San Francisco Scene: September 8-15, 2017

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, September 8

Fri 9/08 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Jenny Scheinman and Myra Melford
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Fri 9/08 7:00 PM Diesel Bookstore [5433 College Ave Oakland, CA 94618]
Del Sol String Quartet
Del Sol performs selections from their latest album “Dark Queen Mantra”, with some discussions and album signing.
with musicologist Derek Katz as moderator

Fri 9/08 8:00 PM Brava Theater [2781 24th St San Francisco]
SFEMF, night 1:
Aaron Dilloway
Las Sucias
Suki O’Kane

Saturday, September 9

Sat 9/09 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
September 9—Saturday
Noon until 2pm SHARP!
R K Faulhber—————Mod Life Crisis——-Ape Parts——-
—Kevin Lo———-Wooly Mari’s Guillotine

Sat 9/09 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Wooden Fish Ensemble plays Hyo-shin Na’s Music
Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts
3:00 PM
$15 – $20

Sat 9/09 4:00 PM River Bank [332 Georgia Street, Vallejo CA 94590]
David Dunn, Cheryl E. Leonard, Jen Boyd, Jorge Bachmann and Kevin Corcoran
Re:Sound is part of the 2017 Visions of the Wild Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is Changing Landscapes. Artists will engage with ecological change through sound, multimedia performance, and lecture.

Sat 9/09 4:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Reception for San Francisco Electronic Music Festival

Sat 9/09 8:00 PM Brava Theater [2781 24th St San Francisco]
San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Night 2:
JH1.FS3 (Puce Mary / Liebestod)
Kaori Suzuki
Dax Pierson

Sat 9/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Hastings, Mayock, and Smith: Textural Resonance
Textural Resonance features three artists (John P. Hastings, Ben Mayock, and Andrew C. Smith) utilizing text as the focus of their musical works. The performances explore the anthropocene, semantics, and guestbooks via the deconstruction of language and the operatic tradition.

Sat 9/09 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
In Too Deep is a new monthly curated by electronic music duo KYN (Josh Casey & Yari Bundy) in association with Studio Grand. Occurring every 2nd Saturday, the series will feature local artists specializing in the darker side of experimental dance music. Incorporating Bay Area experimental traditions and the sounds of Berlin’s underground dance scene, In Too Deep seeks to create a space for those left wanting more from the current sound of commercialized electronic music, and to present an audiovisual landscape incorporating rhythm, noise, and atmosphere.

Sunday, September 10

Sun 9/10 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
“KOTO PLUS ONE” Hyo-shin Na’s Music Shoko Hikage, koto/bass koto, Yuki Yasuda, koto/bass koto & Thomas Schultz, piano

Sun 9/10 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Ensemble Ari
Jean Ahn’s Archimedes’ Principle plus works by Bartók, Dohnányi, and Schumann.

Sun 9/10 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Bari Blaster Meets the Moe!strator
Jon Raskin – saxophones, Moe! Staiano – percussion
8:30 pm Lords of Outland
Philip Everett – drums, percussion, electronic autoharp, Ray Schaeffer – electric basses
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones
Unhinged free improvisation to thematic compositional suites inspired by abstract and socio-political poetry, science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

Sun 9/10 8:00 PM SFEMF [Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street SF]
SFEMF, Night 3:
Suzanne Ciani
Beast Nest
Waxy Tomb

Monday, September 11

Mon 9/11 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Jakob Pek Solo + Annie May Willis Solo

Tuesday, September 12

Tue 9/12 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Sung Kim/Brian Pedersen Duo
Robert Lopez (percussion) w/Deborah Karp and Megan Nicely (dancers)
Robin Hiroko Walsh solo

Wednesday, September 13
Wed 9/13 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Our September show will feature sounds by S.F. Skatchbox duo T.D. Skatchit featuring Bruce Ackley of ROVA and Aurora Josephson. Later in the evening Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery will be performing new works for violin and voice.

Wed 9/13 9:30 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Ornettology Side Two

Thursday, September 14

Thu 9/14 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Seiyoung Jang – Electronics
9pm: Kim Nucci – Electronics

Friday, September 15

Fri 9/15 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Timothy Johnson: Solo Piano
Timothy Johnson composes patterned based compositions for piano that are mixes impressionism with minimalism. He will be performing pieces from his last album as well as new unreleased works.

Fri 9/15 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Annual Darius Milhaud concert with Kate Campbell and Amy Zanrosso performing two piano music by Milhaud, Stravinsky, Tailleferre, Rzewski, and Cage.

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Christoph Schiller & Morgan Evans-Weiler — Spinet and Violin (Another Timbre)

Mike Reed – Flesh & Bone (482 Music)

Mario Pavone – Vertical (Clean Feed)

Rova Saxophone Quartet w/ Kyle Bruckmann and Henry Kaiser — Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited (Clean Feed)

Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin String Trio – Im Hellen (Hat[now]ART)

Classical Music in NYC This Week 

Source: The New York Times.

ARGUS QUARTET at Miller Theater (Sept. 12, 6 p.m.). Miller Theater’s enjoyable pop-up concerts — free entry, drinks on tap — get underway for the year with an interesting program from a quartet that is about to enter a graduate residency at the Juilliard School. On the bill are Ted Hearne’s “For David Lang,” Kerrith Livengood’s “This Is My Scary Robot Voice,” Garth Knox’s “Satellites” and Andrew Norman’s “Peculiar Strokes.”

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE at Abrons Arts Center (Sept. 8-9, 8 p.m.). It’s hard to think of contemporary music in New York without thinking of ICE, the collective that does so much for composers already recognized and those who will be shortly. This year’s OpenICE season begins with a weekend of festivities, including workshops for families and two concerts. On Friday, hear music by Suzanne Farrin, Matthias Pintscher and Misato Mochizuki, among others; on Saturday, there are pieces by Dai Fujikura, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Mario Diaz de Leon.

New World Records Releases

Source: New World Records.

George Lewis: Assemblage
Composer(s): George Lewis
Ensemble Dal Niente; Michael Lewanski, conductor
George Lewis (b. 1952) combines an astonishing level of creativity with trenchant critiques of many traditional conceptions about experimental music. The four compositions on this album reference a wide range of ideas, from rhetoric in Ancient Rome to actor network theory, and the album’s eponymous composition finds its grounding in the concept of the “assemblage,” (or agencement in French) a pragmatic, material, non-teleological approach to composition.

Keeril Makan: Letting Time Circle Through Us
Composer(s): Keeril Makan
Keeril Makan (b. 1972) composed his longest instrumental work to date, Letting Time Circle Through Us (2013), on commission for the New York City-based ensemble Either/Or, with whose musicians Makan has worked intimately over the course of many years and on several projects. The larger trajectory of Makan’s musical explorations has not been a linear one, so this close collaboration was invaluable in arriving at the final recorded realization of the project.
Either/Or: Russell Greenberg, percussion; David Shively, cimbalom; Dan Lippel, acoustic guitar; Taka Kigawa, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; John Popham, cello

Jazz in NYC This Week

Source: The New York Times.

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Sept. 11- 12). Since 2003, the trumpeter Dave Douglas has led the Festival of New Trumpet Music, an ecumenical celebration hitting its 15th year this week, with events on seven straight nights. Highlights include a five-trumpeter conclave on Saturday at the Stone’s glass box at the New School; an award ceremony and panel discussion on Sunday honoring Charles Tolliver, the postbop trumpeter; and this two-night run featuring Keyon Harrold, Marquis Hill and Maurice Brown, trumpeters who mine the fault line between funk, hip-hop and straight-ahead jazz.

ETHAN IVERSON TRIO WITH RON CARTER AND BILLY HART at Jazz Standard (Sept. 12, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Iverson, a pianist, has played in the Bad Plus since 2000. But in December he will leave that trio of louche provocateurs to focus on his own solo career (as both a musician and a writer). He will have more time to explore partnerships like this one, in which he’s joined by two jazz luminaries: Mr. Carter, a bassist and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, and Mr. Hart, a tonally astute drummer with a thriving career as a bandleader. 212-576-2232,

BUTCH MORRIS AND RADICAL BLACK COMPOSITION at Issue Project Room (Sept. 12, 8 p.m.). The cornetist-composer Butch Morris, who died in 2013, is best remembered as the inventor of conduction, a technique in which a conductor guides improvisers in a flow of collective invention. This event includes a panel on his legacy, moderated by the writer Adam Shatz and featuring the critic-musician Greg Tate, the musician-scholars George E. Lewis and Mary Jane Leach, and the multi-instrumentalist Brandon Ross. Mr. Ross will also perform. 718-330-0313,

MATANA ROBERTS: ‘BREATHE …’ at Roulette (Sept. 14, 8 p.m.). The alto saxophonist and narrative artist Matana Roberts has accrued a devoted following over the past seven years, largely thanks to her evocative “Coin Coin” suite, a continuing series of experimental, often operatic compositions investigating her family’s complex history in the American South. At Roulette, Ms. Roberts will debut “Breathe …,” a work of music and visuals that turns her historically minded, revelatory gaze on the militarization of police in the present day, and on the consequences it has wrought across the United States. 917-267-0368,

Interview with Chris Pitsiokos 

Source: Jazz Right Now.

JazzTokyo (JT): It’s been 5 Years since you first appeared in Brooklyn Improvised Music Scene. How do you think your mindset has been changed since then?

Chris Pitsiokos (CP): While my aesthetics have changed substantially, my artistic goals have remained relatively constant. I believe that artists can attain something universal through intense introspection and intuition. In this way, I believe the personal and the universal are often the same. (Given current trends in anthropology, sociology, and identity-politics-obsessed left and right wing American politics, that seem to deny the existence of any kind of universally shared sentiment, this is an unpopular stance.)

I also believe that in ensemble playing, the compositions should allow for the greatest amount of freedom possible for each of the performers to express their unique musical voices. In this way, each performer is forced to stand on his/her own and express his/her own interpretation of the personal/universal through the music. If one performer fails in this, the whole piece can fail. These have basically been my goals for the last five years, and I believe they will continue to be my goals.