandomLX Rudis, Doug Lynner, and Dmitri SFO – Original and Custom Serge Synthesizer Ensemble
INSTAGON [mixer set] Analouge Electronics Ensemble
LOB [Sacramento], Thomas Dimuzio [SF], Jack Hertz [Pacifica], Marc Schneider (Medicine Cabinet) [Tracy], Tim White (AA23) [Berkeley], Andrew Wayne (Chopstick) [Sacramento]
Aaron Oppenheim/Thea Farhadian /Tim Perkis – Digital Ensemble

DMG Newsletter July 24th, 2015

From DMG:

John Zorn/Forro Zinho! Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt! Peter Brotzmann/Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink 1971! Steve Lacy & Steve Potts 1979! New from ForTune: Charles Gayle Trio! Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston! Ed Cherry Special Trio!

Malerai/Uchihashi/Maya R! Marco Eneidi Screamin’ 4! Yells at Eels! Susan Alcorn & LaDonna Smith! Brooklyn Primal: Bill McHenry/Jerome Harris/Nicole Kampgen/Ed Schuller/Pete Davenport! 2 from Mara Rosenbloom/Darius Jones Qt!

Plus Archival Discs from: Frank Zappa & the Mothers! Horace Silver & Woody Shaw! Weather Report 1980! Larry Coryell & 11th House! Waylon Jennings! Joe Ely! Dolly Parton! Karen Dalton! King Tubby! Bunny Lee! Scientist & Mad Professor! The Congos! King Jammy! Sun Ra Arkestra & Another Large LP Section!

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

Sunday, July 26th:
6pm: FRANCOIS GRILLOT/TOMAS ULRICH/JEREMY CARLSTEDT!

Sunday, August 9th – Tuba Double-Header:
6pm: CARL LUDWIG HUBSCH – Solo Tuba!
7pm: BEN STAPP – Solo Tuba!

Sunday, August 16th Early Double-Header:
5pm: LEAP OF FAITH: PEK-clarinets, saxes, double reeds/GLYNIS LOMON-cello, aquasonic/STEVE NORTON-clarinets, saxes/YURI ZBITNOV-drums!
6pm: THOMAS HEBERER..!

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Barry Altschul, moers festival 2011

From The New York Times:

Barry Altschul and the 3dom Factor (Friday) The drummer Barry Altschul has been a stealth eminence in jazz — known mainly within the avant-garde, and for music he made many years ago. But that’s changing thanks to work like “The 3dom Factor,” which features the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who has been one agent of Mr. Altschul’s recent re-emergence, and the veteran bassist Joe Fonda, who has been another. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village; 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

40Twenty (Through Saturday) The collective known as 40Twenty — Jacob Sacks on piano, Jacob Garchik on trombone, Dave Ambrosio on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums — explores an intersection of buoyant swing, rugged counterpoint and complex harmony. The band has settled in for four nights at Seeds, an intimate artist-run space in Brooklyn. At 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue, Prospect Heights, seedsbrooklyn.org. (Chinen)

Gerry Hemingway at the Stone (Tuesday through Aug. 2) Mr. Hemingway is a drummer and composer with a gift for illuminating abstract principles, and he has organized his residency at the Stone as a kind of retrospective. “Re-Ensemble,” on Tuesday, will feature groups of varying size, with partners like Earl Howard on saxophone and electronics and Susan Alcorn on steel guitar. Each of Wednesday’s sets will feature a trio: the first with the multireedist Marty Ehrlich and the pianist Anthony Coleman, and the second with the saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and the pianist Russ Lossing. The emphasis on Thursday will be on Mr. Hemingway’s compositions, as played by collaborators like the saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the bassist Brad Jones. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman (through Sunday) Ms. Scheinman, a violinist of deep lyrical gifts, has lately put an emphasis on her singer-songwriter side in a way that suggests a continuity rather than a departure. Still, her return to chamberesque improvised music at the Village Vanguard this week is a welcome turn of events, especially given her choice of partners: the clarinetist and saxophonist Doug Wieselman, the pianist Myra Melford and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)