Zeena Parkins and William Winant in SF Area, April 28

English: Zeena Parkins performing at the Music...

Source: San Francisco Chronicle.

Zeena Parkins produces all kinds of sounds on the electric harps that she invented and equipped with a whammy bar, ebony fretboard and electronic processing devices. She plucks, drums, scrapes and otherwise plays the instrument to make improvised music that pops and whirs, echoes, hums and rumbles.

Parkins, an avant-gardist whose associates include Björk, Nels Cline, John Zorn and Merce Cunningham’s dance company, doesn’t know yet how she and ace percussionist William Winant will approach the graphic-score drawings by Jay Heikes that will launch their improvised duets on Saturday, April 28, at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where a show of Heikes’ work closes the next day.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Cecil Taylor Français : Cecil Taylor

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Lisa Ullén – Piano Works (Disorder, 2018) *****

Motståndsorkestern Version 1 – Sekvenser och lager (Disorder, 2018) ****

Thibault Gomez – La Grande Reveuse (Parallel Records, 2018) ****

Magda Mayas, Pierre-Yves Martel & Éric Normand – Boule-Spiel (Tour de Bras, 2017) ****

Martin Blume, Wilbert De Joode, John Butcher – Low Yellow (Jazzwerkstatt, 2018) ****

John Butcher/ John Edwards/ Mark Sanders – Last Dream of the Morning (Relative Pitch, 2017) *****

The Open Secret: John Butcher/ Gino Robair/ Dieb 13 – A Geography for Plays (Rastascan, 2018) *****

Cecil Taylor Unit – Live at the Cafe Montmartre (Debut, 1963)

Cecil Taylor European Orchestra – Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) (FMP, 1989)

The Feel Trio – Looking (Berlin Version) (FMP, 1990)

Cecil Taylor ‎– Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! (MPS, 1981)

Cecil Taylor ‎– Student Studies (BYG, 1973)

Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley ‎– Ailanthus / Altissima: Bilateral Dimensions of 2 Root Songs (Triple Point Records, 2010)

On Cecil Taylor Segments II (Orchestra of Two Continents)—Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants) (Soul Note, 1985)

Cecil Taylor & Günter Sommer ‎– In East-Berlin (FMP, 1989)

Cecil Taylor – Calling it the 8th (Hat Musics, 1983)

Cecil Taylor ‎– One Too Many Salty Swift And Not Goodbye (Hat Hut, 1978)

Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Tony Oxley – Nailed (FMP, 2000)

Cecil Taylor Feel Unit (w/Tony Oxley and William Parker) – 2Ts for a Lovely T (Codanza Records, 2002)

Cecil Taylor – Jazz Advance (Blue Note, 1956)

Cecil Taylor – Spring of Two Blue J’s (Unit Core, 1974)

Cecil Taylor – Looking Ahead! (Contemporary, 1958)

Cecil Taylor – Unit Structures (Blue Note, 1966)

Dark To Themselves (Enja, 1976)

Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon & Tony Oxley (Victo, 2002)

The Gil Evans Orchestra – Into the Hot (Impulse!, 1962)

Air Above Mountains (Enja, 1978)

Conquistador! (Blue Note, 1967)

Rova Saxophone Quartet Profiled

Source: San Francisco Classical Voice.

For an individual, hitting 40 can be a moment of angst or affirmation, reflection or rebellion in the face of a midlife milestone. But for an ensemble, concluding a fourth decade is a signature accomplishment that calls for a major celebration. Instead of making a big deal marking the group’s 40th anniversary, Rova Saxophone Quartet is going about its business, releasing a magnificent album of new music, In Transverse Time (Victo), and playing an SF Live Arts concert Friday, May 4 at St. Cyprian’s in San Francisco.

Newsbits: Branch and Nazary / Yuko Fujiyama / Cuneiform Records / Morris, Reid, Bynum, Kitamura Release and Performance

Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazry’s new album is reviewed.

Burning Ambulance reviews the new release from Yuko Fujiyama.

Cuneiform Records is profiled as an example of a successful music label that has been negatively impacted by the downturn in physical media sales.

On May 18th, 2018, Relative Pitch Records will release Geometry of Caves, the first album by the quartet of improvising musicians Joe Morris (guitar), Tomeka Reid (cello), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, piccolo and bass trumpets) and Kyoko Kitamura (voice). The quartet will celebrate the release of the album on May 23rd 8:30PM at The Stone located at The New School Glass Box Theatre 55 west 13th street, NYC.

Seattle Scene: April 26 – May 12, 2018

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Feldman: Crippled Symmetry
Thu. Apr. 26, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Representing the culminating style of Morton Feldman’s work, with long time frames and somewhat repetitive yet ever-changing and overlapping material for the three players in a subtle quiet dynamic, this period is perhaps his best known through a series of recordings that emerged shortly after the composer’s death. Paul Taub (flute), Matthew Kocmieroski (percussion), Roger Nelson (piano).

Inverted Space Ensemble
Fri. Apr. 27, 8 PM; $5 – 15 donation at door

Inverted Space Ensemble presents four new works by four eclectic composers. Drawing on an ensemble that was born out of Inverted Space’s Cornish Residency, the concert will feature works for a unique ensemble of violin/viola, sax/clarinet, acoustic/electric guitar, piano and percussion. The concert will feature newly commissioned works by Charles Corey, Yigit Kolat, Luke Fitzpatrick and Ben Levin.

Sat. Apr. 28, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

AIR celebrates the second release by MDC (Mark D. Cooper) in a projected tetralogy of ambient and synthesized soundscapes based on the classical elements: water, air, earth and fire. Incorporating twenty-five years of field recordings from all over the world, “AIR” also includes non-real-time granular synthesis of these recordings and real-time processing of stringed instruments: guitar, bass and moon-harp.

THU. 5/3 – Blake DeGraw presents Dissociative Containment: Chamber & Vocal Music – works for twelve violins, six violins, twelve vocalists, and solo voice with fixed media + Noel Kennon & Greg Kelley duo improvisations

FRI. 5/4 – Seattle Composers’ Salon: new and recent works by Jay Hamilton, Gavin Borchert, Peter Nelson-King, Jeremiah Lawson

SAT. 5/5 – Matt Shoemaker memorial concert with Jim Haynes, Climax Golden Twins, Dave Knott and more

FRI. 5/11 – Bodies.Space.Time.Sound: an evening of improvised performance of music and dance curated by Alia Swersky and Tom Baker

SAT. 5/12 – Jason McGill solo guitar + others TBA

Bill Cole, David Murray, Kahil El’Zabar in DC, June 10

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...

Source: Transparent Productions.

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Part of The DC Jazz Festival


4PM/$10 The Untempered Quartet
Bill Cole – Didgeridoo, Indian Shenai, Nagaswarm, Korean Piri, Hojok, Chinese Sona, Ghanan wooden flute
Ras Moshe – tenor, flute
Althea SullyCole – voice, strings
Alex Blake – bass

7PM/$20 The Untempered Ensemble
Bill Cole – Didgeridoo, Indian Shenai, Nagaswarm, Korean Piri, Hojok, Chinese Sona, Ghanan wooden flute
Warren Smith – drums, percussion
Ras Moshe – tenor, flute
Lisette Santiago – percussion
Althea SullyCole – voice, strings
Alex Blake – bass
Jamal Moore – reeds, flute, percussion
a very special late set

9:30PM/$20 Murray & El’Zabar Duet
David Murray – tenor
Kahil El’Zabar – drums, percussion, voice, khalimba

@RHIZOME 6950 Maple Ave WDC