All Zorn All The Time at Lisbon Festival


LISBON – With its focus on the music of John Zorn, the 35th annual Jazz em Agosto festival of free jazz and improvised music gets underway this weekend with two sold-out concerts in which he plays alto saxophone – an indication of his impact on the experimental scene.

This Special Edition is the first time the festival focuses entirely on one musician, a tribute to Zorn’s continuing influence as a leader, composer, cultural entrepreneur and pioneer, who pushes the boundaries and erases walls in the quest for an expansive aesthetic. Tickets are available for a third concert Sunday in which Zorn plays the first instrument he learned, pipe organ, accompanied by Ikue Mori on laptop.

Zorn, who turns 65 September 2, likes to celebrate his milestones along with the coterie of like-minded and bold performers who either play and create from his charts or are inspired by Zorn’s example and commitment. He did it five summers ago in his Zorn @ 60 series, he has celebrated his Bagatelles series of 300 short compositions with a concentrated group of concerts, and another legacy event is about to unfold.

“Zornites,” as his musical collaborators are called, are a veritable who’s who in the avant world. In previous Zorn concerts I’ve attended, the energy level and creative drive have been off the charts. When he isn’t performing, Zorn often conducts or sits near the mixing board appearing to follow every note.

In explaining the focus on Zorn, festival organizers say his work has become a soundtrack for the times.

Scheduled to perform in the 18 concerts over 11 days are such masterful musicians as guitarists Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn, Julian Lage, Gyan Riley, and Mary Halverson; bassists Drew Gress and Greg Cohen; drummers Joey Baron, Kenny Wollosen, and Tomas Fujiwara; pianist/organist John Medeski, Craig Taborn, and rising star Kris Davis; and Electronics wizard Ikue Mori. Some are featured in several concerts.

The setting for the main concerts is the open-air, 950-seat amphitheater, part of the Gulbenkian Foundation cluster of museums and exhibition spaces in the 19-acre Gulbenkian Park. It is sponsored by the Gulbenkian Foundation. Rui Neves curates the festival.

A series of films on Zorn or music that relates to his legacy is also on tap.

For the full schedule:

San Francisco Scene: July 27 – August 3, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, July 27

Fri 7/27 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
‘Night of Stone’a night of exploratory rock and psychedelia with
Dire Wolves
Sheila Bosco – drum kit, Brian Lucas – bass,
Jeffrey Alexander – guitarmagoria + moog + wooden sax, Arjun Mendiratta – violin
Amanda Chaudhary – keyboards/synth, Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone, Tom Djll – trumpet/synth, Mark Pino -drums

Fri 7/27 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Hundred Waters and Eartheater A/V at Gray Area Festival
On Friday night of the 2018 Gray Area Festival, Hundred Waters and Eartheater join us for an evening of detailed sonic tapestries and optimistic melodies.

Fri 7/27 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Charlie Hunter Trio

Fri 7/27 9:00 PM Roxie Theater [3117 16th St San Francisco]
Documentary Film: Milford Graves Full Mantis

Saturday, July 28

Sat 7/28 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
‘Ask the Ages’ a celebration of ecstatic expression and introspection with
KREation Ensemble featuring Marilyn Crispell
Kevin Robinson – tenor saxophone, Lee Hodel – Acoustic Bass, Tony Gennaro – Drums, Marilyn Crispell -piano
Bobby Bradford’s Brass ‘n’ Bass
Bobby Bradford Theo Padouvas – cornet, Scott Walton, Bill Noertker – double bass
Doors 7pm Q&A 7:30pm Concert 8:00pm
Buy tickets for 17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit

Sat 7/28 9:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Second Woman, Patricia, Layne and Machinedrum at Gray Area Festival

Sunday, July 29

Sun 7/29 1:00 PM Koret Auditorium [100 Larkin St San Francisco]
Does the Secret Mind Whisper? Roscoe Mitchell Honors Bob Kaufman

Monday, July 30

Mon 7/30 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Adams McNalley Vlatkovich

Thursday, August 2

Thu 8/02 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Skullkrusher
Philip Everett – analogue electronics, percussion, autoharp, xlarinet
9:00 pm Kazuko
Brando Solomon – alto saxophone/pedals

Friday, August 3

Fri 8/03 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
White Boy Scream & William Hutson

Freedom Music Festival Vol 4 Takes Place August 28 – September 3 in Copenhagen

Source: Freedom Music Festival. The lineup includes:

Day 1 : Tuesday, Aug 28

Artist talks at Insulamusic :
6:00 PM : Talking with Teguh Permana + Yngel
Concerts at KoncertKirken :
8:00 PM : Jacob Anderskov (church organ) [DK]
9:00 PM : Zoe Efstathiou + Egil Kalman (prepared piano & modular synth) [GR/NO]
10:00 PM : Teguh Permana + Yngel (tarawangsa & guitars) [ID/DK]

Day 2 : Wednesday, Aug 29

Concerts at KoncertKirken (in collaboration with the Austrian music collective Styria) :
8:00 PM : Maria Bertel + Heimo Puschnigg + Kresten Osgood
(trombone, piano & drums) [AU/DK]
9:00 PM : Katharina Klement + Michael Pinter (piano & electronics) [AU/DK]
10:00 PM : Alpenglow 6 Super Group (40+ musicians improv big band) [AU/DK]

Day 3 : Thursday, Aug 30

Free Improv Themed Documentary Movie Night and Concert at Cinemateket :
7:00 PM : ‘Imagine the Sound’ (1981) – dir. Ron Mann (90 min)
8:30 PM : DiáSPORA (vocals & synths) [US]
9:30 PM : ‘Milford Graves Full Mantis’ (2018) – dir. Jake Meginsky, co-dir. Neil Young (91 min)

Day 4 : Friday, Aug 31
Concerts at KoncertKirken :
8:00 PM : Nikita Rafaelov (piano) [FI] : album release
9:00 PM : Anna Högberg + Signe Dahlgreen (saxophones) [SE/DK]
10:00 PM : Mat Maneri + Tanya Kalmanovitch (violas) [US/CA]

Day 5 : Saturday, Sept 1
Artist talks at Insulamusic :
12:00 PM : Talking with Mat Maneri + Tanya Kalmanovitch
6:00 PM : Talking with Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh
Concerts at KoncertKirken :
8:00 PM : Michala Østergaard-Nielsen (drums) [SE]
9:00 PM : PAPER PAIRS – interactive film/paintings/music experience with
Paul Hubweber + Ebba Jahn + Tomo Jacobson (trombone, film, paintings & double bass) [DE/PL]
10:00 PM : Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh (sax & steel pedal guitar) [DE/US]

Day 6 : Sunday, Sept 2
Concerts at KoncertKirken :
8:00 PM : Kārlis Auziņš (saxophones) [LV] : album release
9:00 PM : Nicole Hogstrand + Adam Grauman (viola da gamba duo) [SE]
10:00 PM : Sonja LaBianca + Tomo Jacobson (sax, electronics & double bass) [SE/PL]

Upcoming Events at NY’s Areté Venue & Gallery

Source: Areté Venue & Gallery.

Tuesday, July 31 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Zeena Parkins and Dawn Kasper

Multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser Zeena Parkins, pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, reimagines the instrument as a “sound machine of limitless capacity.” Parkins has built three versions of her one-of-a-kind electric harp and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing.

Sounds of Spontaneity
August 2nd, 7:00 pm
Brandon Lopez Solo
Jozwiak/Swanson/Zenkoff Trio
Jack Wright / Evan Lipson / Weasel Walter Trio

An evening of improvisation celebrating the sound of spontaneity. Brandon Lopez is a composer and improviser gaining a reputation for visceral, moving solo contrabass performances throughout the world and he will play solo contrabass. The trio of bassist Zachary Swanson, multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Jozwiak and reed player Stan Zenkoff will present acoustic music unbound by genre and created in the moment that will only exist then and there. The trio of legendary saxophonist and writer Jack Wright, who doesn’t play in New York City nearly enough, his frequent collaborator Evan Lipson on contrabass, and musical extremist Weasel Walter on drums and percussion will play a freely improvised set.

1k presents:
August 11th at 7pm (early show), doors at 6:30pm

We have an epic sonic guitar feast for your ears with Berlin touch guitarist/composer MARKUS REUTER, London guitar giant MARK WINGFIELD, Philly guitar texturalist/improviser TIM MOTZER, and drummer DOUG HIRLINGER. This concert joins together 3 of the most forward thinking improvising guitarists in the world today along with a rhythmatist & max-msp scientist for what will surely be an incredible atmospheric evening of interstellar music.

Ikue Mori solo, Peter Evans’ new ensemble “Being & Becoming”, vocalists/noise artists Andrea Pensado (on tour) / Charmaine Lee, and percussionist Chris Strunk (on tour).

5049 at Areté #4 : Ben Goldberg
Wednesday, August 15 at 8 PM – 11 PM

Classical Music Concerts in N.Y.C. and Western Mass. This Weekend

Source: The New York Times.

FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. (July 27, 2:30 p.m.; July 28, 6 p.m.; July 29, 10 a.m.; July 30, 8 p.m.). The Boston Symphony’s concerts in the Berkshires this weekend are fairly routine, but much less so is this annual festival, directed this year by the composer Thomas Adès. Mostly made up of chamber music, the festival includes highlights such as music by Rebecca Saunders, Conlon Nancarrow and Jonathan Harvey on Friday; Judith Weir, Sean Shepherd and Andrew Norman on Saturday; and Gerald Barry, Harrison Birtwistle and Oliver Knussen on Sunday. Monday’s concert involves the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra playing Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 3 and Mr. Adès’s own piano concerto, “In Seven Days,” with the soloist Kirill Gerstein. Mr. Adès and Mr. Gerstein, incidentally, appear on Wednesday night in a concert of double-piano music.

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE at Gerald W. Lynch Theater (Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.). This concert, from the nation’s most important new-music ensemble, asks how pianos and technology can interact. John Adams’s “Grand Pianola Music” uses tape loops; Courtney Bryan’s “Songs of Laughing, Smiling and Crying” involves YouTube recordings; George Lewis’s “Voyager,” in a revised version, relies on artificial intelligence. Beforehand, at 6 p.m. in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Ms. Bryan and Mr. Lewis are joined by Michael Pisaro and Ashley Fure for a free talk about the compositional process.