March at New York’s Spectrum

Source: Spectrum.

– Martha Cargo + AndPlay (Mar. 2)

– Glue Gun Optimism (Mar. 4)

– Live45 (Mar. 5)

– Ums ‘n Jip (Switzerland) (Mar. 5)

– Augustus Arnone performs The Complete Piano Works of Milton Babbitt, Concerts II & III (Mar. 6)

– Amy Gillick, Tabatha Easley & Kevin T. Chance; Living Triptych (Gillick, Easley & Midori Larsen) (Mar. 11)

– Jennifer Logan (Mar. 12)

– Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series with 3k3: Rossi, Jeffrey Zeigler & Peter Hess (Mar. 12)

– David Kalhous (Mar. 12)

– Jennifer Logan (Mar. 13)

– *IVES of March: Karl Larson, Maya Bennardo & Danielle Buonaiuto (Mar. 15)
*see separate release for more details

– Zach Seely’s (con)temporary (in)sights Series feat. Alice Teyssier (Mar. 17)

– Michael Rose presents Brooklyn New Music Collective (Mar. 18)

– Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Series feat. Jess Rowland (Mar. 18)

– Solos & Trios: Music of Jeffrey Mumford (Mar. 19)
Ensemble 212 Trio; The Meadowlark Trio; Luosha Fang; Deborah Pae

– Sunday Salon: Ross Hammond & Sameer Gupta (Mar. 20)

– Guy Barash’s Eavesdropping Series feat. Random Access Music (Mar. 20)

– Pas Musique presents Ambient Chaos (Mar. 25)

– Zodiac Trio (Mar. 26)

– Manhattan Review poetry reading hosted by Editor Philip Fried (Mar. 26)
Jeanne Marie Beaumont; Amy Holman; Bill Zavatsky.

– Manhattan Producers Alliance Annual Concert (Mar. 27)

– Latitude 49 (Ann Arbor, MI) (Mar. 27)

San Francisco Scene: February 26 – March 4, 2016

English: Fred Frith performing at Mills Colleg...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

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

Fri 2/26 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Black Cedar
New Music for a New Sound
Kris Palmer, flute; Nancy Kim, cello; Steve Lin, guitar
Klaus Hinrich Stahmer Debussyana (1983)
Chinary Ung Luminous Spirals (1997)
Durwynne Hsieh Miscellaneous Music (2015) commissioned by Black Cedar
Garrett Shatzer Of Emblems (2014) commissioned by Black Cedar
Nathan Kolosko Hungarian Trio (2012)

Fri 2/26 8:00 PM The Salt Lick [411 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607]
Arrington de Dionyso and China Star each perform solo.
Followed by Arrington de Dionyso improvisations with guests Matt Ingalls, Nava Dunkelman and Jakob Pek.

Saturday, February 27

Sat 2/27 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Carla Harryman & Jon Raskin / Sheldon Brown Ensemble
Jon Raskin’s Gardener of Stars, an Opera Carla Harryman & Jon Raskin with special guest Tania Chen will perform Gardener of Stars, an Opera as improvised score and radical reimagining of Harryman’s 2001 novel, a work “more fantasmagoric poem than fictional narrative” tracking the paradise and wastelands of utopian desire. Sheldon Brown Ensemble will perform material from Brown’s Blood of the Air suite, based on the poetry and speech melodies of the late Surrealist poet, Philip Lamantia, as well as material from Brown’s project Distant Intervals, which features pieces based on speech melodies of Ivan Arguelles, Clark Coolidge and Andrew Joron.

Sunday, February 28

Sun 2/28 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Cheryl E. Leonard – natural-object instruments and Bruce Ackley – improvised soprano saxophone at the Nunnery.

Sun 2/28 4:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan & New Directions in Indian Classical Music
Carnatic @ Berkeley Arts Festival
South Indian music gets re-upped.
Original songs along traditional lines
+ improvisations backed by tambura drone lutes
& mridangam double drum.

Sun 2/28 5:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
QUEBEC WINDFEST: Lori Freedman + Quasar + Guest Nava Dunkelman

Sun 2/28 7:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA]
Ben Goldberg and Friends
Ben Goldberg on clarinet, John Hebert on bass, and Hamir Atwal on drums. “Improvising and some tasty tunes.”

Sun 2/28 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM duoB
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass, Jason Levis – drums
8:30 PM Golia/Johnson/Hammond
Vinny Golia – woodwinds, Max Johnson – bass, Ross Hammond – guitar
A night of world travelers merge at the SIMM Series for fun wild improvisational surprises!

Sun 2/28 7:30 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Space Walk + Deth Perception @ Temescal Arts Center
Incendiary sounds at Oakland’s Temescal Arts Center, featuring only the second performance by Karl Evangelista’s all-star free jazz agglomeration Space Walk and a new project (Deth Perception) helmed by guitarist/composer Alex Cohen.
Space Walk: Theo Padouvas-tpt, Lewis Jordan, Cory Wright-saxes, Karl Evangelista-gtr, Rei Scampavia-keys, Robert Lopez, Jordan Glenn-dms
Deth Perception: Alex Cohen-gtr, Aurora Josephson-vocals, Kim Nucci, Tim DeCillis-dms, perc

Monday, February 29

Mon 2/29 7:30 PM Mills College Chapel [5000 Macarthur Blvd Oakland CA]
Lucky Cloud Series 004 featuring Fred Frith, Rachel Austin, Theresa Wong

Mon 2/29 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For the February installment of the Meridian Composers in Performance series we are excited to present Lithuania’s Arma Agharta. Opening for the night will be Collision Stories.

Mon 2/29 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents Clevenger/Knudsen/Wright/Condry/Bevan/Arkin/Levis + Aunt Rose (Glenn/Pascucci/Clifford)

Tuesday, March 1

Tue 3/01 5:00 PM CCRMA [CCRMA The Knoll 660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
John Bischoff will present a prepared slideshow outlining his musical history and approach to electronic music, followed by a discussion of recent pieces, both solo and for computer network band. At the conclusion of his talk, he will perform a set of solo works that incorporate a custom analog circuit of his own design.

Tue 3/01 7:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz, CA 95060]
String Noise (Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, violins) plays original works and arrangements of punk covers by Eric Lyon to include Bad Brains, Violent Femmes, Deerhoof, Radiohead, Black Flag, and the Germs from the album “The Book of Strange Positions” released on Northern Spy Records and a NEW version of Stockhausen Tierkreis for two violins. Also on the program: Giancinto Scelsi, Bernhard Lang, Andrew C. Smith, John King.

Tue 3/01 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Seth Josel performs Catherine Lamb
Contemporary music expert and guitar virtuoso Seth Josel performs “point/wave,” an immersive, evening-length new work written for him by composer Catherine Lamb.

Wednesday, March 2

Wed 3/02 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
String Noise: The Book of Strange Positions
First west-coast appearance since the release of their debut album “The Book of Strange Positions” on Northern Spy Records, String Noise will perform selections from the “The Book” along with a WORLD PREMIERE of an arrangement of Stockhausen’s “Tierkreis” by Eric Lyon, along with an improvisation with the avant-garde composer/vocalist Ken Ueno.

Wed 3/02 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Arma Agharta
Collision Stories
Tender Buttons

Wed 3/02 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
First Set:
Mezzacappa-Pascucci DUO
Crystal Pascucci – Cello
Lisa Mezzacappa – Bass
Second Set:
Adams, Johnson, Perkis
Steve Adams – Saxophones & Flutes
Max Johnson – Double Bass
Tim Perkis – Electronics

Thursday, March 3

Thu 3/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Jeffrey Alexander Trio
Jeffrey Alexander – various instruments & electronics, Arjun Boehner Mangelwurzel – violin, Aaron Levin – drums
9pm Marshall/Allen/Spirit feat. Max Johnson
Max Johnston – bass, Joshua Allen – tenor saxophone, Spirit – drums, Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone

Friday, March 4
Fri 3/04 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Two Aerials
Mark Clifford – vibes, drums, electronics, keys
Crystal Pascucci – cello, voice, electronics, keys
Johnston, Johnson & Anderson
Darren Johnston – Trumpet
Max Johnson – Double Bass
Vijay Anderson – Drums

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Alarm Will Sound (Tuesday) One of the finest contemporary music ensembles around presents the local premiere of Scott Johnson’s “Mind Out of Matter,” based on the ideas and philosophy of Daniel Dennett, which are rooted in cognitive science and evolutionary theory. At 7 p.m., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 212-535-7710, (David Allen)

Avant Festival (Saturday, through March 5) This adventurous new-music festival continues on Saturday with three chamber operas by John King. The works mesh improvisation, live electronics and “randomly controlled lighting” and are set to texts by Samuel Beckett and Thomas Aquinas; they will be performed by the vocalists Joan La Barbara and Gelsey Bell and by Mr. King on viola and live electronics. At 8 p.m., Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, 212-228-1195. (Schweitzer)

Jay Campbell (Wednesday) This brilliant young cellist has earned a reputation for innovative programs. Here, accompanied by Conor Hanick, he offers an intriguing lineup of arrangements for cello of Scelsi’s “Three Latin Prayers,” Messiaen’s “Vocalise” and “Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus,” and selections from Hildegard von Bingen’s “Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations.” At 7 p.m., Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-854-2306, (Schweitzer)

Composers Now Festival (through Sunday) This monthlong festival finishes up this weekend. On Sunday there’s “Music + the Mind,” for which the jazz drummer William Hooker joins David Soldier and Brad Garton to translate brain waves into sound waves. More information is at (Allen)

Mivos Quartet (Wednesday) This fearless and charismatic ensemble brings new and recent music for string quartet to the Bronx in this Carnegie Hall neighborhood program featuring works by Robert Honstein, Missy Mazzoli, Mario Diaz de Leon, Felipe Lara and Philip Glass. At 7 p.m., Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, 212-247-7800, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Talea Ensemble (Friday) As part of the American Immersion series, the Austrian Cultural Forum, in association with the Czech Center New York, presents the second program devoted to works of the modernist Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, performed by the dynamic Talea Ensemble. James Baker conducts four works, all written during the last 15 years, featuring Tony Arnold (soprano) and Gareth Flowers (trumpet). At 8 p.m., Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan, 646-422-3300, (Tommasini)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Ingrid Laubrock

Source: The New York Times.

Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba (Saturday) Ms. Laubrock is a tenor saxophonist drawn to dynamic tension, and in this band — its name, also the title of a recent album, would seem to be a nod to its tuba player, Dan Peck — she has strong partners for her agenda. Along with Mr. Peck, they are Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Ben Gerstein on trombone and her husband, Tom Rainey, on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

Christian McBride/Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 (Friday and Saturday) A big-band double bill, with a natural emphasis on uplift. Mr. McBride, a bassist and composer-bandleader with a muscular approach — and, as of last week, a five-time Grammy winner — leads his big band, which won him one of those awards. And the Hot 9, jointly led by the pianist Henry Butler and the trumpeter Steven Bernstein, puts a freewheeling and often funky spin on throwback jazz traditionalism. At 8 p.m., Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, (Chinen)

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret (Tuesday through March 6) Ms. Melford, a pianist-composer of restless imagination and rigorous execution, will make her debut as a leader at the Village Vanguard next week, with the same ensemble that appears on “Snowy Egret,” a standout album from last year. Its ranks consist of improvisers with a keen ear for textural interplay: Ron Miles on cornet, Liberty Ellman on acoustic guitar, Stomu Takeishi on the acoustic bass guitar and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Matt Mitchell at the Stone (Tuesday through March 6) A pianist of burrowing focus and an indispensable fixture of the contemporary vanguard, Mr. Mitchell will use his weeklong residency at the Stone as a consolidation of his interests. Highlights include the quartet from his superb recent album, “Vista Accumulation” (Tuesday); an intriguing pair of ensembles anchored by the drummer Kate Gentile (Wednesday); and a duo with the percussionist Ches Smith (Thursday). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

Roulette in March

English: Jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in ...

Source: New York’s Roulette.

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R. Andrew Lee premieres Waller and Knight / Tenth Album Celebration Celebrated minimal pianist R. Andrew Lee performs Michael Vincent Waller, William Duckworth and Adrian Knight.

Ambrose Akinmusire, Craig Taborn & Mary Halvorson The trio of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Craig Taborn and guitarist Mary Halvorson premiere new material by all three musicians.

Interpretations: Alvin Singleton 75th Birthday Celebration A musical tribute to American composer Alvin Singleton on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

RBA: Esperanza Fernández + Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Flamenco Meets Cuba Robert Browning Associates in partnership with Flamenco Festival presents Esperanza Fernández & Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Maja S. K. Ratkje: Solo, Voice + Electronics // SPUNK: Live in New York Norway comes to Brooklyn for an evening of vocal improvisation and free jazz.

RBA: Riyaaz Qawwali – Sufi Music of Pakistan + India Robert Browning Associates Presents: Riyaaz Qawwali – Sufi Music of Pakistan + India

Haeyoung Kim Haeyoung Kim presents Moori, an interactive collaboration environment where users participate in a real‑time narrative.

String Theories II: New and Recent Works for String Orchestra The String Orchestra of Brooklyn performs recent works by Michael Harrison, Alex Mincek, Alexandra Gardner, and Taylor Brook.

String Theories III: Chris Cerrone’s The Pieces That Fall to Earth The New York premiere of Chris Cerrone’s LA Philharmonic-commissioned The Pieces That Fall to Earth.

Jen Shyu: Song of Silver Geese with MIVOS quartet, Jade Tongue, & Satoshi Haga The new full-length composition, Song of Silver Geese, is a multilingual, ritual music drama.