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.

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San Francisco Scene: April 29 – May 6, 2016

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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, metaljazz.com

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

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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, lookandlisten.org.

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, carnegiehall.org.

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, maisonfrancaise.org.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Source: The New York Times.

Tony Malaby, Ben Monder & Tom Rainey (Friday) Mr. Malaby, a tenor and soprano saxophonist drawn about equally to ecstatic turbulence and reflective calm, convenes two excellent partners in this new trio, which performs as part of the Sound It Out series: the guitarist Ben Monder and the drummer Tom Rainey, both expert colorists with an ability to duck in and out of established form. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org.

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom (Thursday) Ms. Miller is a drummer, bandleader and composer with an aesthetic of limber poise, drawn at once to brisk maneuvers and deep grooves. As on her smart, engaging new album, “Otis Was a Polar Bear,” she leads Boom Tic Boom, which could safely be described as an all-star team: Myra Melford on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Ben Goldberg on reeds, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Kirk Knuffke on cornet. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, jazz.org/dizzys.

Craig Taborn Quartet (Wednesday and Thursday) Mr. Taborn, a restlessly fluent pianist, has often used his own bandstand as a forum for oblique angles and strobing incantation. He has ample history with the members of this promising quartet, each a vanguardist in his own right: the tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer David King. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org.

Trio 3 (through Sunday) The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are esteemed veterans of the avant-garde, and as the collective Trio 3 they share an agenda of rugged epiphany. They have released recent albums featuring an array of impressive pianists, but this run at the Village Vanguard has no billed guests, which isn’t at all a problem. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com.

Matt Marks Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Matt Marks is a versatile composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. He is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound and regularly performs with acclaimed new music ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Signal, and ACME. His compositions include inventive approaches to opera and musical theater as well as instrumental and electronic works. On May 8, 2016, Hotel Elefant will present works for voice and ensemble from Marks’ upcoming sophomore album Songs of Love and Violence at Roulette. We asked him five questions about the performance and the album.

Brian Eno’s New Release Reviewed

Photograph of Brian Eno at a 2006 Long Now Fou...

Source: The New York Times.

Brian Eno had no master plan when he started what became his new album, “The Ship” (Warp). In fact, he wasn’t even thinking about an album: just “sound in space,” he said in a telephone interview. “You set out to do one thing and you find that you’ve actually done something else completely different,” he said with a laugh. Then he explained the labyrinthine path to making the record, which will be released on Friday.