San Francisco Scene: January 29 – February 5, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, January 29

Fri 1/29 8:00 PM Mertes Performing Arts Center at Las Positas College [3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore, CA]
Founded in 2015 by Dan Marschak, Hitomi Oba, Nick DePinna, and Noah Meites, L.A. Signal Lab is a diverse new music collective of composer/performers. This concert features music from their debut album, “Whisper and Howl,” featuring some of Los Angeles’s most in-demand and creative musicians, including Ross Garren, Maggie Hasspacher, Adrianne Pope, and Linnea Powell, alongside the composers.
As three of Signal Lab’s four founders originally hail from the San Francisco bay area, the group is excited to make its hometown debut!

Fri 1/29 8:00 PM Mertes Performing Arts Center at Las Positas College [3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore, CA]
Founded in 2015 by Dan Marschak, Hitomi Oba, Nick DePinna, and Noah Meites, L.A. Signal Lab is a diverse new music collective of composer/performers. This concert features music from their debut album, “Whisper and Howl,” featuring some of Los Angeles’s most in-demand and creative musicians, including Ross Garren, Maggie Hasspacher, Adrianne Pope, and Linnea Powell, alongside the composers.
As three of Signal Lab’s four founders originally hail from the San Francisco bay area, the group is excited to make its hometown debut!

Fri 1/29 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Guerrilla Composers Guild Presents: Transient Canvas
Boston-based marimba and bass clarinet duo Transient Canvas performs new works by Bay Area composers Danny Clay, David Coll, Robert Nance, Brenna Noonan, Crystal Pascucci, and Jon Yu.

Fri 1/29 9:00 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
Tobin Summerfield’s Never Enough Hope + Gojogo

Saturday, January 30

Sat 1/30 12:00 AM KZSU Radio [90.1 FM kzsulive.stanford.edu (streaming)]
day of noise
All things strange and beautiful. Twenty-four hours straight of live experimentation and improvisation, featuring experimental/noise/drone bands and artists from the Bay Area and beyond. A KZSU tradition since the ’90s: this is the 14th Day of Noise. Listen in on 90.1 FM in the Bay Area and kzsulive.stanford.edu around the world.

Sat 1/30 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

Founded in 2015 by Dan Marschak, Hitomi Oba, Nick DePinna, and Noah Meites, L.A. Signal Lab is a diverse new music collective of composer/performers. This concert will feature music from their debut album, “Whisper and Howl,” featuring some of Los Angeles’s most in demand and creative musicians, including Ross Garren, Maggie Hasspacher, Adrianne Pope, and Linnea Powell, alongside the composers. As three of Signal Lab’s four founders originally hail from the San Francisco bay area, the group is excited to make its hometown debut!

Sat 1/30 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
ZONES OF INFLUENCE BY DAVID ROSENBOOM – a propositional cosmology activated in music for percussion and algorithmic instruments with auxiliary keyboard and glissando parts. With performers William Winant: solo percussion; David Rosenboom: electronics, piano, violin; and Jinku Kim: video performance.

Sat 1/30 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
Erik Jekabson Quintet

Sunday, January 31

Sun 1/31 6:30 PM Doc’s Lab [124 Columbus Ave SF]
Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

Sun 1/31 7:00 PM First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo [72 Kensington Road San Anselmo, CA 94960]
ECHO Chamber Orchestra will return after a successful first season for a New Year’s Opener on Sunday, January 31st, at the First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo at 7:00pm. Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, Stravinsky Octet for Wind Instruments, Yariv Gyro for Percussion Instruments, and Revueltas Janitzio.

Sun 1/31 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
“Harbors”, is a collaboration with composer and cellist Theresa Wong. Pitch material used in the piece is generated from the harmonic series of each of the open strings of the cello and the tones resulting from pressing a string at a harmonic nodal point.
“Past the Angels” is a work for an ensemble of four performing on Fullman’s Long String Instrument using the Box Bow, a hand-held wooden tool used to strike the strings in a percussive manner. Seasoned Bay Area composer/performers Mark Clifford, David Douglas, Ryan Jobes and Crystal Pascucci will play the hocketed box bow parts.

Sun 1/31 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
animalesque : Newby, Olencki, & Roy play Isaacson
Bay Area-based musicians Helen Newby and Weston Olencki join forces with Los Angeles-based flutist Elise Roy to present a concert of Kurt Isaacson’s recent bestial works for flute, euphonium, cello & piano.

Monday, February 1

Mon 2/01 7:30 PM Songlines Series at Mills [Mills College Ensemble Room 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613]
Composer Anne Hege will present “Divining Wisdom,” a continuous performance that will call forth wisdom through song and movement using texts and chants written by Hildegard von Bingen, St. Francis of Assisi, and Bertolt Brecht played on a homemade live looping machine, video game tether controller, and iPhone.

Mon 2/01 8:00 PM Yoshi’s Oakland [510 Embarcadero West Oakland]
Jenny Maybee & Nick Phillips’ Album HAIKU is being launched with a celebration concert at Yoshiʼs Oakland on February 1, 2016. Haiku—the premiere recording collaboration between multifaceted pianist/vocalist/songwriter/arranger, Jenny Maybee, and veteran jazz record producer/trumpet player/songwriter/arranger, Nick Phillips—is a mesmerizing mix of vocal and instrumental jazz recordings in which refreshingly original compositions and imaginative arrangements of standards are brought to life with inspired, risk-taking, live-in-the-studio performances.

Mon 2/01 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Two Aerials (cutting-edge chamber improvisation)
Crystal Pascucci-cel, Mark Clifford-vib
Set #2: EWE (hard driving electroacoustic music)
Tom Djll-electronics, etc., Tim Perkis-electronics, Jordan Glenn-dms
Set #3: Reggae On the Radio (avant dub)
Adam Theis, Ely Strauss, Henry Hung-horns, Rob Ewing-b, Jason Levis-dms

Thursday, February 4

Thu 2/04 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00pm Cosmists
Mark Pino – percussion, Collette McCaslin – trumpet/percussion, Andrew Joran – thermin
9:00pm The Ecosono Ensemble
Glen Whitehead – trumpet, Scott Walton – bass, Matthew Burtner – electronics, Britt Ciampa – drums

Friday, February 5

Fri 2/05 7:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
VAMP presents THE ART of JACOB PEK
Live music by Jakob Pek plus special guest(s)

Fri 2/05 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble All Star 2016 Tour begins in February during Black History Month. Internationally acclaimed percussionist, composer, and band leader Kahil El’Zabar will premier a brand new Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring two masterful icons of the modern jazz idiom: Baritone sax giant, Hamiet Bluiett, and trombone titan, Craig Harris!

Fri 2/05 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
JACK O’ THE CLOCK
Scott Amendola w/ Kasey Knudsen (sax) and Jason Hoopes (bass)
FAUN FABLES

Fri 2/05 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Fred Frith/Darren Johnston CD Release Concert, + The Holly Martins

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DMG Top Ten Lists for 2015

Source: DMG. Just when you thought the lists were over and done, a bunch more pop up. These were curated by DMG and feature prominent journalists and musicians.

On New Year’s Day, I asked some dozen musicians and journalists to contribute a Top 10 Recommended Disc List of 2015. I said that categorizes and format were unimportant and that your choice could also be a reissue or historic recording. I also mentioned that they could give three honorable mentions which could also include books or films or anything someone wanted to recommend. As you can see, each list is very different and informative in different ways. The contributors are listed in alphabetical order by last name, except that I put myself last, since my list is a little longer. Thanks to everyone who contributed. Please take your time in reading these, it will be well worth it since everyone here is a serious listener.

Ashley Fure’s Beautiful Noise in New York Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

A few months ago, Ashley Fure, the focus of a Composer Portrait concert on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Miller Theater, was experimenting with fluid sound. A speaker hung in the corner of a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that was crammed with equipment hoarded by Levy Lorenzo, the electronics wizard of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Taped to the speaker’s cone was a thin plastic tube, cut off at one end near the woofer’s rim and reaching down to a water pump at the other.

February Shows at the IBeam Brooklyn

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

DUENDE + DESVELO
Friday, February 5th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

8:30pm
DUENDE:
Josh Sinton – bari sax
Jason Ajemian – bass

10:00pm
DESVELO:
Álvaro Domene – guitar and compositions
Briggan Krauss – alto saxophone
Josh Sinton – bari sax and bass clarinet
Mike Pride – drums

Ibeam Brooklyn Presents Solos / Duos and Trios
Saturday, February 6th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Vinnie Sperrazza – Solo Drums

Brian Drye / Rob Curto Duo
Brian Drye – Trombone
Rob Curto – Piano

Goldberg / Coleman / Atwal Trio
Ben Goldberg – Clarinet
Michael Coleman – Piano
Hamir Atwal – Drums

The NOVA Project
Friday, February 26th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Ayumi Ishito – tenor sax
Matthew Albeck – guitar
Michel Maurer – drums

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith New Album and Tour

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...

Source: Vijay Iyer, a new album from the duo titled A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke, and the following tour dates:

March 30-31 – New York, NY – Metropolitan Museum of Art Breuer Building
April 1 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
April 7-8 – Cambridge, MA – Harvard events
April 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College
April 16 – Fullerton, CA – Cal State Fullerton

Le Poisson Rouge in February

American composer Terry Riley Interview at Lin...

Source: New York’s (le) poisson rouge

Mon., February 01, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Marilyn Nonken: Spectral Salon

Wed., February 03, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Terry Riley‘s “In C”, presented by Darmstadt Essential Repertoire

Thu., February 04, 2016 at 7:00 PM
The World of Krakauer: Three Perspectives of David Krakauer

Mon., February 08, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Dan Tepfer’s Acoustic Informatics featuring ICE

Wed., February 17, 2016 at 6:30 PM
No Orpheus: vocal music of Mohammed Fairouz

Sun., February 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Stravinsky’s ‘L’Histoire du Soldat’ (Soldier’s Tale) with narration, dancers and multimedia + Helix! performing Adams, Norman, Ades and Boulez

Tue., February 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Lisa Moore “The Stone People” – a CD release concert