San Francisco Scene: September 11-18, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, September 11

Fri 9/11 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Ambient Happy Hour & In C ReDo
Switchboard Presents launches their 2015-2016 concert season with an ambient happy hour curated by Danny Clay and an audience-participation performance of the In C ReDo.

Fri 9/11 7:30 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
Skeleton Wire (Phillip Greenlief, GE Stinson and Steuart Liebig) & Amy Reed/Collette McCaslin More…

Fri 9/11 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Avenue Winds
Melanie Keller, flute; Adrienne Malley, oboe; Ginger Kroft, clarinet; Daniel Wood, horn; Charles Moehnke, bassoon
Avenue Winds presents an international program delving into the intricate and passionate woodwind quintets of Danish composer, Carl Nielsen, as well as Romanian composer, György Ligeti. The ensemble will also perform Jean Francaix‘s Quatuor à vents as well as additional selections featuring local San Francisco Bay Area composers.

Fri 9/11 8:00 PM SFEMF [See Announcement for address SF]
SFEMF Night Two at Brava Theater
Lawrence English and John Chantler
Surabhi Saraf

Saturday, September 12

Sat 9/12 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
Noon-2pm SHARP/////Sept 12 SATURDAY
Magnetic Stripper——Windowpain Industries——Beauty School———– More…

Sat 9/12 8:00 PM SFEMF [See Announcement for address SF]
SFEMF Night Three at Brava Theater
2781 24th Street (at York)
San Francisco, CA
Robert Rich
Charles Cohen
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Sat 9/12 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
New electronic music by Chad McKinney and Curtis McKinney, John Bischoff, Maggi Payne, Chris Brown and James Fei.

Sunday, September 13

Sun 9/13 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30pm Gestaltish
Rachel Condry – clarinet
Gretchen Jude – voice
Jakob Pek – guitar
Jennifer Wilsey – percussion
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – saxes, flute
Amber Lamprecht – oboe, flute
Bill Noertker – contrabass
Jason Levis – drums

Sun 9/13 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Dapplegray – Skeleton Wire

Sun 9/13 8:00 PM SFEMF [See Announcement for address SF]
SFEMF Night Four at Brava Theater:
Olivia Block
Doug Lynner
Kevin Blechdom & Aqulaqutaqu

Sun 9/13 8:00 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Shapeshifters Cinema
« Silence on the SevensubRadio Salon: ‘Fraid o’ Freyja »
Sitting in on low floor tom and balafon as Steven Dye and Alfonso Alvarez immerse the Temescal Art Center in light and sound. Steve’s trio includes him on ukulele, Maat Valkyr on sitar, Suki O’Kane, and several alternate tunings that tend to hypnotize.

Monday, September 14

Mon 9/14 9:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Avant-Jazz & Experimental Noise Every Monday featuring Tim Perkis/Steuart Liebig plus Tom Djll

Wednesday, September 16
Wed 9/16 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda: ke i te ki
Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda present a unique opportunity to experience the innovative artists’ sonic and spatial explorations. Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the NYC-based Onda (b. 1967) and the Kyotango-based Suzuki (b. 1941) share an astonishingly inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring site-specific locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Suzuki and Onda released their first album “ma ta ta bi” on ORAL_records in 2014.

Wed 9/16 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Matt Ingalls & Ken Ueno, Mazawa & Oakland, dyemark & Maat Valkyr, Gerritt & Knowles
Matt Ingalls & Ken Ueno
Witness first-hand the entanglement of two skyrmions in a space roughly the size of the Large Hadron supersaturated vapor chamber.
Julia Mazawa & Oakland
Always already collaborating, Julia Mazawa is an improviser, illustrator, sculptor and recordist who lives life with play and record buttons both mashed flat.
dyemark & Maat Valkyr
Blending the classical sounds of Tenor Ukulele and Sitar, dyemark is pleased to share the stage with Maat Valkyr.
Gerritt Wittmer & Paul Knowles
Not seen since their amazing 2011 performance at the Berkeley Art Museum, this singularly confounding duo can extinguish sound and set fire to silence.

Wed 9/16 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova Saxophone Quartet + Henry Kaiser + Kyle Bruckmann: Steve Lacy’s “Saxophone Special”
Reprising their sextet show from July 2015 in Oakland, Rova and friends perform the classic 1974 recording by Steve Lacy called “Saxophone Special,” in preparation for a studio recording of same.

Thursday, September 17

Thu 9/17 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone

Thu 9/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Gallery [509 Ellis Street SF]
8:00pm Perfect Center (From LA): Lucas Gorham – Guitar
9:00pm Chris Corsano – solo drums

Friday, September 18

Fri 9/18 7:30 PM City of Refuge United Church of Christ [8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland, CA]
Solo, duo and ensemble arrangements from Andrew Jamieson’s Heard the Voice solo album.

Fri 9/18 7:30 PM Faye Spanos Concert Hall [3601 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA]
The Electronic Muse Concert featuring Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels), Todd Barton, and the Conservatory’s very own Robert Coburn. This concert is a celebration of the opening of the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music’s new Analog-Digital Modular Studio.

Fri 9/18 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Amendola vs. Blades: From Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock

Fri 9/18 8:00 PM Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists [1924 Cedar Street Berkeley, CA 94709]
“Play that Thing or Throw It Away” Larry Ochs – Darren Johnston – Gino Robair

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City.

Source: The New York Times.

Uri Caine and Mark Helias (Wednesday and Thursday) Mr. Caine is a pianist with strong and often sophisticated ideas, which puts him in the same orbit as Mr. Helias, an inexhaustibly adventurous bassist. They perform as an acoustic duo at Mezzrow, a room expressly designed for that format. At 9:30 and 11 p.m., 163 West 10th Street, near Seventh Avenue, Greenwich Village, 646-476-4346, (Nate Chinen)

Marco Cappelli 50th Birthday Celebration at the Stone (through Sunday) A guitarist from Italy that’s well established in the avant-garde, Mr. Cappelli has organized his week at the Stone around his 50th birthday. The offerings, characteristically varied, include his Acoustic Trio, augmented by Shoko Nagai on accordion (Friday at 10 p.m.); Italian Surf Academy, his interpretation of 1960s B-movie soundtracks (Saturday at 10 p.m.); and Ensemble Dissonanzen, a collective from Naples, with Marco Sannini on trumpet, Tommaso Rossi on flute and Ciro Longobardi on piano (at 10 p.m. Sunday). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

Elevation (Friday) This reflective ensemble, conceived by the pianist Lucian Ban and organized around the playing of the tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, further includes the violist Mat Maneri and an adaptable rhythm team of John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Liberty Ellman Sextet (Thursday) The guitarist Liberty Ellman has a knack for streamlining gnarly complexities into clean, appealing curvature. On “Radiate,” his excellent new album, he does so with the same loose-jointed, tight-focus ensemble that joins him here, with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, Steve Lehman on alto saxophone, Stephan Crump on bass and Damion Reid on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village,, 212-989-9319. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby’s Reading Band (Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has a burly but beseeching tone, and in his own bands he often pushes toward an amiable ruckus. His name for this quartet suggests that he’ll be introducing new material on the bandstand — which wouldn’t be a setback, given the adaptive grace of its lineup: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Rudolph, a hand percussionist, composer and world-music hybridist, has recently focused most of his attention on the Go: Organic Orchestra, a visionary large ensemble. But he never retired his Moving Pictures ensemble, stocked with longtime partners like the multireedist Ralph Jones and the guitarist and bassist Jerome Harris. This two-nighter, featuring some new compositions, will double as Mr. Rudolph’s 60th birthday celebration. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

RE:SOUND presents Touch in Vallejo

Rome, 2nd of June 2007: Christian Fennesz perf...

Source: 23five.

RE:SOUND presents Touch:
co-presented by 23five Incorporated

Simon Scott (Cambridge, UK)
Steve Roden (Pasadena)
Mark Van Hoen (Los Angeles / London)
Touch “Live Mix”
a screening of the Jon Wozencroft film Liquid Music, scored by Christian Fennesz

Saturday • September 19, 2015 • Doors at 3pm • Suggested donation $10.00 • advanced tickets
Magazine A-168 • Railroad Ave. & Mercado Ct. • Mare Island, Vallejo

Re:Sound is an experimental music series exploring the relationship between forgotten spaces, the natural environment, and sound abstraction. The series takes place on theMare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, a 215-acre park that formerly served as one of the first Naval Ammunition Depots. The performances take place in a decommissioned concrete munitions storage magazine measuring 55’ x 10. The architecture of the building traps sound resulting in a prolonged reverberation.

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

Source: The New York Times.

Artists at the Noguchi: Bang on a Can Music Series (Sunday) The latest edition of this now happily long-running series comes on the Noguchi Museum’s Community Day, when admission is free. The concert features the cellist Ashley Bathgate — a Bang on a Can All-Star — who will play just one work: “Stories for Ocean Shells,” an hourlong piece by the young Australian composer Kate Moore. At 3 p.m., 9-01 33rd Road, between Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street, Long Island City, Queens, 718-204-7088, (David Allen)

Cantata Profana (Friday and Saturday) The German composer Hans Werner Henze, who died at 86 in 2012, wrote richly scored, emotive orchestral, chamber and vocal works that often proved a stark contrast to the avant-garde music of his contemporaries. He wrote “Kammermusik 1958,” a 12-movement chamber piece for tenor, guitar and eight instruments, during a visit to Greece that year. Cantata Profana offers a new staging of the work, directed by Ethan Heard and featuring the tenor Thomas Cooley, the guitarist Arash Noori and projections by Christopher Ash. At 8 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street, (Vivien Schweitzer)

JACK Quartet (Thursday) Simon Steen-Andersen’s season-opening work for Columbia University’s Miller Theater may be called “Run Time Error,” but make no mistake: With the ever-adventurous JACK Quartet teaming up with Mr. Steen-Anderson for this piece that blends theater and music (with the composer “playing” the very surfaces of the building), chances are good that they’ll get the mix just right. At 8 p.m., Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Takehisa Kosugi (Saturday and Sunday) After its Conlon Nancarrow retrospective earlier in the year, the Whitney Museum of American Art explores another radical: the Japanese composer and violinist Takehisa Kosugi, a kindred spirit of John Cage who was aligned with the Fluxus movement and long associated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. “Music Expanded” spreads over two concerts, concentrating mainly on works from the 1960s but also turning to later electronic music. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Susan and John Hess Family Theater, 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, (Allen)

Creative Music in DC

Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007

Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, September 11 @ 9pm
Cloud Becomes Your Hand :: Cigarette Laughing Man :: Dura :: Kevin Greenspon
Cloud Becomes Your Hand (Indie Prog for video games, NYC)
Cigarette (Spacey, reverb-drenched avant pop, DC)
Dura (Naptime, DC)
Kevin Greenspon (Ambient Guitar, LA)
Laughing Man (Art Punk, DC)
Admission $8
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Wednesday, September 16 @ 8pm
Sun Speak :: Ian McColm Ensemble :: Bove/Garrett/Schaffer/Scheible
Sun Speak (Progressive Jazz, Chicago)
Ian McColm Ensemble (Progressive Jazz, DMV)
Bove/Garrett/Schaffer/Scheible (Improvised Music and Dance, DMV)
Admission $8
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Thursday, September 17 @ 7pm
Quintron’s Weather Warlock
The venerable NOLA artist Quintron sets up a weather-controlled synth, and plays a Warlock guitar with a slew of DC-based improvisers. The Weather Warlock is a musical instrument which is played by the weather. The weather sensors are mounted to a post and detect temperature, wind, sun, and rain. This all analog synthesizer produces a wide range of tones and harmonics based around a consonant E major chord with special audio events occurring during sunrise and sunset.
Additional Performances by:
Olivia Neutron John (Post Bro, DC)
Escape-Ism (Found Sound Wonderworld, DC)
Laughing Man (Art punk, DC)
DJ Baby Alcatraz (Spinning Oldies, DC)
Admission $10
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, September 26 @ 8pm
Evan Parker/Ned Rothenberg Duo
Multi-reedists Evan Parker and Ned Rothenberg have spent their careers challenging the accepted notions of jazz and music in general. It isn’t a crusade or rebellion, but rather a personal search manifested in their vast and varied discographies.
Evan Parker (Multi-Reeds)
Ned Rothenberg (Multi-Reeds)
Admission $15
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Tyondai Braxton Profiled

English: Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008

Source: Wilmette Week.

As an experimental musician, Tyondai Braxton is aware that once he starts talking about one of his projects, he is susceptible to sounding like an asshole. It comes with the territory, really. Whenever an artist working along the avant-garde fringe is pressed to explain inscrutable ideas, there’s a risk of making the music even more impenetrable—and of coming off like a total wanker.

But for Braxton, explaining himself is part of his process. As he sees it, interviews are a gesture of inclusiveness, a way of opening up the music rather than walling it off to anyone who isn’t a composition major. If he seems, as The New York Times observed, “openly self-conscious of any pretension” when discussing his art, it’s because he’s careful not to violate the spirit in which it was made.