Azar Lawrence Interview

Source: burning ambulance.

The latest episode of the Burning Ambulance podcast features an interview with saxophonist Azar Lawrence. Based in Los Angeles, Lawrence worked with McCoy Tyner on some of the pianist’s best 1970s albums, including the live albums Enlightenment and Atlantis. He can also be heard with Miles Davis on Dark Magus—he was invited to audition for Miles’s band live onstage at Carnegie Hall, but ultimately opted to stay with Tyner. Lawrence has bounced all around the music scene since the ’70s—he’s written songs for Earth, Wind & Fire, was a member of the Cookers, and has made a dozen or so albums under his own name. His solo debut, Bridge into the New Age, was reissued on vinyl late last year, and his newest album, Elementals, is out this week.

In our interview, Azar Lawrence talks about working with McCoy Tyner, with Miles Davis, with Elvin Jones, with Earth, Wind & Fire, with Kamasi Washington, and much more. It’s a fascinating conversation, and I hope you enjoy it.


San Francisco Scene: March 2-9, 2018

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, March 2

Fri 3/02 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Court Stanford Ca 94305]
Please join us for a special evening of music by virtuoso violinist/composer/technologist Mari Kimura.
Mari is at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument. As a performer, composer, and researcher, she has opened up new sonic worlds for the violin. Notably, she has mastered the production of pitches that sound up to an octave below the violin’s lowest string without retuning. This technique, which she calls Subharmonics, has earned Mari considerable renown in the concert music world and beyond. She is also a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music. At the same time, she has earned international acclaim as a soloist and recitalist
in both standard and contemporary repertoire.

Saturday, March 3

Sat 3/03 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Maggi Payne / John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki
John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki will present an improvisational-composition with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion. Their work originates from their shared interest in ancient and spiritual musics as much as the western “avant-garde”. Their performance utilizes sustained tones (drone), long durations, and playing endurance, aiming to create environments that are ‘experiential’ in nature, more than exclusively ‘musical’. Krausbauer and Suzuki will be touring together performing their solo and duo sets in Japan in March 2018 and have multiple forthcoming releases later in the year. Maggi Payne will open.

Sat 3/03 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

Sunday, March 4

Sun 3/04 7:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [US Berkeley Berkeley]
Kronos Quartet; Rinde Eckert; Vân-Ánh Võ; My Lai

Sun 3/04 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Brett Carson – solo piano
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie: Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute/Joshua Marshall – tenor sax/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Daniel Pearce – drums

Thursday, March 8

Thu 3/08 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 – Pitta of the Mind
8:45 – Buster
9:15 – Usufruct

Thu 3/08 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Signal Flow is a four-day music festival, held annually in the spring, featuring graduate work in composition, performance and multi-media installation from the distinguished Mills College Music Department. Concerts, installations and multi-media works are held in the historic Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall and at various locations throughout the campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Thu 3/08 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland, CA 94609]
The Band That Has Avoided The Whole Idea of Having A Band Name — Scott Walton, contrabass; Matt Ingalls, clarinets & violin; Tim Perkis, electronics; Tom Djll, trumpet and electronics — present an evening of instant compositions for quartet.

Friday, March 9

Fri 3/09 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Opening Reception: The Universal Music of Dr. UM, Works by Darrell DeVore

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar March 2018

Source: extended techniques.

FRIDAY, March 2
8pm Carl Stone, Ned Rothenberg, Ami Yamasaki
overlapping improvisations between computer music pioneer Carl Stone, composer and performer Ned Rothenberg, and Tokyo-based vocalist and cross-media artist Ami Yamasaki
VENUE: ISSUE Project Room

FRIDAY, March 2 8PM
SATURDAY, March 3 5PM and 8:30PM
Claire Chase: Pan
Composed by Marcos Balter, directed by Douglas Fitch, and produced by Jane M. Saks and Project&, Pan is a 90-minute participatory performance for flutist Claire Chase, electronics, and mass community participation in the form of a large ensemble of non-professional or trained players/collaborators. Imani Uzuri joins as a featured performer.
VENUE: The Kitchen
ADMISSION: $25/$20

8pm Susan Alcorn/Jim Denley; John Dikeman/Steve Swell Quintet
VENUE: Happylucky no. 1

TUESDAY, March 6
7 PM Sō Percussion and JACK Quartet
Philip Glass, String Quartet No. 8 (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Donnacha Dennehy, Broken Unison (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Dan Trueman, Songs That Are Hard To Sing (NY Premiere)
VENUE: Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall)
ADMISSION: $38 – $48

8PM Okkyung Lee/ BrandonLopez-Derek Baron-MFoster/DPeck/MEvans
VENUE: Vital Joint

SATURDAY, March 10
8 PM Cooper-Moore/Andrew Drury Duo, We Free Strings
VENUE: Soup & Sound #103
ADMISSION: $20 suggested donation

SUNDAY, March 11
3PM Benefit for The Stone
John Zorn (sax) Jim Staley (trombone) Marc Ribot (guitar) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Christian McBride (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Ches Smith (drums)
VENUE: The Village Vanguard

TUESDAY, March 13
8PM Four Directions
Jin Hi Kim – Electric Komungo
William Parker – Bass
Elliott Sharp – Guitar
Hamid Drake – Percussion
VENUE: Roulette

7:30 Walter/Ewen/Smith, Max Ernst/D Carter, Riott/Stewart, M Foster
VENUE: Legion Bar

7PM & 9PM Alvin Curran
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory

March 14-18
7:30 and 3 PM Meredith Monk’s Cellular Songs
VENUE: BAM Harvey Theater
ADMISSION: from $30

FRIDAY, March 16
8:30 PM Tim Berne (alto saxophone) Hank Roberts (cello) David Torn (guitar, electronics) Ben Perowsky (drums, percussion, electronics)
VENUE: The Stone

FRIDAY, March 16
7:30 PM Alarm Will Sound: This Music Should Not Exist
Program to include:
Ligeti Chamber Concerto
Ligeti Continuum
Ligeti Poème symphonique
6:30 PM Pre -concert talk with Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor of Alarm Will Sound, and violist and Host of WQXR’s Meet The Composer Nadia Sirota
VENUE: Zankel Hall
ADMISSION: $35- $45

SATURDAY, March 17
7.30pm + 9.30pm
Kris Davis – piano
Ingrid Laubrock – saxophones
ADMISSION: $10/$35
VENUE: Jazz Gallery

SUNDAY, March 18
6 PM Nick Fraser/Ingrid Laubrock
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery

SUNDAY, March 18
2 PM Musical Armenia 2018
Hrant Bagrazyan
Mary Kouyoumdjian, Hotel Elefant and Timo Andres
VENUE: Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall)

TUESDAY, March 20
10:30pm Tony Malaby, saxophones; Kris Davis, piano; Nick Fraser, drums
VENUE: Korzo

8 PM Keith Jarrett
An Evening of Solo Piano Improvisations
VENUE: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
ADMISSION: check with the venue

SATURDAY, March 24
2 PM The Vietnam War: At Home and Abroad
Friction Quartet performing George Crumb’s amplified string quartet Black Angels.
VENUE: Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall)
ADMISSION: $35- $45

8 PM Max Johnson Heroes Trio
Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums, Max Johnson on bass, and the compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more.
VENUE: Barbes

7PM Pamelia Stickney
John Zorn presents theremin maven Pamelia Stickney who will debut the world-premiere of “Peripheral Vision, Escape Routes” on theremin, a compilation of several lullabies, songs, and daydreams, with special guests Danny Tunick on vibraphone + marimba and Stuart Popejoy on piano & keyboard.
VENUE: National Sawdust

THURSDAY, March 29
8 PM Composer Portraits: Christopher Cerrone
Christopher Cerrone
Rachel Calloway mezzo-soprano
Third Coast Percussion
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University
ADMISSION: $20-$30

FRIDAY, March 30
7 PM Music of Max Johnson w/ Mivos Quartet, Beck, Thomson & Gornstein
VENUE: Spectrum

FRIDAY, March 30
7PM John King Premieres works for cello and piano
featuring Jeffrey Zeigler and Taka Kigawa
“Time Curves for solo cello” (2017)
“13 Preludes for piano” (2017)
“Threads of Bronze”
VENUE: National Sawdust

FRIDAY, March 30
8:30 PM String Orchestra of Brooklyn: String Theories III: Meditations
Music by Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, Tony Conrad, and Zach Layton
VENUE: Roulette

Classical Music in New York 

Source: The New York Times.

CLAIRE CHASE at the Kitchen (March 2, 8 p.m.; March 3, 5 and 8:30 p.m.). The latest installment of the vital flutist’s “Density 2036” project, which unveils a new set of pieces each year, is Marcos Balter’s “Pan,” a reflection on the paradoxical mortality of a god, scored for flute, electronics and community participation. Doug Fitch directs the performances.

SO PERCUSSION AND JACK QUARTET at Zankel Hall (March 6, 7 p.m.). This concert presents a meeting of the new-music royal families, each rolling out a major premiere. Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 8 has its first performance in the United States, and Donnacha Dennehy’s “Broken Unison” has its first performance anywhere. After intermission, the two ensembles join forces for Dan Trueman’s “Songs That Are Hard to Sing.”

Coming to Portland

Source: Creative Music Guild.

Vinnie Golia/Rich Halley/Clyde Reed/Tim DuRoche
March 7th, 2018 — 8pm
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth Ave

Loom & Francisco Botello
Mar 21, 2018 — 8-10pm
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth

Lori Goldston Trio and Julia Reidy with Judith Hamann
Mar 23rd, 2018 — 8pm
$12-10, sliding scale
Leaven Community
20th and NE KIllingsworth