AMN Reviews: Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016; Cuneiform Records)

Over the last 40 years, guitarist Richard Pinhas has left a varied trail of recordings, from the progressive rock of Heldon, to his early synth-laden solo efforts, to more recent experimental partnerships with Merzbow, Wolf EyesPeter FrohmaderPascal Comelade, and others. Cuneiform Records, which has released or re-released the majority of Pinhas’s catalog, will be putting out his two latest collaborations today. Read our review of the first here. Below, we discuss the second.

Fellow guitarist extraordinaire Barry Cleveland does not record often, but when he does it is worth paying attention. In his first new effort since 2010’s Hologramatron (an avant-rock protest album that is unfortunately even more relevant today than it was at its release), he teams with Pinhas, bassist Michael Manring and drummer Celso Alberti (the latter two played on Hologramatron) for a 50-minute, prog-leaning outing. Cleveland manages to take some of the harder edges off of Pinhas’s style, as evidenced by the first track, Forgotten Man. Therein, Pinhas and Cleveland combine to form catchy, yet complex, themes, over Eastern-style drumming.

The centerpiece of the album is the 25-minute second track, I Wish I Could Talk In Technicolor, featuring Manring’s signature wandering bass lines and Pinhas’s loops. The initial few minutes provide atmosphere, until Alberti comes in with a varying rhythm while Pinhas and Cleveland focus on holding long tones to create textures. Eventually, the track evolves into open improvisation over roughly composed parts. Throughout, the textures are more prevalent than actual melodies. The final two offerings, Zen/Unzen and Parting Waves continue the logical progression of I Wish I Could Talk In Technicolor, focusing on processed guitar ambiance and carefully picked notes.

Mu is a unique release – familiar and strange at the same time, non-mainstream and appealing. It is a worthwhile and compelling addition to the both the Pinhas and Cleveland discographies.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

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. His monthlong residency at the Stone mainly features his working band, Five Elements, but occasionally deviates to feature a project like Natal Eclipse, which appears Tuesday through Thursday, with collaborators including the pianist Matt Mitchell and the vocalist Jen Shyu. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

COLTRANE REVISITED (Tuesday through Sept. 24) Timed to coincide with what would have been John Coltrane’s 90th birthday (he was born on Sept. 23, 1926), the pianist Steve Kuhn — one of Coltrane’s sidemen, however briefly — assembles a respectful cast. Eric Alexander endeavors to fill Coltrane’s shoes on tenor saxophone, while Jaleel Shaw plays alto; the rhythm section has Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Steve Smith on drums. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, (Chinen)

STEPHAN CRUMP RHOMBAL QUARTET (Saturday) Mr. Crump is a bassist with a broad stylistic frame, at home in both the avant-garde and a more traditional framework. With his band Rhombal, which just released an excellent self-titled album, he opts not to draw any distinctions between those poles, working with the trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, the saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (Monday through Sept. 25) This annual convocation of trumpet-centric progressivism, rooted in, but not restricted to, the jazz tradition, begins with a two-night subseries titled Visionaries, at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn (at 333 Douglass Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus). It features players like Shane Endsley and Nadje Noordhuis. Another series, Signatures in Brass, will be hosted by Marquis Hill on Wednesday and Thursday at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (at 60th and Broadway), with trumpeters including Ingrid Jensen, Theo Croker, Maurice Brown, Jason Palmer and Darren Barrett. A full festival schedule is at (Chinen)

THE ANDREW HILL LEGACY PROJECT (Tuesday and Wednesday) Before he died in 2007, the brilliant pianist-composer Andrew Hill saw his music find traction among younger generations of musicians. This tribute begins on Tuesday with a quartet led by a prominent disciple, the pianist Vijay Iyer, with Eric McPherson on drums alongside two bassists, Mark Helias and John Hébert. On Wednesday the pianist Frank Kimbrough leads a crew that includes Mr. Helias, the drummer Nasheet Waits, the trumpeter Ron Horton and the multi-reedists Marty Ehrlich and J. D. Parran. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Mark Wastell Interview

Source: We Need No Swords.

An exposure to free jazz in his late teens, both from his childhood home near Colchester and through trips into the capital, proved a gateway drug that helped steer him towards his own entrance into the community as a player. A short-lived dalliance as a piano and sax duo with a young colleague in a local village hall (“we thought we could be Keith Tippett and Andy Shepard,“) gave way to a serious engagement with the cello, Wastell’s first chosen instrument, in the early 90s. He says: “I really wanted to be a bass player, but I couldn’t afford a bass. One day, hanging in a window in a music shop in Colchester High Street was a cello. I think it was £80, so I bought it.”

Wastell’s explorations with the cello informed his early appearances with the trio IST, alongside Rhodri Davies and Simon H. Fell. A frenetic period of gigging and recording followed, Wastell’s work with IST complemented by appearances with Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Evan Parker and just about anyone who was anyone in the experimental music landscape.

San Francisco Scene: September 16-23, 2016

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, September 16

Fri 9/16 4:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Member Happy Hour + 2 Blocks of Art performances
Happy hour for C4NM members! Drinks and snacks will be provided; guests of members and prospective members welcome to attend.
Concurrently, C4NM will be presenting live music as part of 2 Blocks of Art, with solo piano performances at 6th and Market and experimental electronics at Launderland on 6th Street.

Fri 9/16 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center Street Berkeley]
Full: Scientific presents the US premiere of Lisa Mezzacappa’s Organelle plus the Broun Fellinis and films by Jean Painlevé.

Fri 9/16 8:00 PM NOHSpace [2840 Mariposa St. SF]
Drowning Man – Featuring Shinichi Iova-Koga & Edward Schocker, CoPresented by Theatre of Yugen

Saturday, September 17

Sat 9/17 8:00 PM NOHSpace [2840 Mariposa St. SF]
Drowning Man – Featuring Shinichi Iova-Koga & Edward Schocker, CoPresented by Theatre of Yugen

Sat 9/17 8:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Vinny Golia 70+ Large Ensemble SF Bay Area
In celebration of his 70th Birthday Bay Area musicians come together for an Outsound Presents special incarnation of Grand master multi-reedist and composer Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble.

Sat 9/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Play or Die Series: Ochs – Johnston – Robair plus SPECIAL GUESTS
Trio/Duo/Sextet = The trio of Larry Ochs , Darren Johnston + Gino Robair open. The duo of Mark Clifford (vibraphone) and Crystal Pascucci (cello) play next. Then a SEXTET including all 5 of these players plus SPECIAL GUEST Aurora Josephson adds her mighty vocal improvisations for a structured improvisation created by Larry Ochs for this special sextet.

Sat 9/17 8:00 PM Avonova [417 Avon St. Oakland, CA]
The Sheldon Brown Trio

Sunday, September 18

Sun 9/18 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Dialogues: Music for Cello & Other
“Dialogues” explores the interaction between cello and other instruments, objects, and spaces. Cellist Helen Newby will premiere works by David Bird, Danny Clay and Adam Hirsch in addition to performing the music of Cat Lamb, Malin Bång & Thomas Meadowcroft.

Sun 9/18 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation improv workshop)

Sun 9/18 8:00 PM Oakland.Secret [577 5th St. Oakland]
Surplus 1980 w/ Reconnasissance Fly, Mark Clifford’s Dirty Snacks Ensemble
Doors at 9:00 | $5-10 sliding scale

Monday, September 19

Mon 9/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SPILL – Timbre and Motion Studies
The concert will draw on the interrelationship of materials and timbres shared within their instrumental palate of percussion and piano. Utilising elements of noise, resonance, percussive and sustained tonal colours, timbre, rhythm and spectral sound as structural elements.

Tuesday, September 20

Tue 9/20 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Georg Graewe: solo piano and a duo with Jon Raskin
Pianist, composer & improviser Georg Graewe will perform solo for the first set and than be joined by Jon Raskin on saxophones for the second set. His fourth solo album “Stills and Stories” has been released on the Random Acoustics label.

Wednesday, September 21

Wed 9/21 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara – Duo & Quintet
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) have been close musical collaborators for over twenty years – tonight they will perform in their long-standing duo configuration, and premiere a new book of music for quintet with Ben Goldberg (contralto clarinet), Crystal Pascucci (cello), and Lisa Mezzacappa (bass).

Wed 9/21 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Matt Ingalls, Alien Planet, Kevin CK Lo, Lucy Noise Project
Wed, Sept 21; doors 7:45pm, show 8-10:30pm
at Second Act, 1727 Haight St $5 21+

Wed 9/21 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
CNMAT presents: Georg Graewe, piano

Wed 9/21 9:00 PM The Night Light [311 Broadway Oakland]
w/ Hiss + Hum, Dunkelpek, + Braided Flesh

Thursday, September 22

Thu 9/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Christopher Whitley – violin/electronics
9pm: Travis Johns (electronics) and Alex Cantona (cello)

Thu 9/22 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Nava Dunkelman with Hymn

Thu 9/22 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aerocade Music presents A/B Duo & Post Haste Reed Duo CD
Aerocade Music artists A/B Duo and Post-Haste Reed Duo will perform works from their recent CD releases. Come for the great music, stay for the snacks and door prizes!

Thu 9/22 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
UNSEEN series | Synthesized Acoustic
September’s UNSEEN features collaborative performances by Thomas Carnacki, Scott Arford, Fluorescent Grey & Ray McClure!

Friday, September 23

Fri 9/23 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
PC Muñoz “Rugged Individual” – Special Birthday Show!
Featuring two premieres: “Shipwreck”: drumset + dance duet with turf dancer Dopeyfresh “Rugged Individual”: solo percussion and poetry piece….and a set of original art-funk pieces performed by PCM.3 (PCM, Bryan Dean, and Marc Weibel)

Fri 9/23 7:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612]
This concert features, a duo of homemade electronics and cello, making a rare West Coast appearance. Also performing are local koto player, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, electronics trio, Peanut Twins, and analog synthesist and sound designer, Thomas Dimuzio.

Coming to New York’s Roulette

From Roulette:

Following their well-received tribute show to Wayne Horvitz last fall, Roulette welcomes back brass quartet The Westerlies on October 18 to celebrate the release of their sophomore album. Already garnering early praise from NPR, the album features original music by each member of the ensemble alongside songs by Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, and an English folk song arranged by Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon.

On October 26, composer John King convenes Kato Hideki, Ursula Scherrer, and Nana Tsuda to present their first collaboration – a performative installation of sound, light, and movement in which temporal and spatial changes (or no changes) are determined in real time. Together as Amorphous IV, this first-time collaborative project will combine all forms of media within the live installation format.

Pianist Vicky Chow returns to Roulette on October 27 to premiere new solo piano works by Rome Prize-winning composer Christopher Cerrone, Fjola Evans, David Brynjar Franzson, and Bang on a Can founders David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon.

Tuesday, October 18 @ 8pm
The Westerlies Album Release Show

Wednesday, October 26 @ 8pm
Amorphous IV

Thursday, October 27 @ 8pm
Vicky Chow: Piano