Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

THOM YORKE at Kings Theater (Nov. 26-27, 8 p.m.). Perhaps only Radiohead’s frontman could swing two nights of experimental electronic music at this massive theater in Flatbush, Brooklyn, but at least it’s a more intimate space than the seminal British alt-rock band’s usual arenas. He’ll be joined by Nigel Godrich, a Radiohead producer and Yorke’s Atoms for Peace bandmate, as well as the audiovisual artist Tarik Barri. Yorke is currently working on a solo album with Godrich, which is due out next year, so at these dates he might preview new music or perform selections from his first feature-length soundtrack for the 2018 horror film “Suspiria.”
718-856-5464, kingstheatre.com

MARY HALVORSON AND JOE MORRIS at the Jazz Gallery (Nov. 28, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Halvorson and Morris are two guitarists whose sound you can recognize immediately. Both give off the feeling that their instrument is a rough and dangerous thing, a kind of electric reactor, though they play quite differently: Halvorson in a corkscrewing tangle, Morris in sharply percussive flecks and bites. This show marks the release of their new album, “Traversing Orbits,” on the Rogue Art label (it’s available only on CD).
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

ANGELICA SANCHEZ at the Stone (Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 8:30 p.m.). Sanchez’s aggressiveness as an improviser and an experimentalist is matched by the sensitivity and composure of her touch at the piano. She is in residence this coming week at the Stone, where she performs in a different scenario each night. On Tuesday and Wednesday she appears in two different trios: Sam Newsome on saxophone and Andrew Cyrille on drums the first night; Andrew Bishop on saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums the second. On Thursday she pairs up with the drummer Pheeroan Aklaff. She’s with the guitarist Omar Tamez and the drummer Ramon Lopez on Nov. 30, then she leads a 17-person big band to close out the run on Dec. 1.

SARA SERPA at National Sawdust (Nov. 28, 7 p.m.). A singer whose coolly drifting vocals never quite feel disembodied or out of reach, Serpa has recently been working more directly with political and historical topics. Here she debuts “Intimate Strangers,” a project undertaken with the Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma. The piece uses a combination of musical abstraction and lyrical content to interrogate themes of migration, displacement, citizenship and belonging. Iduma and Serpa, who hails from Portugal, will appear here with two other vocalists, Sofía Rei and Aubrey Johnson, as well as Matt Mitchell on piano and Qasim Naqvi on the modular synthesizer.

San Francisco Scene: November 24-30, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Saturday, November 24

Sat 11/24 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.

Sunday, November 25

Sun 11/25 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
This special All Ears Interfaith Sangha gathering will honor the life, work and memory of our beloved Pauline Oliveros on the two-year anniversary of her passing. Come witness, experience, participate in, and discuss some of Oliveros’ most powerful compositions.

Monday, November 26

Mon 11/26 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
The World According to Sound, LIVE!
You will hear bridges and ants and the gurgle of mud pots. The sounds will transport you inside another person’s head and back in time a hundred years to the streets of Berlin. There will be a musical performance by a washing machine, a sonorous tennis match, and a disturbing howl Marco Polo heard centuries ago while crossing the Gobi Desert. There’s absolutely nothing to see. It will be a spectacle entirely for the ears.

Mon 11/26 9:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out Special presents cutting-edge bands in the worlds of jazz, improvised music, and creative song. Our maiden show features an explosive new set from Oakland art rock/experimental duo Grex, paired with new music from Santa Cruz transplants JUDO NO.
Grex (art rock/experimental): Karl Evangelista-gtr, voice, percussion, Rei Scampavia-keys, voice, percussion
JUDO NO (polyrhythmic rock)

Mon 11/26 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
GAS Live – Recombinant Festival 2018 Opening Night Performance
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Wednesday, November 28

Wed 11/28 7:00 PM Mills College Art Museum [Danforth Lecture Hall (across from Museum) 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613]
Mills College Art Museum: Art 21 Screening
Bay Area Art in the 21st Century with Creative Growth

Wed 11/28 7:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Herman Kolgen – Recombinant 2018 Artist in Residence

Thursday, November 29

Thu 11/29 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Laurie Anderson’s Songs For Women with Tammy Hall
The first part of the Laurie Anderson series was inspired by the composer Tammy Hall’s beautiful piece “For Miss Jones”. Anderson thought it would be interesting to do a collection of pieces written for women and make it into a celebration that crosses back and forth from jazz to stories to electronics.

Thu 11/29 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Antonic/Fischer
Thomas Antonic – text, recitation
Michael Fischer – ad-hoc soundscaping
A morphological text- and soundscape, richly allusive, drawn, sculpture-like, filmic, cross-linking, floating. Whirring visions form a coup of poetic escalation.
9:00 pm Nishi-Smith/Robertson
Kanoko Nishi-Smith – koto
Owen Stewart Robertson -guitar

Thu 11/29 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Disks and Grooves: Exploring Rotary Instruments

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

Adam Hopkins’ Crickets Reviewed Ahead of Pittsburgh Performance

Source: Pittsburgh Current.

Adam Hopkins says Crickets, his debut as a band leader, could have been a rock-trio record. The Baltimore-born bassist spent his high school years playing indie rock that owed a good deal to Pavement, Nirvana and the Dismemberment Plan.

During his senior year, though, he started to uncover a new musical world when he began studying upright bass. Now a resident of Brooklyn, he composed Crickets, the first release on his Out Of Your Head label, with a mind to merge his musical past with a group that includes three saxophones, all blown by experienced free jazz musicians. In his hands, these two styles work together naturally.

Braxton75 Upcoming Celebrations

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation. Anthony Braxton’s 75th birthday will be a multi-year celebration.

The Tri-Centric Foundation is excited to announce Braxton75 – a new initiative building up to Anthony Braxton’s 75th birthday celebration in June 2020. Braxton75 fuses three of Tri-Centric’s key goals: supporting live performance of Braxton’s work, publishing and distributing the compositions, and offering pedagogical services to both the professional and lay music community to nurture the next generations of artists and audiences interested in these creative practices.

The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp, November 2018 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp, from the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling. These compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella, albums without words that are both thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way. Every month, Aurora Mitchell takes you through the best ambient releases. In this edition, there’s a cult favorite, deep listening hypnosis from a rising Australian collective, and music inspired by an endangered species of bird.