San Francisco Scene: January 8-15, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, January 8
Fri 1/08 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Farallon Quintet
O1C Artists-in-Residence
Natalie Parker, clarinet; Dan Flanagan, violin; Matthew Oshida, violin; Elizabeth Prior, viola; Jonah Kim, cello
Jean Francaix Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Chad Cannon new clarinet quintet World Premiere
Jose Gonzalez Granero Paisajes World Premiere
Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Fri 1/08 8:00 PM Gray Area Grand Theater [2665 Mission San Francisco]
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival

Saturday, January 9

Sat 1/09 2:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NextNow’s Hardly Strictly Personal 2016 Benefit/Festival – a celebration of Post-Beefheart Music Benefit Organizations: Earthjustice, Homeless Action Center, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition — The Bay Area New/Creative Music community celebrates Post-Beefheart Music while raising funds for some worthwhile causes. In addition to the free-form open nature of the musical projects and artists represented, there will be some which will look at Ornette Coleman’s influence on Beefheart’s music and their mutual influence on the No-Wave movement of the 1980s.

Sat 1/09 8:00 PM Gray Area Grand Theater [2665 Mission San Francisco]
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival

Sat 1/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A/B Duo: Building Premieres
A/B Duo premieres the their latest batch of commissions for flute and percussion by Ken Ueno, Brooks Frederickson, Brandon Randall-Myers, and Francisco Castillo Trigueros.

Sat 1/09 11:00 PM Gray Area Grand Theater [2665 Mission San Francisco]
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival

Sunday, January 10

Sun 1/10 2:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NextNow’s Hardly Strictly Personal 2016 Benefit/Festival – a celebration of Post-Beefheart Music Benefit Organizations: Earthjustice, Homeless Action Center, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition — The Bay Area New/Creative Music community celebrates Post-Beefheart Music while raising funds for some worthwhile causes. In addition to the free-form open nature of the musical projects and artists represented, there will be some which will look at Ornette Coleman’s influence on Beefheart’s music and their mutual influence on the No-Wave movement of the 1980.

Sun 1/10 8:00 PM Gray Area Grand Theater [2665 Mission San Francisco]
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival

Tuesday, January 12

Tue 1/12 8:00 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Phillip Greenlief+Thomas Dimuzio
Fistortion
Adria Otte

Wednesday, January 13

Wed 1/13 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For the January edition of the Meridian Music Series we are excited to present Torben Ulrich with an ensemble featuring Adria Otte, Theresa Wong, Doug Caroll, Gabby Fluke-Mogul and Bryan Day.

Thursday, January 14

Thu 1/14 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Organ of Qwerty (John Hanes – electronics and objects)
9pm: Matt Davignon (drum machine / voice)
“Pink Earth” CD release show

Thu 1/14 8:30 PM Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street SF]
Grex, The Classical, Spencer Owen Timeshare @ Hemlock Tavern
An evening of sounds at once beautiful, exotic, and strange at Hemlock Tavern–featuring the dramatic, daring sonics of avant pop band The Classical, the explosive Oakland art rock/psych trio Grex, and the inimitable indie pop melange of Spencer Owen Timeshare.
Grex: Karl Evangelista (gtr, vox), Rei Scampavia (keys, vox), Robert Lopez (dms)
The Classical: Juliet Gordon (vox), Britt Ciampa (dms), etc.
Spencer Owen Timeshare: Spencer Owen (vox, etc.)

Friday, January 15

Fri 1/15 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
Splinter Reeds play new acoustic and electroacoustic works by Stanford composers. Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area’s first reed quintet, comprising five innovative musicians with a shared passion for new music. The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet with an emphasis on commissioning new works, collaborating with fellow musicians and artists, and educating the next generation of musicians and music enthusiasts.

Fri 1/15 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ken Ueno & Matt Ingalls + sinecure
This concert will feature two noise improv duos: Ken Ueno and Matt Ingalls + sinecure (Luke Martin and Ben Levinson).

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John Luther Adams’s ‘The Light Within’ Performance Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

During a performance of John Luther Adams’s “The Light Within,” at National Sawdust on Tuesday evening, I had the luxurious sensation of being enveloped in almost tactile layers of sound. Indeed, on this program of multimedia pieces presented by the ensemble Le Train Bleu, Mr. Adams’s work, despite being the only one without a visual component, offered the most alluring sensory experience.

Magma to Tour North America this Spring

20150410_211142Source: Magma. Once again, Magma is touring America. I’ve seen them twice, two of the best shows I’ve ever been to. If you’re even a remote fan, do try to catch a show. I’ll be at both in Chicago.

02/25/2016
Magma Melt – Paris – the Triton

02/26/2016
Magma Melt – Paris – the Triton

02/27/2016
Magma Melt – Paris – the Triton

03/12/2016
Adelaide Festival of Arts -Australia

03/15/2016
San Diego

03/16/2016
Los Angeles

3/18/2016
San Francisco

03/19/2016
Portland

03/20/2016
Seattle

03/23/2016
Cleveland

03/25/2016
Chicago

03/26/2016
Chicago

03/27/2016
Austin

4/1/2016
New York City – Le Poisson Rouge

4/2/2016
Toronto – Opera House

The Bridge #11 Tour in France

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Source: The Bridge .

THE BRIDGE #11

DAUNIK LAZRO – tenor & baritone saxophone
JOE MCPHEE – saxophones, pocket trumpet
JOSHUA ABRAMS – double bass, guimbri
GUILLAUME SÉGURON – double bass
CHAD TAYLOR – drums, mbira

In the three years that The Bridge, the transatlantic network for jazz and creative music, has been establishing and sustaining connections between improvisers from France and the USA, there never was any better description of the necessity of the exchanges than Joe McPhee’s: “We engage in conversations on multiple levels, we learn from each other, about each other, about our experiences of the world, about our own histories and our pasts, our families and how we got here, at this place in this exact moment. So it’s more than the road, it’s an epic… It the type of thing, I think, we need to develop in the world at large: we are very different in so many ways, but we are not separate.”

This group will tour as follows:

27/01: Le Pannonica, Nantes

28/01: Le Carré Bleu, Poitiers

29/01: Penn Ar Jazz / Mac Orlan, Brest

30/01: Le Petit Faucheux, Tours

01/02: Université de Chicago à Paris – débat public et discussion (12h30)

01/02: Showroom Selmer, Paris – Saxophone Quartet!
Joe McPhee & Daunik Lazro +Jean-Luc Guionnet & Pierre-Antoine Badaroux

02/02: Festival Sons d’hiver
Salle Jean Vilar, Arcueil

03/03: Le Subito, Nîmes

04/02: L’Ajmi, Avignon

05/02: Le Moulin à Jazz, Vitrolles