San Francisco Scene: May 13-20, 2016

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

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, May 13

Fri 5/13 7:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
SIX SUITES
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 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Beep! + Random House
SB alum avant jazz-pop trio Beep! (Michael Coleman, Sam Ospovat, and Nate Brenner) returns to the Bay Area, followed by SB co-director Ryan Brown’s new band, Random House. More…

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…

Saturday, May 14

Sat 5/14 8:00 PM ODC Commons Studio B [351 Shotwell St. San Francisco]
Rova Saxophone Quartet OCTET aka Figure 8
Rova’s classic 1990’s music for saxophone octet revisited with guests Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Aram Shelton and Cory Wright

Sunday, May 15

Sun 5/15 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Weston Olencki, Helen Newby and Bethanne Walker perform premieres by Dan Tramte and Santiago Diez-Fischer as well as music by Matthias Kranebitter and Chris Swithinbank, with a new arrangement of Michelle Lou’s untitled three part construction for trombone + two performers + objects.

Monday, May 16

Mon 5/16 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents EWE + STEU(BIG) / v’Maa / GUINEA PIG More…

Tuesday, May 17

Tue 5/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
[don’t be a stranger #8] hk&tcs
Weston Olencki, Helen Newby and Bethanne Walker perform premieres by Dan Tramte and Santiago Diez-Fischer as well as music by Matthias Kranebitter and Chris Swithinbank, with a new arrangement of Michelle Lou’s untitled three part construction for trombone + two performers + objects.

Wednesday, May 18

Wed 5/18 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
The Well-Tempered GRAIL – CCRMA Sound Worlds in the Bing Studio Space
Please join us as we deploy the CCRMA GRAIL – Giant Radial Array for Immersive Listening – for two nights of multichannel music in the Bing Studio Space

Wed 5/18 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Fletcher Pratt
Darkitecture of the mind’s inmost spaces, sounds stretch like skin continuous across an impossible skeleton, lithe and unseen. https://soundcloud.com/fletcher_pratt
Type B
A Korg-based micro modulations on a carrier-surge of pummeling beats, will reach your eyes in time, just from the far side.
Foreskin Sashimi in Paradise
Convergence of concrete-core tape manipulations and total 80’s japan worship. No angst, mostly boogie woogie.
The Flayed Choirmaster
Japanoise to abstract expressionism, contents highly volatile. Handle at your own risk.
Fairlight Empress
Greh Holger (Hive Mind, Pure Ground) and Lee Landey (Oil Thief, Wand) synthesizer compositions, incorporating rhythm, melody and field recordings.

Wed 5/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Weston Olencki + Timothy McCormack/Michelle Lou
Forging a hybrid territory of installation art, sonic structures, and live concert music, Weston Olencki presents two long-form works by Timothy McCormack and Michelle Lou.

Wed 5/18 9:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St San Francisco, CA]
The Peter Brötzmann Quartet
Jason Adasiewicz — vibraphone
Peter Brötzmann — wind instruments
John Edwards — bass
Steve Noble — drums
Also appearing – Patrick Wolff Sextet featuring Ben Goldberg and Marco Eneidi

Thursday, May 19

Thu 5/19 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
with
CONJURE!
con· jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 5/19 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
The Well-Tempered GRAIL – CCRMA Sound Worlds in the Bing Studio Space
Please join us as we deploy the CCRMA GRAIL – Giant Radial Array for Immersive Listening – for two nights of multichannel music in the Bing Studio Space

Thu 5/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15pm: Sub Station 6 (drones / electronics)
8:45pm: Wobbly
9:30pm: Horse Lords (from Baltimore) – microtonal post-rock

Thu 5/19 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Ben Goldberg, Ila Cantor, & Scott Amendola Trio

Friday, May 20

Fri 5/20 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble LP/CD Album release performance of “Rising Colossus”
Saxophonist Rent Romus’ visionary group Life’s Blood Ensemble presents the album release performance of Rising Colossus, a milestone project of musical exploration of emergence and multiple movements.
Featuring: Rent Romus – alto saxophone Timothy Orr – drums Max Judelson – double bass Safa Shokrai – double bass Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone Mark Clifford – vibes Heikki “Mike” Koskinen – e-trumpet

Fri 5/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Play or Die 2016: Concert #4
opening: Larry Ochs – Jason Hoopes (bass) – Jordan Glenn (drums)
2nd set: Satoko Fujii (piano) – Kappa Maki (trumpet) – Gino Robair drums, electronics
3rd shorter set = one extended sextet piece

Fri 5/20 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
HORSE LORDS (Baltimore), INNER EAR BRIGADE, DENNY DENNY BREAKFAST take over the starry plough. HORSE LORDS are on a two month tour and are a sight to behold mixing just intonation, minimalist grooves, and african, and modern music sensibilities. Listen to merely 3 seconds of their music and you will have check them out live. More…

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow — Andando El Tiempo (ECM)
Noah Preminger – Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (self-released)
Sissy Spacek — Duration Groups (Helicopter)
Travis Laplante & Peter Evans—Secret Meeting (NNA Tapes)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Erik Friedlander at Joe's Pub, 7/17/07.

Source: The New York Times.

Taka Kigawa (Monday) This fiercely accomplished pianist takes on the complete études by Ligeti, a collection of dazzling, intricate works that are technically exacting but bursting with charisma and wit. At 6 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan, 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com. (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Meredith Monk (Thursday) This groundbreaking vocalist, who has developed a broad palette of alluring extended vocal techniques, collaborates with the singers Theo Bleckmann and Katie Geissinger in a program that will include excerpts from “The Games,” “Songs of Ascension” and “Facing North.” At 9:30 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn , 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Schweitzer)

Michael Nicolas (Monday) Works for cello and electronics are the focus of this program, part of the Miller Theater’s easygoing series of pop-up concerts. Mr. Nicolas, recently announced as the new cellist of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, performs pieces by composers including Mario Davidovsky, Annie Gosfield, and David Fulmer, joined by the cellist Erik Friedlander. At 6 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Manhattan, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Peter Brötzmann Profiled

English: Peter Brötzmann, moers festival 2010

Source: LEO Weekly. Brotzmann is discussed in anticipation of his Louisville show tonight.

Legendary German improvisational saxophonist Peter Brötzmann returns Friday to Dreamland with a different lineup than his 2014 Louisville premiere, bringing with him this time a quartet rather than a trio, with Steve Noble on drums, John Edwards on bass, and Jason Adasiewicz on vibes. He has a remarkably broad discography, going back to the 1960s, with recordings ranging from unaccompanied solos to the large ensemble the Globe Unity Orchestra. It is rare to see someone of Brötzmann’s stature and reputation come to town. The avant-garde branch of jazz is rarely featured in concert here, so the opportunity to experience Brötzmann’s unique and provocative music in such an intimate setting should be relished by all who seek something different in their listening.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...

Source: The New York Times.

Steve Coleman & Five Elements (through Sunday) 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. This week he’s back with his flagship band, 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, Manhattan, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)

Satoko Fujii (Tuesday and Wednesday) A pianist and composer of bristling vitality within the avant-garde, Ms. Fujii is on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of her independent label, Libra. On Tuesday she convenes the Satoko Fujii Orchestra, featuring dauntless improvisers like the trumpeters Herb Robertson and Natsuki Tamura (a.k.a. Kappa Maki); the saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby; and the guitarist Nels Cline. And on Wednesday, Ms. Fujii appears as part of Ikue Mori’s residency at the Stone, playing two sets with Ms. Mori on electronics, among others. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com. Wednesday at 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, Manhattan, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Jon Irabagon Quartet (Wednesday) A wily, hyper-literate saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the mainstream jazz tradition, Mr. Irabagon re-enlists the ace rhythm section from “Behind the Sky,” an album released last year: Luis Perdomo on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. At 8 and 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio (Tuesday through May 21) “Perfection” is the assured new debut album by this all-star trio, with David Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Geri Allen on piano and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. Stout in its purpose, ringing with expedition, it’s a statement of tribute to the avant-garde hero Ornette Coleman, but also a straightforward celebration of the bonds between these players. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Manhattan, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com. (Chinen)