AMN Reviews: Hashigakari – Eleven Koans [audiotalaia at081]

A well-known part of Zen training, a koan is a usually brief riddle without a logical answer, meant to provoke a moment of insight. Eleven Koans by Hashigakari—the duo of Madrid artists David Area on electronics and Tomás Gris on soprano saxophone and objects—are themselves short, self-contained vessels that convey their own insights into sound at the threshold of consciousness. Each piece contains subtle, short-lived events seemingly mimicking the evanescence of objects in time: The fricative rush of breath; the creaking and clacking of ordinary things when handled; the static hiss, rumble and drone of piqued electronics. The duo’s attention to sonic detail is epitomized by Gris’s occasional sustained tones on soprano saxophone, which draw out the sonic variety—dynamic, microtonal and timbral—lying latent in the heart of a single pitch.

Daniel Barbiero

San Francisco Scene: May 6-13, 2016

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

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?

Fri 5/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Goddess: Anne Rainwater, Amy Foote & Helen Newby

Fri 5/06 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
River Song Quintet + Aunt Rose
Aunt Rose is a collective made up of composers/improvisers Crystal Pascucci (cello), Mark Clifford (vibraphone) and Jordan Glenn (drums/accordion).
River Song Quintet is a chamber ensemble and composer/performer collective whose music draws from the interests and influences of its members, merging the worlds of western-classical chamber music, art song, jazz, and folk music.

Saturday, May 7

Sat 5/07 4:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Annual Spring Festival @ The Finnish Kaleva Hall featuring Heikki Koskinen’s Norther Winds & Voices CD release concert INSIDE / OUTSIDE – SISÄLLÄ / ULKONA
Heikki Koskinen, piano; tenor recorder; e-trumpet; kantele; arrangements; Kati Pienimäki Schenker, vocals, kantele; Steve Heckman, tenor sax; Bb & bass clarinet; alto, bass & wooden flutes; Rent Romus, alto sax, flutes & kantele; Noah Schenker, double bass

Sat 5/07 5:00 PM Episcopal Church of the Incarnation [1750 29th Ave SF]
Inside Voices: Jazz and classical pianist Leon Rosen, mixes Jazz paradigms with classical music to create an unique fusion of music with spectacular fireworks on the keyboard.

Sat 5/07 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For the May installment of the Meridian Composers in Performance series we are excited to present Kanoko Nishi-Smith and Pedro Lopes!

Sat 5/07 8:00 PM The Sound Room [2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612]
The Jenny Maybee / Nick Phillips Quartet
Featuring Dan Feiszli and David Rokeach
Miles & More: A 90th Birthday Celebration of Miles Davis

Sat 5/07 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
UNSEEN series | Wave Encounters Obstacle
Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher.
Wave Encounters Obstacle is a new collaborative, mutimedia work by five local artists working in expanded cinema and music. Thomas Dimuzio, Kit Young, Lori Varga, Brian Pederson and Sung Kim will be using 8 channels of video and film with 8 channels of surround audio.

Sunday, May 8

Sun 5/08 5:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Window Gallery: Opening Reception for Trimpin
Join Trimpin, hosted by Window Gallery co-curator Bart Hopkin and filmmaker Peter Esmonde, for a free reception and special preview of Kraut Kontrol. Talk and demonstration will begin at 6 PM. Trimpin’s work will be on display through June 30.

Sun 5/08 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Madalyn Merkey & Julie Moon
Julie Moon – piano and voice/Madalyn Merkey – computer synthesis
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute/Theo Padouvas – cornet/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums

Tuesday, May 10

Tue 5/10 7:30 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series Presents:
Room 47 (John McCowen – clarinets / gabby fluke-mogul – violin / Adam Hirsch – saxophone)
Pedro Lopes [turntable percussion, cymbals and modified needles]
The Norman Conquest

Tue 5/10 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Woofer/Tweeter: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Departure
Departure is a Boston-based soprano and double bass duo comprised of Nina Guo and Edward Kass. Committed to expanding the repertoire for the “high-low” partnership, Departure commissions and performs new works with a particular focus on extended technique and theatricality.

Tue 5/10 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
A program of contemporary works for solo saxophonist presented by Jacob Kopcienski which explores concepts of narrative, perception and intelligibility.

Wednesday, May 11

Wed 5/11 7:30 PM David Brower Center [2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704]
Composer, performer, and instrument-builder Cheryl E. Leonard, creates a concert using Arctic and Antarctic field recordings and natural-object instruments including penguin bones, dried kelp, ice, and seashells. Leonard, with Phillip Greenlief, will perform works about polar environments and climate change including Meltwater, a delicate and innovative composition produced with icicles.

Thursday, May 12

Thu 5/12 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Steuart Liebig – electric bass/effects\
“. . . nonpareil rethinker of electric bass . . . “
9pm zBug
David Leikam — NS Design CR6 cello, Moog synthesizers, piano, Sheila Bosco — drums, keyboard, Timothy Orr — drums, percussion, Sean Price — modular synthesizer, electro-beats

Friday, May 13

Fri 5/13 7:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Janet Collard, Christy Funsch, Sonsherée Giles, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Peiling Kao, and Amy Lewis present choreography to Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach. Music performed live by Jim Kassis, Alex Keitel, Suki O’Kane, Crystal Pascucci, Eli Wise, and Katrina Wreede.

Fri 5/13 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
“Silver Ochre: Who Are US 2016″ expresses 21st century America through the eyes and ears of two perpetually traveling artists. A series of ‘moving stills’ by ACVilla and electronic artist Thollem‘s live score and field recordings, the performance highlights influences from the diversity of sights and sounds of this extremely varied country. More…

Accidental Music Festival in Orlando 

English: Composer Philip Glass, Florence 1993.

Source: Orlando Sentinel.

Accidental Music Festival will present Marathon AMF on Saturday, May 7 — a day of avant-garde classical, jazz, electronic and cross-genre music performed by Orlando-based artists.

The marathon will include performances by 11 ensembles, including established groups such as New Score Chamber Orchestra, the Hippocrene Saxophone Ensemble and UCF Collide Ensemble. Other groups will make their debut at Marathon AMF. Among the featured composers will be minimalist figures Philip Glass, Steve Reich and György Ligeti.

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Experiments in Opera (Friday and Saturday) The composer Robert Ashley, who died in 2014, wrote what he called “television operas:” his “Perfect Lives” was broadcast by Channel 4 in London in 1983 as seven 30-minute video segments. Inspired by Mr. Ashley’s groundbreaking work, Experiments in Opera presents short video operas by the composers Jason Cady, Emily Manzo, Anna Mikhailova, Aaron Siegel and a collaboration featuring Dorian Wallace and David Kulma. The five videos (10 to 20 minutes each) include stories of Islamophobia; a terminally ill man who tries a hallucinogenic treatment; and an account of the fictional aftermath of Y2K. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Anthology Film Archives, 32-34 Second Avenue, Manhattan, 212-505-5181, (Schweitzer)

Composer Portraits: Michael Gordon (Wednesday and Thursday) This installment of Miller Theater’s Composer Portraits series features Yarn/Wire, a new-music quartet consisting of two percussionists and two pianists, performing the premiere of Michael Gordon’s “Material.” Audience members will be seated onstage for the multimedia, multisensory piece, directed by Jim Findlay. At 7 and 9 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799,; sold out. (Schweitzer)

Darmstadt Institute New York: 70 Year Anniversary Celebration (Monday through Wednesday) No single place more defined the postwar avant-garde than Darmstadt, where, from 1946, many of composition’s luminaries have gathered each summer. In this three-night celebration, highlights include Josh Modney and Eric Wubbels of Wet Ink playing Matthias Spahlinger’s “Extension”; the International Contemporary Ensemble performing Ashley Fure and Chaya Czernowin; the Mivos Quartet with Helmut Lachenmann’s “Grido”; the Talea Ensemble in Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Mikrophonie I”; and the SEM Ensemble performs an array of works, from Cage to Xenakis. In other words: an embarrassment of riches. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Allen)

Look & Listen Festival (Friday) The pianist Phyllis Chen is known for making unusual objects and toy instruments speak. On the last night of this festival, she assembles a program with theme “unusual spaces.” The evening features a presentation of musical suitcases by the scientist and instrument-builder Daniel Jodocy, as well as performances of new music by composers including Jo Kondo, John Luther Adams and Nathan Davis. Joining the indomitable Ms. Chen will be the JACK Quartet and the bassoonist Rebekah Heller. At 8 p.m. Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn,; free, but online RSVP is recommended. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: The New York Times.

Alternative Guitar Summit (Monday and Wednesday) This annual celebration of experimental guitar approaches, organized by Joel Harrison in partnership with the New York Guitar Festival, takes the form of two distinct programs next week. On Monday, “Beauty and Noise” will feature sonic explorers like David Torn, Ben Monder and Elliott Sharp. On Wednesday, “While We’re Still Here” will pay tribute to two living composers, Carla Bley and Joni Mitchell, with performances by Nels Cline and Julian Lage; Camila Meza with the trumpeter Dave Douglas; Leni Stern, with her African Trio; Mr. Harrison, with the bassist Jerome Harris and the drummer Allison Miller; and Wolfgang Muthspiel. Monday at 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455; Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Drom, 85 Avenue A, East Village, 212-777-1157. More information is at (Nate Chinen)

Steve Coleman & Five Elements (Tuesday through May 15) Last year, on the heels of a superlative album titled “Synovial Joints,” the intrepid alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman made his proper debut at the Village Vanguard. Next week he returns with his flagship, Five Elements, a sharply intuitive unit that includes the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the guitarist Miles Okazaki the electric bassist Anthony Tidd and the drummer Sean Rickman. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Dave Douglas & High Risk (Saturday) Mr. Douglas, the trumpeter and composer, renewed his smartly probing engagement with electronic music on “High Risk,” an album featuring Shigeto, a beat-minded producer, along with Jonathan Maron on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The same coalition just released an engaging sequel, “Dark Territory,” and will perform at Roulette, expanding on its designs with spontaneous interplay. At 8 p.m., 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem (Thursday) Ms. Scheinman often goes for rustic charm as a violinist, but she never ceases to be an adventurous improviser — as she best demonstrates in this dynamic band, with the engagingly prickly guitarist Nels Cline, the stalwart bassist Todd Sickafoose and the polymorphically propulsive drummer Jim Black. (The singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy plays an opening set, drawing from her forthcoming debut album.) At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474, (Chinen)

Kamasi Washington, Pharoah Sanders & the Sun Ra Arkestra (Sunday) This sold-out triple bill, part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, traces a line of astral and spiritual inquiry between three commanding acts. Mr. Washington, a world-beating tenor saxophonist who released the most widely celebrated jazz album last year, is the crown prince of this movement; Mr. Sanders, who just became a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, is the powerful elder to whom Mr. Washington is often compared. And the Sun Ra Arkestra, led by the 91-year old saxophonist Marshall Allen, still carries the galactic fervor of its namesake, with all appropriate brio. At 7 p.m., Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse, 73 West Street, Brooklyn, (Chinen)