San Francisco Scene: June 10-17, 2016


From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

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).

Saturday, June 11

Sat 6/11 6:00 PM Re:sound A-168 [Railroad &Mercado Ct. Mare Island CA]
Please join us for three solo performances by Dave Phillips, Rodolf and Joke Lanz. The show will take place in a huge reverberant concrete munitions bunker.

Sat 6/11 6:00 PM The Peralta Station [3007 Peralta Street Oakland, CA 94608]
The Dirty Snacks Ensemble: Album Release Show, Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Duo, Logan Hone (LA), California’s Bellow (LA)

Sat 6/11 8:00 PM Trinity Chapel [2320 Dana St., Berkeley, CA 94704]
Ensemble for These Times (soprano Nanette McGuinness and pianist Dale Tsang, joined by guest cellist Anne Lerner-Wright), celebrates the release of the ensemble’s debut CD, Surviving: Women’s Words, with a program of music and poetry by women artists. The concert will feature 3 world premieres of commissioned music by Judith Shatin, Martha Stoddard, and Emma Logan, selections from their CD, and more.

Sat 6/11 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
GGIO – The Golden Gate Improvisers Orchestra’s BIG BANG
The London Improvisers Orchestra, formed by Steve Beresford, Evan Parker, & Ian Smith after their tour with Butch Morris in 1997, has continued for almost 30 years to use, refine, & extend Morris’ conduction hand-signal language for large groups of improvisers. Prior outposts of the LIO language are the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Improvisers Orchestra (Санкт-Петербургский оркестр импровизации), the Royal Improvisers Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Seattle Improvisers Orchestra, the Tokyo Improvisers Orchestra (東京インプロヴァイザーズオーケストラ), the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra (Ber.I.O.), and others.

Sat 6/11 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
John Schott Plays Ben Goldberg, Among Others
A concert of acoustic, resonator, and electric guitar solos, featuring compositions of Ben Goldberg, a piece each by Thelonious Monk and Carla Bley, as well as spur of the moment song choices.

Sat 6/11 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Laraaji & Sun Araw
Please join us for a rare performance by ambient icon Laraaji and LA experimentalists Sun Araw, two colossal forces in contemporary electronic music.

Sunday, June 12

Sun 6/12 3:00 PM 1st AME Zion Church San Jose [95 S 20th Street San Jose, California 95116]
zBug featuring Timothy Orr, Fred Malouf, Clifford Brown III, Doug Ellington – Curated by Eddie Gale | Spiritual Jazz Sundays – African American Journey Exhibit

Monday, June 13

Mon 6/13 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents
Marshall/Allen/Spirit with special guest Scott Walton plus Walton/Boisen/Rowe

Tuesday, June 14

Tue 6/14 7:30 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series Presents: Antimatter // Hamir Atwal + Dahveed Behroozi // Jon Arkin

Wednesday, June 15

Wed 6/15 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Subholy priest of the subgenius, KrOB knows that sight and sound are united most when most they are exploding. Heads seem always to blossom in gore, pants burst timely into flame, and each babystroller leaps from its screaming caregiver right on cue. Come get your sweet spot pummeled by the best of the very best, the lowest of the unfathomable.
Diehard fans have seen every interior of the bran(…)pos writhe into view via handbuilt multimodal apparatii of self-extrusion. From costumed dissumlations and facial piezoelectrics, to Great Oz-headed video, circuit-bent stiletto, mic swallowing and pharyngeal-cello right between the knees. But until now, the engine at the center of it all has remained hidden: the bubblegum. Keep your eye on the event horizon as the first wad hoves into view at this tape release show for The Bubblegum Forgeries, first in a four volume series.
Amanda Chaudhary
Modular synthesizers, kids’ toys, and all manner of folk instruments combine to confound and awaken heretofore undiscovered sensibilities of her audiences. Chaudhary is also a photographer, fashion model, designs technology for creativity, and operates the foremost blog on cats and synthesizers, CatSynth.
Passions Nouveau
Glen Park sound artist and Ka coach repurposing homemade electronic instruments as accompaniment to raw field recordings of degenerate ultra underground sex culture.
TorLink to dark stream available on request.

Thursday, June 16

Thu 6/16 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
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India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 6/16 8:00 PM Zellerbach Playhouse [101 Zellerbach Hall, #4800 Berkeley, CA, 94720]
Ojai at Berkeley 2016: Kaija Saariaho
La Passion de Simone

Thu 6/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Sound exploration of the strange, unique worlds of spectral processing
8:00pm Jorge Bachman
9:00pm Botched Facelift

Thu 6/16 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Eine Kleine Henze Fest
A celebration of the chamber music of Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012), including a performance of his early masterpiece, “Kammermusik 1958” for Tenor, Guitar, and 8 solo instruments.

Friday, June 17

Fri 6/17 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mobius Trio: Prescription Drug Nation + Blind Date
On 6/17 Mobius Trio will premiere the first half of Prescription Drug Nation, a program-length piece for music and dance by young stud Aaron Gervais. Also on the program is the second-ever performance of Luciano Chessa’s Blind Date, a spellbinding multimedia extravaganza by the noted scholar and Sardinian composer/mischief maker. More…

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Harry Partch (c. 1969), from the cover of The ...

Source: The New York Times.

New York Philharmonic (Friday and Saturday) The adventurous NY Phil Biennial concludes with Alan Gilbert conducting the orchestra in two bracing programs on consecutive nights. Friday’s concert offers the premiere of William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto, featuring the Philharmonic’s principal trombonist, Joseph Alessi, and it’s not every day you hear a trombone concerto. After intermission comes John Corigliano’s “Conjurer,” concerto for percussion and orchestra, with Martin Grubinger as soloist. On Saturday, the Philharmonic gives the belated New York premiere of Steven Stucky’s Second Concerto for Orchestra, the piece that won this estimable composer, who died in February, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for music. The program opens with a work by Pierre Boulez and ends with Per Norgard’s Eighth Symphony in its United States premiere. At 7 p.m., David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-875-5656, (Tommasini)

‘Norgard in New York’ (Thursday through June 18) The overwhelming power of Per Norgard’s symphonies is on display in the NY Phil Biennial, but there’s also an unreasonably rare chance to hear a broad sample of this composer’s smaller scale work at Scandinavia House. Beginning a three-day festival, on Thursday, “Norgard’s America” outlines the influence of American music and poetry on the composer, and includes the American premieres of “Plutonian Ode” and “Seadrift.” The Lost Dog New Music Ensemble does the honors; Sarah Joy Miller and Sarah Moyer are the singers. Further details are online. At 8 p.m., Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, 212-779-3587, (David Allen)

Prism Quartet (Sunday) As part of its Color Theory project, which explores the vivid palette of sounds created by the unusual combination of percussion and saxophone, the Prism Quartet joins forces with Partch, an ensemble that performs on instruments invented by the visionary American composer Harry Partch. The lineup features new works by Ken Ueno and Stratis Minakakis, as well as music by Xenakis, Steve Lehman and Mr. Partch. At 7:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Schweitzer)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

Source: The New York Times.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Tuesday) “Real Enemies,” the forthcoming album by this large, hyperdynamic ensemble, explores conspiracy theories in American life — a subject that thankfully bears no relevance at all to our present cultural moment. Drawing from the album, which grew out of a commission at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last year, Mr. Argue reconvenes his orchestra for this one-night showcase. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Harris Eisenstadt: ‘Recent Developments’ (Wednesday) “Recent Developments” sounds like language from a research study, but it’s also the new body of work by Mr. Eisenstadt, a freethinking yet methodical drummer and composer. Here he leads a nonet including the cellist Hank Roberts, the flutist Anna Webber, the trumpeter Nate Wooley and the banjoist Brandon Seabrook. At 8 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

Erik Friedlander at the Stone (through Sunday) Mr. Friedlander is a cellist at home in both experimental and rootsy terrain, and adept at reconciling the two. Among the highlights of his homestretch at the Stone are his Broken Arm Trio, playing Friday at 8 p.m.; Oscalypso, a quartet that similarly pays tribute to the jazz bassist and cellist Oscar Pettiford, on Saturday at 10 p.m.; and a solo cello performance, as on his recent album “Illuminations,” on Sunday at 8 p.m. For a full schedule, visit At Avenue C and Second Street. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson: Code Girl (Friday and Saturday) Ms. Halvorson, a guitarist and composer with an affinity for warbling provocation, formed her new band, Code Girl, around a set of original songs with lyrics. The singer is Amirtha Kidambi, of the Gothic drone-folk band Seaven Teares; on trumpet is Ambrose Akinmusire, an ace with shading and texture. The rhythm section consists of Ms. Halvorson’s partners in the trio Thumbscrew: Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

International Anthem Summer Showcase (Sunday) International Anthem Recording Co., a label out of Chicago, has been responsible for some excellent albums in recent seasons, prioritizing a groove-minded but otherwise unclassifiable style. This showcase will feature three artists on the roster: the Chicago Underground Duo, a long-running alliance between Rob Mazurek on cornet and electronics, and Chad Taylor on drums; the Jaimie Branch Quartet, led by Mr. Branch, a trumpeter, with Mr. Taylor, the bassist Jason Ajemian and the cellist Tomeka Reid; and the drummer Makaya McCraven, with partners like the trumpeter Marquis Hill and the saxophonist Greg Ward. At 10 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474, (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio (Wednesday through June 19) Mr. Iyer, a pianist-composer of penetrating insight and flexible attack, recently created a monthlong residency at the Met Breuer, performing in a succession of interdisciplinary settings. But his primary outlet is still this superbly slippery trio, with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums — a band conversant in multiple traditions, with a prevailing ethos of sturdy cohesion. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Vision Festival 21 (Through Sunday) This annual affair, the country’s leading summit of avant-garde jazz, concludes this weekend in strong and varied form. Among the highlights are Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, a potent exploration of Afro-Cuban jazz, at 10:30 p.m. on Friday; a quartet led by the multi-reedist Hamiet Bluiett, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; Paradox of Freedom, a duet between the pianist Dave Burrell and the drummer Hamid Drake, at 10 p.m. on Saturday; and Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone, a sociopolitically charged ensemble led by Mr. Reed, a drummer, on Sunday at 7 p.m. At Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South,