San Francisco Scene: November 30 – December 7, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, November 30
Fri 11/30 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Enrique Arriaga (Unknown Persons) and Concepción Huerta (Territorios Personales)

Fri 11/30 7:30 PM Grace Cathedral [1100 California Street San Francisco, CA 94108]
Laurie Anderson’s Lou Reed Drones with Stewart Hurwood
Lou Reed’s powerful drone piece features the hypnotic overtones and harmonics of guitar feedback. As part of it, Anderson will be joined in a viola duet by Eyvind Kang.

Fri 11/30 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Aïsha Devi, Drew McDowall, Hiro Kone + more – Recombinant Festival 2018 Friday Night

Saturday, December 1

Sat 12/01 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Maggi Payne / Quark Matters (Farhadian, Vinkeloe, Robinson, Reed, and Perkis)

Quarks combine to form composite particles, and describe well the five musicians’ adventurous melodic – rhythmical sound landscapes with influences from classical, jazz, songwriting, electronic and improv music. The eminent composer, flautist and video artist Maggi Payne opens the evening.

Sat 12/01 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]

Laurie Anderson’s Songs For Men with Scott Amendola
“I realized I’ve also written a lot of things for and about men and I asked the amazing Scott Amendola to join me in an evening of improv. Some of the greatest experts on women are men and of course vice versa so I’m hoping for some lively mash ups.”

Sat 12/01 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series: duo B. Experimental Band + Tim DeCillis solo
Featuring: Kyle Bruckmann, Polly Moller Springhorn, Matt Ingalls, Josh Marshall, Theo Padouvas, Brendan Lai-Tong, gabby fluke-mogul, Julie Michael, Crystal Pascucci, Nava Dunkelman, John Finkbeiner, Lisa Mezzacappa, Jason Levis.

Sat 12/01 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Demdike Stare, Antenes, Rrose + more – Saturday Night Recombinant Festival 2018

Sunday, December 2

Sun 12/02 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Crown of Eternity – Sound Experience

Sun 12/02 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Laurie Anderson’s Scenes From My Radio Play with Fred Frith
Scenes from My Radio Play is themes and variations on the characters and situations in the play. Guitarist Fred Frith will join Anderson in invoking hypnosis, memory, old juke joints, canoe trips and love.

Sun 12/02 7:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Time Machines Live A/V Show – Recombinant Festival Closing Night

Monday, December 3

Mon 12/03 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Reverend Screaming Fingers (incendiary improvised guitar)
Set #2: Larry Ochs/Donald Robinson Duo (free improvisation)
Set #3: Cosimo Lissy (modern jazz/experimental)
(Mia D’Augelli-violin, Kasey Knudsen-sax, Mark Clifford-vibes, Lisa Mezzacappa-bass, Jordan Glenn-drums, Aaron Novik-bass clarinet, compositions)

Mon 12/03 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS Presents: Seiyoung Jang & Will Gluck

Wednesday, December 5

Wed 12/05 7:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Gloria Cheng & Terry Riley
The Heaven Ladder & other works for piano by Terry Riley

Wed 12/05 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Beam Splitter & Voicehandler
Jacob Felix Heule: percussion
Danishta Rivero: voice and electronics

Wed 12/05 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble performs music by Cage, Barriga, Cardwell, Hodel, Neumann, Rieman, Tambellini, and Troutman.

Thursday, December 6

Thu 12/06 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
BEAM SPLITTER is a duo for amplified voice, trombone and occasional analog electronics.

Thu 12/06 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
War Hippy/Thomas Dimuzio/Names/Gerritt Wittmer
Power Ambience, Experimental Electronics, Noise, introspective experimental electronics, and Power Intellectualism in a controlled setting!

Friday, December 7

Fri 12/07 12:00 AM KPFA 94.1FM [1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley CA 9470]
Texting Band (Kattt Atchley, Suki O’Kane, Dan Plonsey) takes over, for as long as host Barbara Golden permits, the Crack O Dawn show on KPFA. A performance, a marathon backward scroll, a casio keyboard, A stick, a stone, it’s the end of the road It’s the rest of a stump, it’s a little alone It’s a sliver of glass, it is life, it’s the sun It is night, it is death, it’s a trap, it’s a gun

Fri 12/07 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Andy Meyerson: Ritual & Resonance

Fri 12/07 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Roscoe Mitchell Quartet
The Lab will host saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell and his quartet with Ambrose Akinmusire, Junius Paul and Vincent Davis. The project marks Mitchell’s last performance before he returns to Madison, Wisconsin, celebrating his eleven-year contribution to the Bay Area as the chair of the Mills College music department. An iconoclastic figure in contemporary music whose work ranges from classical to contemporary, from wild and forceful free jazz to ornate chamber music, Mitchell is an internationally renowned musician, composer, and innovator dubbed one of the most important musicians in jazz by The New York Times.

Fri 12/07 9:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Nathan Clevenger’s Book of Exits & The Green Mitchell Trio

AMN Picks of the Week: KTL / Andrew Livingston / Nouveaux Classical Project / Far Corner

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

KTL – The Pyre (2018)
Andrew Livingston – News from the Oort Cloud (2018)
Nouveaux Classical Project – Currents (2018)
Far Corner – Risk (2018)

Exploring Roger Eno’s Cinematic Ambient Music 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

If there’s a single name synonymous with ambient music, for many, that name is Eno. Despite there being multiple pioneers in the genre, spanning several decades—from Erik Satie to Aphex Twin—Brian Eno is largely considered to be the genre’s chief innovator and responsible for coining the term and concept, in the liner notes for his 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports. Yet there’s another Eno closely linked to this genre: his brother, Roger. Roger Eno—who is 11 years Brian’s junior—is a steady, prolific musician, with a discography spanning over three decades and 25 albums (both solo and collaborative). He made his initial foray into music with 1983’s soundtrack album Apollo, which he created alongside his brother and the renowned producer Daniel Lanois.

The Stone in December

Source: The Stone.

12/1 Saturday (HM)
8:30 pm
The Angelica Sanchez Big Band
Herbie Robertson, Nolan Tsang, Tom Killacky, Kenny Warren (trumpets) Mike McGuiness (tenor sax) Andrew Bishop (tenor sax) Gideon Forbes (alto sax) Caroline Davis (alto sax) Josh Sinton (bari sax) Ben Gerstein, Brian Drye, Matt De Leon, Jacob Garchik (trombones) Angelica Sanchez (piano) Omar Tamez (guitar) Ramon Lopez (drums) Steve LaSpina (bass)

12/4 Tuesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Thurston Moore, Bill Nace and Samara Lubelski
Thurston Moore (guitar) Bill Nace (guitar) Samara Lubelski (violin)

12/5 Wednesday (RB)
8:30 pm
Thurston Moore, Luke Stewart and Leila Bordreuil
Thurston Moore (guitar) Luke Stewart (bass) Leila Bordreuil (cello)

12/6 Thursday (HTM)
8:30
Thurston Moore with White Out and Gene Moore
Thurston Moore (guitar) Lin Culbertson (electronics) Tom Surgal (drums) Gene Moore (guitar)

12/7 Friday (AR)
8:30 pm
Thurston Moore with Tom Surgal and William Winant
Thurston Moore (guitar) Tom Surgal (percussion) William Winant (percussion)

12/8 Saturday (RK)
8:30 pm
Thurston Moore, John Zorn, William Winant and Tom Surgal
Thurston Moore (guitar) John Zorn (sax) William Winant (percussion) Tom Surgal (percussion)

12/11 Tuesday (RK)
8:30 pm
Ikue Mori, Nate Wooley and Mary Halvorson
Ikue Mori (electronics) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

12/12 Wednesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Highsmith Duo
Ikue Mori (electronics) Craig Taborn (piano)

12/13 Thursday (RB)
8:30 pm
Mahobin Quartet
Lotte Anker (sax) Satoko Fujii (piano) Kappamaki (trumpet) Ikue Mori (electronics)

12/14 Friday (DT)
8:30 pm
Mephista
Ikue Mori (electronics) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Susie Ibarra (drums)

12/15 Saturday (FM)
8:30 pm
Ikue Mori, Jim Staley, Brian Marsella and John Zorn
Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax) Jim Staley (trombone) Brian Marsella (keyboards)

THE STONE COMMISSIONS
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26: NED ROTHENBERG
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS
In collaboration with National Sawdust The Stone presents a series of World Premieres the last Wednesday of every month through 2018.
7pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. For details check https://nationalsawdust.org/event/jazz-stone-commissioning-series/

THE STONE AT RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE!
THURSDAY DECEMBER 27: MARK FELDMAN
ONE SET AT 8PM—ADMISSION FREE!
The Stone is proud to present music at Russ and Daughters Cafe at 127 Orchard Street the last Thursday of every month! Drop by for smoked fish, pickles and great music!

December at IBeam Brooklyn

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

MARA ROSENBLOOM PRESENTS FLYWAYS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018
8:00 PM 9:30 PM
Anais Maviel – Voice & Surdo Drum
Adam Lane – Bass
Mara Rosenbloom – Piano & Composition

CHRIS COCHRANE’S COLLAPSIBLE SHOULDER
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018
8:30 PM 11:00 PM

DERIC DICKENS PRESENTS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018
8:00 PM 10:00 PM
Set 1
Erica Dicker, violin
Eli Wallace, piano
Deric Dickens, drums
Set 2
Phillip Greenlief, tenor saxophone
Angelica Sanchez, piano
Michael Vatcher, drums

LENA BLOCH’S FEATHERY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018
8:30 PM 10:30 PM
Lena Bloch – Saxophone
Russ Lossing – Piano
Cameron Brown – Bass
Billy Mintz – Drums

KAZUKI YAMANAKA QUARTET
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018
8:00 PM 10:00 PM
Kazuki Yamanaka (alto saxophone)
Russ Lossing (piano)
Cameron Brown (bass)
Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

‘CONQUISTADOR! THE LEGACY OF CECIL TAYLOR’ at the Clemente/Soto Vélez Cultural Center (Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.). The pianist Cecil Taylor was a world-altering talent, a hero of modern American creativity whose only loyalty was to the promise of invention. He pried at the languages of bebop and stride and Romantic piano, breaking them open and refusing to suture them back together into any sort of hybrid. Taylor died in April at 89, and this event pays tribute to his artistry in an appropriately broad fashion: with music from the pianists Craig Taborn, Kris Davis and Matthew Shipp, as well as the drummer Andrew Cyrille (who played with Taylor in the 1960s and ’70s); poetry from Tracie Morris and Steve Dalachinsky; and readings from the scholars Fred Moten and Adam Shatz.
212-998-2101, nyihumanities.org

SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO AND NATE WOOLEY (Dec. 3, 8 p.m.). The pianist Sylvie Courvoisier recently released a sneakily expansive album — packed with small surprises and irreverent redirections — titled “D’Agala.” She appears here with the trio from that recording: Drew Gress on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums. After a set break, she will join the trumpeter Nate Wooley in a different group, with the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and the vibraphonist Matt Moran, playing the fourth installment of Wooley’s “Battle Pieces.” This continuing work, specifically built to feature these four musicians, mixes free improvisation with flexible miniature elements composed by Wooley.
917-267-0368, roulette.org

FORWARD FESTIVAL at ShapeShifter Lab (Dec. 6-7, 7 p.m.). An independent label devoted to presenting concerts as well as releasing albums, 577 Records convenes its annual festival, featuring eight sets over two nights from a range of experimental improvisers. On Thursday the bill includes a performance from the British saxophonist Rachel Musson, playing solo, and one by a quartet featuring both of the label’s founders: the versatile wind instrumentalist Daniel Carter and the drummer Federico Ughi (the group also features the pianist Mary Anne Driscoll and the bassist William Parker). The following night, the electronic musician Tobias Wilner will give a solo set under the name Bichi, and New York United, a quintet featuring Carter and Ughi, will close the evening.
shapeshifterlab.com

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN at Le Poisson Rouge (Dec. 2, 8 p.m.). Since the release of his 2015 album, “In the Moment,” McCraven, a drummer, has become one of improvised music’s vanguard bandleaders. His latest record, “Universal Beings,” collects performances in four cities across the United States and Britain, each with a different band; after the shows, using an approach that’s become his calling card, McCraven sliced up the recordings and created original tracks that, at their best, feel as fresh as the live performances themselves. He performs here with many of the musicians who appear on “Universal Beings,” including the New York-based harpist Brandee Younger, the Los Angeles violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, the British tenor saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia, and the Chicagoan bassist Junius Paul.
212-505-3474, lpr.com

PHAROAH SANDERS at Birdland (Dec. 4-8, 8:30 and 11 p.m.). When John Coltrane died unexpectedly in 1967, leaving the jazz world in shock, Pharoah Sanders came to be seen as the musician best equipped to carry his torch. (He had played in some of Coltrane’s last ensembles, then joined the band of Alice Coltrane.) Ever since Sanders has remained a symbol of the upward-bound spiritual jazz that took root in that era. Now 78, he retains an ebullient stage presence and a broad, enchanting tenor saxophone sound. Sanders appears here in a quartet featuring William Henderson on piano, Nat Reeves on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com