San Francisco Scene: October 2-9, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

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
Using a multitude of traditional acoustic and invented instruments, ACKAMOOR/MOLINA DUET creates a ritualistic, improvised musical journey that takes the listeners through various sonic territories, including ambient, experimental, jazz, American folk, and more.

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.

Fri 10/02 8:00 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.

Fri 10/02 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
The Lost Trio + The Empty Cage Quartet

Saturday, October 3

Sat 10/03 7:30 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.

Sat 10/03 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
Ben Goldberg School

Sat 10/03 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Yoshi Wada & Tashi Wada

Sunday, October 4

Sun 10/04 4:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
New and old Finnish tribal folk songs arranged exploring the universal connections between immigrants and their motherlands. Featured musicians: Heikki Koskinen (pno&winds), Kati Pienimäki Schenker (vocals), Rent Romus, (winds), Steve Heckman (winds), Noah Schenker (bass)

Sun 10/04 7:00 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.

Sun 10/04 7:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
GYANI Indo Jazz ~ Cutting-edge East West Collaboration
World class musicians share their passion for exploring and expanding the possibilities of classical Indian raga and jazz in cutting-edge improvisation of global traditions and rhythms. Binay Pathak, Indian Vocal and Harmonium, Osam Ezzeldin, Keyboard, Jesse Sheehan, Saxophone, Vishal Nagar, Tabla, Abbos Kosimov, Doira. Breathtaking vocal and instrumental dialogues between musicians.

Sun 10/04 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30pm Dan Plonsey solo
8:30pm Talking Frog
Karen Stackpole – gongs/Bill Noertker – contrabass

Sun 10/04 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
◉ Silent films by Dziga Vertov (Дзига Вертов), Man Ray, and Maya Deren ◉ with music by Jorge Bachmann, Beth Custer, Bryan Day, Thomas Dimuzio, Tom Djll, & Joe Lasqo.

Monday, October 5

Mon 10/05 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Patrick Cress’s Telepathy (powerhouse modern jazz)
(Patrick Cress-sax, Michael Bello-ts, Sam Bevan-b, Jeff Marrs-dms)
Set #2: ROVA (legendary Bay Area saxophone quartet)
(Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Steve Adams, Bruce Ackley)
Set #3: Tim DeCillis’s Harbinger (percussion powered creative music)
(Theo Padouvas-tpt, Cory Wright-winds, Safa Shokrai-b, Alex Cohen-gtr, Tim DeCillis-dms/pc)

Mon 10/05 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Monday Nights with Oakland Freedom Jazz Series Presents Barrera + Sreekrishnan

Tuesday, October 6

Tue 10/06 7:41 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries presents: Tone Ramblings – Eric Mandat + friends
For more than 35 years, clarinetist/composer Eric Mandat has been at the forefront of clarinet extended performance techniques exploration, particularly multiphonics, microtones, and timbral modulations. He will perform mixed improvisations and compositions along with Tom Djll, John McCowen, and members of sfSoundGroup.

Wednesday, October 7

Wed 10/07 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For our October installment of the Meridian Composers In Performance series we present Duluth, MN instrument inventor Tim Kaiser and Berkeley’s Thomas Carnacki.

Wed 10/07 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents Adams/Boisen/Rowe + Jaroba/Norton/ Robinson

Thursday, October 8

Thu 10/08 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Center [509 Ellis Street SF]
8:10pm Adam Adhiyatma solo
8:40pm Bad Jazz w/Bryan Day, Tania Chen and others!
9:25pm Chinese Fire Drill
Dave Dave Dupuis-nunshorn, Sung Kim-nunshorn, Brian Pedersen-clarinet/sax

Friday, October 9

Fri 10/09 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
John Schott – electric guitar, Dan Seamans, double bass, and John Hanes, drums play original and imaginative music that moves from moody to exuberant, with swing and honesty.
Celebrating the release of their Debut CD on Tzadik.

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

John Luther Adams (Wednesday, next Friday and Oct. 10) The composer John Luther Adams’s shimmering sonic landscapes are inspired by nature, including the beautiful panoramas of Alaska, where he lived for decades before moving to New York. Mr. Adams recently received Columbia University’s $50,000 William Schuman Award; a three-concert retrospective begins on Wednesday with Steven Schick conducting the International Contemporary Ensemble in Mr. Adams’s “Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing” — a contemplative piece punctuated by enigmatic clusters of bells and named after a 14th century mystical Christian text. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Vivien Schweitzer)

Claire Chase (Friday) The International Contemporary Ensemble’s star flutist has reached Part 3 of her Density 2036 project, devoted to new compositions for an instrument that needs more of them. This latest installment includes works by Nathan Davis, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Francesca Verunelli and the inimitable Pauline Oliveros. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, (Allen)

Momenta Quartet (Saturday and Sunday) This forward-thinking string quartet continues its intriguing festival of new music with a program on Saturday titled “Memory Palace,” which presents music from five centuries spanning works by Boccherini and Debussy, Tomas Luis de Victoria and George Crumb. Saturday’s concert, “All Blade,” offers a slew of premieres by composers from diverse musical backgrounds, including Yusef Lateef, Wilfrido Terrazas and Gordon Beeferman. At 8 p.m., Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

National Sawdust (through Thursday) Brooklyn has been a hotbed of musical creativity for some time. With the Oct. 1 opening of this swanky new artist-led performance hall, Williamsburg asserts itself as a cultural destination well worth the trip across borough borders. Designed to nurture especially those forms of new music that defy genre categorization, the old sawdust factory throws open its doors to an assortment of concerts that include a program of globally influenced works presented by the pianist Leo Genovese, an ambitious festival dedicated to Terry Riley and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus headlining an evening of vocal music by Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw and Paola Prestini, among others. Full are details online. 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, 646-779-8455, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Pheeroan akLaff live at Saalfelden 20...

Source: The New York Times.

Theo Bleckmann + Band (Saturday) A vocalist of inventive instinct and chameleonic effect, Mr. Bleckmann is generally at his best as a member of an ensemble. This one comes packed with regular collaborators: the guitarist Ben Monder, the pianist Shai Maestro, the bassist Chris Tordini and the drummer John Hollenbeck. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at West 27th Street, fifth floor; 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

Guillermo Klein Sextet (Wednesday) The intensely thoughtful pianist and composer Guillermo Klein — originally from Buenos Aires, long stationed in Barcelona and now based in the greater New York area — always brings new information to the bandstand. He performs an 8 p.m. set with a band that includes Chris Cheek on tenor saxophone and Syberen van Munster on guitar; a subsequent set, at 9:30 p.m., will feature Mr. van Munster’s group Plunge. At Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Noah Preminger Group (Wednesday) On his often ecstatic new album, “Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar,” the tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his new band in a pair of incantatory half-hour extemporizations on classic blues by Bukka White. Returning to the scene of the album, with the same personnel — Jason Palmer on trumpet, Kim Cass on bass, Ian Froman on drums — Mr. Preminger will presumably pursue a similar agenda. At 10 and 11:30 p.m., 55 Christopher Street, 212-929-9883, (Chinen)

Rob Reddy: ‘Bechet: Our Contemporary’ (Saturday) The soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet was one of jazz’s first heroes, and he’s both a lodestar and a springboard for Rob Reddy on a pointedly titled new release, “Bechet — Our Contemporary.” As on the album, Mr. Reddy mixes in originals with Bechet classics, alongside open-minded improvisers like the trumpeter John Carlson, the guitarist Marvin Sewell and the drummer Pheeroan akLaff. At 9 p.m., BAMcafé, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, (Chinen)

New Perfect Sound Forever Magazine

Source: Perfect Sound Forever. Articles of interest include:

From Mozart to Metallica by Alex Jones
“…the sort of person who enjoys classical music is the same sort of person who would enjoy metal or heavy rock music. Research by scientists at Heriot-Watt University has found that not only are peoples’ personalities linked to their taste in music – classical and heavy metal listeners often have very similar dispositions.”

Private Listening, 21st Century Tech by Derek Pyle
“Prior to the 20th century, the “art” of creating music was almost exclusively dependent on real-time performance. Yet as editing processes became incrementally better as well as simpler following the post-WWII advent of high-quality multi-track cassette recording, David Byrne writes, “the elements of a ‘performance’ no longer had to be rooted in contiguous time or space…”

UK Psych/Space- interview by Billy Hell
“One of the best things about living in the Northwest of England in the early 21st century has been the chance to catch a hell of a lot of Mugstar gigs. Liverpool’s finest instrumental heavy psychedelic rock band seemed to support almost every band I went to see in that city for a few years, and they’ve played a lot in Manchester too. There was a time when every gig was better than their last, but now they seem to have levelled at a peak…”

The Death of Three Innovators Within One Month by Gary Gomes
“Of course, every revolution has its end, but I would argue that Coleman, Schuller and Squire represented the urge to blend different–sometimes radically different–musical cultures together in their respective areas of focus- jazz for Coleman, classical for Schuller, and rock for Squire. All three merged various styles, based on both their admiration of the styles, but also based on the needs of themselves as individuals.”

His Creative Agony
“In March 1948, sound engineer Pierre Schaeffer raided French Radio and Television Broadcasting’s sound effects department for doorbells, rattles, and bicycle horns. The clerk signing out the bells and allsorts could not understand why Schaeffer wanted sound effects when not working on a specific radio play. “What about the person who wants noise without text or context?””

Reading His Journals
“Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995) was one of the pivotal figures in postwar experimental music, the repercussions of whose work are still being felt today. His invention in the 1940’s of musique concrete¯the direct manipulation of recorded sounds first with discs and turntables and later with tape¯opened up new ways of composing…”

2 Biggest Obstacles to Enjoy HiFi
” No wonder the high-end audio industry is in trouble these days. Our targeted consumers are afraid to buy what we’re selling. And we, the high-end audio industry, are at fault for training the consumers to be this hopelessly discerning… High-end audio journalism is also partly to blame.”

The Bridge Tours, Focusing on Chicago

Unless otherwise specified, these dates appear to be in Chicago.

Source: The Bridge.

The Turbine! [The Bridge #3]
Harrison Bankhead – double bass
Benjamin Duboc – double bass
Hamid Drake – drums, frame drum*
Ramon Lopez – drums, tabla

On the dates ending with a “*”, Jason Adasiewicz sits in for Hamid Drake

11/1 The Promontory*
11/2 The Arts Incubator*
11/2 The Whistler*
11/4 Logan Arts Center*
11/5 The Black Cinema House at the Rebuild Foundation*
11/7 Museum of Contemporary Arts*
11/8 Milwaukee, WI: Woodland Pattern*
11/9 Option Series at Experimental Sound Studio (Ramon Lopez Solo)
11/9 Elastic Arts Foundation
11/10 The Whistler
11/11 Comfort Station (bass duo)
11/12 Doug Fogelson Studio
11/13 Detroit, MI: Detroit Institute of Arts
11/15 Ann Arbor, MI: Kerrytown Concert House
11/16 Pittsburgh, PA: The Aesthetic Parlour
11/17 New York, NY: The Zürcher Gallery
11/18 Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Art Alliance

Antichamber Music [The Bridge #10]
Improvisations for an Imaginary Quartet
Claudia Solal – voice
Katherine Young – bassoon
Tomeka Reid – cello
Benoît Delbecq – piano

11/12: Elastic Arts Foundation
11/13 Pianoforte Foundation
11/14 Constellation
+ “de-Lucia” project w/ Sandra Binion & Lou Mallozzi
11/15 Roosevelt University – Milkowski Hall
11/17 Chicago French Alliance