San Francisco Scene: August 14-21, 2015

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

From the Bay Improviser:

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.

Saturday, August 15

Sat 8/15 7:00 PM Gaspar Brasserie [185 Sutter St @ Kearny, San Francisco CA 94109]
Scott Larson Trio will be playing this Saturday at Gaspar Brasserie. Come out for some vintage cocktails and a weekly prix fixe menu, alongside our full menu

Sat 8/15 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Transient Canvas: East to West [don’t be a stranger #2]
The Boston-based marimba and bass clarinet duo Transient Canvas presents a bi-coastal program of new works from composers David Coll, Joseph Colombo, Brenna Noonan, Beau Kenyon, Adam Roberts, and Andy Vores.

Sat 8/15 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Quattuor Elephantis CD release show
Join us for the official CD release show of Quattuor Elephantis on Edgetone Records! The group will be playing a set comprised of the compositions from the album. Also performing is saxophonist Joshua Marshall who will be playing a solo set.

Sunday, August 16

Sun 8/16 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
Noon-2pm SHARP
MASON JONES——John Kraubauer (L.A.)———Earspray——Aaron Oppenheim———–National Disgrace———Syrnx

Sun 8/16 3:00 PM AFTERNOON / the concert series at Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103]
zBug featuring David Leikam, Sheila Bosco, Sean Price, Timothy Orr | Afternoon / the concert series presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture.

Sun 8/16 7:30 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence #8. The monthly series 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 Jordan Glenn, Crystal Pascucci, and Mark Clifford.

Monday, August 17

Mon 8/17 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood ensemble performing the “Rising Colossus Suite”, an exploration emergence and multiple movements.
Mark Clifford, Max Judelson, Heikki Koskinen, Joshua Marshall, Timothy Orr,Rent Romus, Safa Shokrai
john krausbauer’s beats
“beats” is a new composition-improvisation by john krausbauer, for three accordions with aaron openheim and ven voisey

Wednesday, August 19

Wed 8/19 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Scott Arford
Bare, stoic, genuinely fearsome, and charged with a political undertow that sweeps away all safe shores, Arford translates sound into physical force resuscitating our loving nausea with a fresh breath of black air into lungs pumping with actual blood. He shatters the lucite ant maze of dualism, trusting us to crawl the shards. Founder of the legendary 7hz venue in 1995, Arfords worldwide exhibits of film and sound have reached SFMOMA(USA) Dissonanze 7(Italy) LUFF Festival(Switzerland) Observatori Festival(Spain) Sounding Festivals(China) Liquid Architecture(Australia) and Festival de Video/Arte/Electronico(Peru).
Tonal Masher
Anagrammatized for your pleasure, Tonal Masher or Aram Shelton, extends and resonates multiphonic dimensions of complex harmonic feedback using a 1927 Conn alto saxophone, a 1976 esophageal chamber, non-vintage cerebrospinal fluid, and bleeding edge electronics. The result is a dangerously enriched sonic uranium, stockpiles of which may be inspected on Cuneiform, Delmark, and Singlespeed records.
Las Sucias
Quit with your clean, put your lips on it already. With Danishta y Alexandra at the controls, what starts as Fever Pitch reggaeton gets stickied up fast once that contact-pineapple busts out. This is riot romance and you’re about to break up with your spectator seat.
Ceramicist and sculptor, Sung Kim, builds original stringed instruments, like the “Ozukuri” the singular sounds of which he ferments in a loamy compost of collaboration where Korber’s drums turn the worms of Gorlen’s electronics even as Pederson’s tenor tones emerge with the bone white clarity of ratskull. Good for your garden.

Thursday, August 20

Thu 8/20 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World Forum- Third Thursdays – Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone

Thu 8/20 8:00 PM LSG Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Gallery [509 Ellis Street SF]
8:00pm david katz / amy foote / marissa deitz-wall
8:40pm Rachel Austin – voice, Kim Ip – dance
9:15pm zBug
David Leikam, Sheila Bosco, Fred Malouf, Patrick Cress

Friday, August 21

Fri 8/21 7:00 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 a sextet of winds and strings, featuring Vinny Golia, Kyle Bruckmann, Darren Johnston, Cory Wright and Dina Maccabee, in a series of improvisations, composition excerpts and explorations in the museum’s scenic Hamon Observation Tower.


Nate Wooley Reviews 10 Albums

From dusted in exile:

Calling Nate Wooley an improvising trumpeter is accurate, and it’s what he’s best known for. But that appellation hardly sums up the breadth of his creative work. Alongside his peregrinations as a leader or sideman playing jazz, lower case improvisation, as well as making albums of electronic music and touring with The Ex, he runs the label Pleasure of the Text, which has recently released the first solo album in 31 years by English percussionist Paul Lytton. Wooley also edits Sound American, an online journal that bridges research and practice in explorative American music.

REDCAT Fall 2015 Schedule

English: The Red Krayola.

From Los Angeles’ REDCAT:

September 29
Irvine Arditti (UK)
Tue 8:30p $35 [members $28]

October 8-11
Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek: Song From The Uproar
Thur–Sat 8:00pm & Sun 2:00pm

November 3
Akiyama / Eubanks / Kahn / Nakamura
Tue 8:30pm $20 [members $16]

November 7
Red Krayola
Sat 8:30pm $25 [members $20]

November 18
Michael Pisaro, Fogs, Mists
Wed 8:30pm $20 [members $16]

December 11-12
Liminar: Sonido 13: The Music and Legacy of Julián Carrillo
Fri-Sat 8:30pm $25–$20 [members $20–$16]

Jazz Listings from the New York Times

English: Violinist Jenny Scheinman at the Aust...

From The New York Times:

Go: Organic Orchestra (Sundays through Aug. 30) 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, and stocked with improvisers like the multireedist Ned Rothenberg and the cornetist Graham Haynes. The group appears every Sunday this month at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. At 7:30 p.m., 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-622-3300, (Chinen)

John Hébert’s Game of Thrones Quartet (Saturday) Mr. Hébert is a bassist with a deeply centered sound, and the trusted anchor to an impressive array of artists. He presents a new group named after a bloodthirsty fantasy franchise, with several prominent (and by all available evidence, peaceable) collaborators: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the pianist David Virelles and the drummer Eric McPherson. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros (Thursday) The latest expeditionary album by the alto saxophonist and composer Darius Jones is “Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation),” a tribute of sorts to the avant-garde singer and actress Brigitte Fontaine. As on the album, Mr. Jones convenes an ensemble with Emilie Lesbros on vocals, Matt Mitchell on piano, Sean Conly on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, Manhattan, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom (Sunday) Ms. Miller, a drummer of propulsive adaptability, leads a scaled-back version of her dynamic Boom Tic Boom band, with Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano, and Todd Sickafoose on bass. At 8:30 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:

Bard Music Festival (Friday through Sunday) Each summer, Bard College and Leon Botstein, its president and the conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, offer an in-depth exploration of one composer, with performances supported by lectures, screenings and discussions with leading scholars. This year, the accomplishments of Carlos Chávez, the Mexican composer, conductor, teacher and critic, are being highlighted. Events for the second weekend of the festival include a program on Friday featuring works of Chávez in the context of American composers like John Cage and Lou Harrison; a lineup on Saturday explores Chávez’s stay in America and the music of composers, including Copland, who championed him. On Sunday, programs include sacred and secular music from five centuries and an exploration of post-World War II Latin America. At various times, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Theater and Olin Hall; Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.,, 845-758-7900. (Vivien Schweitzer)

Mario Diaz de León (through Sunday) The composer Mario Diaz de León, who creates vivid canvases for acoustic instruments and electronics and draws from influences including black metal, concludes his residency at the Stone this weekend. The lineup includes the Mivos Quartet and the pianist Stephen Gosling playing works for string quartet, piano and electronics on Saturday. Avenue C and Second Street, East Village; a full schedule is at (Schweitzer)

Mostly Mozart Festival (through Aug. 22) The festival continues at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with Cristian Macelaru conducting Lars Vogt in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 (Friday and Saturday) and George Benjamin leading the International Contemporary Ensemble in his chamber opera “Into the Little Hill” and Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Ligeti’s Piano Concerto (Sunday). On Tuesday and Wednesday, Andrew Manze conducts Joshua Bell in Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 on a program also featuring Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. The Little Night Music series in the Kaplan Penthouse brings Mr. Vogt performing Schubert and Beethoven on Friday, and Mr. Aimard playing works by Mr. Benjamin, Mozart, Bach, Chopin and other composers on Monday. Concerts are at 5 and 7:30 p.m., Night Music at 10 p.m.; 212-721-6500, (Schweitzer)