San Francisco Scene: March 30 – April 5, 2018

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, March 30

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

Saturday, March 31

Sat 3/31 6:00 PM Mills College Art Museum [5000 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland, CA]
Join us for the opening reception of Variable Dimensions the 2018 Mills College Senior Thesis Exhibition. An annual exhibition featuring the work of graduating Studio Art majors, the senior thesis exhibition provides a unique opportunity to these young artists––their first exhibition in a professional art museum. This year’s presenting artists are Verónica Yazmín Allen, Jodie Barbin, Isabel Cardiff, Carolyn Dorwin, Lily Drabkin, Roxana Farmer, Alexandra Goodenough, Selena Guido, Nicole Rose, Maya Tillo, Danielle Toriumi, Imani Karpowich, Nai Saeyang, Emily Weiss, Hart Rosenberg, Karla Navarro, Gladis Munguia, and Amy Farrow.

Sat 3/31 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Amendola vs. Blades vs. Skerik vs. Berlin
Scott Amendola VS Blades, Skerik (Garage a Trois), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, The Flesh Eaters, The Blasters)

Sat 3/31 8:00 PM Wind River [421 Wild Way Santa Cruz]
Two artists come from very different ends of the contemporary and experimental music worlds to meet in a program of invented languages and electronically augmented extended vocal performance. Jaap Blonk, internationally renowned sound poet, electronic musician, and composer based in Holland, performs new work with electronics and augmented voice. Soprano Nina Dante, vocalist with the Chicago-based Fonema Consort, will join a program of scored work by herself as well as composers Aaron Cassidy, Stratis Minakakis, and Pablo Chin.

Sunday, April 1

Sun 4/01 4:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
The Living Earth Show

Sun 4/01 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103]
Psychodropping: raising a hire self: consultations in blended media
2018 tour launch for Oracle+ (OAK), RRLEW (NYC) and Frank’s Tina Takes (OAK), also the release party for a new Oracle+ DVD on Resipiscent Records.
8:30pm Doors / 9pm Performances

Sun 4/01 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Psychodropping: raising a hire self: consultations in blended mediums
8:30pm Doors / 9pm Performances
$15 Guests / Free for members
2018 tour launch for Oracle+ (OAK), RRLEW (NYC) and Frank’s Tina Takes (OAK), also the release party for a new Oracle+ DVD on Resipiscent Records.

Tuesday, April 3

Tue 4/03 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Circling the Waves is a multimedia performance designed by violinist and artist Michiko Theurer. It interweaves music commissioned from six composers around a central series of paintings created by Michiko. The project is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves, and explores a multiplicity of independent voices wrapping around a shared visual space.

Tue 4/03 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Sound poet Jaap Blonk performs his solo (with electronics) “Dr. Voxoid’s Next Move”, and improvises with Tim Duff (contrabass) and Bryan Day (percussion).

Wednesday, April 4

Wed 4/04 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Join Cookie Tongue’s return to San Francisco from Brooklyn for the cassette release of Orphan Arms on Eh? records. Filling the bill are Cruel Work and Sean Real.

Thursday, April 5

Thu 4/05 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SopraDuo Album Release Party

Thu 4/05 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Ahead of his Other Minds Festival performance in SF, Jaap Blonk presents “Songs of Little Sleep” and other recent works for voice and electronics.

Thu 4/05 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Works for Solo Piano and Electronics
Anne Rainwater, piano

Thu 4/05 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Pinbokeh Trio
Nathan Chamberlain – guitar, Josiah Branaman – bass, and Paul Sakai – drums
9:00 pm Skullkrusher
Philip Everett – analogue electronics and devices

BA Podcast 13: Meg Okura & Sam Newsome

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The thirteenth episode of the Burning Ambulance podcast features a joint interview with violinist Meg Okura, who was born in Japan and recorded with David Bowie, and currently leads her own Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and her husband, soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome. Her newest album, Ima Ima, will be out in May. His latest, a solo record called Sopranoville, came out last year and was reviewed on this site. They’ve also got an album with pianist Jean-Michel Pilc as the NPO Trio that’s out now. In this conversation, we discuss their individual music, the work they do together, religion and spirituality, and much more.

Jazz in NYC This Weekend

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: The New York Times.

STEPHAN CRUMP, INGRID LAUBROCK AND CORY SMYTHE at the Jazz Gallery (March 30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Laubrock has a strong, unflinching tone on the tenor saxophone, but she uses it to outline and define space, not fill it. On the album “Planktonic Finales,” released last year, she joined Mr. Crump, a bassist whose playing is more embodied and abundant, and Mr. Smythe, a pianist of cogent articulation who comes at improvisation from the perspective of a contemporary classical musician.

TIA FULLER at Smoke (March 30-April 1; 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.). Scalding and propulsive, Ms. Fuller always seems to be testing the limits of her own power — as if seeing if she can single-handedly overload your ear’s switchboard. It’s not every alto saxophonist’s way, but with Ms. Fuller’s blend of impeccable straight-ahead-jazz chops and gospelly inflections, it’s engrossing. Later this spring, she will release “Diamond Cut,” her first album in six years. She plays this weekend with the pianist Shamie Royston, the bassist Mimi Jones and the drummer Tyson Jackson.

MARY HALVORSON at Jazz Standard (April 3-4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Halvorson’s fraying, sparkplug style makes her as singular a guitarist as they come. As a bandleader and composer, she’s always changing shape. Her latest project is one to seek out: Code Girl, a quintet in which the vocalist Amirtha Kidambi sings lyrics written by Ms. Halvorson. The band is about to release a fine debut album — a mix of indie-rock testimonial, noisy convulsion and warped group improvising — and will celebrate the disc with this two-night run, featuring Ms. Kidambi on vocals, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet (filling in for Ambrose Akinmusire, the group’s regular horn player), Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.

PATTY WATERS at First Unitarian Congregational Society (April 5, 8 p.m.). Few vocalists possess either the stark intimacy or the darkened mystery of Ms. Waters. She inhabits the territory of singers like Sibylle Baier, Jeanne Lee, Nick Drake, Billie Holiday — and hardly anyone else. A sylph of a singer, Ms. Waters spent a few potent years on jazz’s avant-garde in the 1960s, then vanished. Her 1965 debut, “Patty Waters Sings,” is still her definitive document. It features seven hushed and haunted originals, with little more than a piano backing her and a 14-minute take on “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” the Appalachian folk song that she pulverizes into noxious dust. Now 72, Ms. Waters plays here in her first New York performance since a brief re-emergence in 2003. She is joined by Burton Greene, the pianist from “Sings,” as well as the bassist Mario Pavone and the percussionist Barry Altschul.

DAN WEISS at Nublu 151 (April 1, 8 p.m.). Next week, the drummer Mr. Weiss will release “Starebaby,” a seething, spacious album that unites doom and thrash metal with jazz. The band from that record — Craig Taborn and Matt Mitchell, both on keyboards and electronics; Ben Monder on guitar; and Trevor Dunn on bass — performs here in a special prerelease concert. The show starts with an opening set from Mick Barr and Brandon Seabrook, guitarists who each have their own idiosyncratic ideas about blending metal and jazz. (If you miss this show — or decide you haven’t had enough — Mr. Weiss will also kick off a five-night residency at the Stone on Tuesday.)

Another Big Ears Review

Source: KRCB.

Contained within a walkable radius of historic downtown Knoxville — in a range of ornate landmark theaters, refurbished industrial spaces, art galleries, churches, and clubs — it creates its own atmospheric climate, along with a center of gravity. From its first iteration in 2009, the festival has been a locus of expedition, defined more by a go-anywhere ethos than by any style or genre allegiance. For a few years, the event honored vanguardist classical composers like Terry Riley and Steve Reich. It has skipped some years over the last decade. This was its seventh edition — and my first, despite the best of intentions and the deepest of affinities.

Coming to Portland

Source: Creative Music Guild.

Ad Hoc Improv Night
Apr 4th, 2018
Free ($5-15 donations), sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth Ave

Multi-Verse Ensemble and Rob Magill
April 18th, 2018 — 8-10pm
$5 – 15, sliding scale
Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth

Extradition Series 2018 Spring Concert
Saturday, April 21st
Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave. @ Killingsworth, PDX
Doors 7pm, music 7:30pm

The Extradition Series 2018 Spring Concert will feature five works of extraordinary experimental composition:

Richard Glover, “An Imperfect Harmony” (2013): A simple, deeply resonant composition exploring microtonal harmonies on the double bass.

Catherine Lamb, “Nodes, Various” (2009/10): Using a defined frequency set, this open-ended piece asks a group of musicians to explore the tonalities of saw-wave oscillations and their low overtones.

Mark So, “a tepid atmosphere (bedroom near the sky)” (2007): Part of a series of pieces based on the poetry of John Ashbery, “a tepid atmosphere” combines field recordings, electronics, and other instruments to slowly shift the listener’s perspective within what seems like a static sound environment.

Jurg Frey, “Floating Categories” (2015): Scored “for reader, listener, player alone, maybe performer(s),” this sparse dreamscape mixes words and phrases, short melodic fragments, and grids of colored dots, challenging performers to translate images and feelings into aural and visual content

Michael Pisaro, “Entre-Moments” (2005/6): Combining separate pieces for piano, instrumental trio, and group electronics, “Entre-Moments” is concerned with projecting a sparse amount of musical material across long durations

Ben Glas, “Self Composure #2 (Memory Sequence)” (2018): Part of our participatory “Extradition Off-Site” series, this new sound meditation by Portland composer/performer Ben Glas is designed to be performed by anyone, musician or non-musician, outside of the concert setting, at the time and place of their choosing. The score will be available as a Facebook event within a four-week window around the concert date.

Featuring performances by: Andre St. James , Matt Carlson, Derek Ecklund, Ben Glas, Branic Howard, Juniana Lanning, Evan Spacht, Matthew Andrews, Brandon Conway, Mike Gamble, Matt Hannafin, Loren Chasse, Douglas Detrick, Jacob Mitas, Lee Elderton, and Catherine Lee