RIP Misha Mengelberg 

English: Misha Mengelberg in Austin, Texas apr...

Sad news as Dutch pianist and composer Misha Mengelberg has passed away at age 81 after a long bout with dementia.

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New Releases From 12k

Source: 12k.

Taylor Deupree – Somi

Somi is the new full-length from Taylor Deupree following 2014’s Faint (12k1073/12k2025). The release comes packaged as a CD inside a 20-page hardbound book of Deupree’s photographs that inspired the creation of the music. For the music, made with a small number of instruments (electric piano, glockenspiel, DX7, handheld cassette recorder) Deupree originally set out to create a follow-up to his classic album Stil.. Steeped in subtle repetition and soft electronic sound, Stil. explored themes of time and change. However, Stil. was created with purely electronic means – software synthesizers and looping algorithms which explored the then-novel frontier of DSP based “microsound.” With a strong desire to bring the aesthetics of Stil. to his current way of working Deupree used no software or automatic looping, instead opting for the imperfections of creating “loops” by hand. The result is warm and quietly decayed work of spare, discreet tones and dozens of interwoven slow polyrhythms that create repetitions that constantly fall apart and shuffle themselves back together. While these ideas of phase relationships are not new in music, nor to Deupree’s catalogue of work, it was the way he approached the composing that was different, and more challenging, than his work in the past. Wrapped up warmly in the sonics of cassette players and cheap built-in speakers, Somi’s dusty melodies sit quietly, but uneasily, and question the passing of time and present one of Deupree’s most alluring albums to date.

Gareth Dickson – Orwell Court

Gareth Dickson is ghostlike. From the dark outskirts of Glasgow he has sent three studio albums into the world – Collected Recordings (2009), The Dance (2010) and Quite A Way Away (2012). These albums have bewitched a growing inner circle, including some of the most innovative musicians around today – Juana Molina and Vashti Bunyan to name just two. Gareth has been the only constant member of Vashti’s touring outfit over the past ten years and latterly they have stripped down to a duet on their worldwide travels. Vashti indeed makes a spectral apparition on the first track of Gareth’s new album Orwell Court.

Will Samson – Lua

In contrast to his recent album, Ground Luminosity (which was meticulously crafted over a period of two years), Lua showcases Samson’s ability to improvise and create spontaneously, with equally engaging results, using his beloved tape machines (from a microcassette recorder to 1/4” reel-to-reel) to produce organic and textural soundscapes that are soaked with deep mood and emotion.

San Francisco Scene: March 3-10, 2017

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, March 3

Fri 3/03 7:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]

HARDLY STRICTLY PERSONAL 2017 – A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art — 3 nights of free and spirited musical innovation inspired by the Music, Words and Visual work of the late Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart)

Fri 3/03 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

An evening of audiovisual improvisations and live coding with Shawn Lawson/Ryan Ross Smith, and James Fei/Bill Hsu/Gino Robair

Saturday, March 4

Sat 3/04 7:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
HARDLY STRICTLY PERSONAL 2017 – A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art — 3 nights of free and spirited musical innovation inspired by the Music, Words and Visual work of the late Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart)

Sat 3/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jenny Maybee (piano, vocals) and will present a concert of new music on the theme “Sacred Landscapes” at the Center 4 New Music in San Francisco. Join the band for an exploration of the inner and outer landscapes, for an evening of innovative composition and improvisation.

Sat 3/04 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Toychestra: 20 Years, featuring Toychestra & Fred Frith, New Zombies, members of Eskimo, Peter Conheim, and Myles Boisen

Sunday, March 5

Sun 3/05 7:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
HARDLY STRICTLY PERSONAL 2017 – A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art — 3 nights of free and spirited musical innovation inspired by the Music, Words and Visual work of the late Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart)

Sun 3/05 8:30 PM Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street SF]
Arrington de Dionyso of artpunk mainstays Old Time Relijun and Malaikat dan Singa will be performing with his new project: THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS. TSKF is a a contemporary iteration of spiritual free jazz in a politicized context – abstraction in music as a form of protest. He is traveling with a variety of instruments including saxophones, clarinets, Aztec and Indonesian flutes, and the PVC bromiophone that he invented.

Monday, March 6

Mon 3/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Casey Grev: New Works for Saxophone + Media
Saxophonist Casey Grev plays new and recent works for solo saxophone, including electronics and multimedia. Featuring works by Georges Aperghis, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Ann Cleare, Dai Fujikura, Ravi Kitappa, Alex Mincek, and more.

Mon 3/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: ZE BIB!

Wednesday, March 8

Wed 3/08 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Andy Kozar – Solo Trumpet + Electronics
Trumpet virtuoso, Andy Kozar, present as program of recent pieces for trumpet and electronics followed by a set of improvisations with a team of local performers including Tania Chen (piano), Ken Ueno (voice), and Matt Ingalls (clarinets).

Wed 3/08 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Wednesday’s Best: Scott Amendola’s Orchestra di Pazzi featuring Wil Blades, Zachary James Watkins, Henry Kaiser, Phillip Greenlief, Ben Goldberg, Aurora Josephson, Crystal Pascucci, Rob Sudduth, Lisa Mezzacappa, Steve Adams, and more!

Thursday, March 9

Thu 3/09 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Opening Reception for Pacific Resonance
Join Sasha Leitman to celebrate her exhibit “Pacific Resonance,” on display in the Window Gallery through April 29. Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM.

Thu 3/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00pm Foreignfire ensemble (voices) with Berlin based drummer Daniel Schröteler
8:40pm Ze-Bib – Shanna Sohdahl – cello/electronics, Robert Lopez – drums
9:20pm Elliot Simpson – acoustic guitar

Thu 3/09 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Signal Flow is a four-day music festival, held annually in the spring, featuring graduate work in composition, performance and multi-media installation from the distinguished Mills College Music Department. Concerts are held in the historic Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall with installations and multi-media works in various locations throughout the campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Thu 3/09 8:00 PM Exploratorium [Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa presents the newest edition of ORGANELLE, a composition for improvisers inspired by scientific processes.
Part 1: Premiere! Lisa Mezzacappa, bass + Wayne Grim, electronics and sonification of SF Bay tides data
Part 2: Percussion Quartet of Gino Robair, Kjell Nordeson, Jason Levis, Mark Clifford

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Sunday, March 5th:
6pm: MUSIQUE LIBRE FEMMES QUARTET: CHERYL PYLE / JAMIE BAUM / CLAIRE DALY / CLAIRE de BRUNNER – 2 Flutes, Baritone Sax and Bassoon!

Sunday, March 12th: CD Release Set for Rob Price’s New Trio!
6pm: ROB PRICE / BEN GALLINA / ANDY O’NEILL – Guitar / Bass / Drums
7pm: NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTONOVIC / NICK JOSWIAK / ZACH SWANSON BASS TRIO

Sunday, March 19th:
6pm: JULIAN KIRSHNER / DAN FANDINO / SAM WEINBERG / GERRIT HATCHER
7pm: JEFF PLATZ / DMITRY ISHENKO / DALIUS NAUJOKAITIS

Sunday, March 26th:
6pm: NLH – Solo Guitar!
7pm: SEAN ALI – Solo Contrabass!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Cosy

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Craig Taborn Quartet With Chris Speed! Two from Satoko Fujii: Kaze Sextet & Orchestra Tokyo! Rob Price Trio! Three from Leap of Faith! Seven from Leo: Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger/Mat Maneri/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver! John Butcher Trio Kimmig!

Simon Nabatov Plays Monk! Frank Gratkowski & Sebi Tramontana! Alex Von Schlippenbach & Bertand Denzler Trio! Kent Carter & Itaru Oki! Two from Mode: Alvin Lucier & Langston Hughes!

Historic Recordings & Restocks from Lovely Music! Frank Zappa 1974! Chicago Blues! Jorge Ben! Three Great Albums from Peter Brotzmann/ Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink Albert Mangelsdorff! Barney Wilen! Dorothy Ashby! Ed Sanders! More and More and More..!

Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Bill Frisell, moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

‘GAME OF THRONES’ LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE at Madison Square Garden (March 7, 8 p.m.). The HBO saga “Game of Thrones” will come to life in a concert by the composer of the series’s music, Ramin Djawadi, who will lead an 80-piece orchestra and choir. The musicians will perform from multiple daises, including the King’s Landing stage, named for the capital city of the show’s fictional Seven Kingdoms. There will also be striking visual effects, including pyrotechnics and simulacra of “Game of Thrones” sites like Castle Black. The show’s actors are not scheduled to appear, but Mr. Djawadi hopes to provide an immersive experience. As he told The Chicago Tribune, “You feel like you’re there with the characters.”
866-858-0008, thegarden.com

STEVE COLEMAN REFLEX at the Jazz Gallery (March 3-4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Coleman’s adamant alto saxophone dances in and out of his own systems, avoiding harmonic resolution and toying with the experimental funk rhythms he composes. A MacArthur fellow, he often travels the globe in search of inspiration, rhythmic and otherwise. Mr. Coleman’s most recent album, “Synovial Joints,” featured a 21-piece orchestra, but at the Jazz Gallery he appears in a trio, with his longtime collaborators Anthony Tidd, on bass, and Sean Rickman, on drums. Expect relentless, bottom-heavy, tuneful interplay.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

BILL FRISELL TRIO at the Village Vanguard (March 7-12, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). In his examinations of nostalgia, the guitarist Mr. Frisell doesn’t much challenge our love of bygone times. Instead, his glimmering music seems to question the limits — and the essence — of memory. His most recent album, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” features classic tunes from American cinema; the renditions are lulling and picturesque but not altogether soothing. Mr. Frisell, who turns 66 this month, will begin a two-week stint at the Vanguard with six nights alongside the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Rudy Royston.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

JON IRABAGON at the Stone (March 7-12, 8:30 p.m.). Hear a saxophonist as effortlessly versatile as Jon Irabagon and maybe you’ll think, He’s got this too easy. Mr. Irabagon doubles on alto and tenor saxophone, and he gamely switches from straight-ahead jazz to astringent post-metal ( his guitar-sax-drums combo, wryly named I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But the Blues). Swallow your doubts: There’s conviction in everything he plays, and often a sense of raffish provocation. Over the course of this weeklong residency at the Stone, Mr. Irabagon will perform with a different ensemble each night.
212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com