San Francisco Scene: May 5-12, 2017

Lou Harrison

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, May 5

Fri 5/05 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
MicroFest North: Opening Reception, Iconoclast Centennials
Panel discussion and demonstrations with Larry Polansky, William Winant, Daniel Schmidt and Jonathan Glasier. Join for a celebration of alternate tuning with works by Harrison, Colvig, and Darreg, all of whom would have turned 100 this spring.

Fri 5/05 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Kasey Knudsen Sextet

Fri 5/05 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Clarinet Thing
Sheldon Brown, Eb, Bb, bass clarinets; Beth Custer, Bb, A, alto, bass clarinets; Ben Goldberg, Bb, contralto clarinets; Harvey Wainapel, Bb, bass clarinets

Fri 5/05 8:00 PM Episcopal Church of St. John [1661 15th St]
Wild Rumpus presents premieres by Brian Baumbusch and Carolina Heredia plus music by Lou Harrison and J.L.Adams; featuring handmade puppetry, just intonation guitar, and homemade percussion!

Fri 5/05 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Novi_sad at the 2017 Gray Area Festival
On Friday night of the Gray Area Festival, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Novi_sad join us for an evening of auditory painting and sculptural soundscapes.

Saturday, May 6

Sat 5/06 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa St between Harrison & Alabama SF]
Pamela Z and Donald Swearingen will perform a 3-night run of Pascal’s Triangle

Sunday, May 7

Sun 5/07 11:00 AM KFJC 89.7 FM []
“The Eternal Question” – The Don Preston Special
4 hour overview of the career of keyboardist Don Preston, from the 1950s to today.

Sun 5/07 5:00 PM SAFEhouse Arts [1 Grove St. SF]
Strange Thoughts Salon Night

Sun 5/07 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Kaori Suzuki & Kris Force, duo
Kaori Suzuki – resonating metals/strings, electronics; Kris Force – transducer activated cello
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute; Jim Peterson – alto sax, flute; Bill Noertker – contrabass; Jason Levis – drums

Sun 5/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
MicroFest North: An Evening with Sarah Cahill, Lou Harrison on the Piano

Sun 5/07 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa St between Harrison & Alabama SF]
Pamela Z and Donald Swearingen will perform a 3-night run of Pascal’s Triangle

Monday, May 8

Mon 5/08 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Eco Ensemble/BNMP | premiere of new work for oboe & electronics by Maija Hynninen

Tuesday, May 9

Tue 5/09 7:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Avenue Berkeley 94704]
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents an experimental/free jazz concert and jam with the Lisa Mezzacappa Quartet, a workshop for musicians who want to learn more about free improvisation and how to structure free improvisation as a group. Led by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, the band will be Cory Wright, reeds; John Finkbeiner, guitar, and Jason Levis, drums.

Tue 5/09 7:00 PM Cyprian’s Center [2092 Turk St (turk at lyon in NOPA area) San Frqncisco Ca]
Lingua Incognita Session Nights is an open ensemble improvisation session – Avant and Electric ad Free Jazz

Tue 5/09 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents
LURK/CREEPS a grouping of Kelvin Pittman-Paul Costuros-Randylee Sutherland making a Reeds/Traps sound with a focus on bouncing off each other calls and responses and striking higher chords
Christine Bonansea
The Deconstruction Of What You Know
Josh Allen: saxophone
Henry Kaiser: guitar
William Winant: drums
Timothy Orr: drums

Wednesday, May 10

Wed 5/10 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Harrison
An evening of music by the composer Lou Harrison, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth.

Wed 5/10 7:00 PM KFJC Radio [89.7 FM]
Vibrations of Fallen Angels: The Heliocentrics and their Music
The Heliocentrics are a London based psychedelic music collective who have broken the boundaries between funk, rock, electronic, ethnic traditions, and experimental music. We?ll explore their new kind of psychedelia as we share the best of all their releases from the very first to the latest.

Wed 5/10 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For our first of two May events at Canessa Gallery we are excited to present an evening of abstract electronic music by Medial Ages (London), Kio Griffith (Los Angeles) and Eurostache (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 11

Thu 5/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Doug Lynner – analog modular synthesizer
9pm Stevie Richards with Shanna Sordahl – cello/electronics, Robert Lopez – percussion

Friday, May 12

Fri 5/12 8:00 PM Orange Room [2885 Ettie St, Oakland, CA 94608]
Music of Images:
Experimental sound/theater pieces written, designed, and directed by Julie Moon, Sam Genovese, and Brett Carson
Advance tickets available at

Fri 5/12 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Help KYN celebrate the one year anniversary of their release of their debut EP, Worlds. The night kicks off with an opening performance from Will Gluck, followed by a listening party of the EP accompanied by live visuals from Taurin Barrera. Afterwards, KYN will perform a set of new music exploring new sonic landscapes inspired by their recent trip to Berlin. More…

AMN Reviews: TenHornedBeast – Death Has No Companion (2017; Cold Spring Records)

TenHornedBeast is Christopher Walton, a longtime purveyor of dark ambiance. This latest release, Death Has No Companion, features haunted soundscapes over three tracks totaling almost 60 minutes.

The opening, The Wanderer consists of long, slow, drones of electronics and stringed instruments. The drones are layered and oscillatory, with an occasional metallic character. The Lamentation of Their Women begins with repetitive processed piano chords over more droning, in a style reminiscent of William Basinski‘s works. This slowly builds, adding feedback and distortion, almost into a full-on noise wall. In Each Of Us A Secret Sorrow, the longest track, exhibits a deliberate pacing and includes more electronic / string drones, as well as cymbal flourishes.

Overall, the album evokes a haunted primeval land, sparsely populated and foreboding. Unseen dangers lurk nearby. But the traveler of this land is so caught up in his own sorrow that he may be oblivious to peril. Death Has No Companion is bleak, dark, and desperate, all good reasons to give it a listen even if nihilism is not your thing.

Michael Heller Interview

Source: IASPM-US.

In Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s (UC Press, 2016), Michael Heller explores the complex history of the loft jazz scene. This past March, John Petrucelli conducted an expansive interview with Heller, examining the entangled archival, social, and historical dynamics explored in the book. Loft Jazz weaves a narrative arc that relies upon the shifting socio-economic, cultural, and racial discourses within New York City as well as the spirit of self-determination and experimentalism that drove transformations in the jazz scene. In Part I, “Histories,” Heller argues the period is best understood “not as a musical style or even a type of venue, but rather as an interrelated set of presentational practices” (60). This model provides a wide lens through which to examine the explosion of self-produced programming in 1970s New York. Part II, “Trajectories,” frames the discussion with an exploration of broad themes ranging from freedom and community to space and the archive.

Read our review of Heller’s book:

Coming to Detroit

English: Alan Licht Français : Alan Licht

Source: Trinosophes.

Friday, May 5: Dave Rempis solo and with guests, Spectrum 2, Molly Jones debuts Microliths

One of the stalwart’s of Chicago’s creative music scene, Dave Rempis at the age of 22 was asked to replace veteran saxophonist Mars Williams in the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents.

During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop the many Chicago-based groups and international collaborations for which he’s currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Many of these groups have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Not Two, Clean Feed, Solitaire, and Utech record labels.

Also on the bill is the veteran improvisor Skeeter Shelton’s Spectrum 2 and the debut of Microliths, a new group from Molly Jones. Members of both ensembles will join Rempis following his solo set.
Doors at 8 pm; $10 min.

Wednesday, May 17: NEWN concert with Stephen Boegehold and Michael Malis.
Noontime concert featuring Stephen on drums and Michael on piano/keys. Free!

Monday, May 22: Elgar, Way of Dreams
The European experimental trio Elgar features Swiss improvised music legend Hans Koch (Cecil Taylor, Marc Ribot, John Zorn) on baritone saxophone, along with Flo Stoffner guitar (Paul Lovens, Rudi Mahall, Dewey Redman) and Lionel Friedli (Marc Ribot, Elery Eskelin) drums. Veering towards the electric and angular, this group often sounds like it has a No-Wave rhythm section riding below the broad sonic foreground. Opening the show is Way of Dreams, also a new, rocking experimental music group from Stephen Boegehold.
Doors at 8 pm; $8.

Coming Soon:
6/6: Alan Licht

Jazz in NYC This Week 

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

THE BAD PLUS at Jazz Standard (May 9-14, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Thanks to its group chemistry (slyly combustible) and repertoire (dissected pop tunes; slap-happy original compositions), the Bad Plus has for nearly two decades been one of improvised music’s most reliable entities. But last month the band announced that Ethan Iverson, its pianist and de facto figurehead, would leave the group in January, to be replaced by Orrin Evans. These shows are the band’s first in New York since the news broke.

HARRIS EISENSTADT at Greenwich House Music School (May 6, 8 p.m.). Mr. Eisenstadt, a drummer, tends to write music with a steady rhythmic pulse and a feeling of open-air possibility. On “Recent Developments,” his 20th album, the compositions are detailed and multifaceted, but nothing feels nailed down or tightened up. His way of playing helps: Mr. Eisenstadt’s touch is emphatic but light, never aiming to fill a lot of space. He plays here with a nine-piece band that’s almost identical to the one on the record: Nate Wooley on trumpet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Rubin Kodheli on cello, Anna Webber on flute, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, Joe Daley on tuba, Patricia Brennan on vibraphone and Eivind Opsvik on bass.

VIJAY IYER TRIO at the Village Vanguard (May 9-14, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). The pianist, MacArthur fellow and Harvard professor Vijay Iyer has been performing steadily with his trio for about a decade. The group’s urgent flow and turbid harmonic beauty have made it one of the few obvious answers to the question, “What’s exciting in jazz today?” But astonishingly, it has never before played the Village Vanguard, a rite of passage in the music. Appearing here with Mr. Iyer, in twice-nightly performances Tuesday through May 14, are the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey (who does not typically record with the trio, but will play in a sextet on Mr. Iyer’s next album).

JOHN SCOFIELD RETROSPECTIVE at Jazz at Lincoln Center (May 5-6; 7 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Scofield, a guitarist, has a tartly confectionary sound that’s both bendy and biting. It’s served him well over a four-decade career, and it won him three Grammys in the past two years. For these weekend shows, he’s borrowing a strategy from his dad-rock contemporaries: He will revisit two old albums, the funky “Blue Matter,” from 1987, and the drifting, acoustic “Quiet,” from 1996. For the “Blue Matter” repertoire he’ll be joined by the bassist Gary Grainger and the drummer Dennis Chambers — both of whom appeared on the album — and the pianist Jim Beard. For “Quiet,” he’ll convene a large ensemble featuring six reed and horn players, including the tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano.

JOHN ZORN’S GAME PIECES at Roulette (May 6, 8 p.m.). Each of Mr. Zorn’s game pieces begins as a series of guiding cues and rules written on cards. They end as high-contrast splays of sound, ranging from melodic solo statements to coordinated wallops. Mr. Zorn, a saxophonist and seminal figure on New York’s improvising avant-garde, has staged “Cobra” and “Hockey” — the game pieces presented here — many times through the years. “Cobra” uses a large ensemble; “Hockey” will feature only Michael Nicolas on cello and Aaron Edgcomb on percussion, with Mr. Zorn conducting.