San Francisco Scene: March 29 – April 5, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Saturday, March 30

Sat 3/30 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Clare Longendyke is a passionate soloist and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality, technical fluency, and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum.

Sat 3/30 10:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Russell Haswell + Pita
Russell Haswell is a restlessly forward-thinking, genre-defying artist, performer and curator born in Coventry and currently based in London, England.
Pita is the pseudonym of Editions Mego founder Peter Rehberg. Born in London Rehberg has resided in Vienna for term his adult life.

Sunday, March 31
Sun 3/31 12:30 PM The Contemporary Jewish Museum [736 Mission St SF]
San Francisco’s Del Sol Quartet presents San Francisco’s first festival to return to the world of pure intervals often called “just intonation.”
Performers include composers/performers: Ellen Fullman (long string and autoharp), Theresa Wong (cello and vocals), Matt Ingalls (clarinet), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Chris Brown of Mills College (tuned piano), Larry Polansky of UC Santa Cruz (guitar), Arjun Verma (sitar), as well as the Del Sol String Quartet.

Monday, April 1

Mon 4/01 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out *10th Anniversary Spectacular*
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: duo B. vs. Greenlief-Wright (improvised music)
(Lisa Mezzacappa, bass, Jason Levis, drums, Phillip Greenlief and Cory Wright, woodwinds)
Set #2: Song & Dance Trio Plays Wiener Kids (modern jazz)
(Cory Wright-saxophones, Karl Evangelista-guitar, Jordan Glenn-drums)
Set #3: Ben Goldberg’s Brainchild (large group conduction/improvisation)
(Ben Goldberg-conductor, a.o.)

Mon 4/01 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
(Sean Keenan, Jake Parker-Scott, Mitch Stahlmann)
Noah Phillips

Wednesday, April 3

Wed 4/03 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents the Kasey Knudsen Sextet with Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Henry Hung, trumpet; Rob Ewing, trombone; Dahveed Behroozi, piano; Miles Wick, bass; and Eric Garland, drums.

Thursday, April 4

Thu 4/04 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Matt Ingalls – solo clarinet
9:00 pm Heikki Koskinen w/ Donald Robinson, Rent Romus, Cheryl E. Leonard

Friday, April 5

Fri 4/05 12:30 PM Cadillac Hotel [380 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94102]
Zendrummer E. Doctor Smith joins flautist Laura Austin Wiley and her electric quartet featuring 7 string bassist Edo Castro, guitarist David McFarland and keyboardist Jim Lang.

Fri 4/05 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Matt Baldwin / Nico Georis / Danny Paul Grody

Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

MATMOS AND KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN at Pioneer Works (April 4, 7 p.m.). Both acts on this double bill work with experimental hybrids of electronic and organic sound. Since coming together in 1997, Matmos — the duo of Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel — have obsessed over the materiality of music. They compose by gathering samples from diverse sources, like washing machines, animal cages or amplified nerve tissue; their new record, “Plastic Anniversary,” cleverly comments on the impending environmental crisis by drawing from all-plastic source material. Expect to hear selections from that album at this art center in Red Hook, Brooklyn, as well as the highly technical experiments in ambient and drone from the Brooklyn-based performer Whitman.

BROKEN SHADOWS at the Village Vanguard (through March 31, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). The alto saxophonist Tim Berne, an outré doyen of the New York music scene, writes runic, sharp-edged, fiercely desiccated tunes. They’re a lot of fun if you’re the type who likes to question the entire phenomenology of “tunes” or, better yet, “fun.” Broken Shadows, his new band, which is about to release an album on the subscription-only Newvelle Records imprint, is more immediately rambunctious. This music is easy to sing along with, and to move to, partly because the group mostly plays the compositions of Ornette Coleman, and partly because of the personnel: the underappreciated tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, the wily bassist Reid Anderson and the gallivanting drummer Dave King.

SUSIE IBARRA at H0L0 (March 31, 7 p.m.). Ibarra plays the drums with cool precision and a sense of architectural awareness that befits a great composer. After all, she’s that too. Always blazing a new creative trail, she will present at H0L0 a fresh project, “Bird Songs,” featuring original music inspired by bird calls, with Jake Landau on guitar and keyboards and Jean-Luc Sinclair on electronics. The cellist Leila Bordreuil and the vocalist and performance artist Lauren Tosswill will open the show with separate solo performances.

The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp: March 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

All kinds of experimental music can be found on Bandcamp: free jazz, avant-rock, dense noise, outer-limits electronics, deconstructed folk, abstract spoken word, and so much more. If an artist is trying something new with an established form or inventing a new one completely, there’s a good chance they’re doing it on Bandcamp. Each month, Marc Masters picks some of the best releases from across this wide, exploratory spectrum. March’s selection includes lap steel guitar essays, water-bound horn blasts, harrowing voice exercises, and unpredictable jazz extrapolations.

Thomas Buckner Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

One of the most famous male voices in contemporary music in the United States, Thomas Buckner is a baritone, composer, and producer who has performed and recorded widely throughout his long career. Buckner’s Interpretations series, “a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters;” Interpretations is now in its 30th season (which will feature a performance by Buckner himself on April 4). As Buckner prepares to mark this achievement, we’ve readied these five questions for him.

April at the IBeam Brooklyn

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019
8:00 PM 11:00 PM
Lesley Mok’s The Living Collection
David Leon – alto saxophone/flutes
Yuma Uesaka – tenor saxophone/clarinets
Kalun Leung – trombone
Sonya Belaya – piano
Florian Herzog – bass
Lesley Mok – drums, composition
Florian Herzog’s SPLINTER
Anna Webber – saxophone/clarinet
Dierk Peters – vibraphone
Raf Vertessen – drums
Florian Herzog – bass, composition

8:00 PM 10:00 PM
Sean Conly – Solo Bass
Hooker / Conly / Rosenbloom / Gauci QUARTET
William Hooker – Drums
Sean Conly – Bass
Mara Rosenbloom – Piano
Stephen Gauci – Tenor Saxophone