Chicago Scene: June 30 – July 6, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, June 30th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Music for Nine Improvisers
Geof Bradfield with Anna Webber, Nick Mazzarella, Russ Johnson, Marquis Hill, Joel Adams, Scott Hesse, Clark Sommers, Dana Hall

Monday, July 2nd 2018

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Kelley Sheehan, Emily Beisel
Taylor Stevenson Duo

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Steve Hunt

Thursday, July 5th 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
Keefe Jackson’s Likely So, with Jeff Kimmel, Jason Stein, Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Mars Williams

Friday, July 6th 2018

8:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393 ($15)
Chicago Edge Ensemble : Dan Phillips, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Krzysztof Pabian

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Ken Vandermark’s Marker, with Macie Stewart, Steve Marquette, Andrew Clinkman, Phil Sudderberg

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London Performance of Stockhausen’s Gruppen Previewed

Source: The New York Times.

Calling for no fewer than three orchestras and a total of 109 players, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Gruppen” is one of the 20th century’s most monumental pieces of music. Yet at a rehearsal this week for a Saturday performance at Tate Modern in London, there were only three musicians in the room: the conductors Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher and Duncan Ward. “Gruppen” (1955-57) is a challenge for conductors. In a standard orchestra piece, there is one maestro on the podium, leading all the players. But in “Gruppen,” each orchestra plays at a different tempo, and they can easily fall out of sync. So three days before the Tate concert by players of the London Symphony Orchestra (L.S.O.), the three conductors met to coordinate their approaches.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn Voudun Trio: Ches Smith & Ikue Mori plus Three Sets This Weekend! John Coltrane Quartet: The Lost Album! Three from Intakt: Elliott Sharp Carbon: Zenna Parkins & Bobby Previte! Joey Baron & Robyn Schulkowsky! Julius Eastman / Kukuruz Quartet! Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFunk: Joe Morris & Sam Newsome!

Peggy Lee Tentet Robin Holcomb! Stick Men David Cross! Butch Morris Rarity CD! Current 93! Amsterdam Klezmer Band! Plus Historic discs from Procol Harum! Klaus Schulze! And Big NimbusWest CD Sale! Plus vinyl from Acid Mothers Temple, Motopsycho, Bill Orcut & The Slits Doc DVD and More!


Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm


Sunday, July 1st:
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG and GERALD CLEAVER – Clarinet and Drums
7pm: JOSH SINTON / TODD NEUFELD / GIACOMO MEREGA – Bari Sax & Bass Clarinet / Guitar / Bass

Sunday, July 8th:
7pm: SARAH BERNSTEIN – Solo violin Performing the Violin Music of ORNETTE COLEMAN

Sunday, July 15th:
7pm: SCOTT FIELDS / ELLIOTT SHARP – Solo & Duo Guitars

Sunday, July 22nd:
7pm: DREW WESLELY / HERY PAZ / RAF VERTESSEN – Guitar / Tenor Sax / Drums

Sunday, July 29th:
6pm: NATE SCHEIBLE and SARAH HUGHES – Drums and Alto Sax
7pm: STEVE SWELL and MARK SEGGER – Trombone and Drums

Missy Mazzoli Named the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence

Source: CSO Sounds & Stories.

Missy Mazzoli, whose acclaimed works, including three operas, have propelled her to the forefront of contemporary music, will be the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s next Mead Composer-in-Residence.

Her two-year appointment, by Music Director Riccardo Muti, begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2020. In her new post, Mazzoli will curate MusicNOW, the CSO’s contemporary music series, and will provide artistic guidance for contemporary music commissions and programming, special events and artistic collaborations. She also will receive a commission to write a new work for the CSO in the 2019-20 season, as well as a commission for a new work for MusicNOW. In addition, she will collaborate with the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO’s training ensemble.

Jon Hassell at 81

Source: Billboard.

A half century into an odyssey that’s seen him work with musical prime movers such as Terry Riley and Brian Eno while pioneering his own distinct lane of so-called fourth world music, composer-trumpeter Jon Hassell is still active and vital at 81. His latest album, Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume 1), finds rhythms from around the globe (courtesy gamelan, udu drums and more) grounding meditative electronic soundscapes while his trumpet floats in and out of the ambient proceedings, with melodies emerging like images in shifting cloud patterns that disappear just as quickly as they become identifiable. (With that in mind, it’s fitting the album is dedicated to late painter Mati Klarwein, the ingenious artist whose work appeared on the cover of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and Santana’s Abraxas.)

San Francisco Scene: June 29 – July 6, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, June 29
Fri 6/29 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Chris Brown, Jason Hoopes, Jon Raskin, Vladimir Tarasov

Saturday, June 30

Sat 6/30 6:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Outsound Presents Fund Drive & Benefit Concert
The Saturday A Month Before Donor Thank You Dinner
featuring Actual Trio
with John Schott, Dan Seamans, and John Hanes

Thursday, July 5

Thu 7/05 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa Six : COSMICOMICS 2018 Bookstore Residency!
New music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe – developed in a series of salon performances at Bird & Beckett this year
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Thu 7/05 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 Jess Rowland – cell phones and other telepresenceses
“Telepresents”, or : Out-of-control Cellphone Feedback; Gender Spam; Collective Bot Unconscious Revealed