AMN Picks of the Week: Claudia Quintet / Barchan / Mazurek & Kelly / Braxton / Thumbscrew / Nguyen & Cinchel

Braxton, Anthony

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

The Claudia Quintet – Super Petite (2016)
Barchan – Soliton (2015)
Rob Mazurek / Emmett Kelly – Alien Flower Sutra (2016)
Anthony Braxton – Quintet (Tristano) 2014 (2016)
Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara) – Convallaria (2016)
Nhung Nguyen / Cinchel – The Movement of an Old Soul (2016)

Chicago Scene: April 23-30, 2016

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang performing on 18 Nov...

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 30th 2016

3:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 (Free)
OpenICE : Chicago Marathon
Katinka Kleijn, David Bowlin — music by Monte Weber, Du Yun, Sophia Gubaidulina

4:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 (Free)
OpenICE : Chicago Marathon
Tony Arnold, Jacob Greenberg — music by Helmut Lachenmann, Dai Fujikura

6:00PM at PianoForte , 1335 S Michigan, 312.291.0291 (Free)
OpenICE : Chicago Marathon
Craig Taborn, Cory Smythe

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723 (Free)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Twin Talk : Andrew Green, Dustin Laurenzi, Katie Ernst — Record release
Paul Giallorenzo, Julian Kirshner, Anton Hatwich

Sunday, May 1st 2016

3:00PM at 7534 S Eberhart, 773.966.7572
Sonic Healing Ministries Monthly Prayer Session
Microcosmic Sound Orchestra

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Pictures at an Exhibition
Fonema Consort : Nina Dante, Dalia Chin, Jonathan Thompson, Samuel Rowe, Ryan Packard, Daniel Walden — music by Richard Barrett, Lewis Nielson, Bethany Younge, Pablo Chin

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler
Dave Rempis, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler, Steve Hunt

Monday, May 2nd 2016

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
ExtraOcular — live improvised score for Weird World Scrolls

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tim Daisy

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tim Daisy

Thursday, May 5th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
The Sync (Bridge #5) : Sylvaine Hélary, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Eve Risser, Mike Reed
The Bridge #12 : David Boykin, Lionel Garcin, Nicole Mitchell, Christian Pruvost

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Tim Daisy Solo
Tim Daisy, Wayne Montana

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)
ZS Solo Sets
Patrick Higgins
Greg Fox
Sam Hillmer

Friday, May 6th 2016

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, $30 series pass)
2016 Outer Ear Series
Spektral Quartet

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15, $25 2-day pass)
Chicago Jazz String Summit
Okkyung Lee Solo
Handmade Blade : Peggy Lee, Aram Bajakian, JP Carter
Tomeka Reid Stringtet : Mazz Swift, Peter Maunu, Jason Hwang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tomeka Reid, Silvia Bolognesi, Mikel Avery

Saturday, May 7th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15, $25 2-day pass)
Chicago Jazz String Summit
Trio Amgydala : Jason Hwang, Rami Seo, Michael Wimberly
James Sanders Proyecto Libre, with Avreeayl Ra, Jean-christophe Leroy, Joshua Abrams
Triptych : Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, Jon Deitemeyer

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May at Roulette

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.

Source: New York’s Roulette.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Jonathan Franzen + Myra Melford Roulette presents Myra Melford and Jonathan Franzen, an evening of solo piano and readings.

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Interpretations: Thomas Buckner Performs Bun Ching Lam, Karen Power, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, & More Baritone Thomas Buckner and friends present a concert of new works for voice, instruments, and electronics, and two new instrumental works.

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Dave Douglas & High Risk High Risk is an exciting electronic-inspired quartet lead by Dave Douglas. At the vanguard of modern jazz and electronic music, High Risk incorporates improvisational alchemy and technological exploration to create its unique sound. …

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

[GENERATE] Hotel Elefant Presents: Songs of Love and Violence: The Music of Matt Marks Contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant partners on composer Matt Marks’ first acoustic album for their own full-length recording debut.

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Darmstadt Institute New York: 70 Year Anniversary Celebration: Wet Ink Ensemble // Jennifer Walshe Darmstadt Institute New York: 70 Year Anniversary Celebration After 70 years of new music from the International Summer Course for New Music at Darmstadt, Germany, New York based performers and ensembles come together to celebrate a legacy of radical innovation. …

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Darmstadt Institute New York: 70 Year Anniversary Celebration: ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble // Mivos Quartet Darmstadt Institute New York: 70 Year Anniversary Celebration After 70 years of new music from the International Summer Course for New Music at Darmstadt, Germany, New York based performers and ensembles come together to celebrate a legacy of radical innovation. …

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Darmstadt Institute New York: 70 Year Anniversary Celebration: Talea Ensemble // SEM Ensemble Darmstadt Institute New York: 70 Year Anniversary Celebration After 70 years of new music from the International Summer Course for New Music at Darmstadt, Germany, New York based performers and ensembles come together to celebrate a legacy of radical innovation. …

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

[RESIDENCY] Thumbscrew Record Release Concert Record release show for Convallaria, Thumbscrew’s highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed 2014 eponymous debut for Cuneiform Records. …

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Marilyn Nonken with Sound Icon: Vortex Temporum Revisited Pianist Marilyn Nonken joins forces with the Boston-based ensemble Sound Icon to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Gérard Grisey, a founder of spectral music whose sudden death in 1998 robbed the musical world of brilliant musical visionary….

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Ned Rothenberg’s Ryu Nashi, New Music for Shakuhachi The evening will showcase original compositions for the 5-hole Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

[GENERATE] TAK Plays World Premieres by Mario Diaz de Leon and Lewis Nielson TAK Plays World Premieres by Mario Diaz de Leon and Lewis Nielson

MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Nate Wooley’s Argonautica Record Release The story of Jason and the Argonauts, the search for the golden fleece, begins with a collection of warriors, with different talents, different viewpoints, different temperaments; all coming together to create a mosaic that is imperfect but suited to their task. Nate Wooley’s Argonautica takes the same stance as he gathers players from different aesthetics to tell a grand abstract musical story….

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Ensemble Pamplemousse: Goodmorning / Goodnight Goodmorning/Goodnight is a program of pieces by members of Ensemble Pamplemousse and other likeminded composers whose work shares common aesthetic interests. These compositions playfully question traditional concepts of sound and music performance, creatively linking acoustic and electronic sound worlds by blending innovative methods of sound production with extended instrumental techniques….

May at the IBeam Brooklyn 

Tim Berne

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

Eva Novoa
Sunday, May 1st 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Sonderegger / Novoa Duo (8:30 pm)
Sean Sonderegger, tenor sax
Eva Novoa, piano
Quartet (9:30 pm)
Sean Sonderegger, tenor sax
Eva Novoa, piano
Michael Bates, bass
Devin Gray, drums

Anthony Smith/Jim Ridl Duo
Friday, May 6th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Anthony Smith: vibraphone
Jim Ridl: piano

The Anthony Smith Quartet
Saturday, May 7th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Anthony Smith: vibraphone, piano
Syberen Van Munster: guitar
Kenny Pexton: saxophone
Alex Tremblay: bass

Robert Dick / Tiffany Chang Duo
Saturday, May 14th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Robert Dick, flutes
Tiffany Chang, drums

Satoko Fuji Orchestra
Tuesday, May 17th 8:30 PM $20 Suggested Donation
Oscar Noriega – alto sax
Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby – tenor sax,
Andy Laster – baritone sax
Dave Ballou, Herb Robertson, Kappa Maki – trumpet
Joe Fiedler, Curtis Hasselbring, Joey Sellers – trombone
Satoko Fuji – Piano
Stomu Takeishi – bass
Aaron Alexander – drums
Nels Cline – Guitar

Thursday, May 19th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Steel Fern Quartet (8:30 pm)
Jake Henry: trumpet
Sebastien Ammann: piano
Chris Van Voorst Van Beest: bass
Max Goldman: drums
Gaël Mevel: piano & compositions
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone

Sun of Goldfinger
Friday, May 20th 12:00 AM $15 Suggested Donation
Tim Berne – Saxophone
Ches Smith – Drums
David Torn – Guitar

Sun of Goldfinger
Saturday, May 21st 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Tim Berne – Saxophone
Ches Smith – Drums
David Torn – Guitar

Susana Santos Silva / Kris Davis / Mat Maneri
Sunday, May 29th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Susana Santos Silva – trumpet
Kris Davis – piano
Mat Maneri – viola

DMG Newsletter April 29th 2016

English: Zappa and band. Bob Harris, Yamaha CS...

Source: DMG.

Mike Sopko/Bill Laswell/Thomas Pridgen! Yoni Kretzmer Five: Steve Swell/Thomas Heberer/Max Johnson/Chad Taylor! Phillip Wilson & Olu Dara! Jimmy Lyon/Karen Borca Quintet Rare Reissue! Thurston Moore/Frank Rosaly! Joe McPhee 7″! Zeena Parkins/Nate Wooley/Vera Westera/Bojan Vuletic!

More from Wandelweiser Edition: John Cage/Michael Pisaro/Jurg Frey! Three from John Tilbury! Jack Dupon! Plus Historic Discs from Frank Zappa! Janis Joplin! Otis Rush & Buddy Guy! The Ramones! Sly & Robbie! Weather Report! Klaus Schulze! Nurse with Wound! Turkish Experimental Music & Much More!


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

Sunday, May 1st – 25th Anniversary Party for DMG- Early Start!
6pm: Wine, Juice & Snacks Served!

Sunday, May 8th:
6pm: BRANDON LOPEZ & GREGORIO GUILLERMO – Acoustic Bass & Clarinet

Sunday, May 15th:
6pm: T.J. BORDEN – Solo Cello

Sunday, May 22nd: Bruce up at Victo Fest/Chris Pitsiokos will be your host

Sunday, May 29th:

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Music Always Free & the Vibes are Quite Cosy!

In a Rare Solo Piano Performance
Wed, May 4, 2016
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
At The Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd St., New York, NY

Le Poisson Rouge in May

English: (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Source: New York’s (le) poisson rouge.

Sun., May 01, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Helix! and Split the Lark
w/ music of Boulez, Norman, and Adès + 8 world premieres

Tue., May 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen album release concert
w/ music of Bartók, Schnittke, Stucky, and Carter

Tue., May 10, 2016 at 9:30 PM
Going Nowhere Slow: An Evening with Kranky label artists – Steve Hauschildt (United States) and Christina Vantzou No3 Trio (Belgium)
w/ special guest Svarte Greiner (Norway)

Thu., May 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Jenny Scheinman‘s Mischief & Mayhem ft. Nels Cline, Jim Black, and Todd Sickafoose
w/ Margaret Glaspy

Thu., May 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM
Ensemble LPR presents Black Angels @ House of Yes

Mon., May 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Taka Kigawa: The Complete Ligeti Piano Etudes

Wed., May 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Belgian Jazz Anniversaries
w/ Carate Urio Orchestra , Jozef Dumoulin & The Red Hill Orchestra , Robin Verheyen NY Quartet , and The Bureau of Atomic Tourism (B.O.A.T.)
experimental improv jazz

Mon., May 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Rhys Chatham
w/ Tim Dahl and Kevin Shea

13 Years of Avant Music News

On April 29, 2003, I posted the first article on Avant Music News. My goal was to establish a single place on the net where one could go to find information on all sorts of interesting, off-beat music, with no specific genre constraints. Today, we have a few thousand regular readers and followers. Despite the worldwide audience for this sort of music not being huge, I feel as if we’ve accomplished a modest goal by getting this many people together, and providing updates virtually every day for the last 13 years.

Today, there are many other places that you can go to find news, but our niche is that we put it all in one place, directing your attention to what we believe to be the most relevant and interesting articles and information. And we do provide our own reviews and interviews from time to time as well.

My thanks go out to our readers and contributors for making Avant Music News what it is in 2016, and allowing it to continue to grow.

San Francisco Scene: April 29 – May 6, 2016

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, April 29

Fri 4/29 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
New Playlist: Nicholas Phillips plays American piano music
Wisconsin-based pianist and fierce new music advocate Nicholas Phillips presents an evening of recent American piano music, including works by Muhly, Greenstein, Snider, and Garrop, as well as local composers Lucas Floyd and Mark Winges.

Fri 4/29 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Theresa Wong: The Unlearning / Edward Schocker: The Crossing Pt. 1

Saturday, April 30

Sat 4/30 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Nicholas Phillips: New Playlist
Music for solo piano written in the last 10 years by Stacy Garrop, Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly, Mark Olivieri, Carter Pann, Jonathan Pieslak, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, plus a brand new work written for the pianist by San Francisco-based composer Lucas Floyd.

Sat 4/30 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
The Now Hear Ensemble will present the first installment of the Not for the Ears Alone series, featuring music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, we will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.

Sat 4/30 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Luciano Chessa: A Retrospective
New Frequencies Festival: Saturday’s performance features composer Luciano Chessa.

Sat 4/30 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Puncture Tones
Puncture Tones (2016), is a new composition by Chiara Giovando for voice, strings and subwoofers. Puncture Tones plays with the psychoacoustics phenomena of sonic masking, or the presence of a sound that partially or completely masks the perception of another sound. Using sculpture, graphical notation and a play between electronic and acoustic sound, Puncture Tones explores the concept of the mask as a reflective surface for subjectivity.

Sat 4/30 8:30 PM 1962 Harrison [1962 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA]
FINITE: a quarterly concert series focusing on showcasing weird music and sound.
Who: Rene Hell (A/V) [PAN, Type, NNA Tapes] – Portland
easysimple [Apollo, Ilian Tape, JukeTrax] – Detroit
The Friend [How to Kill, Clan Destine] – Detroit
Cullen Miller & Gabriel Dunne (A/V) [FINITE] – San Francisco
Equilet [FINITE] – Oakland

Sunday, May 1

Sun 5/01 5:00 PM Actual Cafe [6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland]
The Actual Trio – John Schott, Dan Seamans, and John Hanes

Sun 5/01 7:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [UC Berkeley]
Kronos Quartet

Sun 5/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Av, Berkeley, CA]
Celebrate the Cardew Choir’s 15th Anniversary with a concert of works by Cardew, Oliveros, Hutchinson, Marsh, and Bickley.

Monday, May 2

Mon 5/02 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–

Monday, May 2, 8pm (8:30pm start)
Set #1:Two Aerials (chamber jazz/songs)
(Mark Clifford-vibes, etc., Crystal Pascucci-cello, vocals, etc., Steve Blum-keys, Britt Ciampa-dms)
Set #2: Grex (art rock/free jazz)
(Karl Evangelista-gtr, vox, Rei Scampavia-keys, vox, Robert Lopez-dms)
Set #3: DaMaDa (world fusion)
(Luo Danna – vocals, Marc Schmitz – gtr, Dave Mihaly – dms, perc, Michael Fortes – b)

Mon 5/02 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents
Key West:
Brian Pedersen-saxes
Randylee Sutherland- drums
Sung Kim- ozukuri

The Blues:
Marissa Magic: guitar, alto sax
Max Nordile: alto sax, percussion

Wednesday, May 4

Wed 5/04 6:30 PM Hotel Rex [562 Sutter St. San Francisco]
Sarah Cahill – Chaconnes

Thursday, May 5

Thu 5/05 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Nathan Clevenger & Tim DeCillis

Thu 5/05 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone
9pm The Guthrie Project
Beth Schenck – saxophones, compositions, Matt Wrobel – guitar
“lyrical, rich and biting” Greg Burk,

Friday, May 6

Fri 5/06 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Sheldon Brown Group
A staple of the Bay Area’s Creative Music scene, Sheldon Brown leads his all-star players through exciting original compositions.

Fri 5/06 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Jupiter Chamber Ensemble
Second Wind, Black & White, and May the Foursome Be With You
Victor Romasevich, violin & piano; Michael Jones, violin; Stephen Levintow, viola; Paul Rhodes, cello; Special Guest Lawrence London, composer/clarinet; Special Guest Steven Dibner, bassoon; Special Guest Lena Lubotsky, piano sound?

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

English: Fausto Romitelli, composer, Ictus Sem...

Source: The New York Times.

Look and Listen Festival (Friday and Saturday) Celebrating its 15th anniversary with a series of free concerts, this festival opens on Friday night with a concert featuring the superb Yarn/Wire, Saskia Lankhoorn and Hollerbrag. Saturday is a retrospective, including the harpist Bridget Kibbey performing Saariaho’s “Fall” and a chance to hear “Driving Force” by Zibuokle Martinaityte. At 8 p.m., BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, at Rockwell Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn,

Musicians From Marlboro (Monday) This season is the 50th anniversary of Musicians From Marlboro, the touring arm of the prestigious summer chamber-music festival in Vermont. The last program of the group’s New York series offers a Haydn string quartet, Kaija Saariaho’s “Terra Memoria” and Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor. At 8 p.m., Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800,

Elizabeth Weisser (Wednesday) The violist of the Talea Ensemble gives a solo recital, moving from Heinz Holliger’s “Souvenirs Trémaësques” through Fausto Romitelli’s “Ganimede,” and Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Tre Notturni Brillanti” on her way to Bach’s Partita No. 2. At 7 p.m., Maison Française, Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street, 212-854-4482,