San Francisco Scene: March 31 – April 7, 2017

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, March 31

Fri 3/31 6:30 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance
The journey begins at sunset
Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – April 16, 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Saturday, April 1

Sat 4/01 6:30 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance
The journey begins at sunset
Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – April 16, 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Sat 4/01 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
The San Francisco Guitar Quartet performs music by Paul Dresher, Phillip Houghton, as well as pieces written for the SFGQ by Christopher Gainey and Garry Eister. Since its debut in 1997, the San Francisco Guitar Quartet has established itself as a dynamic force in the guitar world through its innovative concerts and recordings. The current generation of the group seeks to continue the mission of expanding the guitar quartet repertoire through collaboration with living composers, bringing creative new works to life.

Sat 4/01 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
X Sound – A Festival of New Works by Mills Senior Composers and Media Artists.

Sat 4/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
BAMPFA presents a 35mm film print of Jon Coney’s SPACE IS THE PLACE starring Sun Ra, Barbara Deloney, Raymond Johnson, Erika Leder,
Inspired by Sun Ra’s 1971 UC Berkeley course The Black Man in the Cosmos and filmed in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Richmond, “Space Is the Place is an otherworldly frolic combining intergalactic bebop with riffs on black liberation. Director Coney’s boldly mystical blaxploitation film takes to heart Sun Ra’s cosmic philosophy of music as a liberating force. Performed by The Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra, Sun Ra’s music suffuses the hip-edelic atmosphere. Whimsical, funky, and alchemically whack, Space Is the Place takes on Afro-liberation, extraterrestrial activism, and whatever else enters the ever–expanding mind of Sun Ra” (Steve Seid).

Sunday, April 2

Sun 4/02 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
E4TT with guest cellist, Anne Lerner-Wright and guest violinist Dawn Harms, present The Guernica Project. Featured is a new call-and-response commission by composer Jeffrey Hoover entitled “Guernica” along with 2016 Call for Scores winners Mario Carro, Mercedes Zavala and Hoover. Also on the program is “Death with Interruptions,” by Grammy- nominated composer Derek Bermel and “Guernica,” by composer Frederic Sharaf, with images provided by the Museo de la Paz de Guernica.

Sun 4/02 6:30 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance
The journey begins at sunset
Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – April 16, 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Monday, April 3

Mon 4/03 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613]
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present the Songlines Series:
Swedish composer and instrumentalist Biggi Vinkeloe talks about her experience of being a woman in a mainly male instrumental world, and then explores “instant” composition in collaboration with student improvisors.

Thursday, April 6

Thu 4/06 6:40 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance
The journey begins at sunset
Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – April 16, 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Thu 4/06 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15pm: TM Duplantis – 8 bit noise
8:45pm: Scy1e (Raub Roy – electronics)
9:30pm: Waxy Tomb (electronics)

Friday, April 7

Fri 4/07 6:40 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance
The journey begins at sunset
Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – April 16, 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Fri 4/07 7:30 PM Artiszen Cultural Arts Center [337 Georgia Street, Vallejo, CA]
The legendary saxophone giant, David Murray, and multi-percussion icon, Kahil El’Zabar, come together in a very dynamic and unforgettable duo!

Gordon Mumma Interview

Source: Emusician. This is a little dated but still worth a read. Interview by Andrew Raffo Dewar.

Gordon Mumma may be the most important innovator of electronic music you’ve never heard of. With any luck, that is changing with the recent publication of his book Cybersonic Arts: Adventures in American New Music (University of Illinois Press). Part memoir of a remarkable life at the center of 20th and 21st century American experimental music, and part a collection of Mumma’s thoughtful, provocative, and influential essays, the book introduces this pioneer to a new generation of sonic explorers.

Intakt Festival 2017 in London

Source: Vortex Jazz Club.

OO Sunday, April 16, 2017, 7.30 pm + 9.15 pm
BARRY GUY – 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
MAYA HOMBURGER – BARRY GUY
HOWARD RILEY TRIO WITH BARRY GUY & LUCAS NIGGLI
EVAN PARKER – BARRY GUY
JÜRG WICKIHALDER – BARRY GUY – LUCAS NIGGLI BEYOND

OO Monday, April 17, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
TREVOR WATTS – DIETER ULRICH
JAN GALEGA BRÖNNIMANN – ALY KEÏTA

OO Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 8.30pm+10.00pm
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER – LOUIS MOHOLO MOHOLO
OMRI ZIEGELE WHERE’S AFRICA

OO Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
IRÈNE SCHWEIZER – MAGGIE NICOLS
OMRI ZIEGELE NOISY MINORITY

OO Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
SCHLIPPENBACH PLAYS MONK
OMRI ZIEGELE – JOHN EDWARDS – MARK SANDERS

OO Friday, April 21, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
BUECHI – KINSELLA – EDWARDS – MARSHALL WOOD AND BONES
SCHLIPPENBACH TRIO

OO Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
INGRID LAUBROCK SLEEPTHIEF
SARAH BUECHI SHADOW GARDEN

OO Sunday, April 23, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
CHRISTOPH IRNIGER PILGRIM
AKI TAKASE – INGRID LAUBROCK

OO Monday, April 24, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
STEFAN AEBY TRIO
AKI TAKASE – RUDI MAHALL

OO Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
FLORIAN EGLI WEIRD BEARD
STEVE BERESFORD – JULIAN SARTORIUS

OO Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
SYLVIE COURVOISIER – MARK FELDMAN
PIERRE FAVRE DRUMSIGHTS

OO Thursday, April 27, 2017, 8.30 pm + 10.00 pm
PIERRE FAVRE SOLO
COURVOISIER – FELDMAN FEAT. EVAN PARKER

The Roulette in April

Source: New York’s Roulette.

MATT MITCHELL PLAYS FØRAGE (MUSIC OF TIM BERNE) // BERNE + MITCHELL DUO
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

CURATED BY MEREDITH MONK: PHIL KLINE WITH JIM JARMUSCH: NOT OK
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

FAST FORWARD: OCTOPODA + MUSIC FOR SOLO AND ENSEMBLES
MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

CONTEMPORANEOUS: TRANSCENDENTAL GEOMETRY
TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

INTERPRETATIONS: THOMAS BUCKNER W/ EARL HOWARD, JD PARRAN, TED MOOK, & ANDREW DRURY – WORKS BY ANNEA LOCKWOOD, SAM ASHLEY, EARL HOWARD, & DANIEL ROTHMAN
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

[GENERATE] ENSEMBLE FIRE & MOMENTA QUARTET: HUANG RUO’S SONIC GARDEN
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

[GENERATE] SPECTRAL STREAMS: ICE (INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE) AND ENSEMBLE L’ITINÉRAIRE
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Music and More Reviews

Source: Music and More.

Whit Dickey with Mat Maneri and Matthew Shipp – Vessel in Orbit (AUM Fidelity, 2017)
Ivo Perelman – The Art of Perelman – Shipp Volume 2: Tarvos (Leo Records, 2017)
Peter Brotzmann and Johannes Bauer – Blue City (Trost records, 2017)
Ivo Perelman – The Art of Perelman – Shipp Volume 1: Titan (Leo Records, 2017)

The Cornelia Street Cafe in April

Source: Cornelia Street Cafe.

Wednesday, Apr 12 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
BRANDON SEABROOK TRIO
Brandon Seabrook, guitar; Daniel Levin, cello; Henry Fraser, bass
Voted Best Guitarist NYC by the Village Voice 2012, Brandon Seabrook brings a brand new trio to Cornelia St. Cafe featuring Henry Fraser on bass and Daniel Levin on Cello. A seemingly chaotic avalanche of improvisation on strings, abruptly tamed by intricate composition.

Friday, Apr 14 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TONY MALABY QUARTET
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Leo Genovese, piano; William Parker, bass; Billy Mintz, drums Tony Malaby Quartet image
Tenor sax iconoclast Tony Malaby will premier a dynamic new quartet featuring some of the most far reaching improvisors on the NYC jazz scene.

Saturday, Apr 15 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TONY MALABY QUARTET
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Leo Genovese, piano; William Parker, bass; Billy Mintz, drums
Tenor sax iconoclast Tony Malaby will premier a dynamic new quartet featuring some of the most far reaching improvisors on the NYC jazz scene.

Thursday, Apr 20 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
CRUMP, LAUBROCK & SMYTHE, CD RELEASE: PLANKTONIC FINALES
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Cory Smythe, piano; Stephan Crump, bass Crump, Laubrock & Smythe, CD Release: Planktonic Finales Celebrating the release of their debut album, Planktonic Finales (Intakt), this new collaborative trio comprising three of NYC’s most distinctive musical voices reconvenes for an evening of spontaneous, communal musical Celebrating the release of their debut album, Planktonic Finales (Intakt), this new collaborative trio comprising three of NYC’s most distinctive musical voices reconvenes for an evening of spontaneous, communal musical invention.

Friday, Apr 21 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
CHRIS DINGMAN TRIO
Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Linda Oh, bass; Kenny Wolleson, drums
Chris Dingman is among the most celebrated composers and vibraphonists of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” his progressive approach has earned him praise as “an extremely gifted young composer, bandleader, recording artist, and much sought-after sideman” (Jon Weber, NPR). In this exclusive performance he unveils new compositions for trio exploring sonic and textural possibilities of the vibraphone, featuring an impeccable rhythm section.

Friday, Apr 28 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TOMAS FUJIWARA & THE HOOK UP
Tomas Fujiwara, drums, comp.; Adam Hopkins, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Brian Settles, tenor sax; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
In describing Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, Jim Macnie of The Village Voice says, “The drummer has named his band appropriately. Ensembles can go anywhere if the intra-group chemistry is cooking…Fujiwara sounds like he’s got his mates on speed dial.”