Grex West Coast Tour

Source: Grex.

In Summer 2016, Grex will bring music from its forthcoming album Electric Ghost Parade to venues across the West Coast, debuting a striking “two man band” configuration that recalls the dizzying duo histrionics of The White Stripes, Skeleton Crew, and Mal Waldron/Steve Lacy.

June 4, 7pm, Joshua Tree, CA @ Beatnik Salon
June 5, 9pm, Long Beach, CA @ Que Sera
June 6, 8pm, Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
June 8, 11pm, Los Angeles, CA @ Hyperion Tavern
June 9, San Diego, CA @ The Merrow
June 10, 8pm, Pasadena, CA @ Battery Books
June 11, 8pm, Long Beach, CA @ Rebel Bite
June 14, 9pm, Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s
June 16, 9:30pm, Portland, OR @ Kenton Club
June 17, 7:30pm, Seattle, WA @ Good Shepherd Center (part of Wayward Music Series)
June 18, 8:30pm, Portland, OR @ Turn Turn Turn
June 20, 7:30pm, Seattle, WA @ The Royal Room (part of Father/Daughter)
June 23, Quincy, CA @ Main Street Sports Bar
June 24, Sacramento, CA @ Gold Lion Arts (part of Gold Lion Festival)
June 25, Berkeley, CA @ The Starry Plough


San Francisco Scene: June 3-10, 2016

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, June 3

Fri 6/03 7:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NextNow’s ALL TOMORROWS’ AFTER PARTIES 2016 benefit/festival – the New/Creative Music Community raising funds to help the homeless and mentally disabled. 3 nights and 2 days of diverse music and sonic arts with some of the best performers locally and internationally…the 4rd year of bringing together the creative spirit giving to a very worth cause. Avant-Rock, Experimental Chamber, Jazz, Improvised, Electro-Acoustic, Neo-Folk, Progressive Post-modern are among the varied style you’ll hear.

Fri 6/03 7:00 PM Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture [Gallery 308 2 Marina Blvd SF]
Borromeo String Quartet – Percussion Quintet
The award-winning Borromeo String Quartet, lauded for its “edge-of-the-seat performances” by the Boston Globe, will present the world premiere of Bay Area composer Hi Kyung Kim’s Percussion Quintet. Featuring guest percussionist William Winant, the performance is sure to further cement Borromeo String Quartet’s standing as one of the most important ensembles of our time.

Fri 6/03 8:00 PM Royce Gallery [2901 Mariposa St SF]
ROOM: RoomKeys
The 2016 ROOM Series begins with an evening of Bay Area keyboard virtuosi playing contemporary music on a variety of black and white keys.
Hadley McCarroll, rob reich, Eric Glick Rieman, Donald Swearingen, Pamela Z

Fri 6/03 9:30 PM Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture [Gallery 308 2 Marina Blvd SF]
Del Sol String Quartet – Del Sol String Quartet
Featuring music of composers from around the world, the concert examines themes that bring us together as human beings. With music by Australian legendary composer Peter Sculthorpe we look to the increasingly distressing issues of global warming and environmental destruction.

Fri 6/03 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Celloscape Collective: San Francisco Debut
CELLOSCAPE COLLECTIVE will feature SF Bay Area cellists performing works composed for cellos and electronics by Sándor Balassa, Kaija Saariaho, and local composers: Phi Bui, Kyle Randall, Amadeus Regucera, and Scott Rubin. Cellists featured: Brady Anderson, Laura Gaynon, James Jaffe, Jeffrey Li, Natalie Raney, Saul Richmond-Rakerd, and Mosa Tsay.

Fri 6/03 8:00 PM THe Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA]
Danny Allen’s High Diving Horses, Val Esway + El Mirage, Karry Walker (ultralash)

Saturday, June 4

Sat 6/04 12:00 PM Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture [2 Marina Blvd SF]
Peter Whitehead – Musical Mini Marathon
Composer, instrument builder and musician Peter Whitehead will stage an eight hour Musical Mini Marathon consisting of himself and a series of invited guests playing a large, varied collection of musical instruments built by Mr. Whitehead. He will remain on the stage throughout the performance with guests joining him every hour for half hour collaborations. Audience will come and go and stay for as long as they choose.

Sat 6/04 2:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NextNow’s ALL TOMORROWS’ AFTER PARTIES 2016 (fri-sat-sun June 3,4,5 @ berkeley arts festival Ca) – Mika Pontecorvo curated Benefit Festival celebrating New innovative Music to raise funds for Homeless Action Center, and the SF Coalition on Homelessness..
with Guest of Honor Finnish Experimental Folk Artist Lau Nau

Sat 6/04 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA]
The Happy Valley Band is a cover band like you’ve never heard before. They play strictly notated machine deconstructions of popular tunes, filtered through the brain of a computer. You’ll hear James Brown backed by a simmering Sun Ra Arkestra, Madonna with a jittery freak-out synth rhythm section, and Herb Alpert with a Tijuana Brass that must have been led by Charles Ives. Join us for the madness!

Sunday, June 5

Sun 6/05 2:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NextNow’s ALL TOMORROWS’ AFTER PARTIES 2016 (fri-sat-sun June 3,4,5 @ berkeley arts festival Ca) the 3rd annual Benefit Festival celebrating New innovative Music to raise funds for Homeless Action Center, and the SF Coalition on Homelessness..Mika Pontecorvo curated,

Sun 6/05 3:00 PM Berkeley Arts Festival [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
zBug Featuring Sheila Bosco, Timothy Orr, Sean Price – All Tomorrows’ After Parties | Nextnow Presents

Sun 6/05 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Gwendolyn Mok & friends
Program Two: Music and the spoken word at a time of war
Diane Nicholeris, violin; Jay Liu, viola; David Goldblatt, cello; Gwendolyn Mok, piano; Robert Hass, poet; Yun Chu, violin

Sun 6/05 4:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The concert will feature performances by Melody of China artists Yangqin Zhao on yangqin (hammered dulcimer and artistic director), Gangqin Zhao on guzheng (zither), Wanpeng Guo on sheng (mouth organ), Xian Lu on dizi (bamboo flutes) along with guest artists: Shenshen Zhang on pipa (lute), Jessie Marino on cello, along, Erik Ullman on violin, and Gene Coleman on bass clarinet.

Sun 6/05 5:00 PM Actual Cafe [6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland]
The Actual Trio – John Schott, Dan Seamans, and John Hanes

Sun 6/05 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Davis/Hoopes/Wilsey: Evelyn Davis – piano/Jason Hoopes – bass/Jennifer Wilsey – percussion
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie: Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute/Theo Padouvas – cornet/Bill Noertker – contrabass

Monday, June 6

Mon 6/06 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: Adams/Brown/Anderson (Sheldon Brown + Steve Adams-saxophones, Vijay Anderson-drums)
Set #2: Cramp/Davis/Glenn (Evelyn Davis-vox, Dominic Cramp-synth, JG-drums)
Set #3: Hummel (Brian Pedersen-sax, Sung Kim-strings, Timothy Orr-drums)

Tuesday, June 7

Tue 6/07 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 3.3 – Jack Body & Matt Gilbert
An intimate evening with the Del Sol String Quartet as they explore deeply one piece of music alongside a local visual artist. This evening features Jack Body’s tightly knit “Epicycle,” paired with Matt Gilbert, a young artist with a background in graphic design, an affinity for contemporary music and an interest in experimenting with materials, Gilbert makes tiny, motorized kinetic sculptures. This concert is performed in loving memory of the composer who passed away in August of 2015.

Thursday, June 9

Thu 6/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Jakob Pek – solo guitar & preparations
9pm Jaroba – bass clarinet/inventions

Friday, June 10

Fri 6/10 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Chris Brown: Branches, with Jakob Pek and Nava Dunkelman
Chris Brown performs Branches, an interactive piece for piano and computer; and an opening set of trio improvisations with Jakob Pek, guitar and Nava Dunkelman, percussion

Fri 6/10 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St (@Capp Street) SF]
ANIMALS & GIRAFFES – Phillip Greenlief (reeds) & Claudia La Rocco (text, voice) created animals & giraffes as a way to explore how improvisation on and off the page can create a larger conversation between sound and text. Collaboration is central to animals & giraffes; for this concert Greenlief and La Rocco are joined by electronic musician John Bischoff and percussionist Karen Stackpole (who is one of many Bay Area improvisers featured on the duo’s debut album, JULY, forthcoming from Relative Pitch Records).

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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

Source: The New York Times.

Erik Friedlander at the Stone (Tuesday through June 12) Mr. Friedlander is a cellist at home in both experimental and rootsy terrain, and adept at reconciling the two. He has a fine new album, “Rings,” featuring a trio he calls Black Phebe, with Shoko Nagai on piano and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion; it will play a single set during this residency, on Thursday at 8 p.m. Elsewhere in the run he’ll reconvene another trio, Claws & Wings, with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Ikue Mori on electronics (Tuesday at 10 p.m.); present the premiere of “50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet” (Wednesday at 8 p.m.); and perform for the first time in a duo with the pianist Craig Taborn (Wednesday at 10 p.m.). For a full schedule, visit At Avenue C and Second Street. (Chinen)

Lost Jazz Shrines: Sweet Basil (Saturday) This concert pays double homage: to Sweet Basil, a fondly remembered club on Seventh Avenue South, and Lester Bowie, a mischief-making trumpeter who had history there, notably with his band Brass Fantasy. Among those paying tribute are some Brass Fantasy alumni, like the trombonists Frank Lacy, Steve Turre and Luis Bonilla; the French hornist Vincent Chancey; and the tuba players Bob Stewart (who will be the musical director for the evening) and Marcus Rojas. At 8:30 p.m., TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, 212-220-1460, (Chinen)

Vision Festival 21 (Tuesday through June 12) This annual affair, the country’s leading summit meeting of avant-garde jazz, rumbles into its 21st season with a tribute to the bassist Henry Grimes, whose dramatic rediscovery and comeback happened in part on a Vision Festival stage. On Tuesday he’ll perform with admirers including the pianist Geri Allen, the guitarist Marc Ribot and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, in several different groups. Wednesday’s program will include the vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Jen Shyu, along with the Sun Ra Arkestra and a trio led by the pianist Connie Crothers. And the lineup on Thursday includes Cosmic Nickelodeon, a group led by the alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, with the pianist Matthew Shipp and others. At Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: The New York Times.

Mari Kimura (Thursday) Meet the µgic (pronounced “mu-zik”), a glove tricked out with circuitry that allows players to translate motion into graphics and other media. Ms. Kimura, a technologically fearless violinist, demonstrates this latest gadget in a performance of her own, “Kaze (The Wind),” a multimedia work that also features the vocalist Jin-Xiang Yu, the Cassatt String Quartet and imagery by Liubo Borissov. A performance of Michael Harrison’s just-intonation “The Constellations” rounds out the concert. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

NY Phil Biennial (through June 11) This new-music extravaganza spreads to concert halls across town, with highlights of the week including a performance by the innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider. That program explores the (anachronistic?) notion of a downtown scene presided over by John Zorn, and three successive tributes to Ligeti’s brilliant concertos for piano, cello and violin, respectively. Gerald Barry’s madcap opera, based on Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” continues its run at the Rose Theater. Other events celebrate a new generation of performers and composers as represented by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, the Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brooklyn Youth and San Francisco Girls choruses. A full schedule is at (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Roulette (Monday and Tuesday) Highlights of the week at this Brooklyn music spot include Monday’s concert by the percussion ensemble Tigue, which will be joined by guest artists to perform genre-bending compositions, including Quilts (a work for percussion and synthesizer) and the premieres of Surfaces I & II. On Tuesday, the saxophone ensemble Prism Quartet joins the quartet So Percussion for a program that is part of Prism’s Color Theory project, which explores the palette of sounds created by the unusual combination of percussion and saxophone. The lineup includes pieces by Georg Friedrich Haas, Steven Mackey and Donnacha Dennehy. Monday at 8 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, 917-267-0363, (Schweitzer)

Kidd Jordan Profiled

Kidd Jordan playing saxophone at Luscher Schoo...

Source: The Boston Globe profiles saxophonist Jordan in anticipation of tonight’s performance in Somerville.

If you’ve never heard of New Orleans saxophonist Kidd Jordan, who’ll perform at separate Somerville venues Friday and Saturday, discard two assumptions arising from his name and hometown. First, he’s no kid; Jordan turned 81 on May 5. Second, he doesn’t specialize in traditional jazz or other genres typically associated with New Orleans. Kidd Jordan is a master of free jazz, even if that’s not necessarily his own term for it.