San Francisco Scene: April 6-13, 2018

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, April 6

Fri 4/06 7:30 PM Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC) [UC Santa Cruz]
Giacomo Fiore and Kyle Bruckmann More…

Saturday, April 7

Sat 4/07 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
ReImaginations – Cage, Shende & Bach on Guitar: Aaron Larget-Caplan More…

Sat 4/07 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) form a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. These events are run and curated by the graduate students and faculty of each participating institution. The 2018 series of California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts will be held at the campuses of UCSD, UCSB, Mills, CCRMA/Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, and CalArts throughout April 2018. The Stanford/CCRMA leg will be held on April 7th from 7.30PM

Sat 4/07 8:00 PM ANNO DOMINI ART GALLERY [366 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113]
Come listen to JAAP BLONK, Dutch sound poet and electronic musician, and SCLOrk, the Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra, at the awesome ANNO DOMINI Art Gallery in downtown San Jose!

Sunday, April 8

Sun 4/08 4:00 PM House Concert – Scotts Valley, CA [Call or email for details Seth 831-239-4874]
Jack Wright….saxes
Evan Lipson…..double bass
Zachary Darrup…..guitar and objects

Sun 4/08 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm nOOi – CD release
Mark Oi – electric guitar/Bill Noertker – electric bass
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – sax, flute/Brett Carson – piano/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums

Sun 4/08 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]

Monday, April 9

Mon 4/09 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Join us on April 9 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco for the Gala Opening of the 23rd annual Other Minds Festival.
This opening night event features Anne Waldman, with Karen Stackpole, gongs; Clark Coolidge, with Alvin Curran keyboards and electronics; Michael McClure; Aram Saroyan; Jaap Blonk; Enzo Minarelli.

Mon 4/09 8:00 PM Castro Theatre [San Francisco]
A Celebration of Oddball Films with Marc Capelle’s Red Room Orchestra

Mon 4/09 9:45 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Faults + Cartoon Justice

Tuesday, April 10

Tue 4/10 7:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Grex & Brimstone and Glory
Two Piece Tuesdays is proud to present the art rock of Grex (duo & trio editions) and the film Brimstone & Glory. Join us for a night of exploding sounds of wonder and the artful resplendence of pyrotechnics.
Brimstone & Glory ~ The feature debut of director Viktor Jakovleski, “Brimstone & Glory” looks at the city of Tultepec, Mexico, during the National Pyrotechnic Festival.
Grex (Karl Evangelista-guitar, voice, perc., Rei Scampavia-keys, voice, perc., w/Robert Lopez-drums) is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, a “grex” is an entity composed of several smaller organisms. Grex (the band) explores the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of improvised music.

Tue 4/10 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]

scapegoat is an experimental saxophone and percussion duo. Close creative collaboration and multi-media projects form the basis of their pursuit for artistic innovation and expression. Programmes are designed to broaden and challenge the musical experience of the audience, through original works featuring live electronics, performer-controlled sonic and visual amplification, video and lighting design, and improvisation. scapegoat’s 2017/18 season features new commissions of composers Pierluigi Billone and Michelle Lou funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, with residencies and performances as part of an Australian tour, a Californian tour, and at the Ultima Festival (Oslo) and Open Ears Festival (Kitchener). scapegoat recently recorded works by Mauricio Pauly and Santiago Díez Fischer to be released on an upcoming record in collaboration with writer Renee Gladman. Upcoming projects include collaborations with Sabrina Schroeder, Hanna Hartman, and Sam Salem.

Tue 4/10 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Join us on April 10 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco for the second evening of the 23rd annual Other Minds Festival.
This event features a workshop/demonstration of sound poetry techniques by Dutch artist Jaap Blonk.

Tue 4/10 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Roughhousing (Jack Wright, Evan Lipson, Zachary Darrup)
– Syrnx
– gabby fluke-mogul & Jordan Glenn duo

Wednesday, April 11

Wed 4/11 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Join us on April 11 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco for the second evening of the 23rd annual Other Minds Festival.
This event features work by: Kurt Schwitters; Filippo Marinetti; Fortunato Depero; Gertrude Stein & Virgil Thomson; Ernst Toch; Lawrence Weschler; Cathy Berberian; Bernard Heidsieck. Performed by: Jaap Blonk; Enzo Minarelli; Randall Wong; Sarah Cahill; The Other Minds Ensemble (Kevin Baum, Joel Chapman, Sidney Chen, Amy X Neuburg, Randall Wong and Pamela Z)

Wed 4/11 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Anne Pajunen – multi-voiced singer and performer and T.D. Skatchit playing Skatch Platters and boxes with Gino Robair At Tom’s Place

Wed 4/11 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Noam Bierstone plays the piano, Tibetan bowls, & himself
Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone performs his first solo show in the US, featuring works for both percussion and piano!

Wed 4/11 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus continues a three-month mini-residency featuring his Life’s Blood Ensemble recreating their 2017 release Rising Colossus.

Thursday, April 12

Thu 4/12 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Join us on April 12 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco for the second evening of the 23rd annual Other Minds Festival.
This event features works on tape by Sten Hanson; Lily Greenham; Åke Hodell, and live performance by OTTARAS (Ottar Ormstad & Taras Mashtalir); Tone Åse, & Sten Sandell

Thu 4/12 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Matt Robidoux
9:00 pmH/I Ensemble
Julie Herndon – harmonium, electronics, John Ivers – clarinet and electronics
San Francisco-based H/I Ensemble explores breath, song, and synthesis in sound. Julie Herndon (keys, voice, electronics) and John Ivers (clarinets, electronics) use reactive elements to create malleable, semi-permeable musical structures. Referencing drone pop, ambient spectralism, and free improvisation, H/I develops immersive songscapes.

Friday, April 13

Fri 4/13 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Join us on April 13 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco for the fifth evening of the 23rd annual Other Minds Festival.

RIP Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008

Source: NPR. We have lost a true innovator.

Pianist Cecil Taylor, a pioneer of free jazz and icon of the avant-garde for more than half a century, died Thursday evening at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 89. Taylor’s legacy is his sound: He played the piano with a furious attack, using the entire range of the instrument to create a unique musical language. His approach inspired other musicians and he remained true to it, even though it meant a lifetime of financial struggles.

AMN Picks of the Week: League of Assholes / Stephanie Richards / London Experimental Ensemble / Chad Taylor / Shatner’s Bassoon

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

The League of Assholes – IM PEACH The Sequel (2018)
Stephanie Richards – Fullmoon (2018)
The London Experimental Ensemble – Treatise (2018)
Chad Taylor – Myths and Morals (2018)
Shatner’s Bassoon – Disco Erosion (2018)

Upcoming Ben Goldberg Shows

Source: Ben Goldberg. Ben also has a couple of new albums coming out.

Monday April 9
SF International Film Festival Presents
A Celebration of Oddball Films with Marc Capelle’s Red Room Orchestra
Castro Theatre, 8 pm

Friday April 13
Orphic Machine in Denver!
Featuring Carla Kihlstedt, Gonzalo Teppa, Shane Endsley, Ches Smith, Kenny Wollesen, Dave Devine, Rob Sudduth, Myra Melford
King Center, Auraria Campus, 7:30 pm

Saturday April 14
Quartet: Myra Melford, Michael Formanek, Hamir Atwal, Ben Goldberg
with the Nu Jazz Collective
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, 8 pm

Thursday April 19
Michael Coleman and Ben Goldberg: PRACTITIONER
Maybeck Studio, Berkeley, 7 pm

Friday April 20
Jordan Glenn, Francis Wong, Chamberlain Zhang, Ben Goldberg
with BEAK
Studio Grand, Oakland, 9:00 pm

Saturday April 21
Rob Reich Group
Red Poppy Art House, SF, 7:30 pm

Thursday April 26: The Owl, Brooklyn
Friday April 27: The Rotunda, Philadelphia (presented by Ars Nova Workshop)
Saturday April 28: Hambones, Pittsburgh
Sunday April 29: La Fontaine Gallery, Grand Rapids (3 pm)
Monday April 30: Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago (option series)
Tuesday May 1: Robinwood Concert House, Toledo

Jazz Concerts in NYC This Weekend 

English: Erik Friedlander live at Saalfelden 2...

Source: The New York Times.

KRALLICE at Mercury Lounge (April 6, 7:30 p.m.). This well-regarded New York progressive metal group released two full-length albums last year: “Loüm,” a highly concentrated collaboration with Dave Edwardson of Neurosis, and “Go Be Forgotten,” an inventive, restless set that seemed to sum up the advances Krallice has made over a decade on the creative vanguard of their genre. Enjoy the artful noise at this club show.

ERIK FRIEDLANDER at Dixon Place (April 11, 7:30 p.m.). As a cellist, Erik Friedlander is immediately well positioned to stretch and blur the sounds of a typical jazz ensemble. (Not that he plays much with those kinds of bands exactly.) So he’s well suited to the task at hand on “Artemisia,” his new album, which was inspired at first by Pablo Picasso’s “Glass of Absinthe” sculptures, and then by the history of absinthe, a hallucinatory intoxicant. With the help of Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums, Mr. Friedlander craftily conjures something like intoxication and euphoria, without any crude parroting. He and the band from the album will perform at Dixon Place’s intimate theater.

‘A TRIPLE BILL OF ADVENTUROUS NEW MUSIC’ at the Cell (April 7, 7 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and the drummer Chad Taylor both improvise in a way that runs rampant and discursive, but their music stays firmly centered in their bodies. Things never go adrift or become overtly theoretical; this is lived music, physical and direct. The duo just released “Radiant Imprints,” an excellent album documenting their interchange, studded with some personal reworkings of John Coltrane themes. Mr. Lewis and Mr. Taylor appear here on a three-part bill that includes another noteworthy duo — Pheeroan akLaff on drums and Mikan Nitta on the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute — and the Rob Reddy Ensemble, which will play the bandleader’s harmonically adventurous compositions.

JOHN ZORN’S ‘MASADA’ at Symphony Space (April 12, 8 p.m.). Mr. Zorn, a saxophonist and avant-garde pioneer, is celebrating the release of “The Book Beriah,” the third and final volume of his 613-song epic, “Masada,” based on the Torah’s commandments. “The Book Beriah” is divided among 11 discs, each performed by a different ensemble. This concert features three bands from the new release: Zion80, playing a series of compositions titled “Hod”; Secret Chiefs 3, performing “Malkhut”; and Banquet of the Spirits, led by the percussionist Cyro Baptista, doing “Yesod.”

Overishins and DunkelpeK in NY April 11

Wednesday, April 11th at Wonders of Nature
131 Grand Street

Mick Barr – guitar
Chuck Bettis – electronics + throat
Johnny DeBlase – bass
Mike Pride – drums

OVERISHINS is Mick Barr (Krallice) on guitar, Chuck Bettis (Die Trommel Fatale, Snake Union) on electronics + throat, Johnny DeBlase (Many Arms, Zevious) on bass,and Mike Pride (Locksmith Isodore, From Bacteria To Boys) on drums. Although this super group is fairly new, the circles they have run in have been tight, allowing them to share groups and stages with each other over the years. This as well as their deep rooted histories in hardcore punk, extreme metal, and avant garde jazz circles allow them to synthesize a new music which defies easy categorizations. Live performances have been extremely rare, catch them when you can!

Nava Dunkelman – percussion
Jakob Pek – guitar

DunkelpeK is Japanese born percussionist Nava Dunkelman and Canadian American guitarist Jakob Pek. This iconoclastic duo creates an experimental, improvised music for the new century. Visceral, organic, and spontaneous in nature, DunkelpeK’s sound transfigures and hybridizes many musics, offering listeners a holistic exploration into the very essence of musical experience.

9pm Overishins
10pm DunkelpeK