San Francisco Scene: December 1-8, 2017

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, December 1

Fri 12/01 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
An evening with Destiny Muhammad, Darren Johnston, Giulio Xavier

Fri 12/01 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Laurel Halo Live

Fri 12/01 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Residency Night Two: Collaborations with Kyle Bruckmann & Theresa Wong

Saturday, December 2

Sat 12/02 4:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Claire Chase, flute
Music from Density 2036

Sat 12/02 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Claire Chase, flute
Music from Density 2036

Sat 12/02 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSound returns to c4nm with a program of contemporary chamber music by NOMI EPSTEIN, VINKO GLOBOKAR, and KLAUS HUBER (November 30, 1924 – October 2, 2017); short works written for sfSound by bay area composers HYO-SHIN NA and ERIK ULMAN; a world premiere by bay area composer SARAH STILES; and improvisations by SFSOUNDGROUP.

Sat 12/02 8:00 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley – walking distance from ashby BART]
tom’s place presents Fred Frith – guitar, effects and Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet in duo

Sat 12/02 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)

Sat 12/02 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Residency Night Three: Collaborations with Nava Dunkelman & Amma Ateria (Jeanie-Aprille Tang)

Sunday, December 3

Sun 12/03 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Joshua McClain – Solo Avant Rock Cellist

Sun 12/03 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Vajra Voices

Sun 12/03 7:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Residency Night Four (early show): Collaborations with Bruce Ackley & Danishta Rivero Castro

Sun 12/03 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Long Tone Choir
Nancy Beckman/Tom Bickley/Rae Diamond/Tony Domenick/Joe Kuta/Suki O’Kane/Eric Theise
8:30pm Obstreperous Doves
Annelise Zamula, Joshua Marshall – woodwinds/Scott Walton, Bill Noertker – basses/Bethany Schwarz, Daniel Pearce – percussions

Sun 12/03 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]

Monday, December 4

Mon 12/04 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–

Monday, December 4, 8pm (8:30pm start)
No Cover/Donations Accepted
Set #1: The Guthrie Project (jazz/chamber)
Beth Schenck-saxophone, compositions, Matt Wrobel-guitar
Set #2: Crystal Pascucci/Scott Amendola Duo (improvised music/chamber)
Crystal Pascucci-cello, Scott Amendola-drums, percussion, elec.
Set #3: The Music of Carla Bley/Annette Peacock (modern jazz/experimental)
Alison Niedbalski, Ross Peacock, a.o.

Mon 12/04 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Gabby Fluke-Mogul & Matt Robidoux Duo + High Shelf Esteem

Tuesday, December 5
Tue 12/05 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
New Music by Mills College Composers. A program of new compositions created during the Fall 2017 Composition Seminar at Mills College (MUS 291). The works range from solo to octet, and for combinations of acoustic instruments, voices, and electronics. The compositions cover a wide variety of styles as individual as the composers who made them.

Wednesday, December 6
Wed 12/06 7:30 PM St. John’s Presbyterian Church [2727 College Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705]
When conductor/pianist Dennis Russell Davies directed our Lou Harrison concert in February he said, “You know I’m retiring from my regular [conducting] gig in Linz, and now I’d like to do a benefit for Other Minds.” He and his partner Maki Namekawa, both of whom work closely with Philip Glass, are flying back from Austria to perform a special concert of Glass’ music for two pianos in a very intimate setting for our fans. The event will take place 7:30pm, Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, in honor of Glass’ eightieth birthday. It will feature the suites from Jean Cocteau’s Les Enfants Terribles and La Belle et la Bête for two pianos and wind octet in its American premiere. In addition, a major work composed for the Davies-Namekawa duo–which Dennis fondly calls “a real barnburner!”–Four Movements for Two Pianos, will complete the program.

Wed 12/06 9:30 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Ivy Room Improv/ Experimental Hootenanny with Dirty Snacks Ensemble

Thursday, December 7

Thu 12/07 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm sauti kelele
Jordan Boyd – drums, Robert Kirby – guitar/synth, Cameron Thomas – percussion, Gorge Casa – reeds/effects
9pm Murray/Whalen
Kevin Murray – drums, Michael Whalen – vibes

Friday, December 8

Fri 12/08 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Matthew Shipp Trio, Joe Henderson Lab, Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm
Taking the measure of Matthew Shipp’s influence on 21st century jazz requires a multidimensional model. One of the most intrepid pianists and musical thinkers on the scene, he’s an exceptionally dynamic improviser, commanding bandleader, insistently inventive composer, and essential conduit for new sounds as artistic director of Thirsty Ear’s acclaimed Blue Series imprint.

Fri 12/08 7:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]

Fri 12/08 9:00 PM Woods Bar and Brewery [1701 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
The Lost Shapes
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Kasey Knudsen – alto sax
Mark Clifford – vibraphone
Safa Shokrai – bass
Jason Levis – drums


Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour


December 16 – Casa Hasler – Poschiavo, Switzerland
December 27 – Die Letzten Tage Jazzfestival – Bern, Switzerland

December 9 – The Kitchen – 512 West 19th St – NYC, NY 10011 [this is an AMAZING triple bill of great New York jazz and beyond bands who all started in the 80s and continue making great music today: The Microscopic Septet, Kamikaze Ground Crew and The Jazz Passengers!]

December 16 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY [it’s an Ed Palermo Christmas!]
December 23 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY 12542 [it’s an Ed Palermo Christmas!]

December 1 – Art & Jazz @ Kulturwerk 118 – Sursee, Switzerland
December 2 – Yarn @ Spinnerei – Bern, Switzerland
December 8 – Chäsi – Gysenstein, Switzerland
December 9 – Kaff – Frauenfeld, Switzerland

December 15 – Wadada Leo Smith curates CREATE Festival West – The Lab – 2948 16th St. – San Francisco, CA
December 16 – Wadada Leo Smith curates CREATE Festival West – The Lab – 2948 16th St. – San

December 1 – Doppo – Tokyo, Japan
December 2 – tba, Japan

Newsbits: Frank Zappa / Pharoah Sanders / Kamasi Washington / Vitamin B12 / Planned Parenthood Benefit

Pharoah Sanders

Always open for debate, an article identifies and reviews some of Frank Zappa‘s best albums.

Reissues of classic Pharoah Sanders albums are reviewed.

Kamasi Washington is profiled.

Diverse artists Vitamin B12 is also profiled.

Perfect Sound Forever, the longest running online music magazine, on December 6 is holding its first live event with a benefit for Planned Parenthood NYC, which will double as a holiday show with Santa hats, candy canes, Xmas songs and ridiculous holiday outfits. Come and support a great cause! Performances by Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s, guitarist/composer Kaki King and singer/songwriter Amy Rigby. Tickets are $20. Doors at 7, show at 8. 21 and over.

Music and More Reviews

Anthony Braxton 1976

Source: Music and More.

Francesco Cusa Trio Meets Carlo Atti ‎– From Sun Ra To Donald Trump (Clean Feed, 2017)

Joe McPhee, Pascal Niggenkemper, Stale Liavik Solberg ‎– Imaginary Numbers (Clean Feed, 2017)

Ivo Perelman with Matthew Shipp and Joe Hertenstein – Scalene (Leo Records, 2017)

Jason Stein Quartet – Lucille! (Delmark, 2017)

Nick Fraser – Is Life Long? (Clean Feed, 2017)

Anthony Braxton – Quintet (Basel) 1977 (HatOLOGY 2000, 2016)

The New School Announces Launch of Music Festival in Partnership with John Zorn

Source: Broadwayworld.

Richard Kessler and John Zorn announced today the inauguration of a new music festival to be held at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. StoneFest will present and celebrate experimental, improvisatory, and avant-garde artists from across the stylistic spectrum. Continuing the great tradition of The Stone, the festival will focus on creating a platform for groundbreaking artists who are challenging traditional notions of genre, style, and the role of the artist in advancing culture today. The festival will be coming to The New School’s Tishman Auditorium (63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY) on December 17, 18, and 19.

Each evening of the three-night festival is curated to include performances from four separate but increasingly blended genres: jazz, classical, rock, and improv. In total, the inaugural StoneFest will present 12 different sets over three consecutive nights – with 33 musicians in total taking the stage. Highlights include sets by Craig Taborn, JACK Quartet, Jay Campbell, and a rare performance of COBRA featuring John Zorn as prompter.

Hermeto Pascoal Profiled

Source: NPR.

Brazil’s Hermeto Pascoal is a legend among musicians and fans for his ability to conjure beautiful sounds out of just about anything — from tea kettles to PVC pipes to traditional woodwinds.
Earlier this May, the New England Conservatory awarded Pascoal an honorary Doctorate of Music degree and in July, the 81-year-old released No Mundo Dos Sons, the first album from him and his group in 15 years. Pascoal can come up with a melody at the drop of a hat. He says he’s written 9,000 compositions and most, if not all, were created on the spot. “It’s because I’m 100 percent intuitive,” he says. “I don’t premeditate anything. I feel it. When something happens, I don’t say, ‘Now I’m going to do that.’ No. If I want to write the music, I start creating. Every piece of my music, even the one I write on a piece of paper, I consider an improvisation.”