San Francisco Scene: December 7-14, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Saturday, December 8

Sat 12/08 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Major Arcana

Sat 12/08 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.

Sunday, December 9

Sun 12/09 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Hailing from varying backgrounds and 3 different continents, the female music trio “Mooncake” consists of Swedish-based saxophonist/flutist Biggi Vinkeloe, flutist/vocalist Emily Hay from Southern California and Japanese born pianist/sound artist Motoko Honda who now lives in Oakland. Hay and Honda have collaborated as a duo together since 2009 and the Mooncake trio developed when they invited Vinkeloe to join them for some concerts in San Francisco several years ago which led to new friendships and genre busting and unique musical explorations.

Sun 12/09 4:00 PM Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church [1111 O’Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 94109 United States]
Celebrate the holidays by decking the halls with new traditions! We offer beloved seasonal music from around the world, from sublime to silly, old to new, and with (optional) audience singing. Works by Grieg, Howells, Tavener, Hassler, Puerling, Willan, Praetorious, Conte, Grau, Poulenc and others and new favorites for the years ahead. Introducing our Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence, Jean Ahn and Robinson McClellan.

Sun 12/09 5:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Ian Carey Quintet+1: Fire In My Head (the Anxiety Suite)—East Bay Premiere

Sun 12/09 7:00 PM Institute of Advanced Uncertainty [296 Ivy Street
 San Francisco]
bitter banquet CD release concert
Annie Lewandowski, voice & electronics
Fred Frith, guitar
Theresa Wong, cello & voice

Sun 12/09 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:45 Solo Organ
Douglas Katelus – B3 Organ, pedals
Heavy free-form wall of sound organ
8:15 CK Lo/Rivero/Corcoran
Kevin CK Lo – prepared piano, Danishta Rivero – voice, Kevin Corcoran – drums

Sun 12/09 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
BEAM SPLITTER (Henrik Nørstebø, trombone, Audrey Chen, voice and electronics); Gino Robair (prepared piano, etc.)

Sun 12/09 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Shapeshifters Cinema: duo B. (Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis) vs. viDEO sAVant with special guest Noah Phillips
A night of live cinema:
Found & Lost by Janis Crystal Lipzin, with live music performed by Lisa Mezzacappa
Postmark Tokyo by Mark Wilson, with live music performed by duo B. + Noah Phillips
duo B. vs. Video Savant – new sound and image work by Charles Woodman, Lisa Mezzacappa, and Jason Levis

Sun 12/09 8:00 PM Prelinger Library [301 8th st san francisco]
sfSound performs improvisations, graphic scores, by Oliveros, Wolff, and Burns and other experimental sounds by group members (Benjamin Kreith, Brendan Lai-Tong,John Ingle, Matt Ingalls, Diane Grubbe, Tom Dambly).

Monday, December 10

Mon 12/10 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: O+O+ and Stone Raft

Tuesday, December 11

Tue 12/11 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Matt Renzi’s “Arm-Sized Legging”

Tue 12/11 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 12/11 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Monopiece (Nathan Corder, Timothy Russell, Matt Robidoux, Danishta Rivero)
– Jungle Junk
– Alex Cohen

Wednesday, December 12

Wed 12/12 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Join us for an evening of music, meditation, art and dance expiring and celebrating the consciousness or our allies in the green world. 7 PM: Plant Meditation with Michael Dooley and plant portraits by Anjelica Collard. 8 PM: Sarah Cahill, Piano: Patterns of Plants, Mamoru Fujieda. 9 PM: Pet the Tiger: Psychobotanikon.

Wed 12/12 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Damn Skippy Featuring Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, John Schott, Jenny Schieman & Todd Sickafoose

Wed 12/12 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Ezra Buchla
Builder of the open-source ‘norns’ sound processor available from https://monome.org/norns/ sound machines for the exploration of time and space. So, your camera phones are gonna be useless but bring everything else you got.
Sally Decker
Decker’s refined use of feedback systems, the voice, and text-scores pull you headlong between internal and external worlds where “each day carries a different version of what you project onto it.”
https://multanox.bandcamp.com/
Transient (David Molina)
It’s rare to get to hear his solo, furthest-out, ambient/noise project known as Transient. This is that chance, don’t blink or he’s on another hemisphere.
http://drmsound.com/
The Deletist
Undiluted unblinking unlying music born of love and courage, everything about her is genuine and full tilt. Her voice is her own, sonorous and singular and transmutable to any instrument she touches, or any vessle for that matter.
https://deletist.bandcamp.com

Wed 12/12 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Bear Bones Lay Low (Belgium)
Møn (Germany)
Key West (Petaluma)

Wed 12/12 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
George Cory Todd :: Dunkelman/Fluke-Mogul Duo :: Omar Akrouche

Thursday, December 13

Thu 12/13 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm New Guinea Pigs
Tony Passarell – sax , cornet & percussion, Robert Kuhlmann – electric bass
Aaron Levin – drums, Rent Romus – alto/soprano saxophones
9:00 pm Leyya Tawil/Dominic Cramp/Amy Reed
Leyya Tawil – dance, Dominic Cramp – electronics, Amy Melissa Reed – guitar, hydrophone, voice

Thu 12/13 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Damn Skippy Featuring Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, John Schott, Jenny Scheinman & Todd Sickafoose! TWO NIGHTS! Completely different music each night!

Friday, December 14

Fri 12/14 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
– Bill Orcutt
– Voicehandler
Since 2014, software engineer and occasional avant-guitarist Bill Orcutt has been developing an open source computer music program called I Dropped My Phone the Screen Cracked. He has used it to record two LPs, 2016’s Cracked Music and 2017’s An Account of the Crimes of Peter Thiel and His Subsequent Arrest, Trial and Execution, which Wire magazine described as “maddening,” “hypnotic,” and “oddly pleasant.” At this event, Orcutt presents the premiere of a new algorithmic piece for Cracked entitled The Truth About Tuning.

AMN Reviews: Karoline Leblanc / Nicolas Caloia / Ernesto Rodrigues – Autoschediasm [atrito-afeito 010]

A release from the trio of pianist Karoline Leblanc and double bassist Nicolas Caloia, both of Montreal, and Portuguese violist Ernesto Rodrigues, Autoschediasm, recorded in June at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, is an example of discerningly improvised timbral polyphony. From the first instant Leblanc, Caloia and Rodrigues reveals themselves to be possessed of a fine collective chemistry based on keen listening and sensitive responsiveness. Each leaves adequate room for the others’ instruments to breathe and to sound; their music is the product of what appears to be an unforced, natural rapport. As instrumentalists, all three are primarily colorists working with the full palettes that piano, double bass and viola make possible. The group’s fluency in handling color is especially evident on the second track, an exploration of space and tone. The strings are particularly creative here, with Rodrigues spinning out a full spectrum of unpitched sounds against Caloia’s harmonics, plucked and struck notes, and pressure bowing. Leblanc’s discreet interventions serve as the keystone holding Rodrigues’s and Caloia’s centripetal forces in place. By contrast, on the first piece the trio craft a long but coherent improvisation on the basis of skillfully handled dynamics and a seamless blend of conventional and extended techniques. Leblanc is a deft player, playing inside and outside the piano as needed, and alternating lead and support–or simply staying silent–when the collective sound seems to demand it. Caloia gets a robust sound and provides a firm grounding with his powerful mid and lower registers; Rodrigues’s sense of texture comes out nicely in his use of rapidly bowed layers or plucked and tapped points of sound.

https://atrito-afeito.com/

Daniel Barbiero

2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part I

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2018 lists from around the web and provide links here. Sure, we haven’t reached the end of the year yet, but some intrepid individuals just cannot be held back. The AMN Best of 2018 is coming in early January. Stay tuned…

Jazz Right Now’s best of 2018.

Jazz Right Now’s best live concerts of 2018

The New York Times best jazz of 2018.

Anti-Gravity Bunny’s Top 15 Drone Records Of 2018, all from women.

Anthony Davis on Earl Howard

Source: Interpretations.

I first encountered Earl Howard’s music in 1980 with his work V & T, which was composed for the violinist Shem Guibbory. I was greatly impressed by his command of texture and the subtle interaction between the soloist and the tape. Initially I felt the soloist was controlled by the tape music but the piece fostered a nuanced performance with a refreshing attention to detail within a relatively restricted musical realm. I felt a connection to this new music because it resonated with my desire to create ensemble music in which compositional aims could be achieved through directed improvisation. I was pleased when he decided to create a new work for piano and tape, Particle W. Particle W was the beginning of a creative collaboration with Earl that continues to this day.

Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Source: The New York Times.

IKUE MORI at the Stone (Dec. 11-15, 8:30 p.m.). This percussionist, electronic musician and full-scope sound experimentalist can create an entire world of sonic encounter using just her laptop. But she’s also endlessly adaptive when placed into a larger context, quick to find her niche in almost any kind of ensemble. In the coming week, she is in residence at the Stone, working with some of today’s finest improvisers: the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the trumpeter Nate Wooley on Tuesday, the pianist Craig Taborn on Wednesday, and various others through Dec. 15.
thestonenyc.com

ANNETTE PEACOCK at First Unitarian Congregational Society (Dec. 7, 8 p.m.). A genre-bender and a prophetic force in music since the late 1960s, Peacock is one of the most riveting — though overlooked — vocal performers in jazz. Her psychotropic albums of the ’70s are cult classics, with a style landing somewhere between Anita O’Day and Betty Davis, and she has remained active (though secluded) in recent years, putting out albums on her own record label, Ironic. Her New York performances are rare; this one, presented by Blank Forms and Artists Space, may be the only chance to catch her in the city for years.
blankforms.org

CECIL TAYLOR MEMORIAL at Roulette (Dec. 11, 7 p.m.). For the second week in a row, New York is mourning the loss of Cecil Taylor with a star-studded tribute concert. At this memorial event, presented by Arts for Art, the pianist and free-jazz pioneer — who died in April — will be celebrated with performances by dozens of musicians, including the drummer Andrew Cyrille, the pianist and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, the alto saxophonist Oliver Lake and the trumpeter Jaimie Branch.
917-267-0368, roulette.org

The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: November 2018 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The year is drawing to a close, which means many of you are in the midst of frantically wrapping up your holiday season tasks. I feel for you. And it’s in that spirit of compassion that I bring to you one more thing for your to-do list: Ten jazz albums you definitely need to hear. Some of this music is the best you’ll hear all year. So put gift buying off just a little longer; sit down and listen to all of this beautiful music.