Sadly, legendary drummer Sunny Murray has passed away.
Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.
Flames of Genesis – Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge to Further Realms (2017)
Kyle Motl / Kjell Nordeson / Tobin Chodos – Panjandrums (2017)
Wound – Clinomania (2017)
Farvel – Osttomta (2017)
Malicious Wonderland – Wasteland (2017)
Source: Bay Improviser.
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]
Avant-Garde Cinema: STAN BRAKHAGE: METAPHORS ON VISION
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
Saturday, December 9
Sat 12/09 5:00 PM Mission Dolores Park [Mission Dolores Park. Meet on Dolores Street at the Dolores Park tennis courts by the corner of 18th St.]
Join us for a family-friendly, free holiday event linked to “Unsilent Night” celebrations around the world. The original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant plays one of four tracks of music downloaded to a smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” As the SFCMP public ensemble, we will walk a carefully chosen route in and around San Francisco’s Dolores Park area, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture.
Sat 12/09 8:00 PM House Concert [Private home in the Berkeley Hills]
Bass player Mark Dresser performs a rare house solo concert of recent and new works in Berkeley at the home of Harry Bernstein. Mr. Dresser will perform 2 sets, with cheese and wine served during the intermission. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 12/09 8:00 PM Doc’s Lab [124 Columbus Ave SF]
Turning Into a Butterfly: Zach Ostroff, Scott Amendola
Sat 12/09 8:00 PM 1800 Illinois St. [1800 Illinois St. San Francisco, CA]
Who: Kaori Suzuki, Waxy Tomb, Article Collection, 8ulentina, James Jano, Cullen Miller
What: FINITE is a concert series exhibiting weird music and sound from local bay area sound artists. We’re broadly focusing on noise, sound system art, outsider club, computer music, modular synthesis, spatial media, DIY projects, improvisation, community, & inclusivity.
Sat 12/09 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
In Too Deep is a monthly series (every Second Saturday) curated by electronic music duo KYN (Josh Casey & Yari Bundy) in association with Studio Grand. Incorporating Bay Area experimental traditions and the sounds of Berlin’s underground dance scene, In Too Deep seeks to create a space for those left wanting more from the current sound of commercialized electronic music, and to present an audiovisual landscape incorporating rhythm, noise, and atmosphere. In an effort to create a truly immersive experience, each performance will be accompanied by live visuals from some of our favorite local artists. This month Nine (live) KYN (live), Jesse Austin (visuals) Greg Kappes (visuals).
Sunday, December 10
Sun 12/10 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
rob reich Quartet
rob reich – accordion & piano
Ben Goldberg – clarinets
Schuyler Karr – bass
Scott Amendola – drums
Monday, December 11
Mon 12/11 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Rent Romus Trio + Pinbokeh Trio
Tuesday, December 12
Tue 12/12 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Wednesday, December 13
Wed 12/13 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For our December show, Canessa Gallery is excited to present a night of experimental electronic music featuring Michael Gendreau, Thomas Dimuzio and Wayne Grim + Rachel Smith.
Wed 12/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Undercurrents: [Switch~] plays Romitelli, Garifzyanova, Ko, Diez-Fischer, and more
A new music ensemble for the 21st Century, the [Switch~ Ensemble] performs a concert of solo and chamber ensemble works with electronics. Featuring music by Fausto Romitelli, Tonia Ko, Santiago Diez-Fischer, Elvira Garifzyanova, and more.
Wed 12/13 9:30 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Ivy Room Improv/ Experimental Hootenanny with Dirty Snacks Ensemble
Thursday, December 14
Thu 12/14 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
On Thursday, December 14 at 7:30pm, Tom’s Place presents
with Bruce Ackley (sax)
and with William Winant (percussion)
Thu 12/14 7:30 PM Exploratorium [Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St SF]
Paul Clipson/Zachary Watkins: Black Field
The films of PAUL CLIPSON offer viewers glimpses into alternate worlds, referencing lived spaces and familiar landscapes made shockingly uncanny through Clipson’s masterful rendering of light and color through elaborate use of superimposition and visual abstraction.
Thu 12/14 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Damn Skippy: John Schott, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, w/ Zach Ostroff
Thu 12/14 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15: The Blues
8:45pm: Gabby Fluke-Mogul – violin
Matt Robidoux – guitar
9:15pm: Tyler J. Borden (from San Diego) – Cello
Madison Greenstone – Clarinets
Jacob Felix Heule – percussion
Thu 12/14 8:30 PM Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street SF]
Grex, Inward Creature, Sloth & Turtle
Grex-Karl Evangelista, Rei Scampavia
Inward Creature-Miles Wick, Jordan Glenn, Alex Rather
Raging, unpredictable sounds at SF’s Hemlock Tavern, featuring the fiery, free jazz-inflected evangelism of Oakland art rock band Grex, indie rock powerhouses Inward Creature, and Santa Rosa experimental/math rock group Sloth & Turtle.
Friday, December 15
Fri 12/15 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Tyler J. Borden – https://tylerjborden.com/
Anastasia Clarke – http://anastasiaclarke.info/
Sally Decker – http://sallydecker.net/
Chris Whitley – http://www.christopherwhitleyviolin.com/
Fri 12/15 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
David Harrington & Friends
Fri 12/15 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE
A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith. It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works.
Source: The New York Times
BORDERLANDS TRIO at the Jazz Gallery (Dec. 8-9, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The bassist Stephan Crump is best known for his work in the Vijay Iyer Trio, where he offers solid foundations that morph and dilate with an almost imperceptible fluidity. He recently joined two other serious talents — the pianist Kris Davis and the drummer Eric McPherson — to form the Borderlands Trio, which released its debut this year, the freely improvised “Asteroidea.” The band celebrates the disc with this weekend run.
‘FOREVER WEIRD: MICROSCOPIC KAMIKAZE PASSENGERS’ at the Kitchen (Dec. 9, 7 p.m.). This triple bill features three flagship ensembles from Manhattan’s 1980s downtown scene: the Microscopic Septet, the Jazz Passengers and Kamikaze Ground Crew. Each had its own way of reflecting the theatrical absurdism that defined much of the era’s experimental art. And all three had comebacks of sorts this year: The Microscopics and the Jazz Passengers released albums, and Doug Wieselman of Kamikaze put out a wide-ranging record with another group, Trio S.
212-255-5793 ext. 11, thekitchen.org
‘JUSTICE IS COMPASSION’ FESTIVAL at the Clemente Center (through Jan. 12, 7 p.m.). This marks the first weekend of Arts for Art’s monthlong festival, “Justice Is Compassion,” which elevates New York’s jazz avant-garde while promoting the idea that improvised music is a political art form, with certain antiauthoritarian convictions. This weekend features performances on Friday and Saturday night, and every set looks promising. In particular, look to the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, performing Friday at 7 p.m. (he released a fine trio album this year, “Cherryco”), and Joe Morris, an underappreciated guitarist of rusty tone and relentless sensitivity, who will play both nights.
Source: Cafe OTO.
As part of their second three-day residency at OTO we were thrilled to host a Q&A with Art Ensemble of Chicago members Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye, and Hugh Ragin – hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Kevin Le Gendre.
Now into their fifth decade, the Art Ensemble have lost none of the verve or boldness of invention that has characterised them from the start; the impact and influence that they have had cannot be overstated and they remain an utterly essential live experience.
Their rich and detailed dialogue spanned their music and teaching practices, their engagement with contemporary issues and into making jingles for the juice company ‘Odwalla’. You can listen to the conversation in full below or read the whole interview here.
Huge thanks to members Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye, and Hugh Ragin, to Kevin Le Gendre, to Fabio Lugaro and Dawid Laskowski for the photos and to Shaun Crook for recording.