George Lewis’s Debut Album Reissued

Source: Chicago Reader.

Lewis has always been a creative and deeply curious artist, traveling easily between disparate styles and approaches—a quality encouraged by the AACM. These days he rarely performs, preferring to compose, but he initially earned his reputation as a trombonist (he’s one of the best improvisers of all time not only on trombone, but any instrument). He readily absorbed the full history of jazz, and all sorts of other styles, and formed a sound at once virtuosic, soulful, and joyous. He was just as at ease playing the rigorous works of fellow composer and thinker Anthony Braxton as he was exploring the overlooked repertoire of postbop pianist Herbie Nichols (alongside the Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg). He excelled when he played the music of Sonny Clark in a great trio with John Zorn and Bill Frisell, but he was just as effective playing large group improvisation in Globe Unity Orchestra. Simply put, Lewis has always been able to make himself at home in every context I’ve ever witnessed.

Newsbits: The Turbine / Michael Pisaro in LA / The Necks Reviewed / Akiyama, Nakamura and Others in Houston

Toshimaru Nakamura (performing with John Butch...

The Turbine! featuring Harrison Bankhead on double bass, Benjamin Duboc on double bass, Hamid Drake on drums, frame drum, voice, and Ramon Lopez on drums, tabla, percussion with perform with Steve Swell on Nov. 17 at The Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker St. – NY 10012.

Michael Pisaro‘s Fogs, Mists will be performed in Los Angeles on November 18.

The Necks‘ latest release, Vertigo, is reviewed.

The group of Tetuzi Akiyama / Bryan Eubanks / Jason Kahn / Toshimaru Nakamura perform November 5th in Houston.

San Francisco Scene: October 30 – November 6, 2015

Downtown Berkeley. The Oakland - San Francisco...

From the Bay Improviser:

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

Saturday, October 31

Sat 10/31 5:00 PM Ohmega Salvage [2400 & 2407 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, California 94702]
Hallow’s Eve Concert At Ohmega Salvage with Ol Silver Tongue~Golda~Two Aerials~Bill Baird~DunkelpeK~neem

Sat 10/31 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Jaap Blonk with CORAL REMAINS
As a special Halloween treat, we bring you the acclaimed vocal artist and interpreter of avant garde sound works, Jaap Blonk. Blonk will perform Antonin Artaud‘s seminal 1947 radio art shocker “To Have Done with the Judgement of God.” Banned instantly by French radio Artaud’s blackened and cathartic masterpiece retains the power to shock and remains an atavistic totem of human barbarity. Blonk uses Artaud’s fragments of phonetic poetry as a basis for improvisations, duelling with unpredictable live electronics. He will also perform from his own “Songs of Little Sleep.”

Sunday, November 1

Sun 11/01 7:49 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries presents Akiyama / Eubanks / Kahn / Nakamura
An electro-acoustic quartet comprising four major figures in the late-1990s development of eai/onkyo/lowercase improvisation, now abrasively extending beyond its accrued boundaries: Tetuzi Akiyama // guitar – Bryan Eubanks // saxophone, electronics – Jason Kahn // drums, percussion – Toshimaru Nakamura // no-input mixing board

Tuesday, November 3

Tue 11/03 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) and Michel Doneda (saxophone) with Phillip Greenlief (saxophone)
Tatsuya Nakatani is an old friend, having played at Tom’s Place in 2014 and 2012. This time, in addition to meeting up with his old duo partner Phillip Greenlief, he will be bringing Michel Doneda with him.

Thursday, November 5

Thu 11/05 6:00 PM Mills College Student Union [5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA]
Concert premiering instruments for hearing and nonhearing audiences alike created by artist Tarek Atoui in collaboration with UC Berkeley faculty and students, CNMAT, and Meyer Sound. With musicians William Winant, James Fei, and others.

Thu 11/05 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
FREE opening reception for “Tune for Minimum Smoke II” by Sudhu Tewari- demonstration and chat at 7
Sudhu Tewari has been called a professional bricoleur, junkyard maven and young audio-gadgeteer. Sudhu builds electronic audio devices, electro-acoustic musical instruments, kinetic sculpture, interactive installations, wearable sound art, mechanical televisions, physical models of astrophysical phenomena, and sound sculpture.

Thu 11/05 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street @ 6th St San Francisco, CA]
8pm: Agnes Szelag (voice, cello, electronics)
9pm: Christian Pincock (trombone, electronics)

Friday, November 6

Fri 11/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Hocket: Four Hands
NEXMAP is proud to present Los Angeles based new music piano duo HOCKET in a concert of eclectic repertoire for piano-four hands and toy pianos. This evening’s program features newly commissioned pieces as well as masterworks from select leading voices of American composition.

Fri 11/06 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Nearly 40 years after it was founded by Pierre Boulez, the revered Ensemble Intercontemporain is still the benchmark for excellence for new music ensembles the world over.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009
English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Source: The New York Times.

AACM 50th Anniversary Festival (Friday) 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, concludes on Friday with the drummer Reggie Nicholson, in a solo set, and an all-star group featuring, among others, Mr. Nicholson, the bassist Leonard Jones and the pianists Muhal Richard Abrams and Amina Claudine Myers. At the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, 800-838-3006, (Nate Chinen)

Ben Monder and Andrew Cyrille(Wednesday) Mr. Monder is a guitarist whose cerebral cool manifests in his music as a form of ethereality, full of color and dimension but not much density. “Amorphae,” his debut as a leader on the ECM label, is a collection of beautifully atmospheric compositions played with partners including the master drummer Andrew Cyrille, who joins him here. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, (Chinen)

John Zorn at the Vanguard(Tuesday through Nov. 8) One of the least expected new staples at the Village Vanguard has been John Zorn, the avant-garde composer, alto saxophonist and provocateur. But this will be his third headlining engagement at the club in 18 months, featuring signature projects like Electric Masada (Tuesday and Wednesday) and the Dreamers (Thursday and next Friday). At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: The New York Times.

Chamber Music Society(Thursday) The popular contemporary-music series in the intimate Kaplan Penthouse presents a fine roster of performers including the pianist Michael Brown, the cellist Nicholas Canellakis and the horn player Eric Reed for a program of new chamber works. Among the composers are George Perle, Andrew Norman, Paul Lansky and the rarely performed Soviet “underground” composer Edison Denisov. At 7:30 p.m., Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, 165 West 65th Street, 212-875-5788, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

John Zorn Festival(Friday and Saturday) A continuation of National Sawdust’s Zorn festival has four concerts. On Friday, there’s music for solo piano, then music for cello(s), both including world premieres. Saturday’s Halloween special includes “Walpurgisnacht” and “All Hallows Eve” before a performance of Zorn’s recent album “Simulacrum.” At 8 and 10 p.m., 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, 646-779-8455, (Allen)

Adam Rudolph Tour Dates

Source: Cuneiform Records.


Featuring music composed and improvisationally conducted by Adam Rudolph
Performing guitarists on this tour:
Nels Cline, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Damon Banks, Marco Cappelli, Liberty Ellman, Joel Harrison, Jerome Harris, Brandon Ross, Kenny Wessel

November 21
Saturday The Windup Space
12 W. North Ave
Baltimore MD 21201
(410) 244-8855

November 22
Sunday Fringe Arts
140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.)
Philadelphia, PA

November 23
Monday Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue (at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(917) 267-0363

November 14
915 E 60th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637 Old and New Dreams Festival

Cornelia Street Cafe in November

Ellery Eskelin

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Saturday, Nov 07 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Mario Pavone, bass; Dave Ballou, trumpet, cornet, arr.; Oscar Noriega, reeds; Devin Gray, drums
Come give Thanks (giving eve) for music … with Mario Pavone and ARC QUARTET with Dave Ballou , Ellery Eskelin and Matt Wilson as they play new compositions by bassist Pavone referencing the still amazing work of Thelonious Monk.

Tuesday, Nov 10 – 8:30PM
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Manuel Valera, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Rudy Royston, drums
Jon Irabagon Quartet image
This new group will debut new music straddling straight ahead jazz and group improvisation.

Wednesday, Nov 11 – 8:00PM
Jon Irabagon, sax; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Kevin Shea, drums
Mostly Other People Do the Killing, CD Release: Mauch Chunk image
Mostly Other People Do the Killing celebrate the release of their new album, “Mauch Chunk” on Hot Cup Records. The quartet will perform new music from the album as well as exciting renditions of as much jazz as they can fit into each set.