San Francisco Scene: September 18-25, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, September 18

Fri 9/18 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga San Francisco]
sfSound presents a program of graphic scores, structured improvisation, minimalism, and extended techniques to the PRESIDIO SESSIONS, a concert series of informal, free performances in the Presdio Officers’ Club. Works by Cornelius Cardew, Frederic Rzewski, Dan Joseph, Monica Scott, John Ingle, and Matt Ingalls

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

Saturday, September 19

Sat 9/19 3:00 PM Magazine A-168 [Railroad Ave. & Mercado Ct. Mare Island, Vallejo]
RE:SOUND presents Touch: co-presented by 23five Incorporated. The performances take place in a decommissioned concrete munitions storage magazine measuring 55’ x 10, featuring Simon Scott (Slowdive), Steve Roden, Mark van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel), and Mike Harding (Touch) along with a screening of Liquid Music by Jon Wozencroft scored by Christian Fennesz.

Sat 9/19 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Erik Jekabson Quintet

Sat 9/19 8:00 PM Studio 55 in San Rafael [1455 East Francisco Blvd. San Rafael]
Sangita Moskow (electric sarod and voice)

Sat 9/19 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland]
Corsano/Rylan, Orcutt, Voicehandler, SL Morse

Sat 9/19 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Lina Bahn/Steve Antosca/Ken Ueno

Recent works for Solo Violin and Electronics

Lina Bahn, violin
Steve Antosca, computer
Ken Ueno, computer

Sunday, September 20

Sun 9/20 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
2 Solos @ The Nunnery – Rent Romus – saxophones & flutes “swings like death and hell”, Tom Djll – trumpet, electronics

Sun 9/20 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Karl Evangelista’s Taglish @ Which Way West? Sunday Concert Series
Filipino American composer and improviser Karl Evangelista is joined by a slew of Bay Area jazz stalwarts to present Taglish, a musical journey through 21st century immigrant culture.
Karl Evangelista-guitar, Rob Ewing-trombone, Francis Wong-tenor/soprano saxophones, Cory Wright-baritone saxophone, Rei Scampavia-keys, John-Carlos Perea-bass, Jordan Glenn-drums

Sun 9/20 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Chris Corsano: drums
Okkyung Lee: cello
Bill Orcutt: guitar

Monday, September 21

Mon 9/21 9:30 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Avant-Jazz & Experimental Noise Every Monday featuring Vijay Anderson/Steve Adams plus Rent Romus / Donald Robinson

Tuesday, September 22

Tue 9/22 7:30 PM Aggregate Space Gallery [801 West Grand Avenue Oakland, CA 94607]
Aggregate Space Gallery is pleased to present the work of cellist and noise artist Okkyung Lee in this one night only solo performance event.

Tue 9/22 7:48 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Willful Devices: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Scott Miller & Pat O’Keefe
Willful Devices is an electroacoustic improv duo, born of the collaboration between composer/computer musician Scott Miller and clarinetist/bass clarinetist Pat O’Keefe. Their name refers to the willful nature of the tools they manipulate to produce sound, because despite their best efforts, these devices are never fully under their control.

Wednesday, September 23

Wed 9/23 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Christin Schillinger — Diaphonic: New Sounds for Bassoon
New Music specialist Christin Schillinger performs new works for bassoon by California composers Kyle Hovatter, Jenni Brandon, John Steinmetz, Adrienne Albert, & Alex Shapiro. She is joined by collaborative pianist Jed Moss.

Wed 9/23 9:00 PM Starline Social Club [645 West Grand Avenue Oakland]
After living abroad for four years, Saul Williams returned to America and found his head twirling with thoughts on everything from race, class, and gender, to finance, freedom, and guns, to cooking shows, dog shows, superheroes, not-so-super politicians, and everything else that makes up our country.
Black Spirituals, of Oakland CA, are a locally venerated electro-acoustic duo of creative sound-makers who articulate meaning at the ecstatic intersection of tone-generating electronics & the heart-thumping, acoustic percussion technologies.

Thursday, September 24

Thu 9/24 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Gallery [509 Ellis Street San Francisco]
8:00pm Adam Hirsch – solo alto saxophone/voice/electronics
8:45pm Scott Cazan – electronics (Los Angeles)
9:30pm Carmina Escobar – voice/electronics (Los Angeles)

Friday, September 25

Fri 9/25 6:30 PM Matatu Festival [645 West Grand Avenue Oakland]
Robinson/Spirit/Trammell/Tacuma: DEMOCRATICS // Decolonizing the Imagination #MATATU15

Fri 9/25 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A tragic opera on the subject of Medea from Greek mythology.

Fri 9/25 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Scott Cazan and Carmina Escobar
Visiting composer/performers Scott Cazan (Los Angeles) and Carmina Escobar (Mexico City) present a night of works for live electronics and voice including two new works by Cazan and Escobar and opening with a performance of the seminal work “La Fabrica Illuminata” by Luigi Nono for multi-channel electronics and voice (performed live by Carmina Escobar).

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

British saxophonist Evan Parker

Source: The New York Times.

Michael Bates’s Northern Spy (Friday) Mr. Bates, a bassist, has a likably rugged recent album, “Northern Spy,” featuring a trio with Michael Blake on tenor saxophone and Jeremy Clemons, known as Bean, on drums. Here he plays some of the same music with Mr. Clemons, Donny McCaslin on tenor and Ben Monder on guitar. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Nate Chinen)

Coltrane Revisited (Tuesday through Sept. 26) Timed to coincide with would have been John Coltrane’s 89th birthday, the pianist Steve Kuhn — one of Coltrane’s sidemen, however briefly — assembles a respectful cast. Eric Alexander stands in Coltrane’s instrument, tenor saxophone; the rhythm section has Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Steve Smith on drums. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, (Chinen)

Peter Evans at the Stone (Tuesday through Sept. 27) Mr. Evans, a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and texture, works in a range of experimental settings next week, starting on Tuesday with two sets in collaboration with the august British saxophonist Evan Parker. Among the other highlights of the residency is Pulverize the Sound, a collective featuring Mr. Evans, Tim Dahl on electric bass and Mike Pride on drums, playing an 8 p.m. set on Thursday. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman (Tuesday) Mr. Parker is a British saxophonist, now in his 70s, who stands at the forefront of European free improvisation. He’ll be the first among equals in this avant-garde summit, with Ms. Mori on electronics, Ms. Courvoisier on piano and Mr. Feldman on violin. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

Jen Shyu: ‘Sounds and Cries of the World’ (Friday) “Sounds and Cries of the World,” a new album on Pi Recordings, is the result of years of traveling and studying undertaken by the remarkable improvising singer Jen Shyu. She has studied traditions of narrative performance in East Timor, Indonesia, Korea and Taiwan and created an original, flowing piece of work, rendered in new jazz-related musical idioms, but rooted in old symbols and rituals. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000, (Ratliff)

Moving Sounds Festival Tonight in NY Featuring Haas, Murail, Scelsi

Source: Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to invite to a concert which marks the culmination of this year’s Moving Sounds Festival. Performed by New York’s own Argento Ensemble, the program includes Giancinto Scelsi’s famous violin concert Anahit as well as pieces by Tristan Murail and the US. Premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas‘ Introduction und Transsonation – in the presence of the composer.

Argento Ensemble
Conductor: Michel Galante
Flute: Lance Suzuki, Roberta Michel, Jill Sokol
English horn: Kathy Halvorson
Clarinet: Carol McGonnell, Vasko Dukovski
Saxophone: Alex Hamlin
Horn: Karl Kramer, Laura Weiner
Trumpet: Paul Murphy
Trombone: Will Lang, Nicole Abissi
Violin: Doori Na, Keats Diffenbach
Viola: Stephanie Griffin, Melissa Reardon
Cello: Serafim Smigelskiy, John Popham
Bass: Brian Ellingsen, Kris Saebo
Violin soloist: Hanna Hurwitz


Tristan MURAIL:
Ma Soeur for solo viola
Les Ruines Circulaire for violin and clarinet
Feuilles a Travers les Cloches for violin, flute, piano and cello

Giacinto SCELSI:
Anahit for chamber orchestra and solo violin

Georg Friedrich HAAS:
Introduktion und Transsonation for chamber orchestra and tape

Upcoming Performances of John Luther Adams’ Works

Source: John Luther Adams.

September 25-26
Sila: The Breath of the World
Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra
Donald Nally, Benjamin Bolter, Alan Pierson, and Doug Perkins, conductors
Bienen School of Music, Evanston

September 27
Sila: The Breath of the World
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego

September 27
Strange and Sacred Noise
SŌ Percussion
Menil Collection, Houston

October 7
Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing (New York premiere)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Steven Schick, conductor
Miller Theatre, New York

October 9
for Lou Harrison (New York premiere)
JACK Quartet
International Contemporary Ensemble
Steven Schick, conductor

October 10
In the White Silence (New York premiere)
JACK Quartet
International Contemporary Ensemble
Steven Schick, conductor

October 12
Strange and Sacred Noise
University of Michigan Flute Ensemble
Contemporary Directions Ensemble and Chamber Choir
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

October 15
Become Ocean
University Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
University of Michigan Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

October 31-November 1
Become Ocean
La Jolla Symphony
Steven Schick, conductor
Mandeville Auditorium, San Diego

November 5
Dream in White on White
Sinfonietta Nova
Grunds for Sculpture, Hamilton

November 14-15
Become Ocean
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

November 19
Strange and Sacred Noise
NOVUS NY Percussion featuring Sandbox Quartet
Trinity Church, New York

November 20
The Wind in High Places
JACK Quartet
Roulette, Brooklyn

November 23
Callithumpian Consort
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

December 5
Become Ocean
New World Symphony
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
New World Center, Miami Beach

December 5-6
The Light That Fills the World
La Jolla Symphony
Steven Schick, conductor
Mandeville Auditorium, San Diego

December 8
Canticles of the Sky (World Premiere)
Calder Quartet
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles