AMN Picks of the Week: Terrence McManus and John Hebert / Sunn 0))) / Yarn/Wire / Louis Minus XVI

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Terrence McManus and John Hebert – Saints and Sinners (2015)
Sunn O))) – Kannon (2015)
Yarn/Wire – Currents Vol. 1 (2015)
Louis Minus XVI – Kindergarten (2014)

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San Francisco Scene: November 20-25, 2015

From the Bay Improviser:

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.

Saturday, November 21

Sat 11/21 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Vernacular Visions #22

Sat 11/21 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa St between Harrison & Alabama SF]
Crystal Pascucci, Tim Perkis, Ken Ueno, and Pamela Z play the second of two evenings each featuring four Bay Area contemporary/creative musicians performing improvised duets in every possible combination. Each concert will end with an improvised tutti finale.

Sunday, November 22

Sun 11/22 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
John McCowen new works for clarinet and contrabass clarinet.

Sun 11/22 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa’s avantNOIR:
Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone
John Finkbeiner, electric guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass and sampler
Jordan Glenn, drums
William Winant, vibraphone and Foley
Tim Perkis, electronics

Sun 11/22 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 Marshall/Allen/Spirit/Walton
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone, Joshua Allen – tenor saxophone, Spirit – drums, Scott Walton – bass
8:30 Harbinger
Cory Wright – tenor saxophone, clarinet, Theo Padouvas – trumpet, Alex Cohen – guitar, Safa Shokrai – bass, Tim DeCillis – drums, composition

Sun 11/22 7:33 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries presents: Splinter Reeds / sfSoundGroup dual CD release party (!)
$20 General, $15 Members (includes both CDs)

Sun 11/22 8:00 PM Amnesia [853 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA]
Seaweed Sway presents Grex, EFFT, Lillie Lemon
A (rare) evening of outre rock in San Francisco, featuring art rock/improv trio Grex (Karl Evangelista/Rei Scampavia/Robert Lopez), experimental indie duo EFFT (Sarah E. Palmer/Noah Phillips), and touring electro group Lillie Lemon.

Monday, November 23

Mon 11/23 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Building 5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
DAVID JAFFE – “Bits, Birds and Bluegrass”
David A. Jaffe will perform and discuss his “radically-inclusive” musical language that carries forward the American experimentalism of his close friend, Henry Brant. From a human/bird hybrid to a Kentucky Paganini to a plucked Golden Gate bridge, he engineers impossible animals and then sets them free.

Mon 11/23 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OAKLAND FREEDOM JAZZ SOCIETY :: Monday Nights
◉ Set 1: Neem (Gabby Fluke-Mogul & K. Kipperman)
◉ Set 2: Viv Corringham’s “Life Is Clearer Seen Through Smoke” tour — Electronic, radicalized, multimedia New Rebetika (Ρεμπέτικα Νέα) — w Viv Corringham (vocals | electronics), Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi), Tom Bickley (EWI wind synth | contrabass recorder), Nan Busse (dance | didgeridoo), Anna Geyer (film & light abstractions), Joe Lasqo (laptop | piano | synth | objects)

Tuesday, November 24
Tue 11/24 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Double Divas of avant vocal art — Pamela Z & Viv Corringham
◉ Set 1: Pamela Z presents a multimedia suite of solos for voice, electronics, including excerpts from recent works Memory Trace and Closed Loop.
◉ Set 2: Viv Corringham’s “Life Is Clearer Seen Through Smoke” tour — Electronic, radicalized, multimedia New Rebetika (Ρεμπέτικα Νέα) — w Viv Corringham (vocals | electronics), Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi), Tom Bickley (EWI wind synth | contrabass recorder), Nan Busse (dance | didgeridoo), Anna Geyer (film & light abstractions), Joe Lasqo (laptop | piano | synth | objects)

Wednesday, November 25

Wed 11/25 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Radicalized New Rebetika (Ρεμπέτικα Νέα) with Viv Corringham’s West Coast “Life Is Clearer Seen Through Smoke” Tour + CCRMA composers & instrument inventors Eoin Callery & Romain Michon
◉ Set 1: CCRMA composers & instrument inventors Eoin Callery & Romain Michon
◉ Set 2: Viv Corringham’s “Life Is Clearer Seen Through Smoke” tour — Electronic, radicalized, multimedia New Rebetika (Ρεμπέτικα Νέα) — w Viv Corringham (vocals | electronics), Nancy Beckman (shakuhachi), Tom Bickley (EWI wind synth | contrabass recorder), Nan Busse (dance | didgeridoo), Anna Geyer (film & light abstractions), Joe Lasqo (laptop | piano | synth | objects)

Wed 11/25 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Tessa Seymour and Jiyeon Kim: Five Faces of Modernity
Tessa Seymour and Jiyeon Kim explore aesthetic modernity in a duo concert of contemporary cello and guitar works, including those by Reich, Vasks, Falla, and the premiere of a duo by award-winning acoustic and electronic composer William Gardiner.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

Source: The New York Times.

Darcy James Argue’s ‘Real Enemies’ (through Sunday) Conspiracy theories and American postwar paranoia form the broad subject matter for this new multimedia opus by Mr. Argue, a serious-minded young composer. Featuring his Secret Society big band, it’s a stylish collaboration with the writer-director Isaac Butler and the filmmaker Peter Nigrini — presented as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave festival, which also commissioned Mr. Argue’s previous work, “Brooklyn Babylon.” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, 718-636-4100, bam.org. (Nate Chinen)

Dave Douglas Quintet (through Sunday) The trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas and this dynamic quintet have released three fine albums, the newest of which is “Brazen Heart,” his focus here. As on the album, he’ll feature original compositions tailored to the considerable strengths of his personnel: the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Chinen)

Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra (Monday) The percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph has had an endlessly pliable outlet in the Go: Organic Orchestra, a large ensemble trained to execute his ideas. For this concert, as on a new album, “Turning Towards the Light,” he’ll conduct an all-guitar edition whose ranks include elite improvisers like Nels Cline, David Gilmore and Liberty Ellman. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey Trio (through Sunday) Mr. Sorey, a powerfully inventive drummer who has applied most of his recent focus to composition, presents the trio that can be heard on his latest album, “Alloy.” Featuring the pianist Cory Smythe and the bassist Christopher Tordini, it’s a chamberesque unit that works as much with new-music protocols as with any jazz dialect — and it counts as an unexpected booking at the Village Vanguard, one worth bolstering with a show of support. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)

Tri-Centric Orchestra (Sunday) Established by the visionary composer Anthony Braxton, the Tri-Centric Orchestra is a new-music outfit conducted by Taylor Ho Bynum. This concert will feature the premiere of four works newly commissioned for the ensemble: “From the Angel,” by Michaël Attias; “Agora,” by Dan Blake; “Rivers We Have Crossed,” by Joseph Daley; and “When the World Changes Around You,” by Jessica Pavone. At 7 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Jeremy Denk, Stefan Jackiw and New York Polyphony (Saturday) The unfailingly interesting pianist Jeremy Denk and the rising violinist Stefan Jackiw offer a rare chance to hear all four of Ives’s sonatas for violin and piano. They’re interspersed with the folk songs and hymns that Ives quotes, performed by the wonderful ensemble New York Polyphony. At 8 p.m., Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, 92y.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Ensemble Signal (Tuesday) Miller Theater’s Pop-Up series (free entry, free beer) continues to outdo itself with this program. Doug Perkins, Ensemble Signal’s percussionist, gives the premiere of a new work by Ken Thomson, and performs David Lang’s “Stuttered Chant,” Caroline Shaw’s “Boris Kerner” and Iannis Xenakis’ pioneering “Psappha.” With the cellist Lauren Radnofsky. At 6 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com; admission is first come first served. (Allen)

JACK Quartet and Anthony McGill (Friday) The American Music Project, a new organization dedicated to fostering performances and commissioning American music, presents its first concert in New York — an enticing program featuring the dynamic JACK String Quartet and the superb clarinetist Anthony McGill (principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic). There are works by John Luther Adams, John Cage, Earle Brown and the premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Tommasini)

Zeena Parkins (through Sunday) The legendary harpist joins an array of musicians in a residency at the Stone, in which she plays at least one set per night. Highlights include a performance of new music for brass in a set anchored by the fiercely original Tilt Brass Sextet on Friday, and work with the percussionist William Winant on Saturday. At 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Allen and da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Park, Pugh, Sanders, Lash / Hale / Dsic in Bristol, December 2

Source: Bang the Bore.

Han-earl PARK, Caroline PUGH, Mark SANDERS & Dominic LASH quartet
Casey HALE
DSIC (Greg GODWIN)
Café Kino, 108 Stoke’s Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
8pm, Thursday 8th October 2015
£6.00

Han-earl PARK, Caroline PUGH, Mark SANDERS & Dominic LASH quartet
Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park has been performing fuzzily idiomatic, on occasion experimental, always traditional, open improvised musics for twenty years.
busterandfriends.com

Scottish vocalist and composer with a background in folk and improvisation, Caroline Pugh borrows old-fangled technologies and honours oral histories to create new performances.
carolinepugh.co.uk

Mark Sanders has been acclaimed as “the most exciting, original and overwhelmingly powerful drummer alive” (Steve Reynolds, Jazz Corner). Bang the Bore isn’t about to disagree.
marksanders.me.uk

Dominic Lash is a freely improvising double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, writer, composer and relentless performer of contemporary composition, open or otherwise.
dominiclash.co.uk

Casey HALE
Casey Hale is a guitarist working with microtonal harmonies in acoustic and electronic media. He performs on instruments that he’s re-fretted by hand in alternate tunings.
caseyhale.com

DSIC (Greg GODWIN)
Hellish aural abrasion, miniatures of low key crackling bitdust, alienated code-tone, weird poignance. Dsic’s Greg Godwin also runs LF Records, Bristol’s finest imprint of niche audio.
lfrecords.autmusic.com

Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey in NY This Weekend

Source: MoMa PS1.

Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey,
Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera; US Premiere

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
3PM

with JAMES HOFF; BILL KOULIGAS; TCF; M.E.S.H.; ALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIĆ; HARM VAN DEN DORPEL

Sunday Sessions presents the US premiere of Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera as part of a day organised by Bill Kouligas, founder PAN, Berlin.

Collaborators since 2010, acclaimed sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist Mark Leckey are both interested in the exploration of sound and its material effects. Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera brings together two discrete solo works to form a mutant configuration in which Hecker decomposes, modulates, and re-synthesizes the vocal track from Leckey’s 2010 performance piece GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and Hecker’s own 3 Channel Chronics installation from that same year. The resulting work is a multivalent, tri-part hybrid in which heavily distorted fragments of Leckey’s narrative intersperse Hecker’s synthetic textures and fidgety tonal patterns.

James Hoff often engages with culture and technology through parasitic and disruptive interventions. For this event he joins Norwegian artist TCF to present a new work — a sonification and visualization of the hidden traffic of cell phone signals, radio waves, wifi signals, and electromagnetic fields.

M.E.S.H. (James Whipple) and Aleksandra Domanović present an expanded visual and audio performance of their recent collaborative installation.

Bill Kouligas performs a live refactoring of music from PAN, specifically focusing on the artists involved with the event and drawing connections between radically disparate releases. Examining the role of the label as an artist-run initiative, Kouligas filters the works of label artists through his own creative practice.

In conjunction with this event Harm van der Dorpel streams content from, Deli Near PAN Franchise (Autosurfing) β, which maps decaying actor-network theory visuals across the VW Dome.