Creative Music in DC

English: Pharoah Sanders in December of 2006

Friday – Sunday, October 16 – 18 @ 8pm
Pharoah Sanders
Bohemian Caverns Legends of Jazz Series
Pharoah Sanders was born into a musical family. Sanders’ early favorites included Harold Land, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane. In 1961, Sanders moved to New York. Unable to make a living with his music, Sanders took to pawning his horn, working non-musical jobs, and sometimes sleeping on the subway. During this period he played with a number of free jazz luminaries, including Sun Ra, Don Cherry, and Billy Higgins. In 1964, Coltrane asked Sanders to sit in with his band. The following year, Sanders was playing regularly with the Coltrane group. Coltrane’s ensembles with Sanders were some of the most controversial and groundbreaking in the history of jazz. Their music represents a near total desertion of traditional jazz concepts, in favor of a teeming, irregularly structured, organic mixture of sound for sound’s sake. Strength was a necessity in that band, and as Coltrane realized, Sanders had it in abundance. Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. As a result, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans.

Bohemian Caverns
2001 11th Street NW
Located on the corner of 11th and U Streets NW

Saturday, October 17 @ 7pm
Aaron Leitko :: DJ Crystal Being
Aaron Leitko (Modular Synth/mem. of Protect-U, DC)
DJ Crystal Being (Fiona Griffin)
Suggested Donation $5
Red Onion Records
1628 U Street NW
Located near the corner of 16th and U Streets NW

Wednesday, October 21 @ 8pm
The Funs :: Tiger Hatchery :: Snail Mail :: Narkotronic
THE FUNS (Punk, Chicago)
TIGER HATCHERY (Harsh Free Jazz, Chicago)
SNAIL MAIL (Bedroom Pop, Baltimore)
Admission $7
Safari Lounge
4306 Georgia Ave NW
Located near the corner of Georgia Ave and Iowa Ave NW

Sunday, October 24 @ 8pm
Tomas Korber & Konus Quartett :: Solar Return :: Ariadne :: Tag Cloud :: Jaap Blonk
Tomas Korber is a Swiss/Spanish composer/improviser. The KONUS QUARTETT (four saxophones) is a Swiss chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of original contemporary compositions, which are often contrasted with older works performed in arrangement for saxophone. With their adventurous programming, the quartet has established itself as an important voice for contemporary and experimental music.
Solar Return was created in 2009 by Jenny Pickett and Julien Ottavi. They take electromagnetic phenomena as a starting point for their audio creations. Scores for dual audio synths/oscillators reflect patterns and electromagnetic events such as solar flares and inner city mobile phone mast peaks.
Ariadne is a sacred music duo based in Brooklyn, NY, comprised of Christine Lanx and Benjamin Forest. Their focus lies in the fixed framework of ritual interspersed with sacred and secular symbolism. Influenced by the canonical hours, their sound contains modern chant-like vocalises, Anglican choral textures, and percussive soundscapes in dense sonic textures. They are fascinated by juxtaposing themes, ancient structure and draw inspirations from mysticism and dystopian fantasies.
Tag Cloud is the Solo drone/noise/ambient experiments via analog electronics project of DC-based Chris Videll.
Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band.
Admission $10/students with ID $5
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave NW
Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, October 24 @ 7:30pm
RhizomeDC presents
Sarah Hennies/Dave Gross/Morgan Evans-Weiler :: Dr. Thomas Stanley :: Weed Tree

San Francisco Scene: October 16-23, 2015

English: Transamerica building, downtown San F...

From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, October 16

Fri 10/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Vernacular Visions #22
A 35mm slideshow of found photographs will be projected while two small groupings of musical improvisers interpret & accompany the images with a live soundtrack. At the end of the night there will be a collaborative set between all of the musicians (who have never performed together prior and most likely do not even know each other).

Fri 10/16 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Wild Rumpus
Wild Rumpus presents a program of genre-bending works of chamber music expressing a wide variety of reflections on life in the 21st century. Echoes and repetition are two threads weaving themselves throughout this program.

Fri 10/16 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Paul Dresher and co. perform PACT – Scott Johnson’s score for dance Resist/Surrender by Risa Jaroslow

Saturday, October 17

Sat 10/17 7:00 PM ODC Dance Commons, Fisher Family Studio [351 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA 94110]
StoreFrontLab Presents: Dohee Lee Performing 巫 – MU
Artist Dohee Lee will perform her piece, 巫 – MU, considering its connection with Sack’s book, Seeing Voices, in which deafness is illuminated through the examination of vibration and body language.

Sat 10/17 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Luo Chao Yun (pipa) with Kyle Bruckmann (ob), Tim Perkis (elec) and Gino Robair (perc)

Sat 10/17 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
IMPROVISATION: JACQUES DEMIERRE–FRED FRITH–URS LEIMGRUBER and DAPPLEGRAY – The trio of Jacques Demierre (piano), Fred Frith (electric guitar), and Urs Leimbruger (saxophone) share an evening of improvised music with Dapplegray (Nava Dunkelman, percussion; Tara Sreekrishnan, piano; Jeanie-Aprille Tang, electronics).

Sat 10/17 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Paul Dresher and co. perform PACT – Scott Johnson’s score for dance Resist/Surrender by Risa Jaroslow M

Sat 10/17 9:00 PM Thee Parkside [1600 17th St San Francisco, California 94107]
Thomas Dimuzio, Aria Rostami + Daniel Blomquist, CTRL-Z and Bryan Von Reuter

Sat 10/17 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
An evening of experimental composition and improvisation, textural exploration, and sound sculpting. Three Bay Area projects that share a common aesthetic of fractured accessibility take you on a journey toward liberation and bliss.

Sunday, October 18

Sun 10/18 3:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Paul Dresher and co. perform PACT – Scott Johnson’s score for dance Resist/Surrender by Risa Jaroslow

Sun 10/18 7:00 PM Episcopal Church of the Incarnation [1750 29th Ave SF]
Direct from France, join spinto soprano Paula Wilder-Gaubert, in a program of songs of nymphs, forest spirits, mermaids, water spirits, oceans, and rivers. The solo song recital will feature music of Debussy, Poulenc, Honegger, Britten, Prokofiev, Louis Vierne, and Finnish composer Toivo Kuula. Ms. Gaubert will be accompanied by Daniel Lockert on the piano. Ms. Gaubert has sung leading roles in the US with the Utah Lyric Opera, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, as well as concertized extensively in France.

Sun 10/18 7:30 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence #10 (open participation improv workshop) featuring Les Trois Chapeaux (Tania Chen, Kevin Corcoran, & Jaroba)

Sun 10/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Chamber Cartel: Play
Chamber Cartel is on their first cross country tour to find their inner child; performing works that mesmerize, inspire, and celebrate the joy of play.

Monday, October 19

Mon 10/19 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Monday Nights with Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents Adria Otte + Julie Moon

Tuesday, October 20

Tue 10/20 9:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]

Tue 10/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
The Van Allen Belt (Pittsburgh), Denny Denny Breakfast + The Mark Clifford Ensemble

Wednesday, October 21

Wed 10/21 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
Thomas Dimuzio is a musician, composer, improviser, sound designer, mastering engineer, label proprietor, and music technologist residing in San Francisco, California. Inspired as much by John Cage as Led Zeppelin, Dimuzio’s music is like a sonic excursion that transports the listener into other worldly aural realms.

Wed 10/21 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Improvised duos by Fred Frith and Phillip Greenlief.

Wed 10/21 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
No use for second thoughts after the paper has already hit your tongue, this is the handshake with heart-muscle grip and once it’s started you’re in for a heavy haul you won’t soon forget. The return of Wiggwaum features Loren Means (electric Trombone/vocals), Douglas Katelus (hammond organ), Randylee Sutherland (percussion).
Electronics free, apocalypse-ready, go ahead and cut the power because Ettrick will wrench the furthest possible sounds from their instruments through brute force, screaming through saxophones, and getting impolite with their drums. This show marks the ten-year anniversary of Jacob Felix Heule and Jay Korber’s jazz/black metal drum and sax assault.
Tainted Pussy
Think Ciccone Youth, throw in some pussy print & pom-poms and you might find once you have climbed those stairs, they lead to nowhere… Miss Meow Mix- vocalizations & cat moves, Crystal Nails- electronic witchery, and Smoke Persian – bass & vocals, celibrate (not celibate) ten years of the taint, tonight!
The Edomites
Drums underfoot and synth high overhead floating your head right in between, Puzzle Abalos and Mike Reed layer live drum breaks with MPC3000, Modular Synth, Moog Opus, Bass, and pedal effects. The Edomites take the stage first, so don’t dally in the alley, and their long-awaited tape release hits at this show!

Thursday, October 22

Thu 10/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store Gallery [1007 Market Street SF]
The Experimental Side of the Y2k15 Live Looping Festival
Concert starts promptly at 8pm:
8:00) Rick Walker
8:30) Aram Shelton / Tonal Masher (sax, electronics)
9:00) Future Cassette (modular synths)
9:30) Philip Zürcher (guitar, electronics) from Bern, Switzerland

Friday, October 23

Fri 10/23 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Cal Performances presents: Eco Ensemble
Cal Performances presents: Eco Ensemble
Notes on Light
feat. Anssi Karttunen, cello
The Tempest Songbook
feat. Jennifer Zetlan, soprano & Nikolas Nackley, baritone
Sept Papillons

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...

Source: The New York Times.

AACM 50th Anniversary Festival (Fridays through Oct. 30) The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a groundbreaking institution for American experimental music, has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with events both in and beyond Chicago, its city of origin. This concert series, presented by the association’s New York chapter on four consecutive Fridays in October, will feature avant-garde titans like the trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and the drummer Thurman Barker, who each leads a group at 8 p.m. this Friday. At the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, 800-838-3006, (Nate Chinen)

BRIC JazzFest (Friday) The finale of this first BRIC JazzFest, at the BRIC House complex in Downtown Brooklyn, is a marathon of overlapping sets by artists including the organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, with his ensemble Evolution; the trumpeter and keyboardist Nicholas Payton, with his trio; the James Carter Organ Trio, led by Mr. Carter, a saxophonist; and Thumbscrew, consisting of the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the bassist Michael Formanek and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., 647 Fulton Street, at Rockwell Place, Fort Greene, 866-811-4111, (Chinen)

An Evening of Talent Deserving Wider Recognition (Sunday) Allen Lowe, a saxophonist, composer, music historian and outsider-sage, rallies a range of collaborators for this concert. Stretching seven hours, it features just as many groups, each with a different angle of attack. (One will consist of Mr. Lowe, the clarinetist Ken Peplowski, the pianist Ursula Oppens and the bassist Kevin Ray.) The music is all Mr. Lowe’s, including a grand finale for large ensemble, tentatively titled “The Five Stages of Grief/Meditations on Disintegration.” Starting at 3 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

Julian Lage Trio (Saturday) The guitarist Julian Lage is one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and a seemingly boundless curiosity. He demonstrates this gift on a new solo acoustic album, “World’s Fair” — as he’s no less likely to do with his recently formed trio, featuring Scott Colley on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, (Chinen)

Roscoe Mitchell (Friday) Mr. Mitchell, a saxophonist and composer of rigorous disposition, has lately been busy commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, to which he has belonged from the beginning. This concert — a subsidiary part of those festivities, presented by Pioneer Works — will feature his music for a quintet with the baritone Thomas Buckner, the multi-reedist Scott Robinson and the drummers Tani Tabbal and Gerald Cleaver. At 8 p.m., Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, between Imlay and Conover Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn, 718-596-3001, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Leon Botstein

Source: The New York Times.

American Symphony Orchestra (Friday) Leon Botstein’s relentlessly inventive orchestra brings a distinctly varied program to Carnegie Hall, led by a new orchestration of Nico Muhly’s “Seeing is Believing,” with Tracy Silverman on the electric violin. Sophia Burgos is the soprano for Henri Dutilleux’s “Correspondances,” and the orchestra also plays Gunther Schuller’s “7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee” and Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” At 8 p.m., Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, (Allen)

Maya Beiser (Friday and Saturday) As omnivorous in her musical tastes as she is curious about spiritual traditions, this fearless cellist presents a program titled “All Vows,” which tests the boundaries between the sacred and profane. The program includes works by Glenn Kotche and Michael Gordon; Ms. Beiser’s interpretations of classic rock; and Mohammed Fairouz’s “Kol Nidrei.” At 7:30 p.m., Fishman Space, Fisher Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 321 Ashland Place, near Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, (Vivien Schweitzer)

The Knights (Saturday) This orchestral collective, known for its high-energy performances, explores music inspired by animals and other unpredictable creatures in its performance of an arrangement of Stockhausen’s “Leo” from “Tierkreis” and one of Sufjan Stevens’s Suite from “Run Rabbit Run”; Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Soldier’s Tale”; and Giovanni Sollima’s “Federico II” from “Viaggio in Italia.” At 8 p.m., BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 718-683-5600, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

SONiC Festival (Friday and Saturday) This adventurous festival of new sounds spreads its wings wide across the city with a presentation on Friday at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City by the American Composers Orchestra playing globally sourced compositions, and two performances Saturday at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. The early set there features the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth performing music by Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli and others while the composer Paola Prestini and the cellist Jeffrey Zeigler headline a late-night show of music and video art. Full details are at (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Nate Wooley (Tuesday through Oct. 25) This multitasking jazz trumpeter brings his full versatility to a residency that brings together major players like Tim Berne and Battle Pieces (on Tuesday) and offers first hearings on Wednesday of new works for soprano, trumpet and cello quartet, as well as for solo trumpet and phonetic mechanics. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Interview with Upsilon Acrux

Upsilon Acrux, Doubt, ANANSI, BRAIN! perform Saturday, October 17, The Loft at The Chanticleer, Ithaca NY.

Source: Ithaca Times.

Elevation sickness is common among the uninitiated. For those that live in the higher reaches of the astral plane though, the dizzying heights are mere inspirations to keep climbing, keep growing, to push further. The Los Angeles based underground progressive-math band Upsilon Acrux are individuals that strive in those mystical elevations. And none are more efficient than founder and lead guitarist Paul Lai. I spoke with Lai about a number of things. The skilled musician talked about some important contemporary artistic realities, and some deep musical knowledge. The band is currently touring on the strength of their seventh LP, Sun Square Dialect.

Seattle Scene: October 17-30, 2015

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Seattle Modern Orchestra
Sat. October 17; 8 PM; $20, $10 student/senior

SMO opens its 2015-16 season with the premier of From Darkness to Luminosity, a commissioned work by Cuban-American composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia for pianist Cristina Valdés. Also on the program: Edgard Varèse’s Octandre (1928), Morton Feldman’s The Viola in My Life I (1970), featuring violist Melia Watras, and Julia Wolfe’s Singing in the dead of night (2008). Pre-concert discussion at 7:30 PM.

Fandrich + Seman/Ostrowski
Thu. October 22; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Monktail Creative Music Concern continues to celebrate fifteen years of bringing high-quality adventurous music to Seattle audiences. Tonight, Stephen Fandrich performs original music for gamelan, and John Seman and Mark Ostrowski play improvised solos and duets.

Earshot: Gary Stroutsos
Wed. October 21; 8 PM; $24, $22, $12 advance

Not a Wayward show, but of interest: Earshot Jazz Festival presents “world flute artist and cultural folklorist” Gary Stroutsos in an homage to his mentor and idol Paul Horn and his classic 1960s album Inside, recorded in the Taj Mahal. Best known for his work on the Native American flute, Stroutsos combines sounds and traditions found in American Indian music, Chinese, Cuban, and jazz stylings.

Earshot: Reid/Mitchell/Reed
Fri. October 23; 8 PM; $5 – $15 advance/door

Nonsequitur & Earshot Jazz Festival present three key figures of the new generation of Chicago’s AACM collective: versatile cellist Tomeka Reid, adventurous flutist Nicole Mitchell, and drummer Mike Reed, “a center of gravity for music in Chicago (and beyond).”

TUE. 10/27 – Earshot Jazz Festival presents Nate Wooley (trumpet) and Paul Lytton (percussion)

THU. 10/29 – Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani’s Gong Orchestra

FRI. 10/30 – Nonsequitur presents a Japanese/American quartet of electroacoustic improvisers: Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Toshimaru Nakamura (electronics), Bryan Eubanks (soprano sax, electronics), Jason Kahn (percussion)