2015 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part I

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2015 lists from around the web and provide links here. Enjoy.

Jazz Right Now Best of 2015
Burning Ambulance’s Best Jazz of 2015: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5
Troy Collins‘ Best Releases of 2015
Dan Bilawsky’s Best Releases of 2015

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San Francisco Scene: December 11-17, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, December 11

Fri 12/11 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Music for Shuffle and Rob Reich
Every second Friday of the month, Switchboard Presents a split bill of eclectic artists from the Bay Area and beyond. December’s installment features Music for Shuffle, a project developed by Matt Brown, for four instrumentalists playing music displayed on iPad screens, randomly rotating independently of one another, creating a shifting ambient musical landscape. Second on the bill is Rob Reich and his trio performing live film scores.

Fri 12/11 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
PLAY THAT THING OR THROW IT AWAY aka Ochs-Johnston-Robair Trio

Saturday, December 12

Sat 12/12 2:00 PM Waveformless [470e 49th St. Oakland, CA]
Jon Raskin/Tim Perkis duo at Waveformless: Noted saxophonist Jon Raskin will be playing electronics on this gig, as will Tim Perkis.

Sat 12/12 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aria Rostami + Daniel Blomquist [don’t be a stranger #6]
Aria Rostami and Daniel Blomquist re-interpret the current human-to-technology relationship of data-mining, Facebook, the NSA, Google, Youtube and cellphones to create information-based music that sounds familiar while hiding its origins. The show will feature the duo manipulating tapes, prerecorded media, and analogue processing accompanied by video projections from artist Ryan Page.

Sunday, December 13

Sun 12/13 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Susan Chan: Echoes of China Piano Recital
This recital features piano works by international award-winning contemporary Chinese composers Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Alexina Louie and Tan Dun, including two recently commissioned works by Zhou and Chen. The program with verbal program notes mixes old and new, and East and West. Information on Susan Chan can be found at susanchanpiano.com.

Sun 12/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Prismatic Percussion++ 【⿎】 with duo B. (Jason Levis & Lisa Mezzacappa) & Donald Robinson – Joe Lasqo duo (w guest Biggi Vinkeloe)
2 of the Bay Area’s most daring “percussion plus” duos team up for an evening of rhythmic space exploration among pitch and timbre nebulae shining in audible colors far beyond the visible spectrum: Set 1 – duo B. Jason Levis: percussion & Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Set 2 – Donald Robinson: percussion & Joe Lasqo: laptop | piano | objects (Late note: Biggi Vinkeloe will now also join for duets with Donald Robinson)

Sun 12/13 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland]
SOLO ORGAN
West Oakland Record Release
with Goddess Aphonic, Brown Um and Trigger-Inverter

Wednesday, December 16

Wed 12/16 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
N. 213, Sister Blanche, Earth Jerks, Antimatter

Wed 12/16 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova + Figure 8
The Rova Saxophone Quartet continues to unearth works from its repertoire to be performed in our New York retrospective in January. In December, Rova will join forces with 4 additional saxophonists Casey Knudsen, Cory Wright, Aram Shelton and Sheldon Brown to play Tracers from the Figure 8 book for sax octet. Plus pieces by Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, and Rova. Another one-of-a-kind Rova+ show.

Thursday, December 17

Thu 12/17 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays with CONJURE!
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 12/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Peter Whitehead – invented instruments
9pm Nadia Shihab – voice, strings & electronics

Thu 12/17 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Realizations, Adaptations, and Tributes
BEAK
Ctrl-Z
Las Sucias
Three contrasting groups navigating similar worlds share with you their music, sometimes reminiscent of days past, sometimes not. Defining rhythms, organized sound, controlled improvisation, and the true nature of experimentation is the beginning of what this evening has to offer.

2016 Ojai Music Festival Schedule 

English: Peter Sellars. At the Ojai Festival, ...

Source: The Ojai Music Festival, which has a heavy emphasis on Kaija Saariaho. The performances take place in Ojai, California.

70th Ojai Music Festival | June 9-12, 2016
Peter Sellars, music director

Thursday | June 9, 2016

Ojai Talks | 2:00-4:30pm
Ojai Valley Community Church (907 El Centro St)
Music Director Peter Sellars and composer Kaija Saariaho in conversation with Ojai Talks director Ara Guzelimian

Thursday Evening Talk & Concert
7:30-10:00pm | Libbey Bowl
Transformation Talks: Light Into Dark Dark Into Light
with Peter Sellars and guests
KAIJA SAARIAHO: La Passion de Simone
2013 version for soprano, small chorus and chamber orchestra – American Premiere
Text by Amin Maalouf | Staged by Peter Sellars
Julia Bullock, soprano | ICE | Roomful of Teeth | Joana Carneiro, conductor
Frank Rossi, electronics | Ben Zamora, lighting

Friday | June 10, 2016

Morning Meditation
9:00-10:00am | Meditation Mount (10340 Reeves Rd)
Ojai Member Event
PAULINE OLIVEROS: Sonic Meditations
ICE

Friday Afternoon Concert
Part I: 1:00-2:15pm | Part II: 3:00-4:15pm
Libbey Bowl
Part I – KAIJA SAARIAHO Chamber Music I
Kesäpäivä mvt 1 – “Daybreak”
Terrestre mvt 1 – “Oiseau dansant”
Kesäpäivä mvt 2 – “Work”
Light and Matter
Kesäpäivä mvt 3 – “The Hour of Longing”
Adjö
Kesäpäivä mvt 4 – “The Mystic Hour”
Grammaire des rêves
Kesäpäivä mvt 5 – “Twilight”
Terrestre mvt 2 – “L’Oiseau, un satellite infime”
ICE | Roomful of Teeth

Part II – The Mystic Hour
CAROLINE SHAW: Partita for 8 Voices
CARLA KIHLSTEDT: At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire
ICE | Roomful of Teeth | Carla Kihlstedt, vocals & violin

Friday Evening Talk & Concert
7:30-10:00pm | Libbey Bowl
Transformation Talks: Light Into Dark Dark Into Light
with Peter Sellars and guests
Dina El Wedidi and Band – The Sounds of Tahrir Square, Cairo

SPECIAL EVENT: Friday Night Noh Play
11:00-11:50pm | Ojai Valley School Upper Campus Amphitheatre (10820 Reeves Rd)
KAIJA SAARIAHO: Only the Sound Remains: “Always Strong” – American Premiere
Text by: Ezra Pound | Staged by: Peter Sellars
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor | Davone Tines, baritone | Roomful of Teeth | Calder Quartet | Camilla Hoitenga, flute | Eija Kankaanranta, kantele | Dustin Donahue, percussion | Laurel Jenkins, dancer | tba, conductor | Franck Rossi, electronics

Saturday | June 11, 2016
SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday Morning Noh Play
9:00-10am | Ojai Valley School Upper Campus Amphitheatre (10820 Reeves Rd)
KAIJA SAARIAHO: Only the Sound Remains: “Feather Mantle” – American Premiere
Text by: Ezra Pound | Staged by: Peter Sellars
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor | Davone Tines, baritone | Roomful of Teeth | Calder Quartet | Camilla Hoitenga, flute | Eija Kankaanranta, kantele | Dustin Donahue, percussion | Laurel Jenkins, dancer | tba, conductor | Franck Rossi, electronics

Saturday Afternoon Concert
Part I: 1:00-2:15pm | Part II: 3:00-4:15pm
Libbey Bowl
Part I – KAIJA SAARIAHO Chamber Music II
Nymphéa
Solar
Sombre
ICE | Calder Quartet | Franck Rossi, electronics | Davone Tines, baritone | Camilla Hoitenga, bass flute
Part II – The Mystic Hour
CAROLINE SHAW: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely – World Premiere of commissioned work
Text by: Claudia Rankine
DU YUN: An Empty Garlic for bass flute and electronics
ICE | Roomful of Teeth | Claire Chase, flute

Saturday Evening Talk & Concerts
Part I: 7:30-10pm | Part II: 10:30-11:30pm
Libbey Bowl
Transformation Talks: Light Into Dark Dark Into Light
with Peter Sellars and guests
Part I – Aruna Sairam and Ensemble
South Indian Vocal Music
Part II: Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait – World Premiere
Arrangements and music by Tyshawn Sorey
Text by: Claudia Rankine
Julia Bullock, soprano |Tyshawn Sorey, drums | ICE

Sunday | June 12, 2016
Morning Meditation
9:00-10:00am | Meditation Mount (10340 Reeves Rd)
Ojai Member Event
PAULINE OLIVEROS: Sonic Meditations
ICE
Children’s Concert

11:30am-12:30pm | Ojai Art Center (113 S Montgomery St)
FREE – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (reservations open in Spring 2016)
Toy Piano Mania – featuring Phyllis Chen

Family Concert
1:00-2:00pm | Libbey Bowl
FREE – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (reservations open in Spring 2016)
TANIA LEÓN: New work TBA – World Premiere
SHARON HURVITZ: New work TBA – World Premiere
ICE | YOLA (Youth Orchestra LA) | tba, conductor

Afternoon Concert
3:00-4:15pm | Libbey Bowl
CLAUDE VIVIER: Kopernikus – American Premiere
ICE | Roomful of Teeth | Eric Dudley, conductor

Free Community Event
6:00-8:30pm | Main Street, Santa Paula
Street party with Festival artists
Dina El Wedidi and Band | ICE | Aruna Sairam | Roomful of Teeth | Other artists TBA

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: The New York Times.

577 Forward Festival (Saturday through Monday) This three-day affair coalesces in tribute to a single figure: Daniel Carter, a saxophonist, flutist, trumpeter and clarinetist who has garnered a large amount of good will in the amorphous jazz avant-garde. Partly organized as a 70th birthday celebration, it will feature Mr. Carter amid a range of his peers and admirers, including the trombonist Steve Swell, the bassist William Parker and the drummers G. Calvin Weston and Chad Taylor. For a schedule and tickets, call 718-577-1218, or visit 577records.com. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, 7 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Octet (Tuesday and Wednesday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson has gradually been expanding her palette as a bandleader-composer, with the notable exception of “Meltframe,” the solo album she released this year. Her octet, making its public debut here, includes regular associates like the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon and the tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock — and, bringing some potential for intrigue, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., 1160 Broadway, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. (Chinen)

Guillermo Klein Quintet (Saturday) The intensely thoughtful pianist and composer Guillermo Klein — originally from Buenos Aires, long stationed in Barcelona and now based again in the greater New York area — always brings new information to the bandstand. He’ll have fine partners here: Seamus Blake on saxophones, Ben Monder on guitar, Petros Klampanis on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Rudresh Mahanthappa: ‘Bird Calls’ (Saturday) “Bird Calls,” the audacious new album by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, takes Charlie Parker as a point of departure, if not a distant lexicographical ancestor. Mr. Mahanthappa reconnects with the sharp young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and a rhythm section consisting of the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Thomson Kneeland and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill’s Double Up Ensemble (Monday and Tuesday) Mr. Threadgill, the restlessly inventive multi-reedist and composer, released a potent double album this year, featuring the longtime band he calls Zooid. For this concert he’ll have a larger canvas, with a roster including the alto saxophonists Román Filiú and Curtis MacDonald, and the pianists Jason Moran and David Virelles. Monday’s program will feature “Old Locks and Irregular Verbs,” a tribute to the composer Butch Morris that first brought this cohort together last year; Tuesday’s concert will include the premiere of a new commission, “Double-Up Plays Double Up Plus,” built to accommodate a third pianist, David Bryant. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Chinen)

Three Concentric Sections IX (Sunday) The baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton organizes Three Concentric Sections, a series of performances featuring several boundary-pushing bands, at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn. The ninth installment will begin at 8 p.m. with Jon Lundbom’s Big Five Chord, led by Mr. Lundbom, a guitarist; at 9 p.m., the saxophonist Jessica Lurie will lead her band Bravadas, which includes Marika Hughes on cello and Mazz Swift on violin. The final set, at 10 p.m., will feature Overseas, a tuneful proposition led by the bassist Eivind Opsvik. At 333 Douglass Street, at Fourth Avenue, Gowanus, 718-522-2110, threesbrewing.com. (Chinen)

Creative Music in Washington DC

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Events at Union Arts DC
Every Monday @ 7:30pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Sunday, December 13 @ 7pm
DC Jazz Loft – Elijah Easton :: Hope Udobi :: Levon Mikaelian
CapitalBop’s monthly DC Jazz Loft series continues this Sunday at Union Arts with three amazing talents. They’re all D.C.-based musicians on the rise, with fresh approaches to the jazz tradition—and they’re all very different. We’ll hear from young saxophone titan Elijah Easton, a member of genre-bending futurists Nag Champa, as well as a fabulous straight-ahead wailer himself; unbridled pianist and loft favorite Hope Udobi; and fellow pianist Levon Mikaelian, whose band, United Shades of Artistry, showcases his lyrical compositions.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Wednesday, January 6 @ 8pm
Jason Ajemian’s Folk Lords
FOLKLORDS is the sound of an outstanding group of New York improvisors (Kid Bliss, Owen Stewart-Robertson & Jason Nazary) performing six conceptual, visual & sonic landscapes. FOLKLORDS is the first recordings in a series of scores titled Mythadors; Portraits of cultural figures whose portraits act as containers for musical composition. The containers, sculptural light boxes with multiple layers lit through different ideas of communication. Musical, visual, graphic and conceptual impressions to inform or direct the subject matter that the performers then have to filter through their own self and situation; interactive sonic landscapes. FOLKLORDS defies genre with an adhesiveness that expands on the creative music tradition through a social/cultural lens of now. Meditative Mingus ballads, imaginary conversations between Sun Ra & Thelonious Monk, poetic takes on pop culture, and an elegy for Malachi Rischter are transmitted via Ajemian’s unique notational methodology.
Union Arts DC (3rd Floor)
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, December 12 @ 8pm
Fringe Music: Marc Ribot plays Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid
Curated by Jim Thompson of Multiflora Productions
Screening of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid, with a live score provided by Marc Ribot. Commissioned and premiered in Jan 2010 by the NY Guitar Festival at Merkin Hall. Marc Ribot is one of the great electric guitarists of his generation. Having released over 20 albums under his own name over the course of a 35-year career, he has explored a wide range of musical approaches.
Admission $20adv/$23door
Logan Fringe Art Space
1358-1360 Florida Ave NE
Located on Florida Ave NE between Oren Street and Staples Street NE

Saturday, December 12 @ 7:30pm
Bérangère Maximin // Black Saturn // Blind : Out : Dated // Akousma // Valerie Kuehne // Destroyer of Worlds
LAST SONIC CIRCUITS SHOW BEFORE THE CLOSING OF PYRAMID ATLANTIC!
Bérangère Maximin (Sonic Sculptures)
Black Saturn (Sun Ra Folk Wisdom Eccentricities)
Blind : Out : Dated (Electroacoustic duo)
Gary Rouzer – cello, preparations
Nicolas Wiese – pre-produced electroacoustic treatment of Gary Rouzer recordings.
Akousma (Real-time modular composition for synth and bass)
Dave Vosh – Synth
Daniel Barbiero – Double Bass
Valerie Kuehne (Performance Art with Cello)
Destroyer of Worlds (Psychedelic Noise)
Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD