Wadada Leo Smith Wins 2016 Mohn Award

Source: Hammer Museum.

Trumpeter, composer and musical visionary Wadada Leo Smith has received the Hammer Museum 2016 Mohn Award for Career Achievement “honoring brilliance and resilience.” The $25,000 Award was announced August 16 by the museum and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, through, only, organized by Hammer curator Adam Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator, Renaissance Society. Dancer and choreographer Adam Linder also received a Mohn Award for artistic excellence and Kenzi Shiokava received the Public Recognition Award.

Smith, who turns 75 in December 2016, recently received a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award and received an honorary doctorate from CalArts, where he was honored as Faculty Emeritus. He maintains an active touring and recording schedule. His latest epic recording America’s National Parks will be released October 14, 2016 on Cuneiform Records. A six-movement suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country’s public landscapes the recording features Smith with pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg, drummer Pheeroan akLaff and cellist Ashley Walters. Later this year TUM Records will release Wadada Leo Smith: Nagwa featuring Smith with guitarists Michael Gregory Jackson, Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross and Lamar Smith, plus Bill Laswell on electric bass, Pheeroan akLaff on drums and Adam Rudolph on percussion. Coming on TUM in early 2017 will be Alone: Reflections and Meditations on Monk, a solo recording.

San Francisco Scene: August 19-26, 2016

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Saturday, August 20

Sat 8/20 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Honey and The Emperor + Beach Peach

Sunday, August 21

Sun 8/21 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thomas Joseph Schultz – Schoenberg, Na, and Rzewski
Music by Hyo-shin Na and Frederic Rzewski and the complete works for solo piano of Arnold Schoenberg.

Sun 8/21 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation improv workshop)

Monday, August 22

Mon 8/22 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents Ross Hammond, Hiroya Tsukamoto and Myles Boisen

Tuesday, August 23

Tue 8/23 8:30 PM Headlands Art Centre, Studio building 961 [Headlands Art Centre, 961 Field Rd, Sausalito]
HEADSUP is Paul Winstanley, Tom Nunn & Phil Dadson (NZ).
Tuesday, August 23rd, 8.30pm,
(Doors open 8.15)
donation entry / exit

Thursday, August 25

Thu 8/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Skullkrusher – analogue synth soundscapes
9:15 pm Genre Peak
Genre Peak is the music of electronic composer Martin Birke. The projects albums have featured Mick Karn,Tara c. Taylor,Daniel Panasenko, Stephen Sullivan,Gustav Fjelstrom, Steve Jansen and Christopher Scott Cooper.

Friday, August 26

Fri 8/26 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th Street, San Francisco, CA]
New Frontiers in Song: Grex/Spider Garage/Andrew Weathers Ensemble
An explosive night of Bay Area music at once beautiful, raw, and strange, featuring Oakland art rock astronauts Grex, the dynamic post-punk stylings of Spider Garage, and the miraculous experimental folk of the Andrew Weathers Ensemble.
Grex:Karl Evangelista (guitar/voice/drums), Rei Scampavia (keys/voice/drums)
Spider Garage: Scott Quay (guitar/vocals), et al.
Andrew Weathers: Andrew Weathers (guitar/vocals), Aaron Oppenheim (electronics), et al.

Fri 8/26 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
The World According to Sound

Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal 

English: Colin Stetson, moers festival 2010

Source: La Red Bull Music Academy, this festival takes place September 24 – October 28. Highlights include:

Fucked Up and Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
Drone Activity In Progress (Âmes Sanglantes, Away, Black Mecha, Drainolith, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Melanie Mongeon + Topon Das, Thisquietarmy and Tim Hecker)
Suzanne Ciani, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Veronica Vasicka
Dans Les Cieux / Dans Les Abysses (Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, Lucrecia Dalt, Lorenzo Senni, Dopplereffekt and an all-Drexciya set by DJ Stingray)
Colin Stetson, Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily and Toby Summerfield

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow's parties f...

Source: The New York Times.

NELS CLINE AT THE STONE (Tuesday through Aug. 28) Mr. Cline, the excellent lead guitarist in Wilco, has a quietly ravishing new double album, “Lovers,” that puts an elegant, knowing spin on orchestral jazz and chamber pop. Next week at the Stone he will pursue some other extremities of style, including the spasmodic, in BB&C, a trio with the saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Jim Black (Tuesday at 8 p.m.); the introspective, in acoustic duets with two other guitar obsessives, Marc Ribot (Wednesday at 8 p.m.) and Julian Lage (Thursday at 8 p.m.); and the searching, in a free-jazz collective called the Ring Nebula Project (Wednesday at 10 p.m.). At Avenue C and Second Street, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

COUVOISIER, FELDMAN, LAUBROCK AND RAINEY (Saturday) Starting with the premise that two plus two can equal something greater than four, this experimental collective merges a pair of husband-and-wife duos. On piano is Sylvie Couvoisier, whose spouse and regular duo partner is the violinist Mark Feldman; on tenor saxophone is Ingrid Laubrock, who is married to the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

SEBASTIAN NOELLE’S SHELTER (Wednesday) A guitarist best known for his integral role in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Mr. Noelle has a rewarding new album, “Shelter,” that showcases his embrace of both lyrical intricacies and rockish swagger. He draws from it here, with Marc Mommaas on tenor saxophone, Matt Mitchell on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8 and 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Newsbits: Andrew Drury / Carolina Eyck and ACME / Velvet Underground / Miles Davis / London Underground

Carolina Eyck am Theremin (Carolina Eyck with ...

Jazz Right Now reviews Andrew Drury’s Content Provider.

Carolina Eyck with American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will release Fantasias for Theremin and String Quartet on October 14th.

The new show The Velvet Underground: New York Extravaganza at the Philharmonie de Paris is reviewed.

A new Miles Davis boxed set focuses on his late 60’s quintet.

A sound map of London’s Underground is profiled.

Interpretations Season 28 Announced

Earl Howard, at Moers Festival 2007

Source: Interpretations.

Interpretations Season 28
Fall 2016 // Spring 2017

With great pleasure, and some pride, we announce the 28th season of the Interpretations Contemporary Music Series. As we have from the beginning, we continue to focus on contemporary composers and their interpreters, in an effort to nurture the development of our growing new music community.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Kevin Norton’s Breakfast of Champignon(s)
Sarah Weaver: Works for Mark Dresser & SLM Ensemble

Vibraphonist/percussionist Kevin Norton presents Staten Island: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, a song cycle (with and without words), featuring his group Breakfast of Champignon(s), with Esther Noh (violin), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Julia Simoniello (voice, guitar), & Steve LaSpina (bass). Sarah Weaver presents Polydimensional Transformation for Mark Dresser (solo bass) and Resonance Synthesis for the SLM Ensemble (Jane Ira Bloom, Ellery Eskelin, David Taylor, Min Xiao-Fen, Samir Chatterjee, Satoshi Takeishi, Denman Maroney, Mark Dresser, & Sarah Weaver).

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Malcolm Goldstein: “Soundings, etc.”
Matthias Kawl Trio “After the Rain” & More

Violinist/composer Malcolm Goldstein presents improvisations, both open & structured, for solo violin/voice. Composer Matthias Kawl brings his trio of flute, guitar, and percussion, to present After The Rain (with baritone Thomas Buckner) and Opium for T, as well as Untitled (For A Flutist), by Berlin-based composer Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Erik Friedlander’s Black Phebe
Juho Laitinen: “Manifesto of Sounding”

Ubiquitous cellist Erik Friedlander presents his new trio Black Phebe, with Shoko Nagai (piano, accordion, electronics) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion). Composer Juho Laitinen (cello, voice, synthesizer) presents original compositions that deal with the ambiguous characteristics in the physicality of sound; an open-minded approach to new sounds made by new instruments and the promotion of a non-hierarchical, freely associative art experience.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Reinier Van Houdt plays Robert Ashley
Brian Schober: White Witch (A Monodrama)

Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt performs Maneuvers for Small Hands (1961), one of Robert Ashley’s first major explorations. The work is a catalogue of puzzles for the contemporary musician, consisting of 110 cards in which 10 fundamental actions are spun out into 110 movements. Brian Schober’s monodrama about voodoo, murder, and revenge is set to a libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin and scored for soprano and percussion. Based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a white woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall.”

Thursday February 9, 2017
Robert Dick & Ursel Schlicht “The Galilean Moons”
Gustavo Aguilar Get Libre Collective

Flutist Robert Dick and pianist Ursel Schlicht celebrate the release of their CD The Galilean Moons, a suite inspired by each of the four Jovian moons discovered by Galileo, and co-created for the Festival Cervantino in Mexico. Percussionist Gustavo Aguilar premieres But We Must Build As If The Sand Were Stone, an evening-length work for quartet based on the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, featuring Anthony Davis (piano), Earl Howard (live electronic processing), JD Parran (woodwinds) and Gustavo Aguilar (percussion).

Thursday March 16, 2017
David Behrman: “Unexpected Places”
Gisburg Sings With Michel Foucault & Friedrich Nietzsche

Vocalist Gisburg presents a musical visual theater for vocals and live band based on Michel Foucault’s “History Of Madness” as well as works by Friedrich Nietzsche. David Behrman presents Unexpected Places: new and older reworked pieces, and some re-emerging from the quarries of the 20th century.

Thursday April 13, 2017
Thomas Buckner w/ Earl Howard, JD Parran, & Andrew Drury
Works by Annea Lockwood, Earl Howard, Daniel Rothman, & Pete Wyer

Thomas Buckner, baritone, with JD Parran, winds, Andrew Drury, percussion, Earl Howard, electronics, Theodore Mook, cello, and Pete Wyer, guitar, perform Night and Fog (1987), by Annea Lockwood (based on poems by Osip Mandelstam and Carolyn Forshe); Left-handed Quark, by Earl Howard, Almost Invisible, by Pete Wyer (based on poems by Mark Strand), and an as yet untitled work by Daniel Rothman.

Thursday May 25, 2017
SPACE (Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner, & Scott Robinson)
Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept

The seminal improvising trio SPACE was originally formed in 1979 by Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner and Gerald Oshita, featuring works by both Oshita and Mitchell, as well as group improvisation. This will be the first performance of the group since the passing of Gerald Oshita, with multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson as the new third member. Drummer/percussionist Reggie Nicholson, a member of the AACM since 1979, will present new music for his group Percussion Concept.

All concerts start at 8PM unless otherwise noted.

509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR.
General admission: $20 / $15 Roulette Members, Students, Seniors.
Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.INTERPRETATIONS.INFO