Ches Smith Profiled

English: Ches Smith at a concert with Marc Rib...

Source: San Francisco Chronicle.

Searching for a common thread running through the far-flung musical endeavors of Brooklyn percussionist Ches Smith might seem like a futile effort. What connects the noise pop of Xiu Xiu with polymorphous singer-songwriter Carla Bozulich and the extended forms of alto saxophonist Tim Berne’s roiling quartet, Snakeoil? The styles and sonic parameters vary tremendously, but Smith treats each situation as an opportunity for exploration.

San Francisco Scene: February 5-12, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 5

Fri 2/05 7:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
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]
Scott Amendola w/ Kasey Knudsen (sax) and Jason Hoopes (bass)

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

Saturday, February 6

Sat 2/06 5:00 PM ProArts Gallery [150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA]
Obelisk Trio with Kyle Bruckmann, Chris Brown & Theresa Wong

Sat 2/06 7:30 PM CCRMA [CCRMA – The Knoll 660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
People Making Sounds is a project co-organized by Weston Olencki & Charlie Sdraulig. We present experimental sound art, conceptual music, & iterations of expanded sonic practice. Performances feature, but are not limited to, instruments, objects, gestures, tapes, & videos.

Sat 2/06 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
blood moon:
Nava Dunkelman and Robert Lopez:
Calder Hannan–Orchid Drift Gaps (2015)
Kristina Warren–Choose (2014)
Rachel Devorah Trapp–overmorrow : no attack in progress (2015)
William Winant Percussion Group:William Winant
Matthew Burtner–The Speed of Sound in an Ice Rain (2015)
Christopher Luna–Vortex (2015)
Sophia Shen–Rite of the Elves (2015)

Sunday, February 7

Sun 2/07 7:30 PM The Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St @ 22nd Oakland, CA]
SOLO-DUO-TRIO w/ Jordan Glenn, Kasey Knudsen, Luke Westbrook, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Adam Hirsch and John McCowen

Monday, February 8

Mon 2/08 7:30 PM Songlines Series at Mills [Mill College Ensemble Room 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613]
Composer Carl Stone will talk about his early roots studying with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney, discuss his musical life living in Tokyo, and present recent works from his “Acid Minsoku” series.

Mon 2/08 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Kevin Corcoran / Jacob Felix Heule / John McCowen floor tom trio with special guests from Norway.

Tuesday, February 9

Tue 2/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Soundings 3.2. Join the Del Sol String Quartet as they explore the interface between new music and visual arts. The evening will feature Ben Johnston’s Americana String Quartet No. 10 paired with works by Jan Wurm (, a local artist whose paintings, drawings and artist books examine daily life and close encounters to reveal aspects of contemporary culture that inform our relationships. Along with performances by the Quartet, the evening will include discussion with the audience and artists followed by a reception.

Tue 2/09 7:30 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents: Gamelan X, Collision Stories (Bachmann/Day/Gendreau/Jones), & Sult.

Wednesday, February 10

Wed 2/10 7:44 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries presents: People Making Sounds – Bromp Treb + Weston Olencki/Charlie Sdraulig
Two sets of performative, sonic performances of sounds and performing. Actions shall be undertaken in varying degrees of excess and understatement, rigor and befuddlement.

Wed 2/10 9:00 PM Doc’s Lab [124 Columbus Ave SF]
Billy White Group featuring Scott Amendola
Billy White is a young San Francisco-born pianst whose musical journeys have taken him far and wide.

Thursday, February 11

Thu 2/11 7:30 PM Exploratorium [Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green Street]
Guillermo Galindo’s artistic work sweeps across musical boundaries, flowing from symphonic compositions to performance art installations and beyond.
For Exploratorium’s evening music series Resonance, Galindo and his ensemble will perform “Resonant Shadows/ Circular Calls” on instruments made from immigrants’ personal belongings found along the border between Mexico and the United States.

Thu 2/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15pm: Toaster (guitars and drones)
8:45pm: Thea Farhadian (solo violin)
9:30pm: Donald Swearingen (electronics)

Thu 2/11 9:00 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
New Zombies meets up with the legendary dance party International Freakout A Go-Go in the Starline Ballroom. The band will perform a live set of avant party music between DJ sets of global soul-funk-disco-pop sounds from the inimitable Special Lord B, Bobby Ganush, and Ben Bracken.

Friday, February 12

Fri 2/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Amaranth Quartet and Ogni Suono

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

‘Quicksand’ (Friday and Saturday) This witty and enigmatic espionage opera by Robert Ashley, the brilliant, innovative American composer who died in 2014, comes to the stage in a creative production by the choreographer Steve Paxton, with an electronic score by Tom Hamilton and light design by David Moodey. At 7 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Composers Now Festival (Friday through Feb. 29) This worthy festival continues to showcase an eclectic range of composers. The legacy of David Diamond is explored at a concert at the Tenri Cultural Institute on Saturday that features a premiere by David Del Tredici. On Sunday in Park Slope, Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” is paired with a work by Reena Esmail that was influenced by Hindustani ornamentation. On Sunday in Manhattan the Momenta Quartet presents new pieces by American, Columbian and Mexican composers, and on Tuesday, music by five composers is performed by their pianist wives (who include Kathleen Supové and Lisa Moore). At various times and locations, complete scheduling information is at (Schweitzer)

Contemporaneous (Thursday) “Laws of Nature” is the theme for this enticing program, yours to hear for a suggested donation of $10. It includes the premiere of Fjóla Evans’s “NÓTT”; “Days and Nature,” a multimedia work by Kate Moore; Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “Streaming Arhythmia”; and “Sawdust and Diamonds,” by Joanna Newsom. At 7:30 p.m., Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, (Davide Allen)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Earl Howard, at Moers Festival 2007

Source: The New York Times.

Michael Attias: Renku (Saturday) Renku, a trio made up of Mr. Attias on saxophones, John Hébert on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums, applies an elaborative process to group improvisation. The group returns here to the Sound It Out series and to the site of its new album, “Live in Greenwich Village.” At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, (Nate Chinen)

George Lewis: The Kitchen Improvises: 1976-1983 (Tuesday) Mr. Lewis, a trombonist, composer, electronic artist and scholar, was a fixture at the Kitchen during a pivotal phase of his creative life. He’s one of the prominent experimental figures featured on a new archival recording, “The Kitchen Improvises: 1976-1983,” as are several others in this concert: the vocalist Thomas Buckner and the saxophonists Earl Howard and Oliver Lake. The program will also include Miya Masaoka on koto and electronics, Andrea Parkins on accordion and electronics, and Lucie Vítkova on accordion and vocals. At 8 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, (Chinen)

Vinnie Sperrazza Quartet (Wednesday) “Apocryphal,” a recent album by the drummer and composer Vinnie Sperrazza, follows an appealing agenda of postgenre modernity, blending the discipline and dynamic of jazz with the vibe of experimental rock and ambient music. He draws from the album here, with the alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, the guitarist Ben Monder and the bassist Eivind Opsvik. At 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

DMG Newsletter February 5th 2016

Mothers of invention, Theatre de Clichy, Paris...

Source: DMG.

William Hooker 4 CD Set: David Murray/David S Ware/Jemeel Moondoc/Roy Campbell + William Hooker Big Sale! Jaimeo Brown Transcendence! Kamasi Washington 3 CD Set! Gary Lucas/Max Fleisher Project! Ergo! Empirical! Jack Dupon!

Anais Maviel! Lajos Dudas Quartet + German Chamber Academy! Philip Corner! Plus Historic Recordings from: The Residents! Captain Beefheart! Frank Zappa! Patti Smith! Stephen Stills & Manassas! Herbie Hancock & Jaco Pastorius! Klaus Schulze! Rare Vinyl and Much More!

The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, February 7th:

Sunday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day Special Event with:

Sunday, February 21st:

Sunday, February 28th:
6pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS & JON IRABAGON – Alto Sax & Sopranino Sax Duo!