San Francisco Scene: October 28 – November 4, 2016

Gino Robair

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, October 28

Fri 10/28 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Celeste Oram is joined by violinists Keir GoGwilt and (remotely, from New Zealand) Alex Taylor in performing the works of Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966): a pioneering New Zealand radio ham, improviser, and sonic/electronic experimenter. The telematic duet will be joined in person by layers of archival text and recordings of ham radio logs and activity, from both New Zealand and Santa Cruz. The performance will be broadcast over low-power radio transmitters on many different channels, and audience members are invited to come prepared with battery-powered radios to tune in to the performance live in the space.

Fri 10/28 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Tender Buttons rewinds classic electronic musics in a swarm of devices and languages, composed in the moment via a shared esthetic of severe improvisational methods. Friendly spirits Fluxus, WDR, Cage, On-U and Kling Klang are never far away.
Tender Buttons: Deconstructed/Reconstructed
Piano Solos and Ensemble Improvisation
Gino Robair – modular electronics
Tania Chen – piano, electronics, toys
Tom Djll – modular and circuit-bent electronics

Fri 10/28 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Phillip Greenlief / Fred Frith / Rashaun Mitchell

Fri 10/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Caballito Negro (Tessa Brinckman, flutes & Terry Longshore, percussion) with special guest Left Edge Percussion: Resist

Flute and percussion duo, Caballito Negro, (with special guest Left Edge Percussion) presents Resist, a diverse concert program utilizing six flutes, a truckload of percussion, spoken word, film and images. Resist is a passionate interplay of contemporary chamber groove and creative narratives, defining the word’s meaning and freight from surprising sources.

Saturday, October 29

Sat 10/29 3:00 PM KFJC 89.7 LIve From The Pit [12345 El Monte Rd. Los Altos Hills, Ca]
Tender Buttons (Gino Robair, Tania Chen, Tom Djill) will play a live set of their improvisational electronic deconstruction of sound at KFJC radio station from The Pit. Broadcast live on radio, the internet and hd live cam. 89.7 FM on the radio and kfjc.org for live streaming. Saturday, October 29, 3pm.

Sat 10/29 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Flute and percussion duo, Caballito Negro, (with special guest Left Edge Percussion) presents Resist, a diverse concert program utilizing six flutes, a truckload of percussion, spoken word, film and images. Resist is a passionate interplay of contemporary chamber groove and creative narratives, defining the word’s meaning and freight from surprising sources.

Sunday, October 30

Sun 10/30 3:00 PM Berkeley Piano Club [2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA]
Ensemble for These Times and guest cellist, Anne Lerner- Wright, will perform new works by their 2016 Call for Scores winners: Craig Carnahan, Emily Doolittle, Christopher Hopkins, Justin Merritt, Naftali Schindler, Bob Siebert, and Bartos Smoragiewicz. The program will also include David Garner’s “Mein blaues Klavier,” from E4TT’s new CD “Surviving: Women’s Words” and the world premiere of Bay Area composer Bruce Nalezny’s Toccata for piano, dedicated to Dale Tsang

Sun 10/30 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Eli Wallace, solo piano: explorations in composition and improvisation
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sun 10/30 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave. Berkeley, CA]
The Shelton-Ochs Quartet
The Shelton-Ochs Quartet features Larry Ochs and Aram Shelton on saxophones, Scott Walton on bass and Kjell Nordeson on drums.

Sun 10/30 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Music for the Underworld
Susan Rawcliffe, sculptor and scholar, creates and performs on ancient mezo-american style flutes and ocarinas, exploring diverse timbres, beating and near hallucinatory dissonances.
Pahoehoe is a ballet for butoh dancers performed by the invented instrument collective “Pet the Tiger” and composed by David Samas. The action follows a young Orpheus from the entrance to the underworld, down to the throne of Hades and back in a foolish attempt to reclaim his bride.

Tuesday, November 1
Tue 11/01 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Aram Shelton, sax, with Chris Brown, piano and Jordan Glenn, percussion
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Øyvind Brandtsegg, percussion and electronics with Matt Ingalls, clarinet

Tue 11/01 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
patchtax: Viola and Saxophone Duo
patchtax is Boston’s most beloved saxophone and viola duo. This program consists of the duo’s idiosyncratic video work interwoven with compositions by Georges Aperghis, Lei Liang, Rosalie Burrell, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and J.S. Bach.

Wednesday, November 2

Wed 11/02 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Per-Anders Nilsson, synthesizer, with Gino Robair, weapons of mass displacement and Tom Djll, trumpet/synthesizer
Alexei Plousnine and Henry Kaiser, guitars

Wed 11/02 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Unseen series | Jets of Love. Two new collaborations: composer Luciano Chessa and multimedia artist Darrin Martin collaborate on the abstraction of erotic display; and percussionist/electrician David Easlick and musician/punk comedy bus owner John Trevor Benson crawl around in the rafters. Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.

Thursday, November 3

Thu 11/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Portrait Maker
An improvising chamber ensemble that experiments with time and space. The group combines elements of theater and dance with sublime yet intricately complex music.
9pm Marshall/Wallace/Bafus
Joshua Marshall, tenor and soprano sax
Eli Wallace, keyboard
Jon Bafus, drumset

Thu 11/03 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Per Anders Nilsson/Gino Robair/Tom Djll
Improvisations and works by Anthony Braxton, Miles Davis, and Sun Ra

Friday, November 4

Fri 11/04 11:30 AM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Øyvind Brandtsegg
Description:
“Cross adaptive processing as musical intervention – Exploring radically new modes of musical interaction in live performance”
Øyvind Brandtsegg (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)

Fri 11/04 7:30 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Lecture: Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe – TECHNE: Implementing Community Enactment of Radical Transformation with Sound and Technology.

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Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA (Friday) This always inventive new-music ensemble invites listeners along for musical trick-or-treating with a horror-film-themed program that includes a suite from Bernard Herrmann’s classic accompaniment to Hitchcock’s “Psycho”; a preview of music from Paul Moravec’s opera “The Shining”; David Del Tredici’s “Dracula,” with narration by the soprano Nancy Allen Lundy; and “Black Moon,” a world premiere by Judith Shatin for orchestra and electronics. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, americancomposers.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

JACK QUARTET (Sunday and Monday) With two new members, the JACK Quartet is as committed as ever to adventurous programs of contemporary music. In the intimate Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue Armory the ensemble will present the premiere of “Flight,” a staged event that explores man’s exploration of flight, with string quartet (music by Roger Reynolds), electronics, videos and readings. Sunday at 3 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m., 643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street, 212-933-5812, armoryonpark.org. (Anthony Tommasini)

STEVE REICH BIRTHDAY CONCERTS (Saturday and Tuesday) Continuing the endless celebrations of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday, on Saturday the Juilliard ensemble Axiom will balance older works, like “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ,” with newer, like the Double Sextet and Mallet Quartet. Then, at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, the main event of the festivities, presided over by Mr. Reich, includes “Quartet,” the world premiere of “Pulse” (with David Robertson conducting the International Contemporary Ensemble) and an account of “Three Tales,” a video opera. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-769-7406, juilliard.edu. Tuesday at 8 p.m., Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (Allen)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009

Source: The New York Times.

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS TRIO / BLUIETT MUSIC (Friday) This concert, presented by the New York chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, features a set by its founder, Mr. Abrams — an incorruptibly original pianist and composer, working here with Meaghan Burke on cello and Tom Chiu on violin. Sharing the bill is the baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, joined by the tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, the pianist D.D. Jackson, the bassist Luke Stewart and the drummer Reggie Nicholson. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, 800-838-3006, aacm-newyork.com. (Nate Chinen)

CHARLIE HADEN’S LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CARLA BLEY (Thursday through Nov. 6) This revolutionary big band has soldiered on, to one degree or another, since the death of its founder, the great bassist Charlie Haden, in 2014. Solely led now by his longtime collaborator Carla Bley, the band has a fine new album, “Time/Life,” named after a tender dirge she wrote in his memory. And it’s no coincidence that the band, stocked with aces like the saxophonists Loren Stillman and Tony Malaby, sets up shop in the lead-up to Election Day. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com. (Chinen)

OKKYUNG LEE (Friday) Ms. Lee is a cellist of exploratory instincts, at home in a purely spontaneous setting. She performs here with a harpist, Maeve Gilchrist, as well as the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the pianist Jacob Sacks. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, Manhattan, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. (Chinen)

JACOB SACKS QUINTET (Saturday) The pianist Jacob Sacks is what you might call an inner-workings musician, drawn to the subtler, deeper mechanics of harmony and form. He has often worked in small-group settings with the excellent drummer Dan Weiss, who anchors this quintet alongside Michael Formanek on bass. In the front line are two smartly garrulous tenor saxophonists, Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

ANNA WEBBER’S SIMPLE TRIO (Thursday) “Simple” is a relative term, maybe even a sardonic joke, for Ms. Webber, an unrelentingly inventive flutist, tenor saxophonist and composer. She created the compositions on her head-spinning new album, “Binary,” using internet resources — even, at one point, a random-number algorithm — and entrusting the results to this trio, with Matt Mitchell on piano and John Hollenbeck on drums. They revisit this concept, which works much better as music than as descriptive preamble, under the banner of the Sound It Out series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org. (Chinen)

Newsbits: Paul G. Smyth and Chris Corsano / Bobby Kapp and Matthew Shipp / Signals Profiled / The Wave Field Audio System / Aaron Helgeson

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Burning Ambulance reviews the latest from Paul G. Smyth and Chris Corsano.

Jazz Right Now reviews the new album from Bobby Kapp and Matthew Shipp.

The Signals series of avant-garde music in Burlington, VT is profiled.

An article describes EMPAC’s wave field audio system, a 496-speaker acousmatic device.

Aaron Helgeson’s Poems for Sheer Nothingness is reviewed.

The Cornelia Street Cafe in November

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Tuesday, Nov 01 – 8:00PM
VOXECSTATIC: KAYLÉ BRECHER – THIS IS LIFE CD RELEASE
Deborah Latz, curator
Kaylé Brecher, voice; Frank Butrey, guitar; Benjamin Sutin, violin; David Dzubinski, piano; Ratzo Harris, bass; Grant Calvin Weston, drums

Friday, Nov 04 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
BEN MONDER, THEO BLECKMAN DUO
Ben Monder, guitar; Theo Bleckman, voice

Saturday, Nov 05 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
BEN MONDER, THEO BLECKMAN DUO
Ben Monder, guitar; Theo Bleckman, voice

Friday, Nov 11 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
MARIO PAVONE/MIXED QUINTET
Mario Pavone, bass; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet; Peter McEachern, trombone; Michael Sarin, drums