San Francisco Scene: October 12-19, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Saturday, October 13

Sat 10/13 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 10/13 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Tetuzi Akiyama (Tokyo, JP)
Kaori Suzuki & John Krausbauer (Oak)
Kaori Suzuki and John Krausbauer present an improvisational composition with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion, preceded by a performance by guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, on tour from Tokyo.

Sat 10/13 8:00 PM House Concert in North Berkeley Hills [email for location]
Pianist Myra Melford and bassist Joelle Leandre perform in the intimacy of a house concert in the North Berkeley Hills. They will perform 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during intermission.

Sat 10/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Keepsakes for Contraforte and Contrabass Flute
Keyed Kontraptions will premiere works by Brett Austin Eastman and Emily Koh. Also on the program are works by Lily Chen and Isaac Schankler.

Sunday, October 14

Sun 10/14 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Shamisen from Edo Hauta to Contemporary

Sun 10/14 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Jason Levis Trio
Rob Ewing – trombone/Cory Wright – reeds/Jason Levis – drums
8:30pm Sniff Test
Bethany Schwarz – electronics/Bill Noertker – basses

Sun 10/14 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th Street San Francisco]
an evening of improvisation with 8pm Nava Dunkelman (percussion), Fred Frith (guitar) and gabby fluke-mogul (violin) and 9pm joelle leandre (contrabass) and Phillip Greenlief (tenor saxophone)

Monday, October 15

Mon 10/15 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer/performers Pamela Z, Donald Swearingen, and Eric Lyon will perform composed and improvised works for gesturally controlled electronics and voice, in various combinations of solos, duos, and trios.

Mon 10/15 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: pureFINDER + Alex Cohen (solo)

Tuesday, October 16

Tue 10/16 7:00 PM David Brower Center [2150 Allston Way, Suite 100 Berkeley]
The David Brower Center & Other Minds are pleased to present Linda Bouchard with Kyle Bruckmann for the fourth installment of our 2018 The Nature of Music series. Bouchard will present excerpts from FLOCKING, as in “birds in flight” — the magical spectacle of hundreds of birds flying in their coordinated journey – and DROP, a live structure for woodwind and electronics with oboist Kyle Bruckmann.
Linda Bouchard’s works are defined by the importance of color and textures, and the structures of her compositions are intimately linked to the orchestral choices she makes for each composition, be it a solo piece or a composition for full orchestra.
Her compositions are often inspired by nature’s geometry, structure, and textures, as if writing music could begin by staring with a magnifying glass at nature’s elements — water, gas, rock formations, chemical reactions — then from those images creating a series of abstract landscapes.

Wednesday, October 17
Wed 10/17 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
Myra Melford-piano
Jenny Scheinman-violin
Kirk Knuffke-cornet
Ben Goldberg-clarinet and contra-alto clarinet
Todd Sickafoose-bass
Allison Miller-drums and compositions

Wed 10/17 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Hybrid Series: Ratskin Explastical w/ Anna Luisa , Xina Xurner, Tyler Holmes
Anna Luisa
Xina Xurner
Tyler Holmes

Thursday, October 18

Thu 10/18 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Darren Johnston and The Pipes meet Allison Lovejoy

Thu 10/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
New Music Performed by Nicolas Deuson and Jonathan Pilkington
This concert will feature guitar and tenor voice performing works by living composers, three of whom are active in the Bay Area. Several world premieres!

Thu 10/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Ali/Ingle
Ishmael Ali – guitar, John Ingle – saxophones
9:00 pm Diaz-Infante/Sturm
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Lap steel guitar
Ezra Sturm, Korg minilogue
Exploring free improvisation, prepared guitar and electronic soundscapes.

Friday, October 19

Fri 10/19 7:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Transmission: guest curated by Soundwave Directors
A performance carefully selected by the Soundwave Board Members. Performances featuring artists Anna Friz, Andy Puls, and Madalyn Merkey.

Fri 10/19 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Dax Pierson•Beast Nest•Marc Manning

Ecstatic Music Festival 2019 Announced

Source: Ecstatic Music Festival.

2019 Lineup
January 7 – March 21, 2019
Presented by Kaufman Music Center at Merkin Hall
Curated by Judd Greenstein with Merkin Hall Director Amy Roberts Frawley

Mon, Jan 7, 7:30 pm
wild Up, Zola Jesus & William Brittelle
A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer

Sat, Feb 16, 7:30 pm
Deerhoof & Tigue

Thu, Feb 28, 7:30 pm
Irreversible Entanglements, Amina Claudine Myers & Nicole Mitchell

Wed, Mar 6, 7:30 pm
Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert
A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer

Sun, Mar 17, 5 pm
ETHEL & Face the Music
Special guest appearance by Todd Rundgren

Thu, Mar 21, 7:30 pm
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

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

Sunday, October 14th:
6pm: SEAN ALI / MICHAEL FOSTER / DEVIN GRAY – ContraBass / Saxes / Drums
8pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / LEONOR FALCON – Clarinet & Violin – Solo & Duo

Sunday, October 21st:

Sunday, October 28h:
6pm: MAX KUTNER & GREGG BENDIAN – Guitarist from Evil Genius meets Drummer from Mahavishnu Project

November 4th, 2018:


Check Out New Music from:

Two from Intakt: Michael Formanek Elusion Qt: Tony Malaby / Kris Davis / Ches Smith! Don Byron & Aruan Ortiz! Eight from Clean Feed & Shhpuma: Jacob Sacks / Ellery Eskelin / Tony Malaby / M. Formanek / Dan Weiss! Chris Pitsiokos / Susana Santos Silva / Torbjorn Zetterberg! Peter McEarchern / Mario Pavone / Michael Sarin! Fredrik Nordstrom / Frederik Ljungvist! Friends & Neighbors!

Sean Moran / Hank Roberts / Vinnie Sperrazza! Lajos Dudas Rarity! Two from Accordi dei Contari! Plus Historic discs from Nina Simone! Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry! Bottleneck Guitar Compilation! Plus a No More Records CD sale: William Parker solo, Roy Campbell Pyramid Trio, Rob Brown Quartet, Mat Maneri & Randy Peterson! Two from Frank Lowe & Billy Bang! And even more vinyl!

Vision Festival at Tufts on October 27

Source: Tufts Music.

Sat, October 27, 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155, USA (map)

Free Jazz & Social Justice: revolutionary music, art, and thought. The Vision Festival, a highlight of NYC cultural life for 23 years, makes its first-ever appearance in Boston. This multidisciplinary event will feature performances by legends of Free Jazz including William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Andrew Cyrille and a lecture/performance by renowned theorist Fred Moten. Improvisation is not just a strategy for art, it’s a mode of deeper engagement with life.

6:30 PM: Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio
7:15 PM: Revolution/Resurrection: Patricia Nicholson, Jason Kao Hwang, TA Thompson, Bill Mazza
8:10 PM: Fred Moten
8:40 PM: William Parker, Rob Brown, Fred Moten, Steve Swell, Andrew Cyrille

Jazzfest Berlin: Programme 2018

Source: Jazzfest Berlin.

Irreversible Entanglements / Moor Mother & Roscoe Mitchell / jaimie branch / Art Ensemble of Chicago
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Main Stage
FRI 02 Nov 2018, 18:30

Tania Giannouli Trio
FRI 02 Nov 2018, 21:00

WorldService Project
FRI 02 Nov 2018, 22:30, Doors open at 21:00

Mary Halvorson, Taiko Saito, Liz Allbee, Chris Dahlgren
Halvorson / Saito / Allbee / Dahlgren
Mary Halvorson Berlin Special
SAT 03 Nov 2018, 21:00

Bill Frisell: A Portrait
Documentary by Emma Franz
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Kassenhalle
SUN 04 Nov 2018, 16:00

Mary Halvorson
Artist Talk
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Upper Foyer
SUN 04 Nov 2018, 18:00

Mary Halvorson Octet, Kim Myhr, Bill Frisell
Kim Myhr / Mary Halvorson Octet / Bill Frisell
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Main Stage
SUN 04 Nov 2018, 19:00

New David S. Ware and William Parker Recordings Out Soon

Source: Aum Fidelity.

David S. Ware Trio
The Balance

David S. Ware: tenor saxophone, saxello
William Parker: bass
Warren Smith: drums, tympanis/percussion

The Balance is the fourth edition in AUM Fidelity’s DSW-ARC Series; it presents an outstanding and incendiary David S. Ware concert, in trio with William Parker and Warren Smith. A tenor sax–bass–drums excursion displaying full vitality from the first note, this suite of spontaneous form was created at NYC’s Vision Festival in 2010. Ware had been a perennial at this vital annual gathering since its beginning; this was his first time back since the revered Quartet bid farewell there in 2006, and it was an exhilarating return.

Also included here are four out-takes from the Onecept session – all of which had been completed & considered for inclusion at that time. The three releases together present the total work which this group created.

William Parker
Flower In a Stained-Glass Window -&- The Blinking of The Ear

Released on his own Centering Records imprint (dist. by AUM Fidelity), this special edition release is comprised of two brand new full-length albums, distinct in personnel & approach, yet complementary in ethos. William Parker is / has been on a profound and voluminous creative flow. Both of these albums were made in Summer 2018; they follow up and extend on his June 2018 release, the exemplary triple-album set Voices Fall From the Sky.

Flower in a Stained-Glass Window fully features vocalist Leena Conquest, a tremendous interpreter of Parker’s work in song. She can be heard to deep affect in his Raining On The Moon and Curtis Mayfield projects. This is her first work together with Parker since 2012, and it is a potent return to this creative orbit. She sings and speaks atop of and within a fresh ensemble featuring Parker’s bass together with long-time compatriots trombonist Steve Swell & saxophonist Dave Sewelson, South African drummer Kesivan Naidoo (in his first work with Parker), Parker’s son Isaiah on piano, as well as younger saxophonic talents Abraham Mennen and Nick Lyons. This work is dedicated to the inspiration of Martin Luther King, and the lyrical content pulls no punches delivering the truth as Parker sees it. The message is: social and political justice and equality for all human beings.

“Flower..” was slated for release on its own, and then William Parker had a summer residency at The Stone / New School in New York in which The Blinking of The Ear was presented in wholly extended form by an ensemble featuring Daniel Carter (witness the recently released Seraphic Light), Steve Swell, Eri Yamamoto on piano, William Parker and young Leonid Galaganov on drums, with mezzo soprano AnnMarie Sandy. This composition first appeared on the Voices Fall From The Sky set in a voice/piano/drums reading. Here, as Parker writes in the liner notes: “The dream was to combine written music with improvised music; slowly and seamlessly folding them together as one. This sextet live version wholly realized that dream; it was an extraordinary event in music called universal tonality.”