Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: New York’s ISSUE Project Room.

SARAH DAVACHI / GABI LOSONCY
Fri 26 Jan, 2018, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE is pleased to present Sarah Davachi and Gabi Losoncy performing new work. Their varying practices span Davachi’s disclosure of the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural space to Losoncy’s unlayered, utilitarian audio experiments — both charting critical new contexts for composition & sound art.

BRANDON LOPEZ: FAIRER THAN TONGUE (FOR P. A. CAMPOS) / DUO WITH GERALD CLEAVER
Sat 03 Feb, 2018, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Lopez opens his 2018 ISSUE residency with the premiere of Fairer Than Tongue, a solo piece for improviser in three movements. The evening also features a duo performance between Lopez and celebrated Detroit-born jazz drummer Gerald Cleaver.

OLIVIA BLOCK / DREW MCDOWALL / LEA BERTUCCI
Sat 10 Feb, 2018, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Olivia Block, Drew McDowall, and Lea Bertucci perform site-responsive solo performances. Each artist observes an individual approach to presenting new work in ISSUE’s theater space, applying the room’s unique acoustics to inform their craft and independent performative methods.

SYNCRETICS SERIES: CRAIG TABORN & KRIS DAVIS
Thu 15 Feb, 2018, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE presents the debut of its new Syncretics Series, featuring solo and duo performances by artists at highest level of their craft curated by Chris McIntyre. The opening event features two of the most revered and sought-after pianists in the experimental improvisation scene, Craig Taborn and Kris Davis.

SYNCRETICS SERIES: ERIC WUBBELS / ADAM TENDLER
Sat 17 Feb, 2018, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Our recently inaugurated Syncretics Series continues with Eric Wubbels, acclaimed composer, pianist, and co-director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, and Adam Tendler performing a repertoire of works from David Lang, Elodie Lauten, Frances Rose White, and Tom Johnson.

BEATRIZ FERREYRA / ERIC FRYE: OBFUSCATION MORPHOLOGIES
Sat 24 Feb, 2018, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
February 24th, ISSUE presents Argentine acousmatic composer Beatriz Ferreyra and Obfuscation Morphologies, a new work by Eric Frye. Though they differ in generation, both composers employ kindred methods for orienting sonic surfaces with signature precision across electroacoustic and computer music.

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San Francisco Scene: January 26 – February 2, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, January 26

Fri 1/26 7:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Hardly Strictly Personal 2018 — NextNow Production Festival/Benefit – Celebratiing Post-Beefheart Projects – the bay area creative music community performing NoWave, Wabi Sabi, Improv and experimental avante rock and jazz… friday evening and saturday afternoon-evening back to back performances of uniquely original music. Benefiting Homeless advocacy, and environmental justice organizations.

Fri 1/26 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA 94801]
Guitarist Howard Alden and violinist Kit Eakle and his DjangoSphere project present the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk in the 100th year since his birth along with Music by Django Reinhardt and Ellington as vehicles for improvisation at Point Rischmond Jazz on Friday, January 26 at 7:30. Howard Alden is widely considered one of the greatest jazz improvisors on guitar, and Kit Eakle, founder of Point Richmond Jazz, a concert series devoted to improvising violinists, struts his stuff as one of the most daring and innovative improvisors on his instrument.

Fri 1/26 8:00 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
Paul Dresher – The Electro-Acoustic Band + Living Earth Show

Fri 1/26 8:30 PM Strand Theatre [1127 Market Street San Francisco]
PIVOT: New Adventures in the Performing Arts with Timo Andres piano

Saturday, January 27

Sat 1/27 1:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Hardly Strictly Personal 2018 — Festival/Benefit – Celebratiing Post-Beefheart Projects – the bay area creative music community performing NoWave, Wabi Sabi, Improv and experimental avante rock and jazz… friday evening and saturday afternoon-evening back to back performances of uniquely original music. Benefiting Homeless advocacy, and environmental justice organizations. (http://nextnow.edgebuzz.tv)

Sat 1/27 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
The Lost Shapes
Kasey Knudsen – alto sax
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Mark Clifford – vibraphone
Safa Shokrai – bass
Jason Levis – drums

Sat 1/27 8:00 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
Paul Dresher – The Electro-Acoustic Band + Living Earth Show

Sat 1/27 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Rova Saxophone Quartet Plus One, Featuring Dohee Lee, Wobbly, and ACVilla

Sat 1/27 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Ron Anderson Improv Trio and Surplus 1980. Ron Anderson (PAK, The Molecules) makes a rare West Coast appearance for an evening of fierce and provocative improvisation with Molecules bandmate, drummer Thomas Scandura, and bassist Jason Hoopes (Fred Frith Trio, Jack O’ The Clock).

Sunday, January 28

Sun 1/28 1:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OAKLAND FREEDOM JAZZ SOCIETY 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Sun 1/28 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Shimmer: D. Riley Nicholson, Solo Piano & Electronics
To Shimmer is to reflect a wavering or distorted visual image, to tremolo a fitful aural light. To shimmer is to flicker and allow the possibility of an object viewed from multiple perspectives simultaneously. Shimmer is a 45 minute musical work by composer-pianist D. Riley Nicholson for piano and electronics. Live set design by visual artist Robby Gilson, recording and sound design by Zach Miley.

Sun 1/28 4:00 PM Old St. Hilary’s Landmark [201 Esperanza, Tiburon]
The great jazz guitarist Howard Alden joins veteran violinist Kit Eakle and his project DjangoSphere for an evening of standards, originals, and the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk and Django Reinhardt. In the words of Bay Area jazz reviewer Andrew Gilbert, “DjangoSphere is a rhythmically dexterous rollercoaster ride that artfully melds the sounds of two irreducibly brilliant artists.”

Wednesday, January 31
Wed 1/31 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Oakland based Zachary James Watkins will perform an evening of solo music for guitar, electronics, and devices.

Thursday, February 1

Thu 2/01 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Thoabath – electronic noise
9:00 pm Ami Sandoz
exploratory improvisation that spans classical, experimental and electronic sound worlds.

Friday, February 2

Fri 2/02 7:30 PM Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
Kronos Quartet and Timo Andres – On Playing Glass

Fri 2/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Heating Up: Hot Air Music Festival Preview Concert
The Hot Air Music Festival presents its second annual preview concert, Heating Up, featuring performances by the Nicholas Denton-Protsack and Siroko Duo.

Fri 2/02 8:00 PM Kala Arts Institute and Gallery [Kala Art Institute and Gallery 2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702]
No(!)sy Room #1: Curiosity Garden of Sound and Light, conceived and directed by pianist/composer is a performance series of an immersive experience of sound and light, utilizing the unique architectural features of the space hosting the installation, a multi directional surround sound system and light/video projections. Day 1 with Jesse Gilbert and Norman Teale. Each performance will be followed by short artist talk, Q&A, and reception with drink and snacks. All Ages.

Spontaneous Combustion Festival Performances Reviewed

Astor Piazzolla en 1975

Source: Oregon ArtsWatch.

The Oregon portion of the valuable new Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival isn’t even half over and already it’s produced a pair of the finest contemporary classical concerts in recent memory: a spectacular performance of music by Gyorgy Ligeti and one-time Oregonians Lou Harrison and Benjamin Krause by Eugene’s Delgani String Quartet, and a sublime and varied solo recital by Boston flutist Orlando Cela that revealed some gems by young, lesser known composers (a welcome hallmark of the festival so far) as well as Astor Piazzolla and others. Oregon rarely gets performances by rising young national performers who play this music full time, with adequate rehearsal.

Gutbucket at Kenyon College Reviewed

Source: The Kenyon Collegian.

The quartet immediately shook the audience with a loud, dissonant chord on a fast, steady beat delivered perfectly in time. Ty Citerman, the guitarist, dressed all in red to complement his guitar, worked through daunting counter-melodies. Ken Thompson, in muted blue and green, swayed vigorously with his saxophone to keep track of the aggressive and constantly shifting beat. Meanwhile, Adam Gold, in rock drummer’s flannel, efficiently switched mallets before continuing his nimble work. Between the three of them, Pat Swoboda, in concert white and black, channeled punk-level energy into an upright travel bass, plucking with vision-blurring speed and, when necessary, lifting himself off the ground for full effect. Toward the end of their set, concluding a piece fittingly titled “Exercise,” each quarter of Gutbucket relaxed into an exhausted breath.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn’s ‘Urmuz Epigrams’! Henry Kaiser’s ‘The Deep Unreal’ Solo Guitar! Kris Davis & Craig Taborn’s ‘Octopus’! Two from Tomchess: Trio & Quartet! The Core-Tet: Evelyn Glennie / Szilard Mezei / Jon Hemmersam / Michael J Stevens! Robbie Basho!

Luke Barlow’s Death Drag! Plus Historic Discs from: Frank Zappa & The Mothers’ 1974!
John Coltrane’s Classic Collaborations! Phil Woods’ ‘Classic Albums’! Janis Joplin’s Early Sessions!

Monochrome Set Big Box! Sly & Robbie Meet Dubmatix! Dennis Brown! Judge Dread! K. Leimer! Plus Vinyl from: Charles Hayward & Thurston Moore! Roscoe Mitchell! Cluster! Alvin Curran! Nikki Sudden & Roland S. Howard! High Rise: II! And Even More..!

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THE DMG 27TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday January 28th:
6pm: MICHAEL VATCHER & JACK WRIGHT – Drums and Sax
7pm: MICHAEL FOSTER / BEN GERSTEIN / SEAN ALI / FLIN VAN HEMMEN – While We Still Have Bodies – Sax / Trombone / Acoustic Bass / Percussion

Sunday, February 4th 2018:
6pm: ZERO POINT: DANIEL CARTER / DERIC DICKENS / MICHAEL BATES / MARIUS DUBOULE
7pm: BEYOND TRIO: CHERYL PYLE / CLAIRE de BRUNNER / DANIEL CARTER

Sunday, February 11th:
6pm: DAVE SEWELSON TRIO With WILLIAM PARKER and MARVIN BUGALOO SMITH
7pm: MICHAEL FOSTER / INGRID LAUBROCK – Double Soprano Sax & Drums Trio

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

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Bruce’s Recommended Gig This Week:

MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO & ROSCOE MITCHELL!
This Saturday, January 27th at 9pm
At Zankel Hall, underneath Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019 – (212) 903-9600

Check: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2018/01/27/MATTHEW-SHIPP-TRIO-ROSCOE-MITCHELL-SAXOPHONE-0900PM

Avant Scena Reviews

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Source: Avant Scena.

John Chantler | Steve Noble | Seymour Wright – “Front and Above” (SR, 2017)

Jean Derome – “Résistances” (2018)

Christian Lillinger – “COR” (PLAIST, 2018)

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio – “D’agala” (Intakt, 2018)

David Hudry | Ensemble Modern – “Durchgang” (col legno, 2017)

Estamos Ensemble – “Suube Tube” (Edgetone Records, 2017)

Lipscomb Quartet – “Fodder” (SR, 2018)