Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

New from Cuneiform: Raoul Bjorkenheim & eCsTaSy: Doors of Perception! Ed Palermo Big Band! SchnellerTollerMeier! 4S’d: Man or The Muffins! Vinny Golia Syncquistic Quartet: Steve Adams/Ken Filiano/Tina Raymond! Mostly Other People Do the Killing Trio Version!

Tony Malaby Argentinian Trio! Three from Michael Vatcher: 1000 / RKeT: Jan Klare & Luc Ex / Gene Carl Band! Reddeer: Fay Victor/Elisabeth Harnik/Dominic Lash! Dafna Naphtali & Gordon Beeferman! Brooklyn Rider! Alvarius B.!

Plus Archival Music from: Richard Thompson! Albert Mangelsdorff! Jon Hassell & Brian Eno! BYG/JazzActuel 3 CD Set! Duke Ellington & Classic Collaborators! Plus restocks from Emanem & Psi: Braxton & Bailey, Evan Parker & Spontaneous Music Ensemble! Rare Vinyl from Little Axe, Pierre Bastien and Keiji Haino/Oren Ambarchi/Stephen O’Malley!



Sunday, October 29th:

Sunday, November 5th:
6pm: BEYOND GROUP: CHERYL PYLE – Flutes / MICHAEL EATON – Soprano sax / JAMIE BAUM – Flutes / CLAIRE DALY – Bari Sax / MATT LAVELLE Bass Clarinet / GENE COLEMAN – Flutes
7pm: JONATHAN MORITZ / SEAN ALI / CARLO COSTA – Tenor Sax / ContraBass / Percussion

Sunday, November 12th:
6pm: ROBERT DICK – Solo Flute!
7pm: GIACOMO MEREGA / ANDREW SMILEY / ELI ASHER – Electric Bass / Guitar / Trumpet

Sunday, November 19th:
7pm: ANDY HAAS and DON FIORINO – Sax/Electronics and Guitar

Sunday, November 26th:
7pm: VIV CORRINGHAM and GLEN HALL – Experimental Vocals and Multi-Instruments

Sunday, December 3rd:
6pm: ANDERS NILSSON & HAMPUS OHMAN-FROLUND – Scandinavian Guitar & Drums Duo!
7pm: AARON NOVIK / PATRICK HOLMES / THOMAS HEBERER – Clarinet / B-flat Clarinet / Trumpet!

Henry Threadgill Profiled in Radio Show

Source: WQXR.

1967, Fort Riley, Kansas. Henry Threadgill is 23 years old. Knowing he’s going to be drafted into the military, he joins the Army Concert Band, hoping to focus on his passion: writing music. As he surrounds himself with new ideas, he works his influences into the music that he’s arranging. Then one day, the band plays one of his arrangements of a patriotic song for an inauguration of big-wigs, and from the calm of a quietly confused crowd comes a cry from a cardinal in attendance: “Blasphemy!”

One day later, he’s told to gather his things. Thirty days later, he’s on his way to Vietnam. Fifty years later, he wins the Pulitzer Prize for music composition.

San Francisco Scene: October 27 – November 3, 2017

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, October 27

Fri 10/27 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Jakob Pek

Fri 10/27 8:00 PM Seismic Retrofitters [San Francisco, CA]
Night #3 – Fri. Oct27 at Seismic Retrofitters, 650 Divisadero, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Las Sucias
William Winant Quartet featuring Josh Allen, Joshua Marshall and Aaron Levin
Oracle Plus
and Guerilla Comedy featuring:
– A Wolf Home Companion
– Annick Adelle
– Richard Savate
– Florentina Tanase

Fri 10/27 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
New Zombies, the large ensemble playing Afrobeat arrangements of avant-garde compositions by Dan Plonsey, play one long set. Local favorites El Duo open the show, playing lo-fi Afro dance grooves.

Fri 10/27 7:00 PM 63 Bluxome Street Gallery [63 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA 94107]
EARTH-BODY: a group exhibition featuring: Nancy Beckman, Rachael Cleveland, Mercedes Dorame, Emma Lanier, Cheryl Leonard, Ashley May, Sophia Shen, Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim, Hannah Perrine Mode, and Minoosh Zomorodinia.
Opening + Performances: Oct. 27 (7 – 10 pm) Closing Performances + Party: Nov.3 (8 – 11 pm) (with an after party featuring Robby Kharr)

Saturday, October 28

Sat 10/28 2:00 PM Robotspeak [589 Haight St San Francisco, California 94117]
We are officially inviting you and yours to join us for our 5th Northern California Synth Meet at ROBOTSPEAk! We will clear out the shop to make way for thee Synthesizer vendors at our 2017 Synth Meet. This year BINARY SOCIETY will be organizing the 100% live synth lineup as Mike B once again generously hosts the show next door at Vinyl Dreams. Performances will be from 2:30pm – 7:00pm with Binary Society-curated music original submissions playing between sets.

Sat 10/28 7:30 PM Piedmont Center For the Arts [801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611]
Allow the Circadian String quartet to take you on an unforgettable journey as we team up with master storyteller Nikolaus Hohmann and composer Sahba Aminikia to create an evening which seamlessly weaves storytelling and music.

Sunday, October 29

Sun 10/29 5:00 PM Elbo Room [647 Valencia, SF, CA]
Wolf Eyes, Cruor Incendia, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Matt & Paul Magic
No advance tickets, door only
Wolf Eyes
Cruor Incendia
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase
Matt & Paul Magic
Doors 5pm, Music & Magic 5:15pm-8pm

Monday, October 30

Mon 10/30 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Fred Frith/Gabby Fluke-Mogul/Nava Dunkelman + Hare & Arrow

Thursday, November 2

Thu 11/02 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Please join us for an evening of multimedia works for piano, electronics, and video with Jenny Q Chai entitled “Sonorous Brushes” . An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Chai creates layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, fashion, and art.

Thu 11/02 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Song & Dance Trio Karl Evangelista-guitar, Cory Wright-reeds, Jordan Glenn-drums
9:00 pm Arma Agharta (from Lithuania) – voice/electronics/toys

Friday, November 3

Fri 11/03 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Splinter Reeds

Fri 11/03 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
Ian Carey‘s Wood/Metal/Plastic & Nathan Clevenger Group: New Music for Septets

Dusted Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith

Source: Dusted.

Elodie — Vieux Silence (Ideologic Organ)

Wadada Leo Smith – Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (TUM)

Samuel Dunscombe & Tim Olive – Zanshi (Kendra Steiner Editions)/Jin Sangtae & Tim Olive – naar/voor (845 Audio)

Randy Gibson — The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Aparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield 16 VII 10 (Kansas City) (Irritable Hedghog)

Polyorchard—Red October (Out and Gone)

Jazz in NYC This Week

Source: The New York Times.

ODEAN POPE SAXOPHONE CHOIR WITH RAVI COLTRANE at the Blue Note (Oct. 30, 8 and 10:30 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, a looming figure in his native Philadelphia, earned his stripes playing alongside Max Roach in the 1970s. But by now he’s most often thought of in association with the Saxophone Choir, a large ensemble he’s held together for the past 40 years. Surging momentum and full-blossom harmonies coexist happily in this group, which vests Mr. Pope’s compositions with a hard-bitten beauty. Its concerts at the Blue Note have become a tradition unto themselves, and typically involve one special guest. This show features Mr. Coltrane, a tenor and soprano saxophonist, performing with a 10-piece iteration of the ensemble.

SCOTT ROBINSON AND THE HELIOTONES at Jazz Standard (Oct. 31, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Mr. Robinson, a remarkable talent with wildly varied interests, is about to release “Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1,” an engrossing album that he recorded in 2015, exactly 50 years after Sun Ra made the now-classic “The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra (Vol. 1).” The original album laid down a new, Ra-specific standard for free improvising: darker, slower, cooler and thicker than the work of Ornette Coleman or Cecil Taylor. On “Heliosonic Toneways,” Mr. Robinson pays tribute with an all-star cast, using electronic and acoustic instruments to similarly viscous effect. He celebrates its release at this show, joined by Philip Harper on trumpet, Frank Lacy on trombone, Gary Versace on piano and organ, Pat O’Leary on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.

JEN SHYU at the Stone at the New School (Oct. 27-28, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Shyu is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose compositions trace a winding path back through history and heritage. “Song of Silver Geese,” her coming album, consists of an original, nine-part suite drawing on East Asian and Melanesian folk song, and the writings of two of her mentors. On the album, which finds Ms. Shyu cycling nimbly through languages and emotional registers, she is joined by a string quartet and her jazz septet, Jade Tongue. On Friday she will perform the suite with a five-piece band, then will give a solo concert on Saturday.

MIN XIAO-FEN WITH THE CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA at El Taller Latino Americano (Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Min, a spry and fearless practitioner of the pipa, a Chinese lute, has a new album out, titled “Mao, Monk and Me.” On it she performs and sings unaccompanied, blending the music of Thelonious Monk with Chinese folk song and her own experimental excursions. She will appear here as a special guest of Karl Berger’s Creative Music Orchestra, a collective of improvisers whose approach to spontaneous composition, like Ms. Min’s, attempts to neutralize the divides between genres and cultural lineages.