San Francisco Scene: January 12-18, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Saturday, January 12

Sat 1/12 7:00 PM St.Mark’s United Methodist Church [451 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA 94563]
Ensemble ARI will perform music that has Musical Borrowing. Music by Bach, Handel, Cassado and Bay Area composers Ahn and Ruviaro

Sat 1/12 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux presents “Wordless Music”

Sunday, January 13

Sun 1/13 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Social Stutter Quartet

Sun 1/13 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Cartoon Justice performs sketches of ‘Elegy Da Amazona’
Kersti Abrams – alto saxophone,Maqrunah, Mbira; Mark Pino – drums/percussion.; Elijah Pontecorvo – electric bass; Mika Pontecorvo – guitar,skunbletronics
8:30 pm Tom Dimuzio/T.D. Skatchit/Scott Looney
Tom Dimuzio – Bulcha, live processing
T. D. Skatchit (Tom Nunn, David Michalak) – Skatch boxes, plates and platters, sampled skatch
Scott Looney – Piano, Hypertap

Monday, January 14

Mon 1/14 7:00 PM Underground SF [424 Haight St San Francisco, CA]
Visions of a New World
Announcing the eighth installment of the ongoing series Visions Of A New World, a new cinematic event that brings visual artists and live musicians into conversation. Each edition features new visual artists and live sound performances, highlighting the Bay Area’s dense creative output as a community.
Russell E.L. Butler
Pacific Singles
Austin Cesear
Jason Worden
Ocular Music
Scents Artist:
Michael Katsevman

Tuesday, January 15

Tue 1/15 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Nathan Clevenger Group

Wednesday, January 16

Wed 1/16 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Monitored Feldman: Tania Chen, Wobbly, and Thomas Dimuzio
A night of Morton Feldman’s piano work Triadic Memories transformed by Tania Chen, piano; Wobbly & Thomas Dimuzio, electronics.

Wed 1/16 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Corder/Weeks, Cheryl Leonard, La Mère, Lulu & The Humans
All ages. $5-$10 suggested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Thursday, January 17

Thu 1/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm VR Quartet Duo
John Vaughn – baritone, soprano saxophones
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, c-melody saxopones, flutes
9:00 pm Rudis / Custodio / Diaz-Infante
Lx Rudis, Andre Custodio, Ernesto Diaz-Infante
Three of SF’s older-school experimental/new music purveyors, performing adventurous compositions. The music constantly evolves from thin soundscapes to heavy improvisational dialogues

Friday, January 18

Fri 1/18 4:00 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, SF Conservatory 50 Oak St. SF]
In our “in the LABORATORY Series” we explore large-ensemble contemporary classical works that push the boundaries of the concert experience. This season, we explore several points of connectivity along experimentalist paths, laid down by composers all seeking to fuse a variety of music forms and personal experiences into multi-faceted sonic narratives.

Fri 1/18 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Vocalist Anna Homler presents her performance persona Breadwoman, who lives outside of time and communicates with gestures and songs in a language that is both alien and familiar.

Fri 1/18 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Thomas Carnacki•Thomas Dimuzio•Will Gluck

Fri 1/18 7:30 PM Grace Cathedral [1100 California St San Francisco]
The Eve of the March – A Celebration of the Divine Feminine
In honor and awe of the Women’s March 2019, Vajra Voices & the Ghiberti Center for Culture present The Eve of the March – a concert in the sacred space of Grace Cathedral where we will celebrate womens’ voices and the power of community.

Fri 1/18 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr Stanford, CA 94305]
Please join us on the CCRMA Stage for a concert of works by Clarence Barlow. Chryssie Nanou will perform a selection of preludes and fugues for piano from “Ludus Ragalis” in alternation with some of his multichannel electroacoustic pieces.

AMN Picks of the Week: Massimo Discepoli / Matthew Shipp Trio / Otherworld Ensemble / ADFL Quartet

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.

Massimo Discepoli – The Right Place on the Wrong Map (2018)
Matthew Shipp Trio – Signature (2019)
Otherworld Ensemble – Northern Fire (2019)
ADFL Quartet – The Lavender Petals Form New Blossoms (2018)

Chicago Scene: January 12-19, 2019

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

Saturday, January 12th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Yes We Can : the Songs of New Orleans
Jeff Albert, Joe Clark, Nolan Chin, Sima Cunningham, Anton Hatwich, Liam Kazar, Steve Marquette, Dave Rempis, Isaiah Spencer, Macie Stewart, Mai Sugimoto, Ayanna Woods

Sunday, January 13th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
SPEKTRAL+1, Plus One : Hannah Collins, Jesse Langen, Chelsea Lyons, Doug Perkins, Ben Roidl-Ward, Katie Schoepflin — music by Darlene Castro, Baldwin Giang, Maria Kaoutzani, Joungbum Lee, David Clay Mettens, Will Myers

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jeff Albert, Steve Marquette, Greg Ward
Jeff Albert, Steve Marquette, Damon Locks

Monday, January 14th 2019

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Josh Berman, Paul Giallorenzo, Jason Roebke
Jon Deitemyer Quartet with Artie Black, Paul Mutzabaugh, Matt Ulery

Wednesday, January 16th 2019

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Sleight Of Hand : Reid Karris, Ethan Parcell, Hannah Bureau
Debris : Joe Suihkonen, Peter Maunu, Jakob Heinemann

Thursday, January 17th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Jim Baker, Jacob Heinemann, Steve Hunt
NRG Ensemble : Mars Williams, Dave Rempis, Brian Sandstrom, Kent Kessler, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Sleeping Village, 3734 W Belmont, 773.654.3971 ($15)
Black Duck
Helen Money

Saturday, January 19th 2019

4:00PM at the Crowd Theater, 3935 N Broadway (Donation)
Carl Testa + Warm Human

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Atomic : Fredrik Ljungkvist, Magnus Broo, Håvard Wiik, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Hans Hulbækmo

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Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Sébastien Beliah

Mark Dresser

Barre Phillips
End to End

Kira Kira
Bright Force

Alister Spence/Satoko Fujii

Ramón López-Barry Guy
Siderus Nuncius – The Starry Messenger

Paul Rogers & Emil Gross (Peal)
Bag of Screams

Anthony Braxton Composes Together Past, Present and Future 

Source: The New York Times. This is a great article for any Braxton fan.

Anthony Braxton retired from academia in 2013, but at 73, he is far from idle. That much is clear when I recently walked into his apartment in Connecticut, a couple of dozen miles away from Wesleyan University, where he taught for more than two decades.

After shaking my hand and taking my coat, this composer and saxophonist — a MacArthur “genius” grant winner, an N.E.A. Jazz Master and an eminence in improvisation and contemporary composition — showed me into a small but comfortable study, stacked with reams of large-format score pages.

BA Podcast 32: Melvin Gibbs 

Source: burning ambulance.

Melvin Gibbs…is the bassist for the avant-rock/jazz/metal/dub trio Harriet Tubman, whose new album The Terror End of Beauty is out now and sweeping up rave reviews everywhere. Before forming Tubman with guitarist Brandon Ross and drummer JT Lewis in 1998, Gibbs was a founding member of Defunkt and of Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society (alongside future Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid); he played in Sonny Sharrock‘s band; he appeared on John Zorn‘s Spillane and The Big Gundown; he was a member of Arto Lindsay‘s band Ambitious Lovers; and from 1994 to 1998, he was the bassist for the Rollins Band.