Charles Amirkhanian, Other Minds Festival Co-Founder, Interviewed

Source: Hoodline.

Charles Amirkhanian has been promoting modern music in San Francisco for so long, some of it has become classical by now.

The co-founder of Other Minds, which launched as a music festival in 1993 and has since expanded into a record label and concert series, Amirkhanian’s goal is to bring new sounds to the city.

This weekend, he’ll kick off the 24th edition of the festival with a visit from the Arditti String Quartet of London, performing microtonal music by Ivan Wyschnegradsky. More shows will follow this summer.

San Francisco Scene: March 22-29, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, March 22

Fri 3/22 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
SOFÍA REI & JC MAILLARD PRESENT KETER FROM JOHN ZORN MASADA BOOK 3, SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab, 7:00pm & 8:30pm

Fri 3/22 7:30 PM Mills College Lisser Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
Mocrep – Unfixing Art-making: A Collaborative Performance Workshop

Fri 3/22 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
1st set
Scott Amendola – drums
Phillip Greenlief – alto and tenor saxophones
play improvised music in the here and now
2nd set
mike baggetta – guitar
mike watt – bass
stephen hodges – drums

Saturday, March 23

Sat 3/23 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
The trio will perform selections from Laura Klein’s recently premiered “Point Reyes Suite”, as well as rarely heard gems by Bud Powell, Marian McPartland, Billy Strayhorn, and more.

Sat 3/23 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Chris Brown performs live electronics in duets with Soo Yeon Lyuh, amplified haegum (a Korean bowed two-string instrument); and James Fei, analog electronics. This concert is the first in a new series at C4NM of music for live electronic ensembles that Brown will curate during the next two years. A week-long mini-festival is next, scheduled for June 18-23. A state-of-the-art sound system will be generously provided by Meyer Sound.

Sat 3/23 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
A Night Of Noise : Jeff Carey , Transient, Sigtryggur S.

Sat 3/23 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Kukangendai
This marks Japanese three-piece band Kukangendai’s first appearance in U.S. In spring of 2019, the band’s new album will be released from Ideologic Organ curated by Stephen O’Malley from SUNN O))). http://editionsmego.com/release/SOMA032

Sunday, March 24

Sun 3/24 4:30 PM Bird and Beckett [643 Chenery St. San Francisco CA 94131]
Rob Sudduth Trio with Rob Sudduth, Saxophone; Dahveed Behroozi, piano; Jason Lewis, drums. The Trio has been an ongoing project since Rob’s return from NYC in 2015. The collective nature of the group encourages spontaneous composition weaving in and through tunes by Sudduth and others.

Sun 3/24 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Crystal Quartez / Clamber

Monday, March 25

Mon 3/25 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: High Desert Soundings Festival Benefit Show

Wednesday, March 27

Wed 3/27 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Amnon Wolman: Barrier, Stop for inspection
“Barrier, Stop for inspection” was commissioned for the 2018 Warsaw Autumn Festival, and employs sounds, texts and images. The text, about the activity of remembering, was written in June 2018, and was translated to Polish by Halina Cieplińska. It appears both in English and in Polish orally and visually in fixed times during the piece. Most other materials, musical and visual, are performed and controlled during the live performance.

Wed 3/27 8:30 PM Winter’s Tavern – Pacifica, CA [1522 Francisco Blvd Pacifica, CA 94044]
:An evening of intense sound healing:
ASOMC / Ormus / Avola / Fyrhtu

Thursday, March 28

Thu 3/28 7:30 PM Trouble Coffee West Oakland [1545 Willow Street Oakland, CA 94607]
live wrestling, poetry chanted from inscrutable scrolls, and spontaneous works of voice and body featuring some of the bay area’s most adventurous vocal artists––
all happening inside the striking space of west oakland’s trouble coffee

Thu 3/28 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Sheldon Brown – reeds
9:00 pm Mike Monford Quintet (Detroit)

Friday, March 29

Fri 3/29 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Friction Commissioning Initiative brings six new works to life premiering quartets by Sarang Kim and Nick Benavides. Also on the concert will be Geoffrey Gordon’s ABACISCUS.

Fri 3/29 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Ostap Manulyak: sounds from behind the (absent) walls
Ostap Manulyak presents a program of works by contemporary Ukrainian composers and asks a question about real/imaginative/forgotten walls: Do they (still) mark
our internal and external space?

Fri 3/29 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Amendola vs. Blades vs. Skerik vs. Parker at Ivy Room

Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

ALTERNATIVE GUITAR SUMMIT at various locations (March 21, 25 and 27-28, 7:30 p.m.). Organized by the guitarist Joel Harrison, the annual Alternative Guitar Summit gathers some of the most talented six-string improvisers in jazz, post-rock and world music. This year’s festival begins on Thursday with a 50th-anniversary celebration of the music of Woodstock, at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. Harrison will play music from the Richie Havens and the Grateful Dead songbooks alongside the Everett Bradley Choir. The guitarist Ben Monder and the vocalist Jo Lawry will collaborate on music by John Sebastian and the Band. And the guitarist Nels Cline, who’s best known for his work in Wilco, will revisit Santana’s iconic Woodstock performance. The summit’s second concert takes place on Monday, when Cline, Leni Stern and others will pay tribute to the esteemed guitarist (and multi-instrumentalist) Ralph Towner at Drom, in the East Village. It concludes on Wednesday and Thursday at Jazz Standard with solo shows from Towner himself. (On the last two nights, there will be second sets at 9:30 p.m.)
alternativeguitarsummit.com

FIRE! AND MADALYN MERKEY at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center (March 28, 8 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, one of Europe’s most uncompromising free improvisers, angles toward the void in Fire!, a trio that includes the bassist Johan Berthling and the drummer Andreas Werliin. Whether scrawling an illegible smear of notes across the top of a pounding beat or erupting in fury as the rhythm dissolves beneath him, Gustafsson keeps the intensity high and your ears alight — even when his tone skews murky and dark. Fire! shares the bill here with Merkey, whose semi-ambient electronic music guides listeners into a kind of dreamlike state. This concert — Fire!’s first ever in New York — is presented by the nonprofit organization Blank Forms.
blankforms.org

DEREK GRIPPER at Roulette (March 23, 8 p.m.). Gripper, a South African guitarist, has developed a virtuoso approach to playing Malian music that was originally composed for instruments such as the kora (a 21-string instrument, somewhere between a harp and a guitar) and the ngoni (a possible progenitor of the banjo). He fingerpicks his classical guitar in percussive swirls, producing a sound that’s as enlivening as it is hypnotic. His repertoire includes music by the kora master Toumani Diabaté and the guitarist Ali Farka Touré, as well as folk songs from South Africa’s Western Cape. This concert kicks off the fifth annual A World in Trance festival, which spotlights music from around the world with explicitly spiritual overtones.
917-267-0368, roulette.org

WEBBER/MORRIS BIG BAND at the Jazz Gallery (March 22, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist and flutist Anna Webber recently put out “Clockwise,” an album full of atonality and friction and discomfited momentum — not to mention, some of New York’s premier improvising musicians. Angela Morris, a fellow saxophonist, shares some of Webber’s style, while also drawing more heavily on the influence of Impressionist composers and jazz’s most ancient styles. They have been playing their ambitious original compositions in this big band for a few years, and supposedly there’s an album on the way — but so far all we have to show for it are a few YouTube clips and a bit of buzz on the scene. To really hear the Webber/Morris Big Band, you’ve got to go in person.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

Point of Departure 66 is Out

Source: Point of Departure.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Jon Irabagon: Endless Possibilities: an interview with Troy Collins

Bill Folwell: an interview with Marc Chaloin

Jumpin’ In: a column by Greg Buium

The Seen: Not necessarily quiet music by Michael Rosenstein

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

Ezzthetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

William Parker Discusses Selections From His Discography

Source: JazzTimes.

To work on an installment of Bright Moments featuring the bassist and composer William Parker can feel like an exercise in futility. But not because he’s uncooperative or vague. In his cozy East Village apartment in January, Parker, 67, proved an exceedingly kind and gentle presence and a strikingly thoughtful interview. Storytelling is yet another of his gifts, and his recall borders on the encyclopedic; circumstances and chronology come easy, as do the Manhattan cross streets for apartments and venues that haven’t existed in decades.

Rather, the Bright Moments concept bows under the weight of Parker’s tremendous oeuvre. This is an artist who seems to offer up multi-disc box sets more frequently than others put out albums, and whose Sessionography, helmed by Rick Lopez and released in 2014, runs nearly 500 pages. Within these leader recordings and collaborations is a staggering range of creative situations—from solo recitals to duos to small-group free improvisation, era-defining working bands and sprawling thematic projects for large ensemble and voices.