San Francisco Scene: August 12-18, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, August 12

Fri 8/12 5:00 PM De Young Museum [50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA]
Soundwave presents Auricular Arrangements as part of the popular Friday Night series at the de Young Museum

Fri 8/12 8:00 PM The Peralta Station [3007 Peralta Street]
Jordan Glenn’s BEAK, Hamir Atwal Quartet, OMMO

Fri 8/12 8:15 PM Lesher Center for the Arts [1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek]
Goat Hall Productions – San Francisco Cabaret Opera presents
Fresh Voices XVI Festival of New Works: “Memories & Desires”
Fridays-Saturdays, August 12-13, 26-27, 2016 8:15PM
A Double-Bill World Premiere of Two Outrageous Operas!
Mark Alburger’s
John G. Bilotta & Jostein Stalheim’s

Saturday, August 13

Sat 8/13 8:15 PM Lesher Center for the Arts [1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek]
Goat Hall Productions – San Francisco Cabaret Opera presents
Fresh Voices XVI Festival of New Works: “Memories & Desires”
Fridays-Saturdays, August 12-13, 26-27, 2016 8:15PM
A Double-Bill World Premiere of Two Outrageous Operas!
Mark Alburger’s
John G. Bilotta & Jostein Stalheim’s

Sat 8/13 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Marielle V Jakobsons
Phil Manley / Andy Puls
Maggi Payne
An evening of audiovisual immersion celebrating the release of Marielle’s new new Thrill Jockey Records album “Star Core.” Maggi Payne will be screening her exquisite and delicate videos and tone miester from Trans Am Phil Manley will be collaborating for the first time with video synth wizard Andy Puls.

Sunday, August 14

Sun 8/14 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
New Piano Collective
Black and White Magic – New Piano Collective Inaugural Concert II
Jeffrey LaDeur, Founder & Artistic Director; piano; Paul Sanchez, piano; Jiyang Chen, piano; Igor Lipinski, piano
Franz Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor
Frederico Mompou Cants Magics
Jean-Philippe Rameau Tristes Apprets from Castor et Pollux
Claude Debussy Images, Book I
Transcriptions of works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Mompou by Jiyang Chen
Igor Lipinski Piano Illusions

Sun 8/14 7:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Join us as Shakuhachi master, Cornelius Boots, joins RDL+ for an evening of exploration in the sounds of bamboo. In the first set Cornelius will be presenting his solo material for Shakuhachi and Taimu flutes. In the second set, Cornelius will join RDL+ for an adventure deep into the sonic universe with improvised sojourns to the unknown as well as original compositions by RDL+ that strive to showcase the full range of this ancient Zen instrument.

Sun 8/14 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Benedict/Levis Duo
Lorin Benedict – voice/Jason Levis – drums & percussion
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute/Brett Carson – piano/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums

Sun 8/14 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Shapeshifters Cinema presents Kit Young, Lori Varga & Thomas Dimuzio
Kit Young and Lori Varga are both experimental visual artists and absurdist/avant improvisers. For this very special show at Shapeshifters Cinema they will be joined by the remarkable synth/electronic music talent of Thomas Dimuzio and a very special guest!

Tuesday, August 16

Tue 8/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Splinter Reeds’ Season Kick-Off Party
Splinter Reeds is beyond psyched to be exiting toddlerhood – with our first touring engagements, more residencies, and FOUR new commissions (so far) on the horizon for 2016-17. We want to party, as it were. With you.

Wednesday, August 17

Wed 8/17 7:00 PM NOHspace [2840 MARIPOSA ST SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 94110]
The Pacific Exchange is inspired by the words of Lou Harrison who claimed there is a Pacific Sound that connects West Coast America with other cultures and countries along the Pacific Ocean. These concerts are intended to investigate this.

Wed 8/17 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
The first of the month snuck up on me! Here’s the blurb, web banner is attached and print-ready flyers are here:
Jim Haynes, Bonus Beast, Dax Pierson, The Creatrix
$5 Doors 7:30pm, bands 8-10pm, 21+

Thursday, August 18

Thu 8/18 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
The Jazz Loft + film screening w/ solo Jason Moran performance
In an evening devoted to the life and work of jazz enthusiast and photographer W. Eugene Smith, pianist Jason Moran will perform, followed by a screening of the documentary film about Smith, The Jazz Loft, and a discussion with the producer.

Thu 8/18 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Larry Ochs, the stellar composer and saxophonist, and a leader in the Bay Area improvised music scene for over thirty years, returns to BAMPFA with a new ensemble. Late last year, Ochs recorded The Fictive Five (Tzadik), an album of structured improvisations mostly inspired by the work of film-makers like Wim Wenders and Kelly Reichardt. He reprises some of that music tonight with an all-star lineup of local musicians. Tom Djll (trumpet, electronics, Scott Walton (bass) Safa Shokrai (bass) and Kjell Nordeson (percussion).

Thu 8/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm captjrab – lofi-street “Glenn Branca” with small treated guitars and modular synth
9:15 pm Marana Jocund – psychedelic outrock imagery
Will Redmond – electric guitar, Rob Pumpelly – drums
Megan McKearney – visuals

REDCAT 2016-17 Season

English: Eyvind Kang live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

Source: LA’s REDCAT.

November 9
Musica Elletronica Viva – MEV
MUSIC. Fifty years after co-founding of MEV in Rome, three masters of improvisation, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum, reunite for an evening of freewheeling, groundbreaking music. In its early years MEV shocked audiences, sparked diatribes, and pushed the very concept of music into new territories. Through periods of activity and dormancy, the band’s remaining three members led busy solo careers: Curran, and composer, the man of great designs; Rzewski, the piano virtuoso and composer of the famous variations The People United Will Never Be Defeated; and Teitelbaum, the live electronic music pioneer. Each of their performances is an exceptional moment; everything is allowed, except, perhaps, taking themselves too seriously.
Wed 8:30pm $25 [members $20]

November 11
Gnarwhallaby: Heterophonic Avantgarde
MUSIC. Known for its musical verve and ensemble virtuosity, Los Angeles quartet Gnarwhallaby makes its REDCAT debut with works composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, violoncello and piano. The group is extending the mission and repertoire first put forward by the similarly configured Polish foursome Warsztat Muzyczny and later by the German outfit Quartett Avance. As the third-generation successor to those ensembles, Gnarwhallaby is adding to a fascinating body of contemporary classical repertoire with new commissions and original compositions by its members. The high-flying quartet comprises clarinetist Brian Walsh, trombonist Matt Barbier, cellist Derek Stein and pianist Richard Valitutto—all four instrumentalists of boundary-breaking technique, all four CalArts graduates.
Fri 8:30pm $20 [members $16]

November 18
Eyvind Kang
MUSIC. Internationally acclaimed composer, performer and recording artist Eyvind Kang gives his first Los Angeles concert since relocating to the city as the newest member of the CalArts music faculty. He has released more than 20 albums on labels such as Black Truffle, Abduction, Editions Mego, Ipecac and Tzadik, and his music has been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. In addition to his ongoing collaboration with composer-vocalist Jessika Kenney, Kang has played viola, setar and other instruments with Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sun City Girls, the Secret Chiefs, Animal Collective and Blonde Redhead. As a soloist, he has performed work by Christian Wolff, Giacinto Scelsi and Hanne Darboven, among other composers.
Fri 8:30pm $20 [members $16]

December 3
The Music of Mark Trayle
MUSIC. The superbly imaginative, sonically expansive work of composer and sound artist Mark Trayle (1955–2015) is the subject of this tribute by friends, colleagues and former students in The Hub and Bitpanic. Co-founded by Trayle in 1986, The Hub emerged out of the Mills College scene to become the most influential improvising electronic ensemble since Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV). Known for using networked electronic and digital systems of its own devising, the Bay Area group currently consists of John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Tim Perkis, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Phil Stone and Matt Ingalls. Adding to the computer music lineage pioneered by The Hub is the recently formed collective Bitpanic. Based in Los Angeles, it comprises Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, David Paha and Stephanie Smith—all one-time students of Trayle at CalArts.
Sat 8:30pm $20 [members $16]

January 15
JACK Quartet / Lightbulb Ensemble
MUSIC. The revered JACK Quartet joins forces with the multi-instrumental Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) for a special collaborative program combining contemporary music, newly created instruments, and the complex contrapuntal form of gamelan percussion. JACK is widely regarded for their “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe), and LBE is known for “refreshingly innovative performances [that] challenge conventional notions of how gamelan music should sound” (SF Classical Voice). The program includes Hydrogen(2)Oxygen, a three-movement work composed by Brian Baumbusch, LBE’s founder, director and instrument builder.

Jazz Listings from the New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

THE BAD PLUS (Through Sunday) This hyperintelligent and crashingly heroic trio — Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass, David King on drums — revives some proven old strategies on “It’s Hard,” out later this month. The album, which will be previewed in part during this weeklong run, deftly reimagines familiar songs by popular figures ranging from Prince to Johnny Cash to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592, (Nate Chinen)

STEVE KUHN TRIO (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Kuhn, an astute and lyrical pianist who began his career more than 50 years ago, has an engaging new album, “At This Time …,” featuring this fine trio. With Steve Swallow, a longtime peer, on electric bass guitar and Joey Baron, a newer colleague, on drums, it’s a group predisposed to alertness and buoyancy. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, (Chinen)

LIBERTY ELLMAN SEXTET (Friday) The guitarist Liberty Ellman has a knack for streamlining gnarly complexities into clean, appealing curvature. On “Radiate,” an excellent album from last year, he does so with the same loose-jointed, tight-focus ensemble that joins him here, featuring Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jose Davila on tuba, Steve Lehman on alto saxophone, Stephan Crump on bass and Damion Reid on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, Manhattan, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

NOAH PREMINGER-FRANK KIMBROUGH DUO (Friday) Mr. Preminger, a cleareyed and self-assured young tenor saxophonist, has good history with Mr. Kimbrough, a graceful and exploratory pianist. They should have no problem connecting during this duo stand. At 8 and 10 p.m., Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, 212-885-7119, (Chinen)

JEN SHYU AT THE STONE (through Sunday) Ms. Shyu is a vocalist and player of folkloric stringed instruments, drawn to fascinating and often challenging designs. Her weeklong residency at the Stone will involve what she calls a six-day ritual, “Song of Silver Geese,” with collaborators including Mat Maneri on viola, Ben Monder on guitar, John Hébert on bass and Hong Jinwook on soribuk, a traditional Korean drum. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

JOHN ZORN: BAGATELLES AT THE VANGUARD (through Sunday) One of the least expected new staples at the Village Vanguard has been John Zorn, the avant-garde composer, alto saxophonist and provocateur. This week he’s been presenting his Book of Bagatelles — some 300 short pieces composed last spring — with a different configuration of musicians for every set. Among the remaining highlights: a trio led by the pianist Matt Mitchell, at 7 p.m. Friday; a quartet led by the trumpeter Peter Evans, at 10:30 p.m. Friday; a trio led by the drummer Jim Black, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and a quartet led by Mary Halvorson, featuring her fellow guitarist Miles Okazaki, at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. At 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

1,000 Voices to Peform David Lang’s “the public domain”

Source: The New York Times.

Mounting a new choral piece for 1,000 singers is not for the faint of heart — or the disorganized.

That is one thing Lincoln Center has learned as it prepares to present the premiere of David Lang’s “the public domain” around its fountain late Saturday afternoon at a free concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

First, organizers had to recruit 1,000 singers, many of them amateurs (ability to read music not required). Some responded to social-media invitations to “make your #Lincoln Center debut.” Others came from New York’s richly varied vocal scene: well-known large ensembles as well as church choirs, synagogue choruses, the New York City Bar Chorus and a kaleidoscope of other groups. By the time rehearsals began this summer, more than 2,000 people had registered, leaving a healthy margin for attrition.

Ancestral Duo: Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart with special guest JD Parran in Baltimore, August 17

Source: InstantSeats.

Ancestral Duo: Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart with special guest JD Parran
An die Musik Live!
409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart
with special guest JD Parran

Ancestral Duo is the collaboration of multi-­instrumentalists Jamal Moore and Luke Stewart. The two channel the spirit of Ancestry through structured improvisation in unique electro­acoustic meditations that aim to reach deep within one’s soul and offer a connection to the past, using the power of the present, looking toward the future.

JD Parran is a woodwind and multi-instrumentalist from the creative scene out of New York. In his hometown of St Louis, J D Parran was a founding member of the Black Artist Group (BAG) where he participated in the early artistic statements of Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, James Jabbo Ware, Hamiet Bluiett and Baikida Carroll. J D has made many appearances at New York’s Vision Festival, the AACM series and the Interpretations series. He has performed with Edward Kidd Jordan, Reggie Workman, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Amiri Baraka, Joseph Jarman, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith and Douglas Ewart. His recordings including You Have the Right to Remain Silent, Concerto for Clarinet by Anthony Davis, Andrew’s Hill’s Beautiful Day and Marty Ehrlich’s Trumpet in the Morning have garnered him critical acclaim as a soloist. His most recent release is Window Spirits Solo. Parran is currently performing with his new revolving ensemble, Harlem Reunion as well as recording with Deep Ecology Trio, Jason Robinson, Scott Robinson, Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra and Thurman Barker. He teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn College Conservatory, Greenwich House Music School and “In Performance Music Workshop” in Marine Park Brooklyn.