Motoko Honda’s Simple Excesses at the Hammer Museum, August 2

Source: Hammer Museum.

Motoko Honda’s Simple Excesses
THURSDAY AUG 2, 2018 8:00PM

Pianist, composer, and improviser, Motoko Honda is a musical force of nature, who blends jazz with chamber music, electronic music, and the sounds of music from around the globe. Long a vital part of the L.A. improvised music community as a collaborator with Wadada Leo Smith, Jeff Gauthier, Mike Watt, Elliott Sharp, and others, the Bay Area-based “keyboard alchemist” (Los Angeles Times) returns to lead a quartet featuring some of Northern California’s most inventive, versatile sidemen through intricate compositions that layer taut rhythms and lush melodies.

Motoko Honda, keyboard
Cory Wright, woodwinds
Miles Wick, acoustic bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Nate Chinen Interviewed About His New Book

Source: Rolling Stone.

“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone.

He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here?

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Santiago Quintans & Ramon Lopez – Espadas Como Labios (Creative Sources, 2018) ****

Emanuele Maniscalco / Francesco Bigoni / Mark Solborg – FOIL (Ilk Music, 2018) ****

Jason Moran – MASS {Howl, eon} (Yes Records, 2017) ****½

Evil Genius – Experiments On Human Subjects (Orenda, 2018) ****

Binker and Moses – Alive In the East (Gearbox, 2018) ****

Mario Pavone Dialect Trio – Chrome (Playscape, 2017) ****½

Z-Country Paradise – Live in Lisbon (Leo Records, 2018) ****

Extended Techniques August NYC Calendar

Source: extended techniques.

6 PM Alan Braufman performs “Valley of Search” with Cooper-Moore
VENUE: The Greene Space @ WNYC

9PM BarrSheaDahl’s 10th Anniversary Show
Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Ava Mendoza and many special guests
VENUE: Market Hotel (1140 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn)

THURSDAY, August 2
7:30 pm Mostly Mozart: Grand Pianola Music
Phyllis Chen: Phantom Fingerings (2015/2018) for Piano Lodeon and video
Courtney Bryan: Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying (2012)
George Lewis: Voyager (1987/2018)
John Adams: Grand Pianola Music (1982)
Performers: International Contemporary Ensemble
Christian Reif, conductor (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)
Courtney Bryan, Cory Smythe, Jacob Greenberg, piano
Peter Evans, trumpet, Joshua Rubin, clarinet, Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Quince Ensemble, voices
VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 W 59th St, New York)

SATURDAY, August 4
8:30pm NUMBERS
Michaël Attias (sax) Tony Malaby (sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Ben Gerstein (trombone, etc) Kris Davis (piano) Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) John Hébert (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) Eric McPherson (drums)
VENUE: The Stone

6:30pm and 8:30 pm The Force of Things, An Opera for Objects
Immersive music-theater piece with 24 subwoofer speakers that emit sound too low for humans to hear, creating a subsonic sense of ecological anxiety that ripples around the audience.
Performers: International Contemporary Ensemble
Ashley Fure, composer and co-director
Adam Fure, architectural design
VENUE: Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Brooklyn

SATURDAY, August 11
3PM John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth (World premiere)
Nearly 800 experienced and amateur singers transform the names of North American rivers, lakes, mountains, and deserts into a communal meditation on Adams’s holy trinity: the Earth, the Water, and the Holy Wind. VENUE: Harlem Meer, Central Park (Rain location: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine)

TUESDAY, August 14
8PM Time: Spans, Concert I
Cassandra Miller, About Bach (2015)
Linda Catlin Smith, Folkestone , 1999
Bozzini Quartet:
Clemens Merkel, violin
Alissa Cheung, violin
Stéphanie Bozzini, viola
Isabelle Bozzini, cello
VENUE: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

WEDNESDAY, August 15
8PM: Time: Spans – Alarm Will Sound
Alex Mincek, Chimeras, excerpt, 2018 (World premiere)
Zosha Di Castri, Phonotopographie, 2012
King Britt / Christopher Stark, The Intention, 2018 (NY Premiere)
VENUE: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

SATURDAY, August 18
8 PM Time: Spans: Concert V
Felipe Lara, Tran(slate), 2008, with live electronics
Sabrina Schroeder, UNDERROOM, 2018 with live electronics (world premiere)
Commissioned by the Earle Brown Music Foundation
Georg Friedrich Haas, String Quartet #7 , 2011 (US Premiere)
Performers: JACK + SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg (Germany)
JACK Quartet:
Christopher Otto, violin
Austin Wulliman, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Jay Campbell, cello
Live electronics:
Detlef Heusinger, Artistic Director Experimentalstudio Freiburg (Germany)
Lukas Nowok, Experimentalstudio Freiburg (Germany)
Caley Monahon-Ward, TIME SPANS festival
VENUE: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
ADMISSION: $10/$20

SATURDAY, August 18
9:30PM Matana Roberts presents 1’s and 2’s
Matana Roberts, saxophone
VENUE: The Jazz Gallery

MONDAY, August 20
8PM Chris Pitsiokos – Alto Saxophone, Nate Wooley – Trumpet
VENUE: Zürcher Gallery

SUNDAY, August 27
6PM Aaron Rubinstein/Nate Wooley
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery

THURSDAY, August 30
8PM Bill Frisell, guitar
VENUE: Russ and Daughters Cafe

Coming to Portland

Source: Creative Music Guild.

Floom and Ormus
Aug 1st, 2018 — 8-10pm
$5-15, sliding scale
Turn! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth

Mark Burdon and Rich/Carson Halley Duo
Aug 15th, 2018 — 8-10pm
5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth

Sept 5th, 2018 — 8-10pm
5-15, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth

Travis LaPlante/Gerald Cleaver and Blue Cranes
Oct 10th, 2018 — 8pm
15-20, sliding scale
Secret Society
116 NE Russell St

Coming to Chicago’s Constellation

Source: Constellation.

Sun 8/12 – Frequency Series presents JONATHAN HANNAU – tickets
Composer / pianist Hannau performs his own music, alongside that of Rebecca Saunders, Kelley Sheehan, Tote Arellano, Sivan Cohen Elias.

Thu 8/16 – At the Art Institute of Chicago
Constellatin proudly co-presents this concert at Art Institute of Chicago Pritzker Garden.

Sat 8/25 – Dog/Day #1: Craig Taborn, James Brandon Lewis, Josh Berman, Black Diamond, Devouring the Guilt and more – free!

Sun 8/26 – Dog/Day #2: Ken Vandermark, Twin Talk, Touch My Beloved’s Thought
and more – free!

Thu 8/30 – Dog/Day #5: Mako Sica with Hamid Drake, Mark Trecka & Therapy Sessions – free!

Fri 8/31 – Dog/Day #6: Kidd Jordan & Chris Speed Trio – free!

Sat 9/1 – Dog/Day #7: Kidd Jordan & Nolatet – free!