San Francisco Scene: August 7-14, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, August 7

Fri 8/07 6:30 PM de Young Museum [50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118]
Friday Nights at the De Young: Lisa Mezzacappa
Composer and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa presents a preview of her new music and film work “Glorious Ravage” as part of the free Friday Nights at the de Young series. Mezzacappa leads an ensemble of eight musicians plus video projection, in a series of site-specific performances in and around the museum’s Wilsey Court.
With: Fay Victor – Tim Perkis – Darren Johnston – Kyle Bruckmann – Cory Wright – Jordan Glenn – John Finkbeiner – Lisa Mezzacappa
Projection by Konrad Steiner and Alfonso Alvarez

Fri 8/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna: A “Through the Looking Glass” Approach to Irish Music
Brooklyn-based fiddler/violinist Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna bring their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional Irish music to the Center for New Music. Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Lyn and Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers and their deep admiration for traditional music. This concert will celebrate the release of their second album, “The Great Arc”.

Fri 8/07 8:00 PM Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street SF]

Fri 8/07 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Diego Villasenor–Videcoic One
Diego VIllasenor, Voice, Samples & “Composition”
Danishta Rivero, Voice
Andrew Jamieson, Piano
Jakob Pek, Guitar
Nava Dunkelman, Percussion
Jeanie-Aprille Tang, Electronics
Aaron Oppenheim, ElectronicsDiego Villasenor–Videcoic One
Diego VIllasenor, Voice, Samples & “Composition”
Danishta Rivero, Voice
Andrew Jamieson, Piano
Jakob Pek, Guitar
Nava Dunkelman, Percussion
Jeanie-Aprille Tang, Electronics
Aaron Oppenheim, Electronics

Saturday, August 8

Sat 8/08 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Alma Sangre w/ Plastic Persons
Alma Sangre, from Boyle Heights in LA, will be performing their hybrid of Spanish rhythm and dance. This is their first performance in San Francisco. Plastic Persons will be supporting as a guitar/sax duo.

Sat 8/08 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Santomieri-Farhadian Duo CD Release Concert for RedBlue, with Gusty Winds May Exist

Sunday, August 9

Sun 8/09 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30pm Brett Carson – solo piano and spoken word
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute
Eli Wallace – piano
Bill Noertker – contrabass
Jordan Glenn – drums

Tuesday, August 11
Tue 8/11 7:30 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series:
Greg Gorlen (harsh noise, cassette loops, pure data, photocopiers, and raw aesthetics.)
Bad Jazz (Bryan Day – invented instruments; Tania Chen – toys, lo-fi electronics, piano; Justin Clifford Rhody – trumpet; Alex Cohen – electric guitar)
Ben Goldberg/Sheldon Brown/Vijay Anderson (advanced tradition)

Wednesday, August 12

Wed 8/12 7:45 AM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Nate Young
A Michigan carpenter specializing in pole barn framing, Young is also a musician and confirmed shapeshifter. As when coming out to see an orca in a tank far too small to contain it, don’t be late and expect to get wet and eaten.
Three Legged Race
Hair Police was a riot and his soundtrack for Takeshi Murata bugged out the inner eye, but Three Legged Race, solo project of Kentucky’s Robert Beatty, is something perfectly spare as is best for sounds crafted to span solipsistic chasms. Should these long sounds find you, step off to follow.
Group Rhoda
Here is an interior music not for escape but for deeper dwelling, an infinite nestling that lowers you further to a darker ever more-distant surety, not comfort or ease but fearlessness. And there’s voice in her song, that clearest closeness, word and open thought.

Thursday, August 13

Thu 8/13 8:00 PM 509 Cultural Center [509 Ellis Street SF]
8pm: neem (Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Kelley Kipperman
neem is what we create together. a queer improvisational duo focusing on issues of identity, bodies,
gender, sexuality, feminism, eroticism, & more within the music continuum…
9pm Zachary Mariano – trombone/interactive electronics

Friday, August 14

Fri 8/14 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Scott Worthington
Scott Worthington presents new and recent works for double bass and electronics on his CD release tour of the west coast.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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From The New York Times:

Michaël Attias Quartet (Tuesday) The expeditionary saxophonist Michael Attias convenes an ensemble of equally assertive colleagues: the pianist Aruán Ortiz, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Piano Fest at Cornelia Street Café (Friday and Saturday) Sylvie Courvoisier is the pianist on hand for the Friday edition of Piano Fest, playing in a duo with the guitarist Mary Halvorson at 9 p.m., and in a trio with Ms. Halvorson and the bassist Stephan Crump at 10:30 p.m. On Saturday the pianist Kris Davis leads a trio with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Chris Tordini (Tuesday) A bassist with a busy profile on the experimental end of the spectrum, Mr. Tordini surrounds himself with excellent partners here: Jeremy Viner on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Kris Davis on piano, Bobby Avey on keyboards and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

We All Break (Friday through Sunday, and Tuesday) Ches Smith, one of the wiliest drummers on the experimental scene, has also long nursed a fascination with traditional Haitian drumming — an area he explores directly in We All Break, featuring the pianist Matt Mitchell and the Haitian percussionists Daniel Brevil and Markus Schwartz. Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m., Ibeam, 168 Seventh Street between Second and Third Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn, Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 646-470-5883, (Chinen)

X Avant X in Toronto

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From the Music Gallery:

OCTOBER 15-18, 2015
Tickets available at
and at Soundscapes (572 College St.) as of September 8

The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music, presents the tenth edition of the X Avant New Music Festival of cutting edge, thought provoking, music from October 15 to 18, 2015. This year we celebrate X Avant X: MG40, our 40th anniversary season, by reconsidering our past while always presenting sounds of the future.

Artistic Direction at the Music Gallery
Thursday 10.15.15

Musicworks Magazine editor Jennie Punter moderates a discussion between all the Music Gallery’s Artistic Director Jim Montgomery, John Gzowski, Jonathan Bunce, andDavid Dacks (with recorded contributions from founding artistic director Al Mattes) to explore how each has shaped the Music Gallery over the years. If you have any interest in avant-garde and experimental music in Toronto, you won’t want to miss this historic session.

Lori Freedman: The Virtuosity of Excess + CCMC
Thursday 10.15.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm |
Tickets $20 regular | $10 member, student | $15 advance at Soundscapes /

Our founders, the mighty CCMC, open our festival. Visual art legend Michael Snow on piano, Plunderphonics master John Oswald on saxophone, sound singer Paul Dutton, and drummer John Kamevaar are the current lineup of the long running ensemble which lent their name to and set the tone for the early years of the Music Gallery. Another longtime visitor to the gallery, Lori Freedman, returns with a show entitled The Virtuosity of Excess, which travels throughout the clarinet family through seven works, most of which newly commissioned for her including an epic surround-sound compositions by Raphael Cendo. “Improvisuals” to be provided by John Creson and Adam Rosen(Audiopollination, Element Choir).

MG Encore
Friday 10.16.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm | Artists interview with Martin Arnold & Allison Cameron 7:15PM
Tickets $25 regular | $15 member, student | $20 advance at Soundscapes /

We take you on a journey spanning forty years of compositions, musicians, and history rooted in the walls of the Music Gallery: MG Encore, where we revisit four decades worth of commissions, partnerships, and works from members of our extended musical community. A sure highlight of the show will be Nic Gotham’s final work: Miniature Pieces, based on his response to the manuscript of The Search for Heinrich Schlögel. Other composers represented are Allison Cameron and Martin Arnold (who are participating in a pre-show interview), Ann Southam, Erik Ross and Linda Catlin-Smith. The MG Encore Ensemble features Wesley Shen, Mara Plotkin, Sharon Lee, Bryan Holt, Wallace Halladay, Xin Wang and Dan Morphy.

Town Hall: The Music Gallery At 40
Saturday 10.17.15

This season, we kick off a major strategic planning exercise that will examine every facet of who we are, what we do and why we exist. This town hall is the heart of the X Avant festival. Our last town hall in 2006 helped us to renew our vision and move forward; the public’s input is vital to the strategic plan that will guide us for years to come. This event is moderated by our board president Christopher McKinnon.

Tyondai Braxton + New Chance + Pantayo
Saturday 10.17.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm
Tickets $20 regular | $10 member, student | $15 advance at Soundscapes /

Saturday’s X Avant concert features one of today’s most highly regarded American experimental musicians. Tyondai Braxton (son of Anthony) is the former front man of experimental rock band Battles. Since departing Battles in 2010, Braxton has focused on composing music for HIVE, as well as composing commissioned pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. Tyondai released HIVE1 (Nonesuch Records) earlier this year, and will be performing pieces from it featuring modular synthesizer and samples. New Chance is the musical project of multidisciplinary Toronto artist, Victoria Cheong. Using sampler, sequencers, loops, effects, and voice she creates expansive sounds and songs. As a swiftly rising local producer,his year, New Chance has played Electric Eclectics Festival and AGO First Thursdays. Pantayo is an all-women gong ensemble based in Toronto whose music is grounded in the kulintang music traditions of the Philippines. Select creative collaborations include Severed, video game soundtrack with YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, and a performance with internationally acclaimed Filipina singer, Grace Nono. Victoria will be designing visuals for New Chance and Pantayo, while Tyondai animates his own set.

Absolutely Free + Keita Juma
Sunday 10.18.15
Doors 7pm | Concert 8pm
Tickets $15 regular | $10 member, student | $13 advance at Soundscapes /

Our final show of this year’s X Avant delivers two exceptional examples of the state of this city’s rhythmic cross-pollination that point to the future. Absolutely Free is a trio based in Toronto which creates a hypnotic, patient music that integrates analog electronics, African polyrhythms, psychedelia, Bollywood, and Krautrock. Evolved from defunct art punk band DD/MM/YYYY, Absolutely Free first released an EP in 2012, followed by their debut album two years later that was included on the Polaris Music Prize Long List for 2014. Keita Juma is a Mississauga-based rapper/producer. Originally born in that crucible of the UK underground, Bristol, moving to North America broadened Juma’s musical influences with sounds of the Dirty South and East Coast rap. In 2012 he dropped the critically acclaimed LP Water, followed by the dark, well-crafted Chaos Theory in early 2015. Juma’s new EP Nights In Space hits the street in advance of X Avant. As they do for all their performances, Absolutely Free will take the visual design reins for the evening to send the festival off with a flourish.