We Need No Swords Reviews

Source: We need no swords.

Kodian Trio, plus
Joseph Quimby Jr: Court
Delphine Dora: L’au-delà
Steerage: Entropy Is What The State Makes of It

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Kronos Quartet performing in Warsaw, Poland in...

Source: The New York Times.

American Composers Orchestra (Friday) This adventurous ensemble, conducted by George Manahan, offers a program of works influenced by Middle Eastern and Indian culture. Saad Haddad’s “Manarah” is inspired by the Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum; Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s “Harabat — The Intoxicated” is set to a poem by a Sufi dervish; and Reena Esmail’s “Avartan” is rooted in Hindustani music. The program also includes Matthias Pintscher’s “Songs From Solomon’s Garden.” At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (Schweitzer)

Kronos Quartet (Saturday) This season the pioneering Kronos Quartet has begun a commissioning and performance project called “Fifty for the Future,” a series of new works, written by 25 male and 25 female composers, exploring various approaches to the string quartet. The ensemble plays four of them for this Zankel Hall concert, in a program of nine new and recent works in all. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (Anthony Tommasini)

Roomful of Teeth (Friday) This trailblazing vocal ensemble brings its distinctive blend of vocal traditions from around the world and fresh contemporary art music to an elegant fin-de-siècle interior with a program that includes Elliot Cole’s “Hanuman’s Leap,” based on an old Indian epic. At 7:30 p.m., Board of Officers Room, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street, 212-933-5812, armoryonpark.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Pharoah Sanders in December of 2006

Source: The New York Times.

The Bad Plus (Tuesday through April 10) An acoustic piano trio with a collectivist heart, the Bad Plus holds fast to the idea of a group identity, essential and inviolable. Last year the band released an excellent album with a respectful interloper, the saxophonist Joshua Redman, but here the lineup will strictly feature core members: the pianist Ethan Iverson, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer David King. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Nate Chinen)

Pharoah Sanders Quartet (Tuesday through April 9) On Monday, the tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will be recognized as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The following night, Mr. Sanders, 75, will bring his ecstatic, gruffly spiritual style to Birdland, beginning a five-night run with a muscular rhythm team: the pianist William Henderson, the bassist Nat Reeves and the drummer Greg Bandy. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com. (Chinen)

John Scofield Quartet Featuring John Medeski (Tuesday through April 10) The guitarist John Scofield has never met a groove he couldn’t finesse, whether in the context of groovy post-bop or slinky R&B. Next week he leads a band with a marquee collaborator: John Medeski, the keyboardist in Medeski Martin & Wood, with whom Mr. Scofield has joined forces often over the last 20 years. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592, bluenote.net. (Chinen)

San Francisco Scene: April 1-8, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, April 1

Fri 4/01 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Landscapes with Doug Carroll and David Samas

Fri 4/01 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Drive Stanford CA 94305]
hk&tcs (helen newby, bethanne walker, weston olencki) are Bay Area based musician playing a wide ranging repertoire who perform chamber music and a lot of objects, texts, images, words, and things that explore power relationships and extreme semiotic confusion.
Their program for April 1st:
Helmut Lachenmann – Pression
Bernhard Lang – Monadologie XVI
Andrew Greenwald – a thing is a hole in a thing it is not (VI)
Kaija Saariaho – oi kuu
Salvatore Sciarrino – Come venmo no prodotti gli incantesimi?
Charlie Sdraulig – few
Kurt Isaacson – radiant species
Weston Olencki – casting

Fri 4/01 8:00 PM Foothill College [12345 El Monte Rd Los Altos Hills, CA]
Electroacoustica – Kyle Bruckmann, John Bischoff & MaryClare Brzytwa More…

Saturday, April 2

Sat 4/02 1:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Meet the Samalan
Special engagement for musicians to encounter and explore the Samalan at Tom Nunn’s workshop/venue the Nunnery in SF’s Mission District. Bow it, stroke it, lie inside it and give instrument inventor Alan Tower your feedback. This is a FREE and friendly social engagement for the Bay Area instrument inventing and extended technique community. Free-improv may occur….

Sat 4/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
PremieresPlus, curated by Zoë Holbrook
Join us for four world premieres by three different composers!

Sat 4/02 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Fushigi Kenkyūkai (不思議研究会) ◉ sonified films by Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, and Maya Deren

Sat 4/02 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
X Sound Festival 2016 – Senior Thesis performances by Mills College Music Department Seniors emphasizing in Media and Electronic Music Composition.

Sat 4/02 8:00 PM Victoria Theatre [2961 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103]
CROSSROADS 2016 Program 5: Apparent Motion
Electronic Cabaret: Popcorn Before The Crash!
In Person: Tommy Becker, Kris T. Force, Jon Leidecker, Anne McGuire, Jon Satrom and Bill Thibault

Sat 4/02 8:00 PM Foothill College [12345 El Monte Rd Los Altos Hills, CA]
Tape music of Charles Amirkhanian, Thomas Dimuzio on the Buchla 200e modular synthesizer, and the premiere of a new composition by Eric Kuehnl for voice and electronics featuring Milissa Carey.

Sunday, April 3

Sun 4/03 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Swift Rose: Mazz Swift & Alisa Rose
The first West coast collaborative performance of Mazz Swift and Alisa Rose -two fiery fiddlers from opposite sides of the country! The program will consist of expressive duets and solo violin music of their own creation as well as a few morsels of classical repertoire.

Sun 4/03 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
The Wooden Fish Ensemble will present a program of traditional music from Asia and recent music by Hyo-shin Na along with music by European masters Schoenberg and Mozart.

Sun 4/03 5:00 PM R Kassman [843 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710]
You are cordially invited to Michael Smolen’s solo piano performance as part of the Sundays At The 88s series at R. Kassman Fine Pianos 843 Gilman St., Berkeley, Sunday April 3rd, 5:00 – 6:00p.m.

Sun 4/03 7:00 PM Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street SF]
Perfect Loss ~ Surplus 1980 ~ Ötzi

Sun 4/03 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Angles 3
Angles 3 is Martin Küchen – saxophones, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten – bass, and Kjell Nordeson – drums. Music by Martin Küchen.

Monday, April 4
Mon 4/04 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
HYO-SHIN NA’S MUSIC FOR ASIAN ZITHERS
Shoko Hikage, koto (Japanese zither) Kyungso Park, kayageum (Korean zither) JiHye Lim, kayageum.

Mon 4/04 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: ZE BIB! (5th dimensional electroacoustic music)
(Robert Lopez-percussion, etc., Shanna Sordahl-cello, etc.)
Set #2: Ackley/Hammond/Walton Trio (contemporary improvisation)
(Bruce Ackley-sax, Scott Walton-bass, RH-guitar)
Set #3: Jakob Pek Ensemble (modern jazz/composition)
(Jakob Pek, etc.)

Mon 4/04 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Dancin’ Baby
Brian Pedersen- baritone horn, Jeff Lievers- baritone horn, Courtney Sexton- baritone horn
https://dancinbaby.bandcamp.com/
Solo Organ
Douglas Katelus- Hammond Organ
https://soloorgan.bandcamp.com/releases

Tuesday, April 5

Tue 4/05 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Seth Cluett and Tim Perkis
New York artist and composer Seth Cluett makes a rare west coast appearance joined by pioneering live electronics and computer musician Tim Perkis. Perkis and Cluett will present both solo and duo material featuring custom built instruments for live electro-acoustic improvisation.

Thursday, April 7

Thu 4/07 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm R Beny + Shipwreck Detective – haunting modular synth drone layer feedback meditations
9pm Zachary Mariano/Alex Cohen – off-world expeditions of digital feedback

Thu 4/07 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Sharp & Fine presents All Roads Are Lined With Teeth
an original dance play with live music – by Sharp & Fine with playwright Amber Hsu & composer Aram Shelton

Friday, April 8

Fri 4/08 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Barry Douglas – Internationally renowned Irish pianist performs a program of works by Schubert and Brahms.

Fri 4/08 8:00 PM CTRL+SHFT gallery [1430 34th St, Oakland, CA 94608]
ALT+DEL Concert Series ~neem+OMMO+DunkelpeK~

Fri 4/08 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Sarah Cahill RESIDENCY AT OLD FIRST CONCERTS
Sarah performs a program of music written for her over the past several decades, including works by John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Maggi Payne, Kyle Gann, Paul Dresher, and others.