San Francisco Scene: April 5-12, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Fri 4/05 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Drummers Alan Hall, Jeremy Steinkoler and Dillon Vado will bring in their unique bands of stellar musicians to present a night of passionate and groove-driven original music and improvisations.

Saturday, April 6

Sat 4/06 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Melford / Formanek / Goldberg / Atwal
Pianist Myra Melford, bassist Michael Formanek, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and drummer Hamir Atwal present a concert of new compositions by all members of the group.

Sat 4/06 7:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th Street (at Alabama) San Francisco, CA94110]
Performances by poet Tongo Eisen-Martin, music by Marshall Trammell, electronic musician Sharmi Basu, and accordionist Umesh Mallery.

Sat 4/06 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Bay Area based Circadian String Quartet was founded in 2013 to promote the classical and contemporary string quartet repertoire, in particular music of cultural and folkloric significance. Since then, the group has been featured through Mt. Shasta’s Music By the Mountain, Sunset Music | Arts Chamber Music Series in San Francisco, and the Merced Symphony Association. In 2014, the CSQ were invited to collaborate with the St. Petersburg-based Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet during their North American tour. They have also given U.S. premieres of pieces by world-renowned British composer Ian Venables in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Sally Munro of the San Francisco Opera and Natalie Parker, Principal Clarinetist of the San Francisco Ballet.

Sat 4/06 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) are a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. Run and curated by the graduate students and faculty at each participating institution, the 2019 CEMEC will be held at the campuses of CalArts, Mills, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, and Stanford throughout April. At CCRMA, we will present works composed and performed by Rodrigo Barriga, Jaehoon Choi, Danielle Dahl, Stewart Engart, Stephanie Fischer, Nathaniel Haering, Mason Hock, Amina Kirby, Douglas McCausland, Matthew Perez, and Yiyang Shi.

Sat 4/06 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Duo Gelland, joined by members of the 113 Composers Collective will present an evening of adventurous new music as part of their California tour.

Sat 4/06 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
X SOUND – A festival of works by Mills Senior Composers and Media Artists

Sat 4/06 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do Over Music Series #4: duo B Experimental Band + Kjell Nordeson, solo percussion
Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Kyle Bruckmann, oboes
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone
Henry Hung, trumpet
Rob Ewing, trombone
gabby fluke-mogul, violin
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Lee Hodel, bass
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Jason Levis, drums
plus guest percussionists:
Suki O’Kane
Robert Lopez

Sat 4/06 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Universal Eyes (Wolf Eyes with Gretchen Gonzales & Aaron Dilloway) and Red Culebra (Guillermo Galindo & Cristóbal Martínez)

Sunday, April 7

Sun 4/07 7:00 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Duo Gelland & 113 Composers
Duo Gelland joined by members of the 113 Composers Collective will present an evening of adventurous new music as part of their California tour.

Sun 4/07 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 Kaiser/Looney
Henry Kaiser – guitar/electronics, Scott R. Looney – piano
8:30 Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
Philip Everett – drums, Ray Schaeffer – bass, Alex Cohen – guitar
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones, flutes

Monday, April 8

Mon 4/08 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
113 California Tour

Mon 4/08 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Fluke-Mogul/Pascucci/Mezzacappa [Trio] + Yoni Kretzmer Trio

Tuesday, April 9

Tue 4/09 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Trouble Ensemble
Apropos Trio: Renzi-Mezzacappa-Levis
Joel Nelson / Amplified Glass

Wednesday, April 10

Wed 4/10 4:00 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Department 5000 MacArthur Blvd]
Severine Neff – Lecture – Point/Counterpoint: John Cage Studies with Arnold Schoenberg —
Neff discusses Cage’s Second Construction in Metal in the context of his studies with Arnold Schoenberg in the mid–1930s.

Wed 4/10 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Linda Bouchard with Kyle Bruckmann and Jacob Felix Heule
One composer. Two improvisers. The players face in opposite directions, each one viewing a projection of a unique graphical score generated in response to the other’s playing. Each performer reacts to the images in the score and decodes the other’s performance, which has been processed in real-time by the composer using a series of presets and filters to create a “Live Structure” – a composition which unfolds as a collaborative improvisation and committed interpretation of a musical code.

Wed 4/10 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
OFSQ + Matthias McIntire: Little Worlds

Thursday, April 11

Thu 4/11 4:00 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Department 5000 MacArthur Blvd]
ECLIPSE QUARTET – Master-class — Collaborative Techniques for Players and Composers —
The Quartet will do a master-class using examples from their current repertoire including pieces by Gabriela Ortiz, Kajia Saariaho, and Philip Glass.

Thu 4/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm David Leikam – NS Design CR 6-string electric cello, electronic pedals
9:00 pm Ross Hammond – slide guitar

Friday, April 12

Fri 4/12 6:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th Street @Alabama San Francisco]
Performance by Mutual Aid Project – Marshall Trammell (percussion), Tracy Hui (banjo and electronics), Nick Obando (alto saxophone and electronics), followed by conversation.

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Sun Ra – Pathways to Unknown Worlds (Modern Harmonic)

Diatribes—Echoes & Sirens (Aussenraum)

David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith—Sun of Goldfinger (ECM)

Fennesz — Agora (Touch)

Jazz Concerts in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Source: The New York Times.

MICHAËL ATTIAS at Greenwich House Music School (April 6, 7:30 p.m.). On Friday, Attias will release “Échos la Nuit,” an album of slow, ruminative solo recordings on which he plays both the alto saxophone (his primary instrument) and the piano. Hearing these 12 tracks is like inspecting the mysterious line drawings of a beloved artist. Sometimes you’ll almost discern the contour of a landscape or the dark shading of a limb, but ultimately the shapes all drift back into a desolate, spacious abstraction. At Greenwich House, Attias will perform solo and in a quartet.

AMIR ELSAFFAR AND TWO RIVERS WITH HAMID AL-SAADI at Pioneer Works (April 8, 7 p.m.). ElSaffar, a lauded Iraqi-American trumpeter, leads bands mostly comprising jazz musicians, but he gets them to use the trundling rhythms and maqam-based melodies of Middle Eastern music, rather than the typical tools of contemporary jazz. Recently he has been performing with Al-Saadi, a singer and scholar of traditional maqam. Here Al-Saadi will join ElSaffar’s sextet, Two Rivers.

JONATHAN FINLAYSON at the Stone (April 10-13, 8:30 p.m.). Last year, Finlayson, a young trumpeter with an appetite for tangled rhythm and lithe, fugacious melody, released a compelling album, “3 Times Round,” with his sextet. In the coming week at the Stone, across four evenings, he gathers a different band each night: On Wednesday and Thursday, there are trios (featuring the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Tom Rainey on the first night, then the saxophonist Brian Settles and the drummer Chad Taylor on the second). On April 12, he presents a quintet that includes the alto saxophone phenom Immanuel Wilkins, and on April 13, he closes the run with a septet, playing a new suite of music called “The Odyssey of Big Boy.”

OLIVER LAKE at Roulette (April 5, 8 p.m.). An avant-garde alto saxophonist and multimedia artist, Lake has been at the top of his class since the early 1970s, when he arrived in New York from St. Louis, where he had helped establish the influential Black Artists Group. In 1976 he and three other saxophonists formed the World Saxophone Quartet, an all-sax combo that became one of the most successful, if unorthodox, jazz groups of the following decade. At Roulette, he presents Alto Madness, a similar ensemble featuring three fellow alto saxophonists — Bruce Williams, Darius Jones and Michaël Attias — as well as the drummer Pheeroan AkLaff. The band will play “Tone Poem for J. A. H.,” a piece Lake originally wrote 12 years ago for the World Saxophone Quartet.

Pharoah Sanders Profiled

Source: The Brooklyn Rail.

Many musicians, including Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Dewey Redman, seized on the revolutionary spirit of the ’60s to extend their work into new territory. But Coltrane and Sanders together pushed their music farther than any of their contemporaries into an empyrean realm, virtually creating the category of spiritual jazz. In the grand but sensible words of free jazz icon Albert Ayler, “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost.”

Santa Sangre Reviews

Source: Santa Sangre.











John Cage’s Northwestern University Archive 

Source: Chicago Reader.

Wesleyan University holds documents related to most of Cage’s books, the New York Public Library holds most of Cage’s music manuscripts, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, holds Cage’s materials related to mycology (the study of fungi). But the collection at Northwestern is the largest single concentration of Cage materials anywhere in the world—it not only surveys modern musical composition during the 1960s but also humanizes a composer who continues to divide scholars with his challenges to the definition of music.