A Very, Very Tiny, Insignificant, Trivial, and Inconsequential Gift from AMN

Celebrate the holidays with a highly irrelevant gift from Avant Music News – we have upgraded our hosting plan to eliminate forced advertising.  That’s right – no more ads.  For the record, we didn’t make anything on these ads, but got to host the site essentially for free.  Now we are paying a nominal amount per year for hosting (don’t worry, it is small) and AMN is ad-free.

The most noticeable benefit, aside from the lack of said ads, is that the site should load faster on all types of clients.  A fringe benefit, which we will be exploring soon, is that we will have more control over the customization of our layout.  This may help us provide a better user experience, especially on mobile devices.  We also have more storage for pictures and videos.

But in the mean time, enjoy the faster ad-free experience.

San Francisco Scene: December 14-21, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

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.

Fri 12/14 9:00 PM Oakland Metro Operahouse [522 2nd Street, Oakland, California 94607]
Merzbow, Prurient, Kelly Moran in Oakland

Saturday, December 15

Sat 12/15 8:00 PM Stork Club [2330 Telegraph Avenue Oakland]
New Zombies, an 11-piece avant-jazz ensemble, plays the world music-inspired compositions of Dan Plonsey. Forer Effect opens the show, followed by Jordan Glenn’s BEAK.

Sat 12/15 8:00 PM Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church [600 Colorado Avenue Palo Alto]
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, Taverner, Hassler, Puerling, Willan, Praetorious, Conte, Poulenc and others and new favorites for the years ahead. Introducing our Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence, Jean Ahn and Robinson McClellan.

Sat 12/15 9:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Eugene Chadbourne

Sunday, December 16

Sun 12/16 3:00 PM The Women’s Building [3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Each year, SFCMP holds several community events that encourage the exploration of contemporary music in a festive, community atmosphere.
In this group performance experience, the audience has the opportunity to add their voices to the musical recitation of an ancient Confucian text. The mood and spirit will be set through a Sonic Meditation by the great Pauline Oliveros.

Sun 12/16 4:00 PM Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church [114 Montecito Avenue Oakland]
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, Taverner, Hassler, Puerling, Willan, Praetorious, Conte, Poulenc and others and new favorites for the years ahead. Introducing our Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence, Jean Ahn and Robinson McClellan.

Sun 12/16 4:00 PM The Knockout [3223 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Eugene Chadbourne – The Chadifornia Tour, with The Durty Whyte Boots and The Chuckleberries (4-7pm)

Sun 12/16 7:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Rova Saxophone Quartet & Life’s Blood Trio

Sun 12/16 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Monday, December 17

Mon 12/17 9:30 AM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Burchett/Monaco/Nelson + Ross Hammond (Solo)

Mon 12/17 7:30 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
Fred Frith Trio
w/ Saariselka
+ Voicehandler

Thursday, December 20
Thu 12/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: Chuck Johnson & Leila Abdul-Rauf

Thu 12/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
2X3 * M Nelson/J Glenn/H Atwal * G F-Mogul/K Bruckmann/J F Heule

Friday, December 21
Fri 12/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Beth Custer & Will Bernard

Fri 12/21 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Pumpelly/Romus/Wallace
Ero Guro

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 16 DECEMBER 2018
MOPOMOSO CHRISTMAS PARTY
Christmas Party Every year Mopomoso hosts a variety of musicians from across the free improvised music scene to come and play in a series of five to ten-minute cameo…
Time: 2 – 6PM

THU 20 DECEMBER 2018
EVAN PARKER AND FRIENDS
Evan Parker ends another year of regular nights at the Vortex as he has been doing for the past 50 years and as he means to go on – with…
Time: 8 – 11PM

SUN 06 JANUARY 2019
PHIL MILLER – A LIFE IN MUSIC
This long-awaited memorial celebration of a unique musician will take the form of two concerts where a veritable host of associated musicians will play a selection of some of Phil Miller’s best loved compositions.
Time: 4 – 11PM

Ben Patterson: Methods and Processes – Tonight in Philadelphia

Source: BOWERBIRD.

FRIDAY – 8:00PM
DECEMBER 14, 2018

THE ROTUNDA
4014 Walnut St Philadelphia PA 19104

Bowerbird and the Arcana New Music Ensemble are excited to present the music of Ben Patterson (1934-2016), an important and under-recognized leader of the early Fluxus movement, an international, interdisciplinary community of experimental artists that began in the early 1960s. The program represents Patterson’s wide range of compositional strategies. For example – Paper Piece (for 1 to 5 performers) is a text score that invites musicians to – “shake, break, tear, crumple” – paper in an improvisatory exploration of its sonic properties. String Music on the other hand is a graphic score with detailed performance instructions and intricate notation more reminiscent of Stockhausen’s Kontakte.

JazzTimes Reviews

Source: JazzTimes.

Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round (Pi)

Ivo Perelman/Rudi Mahall: Kindred Spirits / Ivo Perelman/Jason Stein: Spiritual Prayers (Leo)

Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest (Blue Note)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets) (Pi)

Mako Sica & Hamid Drake: Ronda (Feeding Tube/Astral Spirits)

Upcoming Events for the International Contemporary Ensemble

Source: International Contemporary Ensemble.

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION AT ARETÉ GALLERY
Sunday, December 16, 2018
3:00 PM
Areté Gallery

SUPPRESSION DAM AT SYDNEY FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA
Sat, Jan 12, 2019 5:00 PM Sun, Jan 13, 2019 4:00 PM
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

PERLE NOIRE: MEDITATIONS FOR JOSÉPHINE
Wed, Jan 16, 2019 8:00 PM Thu, Jan 17, 2019 10:00 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Andrew Cyrille – Lebroba (ECM)

The Bevis Frond — We’re Your Friends, Man (Fire Records)

Jürg Frey — 120 Pieces of Sound (Elsewhere)

Listening Post: Throbbing Gristle—Heathen Earth / Journey Through a Body / Mission of Dead Souls (Mute)

Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh — Sparrow Nights (Trost)

Keith Jarrett — La Fenice (ECM)