San Francisco Scene: August 24-30, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, August 24

Fri 8/24 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline Streets Oakland]
Sameer Gupta solo tabla and a 4 course dinner

Fri 8/24 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
American Narratives – Music by Kyle Hovatter & Emma Logan

Fri 8/24 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Trance Mission Duo featuring Stephen Kent & Beth Custer

Saturday, August 25

Sat 8/25 8:00 PM House Concert in North Berkeley Hills [Please email for details]
House concert in private home in North Berkeley Hills with clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg featuring music of Thelonious Monk. Mr. Goldberg will play 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during the intermission. Seating is limited. For information, please contact the concert host at:

Sunday, August 26

Sun 8/26 6:00 PM Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco [750 Kearny street, 3rd floor (in hotel) San Francisco, CA 94108]
Yan Jun makes a rare visit from Beijing with a solo feedback performance, “linear duo” with Bay Area artist Gabby Wen and a talk on experimental music in China. Presented by 23five & Chinese Culture Center of SF.

Sun 8/26 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Payne/Sonami

Sun 8/26 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Shimmering voice and rattle sound poetics with
Pitta of the Mind
Maw Shein Win – poetry
Amanda Chaudhary – keyboard/electronics
Robert Anbian – poetry
Rent Romus – saxophones/flutes
Donald Robinson – drums

Tuesday, August 28

Tue 8/28 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
On the occasion of bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck’s visit from New York, an improvised trio first meeting comprising three long-term dyads.

Wednesday, August 29

Wed 8/29 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Madonna-ld the Nut – click LIKE a virgin, (Three Day Stubble)
Anti-Ear – Tyler (Brown Whornet, Chablis, Three Day Stubble, Beandip Troubadours, Tarantism) coming in hawt, all the way from NOLA!
Are Squar2d – Danishta Rivero (Caribay, Voicehandler, Las Sucias) & Jake Rodriguez (bran(…)pos)

Svist – at long last, Dmitri Svistula’s generative, reactive & improvisational sound!
Chiko – Kyoto’s own maestra of violin, Chiko Kinoshita (Naked Mozart)

Thursday, August 30

Thu 8/30 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
THERE IS A RIVER: David Neita & Deborah Pritchard

Thu 8/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Angel Archer
Sheila Bosco – drums, Brian Lucas – bass
8:50 pm Alee Karim – solo guitar
9:30 pm captjrab – synths

Mary Halvorson Reviewed and Profiled

Source: NPR.

There’s a telling admission about a minute and a half into Code Girl, the riveting new double album by Mary Halvorson. It arrives after she sets a mood on guitar, using pedal effects to loop her lines into a web — a tactic you’ll recognize if you know her heralded work as an improviser.

“It is not predictable, my mind,” goes the line in question, from a song called “My Mind in Time.” And the message in that refrain, sung with penetrating calm by Amirtha Kidambi, feels almost self-fulfilling. Halvorson’s music has always had the capacity to surprise, but Code Girl amounts to the most startling move in her solo career. It’s clearly the work of an unpredictable mind, and a personality drawn at once to unruly possibility and fastidious detail.

The album, just out on Firehouse 12 Records, features Halvorson and Kidambi alongside Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. These are all musicians rooted in the jazz tradition, though hardly constrained by it. Mobilizing here around a batch of songs bearing Halvorson’s original lyrics, something for which she isn’t widely known, they create a music staunchly unplaceable in style — art-rock? avant-prog? — and mysterious in several other respects.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Cecil Taylor Winged Serpents Tribute: Sylvie Courvoisier, Kris Davis, Crain Taborn..! Nina Rota Rare Tribute Reissue: Muhal Richard Abrams & Carla Bley Bands! Hamid Drake / Ralph Jones / Adam Rudolph! Jeremiah Cymerman Solo! Rich Halley Trio! Abbey Rader/Peter Kuhn Qt! John Cage ‘Piano Works 10’! Alex Mincek CD & Nate Wooley’s Sound American Books!

Leslie Ross! Penny Rimbaud! Don Cherry/Marion Brown/Evan Parker/John Stevens/Albert Mangelsdorff Baden Baden ’67! Akira Sakata / Pete Cosey / Bill Laswell / Hamid Drake Rare LP! Joe Harriott Quintet/Quartet! Bennink/Coxson/Wales Amplified! LP-only Discs from Little Axe! Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System and even more..!


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

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

Sunday, September 2nd:
6pm: CHARMAINE LEE / BEN BENNETT – Vocals & Percussion
7pm: KYOKO KITAMURA / LEONID GALAGANOV – Vocals / Percussion & Shakuhachi
8pm: CARLOS QUEBRADA / NICOLAS DEL AQUILA from Nicotina y Primavera!

Sunday, September 9th:
6pm: SAMDY: SANDY EWEN / SAM WEINBERG – Guitar on Lap & Sax!
7pm: JOSH SINTON / GUILLERMO GREGORIO – Baritone Sax & Bass Clarinet / Clarinet!

Sunday, September 23rd:
DERIC DICKENS – Two Saxes / Guitar / Drums!

Sunday, September 30th:
6pm: HANS TAMMEN and CHRISTOPH IRMER – Buchla Synth and Violin!

Sunday, October 7th:
6pm: SHANE PARRISH & FRANK MEADOWS – Guitar & ContraBass

Three Performances Coming to Cleveland

Source: New Ghosts.

9/13: Karuna Trio: 8pm The Bop Stop $20
9/18: Cortex: 8pm The Bop Stop $15
9/19: Crump/Laubrock/Smythe: 8pm The Bop Stop $20

More on Karuna Trio:
Hamid Drake drumset, udu drums, gourd drum, percussion
Ralph M. Jones soprano and tenor saxophones, hulusli, ney, bamboo flutes, sipsi, c and alto flutes, bass clarinet, spoken word
Adam Rudolph handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija), electronic keyboards and samples, cajon, udu drums, thumb pianos, marimbula, sintir, mouth bow, selya overtone flute, gongs, dusun’goni, percussion

With Karuna, Drake, Jones and Rudolph bring their unique and evolved rhythm and sonic languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. The name Karuna reflects their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression and speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.

More about Cortex:
Thomas Johansson (trp)
Kristoffer Berre Alberts (sax)
Ola Høyer (bs)
Gard Nilssen (dr)

Cortex is a spirited combo that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With over one hundred live-performances and four albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian jazz scene. The members are amongst the most sought after young jazz performers in Norway today. They all have marked their position in several other constellations such as: Bushman’s Revenge, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Team Hegdal, SAKA, Zanussi 5, Friends & Neighbors, AKODE, Honest John, and The Heat Death.

More about Crump/Laubrock/Smythe:
Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe—this trio consists of three highly innovative improvisers. Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist Stephan Crump is emerging as a singular voice as a composer, with groups like Rhombal and his Rosetta Trio, and is a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers, including Vijay Iyer. Originally from Germany, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock is now a staple of the Brooklyn scene, both as a composer/leader with groups like Anti-House and Sleepthief and a collaborator with such musicians as Anthony Braxton. Pianist Cory Smythe works actively in new, classical, and improvised music and is celebrated across genre lines, as a core member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and a Grammy-award-winner for his work with violinist Hillary Hahn. The trio released its acclaimed album Planktonic Finales on Intakt in 2017, a series of recordings that demonstrate the trio’s finesse and sensitivity in collective playing. As Christoph Wagner wrote in the liner notes: “Over long periods, the music seemed to play itself…When listening back to the recordings, at times even the musicians were no longer sure if what they were hearing came from sax or from bowed bass.”

Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

BORIS at Le Poisson Rouge (Aug. 24, 7 p.m.). These prolific Japanese experimentalists have spent the past 26 years moving among the worlds of metal, noise, shoegaze, punk and all other varieties of distortion-filled, theatrical, catharsis-inducing music.

BILL FRISELL AND IKUE MORI at National Sawdust (Aug. 29, 7 p.m.). Here are two indomitable icons of New York’s downtown music scene, who in duet seem likely to create something both intimate and abstract.

WILLIAM PARKER’S IN ORDER TO SURVIVE at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Aug. 28-29, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Parker, an eminent avant-garde bassist, has convened bands for over two decades under the title In Order to Survive.

G. CALVIN WESTON at the Stone (Aug. 28-31, 8:30 p.m.). In the mid-1970s, at age 17, Mr. Weston hit the road with Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, a leading jazz-funk fusion outfit.