San Francisco Scene: August 17-23, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, August 17
Fri 8/17 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline Streets Oakland]
Rashaan Carter solo bass and a 4 course meal!

Fri 8/17 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Lords of Outland, Ghandhi/Murray/Rubinstein, Stone Raft

Fri 8/17 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Solo Organ•Dunkelman/Fluke-Mogul/Nishi-Smith•French Radio

Fri 8/17 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Henry Plotnick & Friends: Jazz pianist and composer Henry Plotnick brings his unique, energetic musicianship to Old First in a very special concert of originals, jazz standards, and work by new composers. Just seventeen years old, he has performed throughout the Bay Area at venues such as SFJAZZ, Davies Symphony Hall, SFMoMA, California Jazz Conservatory, Stanford University, JCCSF, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and San Francisco City Hall. Henry brings with him the highest caliber teen jazz musicians in the Bay Area.

Saturday, August 18

Sat 8/18 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Daniel Riera’s Future Primitive Ensemble: Multidisciplinary Space Jazz
Flutist, controllerist, and sound designer Daniel Riera presents a new experience merging the improvisatory freedom of jazz with the expansive sonic landscape of electronic music. Using electrified woodwind and percussion instruments, synthesizers, projections, and dance, the Future Primitive Ensemble creates a dialogue about the relationship between human and machine, modern science and ancient wisdom.

Sat 8/18 8:00 PM The First Church of the Buzzard [2601 Adeline Street Oakand, CA]
Moe!kestra! Piece No. 1: Death of a Piano
$6 – $10

Sunday, August 19

Sun 8/19 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Pikuva Sielu
John Vaughn – saxophones/Robert Kuhlmann – guitars/Mark Pino – percussions
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie performs Tricycle, part 3: Leonora
Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute/Josh Marshall – tenor sax/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Dave Mihaly – drums

Sun 8/19 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Sun 8/19 8:00 PM Neck of the Woods [406 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118]
Grex, Mourning Mountains, Long Hallways (PDX)
Portland experimental/post-rock band Long Hallways makes a rare visit to San Francisco, joined by Oakland art rock band Grex—hot on the heels for releasing their new album, Electric Ghost Parade—and Bay Area group Mourning Mountains.

Monday, August 20

Mon 8/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Pinbokeh + Michael Flora (solo) + RM Francis (solo)

Wednesday, August 22

Wed 8/22 6:00 PM B4BeL4b [184 10th Street, Oakland, CA]
an experimental audio-visual experience featuring New York’s avant-garde electronic composers ARIADNE, with support from local noise duo Vio, as well as loop-maker Casey Chisholm and chaotic electronic musician Sea of Dogs

Thursday, August 23

Thu 8/23 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm John Bischoff
8:50 pm RM Francis
9:30 pm Michael Flora

Nicole Mitchell Interviewed

Source: burning ambulance.

Episode 23 of the Burning Ambulance podcast features an interview with flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell. Mitchell is originally from Syracuse, New York, but she grew up in California and eventually went to college in the Midwest, where she became an important figure on the Chicago jazz scene. In fact, she eventually became the first female president of the AACM there. Her primary group is called the Black Earth Ensemble, which has a fluctuating membership but Tomeka Reid is one of the core members—Tomeka was featured on episode 7 of this podcast, back in January, and spoke about working with Nicole and how important it was to her development as an artist, so we’re getting the other side of the story in this episode.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Soft Machine 2018! Peter Blegvad Bandbox 6 CD set! Gunter ‘Baby’ Sommer & Till Bronner! Jon Irabagon Quartet : Tim Hagans / Luis Perdomo / Rudy Royston..! Thomas Heberer / Yoni Kretzmer / Christian Weber! Eli Wallace Two Trios! Rez Abbasi / Vijay Iyer / Rudresh Mahanthappa..! George Crumb / Margaret Lang Ten! The Residents! Roy Montgomery!

Plus Archival Discs & LP’s from the Mighty Diamonds! Bernard Parmegiani 2 LP Set! Aaron Novik! Lee Perry vs. Bunny “Striker” Lee! Howlin’ Wolf! Sonny Boy Williamson! Bukka White!
And a Swell Tzadik CD Non-Zorn Title CD sale!



This Monday, August 20th at 8pm at the Zurcher Gallery – 33 Bleecker Street in NYC!

NATE WOOLEY and CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Trumpet and Alto Sax!

After a year of serious planning, DMG will host another historic event at the great Zurcher Gallery (33 Bleecker St, just east of Lafayette)! I attend a great deal of concerts throughout the year, mostly in Manhattan and in Brooklyn and often 2-4 times a week! Live and recorded Creative Music keeps me nourished, inspired and sane so I continue to check out as much creative music as is possible! The weekly free music series at DMG have been better attended this Summer and the music has often been Glorious! DMG sponsored shows at other locations take time and consideration so we only do them a few times per year.Thomas

This coming Monday, Aug 20th will be one such historic event! Two of my favorite Downtown Creative Musicians will be joining forces to invent some New Sounds: NATE WOOLEY on Trumpet and CHRIS PITSIOKOS on Alto Sax! Both are multiple bandleaders, crafty composers and seasoned improvisers. Mr. Pitsiokos recently got a scholarship to Wesleyan University, so he will not be performing in town as much as the past. Congratulations to Chris! I find that Creative Improvised Music captures a certain democratic, free spirit not found readily anywhere else. Something special, something magical will occur that night so please come down and help us celebrate: Downtown Music Gallery 28 Years and still going strong! Thanks to Gwenolee Zurcher for being such a gracious host! Check out the artwork at Zurcher as well. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


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

Sunday, August 19th
6pm: ROBERT DICK and LESZEK “HEFI” WISNIOSKI – International Flute Duo
7pm: ALEX LOUDOUDIS and RAS MOSHE – Drums and Tenor Sax

Sunday, August 26th
7pm: XANDER NAYLOR / RICK PARKER – Guitar / Trombone and Electronics!

Sunday, September 2nd:
7pm: KYOKO KITAMURA / LEONID GALAGANOV – Vocals / Percussion & Shakuhachi!
8pm: CARLOS QUEBRADA / NICOLAS DEL AQUILA from Nicotina y Primavera!

William Parker’s Late-Career Bloom 

Source: The Nation.

A vast body of musical works refutes a widespread notion distinguishing avant-garde from traditional music: that one is cerebral and abstruse and the other emotive and accessible. However true this may be in any number of instances, William Parker’s work over the past 45 years demonstrates that deep feeling can flourish in the realm of deep experimentation. Over the course of his long and unwaning career as a composer, bandleader, bassist, and event organizer, Parker has produced a catalog of compositions and a legacy of performances distinguished both by their free-thinking, often radical sense of adventure and by their elemental dedication to beauty and human feeling.

Music and More Reviews

Source: Music and More.

Matt Lavelle and Reggie Sylvester – Retrograde (ESP-Disk, 2018)

Kenny Burrell – Five Original Albums (Blue Note, 2018)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. 1 The Embedded Sets (Pi-Recordings, 2018)

Golia / Kaiser / Moses / Smith / Walter – Astral Plane Crash (Balance Point Acoustics, 2018)

Otomo Yoshihide and Paal Nilssen-Love – 19th of May 2016 (PNL Records, 2018)