Ornette Coleman Compositions

English: Ornette Coleman, moers festival 2011

Source: burning ambulance.

Ornette Coleman is obviously best known as a jazz musician. His 1959-61 quartet broke jazz wide open on albums like The Shape of Jazz to Come, This is Our Music, and Change of the Century, and he gave an entire genre a name with Free Jazz. Later albums like The Empty Foxhole, Broken Shadows, Science Fiction, Crisis and Ornette at 12 weren’t as transformative as his previous work—the boundaries of his style had been established, and he was now tweaking the details rather than upending things entirely—but they were every bit as emotionally potent and beautiful. His turn toward electric funk, which began in the mid ’70s and continued for 20 years, alienated almost as many of his fans as his first acoustic recordings had repelled jazz traditionalists, but there were still clearly audible connections to what had come before. His voice on the horn was still uniquely and unmistakably his own, no matter what kind of clatter and squall surrounded it.

But there’s another side of Ornette Coleman‘s music that has often gone overlooked. As early as 1962, and probably much earlier, he was composing for chamber ensembles and orchestras. And while there are relatively few recorded examples of this work, those that do exist are startling, and well worth exploring for what they reveal about his musical personality.

San Francisco Scene: March 23-30, 2018

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, March 23

Fri 3/23 5:30 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend
Celebrating Pauline OLIVEROS and Steven SCHICK
Join us for a weekend of artistry and creativity at our “at the CROSSROADS Series” where we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Pauline Oliveros’ birth as well as Steven Schick‘s final season as SFCMP’s Artistic Director.
The weekend’s events include four concerts, composer talks, a solo-percussion concert by Steven Schick, and a celebratory reception and toast to honor maestro Schick’s seven years of dedication to SFCMP.
Works by
Galina Ustvolskaya
Xavier Beteta
Carolyn Chen
Luciano Berio
Pauline Oliveros
3 Winners of SF Search Under-30 Call for Scores: Danny Clay, John Ivers, Nathan Chamberlain
Morton Feldman
Composer Talk with Carolyn Chen
SPECIAL EVENTS: Reception and toast for Steven Schick followed by Steven Schick solo-percussion concert performing works of Iannis XENAKIS, Kurt SCHWITTERS, and Celeste ORAM

Fri 3/23 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline in West Oakland. Exact locale given to those who sign up.]
Duck Baker solo guitar and 4 course gourmet vegan menu.

Saturday, March 24

Sat 3/24 5:30 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend
Celebrating Pauline OLIVEROS and Steven SCHICK

Sat 3/24 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Miolina: All Good Is Luck

Sat 3/24 8:00 PM The Milk Bar [241a South 1st Street, Richmond, CA]
The 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival continues with a night of Alt-Tuned Rock with ‘Fraid o’ Freyja (the just-intoned psych rock alter-ego of Thingamajigs Performance Group), Vegan Butcher (John Shiurba’s narcotic sad core, written in the 9-note January Scale) and Hazel Atlas (Kevin Thompson of the Enablers solo).

Sunday, March 25

Sun 3/25 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Edward Neeman
Pianist Edward Neeman presents a darkly passionate recital, featuring the West Coast Premiere of Larry Sitsky’s Piano Sonata No. 1, ‘Retirer d’en bas de l’eau’, plus Jan Ladislav Dussek’s final sonata, ‘L’invocation’, and Paul Schoenfield’s Peccadilloes.

Sun 3/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
HUSH Series — Daniel Corral’s Polytope (NorCal Premiere)

Sun 3/25 8:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St San Francisco]
Mike Patton & John Zorn

Thursday, March 29

Thu 3/29 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn: SHE album release

Thu 3/29 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm The Shoes – avant-garde psych jazz
8:40 pm John Ingle Trio w/Kjell Nordeson – drums and Scott Walton – bass
9:20 pm Key West
Brian Pedersen-sax, Jay Korber-drums, Randylee Sutherland-cello

Friday, March 30

Fri 3/30 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Nina Dante: Extending the Voice

Newsbits: Abrams, Moore, Drake / Brian Eno / Carl Testa Electroacoustic Sextet

Hamid Drake at Moers Festival 2006, Germany

Joshua Abrams, Cooper-Moore, and Hamid Drake will perform in St. Louis, May 26.

A Brian Eno installation will be unveiled in Berlin, March 29.

The Carl Testa Electroacoustic Sextet will perform at Lilypad this Friday, 8:30pm. 1353 Cambridge St, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA. Featuring: Andria Nicodemou – vibes, Erica Dicker – violin, Junko Fujiwara – cello, Louis Guarino Jr. – trumpet, Anne Rhodes – voice, Carl Testa – bass and electronics.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Jason Kao Hwang live at Saalfelden 20...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Dan Weiss: Matt Mitchell / Craig Taborn / Ben Monder / Trevor Dunn! Karl Berger w/ Jason Hwang & Tomas Ulrich! Alex Von Schlippenbach & Rudi Mahall! Mark Nauseef: Bill Laswell / Sylvie Couvoisier / Tony Oxley..! Vinny Golia Sextet! Henry Kaiser & Ed Pettersen! Cornelius Cardew’s ‘Treatise’ by London Experimental Ensemble! Ab Baars & Ig Henneman!

Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid! Thollem McDonas Trio on ESP! Frank Zappa & the Mothers at the Fillmore West, 1970! Gun Club! Heldon! Spiritual Jazz Volume 8! Live rarities from: Elvin Jones / Dizzy Gillespie / Freddie Hubbard / Woody Shaw! Plus Vinyl from Merzbow! Bruce Gilbert! Kevin Drumm! John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers! And Even More..!


Sunday, March 25th, 2018:
8pm: DENNIS REA – Solo Electric Guitar

Sunday, April 1st, 2018 / April Fool’s Day / Easter Sunday!
6pm: LOUISE D.E. JENSEN Birthday Celebration
7pm: JACK WRIGHT and ZACH DARRUP – Alto Sax and Guitar

Sunday, April 8th: CP Birthday 65 Celebration Gig: The Beyond Group:
Flute / Reeds & Trumpet / Soprano Sax / Bassoon

Sunday, April 15th, 2018:
6pm: AARON SHRAGGE / ELI ASHER – Trumpet Duo
7pm: NICOLA HEIN / MIA ZABELKA Special Guest

Sunday, April 22nd:
6pm: NOAH BECKER and COLIN HINTON – Alto sax and Drums

Jazz in NYC This Weekend 

English: Ravi Coltrane at Bonnaroo - 2007

Source: The New York Times.

CLAUDIA QUINTET at the Miller Theater (March 24, 8 p.m.). Cycling minimalism, paint-splattered harmonies and subtly accruing percussion — it’s all part of the Claudia Quintet’s abstruse formula, devised by the drummer and composer John Hollenbeck. The group has released eight albums over the past 15 years, becoming something of an idiosyncratic institution in the liminal territory between jazz and contemporary classical. The band appears here with Matt Moran on vibraphone, Red Wierenga on accordion, Chris Speed on clarinet and tenor saxophone, and Drew Gress on bass.
212-854-7799, millertheatre.com

RAVI COLTRANE at Jazz Standard (March 27-April 1, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Coltrane’s music finds a tottery balance in the space between free-form improvisation and pulsing, onrushing flow. He hasn’t released an album in six years, but he has been busy; most recently he’s put a lot of effort toward furthering the legacy of his mother, the jazz pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane. He appears at Jazz Standard in a trio featuring the bassist Dezron Douglas and the drummer Allan Mednard, as well as a rotation of special guests. On Wednesday, it’s the saxophonist Tomoki Sanders, the son of Pharoah Sanders, an esteemed musician who collaborated in the 1960s and ’70s with Ms. Coltrane. On March 30, it’ll be the harpist Brandee Younger; and on April 1, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi.
212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com

ANDREW CYRILLE QUARTET at the Village Vanguard (March 27-April 1, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). An experimental drummer who can easily balance propulsion and sensitivity, Mr. Cyrille began his career in the 1960s, when he apprenticed with Philly Joe Jones and recorded with the big-band-era eminence Coleman Hawkins. Then he embarked on a 10-year stint with Cecil Taylor, a pioneer of free jazz, establishing himself as a protagonist on the avant-garde. Now 78, Mr. Cyrille has never lost his omnivorous musical appetite; his work ranges from free improvisations to smoldering small-group jazz to a collaboration with Haitian musicians. He performs here with the personnel from his entrancing 2016 release, “The Declaration of Musical Independence”: Bill Frisell on guitar, Richard Teitelbaum on synthesizers and piano, and Ben Street on bass.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

THERESA WONG at the Stone (March 27-31, 8:30 p.m.). A singing cellist and an experimentalist of patient, farsighted demeanor, Ms. Wong leaves all options on the table: Most of the time, she plays the instrument in slow swipes and resonant plucks, resisting pattern or repetition. In residence at the Stone, Ms. Wong appears in a duo with the pianist Motoko Honda on Tuesday, alone on Wednesday and in a variety of small-group formations through March 31.