San Francisco Scene: October 23-30, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

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
KAIJA SAARIAHO
Notes on Light
feat. Anssi Karttunen, cello
The Tempest Songbook
feat. Jennifer Zetlan, soprano & Nikolas Nackley, baritone
Sept Papillons

Saturday, October 24

Sat 10/24 6:30 PM Jewish Community Center SF Kanbar Hall [3200 California St @ Presidio Ave SF]
Barrière & Saariaho
Concert begins at 7:30 PM
Pre-concert discussion at 6:30 PM
Two contemporary masters of multi-media, the composers Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, are visiting the Bay Area in the 2015. SFCMP takes a close look at their most intimate works – solo pieces for instruments, electronics and (sometimes) video. From the lyrical to the visceral, these Saariaho and Barrière works run the gamut of sounds and emotions.

Sat 10/24 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
New works by Amber McZeal/Zander Brown, Ryan Pate and Bill Baird, exploring the meaning of jazz in the 21st century.

Sat 10/24 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Karl Evangelista’s Space Walk + Crystal Pascucci’s Jade: The Hardness
An evening of new jazz and cutting edge composition, featuring the debut of Karl Evangelista’s Space Walk project and the Oakland premiere of Crystal Pascucci’s Jade: The Hardness.

Sunday, October 25

Sun 10/25 12:00 PM Herbst Theatre & The Green Room [401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister) San Francisco, CA]
SFMUSIC DAY, is a musical festival unlike any other! This is a music festival full local ensembles that are internationally acclaimed, gathering for one day of nonstop music making. What really makes this festival different from any other, is that every performance is completely FREE and open to the public!

Sun 10/25 2:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
ORNETTE!: A TRIBUTE TO ORNETTE COLEMAN — ① Films (2:30pm matinée)
Two acclaimed documentaries, curated by Peter Esmonde, filmmaker of TRIMPIN: the sound of invention:
— Ornette: Made In America (dir. Shirley Clark)
— Moffett, David, And Ornette (dir. Dick Fontaine)

Sun 10/25 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708]
Jenny Maybee/Nick Phillips Trio @ Maybeck Studio (Berkeley), will be playing new music from their forthcoming album to be released in early 2016 on the Blue Coast Records label. Original songs and instrumentals spanning a range from free improvisation to lush, structured beauty. Fresh arrangements of favorite standards, and precision playing that focuses on space and silence!

Sun 10/25 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
ORNETTE!: A TRIBUTE TO ORNETTE COLEMAN — ② Show
◉ Set 1: John Ingle / Kjell Nordeson Duo • sax/percussion pas de deux in hyperspace
◉ Set 2: Aram Shelton’s Marches (Aram Shelton, Cory Wright, Steve Blum, Safa Shokrai (صفاء شکری), Britt Ciampa, Jordan Glenn) • double reed / double drum power in action
◉ Set 3: Joe Lasqo’s Tomorrow Is The Meta-Body (Lisle Ellis, Darren Johnston, Joe Lasqo, Donald Robinson) • réprise of bass/piano dialog from Ellis’ Ornette Coleman Songbook (Downbeat ✰✰✰✰✰), now expanded with trumpet, drums, & laptop. With visuals by Bill Thibault.

Sun 10/25 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 RTD3
Tom Nunn – metal and cardboard, Ron Heglin – voice/trombone, Doug Carroll – cello
8:30 Ritual I-X (ten graphic scores grapples)
Joshua Marshall – saxophone, Theo Padouvas – trumpet
Eli Wallace – piano, Rob Pumpelly – drumset

Monday, October 26
Mon 10/26 7:30 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
ORNETTE, LACY, & POINTS BEYOND…
◉ Set 1: ROVA Saxophone Quartet • compositions by Ornette associates Steve Lacy and John Carter, as well as a piece each by Rova member Jon Raskin, and British composer John Butcher.
◉ Set 2: Joe Lasqo’s Tomorrow Is The Meta-Body (Lisle Ellis, Darren Johnston, Joe Lasqo, Donald Robinson) • réprise of bass/piano dialog from Ellis’ Ornette Coleman Songbook (Downbeat ✰✰✰✰✰), now expanded with trumpet, drums, & laptop. With visuals by Bill Thibault.

Mon 10/26 7:30 PM Mills College Chapel [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
lucky cloud music series featuring solo performances by Sophie Dickinson, Kaori Suzuki, and Andrew Weathers.

Mon 10/26 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents: Fluke-Mogul + Dunkelman

Wednesday, October 28

Wed 10/28 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE KRYSTLE AHMADYAR
Ruby Mountain with special guests
Ruby Mountain is a solo project of Artist-in-Residence Krystle Ahmadyar. On this night, she will be mixing vocals, field recordings from Afghanistan, found sounds, and electronic noise creating new works-in-progress.

Thursday, October 29

Thu 10/29 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
An intimate evening with the Del Sol String Quartet in their Soundings 3.0 series in which they explore the interface between new music and visual art. This performance will feature “Mythic Birds Waltz” by Terry Riley, in his 80th birthday year, alongside work of Kate Rannells (http://katerannells.com), an Oakland-based artist who focuses on a sense of place in mixed media works using paint, wax, and found and natural objects.

Thu 10/29 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
We are delighted to present an evening of music and video works by Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Kaija Saariaho. Both artists are in residence in the Bay Area this fall presenting a large number of performances and lectures, and we are very pleased that they have managed to fit a visit to CCRMA into their busy schedules. Jean-Baptiste Barrière will also present a preconcert talk – open to the public – early in the day at 5.00PM on the CCRMA Stage

Thu 10/29 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm SLOW slow LORIS
Slow Slow Loris is an experimental/avant-garde melodic noise-music duo based in Berlin, Germany; a collaboration of ANY and G6PD. Using voice and electronic devices, they reveal the melody within the discord.
9pm Instagon
Instagon is an invoked musical entity that is called upon by the deamon rider Lob and whomever he has asked to undertake this task with him for the current excursion.

Friday, October 30

Fri 10/30 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Norwegian composer/performer (French horn and electronics) Hild Sofie Tafjord presents a concert of her work, and new music developed with Mills students.

Fri 10/30 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova Saxophone Quartet: Pre-Tour Concert

Sanders, Shepp, and Burton are NEA Jazz Masters

Pharoah Sanders und William Henderson, Altes P...

Source: Times Free Press.

Saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp and vibraphonist Gary Burton are the newest recipients of the nation’s highest jazz honor. They have been chosen as the 2016 Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts, it was announced Thursday. Wendy Oxenhorn, executive director of the Jazz Foundation of America, which assists musicians in need, received the Jazz Masters Award for advocacy.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

AACM 50th Anniversary Festival (Friday and 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 in and beyond Chicago, its city of origin. This concert series, presented by the association’s New York chapter, continues on Friday with a concert featuring “Impromptus,” a piece by the trombonist George Lewis with several percussionists, including Tyshawn Sorey (who will also play piano and trombone); and the husband-and-wife team of Adegoke Steve Colson on piano and Iqua Colson on vocals, with the violinist Marlene Rice, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille. At the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, 800-838-3006, aacmnyc50th.bpt.me. (Nate Chinen)

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra (Saturday) Mr. Berger, the composer, conductor and former guiding spirit of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., has a robust outlet in this large ensemble, with a shifting cast of players. For this concert, Peter Apfelbaum will be a featured soloist. At 8 p.m., the Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, thefirehousespace.org. (Chinen)

Erik Friedlander’s Oscalypso (Wednesday) As an improvising cellist, Mr. Friedlander has long celebrated the legacy of Oscar Pettiford, one of the instrument’s few great figures in jazz history. “Oscalypso” consists entirely of Pettiford’s compositions, played with feeling by Mr. Friedlander and the spry quartet appearing here, with Michael Blake on saxophones, Trevor Dunn on bass and Michael Sarin on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 196 Allen Street, between Stanton and Houston Streets, Lower East Side, 212-477-4155, rockwoodmusichall.com. (Chinen)

Jacob Garchik’s Ye Olde(Tuesday) Mr. Garchik is a trombonist, composer and arranger brimming with bright ideas, and on his new album, “Ye Olde,” he imagines a heavy-metal soundtrack to a pseudo-medieval tale set in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The music, which works better than that description might suggest, features the drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and three texture-mad guitarists: Jonathan Goldberger, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook. (Among the opening bands are Mossenek and WindHorse.) At 7 p.m., Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, at Second Street, East Village, 212-228-0228, theboweryelectric.com. (Chinen)

Nate Wooley at the Stone (Through Sunday) Mr. Wooley is a trumpeter forever interested in texture and contrast, and drawn to abstraction. He concludes his week at the Stone in fine form, starting on Friday in duos with the pianist Matthew Shipp (at 8 p.m.) and the drummer Gerald Cleaver (at 10 p.m.). On Saturday, he performs two sets with the important English free-jazz drummer Paul Lytton. And on Sunday, after an 8 p.m. set devoted to a collective improvisation (led by John Zorn, the Stone’s founder), Mr. Wooley will conclude with a 10 p.m. celebration of “(Dance to) the Early Music,” his forthcoming quintet album, which slyly reinterprets the music of Wynton Marsalis. At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York

Source: The New York Times.

‘Persona’(Friday and Saturday) Ingmar Bergman’s dark psychothriller morphs into an opera in the hands of the composer Keeril Makan and the librettist and director Jay Scheib. The fierce new-music ensemble Either/Or performs under the music direction of Evan Ziporyn; the cast includes the mezzo Amanda Crider as Alma and the baritone Joshua Jeremiah as Man. Friday’s performance is followed by a 10 p.m. concert of chamber works by Mr. Makan performed by the Aeolus Quartet. At 8 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

American Composers Orchestra(Friday) The omnivorous Sonic Festival concludes with a concert chock-full of world premieres by composers including Michael-Thomas Foumai, Melody Eötvös, Hannah Lash, Judah Adashi and Conrad Winslow. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner(Monday) Ms. Koh, a violinist, and Mr. Wosner, a pianist, have collaborated to fine effect recently. They continue their partnership with a series of four concerts featuring the complete Beethoven violin sonatas alongside new works inspired by a sonata on the program. The opening event features Beethoven’s fiery “Kreutzer” sonata, the Violin Sonata in D (Op. 12, No. 1) and Vijay Iyer’s “Bridgetower Fantasy,” a homage to the 19th-century violinist George Bridgetower, for whom Beethoven composed “Kreutzer.” At 8:30 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, 92y.org. (Schweitzer)

Rushes(Friday) One of the most unusual ensembles in the increasingly diverse music world — of seven bassoons, and seven bassoons alone — gives a program of a single work, “Rushes,” by Michael Gordon, founder of Bang on a Can. At 8 p.m., Board of Officers Room, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street, Manhattan, 212-933-5812, armoryonpark.org. (Allen)

Setola di Maiale Releases

Source: Setola di Maiale.

SHO-SHIN DUO (Riccardo Marogna, Riccardo La Foresta)
FREE THE CAT
Riccardo Marogna _ clarinet _ bass clarinet _ tenor saxophone _ electronics
Riccardo La Foresta _ drums _ percussions _ objects

The name “Sho-Shin” is derived from a concept of the Zen Buddhism which means “beginner’s mind”, and express the idea of a fresh, spontaneous, trans-idiomatic approach to musical improvisation. The duo has already performed in numerous contexts in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland (Donau115, T-Berlin, Centro d’Arte di Padova, Novemetis Festival, Sile Jazz, Spazio Aereo, Troglobatem Festival).

AGHE CLOPE (Paolo Pascolo, Andrea Gulli, Giorgio Pacorig, Stefano Giust)
BLIND MIND
Paolo Pascolo _ flutes _ alto sax
Andrea Gulli _ laptop _ tapes _ analog synthesizer
Giorgio Pacorig _ fender rhodes, kork ms20, devices
Stefano Giust _ drums _ cymbals _ objects

This quartet is focused in improvised music, with many facets. It’s the second album after “Improvisations 1-4” of 2007 (SM1570) and stems from a nice collaboration between DobiaLabel and Setola di Maiale, with the graphic design by Giulia Spanghero. The music on the disc is taken from several concerts performed by the group in 2013: BRDA Contemporary Music Festival (Slovenia), Mariboring Concert Series (Klub Gustaf Pekarna, Slovenia) and Re: Trax Complete Communion dedicated to Piermario Ciani (Udine, Italy).

Final Two Crow with no Mouth Concerts of 2015

Toshimaru Nakamura (performing with John Butch...

Source: St. Paul’s crow with no mouth concert series.

October 28
Konus Quartett // Tomas Korber

cwnm promotions is honored to present the Swiss-based Konus Saxophone Quartet and electronicist/guitarist/composer Tomas Korber in their Minnesota debuts.

I became aware of the scope of the Konus Quartett in 2014 with the release of two radically disparate works – Jürg Frey’s beautiful ‘Komponisten-Portrait’, and Tomas Korber’s ‘Musik für ein Feld’. The Frey release includes the quartet’s realization of his exquisite Mémoire, horizon (2013/14). Jürg was my house-guest for a week during the crow / Wandelweiser festival in the Fall of 2014, and gave me a preview of Mémoire, horizon just prior to its release. I was, and continue to be with each listen to this piece, deeply moved by the Konus Quartett’s stunning embodiment of the composer’s spirit and intentions.

7:30 doors // 8:00 music
$12 @door (cash only)

November 7
Tetuzi Akiyama / Toshimaru Nakamura / Jason Kahn / Bryan Eubanks

The final concert of our 2015 season is, fittingly, an extraordinary one. Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Bryan Eubanks and Jason Kahn perform at Studio Z, 7:30 doors / 8:00 music, $12 at the door. Akiyama and Nakamura rarely perform in the U.S.

Nakamura is an artist I warmed to only gradually when I began listening to him a decade ago; at some point I experienced that archetypal admixture of insight and pleasure, the aha, hearing his work thereafter in a new way. I am very excited to bring him for his Minnesota debut (Nakamura rarely plays in the United States) Nakamura will be heard in this quartet with two crow alumni, Bryan Eubanks and Jason Kahn, as well as with his long-time collaborator Tetuzi Akiyama.

Monday Evening Concerts 2015/16 Season

Source: Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concerts.

Monday Evening Concerts presents its 77th season of celebrating composers and performers whose only common bond is their commitment to being true to themselves and their visions. Our programs invite compositions from five centuries to converse with one another; more recent works entice us to hear chronologically older ones with new ears. We present recitals featuring eminent soloists Alexei Lubimov and Séverine Ballon. New York’s internationally acclaimed Talea Ensemble joins us for its Los Angeles debut. We will listen to Salvatore Sciarrino’s re-imaginings of exquisite works of Carlo Gesualdo side-by-side with pistol shots and broken glass. We will hear meditations on the inscriptions on Egyptian sarcophagi in the work of Gérard Grisey. We will experience surreal visions of the Coney Island freak show through the lens of Karl Kraus’ Vienna in the West Coast premiere of Steven Takasugi’s Sideshow.

TALEA ENSEMBLE : VIENNA / LOS ANGELES
Arnold SCHOENBERG: Pierrot Lunaire (1912)
Steven Kazuo TAKASUGI: Sideshow (2015) West Coast Premiere

“O Alter Duft aus Märchenzeit!” Our season opens with the Los Angeles debut of New York City’s Talea Ensemble. A group boasting privileged relationships with many of the world’s greatest living composers including Pierre Boulez, Georges Aperghis, Chaya Czernowin, Olga Neuwirth and Pierluigi Billone, as well as a formidable presence in the new music scenes both in the United States and abroad, Talea will present two epoch-defining works composed a century apart from one another: Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (1912) and Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s Sideshow (2015). These musical fables, each predicated on figures existing in the margins of society (a forlorn clown in the case of Schoenberg and the freaks of Coney Island in the case of Takasugi), remind us that we must try to sing, no matter how unconventional our voices may be. ​

SONGS FOR CROSSING THE THRESHOLD
Salvatore SCIARRINO: Un fruscio lungo trent’anni (1967-1999)
Salvatore SCIARRINO: Le voci sottovetro – Elaborazioni da Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1999)
Gérard GRISEY: Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil (1999)

In the 6th Century B.C.E., the philosopher Heraclitus wrote that “after death comes nothing hoped for nor imagined.” The contemplation of what happens after life ends dates back to time immemorial. In our second program of our season, we pair the eschatological visions of two unlikely kindred spirits, Salvatore Sciarrino and Gérard Grisey. Sciarrino’s Un fruscio lungo trent’anni (A Long, Rustling Thirty Years), written over the span of three decades, represents the composer’s quest to develop his idiosyncratic and iconic style. In Le Voci Sottovetro (The Voices Under Glass), Sciarrino creates ‘elaborations’ of works by the Renaissance’s most notorious composer, Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venice. Finally, we will present the LA premiere of Grisey’s magnum opus, Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil (Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold), meditations on texts from ancient and modern poets, Egyptian sarcophagi and the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in the year preceding the composer’s own untimely death. ​

MORTON FELDMAN :
PIANO AND STRING QUARTET
​Morton FELDMAN: Piano and String Quartet (1985), duration: ca. 80′

Given its premiere by Aki Takahashi and the Kronos quartet on Monday Evening Concerts in 1985, Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet has endured as one of the most sublime works of the past 40 years. Channeling the static vibrancy and religiosity of the paintings of Mark Rothko, as well as the virtuosic feats of memory involved in the labyrinthine designs of Turkish rug weavers, Feldman’s expansive 80-minute work provides the listener with the time and space to enter another realm. Performed here by Los Angeles’ own Formalist Quartet and pianist Richard Valitutto in a private location to be announced, this special concert will help Monday Evening Concerts continue its mission of presenting listeners with innovative, challenging, rewarding, and hopefully life-altering concerts for years to come.

SÉVERINE BALLON : SOLITUDE
Rebecca SAUNDERS: Solitude (2013)
Liza LIM: Invisibility (2009)
Mauro LANZA: La bataille de Caresme et de Charnage (2012)
for cello and electronics
Chaya CZERNOWIN: Adentium capillus veneris no. I / SONGS OF THE MUTED ONE (Arr. Severine Ballon, 2015) World Premiere
Brian FERNEYHOUGH: Time and Motion Study (1977)
for cello and electronics

In the tradition of the great avant-garde string players Irvine Arditti, Rohan de Saram and Stefano Scodanibbio, the brilliant young French cellist Séverine Ballon has established herself as one of her generation’s premiere soloists. A regular collaborator with the world’s leading ensembles, interpreters and composers, Ballon is a spellbinding musician with a poet’s touch, able to breathe life into seemingly impenetrable scores. We are thrilled to welcome her for her Los Angeles solo debut. ​