Adam Rudolph in Chicago This Weekend

Source: Chicago Reader.

Tonight the second Old and New Dreams Festival begins, an endeavor organized by the influential, long-homeless music venue HotHouse. Last year’s three-day extravaganza took place at the Promontory, and this weekend’s events remain in Hyde Park, scooting west to the Logan Center on the campus of the University of Chicago. Tonight’s headliner is the Odean Pope Trio, a group led by the great Philadelphia saxophonist known for his lengthy membership in bands led by Max Roach. Tomorrow night percussionist and Chicago native Adam Rudolph presents two different, ongoing projects: his Moving Pictures group with guest percussionist Hamid Drake and a Chicago version of his large band, the Go: Organic Orchestra.

Steve Coleman at the Vanguard Reviewed

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: DownBeat Magazine.

A few months after alto saxophonist Steve Coleman arrived in New York in 1978, he played regularly at the Village Vanguard on Monday nights with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In the ensuing 37 years, Coleman has generated 29 albums, composed original music for a half-dozen or so bands, done extended “fieldwork” and cultural exchange with musicians around the world, and provided a conceptual framework that has guided luminaries as diverse as Cassandra Wilson and Vijay Iyer. But he has never functioned as a bandleader in the hallowed basement.

This lacuna in Coleman’s c.v. was rectified on Nov. 10, when the saxophonist launched his six-night maiden voyage at the Vanguard with the U.S. debut of a new ensemble, Natal Eclipse, a drummer-less octet for which he assembled long-standing collaborators Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jen Shyu on vocals and Craig Taborn on piano, and relative newcomers Greg Chudzik on bass, Maria Grand on tenor saxophone, Kristin Lee on violin and Rane Moore on clarinet. The latter four all performed on Coleman’s 2015 Pi release, Synovial Joints.

Music on the Edge in NY on November 24

Source: SubCulture.

Pittsburgh’s premier new music series, Music on the Edge, presents its first New York show featuring a rare performance of Burr Van Nostrand’s sound-texture masterpiece, Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival. Van Nostrand’s music has attracted renewed interest in recent years and he has been called “a maestro of aleatory and graphic notation” by NewMusicBox. This piece will receive its New York premiere by the phenomenal Dave Eggar (cello), Lindsey Goodman (alto flute), and Eric Moe (prepared piano). Also featured on the program is Amy Williams’ First Lines, Eric Moe’s Let Me Tell U About R Specials, Roger Zahab’s deceived by starlight and a spunky twenty-eight, Lee Hyla’s One Moe Time (Waltz for Eric), and Mathew Rosenblum’s Northern Flicker, featuring the extraordinary Lisa Pegher (percussion), and Amy Williams (piano).

San Francisco Scene: November 13-20, 2015

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, November 13

Fri 11/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: MaryClare Bryztwa and Aunt Rose

Saturday, November 14

Sat 11/14 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
Godwaffle Noise Pancakes NOON
November 14th 2015- Saturday!
SLUSSER—–Antimatter—–Fletcher Pratt—–FSLUX—–Fognozzle

Sat 11/14 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa St between Harrison & Alabama SF]
ROOM: Combinatory Duets Pt. 1
Jorge Bachmann, Lisa Mezzacappa, Amy X Neuburg, and Teddy Rankin-Parker (w/Pamela Z joining for the finale) play the first of two evenings each featuring four Bay Area contemporary/creative musicians performing improvised duets in every possible combination at The Royce Gallery at 8pm in San Francisco, CA

Sat 11/14 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Join us for an evening of endless sounds with the legendary invented instrument composer/performer Paul Dresher. Your night begins wandering through the Grotto, encountering unique self playing instruments from Larnie Fox based on cranks (analog looping) and continuous bowing. Master woodworker and inventor Sung Kim will play solo on his evolutions of the hurdy gurdy as seen in the Window Gallery at the Center for New Music SF.

Sat 11/14 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Optical Sound #4 ~ New York Ghetto Fish Market 1903 (2006) ~ Orcutt•Heule•Rivero
The fourth in a monthly series of improv music to soundless films at The Center For New Music. This evening the film will be New York Ghetto Fish Market 1903 (2006) by Ken Jacobs. The ensemble will be: Bill Orcutt, Jacob Felix Heule, and Danishta Rivero.

Sunday, November 15

Sun 11/15 3:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
THREE’S COMPANY—MUSIC FOR MULTIPLE HARPSICHORDS – An Early Music concert with Belle Bulwinkle, Phebe Craig, and Katherine Westine performing music by J.S. Bach, W.F. Bach, Rameau, Soler, and Mattheson.

Sun 11/15 4:00 PM Fort Mason Center [2 Marina Boulevard BUILDING B Studio 301 San Francisco]
Del Sol String Quartet – Mason Music: November (San Francisco)
Mason Music is a new musical experience presented by the Del Sol Quartet in the intimacy of a private art studio at the historic Fort Mason. Come sample handcrafted, curated music that include a variety of musical artisans.

Sun 11/15 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Heikki Koskinen’s Northern Winds & Voices
**70th Birthday celebration performance**
Kati Pienimäki Schenker – vocals, Steve Heckman – saxes, flutes & clarinets, Rent Romus – saxes, flutes & kantele, and Noah Schenker – bass Heikki Koskinen – piano, e-tpt, tenor recorder, kantele

Monday, November 16

Mon 11/16 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Building 5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
Virtuoso of the latex balloon Judy Dunaway will present improvisational works on balloons of various shapes and sizes, as well as her audience participation piece “Balloon Symphony No. 2.”

Mon 11/16 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents:
Life’s Blood Ensemble performs “Haven” a meditation of music on the subject of haven, what we all seek from within and without featuring Heikki Koskinen, Joshua Marshall, Safa Shokrai, Scott Walton, Timothy Orr, Rent Romus
ALSO Jennifer Wilsey with Jakob Pek duo
$10-$15 sliding scale

Tuesday, November 17

Tue 11/17 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 9430]
David Kant and Andrew C. Smith rework and reinterpret pieces by David Dunn, Larry Polansky, and Robert Ashley. David Kant performs David Dunn’s “Thresholds and Fragile States,” for a network of eight chaotic oscillators, using his digital implementation of the original analog circuits. Andrew C. Smith performs Larry Polansky’s solo piece “Piano Study #5” for just intonation Fender Rhodes, drawing on Polansky’s performance history and archival recordings of the piece. Finally, the duo performs “The Park” from Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives, with saxophone, Rhodes, and electronics, following the composer’s instructions that the “score” for the piece is the text itself.

Wednesday, November 18
Wed 11/18 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Adam Hirsch / Alex Christie duo Plus OMMO
East Bay composer/improvisers Adam Hirsch and Alex Christie re-imagine together the extended languages of the saxophone and the computer through duo improvisations.
OMMO is an electro-acoustic duo comprised of Julie Moon and Adria Otte.

Wed 11/18 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Collin McKelvey
Arachnid Arcade
Forbidden Colors

Wed 11/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Judy Dunaway: Balloon Music
Judy Dunaway performs avant-garde compositions and free improvisations on amplified latex balloons played as musical instruments. She plays a variety of shapes and sizes of balloon instruments, each with it’s own special qualities, pushing the extremes of both pitch range and artistic limits. Known internationally for the past 20 years as a “virtuoso of the balloon,” she has presented her work at many major venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Thursday, November 19

Thu 11/19 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 11/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Josh Allen – tenor saxophone
9pm Tom Weeks Group

Thu 11/19 9:00 PM Winters Tavern [1522 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044]
Tri-Cornered Tent Show and Pachuco Cadaver share the bill at Winters Tavern to present a truly creative and unusual night of musical excursion.

Friday, November 20

Fri 11/20 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Angels and Watermarks: Flight into the Unknown
Faythe Vollrath, hailed by the Wall Street Journal for her “subtly varied tempo and rhythm that sounds like breathing,” proposes an exciting concert of twenty-first century repertoire for solo harpsichord, including recently commissioned works.

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Áine O’Dwyer: Pipe Organ
Friday, November 20th – 8pm ($15-12)
First Unitarian Congregational Society:
116 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn 11201
ISSUE Project Room presents Irish composer/performer/musician Áine O’Dwyer in a live improvisatory performance for pipe organ at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights. Primarily a harpist, in 2011 O’Dwyer was given access to the pipe organ in St Mark’s Church, Islington, for several months while the cleaners were at work — a rare opportunity to grapple with the “king of instruments” and apply her sense of melodic, structured improvisation to a new context. The result was her much celebrated release, “Music For Church Cleaners vol. I and II”, a series of solo improvisations that qualify simultaneously as a live recording, site-specific performance art with a Cagean mindset, and field recording.

Thu, Nov 19
C. Spencer Yeh: Video On Demand

Dec 1 & 2
Susan Howe and David Grubbs: Performance Retrospective

Dec 4 & 5
Swedish Energies V: Nordic Edition
Featuring John Duncan, Jana Winderen, SØS Gunver Ryberg, Saturn and the Sun, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Tommi Keränen, Ragnhild May, Lukasz Szlankiewicz and Asplind, AlmgrenRecén, Koch with Mats Lindström.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

From London’s Vortex:

The Vortex’s ‘loft’ groove jam night, curated by Orphy Robinson and Cleveland Watkiss, moves to a late night slot. Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross cultural and cross generational posse of players, Freedom pursues the promise of legendary associations like the AACM, the Black Artists’ Group and Sam Rivers’ legendary NYC loft session.

Line up: Molimo (Spain), Reciprocal Uncles (Italy/Germany), BARK! (UK, Denmark), Keune / Russell (Germany/UK)
Not to be missed!

A must see gig. Four geniuses run amok. Amok Amor is a new quartet whose music ranges from the gentle to the urgent. It is led by Petter Eldh, bass player with Django Bates and Marius Neset.