ECM Artists Performing in San Francisco Bay Area

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...

Source: Mercury News.

Officially, SFJazz’s ECM Week runs from Feb. 23-26, with eight exceptionally divergent ensembles packed into four double-bill concerts.  But given the German record label’s vast, disparate and pervasively influential catalogue it’s not surprising that artists associated with ECM can’t be contained in a single four-day block of booking.

The organization could have easily and explicitly devoted an entire month to artists who record on ECM, starting with pianist Vijay Iyer, who kicks off his two-season stint as an SFJazz resident artistic director Feb. 9 with an evening of duets featuring alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, with whom the pianist recorded 2016’s acclaimed ECM electro-acoustic duo album “A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke”.

Seattle Scene: February 9-18, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Loscil + B. Pioulard + bardo:basho
Thu. Feb. 9, 8 PM – THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

Loscil (Scott Morgan) is an ambient/electronic project exploring the marriage of electronic production and acoustic instrumentation. Benoît Pioulard (Thomas Meluch) seeks to create a unique sonic environment influenced by pop song structures and the unpredictability of field recordings. Bardo:Basho (Kirsten Thom) composes loop-based music designed to create a sense of stasis and a state of hypnosis.

Pod Blotz + Bloom Offering + Cruel Diagonals
Fri. Feb. 10, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Pod Blotz (Suzy Poling) is Los Angeles multimedia artist Suzy Poling, who uses sound, video/film, visual and performance art to explore the interferences between optics, mirrors, sonic resonance, electrical synthesis, human/alien identities and geological anomalies. Opening are local acts, Bloom Offering (industrial electronic solo project of Nicole Carr) and Cruel Diagonals (vocalist and field recordist, Megan Mitchell).

Noisegasm + Anderson + Goldenrod + Unser Verhaengnis
Sat. Feb. 11, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Noisegasm combine elements of Industrial, Ambient, Rock and Soundtracks styles to create Weapons Grade Electronica. Brad Anderson composes abstract soundscapes that not so gently unmoor the listener from reality. Goldenrod plays ambient drones highlighted with occasional melodic touches on guitar, synthesizer and harmonica. Unser Verhängnis builds minimal walls of textural ambiance.

FRI. 2/17 – Inverted Space Ensemble plays various new and recent compositions

SAT. 2/18 – Melanie Voytovich & Friends play new works by local composers for percussion & cello

Bonnie Kane’s Big Plastic Finger to Tour Massachusetts This Weekend

BIG PLASTIC FINGER is bringing the psych space noise groove to Massachusetts, starring:
Bonnie Kane – sax, flute, electronics
Scott Prato – guitar, vocals, and electronics
Tracy Lisk – vocals, electronics, percussion
Travis E. Woodson – bass, electronics
Mark McClemens – drums, percussion

Hope you can make one of the shows. Here’s the plan:

The Brick House Community Resource Center
24 3rd St, Turners Falls, Massachusetts
$7 to $9 suggested donation!
w/ Hollow Deck, Omeed Goodarzi,

Chailey Mansion,
9 Spring Lane,
Newburyport, MA
Music Against Fascism !
w/ Dave Seidel, Monogoloids, Edward “Ted” Sears Read, and Egregoros
6pm – potluck dinner, come hang out by the fireplace, meet the artists, tour the grounds
8pm – performances
donation suggested

Uncharted Gallery
103 Market St
Lowell, Massachusetts
doors at 7, donation suggested

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Luis Lopes / Fred Lonberg-Holm – “The Pineapple Circumstances” (Creative Sources, 2016) ****
Fred Lonberg-Holm / Adam Gołębiewski – Relephant (Bocian records 2016) ***½
Ab Baars, Ig Henneman, Ingrid Laubrock, and Tom Rainey – Perch Hen Brock & Rain: Live @ the Jazz Happening Tampere (Relative Pitch, 2016) ****
Isabelle Duthoit and Georg Graewe – Parlance (Nuscope, 2016) ***½
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Sylvaine Hélary, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Eve Risser, Mike Reed – The Sync (The Bridge Sessions, 2016) ****
Steve Swell / Peter Brötzmann / Paal Nilssen-Love – Live in Copenhagen (Not Two, 2016) ****½
Steve Swell / Gebhard Ullmann / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang – The Chicago Plan (Clean Feed, 2016) ****
Paul Dunmall Brass Project ‎– Maha Samadhi (SLAM Productions, 2016) ****
Paul Dunmall Quintet ‎– The Dreamtime Suite (FMR, 2016) ****
Paul Dunmall, Liam Noble, John Edwards, Mark Sanders ‎– Chords Of Connections (FMR, 2016) ****
Six-In-One – Subjects and Structures (Slam, 2016) ****
Paul Dunmall, Phillip Gibbs, Alison Blunt, Neil Metcalfe, Hannah Marshall – I Look At You (FMR, 2015) ****½

Ted Zook, LuxDeluxe, Others in DC February 10

tumblr_inline_mllxrlDWH71rkbrrhOn February 10, basscellist Ted Zook will be part of The Garden installation staged by The North Country at Dance Loft on 14, which is located at 4618 14th St. NW, 2nd floor. The Garden is described as an immersive art experience, built specifically as a visual accompaniment to a one-time only live musical performance. What a score is to a film, the garden is to this North Country show. Northampton’s LuxDeluxe will be opening, and The North Country will be the featured performer. The performance will include the horn section from The Harry Bells, led and arranged by Jonathan Parker; the set design is by Jen Miller. Tickets are $15; the event is all ages and doors open are at 7pm.