San Francisco Scene: August 21-28, 2015

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

From the Bay Improviser:

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.

Saturday, August 22

Sat 8/22 8:00 PM The Sound Room [2147 Broadway Oakland, CA]
Jenny Maybee (piano/voice) and Nick Phillips (trumpet) will co-lead the Maybee/Phillips Quartet at The Sound Room in playing new compositions and imaginative arrangements of standards, including music from their forthcoming album release. With Dan Feiszli (bass) and David Rokeach (drums).

Sat 8/22 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
ARS EX NIHILO is a performance series showcasing experimental local artists. Our goal is to stimulate creative growth in the East Bay Area, instigating the production of new works and fostering community interaction, discussion, and collaboration.

Sat 8/22 8:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster Street Oakland, CA]
Jameson Swanagon/Theo Padouvas and Mark Allen-Piccolo
CD release of the Torn Attachment.

Sunday, August 23

Sun 8/23 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Cadenza: Pierrot Lunaire
Concert version of Pierrot Lunaire Op.21 of Arnold Schoenberg featuring members of Cadenza Orchestra. http://www.scmusic.org

Sun 8/23 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 The Out Of Time Trio
Bob Marsh – piano
Joshua Marshall – saxophones
Sandra Yolles – electronic percussion
8:30 Andrew Jamieson – piano
Ernest Larkins – voice
A night of shifting tempos and timbres with voice, piano, reeds and electronics!

Sun 8/23 9:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Lisa Mezzacappa’s avantNOIR + The Maltese Falcon film screening
Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass and sampler
Jordan Glenn, drums
William Winant, vibraphone and Foley
Tim Perkis, electronics

Monday, August 24

Mon 8/24 9:30 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Avant-Jazz & Experimental Noise Every Monday featuring ANDREW WEATHERS plus Tim Perkis / Thea Farhadian plus ADAM HIRSCH

Wednesday, August 26

Wed 8/26 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Cadenza: Pierrot Lunaire
Concert version of Pierrot Lunaire Op.21 of Arnold Schoenberg featuring members of Cadenza Orchestra. http://www.scmusic.org

Wed 8/26 9:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Season of the Crow / Imager / Reconnaissance Fly

Thursday, August 27

Thu 8/27 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series @509 Cultural Center [509 Ellis Street, SF]
8pm Berkeley Arts Lab Band
Donald Robinson, Collette McCaslin, Ron Heglin, Rent Romus
9pm Matthew Dotson

Thu 8/27 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
LIttle Nicky’s Presents Chuck Johnson + a sound & film collaboration with John Davis & Mary Helena Clark

Friday, August 28

Fri 8/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Tonal Masher meets Bari Blaster: Aram Shelton & Jon Raskin + John Bischoff Solo Electronics
Raskin’s Bari Blaster meets Shelton’s Tonal Masher in their first meeting as a duo. This set aspires to shed light on innovative ways in which the saxophone can be used. This will be a no rules event. John Bischoff will perform a set of solo electronic pieces built from intrinsic features of the electronic medium: high definition noise components, tonal edges, imperfections, transitions, digital shading, and non-linear motion.

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Something Else! Reviews

English: Mike Pride with Locksmith Isidore at ...

From Something Else!:

Craig Scott’s Lobotomy – War Is A Racket (2015)
Merzbow/Pandi/Gustafsson with Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)
Peter Van Huffel, Andreas Willers + Oliver Steidle – The Scrambling Ex (2015)
Steve Holtje, “Hunger Artist” from A Man Full of Days (2015)
The Spanish Donkey [Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mike Pride] – Raoul (2015)

Distributed Objects Releases

David Grubbs performing as part of EMP Pop Con...

From the new Distributed Objects label:

Thiefth
Susan Howe and David Grubbs
Originally released on CD in 2005 and out of print for a decade, Thiefth is the first of four collaborations between poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs. This first LP edition, a limited run of 100 copies, is accompanied by a special edition letterpress print produced by Grenfell Press.

Eliminated Artist
Yarn/wire and Pete Swanson
Known for his uncompromising tape and synthesizer work, Pete Swanson has pushed the limits of electronic music since the early 2000s. Since stepping down as half of formative underground duo Yellow Swans, he has subverted the genres of noise and electronic dance music as a solo artist.

Quasar ⇔ Lanterns
Sergei Tcherepnin
Sergei Tcherepnin’s Quasar ⇔ Lanterns was originally produced in 2009 as an 8-channel installation with Ei Arakawa at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Remixed to stereo for this release, Tcherepnin’s trio of works combine analog synthesizer recordings and other instrumental sources with field recordings captured during the artists’ travels to Turkey and Georgia.

The Hant Variance
Sabisha Friedberg with Peter Edwards
Sabisha Friedberg’s double LP The Hant Variance was recorded at EMPAC with Peter Edwards in a custom-tuned environment using advanced multi-channel recording techniques to capture a configuration of spatialized sound sources. Combining granular synthesis, analogue synthesizers, tone oscillators and field recordings, the composition is comprised of three movements.

Alvin Fielder Interview

From The Arkansas Times:

Alvin Fielder is a legendary jazz drummer from Meridian, Miss., who has performed in bands over the years with Sun Ra, Eddie Harris, Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson and Roscoe Mitchell. He was one of the original members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the pioneering Chicago avant-garde organization that the New York Times has called “one of this country’s great engines of experimental art.” In the 1960s, he returned to Mississippi to help desegregate schools (as part of the federally funded Emergency School Assistance Program) and to take over his father’s drug store. He retired from his career as a pharmacist in 2010, and will be 80 years old this year, though, as he told me, “I feel 35, and I play like I’m 35.”

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

English: (Le) Poisson Rouge.

From The New York Times:

Taka Kigawa (Monday) This admirable pianist frequently performs at Le Poisson Rouge, offering balanced programs of repertory favorites and challenging new works. Here, he will perform Books I and II of Debussy’s “Images,” and as a champion of contemporary music, Mr. Kigawa also offers a piece by Tristan Murail and Marco Stroppa’s “Traiettoria… deviata” for piano and live electronics. At 7:30 p.m., 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com. (Schweitzer)

Locrian Chamber Players (Thursday) This impressive contemporary music ensemble assures that its free programs will be fresh by its artistic mission: Only works written within the last decade are performed. These musicians have a good record of choosing interesting pieces. The concerts are presented in the intimate 10th Floor performance space at Riverside Church, where, during intermission, the audience can enjoy a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the balcony outside the hall. The program offers works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Shafer Mahoney, Mei-Fang Lin, Victoria Malawey, Caroline Shaw and Daniel Thomas Davis. A reception follows the concert. At 8 p.m., Riverside Drive at 122nd Street, Morningside Heights, 914-923-5511, locrian.org. (Anthony Tommasini)

The Spektral Quartet Fall Season

From Chicago’s Spektral Quartet:

SPEKTRAL QUARTET
Clara Lyon, violin
J. Austin Wulliman, violin
Doyle Armbrust, viola
Russell Rolen, cello

FALL PROGRAMS
Season Opener
Saturday, Oct. 10: 7 PM
Curtiss Hall (Fine Arts Building)

Sunday, Oct. 11: 3 PM
Mana Contemporary
-Morgan Krauss: World Premiere commissioned by the Spektral Quartet
-Selections from Beethoven, Schubert and Cage
-Lee Weisert: Polychoron(b)
-Ryan Ingebritsen: 4×43 Birds

Pilgrim Chamber Players
Sunday, Oct. 19: 3 PM
Highland Park Community House
-Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz, D. 703
-Josef Haydn: String Quartet in Eb, Op. 33, No. 2 “The Joke”
-Arvo Pärt: Fratres
-Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet

Oak Brook Library Concerts
Sunday, Oct. 26: 3 PM
Oak Brook Public Library
-Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz, D. 703
-Arvo Pärt: Fratres
-Christopher Fisher-Lochhead: Selections from Hack (2015)
-Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuga, Op. 133

University of Chicago Presents Jazz at the Logan: Billy Childs
Thursday, Nov. 5
Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
-Performance with Grammy-winning Jazz Artist Billy Childs and his band.

Music of Beethoven, Cage, Prokofiev and Schubert
Wednesday, Nov. 11: 7:30 PM
Ives Recital Hall (Lewis University, Romeoville)

Thursday, Nov. 19: 7:30 PM
Performance Penthouse, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

Sunday, Nov. 22: 3 PM
Music For Food Series: PianoForte Salon
-Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz, D. 703
John Cage: Quartet in Four Parts
-Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 50
-Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fuga, Op. 133