San Francisco Scene: May 20-27, 2016

Looking Down Sacramento Street, San Francisco,...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

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.

Saturday, May 21

Sat 5/21 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Satoko Fujii Improvised Piano Solo Series Vol.8 : A Tribute to Paul Bley

Sat 5/21 8:00 PM St. Mark’s Lutheran Church [1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109]
World Premieres of works by John Beeman, Harry Bernstein, Michael Cooke, Lisa Scola Prosek, Davide Verotta, & Mark Alburger by the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra (SFCCO). The orchestra consists primarily of composer/performers, forming a unique ensemble dedicated to democratizing the symphony orchestra, making it available to composers of many styles and in many stages of development, from the established to the very young.

Sat 5/21 8:00 PM Musically Minded Academy [5776 Broadway Oakland, CA 94618 (5 blocks from Rockridge BART, 4 blocks from 51 Bus @ College Ave)]
The Stray Horns play the music of Sun Ra. David Slusser leads an all-star Bay Area octet exploring the music of Sun Ra’s first 2 LPs, plus some choice
later pieces in honor of Sun Ra’s 102nd birthday (the following day).

Sat 5/21 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Seth Kinzie and Matt Davignon/Eric Glick Rieman duo
8 pm set: Seth Kinzie – Impressionist, Jazzish Piano
Rooted in a classical background, this Eastern Oregon composer’s most recent album features 12 instrumental compositions featuring saxophone, trumpet, banjo, violin, and drums, called “euphoric nature music.”
9 pm set: Matt Davignon/Eric Glick Rieman duo
Matt on his array of drum machine samples and electronics, and Eric on prepared Rhodes electric piano, loops, and modular synthesizer. Exploring drone, texture and ambience. Mysterious sound.

Sat 5/21 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore: electric geetars
Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore perform music for one and two electric guitars

Sunday, May 22

Sun 5/22 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Eva-Maria Zimmermann; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
Terry Riley G-Song (arr. by ZOFO 2014)
Dylan Mattingly Magnolia (2015) World Premiere
Gabriella Smith Máncora to Huaraz (2015) World Premiere
Katherine Balch Ordinary Matter (2015) World Premiere
Harold Shapero Sonata (1941)
Ryan Brown I heard bells from my rotating house (2014)
Paul Schoenfield Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive (1984)

Sun 5/22 7:00 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Edgetone 25th Anniversary Showcase Series
**Performances celebrating twenty five years of independent music from Edgetone Recoords**
E. Doctor Smith presents music from the Drummstick I&II and Quantum
Peter McKibben – guitar/synthesizer/loops, E. Doctor Smith – Zendrum EXP- samples/loops, and featuring Laura Austin Wiley – flute/effects/loops
Matt Davignon – drum machine/effects
John Finkbeiner- guitar, Josh Allen – tenor saxophone, Timothy Orr – drums

Wednesday, May 25

Wed 5/25 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Under Weather Kitten and The Holly Martins
Under Weather Kitten and The Holly Martins present an evening of deep listening, virtuosic playing, and multi-faceted, open-ended explorations of form and spontaneous composition. Expect twists and turns at every intersection.

Thursday, May 26

Thu 5/26 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Joseph M. Colombo: Music for Metal Strings
New works for ringing metal strings, by composer Joseph M. Colombo. Featuring the Mobius Trio, Regina Schaffer, and Britton Day.

Thu 5/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Bryan Day – invented instruments
9pm Dave DeFilippo/Kevin Corcoran

Thu 5/26 8:00 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
Black Spirituals
Tonal Masher

Friday, May 27

Fri 5/27 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Koto Music
Shoko Hikage, Noriko Tsuboi and Yuki Yasuda will perform koto music works by Chappell Kingsland, Hyo-shin Na, and Tadao Sawai.

Fri 5/27 9:00 PM Legionnaire Saloon [2272 Telegraph Ave. oakland, CA]
Voltage Drop – Industrial / Electronics Dance Club Presents
V:4 with live sets by
NINE (Nihar Bhatt / Surface Tension)
MAYA SONGBIRD (Ratskin Records / Holy Rocket Ships)
CHATTY MANDRIL (Zachary James Watkins)
Resident Selectors: BONUS BEAST / MALO / KOZI
Doors at 9pm • $5 before 10pm / $7 after • 21 & over More…

Moondog and Feldman Coming to Philadelphia

Pig Iron Theatre Company

Source: Philadelphia’s Bowerbird.

Bowerbird has started a new ensemble!!! What started as a seed of an last spring during our Begin Anywhere series has now come to fruition as the Arcana New Music Ensemble. Arcana is a group of Philadelphia-based musicians dedicated to presenting interesting, beautiful, and unconventional music in interesting, beautiful, and unconventional places. Built on a flexible roster of 25 musicians, Arcana is able to perform a broad range of repertoire in numerous configurations. Our first concerts feature the music of Moondog and Feldman (in collaboration with Pig Iron Theatre Company!).

June 17th
The Music of Moondog
@ The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street

June 25th
Morton Feldman‘s Samuel Beckett, Words and Music
with Pig Iron Theatre Company
@ The Fleisher Art Memorial

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

New York Philharmonic Biennial (Monday through June 11) One of Alan Gilbert’s boldest moves during his tenure as music director of this orchestra has been the creation of this event, a new-music biennial that seeks to generate a miss-it-at-your-peril excitement around contemporary sounds. This second biennial begins on Monday with a concert by the JACK Quartet exploring microtonal tuning systems. It’s followed on Tuesday with the violinist Jennifer Koh performing some 30 short works for solo violin written by as many contemporary composers in response to Paganini’s Caprices. On Wednesday, Yale’s School of Music takes a field trip to the city toting new works by faculty composers, including Martin Bresnick, David Lang and Hannah Lash. At various times and locations. Details and a full schedule is at (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Queens New Music Festival (through Sunday) This adventurous festival, which promotes Queens-based composers and artists, opens the weekend with a concert of contemporary vocal works presented by Random Access Music. On Saturday afternoon the composer and pianist Michael Harrison joins forces with the pianist Sophia Vastek, the tabla player Nitin Mitta and the violinist Mari Kimura for an alluring program featuring Mr. Harrison’s raga-influenced compositions as well as music by Philip Glass and Donnacha Dennehy. There are also performances on Saturday by the ensemble Exceptet and a duo consisting of the violist Stephanie Griffin and the composer-pianist Gordon Beeferman. The Sunday lineups include the ensembles Iktus Percussion, Vox n Plux (a trio featuring the guitarists William Anderson and Oren Fader and the soprano Elizabeth Farnum), and Switch-Ensemble, which will perform electroacoustic and multimedia pieces. At various times, Secret Theater, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, 718-392-0722, (Schweitzer)

Revolutionaries, Trinity Wall Street (Friday) Trinity Wall Street concludes its “Revolutionaries: The Late Works of Beethoven and Ginastera” with a pair of very different programs. On Friday afternoon, as part of Concerts at One, the impressive guitarist Eliot Fisk plays solo works by Ginastera, Berio, Robert Beaser and John Corigliano. For the big finale that evening, the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Trinity Youth Chorus, Downtown Voices and the instrumental ensembles Novus NY and 1B1 join together for Ginastera’s “Psalm 150” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Julian Wachner conducting. At 1 and 7 p.m.; Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, 212-602-0800, (Tommasini)

Roulette (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) The shakuhachi takes center stage at this Brooklyn venue on Tuesday in a program of original works written for this Japanese flute performed by Ned Rothenberg and other illustrious musicians. The following evening, the Tak Ensemble, consisting of mixed instruments and live electronics, performs world premieres by Lewis Nielson and Mario Diaz de Leon, along with a work by Anne Cleare. On Thursday, the multifaceted saxophonist Ryan Muncy engages Appalachian musical traditions in new works featuring an impressive cast of collaborators, including the vocalist Lucy Dhegrae and the pianist Vicky Chow. At 8 p.m., 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, 917-267-0363, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Darius Jones Trio (Saturday) The alto saxophonist Darius Jones favors a robust and personal take on post-1960s free jazz, and he’s an artist brimming with ideas besides. He appears on the Sound It Out series with a powerhouse rhythm team: Mark Helias on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, (Chinen)

Logan Richardson Quintet (Friday) Mr. Richardson, an alto saxophonist with a taste for plangent melancholy and aerodynamic pulse, had a creative breakthrough with his superb new album, “Shift,” which features a rare sideman turn by the guitarist Pat Metheny. For this one-nighter, Mr. Richardson enlists a worthy substitute on guitar, Mike Moreno, along with the pianist Sam Harris, the bassist Harish Raghavan and the drummer Tommy Crane. 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, (Chinen)

Sun of Goldfinger (Friday and Saturday) The guitarist David Torn, the saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Ches Smith make up this all-star collective, grounded in textural exploration and concussive power, with a healthy dose of electronic effects. Friday at midnight, Saturday at 8:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, (Chinen)