TROST Records New Releases

Source: TROST Records.

Brötzmann / Leigh – Sparrow Nights
First studio album from the furious duo of pedal steel player Heather Leigh and Peter Brötzmann.

SAKATA / LASWELL / DRAKE / COSEY vinyl reissue
Official reissue – Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata with bassist and Bill Laswell, Pete Cosey and one of jazz’ finest percussionists Hamid Drake (DKV Trio, Brötzmann Chicago Tentet) on drums.

Super-tight and intense power trio BROM genuinely push into crossing over improv, noise rock and free jazz

Hermann Nitsch – Musik der 135. Aktion, Kuba
Austrian Avantgarde artist with his ‘Orgien Mysterien Theater’ on double CD. In his performances – called “actions” which have taken place around the world since the 60s, Nitsch push performers and audiences towards the extremes of feelings by embracing the extremes of experience like birth, orgasm or death. Aktion.135 was recorded at Havanas art Biennial 2012.

San Francisco Scene: October 5-12, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, October 5

Fri 10/05 8:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [US Berkeley Berkeley]
Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing Infra and music from The Leftovers
Max Richter performs selections from his work Infra, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and from his score for the dystopian HBO drama The Leftovers.

Saturday, October 6

Sat 10/06 11:00 AM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Andre Custodio is hosting a series of performances of textured sound utilizing electronics and other instruments for a bookstore environment. Performing solo for most of these Saturdays, but will occasionally invite others to fill-in.

Sat 10/06 7:00 PM Foothill Presbyterian Church [5301 MCKEE ROAD, San Jose]
Ensemble ARI will perform All RAVEL CONCERT including Jean Ahn’s flashback of Ravel.

Sat 10/06 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
A secret gathering for people in the know, an all-electronic quartet featuring David Toop with Tom Djll, Wobbly and Gino Robair. Opening: Madalyn Merkey, solo electronics.

Sat 10/06 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series:
The Jordan Glenn Party + Jason Hoopes, solo electric bass
Brett Carson- keyboard
Karl Evangelista- guitar
Joel Nelson- guitar
Bob Woods-LaDue- drums/percussion
Robert Lopez- drums/percussion
Alexandra Buschman- voice/electronics
Jon Arkin- electronic drums
Jason Hoopes- electric bass
Jordan Glenn- conductor

Sunday, October 7

Sun 10/07 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thomas Schultz plays The People United Will Never Be Defeated and music by Hyo-shin Na
Schultz plays Frederic Rzewski’s monumental masterpiece from 1975, THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED and Hyo-shin Na’s RAIN STUDY (1999) and SMALL NOISE (2018).

Sun 10/07 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Chris Brown: Retrospectacles CD Release Concert
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sun 10/07 5:00 PM Soundwave Studios [2240 Wood St Oakland CA 94607]
Resonant Frequencies is a monthly open mic night specifically for Electronic Musicians and Visual Synthesis. No DJ’s, No Singer Songwriters. Just you and some machines, making love in sweet {dis}harmony. The focus is on hardware sets yet other modalities are encouraged. We welcome all genres of music; what better way to do that than getting together, sharing those ideas and make connections.

Monday, October 8

Mon 10/08 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]

Tuesday, October 9

Tue 10/09 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Systemic Improvisation | Palle Dahlstedt, Per Anders Nilsson, Tim Perkis, and Gino Robair

Tue 10/09 8:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Resident is a monthly Open Mic event started by Jeremy Black and friends in 2017. Set in a casual atmosphere in an awesome location, The Laundry, it is the perfect event if you are a beginner or even experimented musician/performer and want to reach out to the San Francisco Community.

Tue 10/09 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– PERFORMANCE with Cilla Vee (north carolina) and local improvisers
– alex cruse
– Voicebox (Dylan Burchett and Rodolfo Córdova)

Wednesday, October 10

Wed 10/10 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: The Music of Tetuzi Akiyama & John Krausbauer
Guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama brings his motorik “infinite boogie” and graveside blues minimalism to the Center for New Music. Akiyama will be supported by ecstatic music aesthete John Krausbauer whose explorations of amplified violin and stroboscopic lighting induce states of heavy trance.

Wed 10/10 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
KRIS DAVIS, Joanne Brackeen and Helen Sung celebrate Monk’s 101st birthday.
Two generations of piano artistry celebrate the legacy of Thelonious Monk, featuring DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Piano winner Kris Davis, 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipient Joanne Brackeen, and Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition winner Helen Sung.

Thursday, October 11

Thu 10/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Cilla Vee Life Arts “Psychic Bandwidth”
an inter-disciplinary collaborative structured improvisation project
Cilla Vee, Gino Robair, Cheryl Leonard, Amy Reed, Rent Romus, Ivy Johnson, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Eric Kupers and the CSU East Bay Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble

Thu 10/11 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Trio with Scott Amendola, Fred Frith and Phillip Greenlief

Thu 10/11 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
ODC Theater presents a three-evening run (October 11-13, 2018) of ECHO, a new dance/performance work by Sara Shelton Mann with a score by Pamela Z at ODC Theater at 8pm in San Francisco, CA USA

Friday, October 12

Fri 10/12 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Stenberg | Cahill Duo
Kate Stenberg, violin; Sarah Cahill, piano
Aaron Gervais Talking in Circles World Premiere
Gabriela Lena Frank Suenos de Chambi
Kaija Saariaho Tocar
Linda Catlin Smith With Their Shadows Long
plus works by Henry Cowell and Grażyna Bacewicz

Fri 10/12 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Visible Transitions
Improvised Painting from Live Music & Improvised Music from Visual Compositions: Live Abstract Painting by Ethan Cranke w/ Music by Gino Robair, Palle and Per Anders from Sweden + Tomas Dimuzio, Phillip Greenlief, and David Samas. GAZE EMANATIONS, drawings by Brian Lucas, performed by Pet the Tiger and Co. Cheryl Leonard, Tom Nunn, Tom Djll, Gino Robair, Bryan Day, Phillip Greenlief, David Samas.

Fri 10/12 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
ODC Theater presents a three-evening run (October 11-13, 2018) of ECHO, a new dance/performance work by Sara Shelton Mann with a score by Pamela Z at ODC Theater at 8pm in San Francisco, CA USA

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Matthew Revert/Vanessa Rossetto — Everyone Needs a Plan (Erstwhile)

Rafael Toral — Space Quartet (Clean Feed)

Jonathan Hering — Carmina Chromatico (Brawl)

Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore – After Caroline (Northern Spy)

Biliana Voutchkova / Michael Thieke — Blurred Music (Elsewhere)

The Compositional Journey of Tyshawn Sorey 

Source: The Brooklyn Rail.

Sorey has a new album out his month on Firehouse 12, Pillars, a three-CD set of electro-acoustic music for an ensemble that includes Sorey himself conducting and playing percussion and improvising new music players Stephen Haynes (trumpet), Ben Gerstein (trombone), Todd Neufeld (guitars), Joe Morris (electric guitar, double-bass), Carl Testa (double-bass), Mark Helias (double-bass) and Zach Rowden (double-bass). Pillars is a further extension of Sorey’s compositions—it’s driven from deep, internal imperatives, the music taking shape out of personal exploration and discovery, rather than as a response to existing structures, forms, and even styles. This is so even with the strong sound of (non-jazz) free improvisation—there are some faint echoes of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but those sound less like Sorey’s design than the influence that the earlier group has had on the individual musicians performing Pillars.

Jazz in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

SUSIE IBARRA at the Stone (through Oct. 6, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Ibarra, a drummer, percussionist and composer, makes subtly illustrative music as the leader of various ensembles. She’s been in residence this week at the Stone, showing off her many projects. Things culminate on Friday, when she presents Talking Gong, a piano-violin-percussion trio making music inspired by gong chimes, and on Saturday, when she performs with her DreamTime Ensemble, the group that recorded her remarkable 2017 album, “Perception.”

JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL at various locations (through Oct. 6). Jazztopad is a renowned jazz festival in Poland, and since 2015, it has brought a satellite delegation to New York for a run in the United States. This year’s edition began on Wednesday, and peaks this weekend with shows at Soup & Sound — a D.I.Y. concert space in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn — on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and finally a pair of shows at the Jazz Gallery on Saturday night, with a group of star American musicians (Kris Davis, John Hebert and Francisco Mela) sharing the stage with two Polish combos (the Kuba Wiecek Quartet and Waclaw Zimpel and Piotr Orzechowski’s Pianohooligan duo).

RAGAS LIVE FESTIVAL at Pioneer Works (Oct. 6, 5 p.m.). Twenty-four consecutive hourlong sets make up this nonstop event running from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. Now in its seventh year, the festival has moved from its old home at the Rubin Museum to Pioneer Works, a Red Hook concert hall and multipurpose arts space. This year’s performers will include members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, the pianist Vijay Iyer and the vocalist Ganavya.

MARC RIBOT at Le Poisson Rouge (Oct. 8, 8 p.m.). Mr. Ribot is a storied downtown guitarist whose interests run from the outside in: from experimental squall and electric-guitar burn to blues and folk and protest songs. His rampant energy has been kicked up a notch by Trump-era indignation, and on “Songs of Resistance, 1942-2018,” a new album featuring some all-star guests (Meshell Ndegeocello, Tom Waits and more), he’s funneled it all into something powerful. Mr. Ribot celebrates the album’s release at this show, performing with a quintet and some additional guests.

MELVIS SANTA AND CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN at the Owl (Oct. 7, 8 p.m.). The vocalist and pianist Ms. Santa hails from Cuba, and she’s among the country’s greatest young musical ambassadors. Here she pairs her strong, carbonated alto with a trio of master Cuban percussionists, all playing sacred batá drums: Román Díaz, Rafael Monteagudo and Anier Alonso. Before Ms. Santa, the experimental chamber-jazz cellist Mr. Hoffman will perform a set of original compositions with Bryan Carrott on vibraphone, Rashaan Carter on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums.

High Zero 20th Anniversary Tour Brings Improvised, Experimental Music to Roulette

Source: I Care If You Listen.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, New York’s downtown music scene was invigorated by a fresh and eclectic infusion of Baltimore area musicians, gathered within the hallowed proscenium-sanctum of Brooklyn’s Roulette Intermedium. This special group of individuals was on tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of High Zero, the East Coast’s preeminent festival of improvised, experimental music. Emerging in 1999 from The Red Room—an experimental music venue established in 1996 and nestled in the back of Normals Books in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood—High Zero was an answer to a call from destiny that grew out of the unexpected enthusiasm Baltimore concertgoers were emoting for unorthodox sounds and out-of-bounds music. At the time of High Zero’s inception, saxophonist John Berndt remarked, “It seemed like the right time to do something like this.”