Chicago Scene: August 28 – September 5, 2015

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This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, August 30th 2015

4:00PM at Black Cinema House, 7200 S Kimbark
Kinosonik #3 : Music/sound performance with cinema
Mwata Bowden
Coppice : Noé Cuéllar, Joseph Kramer

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Option Series
Jason Adasiewicz
Ron Gordon

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10-$8) (13): The Music of Gerhard Stäbler and Kunsu Shim
Nora Barton, Kenn Kumpf, Robert Reinhardt, Matthew Oliphant, Jeff Kimmel, Ryan Packard, Nomi Epstein with special guests Gerhard Stäbler, Kunsu Shim

Monday, August 31st 2015

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Jason Adasiewicz, Ron Gordon

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Hampus Öhman-Frölund, Mats Dimming, Fred Lonberg-Holm

Tuesday, September 1st 2015
5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Corey Wilkes

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
9/2: An Evening of Nine Duos
Oscar Jan Hoogland, Ryan Packard
Katie Ernst, James Falzone
Ben LaMar Gay, Will Faber
Mike Reed, Jeff Parker
Jason Adasciewicz, Keefe Jackson
Dan Pierson, Charlie Kirchen
Katie Young, Amy Cimini
Steve Marquette, Charles Rumback
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams

Thursday, September 3rd 2015
3:15PM “What Is This Thing Called Jazz? : From Mainstream to AACM and Beyond” with Dee Alexander, Miguel de la Cerna

Friday, September 4th 2015

12:00PM at the Von Freeman Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
12:00PM Rajiv Halim Quintet
1:10PM Jeremy Cunningham Quartet
2:30PM Neusa Sauer
3:30PM Craig Taborn Trio

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
After Fest
Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder & special guests

10:00PM at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.342.4597
Sonic Healing Ministries’ Hereafterfest 2015
DJ Ayana Contreras
Participatory Music Coalition : Angel Elmore, Adam Zanolini, Gira Dahnee, Xris Espinoza, Sura Dupart, Ashford Smith, Sojourner Zenobia
Microcosmic Sound Orchestra : David Boykin, Eliel Sherman Storey, Dan Godston, Alex Wing

Saturday, September 5th 2015

12:30PM at the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
12:30PM Makaya McCraven Quartet
2:00PM Juan Pastor’s Chinchano
3:30PM Jason Roebke Octet

5:00PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz Festival
5:00PM Douglas Ewart and Inventions
6:00PM The Claudia Quintet +1 with Theo Bleckman and surprise guest
7:10PM Mark Turner Quartet
8:30PM Dee Dee Bridgewater

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
After Fest
Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder & special guests

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The Drawing Center’s Drawing Sound Part II: String Noise, Sept 11-13

The Drawing Center, in Soho, New York, is the only not-for-profit fine arts institution in the U.S. to focus solely on the exhibition of historical and contemporary drawings.

Source: The Drawing Center.

For its 2015–16 season, The Drawing Center has developed two multi-evening events for its newly renovated galleries that demonstrate the institution’s increased focus on the intersections between drawing, sound, and performance-based art. Interspersed between major exhibitions, Drawing Sound will bring commissions of new work to The Drawing Center’s space and will build upon the institution’s recent explorations of drawing and music in the work of Iannis Xenakis and William Engelen. Billy Martin and String Noise (Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris) will curate the two Drawing Sound performances in July and September of 2015, respectively.

Produced by Brett Littman, Executive Director.

Part II: String Noise
For the second part of Drawing Sound this fall, String Noise are curating a three-night event, featuring different performers each night.

Night 1 – September 11, 7:30pm | Go here to buy tickets.
Alvin Lucier (composer)
Ben Manley (sound engineer)
Performing Bird and Person Dyning (1975)

Conrad Harris (violin, from String Noise)
Performing Tapper (2002)

Night 2 – September 12, 7:30pm | Go here to buy tickets.
Greg Saunier (drummer)
Curt Sydnor (composer and keyboardist)
Les Bonhommes, William Kuehn (drummer of Rainer Maria), Deron Pulley (bass and guitar), and Greg Saunier (vocals, guitar, and bass)

Night 3 – September 13, 7:30pm | Go here to buy tickets.
Jad Fair (guitar)
Lumberob (aka Rob Erickson)
Performing a series of songs and vocal electronics, alongside projections of Fair’s paper cuttings

Throughout the three-day event, Echoic Memory, a site-specific sound piece by artist and composer Spencer Topel, will be installed in the Drawing Room.

New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe in September

Source: Cornelia Street Cafe:

Saturday, Sep 05 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Angelica Sanchez, piano; Michael Formanek, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums

Wednesday, Sep 09 – 8:30PM
Daniel Levin, cello; Nate Wooley, trumpet; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Brandon Lopez, bass

Friday, Sep 11 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Lucian Ban, piano; Abraham Burton, tenor sax; John Hebert, bass; Eric McPherson, drums; Mat Maneri, viola

Saturday, Sep 12 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; John Hébert, bass; Billy Drummond, drums

Thursday, Sep 17 – 8:30PM
Liberty Ellman, guitar; Steve Lehman, alto sax; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Jose Davila, trombone, tuba; Stephan Crump, bass; Damion Reid, drums

Friday, Sep 18 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Ben Monder, guitar; Michael Bates, bass; Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, drums

Saturday, Sep 19 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Barry Altschul, drums; Joe Fonda, bass; Jon Irabagon, tenor sax

Friday, Sep 25 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax, comp.; Tim Berne, alto sax; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Dan Peck, tuba; Tom Rainey, drums

IBeam Brooklyn in September

Source: IBeam Brooklyn:

Sylke E. Bearheart
Saturday, September 5th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Sylke E. Bearheart – saxophone
Nicolai Noiser – trumpet
Joe Morris – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums

Kate Gentile Residency (Night 1)
Thursday, September 10th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Kate Gentile Quartet (8:30 & 10pm)
Jeremy Viner- clarinet/tenor sax
Matt Mitchell- piano & laptop
Adam Hopkins- bass
Kate Gentile- drums & compositions
Kate Gentile’s music has been described as “hyper-detailed….designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation.” Her quartet has been playing a new book of often-dense compositions containing varied forms and unconventional rhythms and harmonies that demand a spectrum of improvisational creativity. Each night will feature two entirely different sets of music.

Kate Gentile Residency (Night 2)
Friday, September 11th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Kate Gentile Residency (Night 3)
Saturday, September 12th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Matt Mitchell- piano & compositions
Kate Gentile- drums & compositions
*with special guests:
Adam O’Farrill- trumpet
Brandon Lopez- bass
Snark Horse plays enigmatic and expansive one-bar compositions, complete unto themselves and modular on a micro and macro level. Snark Horse was designed and bred to play with the wildest of wild cards.
Kate Gentile with Michael Attias, Matt Mitchell, & Sean Conly 10pm
Michael Attias – alto
Matt Mitchell – piano
Sean Conly – bass
Kate Gentile – drums & compositions

Friday, September 18th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Thomas Johansson – trumpet
Kristoffer Alberts – reeds
Ola Høyer – double bass
Gard Nilssen – drums
Cortex is a spirited combo that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With over one hundred live-performances and three albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene. The members are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers in Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations such as: Bushman’s Revenge, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Team Hegdal, SAKA, Zanussi 5, Friends & Neighbors, AKODE, Honest John, and The Heat Death.

The Ullmann/McGorry Group
Saturday, September 26th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
David Ullmann-Guitar
Craig McGorry-Sax
Jay Cho-Piano
Tony O’Blaney-Bass
John Marino-Drums

San Francisco Scene: August 28 – September 4, 2015

From the Bay Improviser:

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.

Saturday, August 29

Sat 8/29 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
JThon’s EP Release Party
Ep Release Party for my first EP, with live performances, live DJ’s, food and drinks. opportunity for networking and having a good night.

Sunday, August 30

Sun 8/30 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
sfSound and Special Guests
Celebrating Stefano Scodanibbio
sfSound; Luciano Chessa, dan bau; Tom Dambly Trumpet Quartet; Del Sol String Quartet; Benjamin Kreith, violin; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Scott Walton, bass

Sun 8/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
A Night of Improvised Duets
Nick Obando, alto sax
Josh Allen, tenor sax
Ross Hammond, guitar
Eli Wallace, piano

Monday, August 31

Mon 8/31 9:30 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Avant-Jazz & Experimental Noise Every Monday featuring Evangelista/Atwal/Obando plus Spirituals in Dialogue

Wednesday, September 2

Wed 9/02 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Anniversary Show

Thursday, September 3

Thu 9/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Gallery [509 Ellis Street SF]
8pm Logan Hone/Greg Uhlmann Duo
9pm Shadow Revolutions (Sharkiface & Fletcher Pratt)
Duo of Sharkiface and Fletcher Pratt doing noisy horror soundtracks and ghostly chopped n screwed remix jams.

Two of Los Angeles’ most creative young musicians, multi-instrumentalist Logan Hone and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann, will team for a California tour in September 2015. The duo will present a dynamic set of music that combines song with elements of free improvisation and blurs the lines between jazz, indie rock, and avant-garde.

Friday, September 4

Fri 9/04 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Logan Hone & Greg Uhlmann

Fri 9/04 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Righteous Intonation:
Chris Brown- 6Primes- piano works in limit 13 just intonation
Stephen Parris/Daniel Schmidt- Gamelan Encinal- just slendro tuning

6Primes (2014)
Six Pieces for Piano in 13-limit Just Intonation
by Chris Brown

Mary Halvorson Interview

Source: Burning Ambulance:

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is one of the most prolific artists on the current jazz/improv scene; she’s appeared on 65 albums since 2003, including several as a leader (she has a trio with bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, to which she adds horn players—trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, saxophonists Jon Irabagon and Ingrid Laubrock, trombonist Jacob Garchik—to make a quintet or a septet). She’s been a member of groups led by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Mike Reed, Marc Ribot, and many others, and participated in more improvisatory contexts with, it seems, half of New York’s avant-music community. Now, she’s releasing her first solo album, Meltframe, on the Firehouse 12 label.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City.

Source: The New York Times:

Chris Dingman Subliminal Trio (Friday) Mr. Dingman, a vibraphonist and composer drawn to softly luminous effect, has a chamberlike new album, “The Subliminal and the Sublime,” inspired by nature — with an eye toward both the grandeur and the granular. This trio features two core members of its cast: the pianist Fabian Almazan and the guitarist Ryan Ferreira. At 10:30 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

Go: Organic Orchestra (Sunday) 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. This is the conclusion of a monthlong residency at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. At 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-622-3300, (Chinen)

Jon Irabagon Quartet (Wednesday) Jon Irabagon has two new albums arriving in a couple of weeks: “Inaction is An Action,” an often starkly abrasive solo recital played on sopranino saxophone; and “Behind the Sky,” a reflective, melodic post-bop affair for a small group. This one-nighter focuses more on the second option — though perhaps not to the exclusion of the first — with a band featuring the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Mario Pavone: ‘Blue Dialect’ (Sunday and Monday) The rock-solid yet deeply exploratory bassist Mario Pavone has an excellent new album, “Blue Dialect,” featuring his trio with Matt Mitchell on piano and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. The group draws from the album in this engagement, joined (on Sunday only) by Dave Ballou on trumpet and Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

August Tzadik Releases

English: John Medeski. Concert with Medeski, M...

Source: Tzadik.

Blue Buddha : Blue Buddha

Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today, this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual.

John Zorn : The True Discoveries Of Witches And Demons

“The True Discoveries of Witches and Demons” is the second release by Zorn’s heavy new organ trio of John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski. Described as Tony Williams’ Lifetime on steroids, here they are joined by special guests Marc Ribot and Trevor Dunn to make the music even heavier and more intense. This is white hot, mind bending music filled with heavy riffs, fiery solos and improvisational madness. Three generations of musical explorers come together to rip your mind to shreds in the second installment from Zorn’s heaviest new ensemble Simulacrum.

Vital Weekly Reviews 996

Source: Vital Weekly.

Fryadlus – Musical Expo (Cd by Kaico) *
Kita Kouhei – Endless Cycle of Rebirth (Cd by Lantern) *
Periskop – Immerse (Cd by Kabalion Records) *
Jonas Kocher & Ilan Manouach – Skeleton Drafts (Cd by Bruit)
Nichi Nichi Kore Koniche – P.u.r. (Cd by Fortune)
Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston (Cd by Fortune)
Graham Stephenson & Aaron Zarzutzki – No Dice (Cd by Hideous Replica) *
Dominic Lash & Seth Cooke – Canary (Cd by Hideous Replica) *
Adam Asnan & Dale Cornish – Mounting (Cdr by Hideous Replica) *
Michael Speers – Damped, Driven System (Cassette by Hideous Replica)
Coppice – Bypass Ideal (Cassette by Hideous Replica)
Chaotalion – Tannenholzrauch (Cd by Attenuation Circuit) *
Metek – Psychededlic Noise (Feat. Vmood and Pythahora) (Cdr by Attenuation Circuit) *
Unii/emerge – … Distant Glow… (Cdr by Attenuation Circuit) *
Emerge Feat. Eljara of Prinzip Nemesis – … Staub (Cdr by Attenuation Circuit) *
Truus – Surrealist Ball (Cdr by Dew Claw Ditties) *
Kayaka – Sonic Kitchen (Cdr by Adaadat) *
Dunningwebsterunderwood – Bleed (Cdr by Adaadat) *
Hamilton Yarns – 2 Coins in a Fountain/the Eye of the Storm (2cdr by Hark!) *
More Eaze – Accidental Prizes (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
Fossils – with Brian Ruryk (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
Jen Hill – the Shape of It (Cdr by Kendra Steiner Editions) *