Newsbits: Roscoe Mitchell / Natura Morta / Chicago/London Underground / Colin Stetson / The Encephalophone

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009

I Care If You Listen reviews the new release from Roscoe Mitchell.

Jazz Right Now reviews Natura Morta’s Environ.

Pop Matters reviews the newish album from Chicago/London Underground.

Colin Stetson is interviewed regarding his latest album.

And finally, now you too can turn brain signals into music with the encephalophone.

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San Francisco Scene: July 21-28, 2017

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, July 21

Fri 7/21 11:30 AM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
The twentieth annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival convenes young poets from around the world for several days of workshops, showcases, and other events across the Bay Area. We are pleased to host two quarterfinal poetry slam competitions at BAMPFA. See the full schedule of events at bravenewvoices.org.

Fri 7/21 6:00 PM Montalvo Arts Center – Park Grounds [15400 Montalvo Road Saratoga, CA 95070]
Now Hear This!
Art on the Grounds Opening Celebration
The opening celebrations will include various sonic performances and opportunities for interactive engagement by visitors. It will also feature a tribute to the work and life of Pauline Oliveros, a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music, and her commitment to cultivating radically receptive listening.

Fri 7/21 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Friction Quartet

Fri 7/21 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
MicroFest North: Parsing the Octave, Contemporary Compositions in Small EDOs

Saturday, July 22

Sat 7/22 9:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Fantastical soundscapes and avant-dub reggae come together with Rob Ewing’s Junior Reggae and trombonist Naomi Moon Siegel. Opening the bill is the psychedelic chamber songs of Aaron Kruziki & Education Reform.

Sunday, July 23

Sun 7/23 2:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Eye and Ear Control: ESP-Disk’ on Film
Guest curated by Brian Belovarac
A selection of short films on the evolution and formation of what came to be called free jazz through the form’s earliest adopting record label, ESP-Disk’.

Sun 7/23 5:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Touch the Gear Expo, Vamp Pop-Up Record Shop and KFJC 89.7FM
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
a hands-on, family-friendly exposition! come roam among inventors and musicians while experiencing sound producing gear, computers, instruments and inventors with their various different configurations!
free admission

Sun 7/23 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
75 Dollar Bill / Bill Orcutt
75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style.
Born in Miami in the year of Cuban missile crisis and educated in Florida’s finest institutions, Bill Orcutt is usually recognized as the co-founder of the band Harry Pussy.

Tuesday, July 25

Tue 7/25 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Evil Genius – Usufruct
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
KFJC FM 89.7FM co-presents this Free wheeling open improvisation at the Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival! Advance Tickets at:
Advance Tickets to the 16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Featuring: Max Kutner – guitar; Stefan Kac – tuba; Michael “Bonepocket” Lockwood – drums
Polly Moller – flutes; voice; Tim Walters – electronics

Wednesday, July 26

Wed 7/26 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Animals and Giraffes – Collette McCaslin/Amy Reed/Mark Pino
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
KFJC FM 89.7FM co-presents this intersection of text, sound, percussive and subtle winding in and out of synergy at the Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival! Advance Tickets at:
Advance Tickets to the 16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Featuring: Eveyln Davis – piano; Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Aurora Josephson – voice; Claudia La Rocco – voice/text; John Shiurba – guitar
Collette McCaslin – trumpet/soprano saxophone, percussion; Amy Reed – guitar, voice

Thursday, July 27

Thu 7/27 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Sheldon Brown’s Blood of the Air – neem
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
KFJC FM 89.7FM co-presents this beat-era Surrealist poetry, raw melodic and improvisational propulsion at the Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival! Advance Tickets at:
Advance Tickets to the 16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Featuring: Sheldon Brown – composer, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Darren Johnston – trumpet; Lorin Benedict – voice; Andrew Joron – theremin; Dave MacNab – guitar; John Finkbeiner – guitar; Dan Zemelman – Piano; Vijay Anderson – drums; Alan Hall – drums
Gabby Fluke-Mogul – violin, Kelley Kipperman – double bass

Friday, July 28

Fri 7/28 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Amaranth Quartet
Musicians:
Emily Botel, violin • Abigail Shiman, violin • Erica Zappia, viola • Helen Newby, cello
Program:
Joseph Haydn – Op. 33 No. 3, “The Bird”
Sahba Aminikia – The Wind Will Blow Us Away
Haley Shaw – Visceral Studies
Claude Debussy – String Quartet in G minor

Fri 7/28 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Surplus 1980 – Voco
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
KFJC FM 89.7FM co-presents experiments in post-punk and no wave pushing the edges of music at the Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival! Advance Tickets at:
Advance Tickets to the 16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Featuring: Bill Wolter – guitar; Melne -guitar/vocals; Mark Pino – drums; HL Nelly -bass; Moe! Staiano – percussion/vocals
Alex Yeung- guitar; Tim Sullivan- drums; Josh Martin- bass

Interview with Brian Brandt of Mode Records

Source: Atavist.com.

I lived in New York and would go to concerts every week. John Cage would go to a lot of concerts too, and I would see him there. One day at the intermission of a concert, Cage was sitting by himself and I asked him if there were any new recordings coming out. He said, “Oh, well, these musicians were playing these new works of mine very beautifully, but no one seems to want to record them.” I just said, “Maybe I can do it.” He replied, “Oh, that would be marvelous,” and gave me his phone number. A few months later I called him and said, “John, I think I can do this now.” That’s how Mode Records started in 1984.

Interview with Nels Cline

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Source: For Guitar Players Only.

Many know Nels Cline these days as lead guitarist for Wilco since 2004, playing on the group’s last five studio albums and enlivening its shows with his adventurous, sometimes idiosyncratic but always fascinating array of improvisations. The 61-year-old California native’s career was well-established before joining Wilco, however. Learning to play music alongside his twin brother, Alex, Cline boasts a lengthy resume in rock, jazz and, by his own acknowledgement, noise, including collaborations with Banyan, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt and Julian Lage, memberships in BLOC, the JAH Band and the Geraldine Fibbers, and his own Nels Cline Trio and Nels Cline Singers, which includes his wife Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto. He’s also had a fertile solo career that includes his latest release, the conceptual 2016 set Lovers. The now Brooklyn-based Cline is almost always working on something, and, not surprisingly, it’s almost always something worth talking about…