AMN Reviews: Eraldo Bernocchi, Jo Quail, FM Einheit – Rosebud (2017; RareNoiseRecords)

Consider this album one that slipped through the cracks. Released more than two months ago, it would have rightfully had a place on our Best of 2017 list. So, as the cliché goes, better late than never. Or, more accurately, it was worth the wait.

Bernocchi is the co-founder of the RareNoise label, a genre-making thought leader in unconventional and creative music for the last decade. Here, he provides guitar atmospherics in the form of long-held power chords, harmonics, feedback, and drones, any of which may be subject to electronic processing. Quail is a classically-trained cellist who experiments with distortion and effects. Einheit, of course, was a principal member of German industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten, and contributes found-object percussion and machine rhythms. On Rosebud, this unusual trio combines gritty ambiance with restrained aggression that results in six pieces that contain a surprising amount of subtle beauty.

As an example track, Xanadu begins with an ominous, horror-movie riff from Quail. Einheit and Bernocchi join in with rattling percussion and distorted chording, respectively. Bernocchi double tracks his guitar lines, trading off low-end duties with Quail, while also providing sustained, bent wails. Einheit’s efforts are structured and rhythmic, yet the eschewing of a traditional drum kit makes his input appear to be both more mechanical and less constrained.

Rosebud is a study in contrasts: composition and improvisation, familiar and strange, catchy and harsh, dense and singular. Each of these qualities can be found throughout, often juxtaposed with one another. While a studio construct, the one cannot help but think that the music herein would be nothing less than spectacular if performed live.

https://www.rarenoiserecords.com/jukebox/beq/rosebud/

San Francisco Scene: February 16-23, 2018

Abdullah Ibrahim

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, February 16

Fri 2/16 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Thoabath•KOKUO•Greg Gorlen•Filthmilk

Fri 2/16 7:45 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Cellista/Colclasure: Border Crossings
Cellista & Peter Colclasure present an evening of new music that explores the borders between genres. Featuring the Juxtapositions Chamber Ensemble, and rapper DEM ONE.

Fri 2/16 8:00 PM Vernon Salon Series [271 Vernon St Oakland, CA]
Transient Canvas

Fri 2/16 9:00 PM Fireside Lounge [1453 Webster St, Alameda, California 94501]
Sideways Songs: Grex, Spencer Owen Timeshare, Chris Peck
Grex – Karl Evangelista: gtr, vocals, perc, Rei Scampavia: keys. vocals, perc
Spencer Owen Timeshare – Spencer Owen: vocals, etc., et al.
Chris Peck – Chris Peck-vocals, guitar, Alison Niedbalski-vocals, keys
A shattering night of sounds at once beautiful, exotic, and strange, featuring a brand new set of music from Oakland art rock-cum-free jazz trio Grex, the experimental rock melange of Spencer Owen Timeshare, and the daring, powerhouse songs of Chris Peck

Saturday, February 17

Sat 2/17 7:00 PM Wind River [421 Wild Way, Santa Cruz]
Red Desert is the duo project of clarinetist Katie Porter and composer/percussionist Devin Maxwell, who have been performing, commissioning, creating and championing interesting music for 17 years. Their program stems from the stripped-down, austere and crystalline beauty of Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, and extends to younger composers Lucie Vitkova and Devin Maxwell. The program concludes with Catherine Lamb’s new composition muto infinitas, for bass flute and double bass, performed by Christine Tavolacci and Scott Worthington.

Sat 2/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Hubbard Quartet in San Francisco
The all-female group, Hubbard Quartet presents a program of all female composers in their first concert tour of the West Coast. Composers include Julie Barwick, Vivian Fine, Devree Lewis, and Marilyn Zupnick.

Sunday, February 18

Sun 2/18 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Tuesday, February 20

Tue 2/20 7:30 PM Davies Symphony Hall [San Francisco]
Philip Glass @ 80: Music with Changing Parts

Tue 2/20 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
February’s Canessa Gallery concert will feature a duo of Easton, PA saxophonist Jack Wright and Chattanooga, TN bassist Evan Lipson, Bay Area violinist Thea Farhadian with Heike Liss (skratchklang) and electronic works by Silvia Matheus.

Tue 2/20 8:00 PM First Congregational Church of Berkeley [2345 Channing Way Berkeley, CA]
Transient Canvas
Composers, Inc.
Music by David Ibbett and Robert Nance.

Wednesday, February 21

Wed 2/21 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight Street]
Thomas Dimuzio, Deletist, Sarah Lockhart, Watkins/Peacock

Wed 2/21 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus commences a three-month mini-residency featuring his Life’s Blood Ensemble celebrating the release of their new recording Rogue Star.

Thursday, February 22

Thu 2/22 2:00 PM UC Berkeley [Morrison Hall Berkeley, CA]
Transient Canvas will be reading music by UC Berkeley undergraduate composition students of Ken Ueno.

Thu 2/22 7:30 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak St. SF]
In SFCMP’s Master Class series you will observe some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional music students as they learn from our renowned ensemble members in front of a live audience. Students will perform contemporary classical pieces that were selected by them. The students perform the music while being mentored in the master techniques, skills, and style of contemporary music. This new music and percussion master class is led by SFCMP percussionist, Wiilliam Winant.

Thu 2/22 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
JAZZ EPISTLES W/ ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, WADADA LEO SMITH & EKAYA
South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim first heard the call of modern jazz in the late 1950s, and along with Hugh Masekela, founded the pioneering Jazz Epistles—a hard bop ensemble modeled on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers that was first black jazz combo to record in South Africa. Due to recent health issues, Hugh Masekela will unfortunately not be performing with Abdullah Ibrahim and the Jazz Epistles. Masekela will be replaced by trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith.

Thu 2/22 7:30 PM Stanford Memorial Church [450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305-2090]
CCRMA Presents An Evening of Sonic Exploration with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess.

Thu 2/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00pm The Holly Martins
Eric Vogler- guitar, Kasey Knudsen- alto sax, Lorin Benedict- voice
9:00pm Jack Wright with Evan Lipson
Jacob Felix Heule, and Danishta Rivero

Friday, February 23

Fri 2/23 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
JAZZ EPISTLES W/ ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, WADADA LEO SMITH & EKAYA
South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim first heard the call of modern jazz in the late 1950s, and along with Hugh Masekela, founded the pioneering Jazz Epistles—a hard bop ensemble modeled on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers that was first black jazz combo to record in South Africa. Due to recent health issues, Hugh Masekela will unfortunately not be performing with Abdullah Ibrahim and the Jazz Epistles. Masekela will be replaced by trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith.

Fri 2/23 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
The Actual Trio – John Schott, guitar; Dan Seamans, double bass; and John Hanes, drums – celebrate the release of their second CD, “Act II”. For this special concert the trio will be expanded to include a horn section and a second guitarist, featuring Jayn Pettingill, Alan Williams, and Myles Boisen.

Lea Bertucci in Halifax Tonight

Source: THE COAST. Bertucci is profiled ahead of her performance.

It would be a fallacy to call composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lea Bertucci merely a musician, because she’s so much more. “When people ask me what I do I say I’m an artist,” says Bertucci. “It can be misleading because I make music, but I like to call myself an artist who works with sound.”

The New York-based Bertucci, who recently released her first LP Metal Aether, is making a trip to Halifax this week to perform and discuss her artistry—and there’s a lot to discuss. In 2017 alone, Bertucci toured North America and Europe non-stop, partook in a series of residencies and published her first book, all while recording material for her debut, whch was released on February 9.

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Myra Melford Trio — Alive in the House of Saints (hatOLOGY)

Peter Kuhn Trio – Intention (FMR)

Pierre Bastien — The Mecanocentric Worlds of Pierre Bastien (Discrepant)

Planning for Burial — Beneath the House (The Flenser)

Joelle Léandre Profiled

Source: ARTEIDOLIA.

For over forty years—since playing a solo set in Buffalo, New York in 1976—French double bassist Joëlle Léandre has been bringing a uniquely forceful and personal kind of improvised music to life. Whether alone or with others, she plays with a polymorphously full engagement, inhabiting the performance as a good actor would inhabit a character. But it isn’t a kind of musical method acting; rather, it’s her way—a perfectly natural way, and one arising of its own accord—of directing the full force of her personality into the substance of her craft. As she does as well with interviews and in her autobiography,