San Francisco Scene: February 19-26, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 19

Fri 2/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
line upon line percussion
Austin-based percussion trio performs work by Matthew Shlomowitz, Thomas Meadowcroft, Andrew Greenwald, David Coll and Steve Snowden.

Saturday, February 20

Sat 2/20 3:00 PM Magazine A-168 [Mercado Ct and Railroad Ave Vallejo CA, 94592 (Mare Island Shoreline Preserve)]
Re:Sound Migration 2016
Saturday, February 20 – 3:30 PM
Loren Chasse (Portland, OR)
Suki O’Kane (Oakland)
Andrea Williams (Troy NY)
David Samas (San Francisco)

Sat 2/20 7:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St. #127, Santa Cruz]
Indexical presents two multimedia performances that blur the lines of performance, language, movement, and composition. On Structure (Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino) presents their latest work “The Portal,” a fully staged multimedia performance created, designed, and performed by the duo. Chris Peck is a composer, computer musician, and improviser presenting a new work for projection and sound.

Sat 2/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Amy Reed and Collette McCaslin
Amy and Collette are are two women with very integrated approaches to music, especially improvisation. Their duo corresponds to a logic of magical thinking that is formed by deeper subconscious stirrings. Together, their percussive and subtle sounds wind in and out of synergy, sometimes clashing, sometimes relating in sublime synchronicity.

Sat 2/20 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Music Now: Hilda Paredes. A concert of music by Mexican composer Hilda Paredes. Paredes is at Mills College for the week prior to this concert as the 2015-2016 Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence.

Sat 2/20 9:00 PM Salt Lick [411 2nd. St. Oakland]
BAUS ~//~ Surplus 1980 ~//~ ESSES

Sunday, February 21

Sun 2/21 3:00 PM Re:Sound Migration A-168 [Mercado Ct and Railroad Ave Vallejo CA 94592]
Re:Sound Migration 2016
Re:Sound explores the relationship between forgotten spaces, sound abstraction and the natural environment. The series takes place on the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, a 215-acre park that formerly served as one of the first Naval Ammunition Depots. The event is held in a concrete munitions storage magazine measuring 55’x100′ with ceilings over 15′. The architecture of the building traps sound resulting in a prolonged reverberation.

Sun 2/21 7:30 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation improv workshop). The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or just come to listen. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names.

Monday, February 22

Mon 2/22 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) [2155 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94720]
An evening of composer-performers including Evan Ziporyn, influential clarinetist and cofounder of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Though based on the East Coast, Cal alumnus Ziporyn maintains his ties to Berkeley; his opera A House in Bali premiered at Cal Performances in 2009. Local groundbreaking singer and composer Amy X Neuburg, who has “scoped out her own territory in the gulf between pop and classical” (Village Voice), returns to BAMPFA as well. And the delightfully inventive Luciano Chessa performs his irreverent and abstract sonic experiments in our new building for the first time.

Tuesday, February 23

Tue 2/23 8:00 PM PianoFight [144 Taylor St SF]
ELECTRIC SHADOW THEATER: FILM TRUTH + SURREAL SOUND BY FUSHIGI KENKYŪKAI (不思議研究会)
◉ Films by Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, and Maya Deren ◉ with music by Jorge Bachmann, Beth Custer, Bryan Day, Thomas Dimuzio, Tom Djll, Joe Lasqo, David Michalak, & Suki O’Kane
Fushigi Kenkyūkai (不思議研究会) means “Paranormal Research Society”. The truth is out there… beyond normal reality.
The program uses two surrealist film classics and a cubo-futurist mechanical “ballet” to find it.
◉ Line-up: Jorge Bachmann (electronics) — Beth Custer (bass & other clarinets, vocals) — Bryan Day (invented instruments)
 — Thomas Dimuzio (electronics) — Tom Djll (surrealist prepared trumpet) — Joe Lasqo (laptop/MSP | piano | objects) — David Michalak (skatchbox | lap steel guitar | film curator) — Suki O’Kane (percussion)
◉ Part 1: Cubist Culottes & Surrealist Shorts (33 min)
— Fernand Léger: Ballet mécanique
— Maya Deren (Майя Дерен): Meshes Of The Afternoon
◉ Part 2: Mind-altering Main Feature (55 min)
— Jean Cocteau: Blood Of A Poet (Le sang d’un poète)

Wednesday, February 24

Wed 2/24 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Carla Harryman‘s “Gardener of Stars, an Opera” featuring Jon Raskin (electronics, concertina, voice)& Carla Harryman (voice)
and excerpts from Harryman’s “Occupying Theodore W Adorno’s ‘Music and New Music'”, feat. Harrayman and Gino Robair (prepared piano)

Wed 2/24 8:00 PM Comstock Saloon [155 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA]
Trio with Vijay Anderson, Ben Goldberg and Ken Filiano

Thursday, February 25

Thu 2/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Arrington de Dionyso – voice/bass clarinet/invented winds
China Star – soprano saxophone/invented winds
+ Guests John McCowan – clarinets, Christina Stanley – violin, Rent Romus – saxophones/flutes, Thollem Electric – keyboard

Friday, February 26

Fri 2/26 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Avenue San Francisco, CA]
Hafez Modirzadeh Love and Respect Septet

Fri 2/26 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA 94801]
Jazz Quintet FIVEPlay will be joined by the Point Richmond Jazz String Quartet in an evening of arrangements and improvisational music. FivePlay leader Tony Corman has written arrangements for his group + String Quartet that include improvised sections for all players including strings

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Dave Holland with Anthony Braxton Trio 1976

Source: The New York Times.

Dave Holland (through Sunday) During the early and mid-1990s, the bassist Dave Holland had an inspired younger partner in Kevin Eubanks, a guitar virtuoso with fluency in myriad styles. They parted ways for a while — Mr. Eubanks to “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” and Mr. Holland to a series of acclaimed bands and albums — but reunited a few years ago, to strong effect. Here they’ll be working in a trio with Obed Calvaire, a smartly assertive drummer. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)

Darius Jones at the Stone (through Sunday) The alto saxophonist Darius Jones favors a robust and personal take on post-1960s free jazz, and he’s an artist brimming with ideas, many of which will surface here. During this closing weekend he’ll revisit the music from several recent albums: “Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise),” at 8 p.m. on Friday; “Le Bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation),” at 10 p.m. on Friday; and “The Oversoul Manual,” at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Full details are online. Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Kamasi Washington & Guests (Wednesday) One of the breakout stories in music last year was Mr. Washington, a tenor saxophonist from Los Angeles with a burly, beseeching sound. A contributor to Kendrick Lamar’s hip-hop opus “To Pimp a Butterfly,” he also released his own statement of vaulting ambition — “The Epic,” sprawled across three discs — and then embarked on a triumphant cross-country tour. So it’s not hard to recognize this show, a rescheduled NYC Winter Jazzfest date, as a victory lap of sorts. At 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, 212-353-1600, websterhall.com/calendar. (Chinen)

Dusted Reviews

Charlie Haden, american jazz bassist

Source: Dusted.

Vibracathedral Orchestra—Rec Blast Motorbike (VHF)
John Foxx/Harold Budd/Ruben Garcia — Nighthawks (Metamatic)
Harry Bertoia — Sonambient: The Recordings Of Harry Bertoia (Important)
Avishai Cohen – Into the Silence (ECM)
Lee Konitz & Charlie Haden – Sweet & Lovely (King)
Sebastian Lexer & Steve Noble — Muddy Ditch (Fataka)
Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus — The Distance (ECM)
Icepick — Amaranth (Astral Spirits)
Ches Smith – The Bell (ECM)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Avant Festival (Saturday) “Micro-operas” and monster drone epics share billings in this ambitious new-music festival. It begins on Saturday with the 10-hour “Day Trip,” a sound installation and performance by the composer Adrian Knight with the percussion ensemble Tigue. From noon to 10 p.m., audiences are welcome to wander in and out or immerse themselves in its time-bending entirety. A full schedule for the festival, which continues through March 5, is at avantmedia.org. Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, 212-228-1195. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Composers Now Festival (through Feb. 29) There are plenty of alluring offerings on the lineup at this festival, which showcases a diverse range of contemporary music. On Monday, the pianist Vassily Primakov performs a work by Lowell Liebermann. On Tuesday the pianist Lisa Moore celebrates her new album of music by composers including Missy Mazzoli and Julia Wolfe. On Wednesday the Jack Quartet performs, in pitch darkness, Georg Friedrich Haas’s Quartet No. 3. At various times and locations, complete scheduling information is at composersnow.org. (Schweitzer)

JACK Quartet (Wednesday) In 2013, the intrepid JACK Quartet played the formidable Quartet No. 3 by the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater — in total darkness, just as Mr. Haas intended it to be. JACK brings this mystical piece, which usually lasts about an hour (the players have freedom to choose from various episodes), to the Austrian Cultural Forum for the first event in an American Immersion series devoted to Mr. Haas’s works. At 7:30 p.m., 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, 212-319-5300, acfny.org. (Tommasini)

National Sawdust Percussion Festival (Saturday) This five-hour percussion marathon curated by Andy Akiho and Ian Rosenbaum features works by Steve Reich, Jason Treuting, Mark Applebaum, Paul Lansky and a premiere by Mr. Akiho. The lineup of percussionists also includes other instrumentalists, including the cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. At 5 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Schweitzer)

Anthony Braxton Interview and Upcoming Releases

Anthony Braxton

Source: The New York Times.

At 70, the composer, saxophonist, pianist and inveterate musical big-picture-ist Anthony Braxton sounds ebullient. He is releasing three boxed sets of new music on April 1, coinciding with his performances in two different ensembles at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tenn.: a trio, and his 11-piece band called the 10 + 1tet. “After 28 years of teaching, now I find myself in a situation when I can compose music every day,” he said, excitedly, on the telephone from his home in Connecticut last week. “I think about this as a time period of exile,” he continued. “I have separated myself from my friends, and from everyone, really, as I seek to clarify my relationship with my own work.”

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

Sun 21 February 2016

Mopomoso
2:00pm – 5:00pm @ Vortex
John Jasnoch guitar / Derek Saw valve trombone / Adam Woolfe clarinet and piano Matt Hutchinson solo piano Phil Minton voice / John Russell guitar Now in our 25th anniversary year activities include this, the longest running unbroken…

Tumbatareco + Steve Beresford/Satoko Fukuda (1st set)
7:30pm – 10:15pm @ Vortex
Fresh from touring his improv-jazz tunes with Inner Space Music, trumpeter Loz Speyer is joined by Guillaume Viltard, and long-time colleague Dave Fowler, in Tumbatareco – a dynamic and cohesive free-jazz improvising trio, with ears wide open to a big range of moods, textures and sonic possibilities, despite the sparse…