Upcoming New York Concerts from Sound It Out!

Ellery Eskelin en concert au Triton (Les Lilas...

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Friday May 11, 7:30pm — Anthony Coleman solo + Ellery Eskelin solo

Double-bill: Anthony Coleman, solo piano + Ellery Eskelin, solo tenor saxophone

A rare solo double-bill, featuring pianist Anthony Coleman + saxophonist Ellery Eskelin. These two master musicians – each of whom channels a wealth of musical history on their respective instruments – will play full solo sets before coming together at night’s end to play an extended duo encore. A key figure of the downtown New York scene since the early 1980s, pianist Anthony Coleman is a virtuoso of jazz from Jelly Roll Morton to Herbie Nichols to John Zorn and his own inventive scores, not to mention ventures in Radical Jewish Culture. All Music Guide praised Anthony’s Freakish solo album of Jelly Roll Morton tunes for having “just the right blend of poetic license and personal vision,” as well as “breathtaking dramatic command.” Ellery Eskelin has been one of the tenor saxophone’s original voices over the past three decades. Along with such current projects as his New York Trio with organist Gary Versace and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Ellery recently released a beautiful LP for tenor sax alone, Solo: Live at Snugs. Reviewing that album, Dusted magazine said: “At points, the content of his phrasing almost becomes incidental to the gorgeous tonal vernacular by which he communicates it.”

Saturday June 16, 7:30pm — Gordon Grdina Quartet + Oscar Noriega’s Crooked Trio

Double-bill: Gordon Grdina Quartet — Gordon Grdina, oud and guitar; Oscar Noriega, reeds; Russ Lossing, piano; Satoshi Takeishi, drums + Oscar Noriega’s Crooked Trio with Marta Sanchez, piano & Lim Yang, double-bass

Canadian oud player and guitarist Gordon Grdina has a distinctive, alluring sound woven from the threads of both jazz and Arabic music. His New York-based quartet with reed player Oscar Noriega, pianist Russ Lossing & drummer Satoshi Takeishi released the intensely poetic album Inroads last year, and the group will be presenting music from that Songlines release and more at Greenwich House. PopMatters, reviewing Inroads, called the album “bold and downright great,” hearing such disparate influences as Bartók, Ornette Coleman and Soundgarden… Doing double-duty on the night, Noriega — a charter member of Tim Berne’s hit band Snakeoil — will open the evening behind the drums with the Crooked Trio, his popular band with pianist Marta Sanchez and bassist Lim Yang; known for playing a longstanding standards gig at Barbes, the trio will be showcasing Noriega’s compositions for Sound It Out.

Saturday June 23, 7:30pm — Sean Conly Trio + Santiago Leibson Trio Trio

Double-bill: Sean Conly Trio — Sean Conly, double-bass; Michael Attias, alto saxophone & Satoshi Takeishi, drums + Santiago Leibson Trio — Santiago Leibson, piano; Drew Gress, double-bass; Devin Gray, drums

Bassist Sean Conly – familiar to Sound It Out audiences from positions in bands led by Michaël Attias, Fay Victor, Jesse Stacken and Mara Rosenbloom, as well as leading his own fine Re:Action quintet – returns to the series as leader of his trio with Attias on alto and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. Conly and company will be celebrating the release of their badass new trio album, Hard Knocks (Clean Feed). The New York Times has praised the way Conly has achieved “imaginative grace” in his “headlong entanglement between hard bop and the avant-garde.” The evening’s opener will be an encore performance by Argentine pianist Santiago Leibson, who played a great set in the series this past March. He will appear this time alongside bassist Drew Gress and drummer Devin Gray, the rhythm section with whom the pianist recorded his recent, wonderful album Out of Orden.

San Francisco Scene: May 11-18, 2018

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, May 11

Fri 5/11 7:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
DJ Spooky “Arctic Rhythms” (San Francisco)
DJ Spooky / Printz Dance Project

Fri 5/11 Bird and Beckett [653 Chenery St, SF]
Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore

Saturday, May 12

Sat 5/12 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Brooklyn Art Song Society: New Voices

Sat 5/12 7:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
DJ Spooky “Arctic Rhythms” (San Francisco)
DJ Spooky / Printz Dance Project

Sat 5/12 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Trance Mission Duo: Rhythmic & Melodic Soundscapes
Trance Mission Duo presents new music from their upcoming album and chestnuts from their vast repertoire. Melodic, haunting, rhythmic, and pulsating, their global jazz and trance dance music has delighted audiences all over the world.
Beth Custer – clarinets, percussion, vocals
Stephen Kent – didgeridoo, sinter-style cello, percussion, vocals

Sunday, May 13

Sun 5/13 7:00 PM Private home in North Berkeley Hills [Private home in North Berkeley Hills.]
House concert in private home in North Berkeley Hills with pianist/composer Anthony Davis. Mr. Davis will play 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during the intermission. Seating is limited. For information, please contact the concert host at: Harry@fullplatemedia.com

Tuesday, May 15

Tue 5/15 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Thomas Carnacki (Jesse Burson, Anka Draugelates, Gregory Hagen, Cheryl E. Leonard, Gregory Scharpen) crafts music that creates a mood of delightful unease. Bavarian vocalist/violist Anka Draugelates improvises with Cheryl E. Leonard (natural-object instruments, viola). Kristine Barrett is a vocalist and composer specializing in traditional music and ritual song.

Thursday, May 17

Thu 5/17 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
permutations051718: Ghost Ensemble: We Who Walk Again

Thu 5/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00pm Max Johnson with Phillip Greenlief & Tim Perkis
9:00pm Dennydennybreakfast – album release show for “unlit overpass”
Core Personnel:
Jordan Glenn – drums, Mark Clifford-Pascucci – vibes , Crystal Clifford-Pascucci – cello
David Young – keyboards, Max Judelson – bass, Bob Woods-LaDue – drums
Special Guest:
Rent Romus – alto saxophone

Friday, May 18

Fri 5/18 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – PART 1

Fri 5/18 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Brenda Hutchinson•Headlights•The Shoes

Fri 5/18 7:30 PM Space 151 [151 Potrero, San Francisco]
Jason Kahn (Switzerland)
gabby fluke-mogul
Kevin Corcoran

Fri 5/18 8:00 PM Sole Space [1714 TELEGRAPH AVENUE OAKLAND, CA]
The first of the last 2 summer shows of 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival amplify and extend the gestural and sonic characteristic of the found objects, with Joo Won Park and Big City Orchestra on-stage.

Dave Holland Interview 

Dave Holland with Anthony Braxton Trio 1976

Source: burning ambulance.

Episode 16 of the Burning Ambulance podcast features an interview with legendary jazz bassist Dave Holland, whose latest album, Uncharted Territories, is out now.

Dave Holland has been a respected and admired figure on the international jazz scene since he began playing in London in 1967. He was recruited to join Miles Davis‘s band in 1968, and stayed with him until 1970, playing on Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew. When he left, he formed Circle with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, and Barry Altschul. Holland played extensively with Braxton and Sam Rivers during the early 1970s, and recorded the album Conference of the Birds, a crucial avant-garde document, in 1973 for the ECM label. He later formed the Gateway trio with guitarist John Abercrombie and drummer Jack DeJohnette; led two different quintets, in the 1980s and 1990s/2000s; expanded the latter group to an octet and a big band; and much more. Uncharted Territories features saxophonist Evan Parker, with whom Holland first played in 1968, in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble; keyboardist Craig Taborn; and percussionist Ches Smith. In this interview, he discusses old and new projects, his approach to improvisation, running his own Dare2 label, and much more.

Mary Halvorson Profiled

English: Mary Halvorson with Anti-House at Clu...

Source: The Nation.

Great music sometimes sounds bad, and not only to untrained ears. In fact, the more deeply listeners are steeped in the values of a particular kind of music, the greater the odds that they’ll hear work that defies those values as misguided, deficient, incompetent, or otherwise wrong—in short, bad. This long-standing truth about the way innovation works has been on my mind for the past several weeks, as I’ve dug into the profoundly original and important body of music by the guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson, who released her 22nd album as a leader, Code Girl, this spring.

Coming to N.Y.C. This Week

Ellery Eskelin

Source: The New York Times.

ANTHONY COLEMAN AND ELLERY ESKELIN at Greenwich House Music School (May 11, 7:30 p.m.). Mr. Coleman, a pianist, sources his inspiration widely: from Jewish folk music, free jazz and Western minimalism, among others.
212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org

VIJAY IYER SEXTET at the Village Vanguard (May 15-20, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Iyer’s sextet provides a resonant vessel for his heady, hot-blooded compositions; the group’s debut album, “Far From Over,” was one of last year’s best.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

MARIO PAVONE’S DIALECT TRIO at Cornelia Street Café (May 11, 8:30 and 10 p.m.). Mr. Pavone plays the bass with a sturdy hand and a beginner’s mind: Nothing feels rote or perfunctory or overdetermined.
212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com

Source The New York Times.

BANG ON A CAN MARATHON at N.Y.U. Skirball Center (May 13, noon). Ten hours of free, live music are on offer Sunday afternoon and evening, with the welcome return of this New York institution.

ENSEMBLE SIGNAL at Miller Theater (May 14, 6 p.m.). Just one work on the bill at this free pop-up concert, with beer on hand, but a rewarding one: “Allegro Sostenuto,” a clarinet trio by Helmut Lachenmann.
212-854-7799, millertheatre.com