San Francisco Scene: June 30 – July 7, 2017

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, June 30

Fri 6/30 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
ZOFO: Eva-Maria Zimmermann; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

Fri 6/30 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704]
Sound Underground is a compact trio with an expansive imagination.

Saturday, July 1

Sat 7/01 12:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 2017, 12pm and 2:30pm
Occupy: a site-specific journey through an urban garden
Stephan Koplowitz and Axis Dance
Music composed by Pamela Z

Sat 7/01 7:00 PM Chalaca Annexo [428 Third St. (@ Broadway), Oakland, CA 94607]
Celebrate the Bay Area’s own rich Latin Jazz heritage, cultivated by Cal Tjader, as Steve McQuarry presents Tribu on Saturday, July 1st. Join the anniversary celebration party with special Peruvian treats. The band performs all shows and celebration 7-10pm at Chalaca Annexo, 428 Third Street (@ Broadway) in Oakland.

Sunday, July 2

Sun 7/02 12:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 2017, 12pm and 2:30pm
Occupy: a site-specific journey through an urban garden
Stephan Koplowitz and Axis Dance
Music composed by Pamela Z

Sun 7/02 7:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Cuddle Magic, Grex at Studio Grand
Brooklyn-based chamber pop band Cuddle Magic joins forces with Oakland art rock monsters Grex for an evening of music at once fun, incendiary, and sublime.
Cuddle Magic
Cuddle Magic is a band from Brooklyn, NY. They play dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.
Grex: Karl Evangelista-gtr, voice, dms, Rei Scampavia-keys, voice, dms
Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California, exploring the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz.

Monday, July 3

Mon 7/03 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Atwal/Evangelista/Ochs (improvised music)
(Hamir Atwal-dms, Karl Evangelista-gtr, Larry Ochs-sax)
Set #2: Sound Underground Trio (modern jazz)
(David Leon-sax, Alec Aldred-tpt, Jonah Udall-gtr)
Set #3: Lost Planet (guitar-based free music)
(Dave Slusser-sax, Len Paterson, Steve Clarke-gtrs, Thomas Scandura-dms)

Mon 7/03 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Full Moon Heart + MFB Trio + Richter & Fluke-Mogul Duo

Thursday, July 6

Thu 7/06 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Ben Richter – accordion
9pm: Ives Band
Zachary Hazen, and Mia Bella D’Augelli, violins; Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone; Andrew Jamieson, Brett Carson and Ben Zucker, keyboards; Aaron Oppenheim, latpop; Tim DeCillis, percussion

Thu 7/06 8:00 PM Joe Goode Annex [401 Alabama SF]
SAFEHouse Arts Summer Performance Festival: Linda Bouchard: Identity Theft

Friday, July 7

Fri 7/07 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
MicroFest North: Opening Reception, Dennis Aman, Parsing the Octave
At this second opening reception of MicroFest North, experience the work of Dennis Aman and his furthering the work of Ivor Darreg in small equal temperaments. Interview with Bart Hopkin, Dennis Aman and The Living Earth Show and demonstration of the instruments at 7pm.

Fri 7/07 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Sarah Cahill
Sarah Cahill, piano
Luciano Chessa Green Sea West Coast Premiere
plus World Premieres by Kyle Hovatter and Ricky Crews

AMN Picks of the Week: McPhee, Smith, & Fielder / The Soundbyte / Humcrush / Grdina, Houle, Loewen, & Delbecq / Noah Kaplan

English: Ståle Storløkken, moers festival 2009

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Joe McPhee / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder – Six Situations (2017)
The Soundbyte – Solitary IV (2017)
Humcrush (Thomas Strønen / Ståle Storløkken) – Enter Humcrush (2017)
Grdina / Houle / Loewen / Delbecq – Ghost Lights (2017)
Noah Kaplan Quartet – Cluster Swerve (2017)

AMN Reviews: Simon Vincent – Stations of the Cross (Vision of Sound)

As a symbolic reenactment of the Via Dolorosa – Christ´s tortuous route to the cross and his “passion, death, resurrection and glorification,” according to Catholic catechism – stations of the cross likely began to appear throughout Christendom in the fifteenth century. As ritual performance art for the faithful without priestly interdiction, the stations demand active physical and mental engagement from participants – prayer, reflection, walking to the next station.

In composing Stations of the Cross, British composer and pianist Simon Vincent was inspired equally by his own visit to Jerusalem in 2015 and the installation Forest Stations by William Fairbank, displayed in Lincoln Cathedral and featured on the cover of this release. Prologued by an earlier piece, “Meditations on Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane”, which perfectly dovetails with the sixteen newly-written, brief movements of Vincent´s quietly powerful suite, the silence within is as deliberate and essential as the chords, which while agile as jazz are few and far apart, at times separated by absolute prairies of silence. Sometimes Vincent´s fingertips seem to only hover above the keys, brushing over rose petals or pricked by thorns. Sometimes the silence will be broken dramatically, even dissonantly. Regardless, each time there is ample opportunity for contemplation as they tone away.

Inspired by one work of visual art, perhaps Vincent´s Stations of the Cross comport even more resonantly with another, Barnett Newman´s stark, human-size paintings of the same name. For Newman, a non-observant Jew, the stations are not so much a palpable representation of the Paschal account but rather attest to the human condition in general – “Lema sabachtani – why did you forsake me?” – the question without answer, each and every man and woman´s agony, “the agony that is single, constant, unrelenting, [and] willed,” as he wrote in the accompanying catalogue. This fate connects us all, something which Vincent refers to in his liner notes: “It is intended that the work opens up reflection upon and discussion of the image of a sole human figure weighed down with burden, an image which for me raises issues of the relationship of the individual to a society and a state which are not only capable of looking away but also of allowing suffering, themes of truly vital relevance to us today.”

A piece for piano both intellectually open-ended and emotionally stimulating.

Stephen Fruitman

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Fred Frith performing in Wallingford,...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn // Julian Lage & Gyan Riley! Burning Ghosts! Matthew Shipp / Rob Brown / William Parker! Larry Ochs Drumming Core Guests! Henry Kaiser Guitar Duos: Derek Bailey / Fred Frith / Eugene Chadbourne / Nels Cline / Elliott Sharp..! Satoko Fujji & Natsuki Tamura!

Kate Gentile / Matt Mitchell / Jeremy Viner / Adam Hopkins! Oregon! Tanya Kalmanovitch & Mat Maneri! Andy Haas! Bill Orcutt! Arto Lindsay! Christian Marclay & Okkyung Lee! Plus Archival Discs from Bob Marley! King Tubby & Aggrovators! Stan Getz! J.J. Johnson! Benny Golson!

Grateful Dead and Inner Peace: Mainstream Records: Harold Land! Hadley Caliman..! Plus Vinyl from: Mat Maneri & Tanya Kalmanovitch! Maggi Payne! Loren Connors! Bruce Ditmas! Paul Panhuysen! Dick Higgins! Terry Fox and the Flower Travellin’ Band!


Sunday, July 2nd:

Sunday, July 9th:

Super Rare Night Saturday, July 15th Set:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

Sunday, July 16th:

Sunday, July 23rd:

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Elliott Sharp/Mary Halvorson/Marc Ribot – Err Guitar (Intakt)

Melaine Dalibert — Ressac (Another Timbre)

Hear In Now – Not Living in Fear (International Anthem)

JD Allen – Radio Flyer (Savant)

Various Artists — Monika Werkstatt (Monika Enterprises)

Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

Source: The New York Times.

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY at Jazz Standard (July 4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). With Secret Society, his 18-piece ensemble, the composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue makes music with a metallic and alkaline bite, often drawing on political inspirations. His latest album, “Real Enemies,” released last year, is a meditation on famous American conspiracy theories. Sonically, its cousins are the arrangements and compositions of Bob Brookmeyer; the orchestral works of Morton Feldman; and even, occasionally, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time. Here Secret Society plays a sampling of new compositions, including the 40-minute suite “Tensile Curves” and the piece “Flux in a Box,” written for David Foster Wallace.

CELEBRATING ALLAN HOLDSWORTH at the Iridium (July 5-7, 8 and 10 p.m.). The guitarist Allan Holdsworth, who died this year, applied a fluid and clement touch to his instrument, lending a humane appeal to a brand of jazz-rock fusion that otherwise might have been too esoteric or bombastic for most listeners. Although he never achieved broad stardom, his legato playing and protean harmonic flow influenced a generation of guitarists. Over three nights at the Iridium, a core ensemble featuring veterans of Holdsworth’s band will be joined by esteemed guitarists from the worlds of jazz, metal and fusion: Nir Felder, Alex Skolnick, Alex Machacek and Tim Miller.

TYSHAWN SOREY at the Stone (July 5-9, 8:30 p.m.). As a drummer, Mr. Sorey is liable to make complex, reticulated patterns with a serious and almost inexplicable density. But he also plays trombone, piano and electronics — and he’s just as interested in exploring slow, viscid harmony, or music that verges on silence. For his residency at the Stone, he will perform in duos with the vocalist Jen Shyu (Wednesday) and the saxophonist John Zorn (July 8); in a quartet (next Friday); and alone (July 9).