San Francisco Scene: July 28 – August 4, 2017

English: Knoel Scott (left) and Danny Ray Thom...

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

Saturday, July 29

Sat 7/29 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Karen Borca Trio | Positive Knowledge
16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
KFJC FM 89.7FM co-presents avant-Garde Jazz and Free Creative World Music Systems at the Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival! Advance Tickets at:
Advance Tickets to the 16th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
Featuring: Karen Borca – bassoon; Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass; Donald Robinson- drums
Oluyemi Thomas – bass clarinet; Ijeoma Thomas – voice; Hamir Atwal- drums

Sunday, July 30

Sun 7/30 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
HUSH Series — summer 1: insects

Monday, July 31

Mon 7/31 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: The Noriegas + Oji and the Ascension Team

Wednesday, August 2

Wed 8/02 8:00 PM SAFEhouse Arts [1 Grove St. SF]
RAW presents Arina Hunter, Rayla Meshawn, and Katarina Countiss

Thursday, August 3
Thu 8/03 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Sun Ra Arkestra

Thu 8/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Owen Stewart-Robertson – Guitar/Voice
9pm: Brad Henkel – Trumpet (Germany)

Thu 8/03 8:00 PM SAFEhouse Arts [1 Grove St. SF]
RAW presents Arina Hunter, Rayla Meshawn, and Katarina Countiss

Friday, August 4

Fri 8/04 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Sun Ra Arkestra

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Classical Music in NYC This Week 

Source: The New York Times.

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE at Hearst Plaza (July 28, 7 p.m.). The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival offers this tribute to the composer Pauline Oliveros, who died last year. The band universally known as ICE will play three works in this free, open-air concert: “Applebox Double,” “Heart of Tones” and “One Hundred Meeting Places.”
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors

JACK QUARTET at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (Aug. 3, 8 p.m.). Part of the superb Time Spans festival, which also features intriguing Talea Ensemble concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday, this performance is devoted to the New York premiere of a new work by John Luther Adams, “Everything That Rises,” a string quartet piece based on an upward journey through the harmonic series.
800-838-3006, dimennacenter.org

SO PERCUSSION at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (Aug. 2, 10 p.m.). The Mostly Mozart Festival’s A Little Night Music series, with its perch above the city and its free wine, begins another season with this superlative quartet playing John Cage’s “Living Room Music” and “Credo in US,” as well as Caroline Shaw’s “Taxidermy” and Viet Cuong’s “Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine.”

The Problem with NPR’s ‘150 Greatest Albums Made by Women’ List 

Julie Tippetts

Source: The Stranger. NPR recently published a list of the 150 greatest albums made by women, and of course, some parties took issue. Here, the Stranger provides a list of its own that includes Annette Peacock, Julie Tippetts, Sarah Davachi, Éliane Radigue, Catherine Ribeiro, Moor Mother, and many others.

NPR’s list of “Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women” has been generating much internet chatter and many arguments, and spurred a handful of counter lists. The Stranger has a history of nitpicking about such lists, and this new one spearheaded by highly respected veteran journalist Ann Powers has also triggered our reactionary impulses. Now, NPR’s feature contains many worthy entries, but it seems like a missed opportunity to expose the public to more obscure and adventurous female musicians. NPR’s list—composed by several respected music journalists and radio DJs—strikes me as an attempt at canon-building and a corrective toward many media outlets’ diminishment/erasure of non-male cultural creativity. But my main problem with the feature is that it comes off as the 21st-century internet equivalent of the Rolling Stone Album Guides of the ’70s and ’80s. Essentially, it suffers from the same pervasive conservative groupthink as those tomes.

All lists of this ilk are, of course, purely subjective and when compiled by committee, prone to hive-minded middle-of-the-roadness. That being said, NPR’s list possesses several stone classics with which I agree 100 percent: Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda, the Pretenders’ self-titled debut, Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening, Slits’ Cut, Raincoats’ self-titled debut, Grace Jones’s Nightclubbing, Diamanda Galás’s Litanies of Satan, Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, Laurie Anderson’s Big Science, Nico’s Chelsea Girls, Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, the Bangles’ All Over the Place, and others.

However, NPR’s critical consortium largely ignored records made by avant-garde composers, electronic-music producers, and jazz musicians. Perhaps it wasn’t on Powers and company’s agenda to go that deep into the underground, but I think it would’ve been more worthwhile to spotlight artists working in these fields than to devote precious space to huge pop stars who’ve already accrued overwhelming mindshare.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Ken Vandermark/Klaus Kugel/Mark Tokar – “Escalator” (NotTwo Records, 2017)

ZWERV – “ZWERV Live” (Creative Source Recordings, 2017)

Bulliphant – “Hightailing” (Creative Source Recordings, 2017)

Danny Kamins / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder / Joe Hertenstein – “After Effects” (FMR, 2017)

Mike Reed – “Flesh & Bone” (SR, 2017)

Roots Magic – “Last Kind Words” (Clean Feed, 2017)

Annea Lockwood Interview

Source: VAN Magazine.

The composer Annea Lockwood has been inspired by a lifelong fascination with timbre to record the sounds of rivers across the globe, to incorporate the sounds of the cosmos into her installations, to attach a music box to 20 helium balloons, and to set defunct pianos on fire just to listen to them burn. She has worked with composers, performers, poets, visual artists, and choreographers from Pauline Oliveros to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and is also an Emerita Professor at Vassar College. I spoke to Lockwood on the phone while she was in Montana for the summer, and even though I couldn’t see her face, I could hear the smile in her voice as she answered my questions with thoughtfulness and good humor.