AMN Reviews: Nathan Hubbard and Vinny Golia – Hunter’s Moon (2017; Castor & Pollux Music)

Percussionist Nathan Hubbard teams up for the first time with wind-instrumentalist Vinny Golia for a 70-minute duet. Hubbard’s 2016 release, Furiously Dreaming, was a favorite, and Golia is no stranger to anyone who follows west coast creative music. Hunter’s Moon is a full set recorded live in San Diego late last year. Consisting of one long track entitled What Are You Looking For? Oh, Two Doors Down…, the album is essentially a free-improv workout from two who are adept at that style.

Hubbard applies his usual rattling, unconventional technique, playing kit drums and controlling field recordings and samples along the way. His contributions eschew anything resembling a steady rhythm, as he uses his drums and associated objects as a co-lead to Golia.

Golia begins on flute, alternating between clean blowing and dissonance. At about the seven-minute mark, he switches to sax. Here, he shows Steve Lacy influences as he lays down flowing, melodic lines that gradually become more frantic. Around 39 minutes, he switches over to bass instruments and takes a more ponderous approach. He finishes up on soprano.

Throughout, Hunter’s Moon explores numerous tempos, textures, and styles. Hubbard and Golia alternative between playing off of each other and forging their own paths in parallel. As percussion / wind duet albums go, you can’t do much better.


San Francisco Scene: May 19-26, 2017

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, May 19

Fri 5/19 8:00 PM St. John’s Episcopal Church [14 Lagunitas Rd Ross, CA 94957]
Marin Baroque Presents:
The Fantastical Mr. Biber: the experimental harmonies, virtuosity, and modernism of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Fri 5/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aluminati – David Samas, Tom Nunn, Ian Saxton and Derek Drudge – presents its premiere performance using all metal instruments including aluminum rods suspended on inflated balloons (harmonic rods), stroke rods, end-struck rods, heat-bent rods (zing trees), bowls, chaseplate and other metallic paraphernalia. The harmonic and enharmonic chorus of tones are heard through varyingly dense harmonic/percussive textures with melodic elements, hocketing and other contrapuntal relationships, within an architectural compositional context.
RTD3 – Ron Heglin (trombone, voice), Tom Nunn (original instruments) and Doug Carroll (cello) – have played together for decades. Ron speaks, sings and chants songs and stories from unrecognizable languages. Tom brings his own unique sounds of an alien kind of music with his original instruments. Doug celloistically sings the melodies of a mind and soul divested of any sense of normalcy!

Saturday, May 20

Sat 5/20 7:00 PM Sound and Savor House concerts [West Oakland, private residence. Only given out to those who register]
Jane Rigler solo flute and 4 course cherry menu

Sat 5/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
PC Muñoz’s HALF-BREED featuring Yvette Holzwarth

Sat 5/20 7:30 PM Mission Dolores Basilica [3321 16th St, San Francisco]
Other Minds Festival 22 Concert Two: Gamelan Masterpieces

Sunday, May 21

Sun 5/21 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Audience & participants encouraged to donate some cash for space rental. Over by 10pm.

Monday, May 22

Mon 5/22 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Nathan Clevenger Group

Tuesday, May 23

Tue 5/23 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Eurythmy: Haco /Latifa Medjdoub & Haco/ Nava Dunkelman/ Jakob Pek/ Gabby Fluke-Mogul

Wednesday, May 24

Wed 5/24 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
EFFT & The Green Mitchell Trio

Thursday, May 25

Thu 5/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Long Tone Choir
9pm Phillip Greenlief/Scott Walton duo

Thu 5/25 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Miscreants: Ben Goldberg, Trevor Dunn, Scott Amendola

Thu 5/25 8:00 PM Museum of Performance and Design [893B Folsom St. San Francisco]
Eurythmy #2: Latifa Medjdoub & Haco / Tania Chen / Wobbly / Dereck Phillips

Friday, May 26

Fri 5/26 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Rova Saxophone Quartet

Fri 5/26 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Kyle Motl: Transmogrifications – Solo Contrabass

Fri 5/26 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street, Oakland]
Temescal Arts Center Presents 8:30 pm DunkelpeK: Jakob Pek, guitar; Nava Dunkelman, percussion 9:30 pm Trevor Dunn, bass; Phillip Greenlief, reeds

Infrequent Seams Festival 2017 in NY, June 19-22

Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.

Infrequent Seams Festival 2017
June 19-22, starting at 7pm each night

$15 Admission per night

Willow Place Auditorium
26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights
2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall or A/C/F/R to Jay St

New York record label Infrequent Seams partners with The SEM Ensemble and The Anagram Ensemble to present a series of concerts that celebrate the long history of musical experimentation in New York and beyond. Featuring artists from the Infrequent Seams roster, a special performance by the SEM Ensemble, a series of solo performances from members of the Anagram Ensemble, and a handful of other exciting local artists, the festival promises to bring an expansive array of musical stylings in an informal setting.

Monday June 19, 7pm:
Providence Research Ensemble: Music of J. P. A. Falzone (CD Release)
Paul Giallorenzo / Andrew Drury / James Ilgenfritz
Anagram Solos: Sara Schoenbeck
Anagram Solos: Megan Schubert
Robbie Lee / James Ilgenfritz / Brian Chase
Sarah Weaver: “Sound In Peace”
Matthew Goodheart
Muyassar Kurdi

Tuesday June 20, 7pm: SEM Ensemble
Petr Kotik: “Many Many Women”
Philip Glass: “Two Pages”
Petr Kotik: “There is Singularly Nothing”
Petr Kotik: “Etude 7” (Jacqueline LeClair, oboe)

Wednesday June 21 7pm:
Mellissa Hughes / Philip White
Bhob Rainey / James Ilgenfritz
Anna Vitale reads from Detroit Detroit
Chris Cochrane / Stuart Popejoy
Lester St Louis
Josh Sinton
HOT DATE: Shayna Dulberger / Chris Welcome
Kathleen Supové, Jennifer Choi, & James Moore: World Premiere from James Ilgenfritz Anagram Solos: Dan Blake (music by Marcelo Toledo)
Anagram Solos: Nathan Koci, “Lowlands” by James Moore
Roberta Michel: “Happy Days” by Arthur Kampela

Wednesday June 22, 7pm:
Ben Richter: Panthalassa (CD Release)
Andie Springer / James Moore Play Robert Ashley & More
Thomas Buckner / Steve Swell Duo
Object Collection
Andie Springer plays music by Jonah Rosenberg
Anagram Solos: Martha Cargo
Anagram Solos: Ty Citerman
Anagram Solos: James Ilgenfritz, “Blue Bass” by John King (World Premiere)
Anagram Ensemble: “Stone Guitars” for four guitars by Richard Carrick
Anagram Ensemble: “Dragon Rite” for contrabasses, by Michael Byron
Jacquelin Kerrod: “Phalanges” by Arthur Kampela

Jazz in NYC This Week

Alice Coltrane

Source: The New York Times.

THEO BLECKMANN, AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE AND SHAI MAESTRO at National Sawdust (May 21, 7 p.m.). Here’s an abbreviated index of Mr. Bleckmann’s personal canon: Bush, Kate; Dickinson, Emily; Ives, Charles; Sondheim, Stephen; Tin Pan Alley, composers of. A theatrical but elusive vocalist and composer, Mr. Bleckmann is also a curator in residence at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. On Sunday he’ll be joined there by the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and the pianist Shai Maestro (a frequent collaborator) for a night of acoustic-electric exploration.

JANE IRA BLOOM TRIO at the Cornelia Street Café (May 21, 8:30 p.m.). The rare jazz musician to focus solely on the soprano saxophone, Ms. Bloom draws a somber and focused sound from the instrument. Her 2016 album, “Early Americans,” her first in a trio setting, played up the contrast between her horn and the pulsing bass of Mark Helias. That group, rounded out by the drummer Bobby Previte, comes together again for this show at the Cornelia Street Café to revisit the Bloom originals on that recording.

THE ECSTATIC WORLD OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA at the Knockdown Center (May 21, 6 p.m.). “World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda” is something like a fabled scroll that’s washed ashore. The album is the first official collection of the recordings Coltrane made at the Vedantic Center, an ashram she founded and ran in the last decades of her life. There she led a choir and experimented with both acoustic and electric instruments from around the world, recording the results but never releasing them to a wide audience. This concert, which closes the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, includes one set by Sai Anantam Singers of the Vedantic Center and another by a jazz ensemble featuring the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (Alice’s son), the bassist Reggie Workman and the harpist Brandee Younger.

ROMAN FILIU QUINTET + 2 at the Cell Theater (May 20, 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Filiu, an alto saxophonist from Santiago de Cuba, has a clear and straight-seeing tone. He uses it to navigate his own molten compositions, which may linger on a single chord for a good while without seeming to be at rest. Since moving to New York in 2011, Mr. Filiu has played alongside Henry Threadgill, David Virelles and many others. But his solo work — at once cogitative and kinetic — has its own allure. For this show he’s assembled a remarkable band: Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, David Bryant on piano, Rashaan Carter on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums. The tenor saxophonist Maria Grand and the percussionist Roman Diaz appear as special guests.

Classical Music in NYC 

Source: The New York Times.

BANG ON A CAN at the Museum of Modern Art (May 23-24, 7 p.m.). As part of MoMA’s continuing Robert Rauschenberg’s exhibition, Bang on a Can will explore avant-garde composers related to that artist and more. Tuesday’s concert includes music by Christian Wolff, Christian Marclay, Bryce Dessner, Anna Clyne and Morton Feldman; Wednesday’s, directed by Todd Reynolds, dwells on Rauschenberg’s work with John Cage and David Tudor, and includes a performance of Cage’s beguiling “Atlas Eclipticalis.”

LOOK & LISTEN FESTIVAL at BRIC House (May 19, 8 p.m.). Pairing new music with new art, this free festival has three concerts this year, and perhaps the most interesting is the second, on Friday. Hosted by Lara Pellegrinelli, it includes So Percussion playing Paul Lansky’s “Springs,” Yarn/Wire in Zibuokle Martinaityte’s “Unique forms of continuity in space,” and both sets of percussionists in parts of Michael Gordon’s “Timber.” There’s also work by Jen Shyu and Nina C. Young, with Ensemble Échappé. (The last concert is on Sunday afternoon at the Studio Museum in Harlem).

NOVUS NY at Trinity Wall Street (May 19-20, 8 p.m.). Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 is music of Mahlerian scale, a 100-minute work requiring five solo singers, a choir and a children’s chorus. Mr. Glass doesn’t stint on philosophical ambition in the piece, either, its 12 movements aiming high with titles like “Joy and Love,” “Judgment and Apocalypse,” and “Evil and Ignorance.” Julian Wachner conducts Trinity’s new-music ensemble, with arrayed voices. If you’re feeling brave, the performances are free.