San Francisco Scene: November 3-10, 2017

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Saturday, November 4

Sat 11/04 7:00 PM Wind River [421 Wild Way Santa Cruz, CA 95065]
Splinter Reeds performs new work by Cara Haxo, Theresa Wong, and Sky Macklay, in addition to music by Matthew Shlomowitz, Eric Wubbels, and Jannik Giger. Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area’s first reed quintet comprising five virtuosic musicians with a shared passion for new music. The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet, and commissioning new works through collaboration with fellow musicians and artists.

Sat 11/04 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Light Moves Like Sound Waves: Lynne Sachs & Stephen Vitiello

Sat 11/04 7:30 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents: DEATH AND A KNIGHT
A new production of Kurt Rohde and Tom Laqueur’s Death With Interruptions.

Sat 11/04 8:00 PM lille æske [13160 Hwy 9 Boulder Creek, CA]
andPlay violin/viola duo performs music by Ravi Kittappa, David Bird, Robert Honstein, Christopher Goddard, and Kristofer Svensson. andPlay (Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola) is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers.

Sat 11/04 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Virtuoso ROBERT DICK improvises with Matt Ingalls, Ken Ueno and DIANE GRUBBE.

Sat 11/04 8:00 PM Berkeley Hillside Club [2286 Cedar St Berkeley, CA]
E&FA and Sarnworks
E&FA and Sarnworks co-present a concert featuring Sarn Oliver, Yun Chu, violins, Dave Gaudrey Viola, and David Goldblatt Cello.

Sunday, November 5

Sun 11/05 2:00 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents: DEATH AND A KNIGHT
A new production of Kurt Rohde and Tom Laqueur’s Death With Interruptions.

Sun 11/05 3:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Kris Palmer, flute
Steve Lin, guitar
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello

Sun 11/05 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Minsky Duo
Minsky Duo Raises the Barn with an all-American program including a Bay Area premiere by Ned Rorem and a World Premiere by Aaron Andrew Hunt, plus works by Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, and John Adams.

Sun 11/05 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mexcla Music – Music for String, Percussion, and Breath Instruments of Europe, India, and Mesoamerica

Sun 11/05 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Noertker’s Moxie Chamber Trio – CD release for druidh fenestrae
7:30 pm – 2 sets
Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute; Masaru Koga – tenor sax, flute; Bill Noertker – contrabass

Sun 11/05 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Man Forever
The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification.

Monday, November 6

Mon 11/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor Street San Francisco]
Phillip Greenlief Presents 6 on the 6th performing the premiere of THE STATES UNITED – Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on November 6th 2016. On November 6th, Phillip Greenlief and musicians will perform THE STATES UNITED, a map score composed for any ensemble or group of performers from diverse disciplines. Featuring: Kyle Bruckmann – oboe, English horn; Evelyn Davis – prepared piano; Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Claudia La Rocco – voice, text; Lisa Mezzacappa – bass; Tim Perkis – live electronics

Mon 11/06 8:30 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out: Cartoon Justice, ROVA, Rent Romus’s Life’s Blood Ensemble

Mon 11/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Master Drummer Spirit Plays With…Matt Ingalls And Allen/Marshall

Wednesday, November 8

Wed 11/08 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
permutations110817: andPlay and Chartreuse

Wed 11/08 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Oakland-based vibraphonist/composer Mark Clifford kicks off a three-month mini-residency at the Ivy Hoot with his Dirty Snacks Ensemble.

Thursday, November 9

Thu 11/09 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Opening Reception: Terry Berlier, Resounding Desire Lines

Thu 11/09 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Chartreuse is violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York City), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). The tricoastal trio aims to take advantage of the distance by pooling the strengths of their chosen cities, commissioning new works from composers across the U.S. and in Norway and collaborating with fellow performers in each of their musical residences on “Chartreuse +/-” projects. The trio has toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, the Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway.
Uniquely devoted to repeat performances and developing the string trio repertoire through adventurous commissions, Chartreuse has premiered works by Kurt Isaacson, Peter Swendsen, Katherine Young, Marek Poliks, Bethany Younge, David Bird, Tyler Futrell, and Aaron Holloway-Nahum, among others. Cleveland Classical described the trio’s performance of Isaacson’s work as “a maelstrom almost tactile in its grittiness.” Their 2017/18 season will feature new works by Leah Asher, Matthew Ricketts, Joan Arnau Pamies, and Daniel Tacke.

Thu 11/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Kataryna Kopelevich (organ / electronics) with John Benson (bass)
9pm: Derek Gaines (LA) – guitar/electronics

Friday, November 10

Fri 11/10 6:00 PM Copperfield’s Books [850 4th Street San Rafael]
Discover Flute Fired Fusion with Matt Eakle, flute; Joey Edelman, piano; Alex Baum, bass; and Jack Dorsey, drums. Their original compositions are launching pads for improvisation, and every performance includes one completely improvised piece.

Fri 11/10 6:00 PM de Young Museum [50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco]
Performance: Selected Solos and Duets with Mills Center for Contemporary Music
Hamon Education Tower—9th Floor, Piazzoni Murals Room, Wilsey Court

Fri 11/10 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
No and Old Wave: Grex, The Social Stomach (PDX), Preening
A fresh, feverish evening of heavy sounds and experimental songs, featuring the psychedelic, free jazz-inflected incantations of Oakland art rock ensemble Grex (Karl Evangelista, Rei Scampavia), blistering outre punk band Preening, and Portland no wave duo The Social Stomach.

Fri 11/10 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
RossoRose Duo
Alisa Rose and Amy Zanrosso are joined by special guest pianist Ian Scarfe in a program of nocturnes by Copland, Cage, Medtner, Chopin, Ravel, Crumb, Ogerman, Rose, Szymanowski, and Schnittke.

Fri 11/10 8:00 PM Artists’ Television Access [992 Valencia SF]
Everything Everywhere All the Time feels like big data sugar cane imploding, twisting into an Ouroboros of
infinite digital regress, containing within the empty centers of the streaming figure 8 some true black pulsating
with a 50-60 hertz hum – playing, improvising A/V between the poles of everything and nothing, noise and silence.
Everything Everywhere All the Time incorporates work by many contemporary artists including Donald O’Finn,
Feedbuck Galore, Akio Mokuno, Thollem McDonas, Mango Johnstone, Jin Hi Kim and others.

The Machine is Neither in Chicago

Source: The Machine is Neither.

The Machine Is Neither… at SILENT/FUNNY
4106 W Chicago Ave
Saturday, November 11, 2017 5-9pm
Free Admission

The electro-acoustic duo The Machine Is Neither… presents an evening of music for bodies, machine and instruments in space. Using a combination of live electronics processing and wearable technology, the group will perform two sets of three pieces that are never the same twice, including a world premiere, an augmented flute improvisation, and 2017’s Twist/Twitch, which features an (almost) danceable beat. Before and after each set, audiences can bathe in a continuous interactive sonic installation that sparkles, ripples, and undulates throughout the Silent/Funny space.

Doors/ Interactive Sonic Installation: 5pm
Performance I: 6pm
Performance II: 7pm
Interactive sonic installation will continue until 9pm

Improvisation for flute and Machine
Untitled (2017) for bodies, voices, and Machine
Twist/Twitch (2017) for bodies, Machine, keyboard, and bass guitar

Venue website:
Facebook event link:
For more information about the group, go tot

Jazz in NYC This Week 

Lee Ranaldo

Source: The New York Times.

LEE RANALDO at the Bell House (Nov. 9, 9 p.m.). The New York guitarist Lee Ranaldo has been an underrated formal innovator since the early 1980s, both as a founding member of Sonic Youth, which disbanded in 2011, and elsewhere. His most recent solo album, “Electric Trim,” continues along Mr. Ranaldo’s well-trod path of bittersweet balladry and lovely noise, with several songs featuring lyrics by the novelist Jonathan Lethem.

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN at the Town Hall (Nov. 3, 8 p.m.). Mr. McLaughlin — the guitarist who as a teenager helped define Miles Davis’s early forays into fusion and with his Mahavishnu Orchestra became an influential exponent of the marriage between rock, jazz and Indian classical music — appears to be winding down his career. At 75, he now says that the current tour will be his last; that would make this his final appearance in New York. He will perform here with 4th Dimension, a fusion quartet he has led since 2007, which just released a beguiling album, “Live at Ronnie Scott’s.” Then he’ll take the stage with an all-star band for a set of tunes from the Mahavishnu repertoire.

NICOLE MITCHELL at the Stone at the New School (Nov. 3-4, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Mitchell is one of the most creative jazz musicians to have played the flute. And one of the most tireless: To her fans it’s little surprise that she has released two remarkable recordings this year, one with her Black Earth Ensemble (“Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds”) and another in collaboration with the poet Haki Madhubuti (“Liberation Narratives”). Ever on to the next thing, she performs this weekend with a new intriguing team of diverse associates: Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet, Rufus Reid on bass, Shirazette Tinnin on drums and Fay Victor on vocals.

GARY PEACOCK TRIO at Jazz Standard (Nov. 7-8, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Peacock, a bassist best known for his work in trios led by Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, has developed a lissome rapport with the members of his own three-piece combo: the pianist Marc Copland and the drummer Joey Baron. On “Tangents,” the group’s new album, Mr. Peacock’s somber bass takes center stage, and his band mates add a weightless webbing on top. At this show the trio will play music from the album, out on ECM Records, which consists largely of original compositions.