Upcoming Frank Zappa Performances

Broadway the Hard Way

Source: Zappa.com.

Feb 22, 2017
Westerville, OH, USA
Otterbein University
Michael Yonchak, conductor
Envelopes (for Wind Ensemble and Rock Band)
Cowan Hall
8:00 PM

Feb 22, 2017
Ensemble Modern
Jonathan Stockhammer, conductor
Concert introduction with documentary in Werner Otto Hall at 7pm:
Ulf Werner in conversation with members of the Ensemble Modern.
Film Screening AAAFNRAA – Making of “The Yellow Shark” (30 min, Germany 1992). Free entrance with ticket for the concert at 8pm in the Great Hall.
Selections from “The Yellow Shark”
Selections from “Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions”
Konzerthaus Berlin
8:00 PM

Feb 27, 2017
Leeds College of Music
Damien Harron, conductor
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
The Venue
7:30 PM

Mar 3, 2017
College Park, MD, USA
UMD Wind Orchestra
Michael Votta, conductor
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Dekelboum Concert Hall – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8:00 PM

Apr 4, 2017
Houston, TX, USA
Rice University – Shepherd School of Music
Jerry Hou, conductor
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Shepherd School of Music
7:00 PM

May 24, 2017
Ville de Québec, CANADA
Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
Fabien Gabel, conductor
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Grand Théâtre de Québec
8:00 PM

May 25, 2017
Ville de Québec, CANADA
Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
Fabien Gabel, conductor
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Grand Théâtre de Québec
10:30 AM

San Francisco Scene: February 10-17, 2017

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, February 10

Fri 2/10 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]

Vijay Iyer’s Open City & Blindspot with Teju Cole

This night is devoted to a pair of projects in collaboration with Nigerian-American poet and writer Teju Cole, who adds spoken word passages to Open City, Iyer’s large-group piece inspired by Cole’s award-winning 2012 novel, as well as Blindspot, their incisive new multimedia work.

Fri 2/10 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612]
Jacob Wick: trumpet
Jacob Felix Heule: percussion
Owen Stewart-Robertson: guitar
Kanoko Nishi-Smith: koto
Sandy Gordon (NYC): percussion
Andrew Choate (LA): reading

Saturday, February 11

Sat 2/11 3:30 PM Re:Sound A-168 [Mare Island Shoreline Preserve Railroad Ave and Mercado Ct. Vallejo, CA 94592]
Re:Sound Migration
In conjunction with the 2017 San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, re:sound presents an afternoon of sound and video featuring artists form the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ashley Bellouin
Michele Seippel
Joshua Churchill + Paul Clipson
Jorge Bachmann, Kevin Corcoran, Jen Boyd, Daniel Blomquist and John Davis playing in dedication.

Sat 2/11 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street San Francisco]
Vijay Iyer Trio w/ Ambrose Akinmusire & Mark Shim

Sat 2/11 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Nancy Karp + Dancers: “MEMORY/PLACE”

Sunday, February 12

Sun 2/12 4:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Vijay Iyer’s Tirtha w/ Prasanna & Nitin Mitta

Sun 2/12 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Wooden Fish Ensemble
with special guests Gyeonggi Kayageum Ensemble

Sun 2/12 7:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Nancy Karp + Dancers: “MEMORY/PLACE”

Sun 2/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Hot Air Music Festival: Heating Up
The Hot Air Music Festival presents its first ever preview concert, Heating Up, featuring performances by the Guerrilla Composers Guild, Ignition Duo, and Lazuli String Quartet.

Monday, February 13

Mon 2/13 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures + WVG

Tuesday, February 14

Tue 2/14 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Elective Infinities (Nathan Clevenger’s sci-fi-chamber-rock band)
Larry Ochs (saxophone) & Donald Robinson (drums)
Zachary James Watkins (Black Spirituals)

Thursday, February 16

Thu 2/16 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Scott Amendola Band w/ Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Jenny Scheinman and John Schifflett
Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm

Thu 2/16 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
The Electro-Acoustic Piano (EAPiano) is an ongoing project which supports and promotes new works for piano and electronics. Started in 2009 by Keith Kirchoff, the project has so far commissioned over thirty different composers and has been presented throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and England. In addition to many Universities and Colleges, EAPiano has been featured as a part of the SEAMUS festival (Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the United States), ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec, and the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea in Morelia, Mexico, and has hosted two international composer competitions in collaboration with the American Composers Forum (in 2014) and the University of Toronto (in 2011). The first album in the EAPiano series was released in 2011 on the Thinking outLOUD Records label.

Thu 2/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Golnaz Shariatzadeh -violin
9pm: Victor X. Haskins – solo electo-acoustic performance

Thu 2/16 9:00 PM The Night Light [311 Broadway Oakland]
Black Spirituals // Tashi Dorji // IMA // Wall

Friday, February 17

Fri 2/17 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Scott Amendola Band w/Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Jenny Scheinman and John Schifflett
Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm

Fri 2/17 7:30 PM Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco]
Peter Evans & Guest Improvisers, Ritwik Banerji, saxophone, Nava Dunkelman, percussion and India Cooke, violin
Free and open to the public
4:00 – 4:30 pm Open Dress Rehearsal of Stravinksy Interpolations with improvisor, trumpeter Peter Evans
4:30 – 5:30 pm Composer Talk with Peter Evans facilitated by Steven Schick
Open to ticket-holders
6:45 pm Pre-concert discussion with Steven Schick and musicians
7:30 pm CONCERT Peter Evans and Guest Improvisors

Fri 2/17 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The music of the Ian Carey Quintet+1 is a fresh blend of swinging and inventive jazz deeply influenced by the contrapuntal textures of modern chamber music. It aims to blur the lines between improvised and composed material in order to create an atmosphere of unpredictability and surprise, as well as to blend the spontaneity and swing of modern jazz with the dense harmony and counterpoint of Carey’s favorite chamber composers, such as Hindemith and Stravinsky. The group (featuring Kasey Knudsen, Adam Shulman, Fred Randolph, and special guests Steven Lugerner and Hamir Atwal) will be performing original works from their acclaimed CDs, including 2013’s “Roads & Codes” (4-1/2 stars -Downbeat Magazine) and last year’s “Interview Music,” featuring Carey’s four-part suite commissioned by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

Matthew Shipp Interview

Source: Observer.

Since the early 1990s, piano maestro Matthew Shipp has been a chief linchpin of the avant-garde jazz underground, producing a monolithic catalog that has pioneered—and polarized—the jazz lexicon.

The East Village fixture (he’s been living downtown since the mid-’80s), alongside bassist/composer William Parker and the late, great saxophonist David S. Ware, formed a godlike trifecta of jazz giants who will forever remain pillars of the avant scene.

While Parker remains as productive as ever in his sixth decade and change, his pal Shipp is calling it quits—recording-wise that is. After soul-searching discussions with Thirsty Ear Records owner Peter Gordon, Shipp decided the just-released Piano Song would be his swan song.

Transparent Productions Spring Season

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: Washington DC’s Transparent Productions.

As always, 100% of ALL performance proceeds go to the artists

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH @The Fringe @ 7 & 8:30PM
20TH Year Annual Black History Month Performance
“B” FREE (in living tribute to Acklyn Lynch)
Kahil El’Zabar: drums, percussion, voice
Corey Wilkes: trumpet
Alex Harding: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
The Fringe is at 1358 Florida Avenue, WDC
$25 door / $20 advance – Tickets: 861-811-4111


Ellory Eskelin: tenor, Adam O’Farrill: trumpet,
Tyshawn Sorey: drums, Stephen Crump: double bass

Avram Fefer: reeds, Michael Bisio: double bass

Bill Cole: double reeds, Joseph Daley: Tuba, Guest TBA

Charlemagne Palestine Interview

Charlemagne Palestine

Source: Red Bull Music Academy Daily.

Born Chaim Moshe Tzadik Palestine (or Charles Martin) to Eastern European Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York, Charlemagne Palestine is a musician, filmmaker and visual artist whose contemporaries include Tony Conrad, Laurie Anderson and Steve Reich, but who playfully defies the conventions and contexts most associated with modernist composition. After singing in synagogues as a young man, he became a carillonneur in the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church across the street from the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. It’s a sonic and visual pairing that feels apt, considering the interdisciplinary breadth of Palestine’s work and the fact that he’s known to prefer the term “trance music” to “minimal”; in his own words, “a kind of fundamental transportation to leave the ordinary.”

Ecstatic Music Festival Rings in Bang on a Can’s 30th Anniversary

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Source: I Care If You Listen.

On Monday, January 9, 2017 within the cozy setting of the Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall, a number of milestones converged in a single event. The Bang on a Can All-Stars–performance ambassadors of the festival and multi-faceted arts organization that gave it its name–took to the stage to celebrate and kick off its 30th anniversary season, which also marked the opening of the seventh annual Ecstatic Music Festival and a new season of live-streamed concerts co-presented by New Sounds Live on Q2, hosted by resident new music champion John Schaefer. In accordance with the shared mission of these forces, the evening melded the presentation of new works funded by the 2017 People’s Commissioning Fund and the exploration of signature and historic works by Bang on a Can’s trio of founders, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon.