San Francisco Scene: February 17-24, 2017

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

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
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
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.

Saturday, February 18

Sat 2/18 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

Sat 2/18 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
The Lab is delighted to welcome The Necks for two performances on February 18 and 19. In their 30 years together, Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck have honed a process of building upon repeated motifs to conjure dense soundscapes. Every Necks’ performance is a singular event, 2 sets of approximately 45 minutes, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room.

Sat 2/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Irregular Resolutions Winter Concert
The Irregular Resolutions composers group will present new chamber works for voice, piano, and other instruments.

Sunday, February 19

Sun 2/19 5:30 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 5:30pm & 7:00pm

Sun 2/19 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)

Sun 2/19 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
The Lab is delighted to welcome The Necks for two performances on February 18 and 19. In their 30 years together, Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck have honed a process of building upon repeated motifs to conjure dense soundscapes. Every Necks’ performance is a singular event, 2 sets of approximately 45 minutes, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room.

Monday, February 20

Mon 2/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Nava Dunkelman with Gabby Fluke-Mogul // Butter Man

Wednesday, February 22

Wed 2/22 7:00 PM Mills College Art Museum [5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613]
Mills College Art Museum | Conversation with Diana Al-Hadid

Wed 2/22 7:45 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St San Francisco, CA 94117]
Donations will benefit https://www.youcaring.com/ghostshiprelief
This is a satellite show of the monthly Second Act series, this time at Peacock Lounge in the Lower Haight featuring…
DROR FEILER
Eye-bleeding composer of intifadic and eruptive lung-outs,
music-trasher, saxophone screamer and computer terrorist.
Dror Feiler (b.1951, Tel Aviv) lives and works in Stockholm
HEADBOGGLE
The manifestation of Derek Gedalecia’s acoustic/electronic research utilizing the “kitchen sink” in every sense of the idiom: Moogs, Harmonica, Banjo, Harpsichord, Irish Harp, EMS Synthi, Violin, Drums, Clavinet, Serge Modular, field recordings and
>XTINGUISHER>
Zoe Stiller and BG Anaraki, of Oakland’s undo, play harsh, noise/ambient soundscapes that include voice recordings and samples from some of our lost artists.
Marshall Trammell & Willie Winant
Whammy Grammy

Thursday, February 23

Thu 2/23 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Guitarist Giacomo Fiore presents a historical retrospective of works for electric guitar, solo and with electronics, including rarities by Cesar Bolaños and Arne Nordheim; and works in just intonation for the Lou Harrison resophonic guitar, in honor of Lou’s centenary.

Thu 2/23 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
ECM Week – Ralph Towner, solo / John Abercrombie Quartet

Thu 2/23 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
PRISM Series — Nicholas Chase & Robin Lorentz: “Bhajan”

Friday, February 24

Fri 2/24 12:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Workshop: Project Development
Gather tips from experienced producers and musicians on developing and managing your musical projects. Roundtable discussion will be followed by speed coaching sessions from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.

Fri 2/24 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Myra Melford

Fri 2/24 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner duo/Anja Lechner & François Couturier duo

Fri 2/24 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Nutshell Studies: sfSoundSalonSeries presents David Smooke

AMN Reviews: Andrew Weathers & Seth Chrisman – Ogallala (2017; Full Spectrum)

fs054-coverWeathers and Chrisman return for their third release together, Ogallala. Here, the duo explores drones, plucked rustic instruments, object percussion, and field recordings.  Recorded in rural Texas, the album has a haunted desert feel, evoking post-industrial landscapes.

The four tracks include metal noises, rattling and scraping of objects, piano melodies, post-rock styled electric guitar, and the aforementioned drones. Acoustic guitar (or is it banjo?) adds to the vague southwestern character of the album.  But there is also a quiet ambiance to long sections of these pieces, where it is easy for the listener to ignore the details and just absorb the atmosphere.

According to the liner notes, “Weathers and Chrisman began to develop the raw tracks at night after spending their days performing [building] renovations…[a]fter spending long hours toiling under the Texas sun, they would collapse and drone out – a performative exhaustion ritual that bore rich fruits.” This captures the spirit of Ogallala quite well – an uncomfortable and temporary peacefulness.

http://fullspectrumrecords.com/

MusicNOW Festival 2017 Reviewed

English: Lisa Hannigan

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Audience members poured back into Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre on Saturday, January 14th for the final evening of the 2017 MusicNOW Festival presented by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and organized by Bryce Dessner. In addition to the previous evening’s program—which included works by Andrew Norman, Matthias Pintscher, and folk singer Lisa Hannigan—the Saturday evening program culminated in “a heroic amount of music,” according to Dessner. Heroic indeed were the efforts of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which offered remarkable performances of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Reflections, the Ligeti Violin Concerto, Timo Andres’ The Blind Banister, and the U.S. premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Wires.

Music and More Reviews

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010

Source: Music and More.

Jim Black – Malamute (Intakt Records, 2017)
Ken Vandermark – Momentum 1: Stone (Audiographic Records, 2016)
Simon Nabatov – Monk ‘n’ More (Leo Records, 2017)
Live The Spirit Residency Presents Young Masters – Coming of Age (Live the Spirit Residency, 2016)
Craig Taborn – Daylight Ghosts (ECM Records, 2017)
Angles 9 – Disappeared Behind the Sun (Clean Feed Records, 2017)

Dave Rempis Upcoming Shows

Source: Dave Rempis. The Chicago Saxophonist hits the midwest U.S. and Europe.

16-18 FEB :: REMPIS MIDWEST SOLO TOUR
16 FEB :: Minneapolis, MN | Jazz Central Studios w/Davu Seru, Levi Schwarzberg
17 FEB :: Madison, WI | WSUM (on-air performance)
17 FEB :: Madison, WI | ArtLitLab w/Stray Passage
18 FEB :: Gladstone, MI | Thundersnow Festival w/Hungry Man

CHICAGO, IL
21 FEB :: Gunwale & Duo w/Ben Lamar Gay | The Burlington
28 FEB :: Gunwale & Duo w/Ed Wilkerson | The Burlington
05 MAR :: Rempis/Daisy Duo | The Sugar Maple (Milwaukee, WI)
07 MAR :: Gunwale | The Burlington
09 MAR :: Rempis/Abrams/Ra + Baker | Elastic Arts
14 MAR :: Gunwale | The Burlington

18-26 MAR :: BALLISTER EUROPEAN TOUR
18 MAR :: Vienna, AU| The Blue Tomato
19 MAR :: Antwerp, BE | Sound In Motion
21 MAR :: Bonn, DE | In Situ Art Society
22 MAR :: Amsterdam, NL | De Ruimte (drum workshop w/Paal Nilssen-Love in the day!)
23 MAR :: Paris, FR | L’Art á Palabres
24 MAR :: Poitiers, FR | Jazz A Poitiers / Carre Bleu
25 MAR :: Brest, FR | Penn Ar Jazz

26-28 MAR :: FRANCE CONCERTS
26 MAR :: Brest, FR | Beaj Kafé (Rempis/Lonberg-Holm/Briet/Péoc’h)
28 MAR :: Paris, FR | Souffle Continu (Rempis Solo)

Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Christian McBride leading his group I...

From The New York Times.

LAURIE ANDERSON AND CHRISTIAN McBRIDE at the Town Hall (Feb. 23, 8 p.m.). Perhaps the pre-eminent straight-ahead jazz bassist of the last 20 years, Mr. McBride performed recently at the Village Vanguard alongside the avant-garde stalwarts John Zorn and Milford Graves. It was an unusual setting for him, and something notable happened: His playing, always husky and swinging and commanding, took on a fresh sense of possibility. Here he continues his flirtation with the outré, appearing in an improvised duet with Ms. Anderson, the fabled experimental musician and multimedia artist. Her songs draw upon incantation and repetition — sometimes issuing subtle social critiques, other times simply heightening the senses.
212-997-6661, thetownhall.org

DAVID BINNEY at Nublu (Feb. 21, 8 and 10 p.m.). Mr. Binney’s lissome power on the alto saxophone has served him over the years in work alongside the tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, the jam-band experimentalists Medeski Martin & Wood, and even Aretha Franklin. His fine new album, “The Time Verses,” balances urgency and poise; you hear his decades of exploration across idioms washing up onshore. Here he appears with Matt Brewer on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums.
212-979-9925, nublu.net

DAWN OF MIDI at the Park Avenue Armory (Feb. 18, 7 and 9 p.m.). Dawn of Midi is a trio of jazz-trained improvisers who make entirely un-improvised music. Their tightly arranged pieces repeat and accrue, sounding like a big machine but never evoking circular imagery or rotation. There is a constant forward drive. In Aakaash Israni’s tough, woody bass playing; the desiccated thump of Qasim Naqvi’s snare drum; and the obstinate patterns Amino Belyamani plays on muted piano strings, you might hear influences ranging from deep house to the Gnawa music of Morocco. Listen for them in this pair of performances in the Veterans Room.
212-616-3930, armoryonpark.org

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING at the Cornelia Street Café (Feb. 19, 8:30 and 10 p.m.). The bassist Moppa Elliott and his cohort of young musicians take a twisted joy in ridiculing their own fascinations. In 2014, the band delivered its most infamous work, “Blue,” a note-for-note replica of Miles Davis’s complete “Kind of Blue” album. It was dead on arrival — which was the point, one assumes. The group recently reshuffled its lineup, expanding into a septet, and next week it will release “Loafer’s Hollow,” a playful new album of original tunes. The personnel on this show includes Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Bryan Murray on saxophone, Dave Taylor on trombone, Brandon Seabrook on guitar, Ron Stabinsky on piano, Mr. Elliott on bass and Kevin Shea on drums.
212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com

Musica Nova Helsinki 2017 Reviewed

English: Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Perhaps one of the most important issues currently facing symphony orchestras and contemporary classical music ensembles alike is projecting an image of accessibility; for Musica nova Helsinki, performance venues were a piece of the solution. Part club, part bar, and part performance space, Helsinki’s brand new G Livelab substituted the potentially uninviting concert hall with a more relaxed and familiar environment. The trendy vibe brought a noticeably younger crowd to the concerts held there over the first few days of the festival, but ambience did not come at the cost of performance quality—the space hosts an incredible sound system and intelligent acoustic design. Throughout the opening weekend, a versatile array of both electronic and acoustic musicians took the G Livelab stage, including Jan St. Werner, Tyondai Braxton, and Uusinta Ensemble.