San Francisco Scene: October 6-13, 2017

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, October 6

Fri 10/06 8:00 PM The Back Room [The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave. Berkeley, CA]
Original, creative, and singable, this group celebrates their forthcoming second CD, “Bump This On The Regular”. Reckless deep grooves, incendiary guitar, and spontaneous happiness. The Actual Trio is John Schott, guitar, Dan Seamans, bass, and John Hanes, drums.

Fri 10/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A Woman’s Point of View – An Evening of Art Song with Winnie Nieh and Paul Dab
Experience love, loss, struggle, strength and Mother Nature with soprano Winnie Nieh and pianist Paul Dab. Featuring distinguished female composers Clara Schumann, Libby Larsen, Emma Logan, Julie Barwick and Rita Zhang, this program is sure to delight!

Fri 10/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Solo-Duo-Trio: Vertebrate & Nucci/Josephson Duo & John McCowen

Saturday, October 7

Sat 10/07 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Angela Morris & Myra Melford
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, October 8

Sun 10/08 4:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
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 Jon Arkin (drums), will bring an evening of innovative music to CJC. Rooted in the jazz and classical traditions, yet always breaking new ground, the trio will present original compositions and arrangements of favorite jazz standards. More…

Monday, October 9

Mon 10/09 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki Duo + James Fei

Tuesday, October 10

Tue 10/10 7:00 PM Kala Art Institute [Kala Art Institute 2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702]
Turntable Drawing No. 17 with Clay/Fischer/Kobe/Lorio/Wong: Turntable Drawings, a project by composer Danny Clay and visual artist Jon Fischer will join forces with the US-Swiss trio of Christian Kobe (sax), Frantz Lorio (viola) and Theresa Wong (cello/voice) for a night of sonic and visual alchemy.

Tue 10/10 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Tatsuya Nakatani, Kevin Corcoran, Jacob Felix Heule, Robert Lopez, Marshall Trammell, and Karen Stackpole percussion sextet
– Kevin CK Lo
– Aurora Josephson + Kim Nucci duo

Wednesday, October 11

Wed 10/11 6:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
RECOMBINANT Festival is a five day showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs and presented at Gray Area from Wednesday,October 11th to Sunday, October 15th.

Wed 10/11 9:30 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Ornettology Side Three

Thursday, October 12
Thu 10/12 6:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
RECOMBINANT Festival is a five day showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs and presented at Gray Area from Wednesday,October 11th to Sunday, October 15th.

Thu 10/12 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Tatsuya Nakatani, solo percussion

Thu 10/12 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15pm: Fathers (Derek Gedalecia & Nathan Bowers – noise & classical guitar)
8:45pm: Forest Management (drones from Chicago)
9:30pm: Felisha Ledesma (samplers/electronics)

Thu 10/12 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Katinka Kleijn, cello and Samuel Adams, electronics
Cellist Katinka Kleijn (ICE) and composer Samuel Adams present an evening of electroacoustic works for cello.

Thu 10/12 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Adria Otte Solo + Kobe/Lorio/Wong Trio
Join us for a night of improvised music from the Bay Area and beyond, featuring a solo electronics set by Adria Otte and the US-Swiss collaboration of Theresa Wong (cello), Christian Kobe (sax) and Frantz Lorio (viola).

Friday, October 13

Fri 10/13 6:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
RECOMBINANT Festival is a five day showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs and presented at Gray Area from Wednesday, October 11th to Sunday, October 15th.

Fri 10/13 7:00 PM 500 Capp Street – The David Ireland House [500 Capp Street San Francisco, CA 94110 – walking distance from mission area BART stations]
World Premiere of BELLINGHAM FOR DAVID IRELAND – a MAP SCORE by Phillip Greenlief, performed by karen stackpole (gongs), Phillip Greenlief, tenor saxophone, wobbly (electronics), kelley kipperman (contrabass), gabby fluke-mogul (violin), aurora josephson (voice) zachary james watkins (electronics), carl ludwig hubsch (tuba). Doors at 7, the one-hour performance will start at 7:30 sharp!

Fri 10/13 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
The international trio of Theresa Wong (cello), Christian Kobe (saxophones) and Frantz Lorio (viola) came together for the first time in 2016. In their improvised music, the three quickly found a synergy in the focused exploration of acoustic sounds and the transformation of these sounds through amplification. Like a ‘microscope’ set to an image, the trio reveals the rich microcosm of their instruments through extended playing and mic techniques. Their music can be likened to the electrically pulsating din of a nocturnal insect colony.

Fri 10/13 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Fred Frith: Solo Guitar

Fri 10/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
GCG presents: Siroko Duo (music of our time)

Siroko Duo partners with the Guerrilla Composers Guild for three world premieres that combine music, technology, and culture to present music of our time.

Coming to Detroit’s Trinosophes

Source: Trinosophes.

Friday Oct 6: Cortex (Norway), Chatoyant
It must be almost autumn, because our late summer series of outstanding Norwegian improvisors is coming to end. In this final installemnt, we present some of the hottest next generation Nordic musicians with the return of Cortex. The group plays in a style very reminiscent of Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, with a touch of funk-soul jazz and blistering Fire Music to boot! Closing the show is another kind of Fure Music- in the form of Detroit’s sonic portal-crossing adventurers, Chatoyant.
Matthew Smith James Baljo, Marko Novachcoff, Joel Peterson.
Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 suggested donation.

Saturday, Oct 7: Mothlight Microcinema presents The Khalil Brothers
The Khalil brothers are the indigenous duo from Sault Ste Mariewho made INAATE/SE- a heady film experience that combines traditional documentary and experimental to unhinge the linear path and explore how tribal prophecy resonates down the generations in their Great Lakes region. Using personal interviews, animated drawings, performance, and provocative inter-cutting, the Khalil brothers debut demonstrates why indigenous people to be their own storytellers.
Doors at 8 pm; $5 min. donation

Coming Soon:
10/14: Grails, Matthew Smith
10/27: City of Djinn, Lime Rickey International

Cuneiform Records New Releases

Source: Cuneiform Records.

Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy
Doors of Perception

In the mansion that is guitarist Raoul Björkenheim’s music there are many rooms, and the Finnish-American guitar explorer opens up a particularly vivid and volatile new portal with Doors of Perception, his third Cuneiform release with his quartet eCsTaSy. Slated for release on October 6, 2017, the album captures an extraordinary working ensemble stretching into transfixing new spaces, settings defined as much by texture, vibe and sinuous melodic lines as by rhythmic and harmonic structures.

The Ed Palermo Big Band
The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren

With his new big band project, slated for release on Cuneiform Records on October 6, 2017, Palermo is back on his home turf, but the landscape feels strange and uncanny. He’s reclaiming the Zappa songbook, filtering Frank through the emotionally charged lens of the polymathic musical wizard Todd Rundgren in a wild and wooly transmogrification, The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren. Working with the same stellar cast of players, Palermo somehow captures the essence of these iconoclastic masters, making Zappa Zappier and Todd more Rundgrenian.


Clarity. Attitude. Skill. These really aren’t qualities that define our present time. All too often, our ephemeral reality finds itself reflected in a jittery retro-music that sucks its data from the Cloud – that atomised archive accessible to all. Schnellertollermeier’s fourth album, to be released October 2017 by Cuneiform Records, is their reply to all this: Rights, and it offers ample demonstration of their own clarity and ability. Rights comprises four pieces, every one of them inscribed with radicalism. Each is built on just a few ideas and develops out of them until it sounds like a Cubist work of art that seems to gaze out from the most varied of perspectives, but always in the same direction. This is the key to the immense depth and beauty of this album. Apart from the fact that it simply blows you away.

“But Is It Jazz?” Showcase Oct. 30-31 in Seattle

Source: The Stranger.

Earshot Jazz Festival covers much ground annually, and this year it’s giving Bad Luck drummer Chris Icasiano curatorial agency to book a two-night series at Columbia City Theater called “But Is It Jazz?” Happening October 30-31, the shows feature Porter Ray, Bad Luck, and the Sky Is a Suitcase on the first night and King Tears Bat Trip, DoNormaal, and Absolutely Free on the second night. Earshot director John Gilbreath approached Icasiano to try to come up with a “compelling” lineup that could draw on those difficult Monday and Tuesday nights. Icasiano says “But Is It Jazz?” is “intended to tantalize, provoke, and explode our understanding of the genre. These Seattle-based artists range from modern avant-garde improvisation to contemporary hiphop to ’60s prog, but can all draw a direct line back to the Black American Music called Jazz.”