San Francisco Scene: November 10-17, 2017

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

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.

Saturday, November 11

Sat 11/11 8:00 PM Rhythmix Cultural Works [2513 Blanding Ave Alameda, CA 94501]
Maze Daiko is a resident music ensemble at Rhythmix that mixes (mazeru) Japanese taiko (daiko) with West African drums, marimba, Persian santur and European violin, creating a unique world fusion sound. The concert will include repertoire favorites, new compositions and a collaborative work with their special guests.

Sat 11/11 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Alone/Not Alone #2 – Jessie Nucho, flute & Anne Rainwater, piano

Sunday, November 12

Sun 11/12 12:00 PM Headlands Center for the Arts [944 Fort Barry Sausalito, CA 94965]
Desire paths are well-trodden trails created by foot traffic, where the ground becomes imprinted evidence of a place that wants to be discovered, and the people who seek it out. Grab your walking stick for Desire Trails, a once-a-year event where artists activate the Headlands landscape. In this edition, sound artists including Guillermo Galindo, Molly Joyce (AIR), Andy Puls, Voicehandler (AIR), and others tune our ears to a whole new experience of the landscape.

Sun 11/12 4:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Fred Frith
Purloined Pages is a concert of transcriptions, or you could call them translations, from one genre to another; for instance, a four-hand piano duo becomes a piano trio. We have made our own arrangements of the pieces on the concert. These arrangements in particular give the strings more interesting and challenging parts than the normal classic era trio literature. The program also includes a Beethoven Bagatelle for solo piano transmogrified for our trio by famous Mills composer Fred Frith.

Sun 11/12 6:00 PM Historic Jazz WorkShop Lounge [473 Broadway Street, (Downtown Financial District) San Francisco, CA 94133]
“Grammy Award Winner Skip Martin Channels Miles Davis”

Sun 11/12 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Italian Lesson and La Serva Padrona

Monday, November 13

Mon 11/13 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Ensemble Room

Mon 11/13 7:30 PM Mills College – Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland]
Ctrl-Z is a live electronics trio dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. Two new works, commissioned specifically for Ctrl-Z’s fall concert series, will be performed, along with two classic electronic compositions. We also have a lecture prepared regarding the interpretation of scored works for electronics, including our work interpreting Cage, Oliveros, Harrison, Ferrari and works created for or by members of the group. It will feature patch sketches, as well as pictures, videos and audio from previous shows.

Tuesday, November 14

Tue 11/14 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
ASMR with Katarina

Tue 11/14 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Lords of Outland

Wednesday, November 15

Wed 11/15 7:45 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
KREation Ensemble, Heartworm, The Senders, Headlights
Wed, November 15 at The Peacock Lounge 552 Haight, SF
$5 Doors 7:45pm, bands 8-10:30pm, 21+

Wed 11/15 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse [2020 Addison Street / Berkeley, CA 94704]
Vocalist/Composer Molly Holm & Her Unmistakable Band_Extended Jazz, Original Songs & Improvised Music_
with: Frank Martin, piano; Jeff Chambers, acoustic bass; Peter Barshay, acoustic bass; Deszon Claiborne, drums
and Charles McNeal, saxophones.

Thursday, November 16

Thu 11/16 7:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Into The Stars – Easystreet Tribute & Album Release
Celebrate all things EASYSTREET and hear the new album INTO THE STARS, completed from materials left behind by band members Michael Blitzen (Travis Hough) and Velvet Chang (Chelsea Faith).

Thu 11/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00) The Senders (Gino Robair, Astronauta Pinguim, Benjamin Tinker)
9:00) Gretchen Jude, Kevin Corcoran, Matt Davignon trio

Thu 11/16 8:00 PM Atrium Theater @ San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building [401 Van Ness (Fourth Floor) San Francisco, CA 94102]
For its 25th anniversary season, San Francisco’s own Del Sol Quartet will present three concerts celebrating California’s distinct musical legacy of unfettered invention, openness, cultural inclusion, and innovation. Opening night celebrates the music of Terry Riley and the release of Del Sol’s new album, Dark Queen Mantra. The evening features Del Sol’s distinctive, off-book versions of G Song and The Wheel & Mythic Birds Waltz, performed from memory. Guitarist Gyan Riley joins Del Sol in the first performance of an expanded version of Terry Riley’s Dark Queen Mantra. Terry Riley will also play solo and in duo with Gyan.

Friday, November 17

Fri 11/17 8:00 PM Atrium Theater @ San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building [401 Van Ness Ave (Fourth Floor) San Francisco, CA 94121]
For its 25th anniversary season, San Francisco’s own Del Sol Quartet will present its “Whole Sol Festival,” celebrating California’s distinct musical legacy of unfettered invention, openness, cultural inclusion, and innovation. With special audience participation in Gyan Riley’s piece for quartet and ukuleles, “It’s Our Party” features three world premieres — by young Turkish composer Erberk Eryilmaz, who brings the irresistible energy of his native folk music to the concert stage; Theresa Wong, a brilliant Berkeley-based composer/improviser, who explores the resonances of just intonation; and Gyan Riley, whose new piece for quartet features an audience-participation ukulele choir. This evening also includes electronic soundscapes and visuals by composer Daniel Wohl.

Fri 11/17 9:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Red Zone Exploratory Jazz

BA Podcast 3: Myra Melford

Via Burning Ambulance.

The third episode features an interview with pianist Myra Melford. Melford has been a prominent figure on the jazz avant-garde since the late 1980s, having worked with numerous figures affiliated with the AACM, including Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Nicole Mitchell, and Leroy Jenkins. She’s also led several of her own groups, including Trio M with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson; the Myra Melford Trio with bassist Lindsey Horner and drummer Reggie Nicholson, which later became the Myra Melford Expanded Ensemble with the addition of trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Marty Ehrlich; Be Bread, which explored a blend of jazz and traditional Indian music, which Melford has studied extensively; and Snowy Egret, which includes guitarist Liberty Ellman, cornet player Ron Miles, bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, and with whom she just recorded a new album, due out in 2018. She’s got many other projects going as well, many of which are explored in this interview.

Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House – November-December 2017

English: Erik Friedlander live at Saalfelden 2...

Via Sound It Out!

Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House – Concerts, November-December 2017
Greenwich House Music School: 46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South in New York City’s West Village;, 212-242-4770. Series producer: Bradley Bambarger

Friday, November 10, 8:00 p.m.
Ricardo Grilli, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Orlando le Fleming, double-bass; Kendrick Scott, drums
Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Grilli – who made his series debut with a standout performance in June’s fifth-anniversary Sound It Out “Motian in Motion” show – returns this time as a leader, fronting a virtuoso band with pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Orlando le Fleming and drummer Kendrick Scott.

Saturday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Marc Hannaford, piano; Simon Jermyn, electric bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Satoshi Takeishi, drums; Erik Friedlander, cello; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone/guitar; Shoko Nagai, accordion/piano
For the first half of this double-bill, Australian pianist-composer Marc Hannaford makes his Sound It Out debut leading his fascinating trio with Simon Jermyn (electric bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums). For the second half of the evening, Satoshi – a longtime Sound It Out favorite as a drummer in multiple bands – will take on the role of leader with his trio Triptych, featuring Erik Friedlander (cello) and Curtis Hasselbring (trombone and guitar), plus guest Shoko Nagai (accordion/piano).

Thursday, December 14, 8:00 p.m.
Mike Baggetta, guitar; Anders Nilsson, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass guitar; Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Very electric guitarists Mike Baggetta and Anders Nilsson – two of the stars from June’s fifth-anniversary Sound It Out “Monk on Guitars” show – return to the series to perform together, alongside the rhythm section of bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Satoshi Takeishi.

Gato Libre in New Haven Previewed

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...

Via The New Haven Independent.

Tokyo-based avant-garde pianist and composer Satoko Fujii has toured “every continent except Antarctica,” according to her bio. But she samples the local staples whenever she’s in New Haven. “I love clam pizza at Frank Pepe,” she said. “Natsuki” — that’s trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Fujii’s husband — “likes the Japanese restaurant Miso, that is different from Japanese restaurants in Japan but the food tastes good!”

Fujii’s ever expanding and evolving musical tastes have brought her to Firehouse 12 several times in the last few years. On Friday, she’ll perform with the group Gato Libre in the group’s first-ever U.S. tour. Fujii has joined the ranks of several jazz and experimental-music luminaries — among them Mary Halvorson, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, and Bill Frisell — who have become steady visitors to the Crown Street studio, bar, and concert space as performers and recording artists.

Jazz in NYC This Week

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Via The New York Times.

SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO at the Cell (Nov. 11, 8 p.m.). Ms. Courvoisier, a pianist, plays with a serious but open-minded demeanor; she crafts bright improvisations out of starkly defined parts. Ms. Courvoisier hails from Switzerland but lives in New York; her style is influenced by free improvisers from both sides of the Atlantic. She has a new album due early next year, “D’Agala,” featuring the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Kenny Wollesen. This concert features that trio.

JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE at the Jazz Gallery (Nov. 16, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Finlayson is a young trumpeter who has apprenticed and performed for over a decade with the alto saxophonist and experimental jazz luminary Steve Coleman. With his own group, Sicilian Defense, Mr. Finlayson uses his pen to play with your ear — and its connection to your body. That puts him in line with Mr. Coleman, but his approach is original. His phrases stop short without making you lose balance, and shift key often to avoid the illusion of grounding. Sicilian Defense released a beguiling album this year, “Moving Still”; the band appears here in a slightly different — but equally remarkable — lineup: Miles Okazaki on guitar, David Bryant on piano, Chris Tordini on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums.

ROSWELL RUDD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Nov. 16, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Rudd is a trombonist of bulbous tone and lively, free-ranging attack. He started out in the 1960s on New York’s avant-garde jazz scene, but nowadays he tends toward music of clearer, gentler beauty. His mirthful new album, “Embrace,” features the vocalist Fay Victor, the pianist Lafayette Harris and the bassist Ken Filiano. Mr. Rudd recently received a diagnosis of cancer, and will not perform at this show. But the personnel from the album will, along with the vocalist Sheila Jordan, the saxophonist Archie Shepp and other all-star guests.

JOHN ZORN’S MASADA at the Village Vanguard (Nov. 14-19, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Zorn, an alto saxophonist and downtown jazz doyen, has been writing music for his “Masada” series since the 1990s. Calling it “radical Jewish music,” he uses the composition series to explore Hebrew scripture and Jewish folk song, as well as the free jazz styles that have long informed his approach. Here he performs music from the project’s third book of music, with a different team each night.