Chicago Scene: November 3-9, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, November 3rd 2018

8:00PM at a house concert (Donation, RSVP 773.997.4673)
Colour and Sound House Concert Series : Jimmy Bennington, Fred Jackson Jr, Artie Black, Mike Harmon

8:00PM at Bond Chapel, 1050 E 59th, 773.702.8670 (Free, RSVP)
Alan Licht

Sunday, November 4th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$5)
Sonatas and Interludes
Amy Williams — music by John Cage, Nomi Epstein, Robert Reinhart, Jeffrey Weeter, Jonathon Kirk, Joann Cho

Monday, November 5th 2018

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jake Wark, Angelo Hart
Josh Berman, Jakob Heinemann, Devin Drobka

Tuesday, November 6th 2018

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Adam Shead, Jason Stein
Paul Giallorenzo, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Jarrett Gilgore Quartet with Dave Rempis, Andrew Clinkman, Phil Sudderberg

Wednesday, November 7th 2018

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527
Impro Jam Series

Thursday, November 8th 2018

7:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
Tyshawn Sorey Trio with Chris Tordini, Cory Smythe

Friday, November 9th 2018

7:00PM at Saffron Rails, 1365 N Cherry ($10)
Drone Activity Chicago
Stephen O’Malley
Olivia Block
Bruce Lamont
Carol Genetti
Rebecca Valeriano-Flores
Katherine Young

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Cutout : Jorrit Dijkstra, Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Nate McBride, Luther Gray

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Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour

Source: Cuneiform Records.

November 3 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
November 4 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
November 6 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
November 7 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
November 8 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
November 9 – Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale, FL
November 10 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
November 11 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
November 13 – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill – Dallas, TX
November 14 – Barracuda – Austin, TX
November 16 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
November 17 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA
November 18 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA
November 19 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
November 20 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
November 21 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, Canada
November 23 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
November 24 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
November 25 – The Granada – Lawrence, KS
November 26 – Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
November 27 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
November 29 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
November 30 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern – Cleveland, OH
December 1 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

November 12 – Mississippi Studios – 3939 N. Mississippi – Portland OR 97227 [with Scott Amendola’s Invisible Bird]
November 18 – Royale Brewing Co – Portland, OR [special afternoon, all ages, no cover show!]
December 7 – Jack London Revue – Portland, OR [with Wayne Horvitz Snowghost Trio]

February 23 – Portland Jazz Festival – Alberta Street Pub – Portland, OR
November 16 – EFG London Jazz Festival – Purcell Room, Southbank Centre – London, UK

December 2 – Södra Teatern – Stockholm, Sweden [with Henrik Palm]

THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN [These dates are in celebration of the group’s 10th anniversary!]
November 8 – JazzOnze+ – Lausanne, Switzerland
November 9 – Krämer – Meiningen, Germany
November 10 – Saxstall – Pohrsdorf, Germany
November 11 – Jazzmeile Thuringen Weintanne – Jenna, Germany
November 12 – C-Keller – Weimar, Germany
November 13 – A-Trane – Berlin, Germany
December 13 – Périscope – Lyon, France

November 3-4 – Berliner Jazztage – Berlin, Germany

November 19 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY
December 17 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY

RICHARD PINHAS – Solo China Tour 2018
November 10 – Jazz Improvise Meeting Festival (JIMF)
November 11 – Jazz Improvise Meeting Festival (JIMF)
November 15 – Guangzhou
November 16 – Ruijin – Shenzhen
November 17 – Ruijin – Shenzhen
November 18 – Beijing

November 10 – Rockit Festival – Groningen, The Netherlands

SOFT MACHINE [John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington, John Marshall]
November 3 – Marlow Theater – Canterbury, UK
November 6 – Sage – Gateshead, UK
November 8 – Green Hotel – Kinross, Scotland, UK
November 9 – Hebden Bridge Townhall – Hebden, UK
November 10 – The Trade’s Club – Howden, UK
November 16 – Borderline – London, UK
November 17 – West End Center – Aldershot, UK
November 18 – Lews Con Club – Lewes, UK
November 20 – Epic Studios – Norwich, UK
November 22 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching, UK
November 25 – Talking Heads – Southampton, UK

THE SPELLCASTERS [Joel Harrison / Anthony Pirog / Dave Chappell / John Previte / Barry Hart
November 11 – Bertha’s Mussels – Baltimore, MD [3:00 – 6:00 pm!]
December 16 – Bertha’s Mussels – Baltimore, MD [3:00 – 6:00 pm!]

THUMBSCREW [Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara – Mary Halvorson]
November 3-4 – Berliner Jazztage – Berlin, Germany

Brooklyn Raga Massive Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Raga is hundreds of centuries old, but that hasn’t stopped a loose collective of New York City musicians from reinvigorating its ancient sound with a modern take on classical Indian music.

Since 2010, the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a group whose rotating cast of players have diverse backgrounds and musical experiences, have played weekly shows at different venues across the five boroughs. Anyone who knows a few licks of classical Indian music is invited to sit in. The sessions have now grown into a blossoming renaissance that injects cross-cultural styles and sounds into the tradition of raga-inspired music.

“At the time [eight years ago], it seemed like a stretch because it’s a very challenging sell,” explains David Ellenbogen, an artistic director for Brooklyn Raga Massive. “In traditional Indian music, the beat could sometimes not come in for the first 20 or 30 minutes.”

In that time, the jam sessions have grown in size. The venues have gotten bigger. Three ensembles have formed within the collective and released their own albums. Contributing members have released solo records that offer their own unique take on raga.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

William Parker All-Stars! David S. Ware Trio! Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge! Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio: Chris Hoffman & Tom Rainey! Adam Hopkins/Anna Webber/Jonathan Goldberger/Devin Gray! SLM Composers Ensemble! Gordon Beeferman Quartet!

David Virelles’ Singer’s Grove! Two Duos from Joel Futterman: Ike Levin & Avreeayl Ra! 3 from Eddie Prevost! Joelle Leandre & Marc Ducret! New from FMR: Two from Paul Dunmall: 2 Tenor/2 Drums Qt w/ Jon Irabagon! Phil Gibbs Qt! Three Gems from Szilard Mezei! Senyawa!


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

November 4th, 2018:
6pm: RADIO I-CHING DUO: ANDY HAAS and DON FIORINO – Saxes and Guitar
7pm: DAVID GROLLMAN / AL MARGOLIS / LUCAS BRODE – Snare Drum / Tapes / Guitar

November 11th:
7pm: SAM NEWSOME and SANDY EWEN – Soprano Sax and Guitar

November 18th:
GENE COLEMAN – Bass Flute/Piccolo / CHERYL PYLE – C Alto Flutes
7pm: MICHAEL FOSTER / DAVID MEIER – Tenor Soprano sax and Drums and…

November 25th, No In-store, Bruce in Florida

Sunday, December 2nd:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & OMAR TAMEZ – Clarinet & Guitar
7pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / OMAR TAMEZ / RAYMON LOPEZ – Clarinet / Guitar / Drums!

Blank Forms Upcoming Concerts

Source: Blank Forms.

Annette Peacock
Friday, December 7th, 2018, 8:00pm
First Unitarian Congregational Society
119 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

A pioneering composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Annette Peacock is among the most distinct artists in modern music, her contributions to jazz, pop, and electronic music often overlooked but hard to overstate. Born to a violist mother in Brooklyn, Peacock began her music career by touring Europe with Albert Ayler and her first husband, Gary Peacock, in the early 1960s. Around that time Annette also associated with notable 1960s luminaries including Ram Dass and Timothy Leary, the latter of whose experiments with LSD demonstrated to Peacock the interconnectedness of, as she has said, “the psychedelic state of mind on the perspective of sound.”

Thursday, November 29th, 2018, 8:00pm
55 Walker St. New York, NY 10013

Among the first Japanese artists inspired by the industrial music of Whitehouse and SPK, Grim was founded as a one-man power electronics project in 1985, following the dissolution of seminal duo White Hospital. Deliberately seeking an unrefined music, with a self-described “raw, native feeling” drawn from punk rock’s aggressive distortion, Grim’s output nevertheless exhibits a mercurial diversity folding elements of throat singing, organ music, crude polyrhythms, and impulses derived from East Asian vernacular musics into a demented elaboration of Japanese noise. Grim’s now-classic first LP, 1986’s Folk Music, gives the impression of a childhood fever dream, oscillating wildly between naive instrumental lullabies and tempests of throbbing rhythmic noise, punctuated by deranged, sepulchral vocal utterances. Conversely, the following year’s Message contains actual folksong, albeit of a haunted, apocalyptic variety no less devastating than its industrial foil.