A Deluge of Jazz in Chicago this Weekend 

Source: Chicago Reader.

The marquee event is the Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday, but there are also Roscoe Mitchell‘s two trio concerts at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday and Matthew Shipp‘s duo concert with bassist Michael Bisio Saturday at Constellation. That’s to say nothing of Ravi Coltrane‘s engagement at the Jazz Showcase, singer Kurt Elling at the Green Mill tonight and tomorrow, up-and-coming drummer Jeremy Cunningham leading his quintet with Jeff Parker tonight at Constellation, and the trio of Edward Wilkerson, Jim Baker, and Steve Hunt Sunday night at the Owl. Choices, choices.

San Francisco Scene: September 25 – October 2, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

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]
DARIUS MILHAUD: MÉDÉE (1938)
Darius-and-Madeleine-Milhaud
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).

Saturday, September 26

Sat 9/26 4:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Tribute to Ornette Coleman
Change of the Century – a musical tribute to Ornette Coleman
organized by Myles Boisen

Sat 9/26 7:00 PM Gaspar Brasserie [185 Sutter St @ Kearny San Francisco CA 94109]
Patrick Wolff Trio will be playing this Saturday at Gaspar Brasserie. Come out for some music, vintage cocktails and a weekly prix fixe menu, served alongside our full menu

Sat 9/26 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
William Basinski
The Lab presents William Basinski in a solo performance of his two new albums, Cascade and The Deluge.

Sunday, September 27

Sun 9/27 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Optical Sound #2 ~ Dementia (1955) ~ Frith•Custer•Stanley

Monday, September 28

Mon 9/28 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613]
Rafael Toral: Space Studies

Mon 9/28 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Ensemble Room
RAFAEL TORAL

Tuesday, September 29

Tue 9/29 7:51 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Not Electronic Music: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Rafael Toral + sfSoundGroup

Wednesday, September 30

Wed 9/30 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Silver Keys Trio – All American Music

Wed 9/30 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Inventor’s Quorum:
Neil Feather/Rosie Langabeer- Two To Tutu Too
Tom Nunn/ Kevin Corcoran/ David Samas- Pet the Tiger

Wed 9/30 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland]
Rafael Toral w/Gino Robair, Marc Kate, Tonal Masher More…

Thursday, October 1

Thu 10/01 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thingamajigs presents another year of exciting new musical works for homemade instruments, found objects, DIY inventions, and alternate tunings by some of the Bay Area’s most innovative artists. Instrument inventors are a rare breed; but at this year’s 18th annual Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival, a dozen of the finest experimental instrument builders will be entertaining all ages crowds at the Center for New Music.

Thu 10/01 8:00 PM LSG Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Gallery [509 Ellis Street SF]
NorCal Noise Fest in San Francisco
8:15pm THIRTEEN HURTS (Colorado)
8:40pm KOMPRIPIOTR (Italy)
9:10pm X-BAX (Long Beach,CA)
9:35pm CHESTNUT (Los Angeles)

Thu 10/01 8:00 PM Brava Theater Center [2781 24th St., San Francisco, CA]
Composer and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa presents the Bay Area premiere of Glorious Ravage, a panoramic song cycle featuring a large ensemble of California improvisers with new film, video and animation by Janis Crystal Lipzin, Kathleen Quillian, Alfonso Alvarez and Konrad Steiner. With: Fay Victor, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Vinny Golia, Michael Dessen, Darren Johnston, Kyle Bruckmann, Cory Wright, Dina Maccabee, Kjell Nordeson, Jordan Glenn, John Finkbeiner, Tim Perkis, and Mezzacappa.

Friday, October 2

Fri 10/02 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
ACKAMOOR/MOLINA DUET: A Ritualistic Musical Journey Improvised With Traditional & Invented Instruments

Fri 10/02 8:00 PM Brava Theater Center [2781 24th St., San Francisco, CA]
Composer and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa presents the Bay Area premiere of Glorious Ravage, a panoramic song cycle featuring a large ensemble of California improvisers with new film, video and animation by Janis Crystal Lipzin, Kathleen Quillian, Alfonso Alvarez and Konrad Steiner.
With: Fay Victor, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Vinny Golia, Michael Dessen, Darren Johnston, Kyle Bruckmann, Cory Wright, Dina Maccabee, Kjell Nordeson, Jordan Glenn, John Finkbeiner, Tim Perkis, and Mezzacappa.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Barry Altschul and the 3dom Factor (Saturday) Mr. Altschul, a drummer of deep experience in the post-1960s avant-garde, has a new album, “Tales of the Unforeseen,” with the excellent trio he calls 3dom Factor. Featuring the saxophonist Jon Irabagon and the bassist Joe Fonda, it’s a tough, elastic band that moves in and out of phase. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village; 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Nate Chinen)

Coltrane Revisited (through Saturday) Timed to coincide with would have been John Coltrane’s 89th birthday (he was born on Sept. 23, 1926), 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, birdlandjazz.com. (Chinen)

Peter Evans at the Stone (through Sunday) Mr. Evans, a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and texture, concludes his week at the Stone with two of his core outlets: a quintet, which will perform one marathon set on Friday, starting at 8 p.m.; and the Zebulon Trio, which will play at 8 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, welcoming the pianist David Bryant for the second set. The finale, in both sets on Sunday, will be “House Special,” with Levy Lorenzo on percussion, Paul Wilson on keyboards, Sam Pluta on electronics and Kassa Overall on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Tuesday) This annual hornucopia shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters, with an nonrestrictive relationship to genre. Highlights include “Signatures in Brass,” a showcase organized by the ascendant postbop trumpeter Marquis Hill (Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor); two nights of a series called “Visionaries,” featuring avant-garde upstarts like Jaimie Branch (Sunday and Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Downtown Music Gallery, 13 Monroe Street); and a concert honoring the veteran trumpeter-bandleader Eddie Henderson, featuring his band and some homage-paying guests (Tuesday at 8 p.m., the New School, 55 West 13th Street). For tickets and a full schedule, visit fontmusic.org. (Chinen)

Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba (Friday) Ms. Laubrock is a tenor saxophonist drawn to dynamic tension, and in this band — its name, also the title of a new album, would seem to be a nod to its tuba player, Dan Peck — she has strong partners for her agenda. Along with Mr. Peck, they are Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Ben Gerstein on trombone and her husband, Tom Rainey, on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Trio 3 (Tuesday through Thursday) The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille hail from the same broad-minded jazz generation and share an agenda of rugged epiphany. Trio 3, as they call their superhero collective, has regularly expanded its ranks to include a notable pianist, like the three appearing in turns during this run: Ethan Iverson (Tuesday), Vijay Iyer (Wednesday) and Jason Moran (Thursday). At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592, bluenote.net. (Chinen)

Seaprog 2015 Review

Source: Exposé Online.

The final set of the weekend was no less than the Mighty Thunder Rider Nik Turner, one of the founding fathers of psychedelic space rock as a founder-member of Hawkwind, playing saxes, flute, and singing on all those classic albums we know and love, as well as his later bands Space Ritual, Sphynx, Space Fusion Odyssey, and Inner City Unit; material culled from all of these bands and projects would be played during this mammoth 100 minute set.

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Claire Chase (Tuesday, Wednesday and next Friday) This charismatic flutist performs works commissioned as part of Density 2036, a 22-year venture whose title is inspired by the 100th anniversary (in 2036) of Edgard Varèse’s flute solo “Density 21.5.” On Tuesday, she plays works by Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass, Marcos Balter and Mario Diaz de Leon; the lineup on Wednesday features music by George Lewis, Matthias Pintscher, Felipe Lara and Du Yun; and the three-part series wraps up next Friday with a program of Nathan Davis, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Pauline Oliveros and Francesca Verunelli. At 8 p.m., The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, thekitchen.org. (Schweitzer)

Da Capo Chamber Players (Thursday) The excellent contemporary music ensemble Da Capo Chamber Players, celebrating its 45th season, presents a double-centennial tribute program to two major American composers: Milton Babbitt (1916-2011) and George Perle (1915-2009). Though known as an uncompromising serialist, Babbitt in his youth was immersed in musical theater and even his most complex, thorny scores cook with spiky American rhythms. Perle also wrote 12-tone works, touched with a Germanic Expressionist streak quality, but also lucid and lively. The program also includes works by Fred Lerdahl, Jason Eckardt and David Fulmer. At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, 212-501-3330, kaufman-center.org. (Tommasini)

Ensemble Signal (Tuesday) As part of the Pop-Up Concerts series, members of this excellent ensemble offer a program including Luciano Berio’s wry “Sequenza V” for solo trombone, dedicated to Grock, the Swiss clown. The lineup also features a work by the Italian composer Luca Francesconi, a student of Berio’s, and works for solo trombone, bass clarinet and electronics. At 6 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com. (Schweitzer)

Momenta Quartet (Wednesday and Thursday) This young ensemble celebrates the release of “Similar Motion,” its first CD (which juxtaposes music by Philip Glass, the avant-garde composer Arthur Kampela and Debussy) with a festival at the Tenri Cultural Institute. The program on Wednesday, called “Americana,” features works by D. J. Sparr, Morton Feldman, Dan Visconti, Mr. Glass, Christian Wolff and Charles Ives. The program on Thursday includes pieces by Ives, Mr. Glass, George Crumb, Ysaye and Julián Carrillo. At 8 p.m., 43 West 13th Street, Greenwich Village, momentafestival.brownpapertickets.com. (Schweitzer)

National Sawdust (Thursday) Hail the opening of this richly promising, multimillion dollar new performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with two concerts on its opening night. The early program, at 7:30 p.m., stars works by a slightly familiar roster, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Tanya Tagaq and Theo Bleckmann, plus a live percussion installation from Glenn Kotche. The second portion of the night, at 11 p.m., features the band Cibo Matto performing material from its album “Hotel Valentine,” and a set from Andy Akiho, Jeffrey Zeigler and Roger Bonair-Agard. 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Allen)

Yarn/Wire (Tuesday) This unusual new-music quartet, consisting of two percussionists and two pianists, celebrates its 10th anniversary with premieres by David Bird, Sam Pluta and Mark Fell. The concert is presented in conjunction with Issue Project Room. At 8 p.m., Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, between Church Street and Broadway, TriBeCa, yarnwire.org. (Schweitzer)