San Francisco Scene: September 2-9, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, September 2

Fri 9/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Kyle Adam Blair: Piano Etudes by Bruno Ruviaro
San Diego-based pianist Kyle Adam Blair premieres Brazilian composer Bruno Ruviaro’s Pós-Tudos, a collection of piano etudes based on copying, borrowing, and stealing.

Fri 9/02 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Broken Shadows Return! with the Alex Hand Band
A veritbale dream team of creative and andventuresome musicians join forces for the first Broken Shadows show of the season.
Darren Johnston – trumpet/vocals
Matthew Szemela – violin/vocals
David Phillips – pedal-steel guitar
Jordan Samuels – guitar/vocals
Miles Wick – upright bass/vocals
Jordan Glenn – drums/percussion

Saturday, September 3

Sat 9/03 7:30 PM The Peralta Station [3007 Peralta Street]
LABOR DAY WEEKEND SHOW: Kyle Bruckmann‘s Degradient // Kjell Nordeson (solo) // I SHOULD HAVE CUT THE EYES DIFFERENT

Sat 9/03 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Songs for Human Wind:
Susan Rawcliffe (LA), clay flutes
w/ Kevin Corcoran, percussion
+ Cornelius Boots, shakuhachi

Sat 9/03 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Soundwave ((7)): Augmented Environments
Celebrate the final night and closing party of the Soundwave ((7)) Biennial with artists David Stout and Andrew Blanton will create a sonic dialogue with the built environments around us on a biological, citywide, and global scale. Using invented technologies, generative art and immersive audio-reactive visuals, these artists demonstrate how we can both embody and translate these changes through sound and strong evolving audiovisual narratives, transforming both audiences and the historic theater itself.

Sunday, September 4

Sun 9/04 5:00 PM Actual Cafe [6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland]
John Schott, Dan Seamans, and John Hanes. Original compositions, radical improvisations. Feel More Music.

Tuesday, September 6

Tue 9/06 8:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Diatessaron, Grex, Reconnaissance Fly @ El Rio
A diverse and exciting evening headlined by Canadian prog rock superstars Diatessaron, featuring Oakland art rock astronauts Grex and the eclectic, Canterbury rock-inflected Reconnaissance Fly.
Grex: Karl Evangelista: gtr/voice, Rei Scampavia: keys/voice, Robert Lopez: drums
Reconnaissance Fly: Brett Carson: keys, Rich Lesnik: reeds, Polly Moller: voice, flute, Larry The O: drums, percussion, Tim Walters: bass, electronics

Wednesday, September 7

Wed 9/07 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Deep Listening Workshop with Tom Bickley
Deep Listening is an approach to to listening that uses playfulness, games, and mindfulness to expand our awareness and pleasure in experiencing sound. Founded by composer/performer Pauline Oliveros, these process have used by musicians and others with wonderful results. Using meditative listening, sound walks, interactive sounding/listening strategies, participants will practice various ways of listening, articulate their experiences, and prepare to perform four pieces: Pauline Oliveros’ Environmental Dialogue and Wind Horse, David Samas’ Forest Walk, and Tom Bickley’s 7 Hums 7 Times. The four pieces will be performed on Saturday 10 Sept at noon at the Tenderloin National Forest in San Francisco, as part of the Acoustic Habitats festival.

Wed 9/07 7:00 PM The David Brower Center [2150 Allston Way Berkeley]
The Nature of Music: Raven Chacon
In this closing event for the Common Ground juried exhibition, new music organization Other Minds and the Brower Center present Raven Chacon, a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, and an installation artist. Originally from the Navajo Nation and based in Albuquerque, NM, Chacon’s work explores sounds of acoustic handmade instruments overdriven through electric systems and the direct and indirect audio feedback responses from their interactions.

Thursday, September 8

Thu 9/08 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Susan Rawcliffe: Music in Clay
Join Susan Rawcliffe to celebrate her new exhibit of invented instruments, “Music in Clay,” on display in the Window Gallery through October 31. Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM.

Thu 9/08 7:00 PM Exploratorium [Kanbar Forum, Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St, San Francisco, California 94111]
The 17th Annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival•Night 1• Conrad Schnitzler Cassette CONcert performed by Gen Ken Montgomery•IMA
Advance Tickets available through the Exploratorium, or free with an SFEMF festival pass
SFEMF Festival Pass:

Thu 9/08 8:00 PM CounterPulse [80 Turk St. San Francisco]
Dohee Lee: ARA Ritual I: Waterways
Performance works inspired by ARA, the goddess of tears–her tears fall to create waterways, drift up to become stars–each one memorializing a journey and a story. Each night will integrate stories of migration with movement, music and multimedia art to form collaborative community rituals.

Thu 9/08 8:30 PM Ashkenaz [1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA 94702]
New Zombies + Next Music: An evening of avant Afrobeat and reggae

Thu 9/08 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
John Bischoff & Sam Haar

Friday, September 9

Fri 9/09 8:00 PM Brava Theater [2781 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110]
Night 2 SFEMF 2016: Maja S.K. Ratkje, Moor Mother, Irene Moon

Fri 9/09 8:00 PM CounterPulse [80 Turk St. San Francisco]
Dohee Lee: ARA Ritual I: Waterways
Performance works inspired by ARA, the goddess of tears–her tears fall to create waterways, drift up to become stars–each one memorializing a journey and a story. Each night will integrate stories of migration with movement, music and multimedia art to form collaborative community rituals.

Fri 9/09 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
ROBERT TAUB, PIANIST – Music by Brahms, Scriabin, Schoenberg, and Babbitt. Pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm, concert at 8:00pm.

Fri 9/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Acoustic Habitats: Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area // Anna Halprin & Gino Robair
Scores in space take may forms. On this evening we will explore the work of Anna Halprin’s scores for dance with several of her senior students including Isak Immanuel performing Tableau Stations. Gino Robair’s opera I, Norton uses a physical score which maps the path a performer will take through the material.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: The New York Times.

STEVE COLEMAN 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (through Sept. 25) Mr. Coleman, an alto saxophonist and composer, is one of the most rigorously conceptual thinkers in improvised music, and a figure of acknowledged influence on the scene. This monthlong residency at the Stone features his working band, Five Elements, with a few special exceptions — like an array of duo, trio and quartet configurations on Tuesday and Wednesday, with partners including the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the percussionist Neeraj Mehta and either of two tenor saxophonists, Mark Turner (Tuesday) or Maria Grand (Wednesday). At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

LEAN (Thursday) This exploratory trio falls under the joint command of the tenor and soprano saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh, the electric bassist Simon Jermyn and the drummer Allison Miller. The band is celebrating the release of its self-titled debut album, an atmospheric effort with compositions by all three members. At 8 and 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

NATE SMITH TRIO (Sunday) Mr. Smith is a precise and dynamic drummer used to excellent effect in bands led by the bassist Dave Holland. For this one-nighter, Mr. Holland will take a backseat role in a trio that also features the fine saxophonist Jaleel Shaw. 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)

Music and More Reviews

English: Anat Cohen at a concert at Treibhaus ...

Source: Music and More.

The Bad Plus – It’s Hard (Sony Masterworks, 2016)
Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro – Alegria da Casa (Anzic Records, 2016)
AutorYno – Flauros: The Book of Angels 29 (Tzadik, 2016)
Various Artists – Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political And Spiritual Jazz 1970 To 1974 (Ace Records, 2016)
Various Artists – I’m a Freak Baby: A Journey Through British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock (Grapefruit/Cherry Red, 2016)

A Conversation with Nate Wooley about Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton

Source: Straight No Chaser.

Podcast 548 is my conversation with Nate about Anthony Braxton, Sound American, and his latest (and coming) musical projects. Musical selections include a Braxton quartet recording including Kenny Wheeler, and Dave Holland(“Opus 60“); “Fifth Meeting” from a trio recording with William Parker and Milford Graves called Beyond Quantum; an excerpt from one of his “Echo Echo House” Recordings from Three Compositions, and a brief excerpt from Wooley’s Argonautica.

Aum Fidelity to Release New Eri Yamamoto Album

AUM Fidelity

Source: Aum Fidelity.

On September 23, 2016, AUM Fidelity will release Eri Yamamoto’s new album, fittingly entitled, Life. Pianist-composer Yamamoto returns here with a bountiful new collection of her singular all-original music, performed with perennial trio partners of deep empathy, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. As the album title suggests, the material moves through a far range of emotional evocation, from ebullient to thoughtfully introspective, reflecting the absolute vibrancy of her long-time adopted home, New York City, and the importance of finding space within the perpetual motion of the city for moments of reflection and meditation.

Life is Eri Yamamoto’s 10th release as a leader and it also marks Ms. Yamamoto’s 20th anniversary as a working jazz musician in New York City. It was here where she first really heard the music, had a revelatory experience while doing so, and moved from Japan to devote her life to jazz. Astonishingly, she together with her trio has held – for the past 17 years – a weekly weekend residency performing only her original material, at Arthur’s Tavern, which is now the longest-running jazz & blues club in NYC. Life is a brand new studio recording, exquisitely captured live at Systems Two Studios in Brooklyn this past June; the music is presented on the album as two sets, akin to the Trio’s live working method.

Coming to Portland

Source: Creative Music Guild.

U Sco & Bushmen’s Revenge
Sept 7, 2016 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE KIllingsworth

Tatsuya Nakatani with local Ensemble
Sept 22, 2016 — 8pm (over by 10)
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth

CMG 25 year anniversary
September 25, 2016 — 8pm
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE KIllingsworth