AMN Reviews: Goldberg, Brown, and Anderson – The Reckoning (2017; Minus Zero)

Minus Zero is a new label started by Vijay Anderson, Ben Goldberg, and Dina Maccabee. All of the proceeds from album sales are donated to Planned Parenthood. This is the first review of what will (hopefully) be several covering the label’s releases.

This trio date from 2015 features Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Sheldon Brown on alto sax, and Vijay Anderson on drums. The eleven mostly-short tracks involve rolling contrapuntal melodies from Goldberg and Brown over Anderson’s supple percussion. Though solidly in a free-jazz vein, Goldberg and Brown alterante between providing main themes over which the other improvises shifting motifs. This adds an element of structure to an otherwise unpredictable mix. Their playing encompasses a modern form of post-bop; familiar, yet angular and discordant. Anderson’s contribution could be described in a number of ways, but a cross between Alex Cline and Chris Corsano is one. He establishes timing in a busy and mercurial fashion, playing in response to his bandmates as well as stretching out on his own. But the trio is at best when each is exploring within the context of the group’s spontaneously transforming orientations and frames of reference.

AMN Picks of the Week: Marateck / Dan Phillips Quartet / Barbiero & Bocci / TeHÔM / Iurta

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.

Marateck – Time is Over (2017)
Dan Phillips Quartet – Converging Tributaries (2017)
Daniel Barbiero / Cristiano Bocci – Non-Places (2017)
TeHÔM – Live Assault (2017)
Iurta – Notes Toward a Mental Breakdown (2017)

San Francisco Scene: August 11-18, 2017

Source: Bay Improvisor.

Friday, August 11

Fri 8/11 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
LIVE MUSIC! ZE BIB! / Kattt Atchley & Ron Heglin & Lorin Benedict

Saturday, August 12

Sat 8/12 11:00 AM Fairmont San Jose [170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA]
The Neo Jazz Men, featuring Charles “The Xman” Xavier and Clifford “CB3” Brown III. Expect the unexpected from abstract and augmented voicings created through electronica, percussion and trumpet.

Sat 8/12 4:00 PM Fairmont San Jose [170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA]
The Neo Jazz Men, featuring Charles “The Xman” Xavier and Clifford “CB3” Brown III. Expect the unexpected from abstract and augmented voicings created through electronica, percussion and trumpet.

Sat 8/12 7:00 PM Mission Dolores Basilica [3321 16th St., San Francisco CA 94114]
SUMMER OF LOVE, San Francisco Lyric Chorus will perform choral music by Eric Whitacre, Eriks Esenvalds, Ola Gjeilo and Verdi at Mission Dolores Basilica on Saturday, Aug 12 at 7pm and Sunday, Aug 13 at 5pm.

Sat 8/12 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704]
Jenny Maybee’s “eloquent and heart stopping” piano playing and vocals have been hailed as “expertly balanced,” with her voice described as “exquisite” and “in the same league” as Billie Holiday, and her piano stylings compared to Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor. Jenny’s trio, featuring Shimpei Ogawa (bass) and Hamir Atwal (drums), will bring an evening of innovative music to The Back Room. Rooted in the jazz and classical traditions, yet always breaking new ground, the trio will present original compositions and arrangements of favorite jazz standards.

Sat 8/12 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza (around the corner from Awaken Cafe) Oakland, CA 94612]
Pro Arts presents a night of three contemporary experimental music duos at the top of their game: Ahleuchatistas, touring from North Carolina, and locals, IMA and Voicehandler.

Sunday, August 13

Sun 8/13 11:00 AM San Jose Museum of Art [110 S. Market, San Jose, CA]
The Neo Jazz Men, featuring Charles “The Xman” Xavier and Clifford “CB3” Brown III will perform new electronica arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions. Regarded for their high level of creativity and new interpretations, the pieces from this series are influenced by Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett. Expect the unexpected from abstract and augmented voicings created through electronics, percussion and trumpet.

Sun 8/13 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Guillermo Galindo & Lisa Sangita Moskow
Guillermo Galindo, guitar & electronics; Lisa Sangita Moskow, electric sarod
with special guests Steve Devas, percussion; Jack Foley, poet, and more!

Monday, August 14

Mon 8/14 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Our August show will feature sounds by the Lincoln, NE / San Francisco trio Drame, Headboggle and Ze Bib!

Wednesday, August 16

Wed 8/16 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thea Farhadian and Tim Perkis/Carter Scholz Duo
Thea Farhadian will present her solo work for violin and interactive electronics. Structures from her album, Tectonic Shifts (released Nov. 2016), and further improvisations in a similar direction will be explored in tonight’s performance. Tim Perkis (electronics) and Carter Scholz (piano, electronics) will present a set of improvisations and collective compositions coming out of their decade-long collaboration.

Thursday, August 17

Thu 8/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm TD Skatchit (Tom Nunn & David Michalak – skatchboxes) with Polly Moller (bass flute) and Doug Carroll (cello)
8:40 pm Bad Luck (Seattle)
Neil Welch tenor saxophone/electronics, Chris Icasiano – drums
9:20 pm Ignition Duo
Ramon Fermin and David Gonzales – guitars

Friday, August 18

Fri 8/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Drum Dialogues: Jim Santi Owen and Sameer Gupta
Jim Santi Owen and Sameer Gupta represent diverse backgrounds in multiple percussion traditions including North and South Indian classical percussion, Jazz, and New Music. Owen and Gupta, along with special guests, will a present an evening of duet and solo percussion compositions and improvisations on tabla, kanjira, morsing, thavil, drumset, and other percussion.

Coming to Detroit’s Trinosophes

Source: Trinosophes.

Saturday, Aug, 12: Jonathan Taylor Quintet with Jaribu Shahid, Marcus Elliot, Mike Malis and Molly Jones plus Ben Willis (solo)
New music from this ensemble featuring some of our favorite Detroit improvisors. These mostly younger musicians are joined by one of Detroit’s true heavyweights, Jaribu Shahid (Griot Galaxy, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Roscoe Mitchell Sound Ensemble etc.). The inimitable Ben Willis opens the show with his solo, extended-technique double-bass set.
Jonathan Taylor- drums
Jaribu Shahid- bass
Michael Malis- piano
Molly Jones- winds
Marcus Elliott- winds
Doors at 8 pm; $10 suggested donation.

Monday, Aug, 14: Andrea Pensado, Domestique, Cygnus
Argentine sound artist Andrea Pensado left the world of academic composition to pursue electronics and improvisation. She was a member of the trio Los Condenados and has released the solo album, Without Knowing Why. Her touring partner, Domestique, makes dance music from home appliances. Psych-blues courtsey of Detroit’s Cygnus (Heath Moreland and Glen Moren) gets the show started.
Doors at 8 pm; $7.

Coming Soon
8/18: Balance Duo (Malis/Elliot)
8/26: Kenneth Green’s Relativity
9/4: Nakatani Gong Orchestra
9/9: Keir Nueringer
9/16: Swell, Gjerstadt, Strom, Nilssen-Love
9/19: Hans-Joachim ROEDELIUS! with Hydro Park and Dave Shettler
9/22: New Music Detroit’s Strange and Beautiful Music opening night
with music by Khemia Ensemble, Juxtatonal: Jocelyn Zelasko and Bryan Hayslett, YAK, Joel Peterson (with Lisa Raschiatore clarinet, James Greer viola, Abby Alwin cello), NewMusicDetroit (featuring cellist Una O’Riordan) and Rebecca Goldberg

The Rich History—and Present—of Latin American Prog

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The “classic prog rock” category usually contains heavy hitters like King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Can, and possibly Le Orme—bands hailing from Britain, Germany, and Italy making complex, technical concept albums about themes like madness and alien invasion, or taking rock down improvisational paths into new worlds. Less storied are the tales of Latin American bands, even though the prog scene in Latin America has a long history and a surprisingly vital present.