Sound American 21: The Change Issue

Sound American is very excited to announce a new step in our growth as one of the preeminent music journals in America. Beginning on May 6th, we’ll be releasing each issue in print form. Although we will continue to make each issue available for free online at, we are taking a step to meet the long-standing demands of our readership to make each issue available in a physical, collectible form.

Designed by Mike Dyer of Remake Designs (designer of the recent Donald Judd: Writings publication), each issue is:
– Printed using offset lithography in a special Pantone color throughout (which will change each issue)
– Bound with the highest quality thread-sewn binding, using cold glue and Otabind™, so the book lies open and stays completely flat, and will last for a lifetime.
– Printed on Holmen paper, an excellent Swedish stock
– Printed by die Keure, one of the finest book printers in the world in a limited edition of 500

Sound American 21: The Change Issue will be released on May 6th online and in print.  The Change Issue is the first in a new editorial format and features words by or about Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Ornette Coleman, Nicole Kaack, Bradford Bailey, G. Lucas Crane, Jennie Gottschalk, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Margasak, Terry Riley, Kim Brandt, John Cage, Josh Sinton, Edgard Varése, Marc Hannaford, John Zorn, Matthew Mehlan, Million Tongues Festival, Alex Mincek, Lester St. Louis, and Steve Lehman.

San Francisco Scene: April 19-26, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, April 19

Fri 4/19 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Dax Pierson / Beast Nest / Marc Manning

Fri 4/19 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Darius James and Val Jeanty

Fri 4/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa Six + Erika Oba’s Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba’s Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba, piano/flute
Chris Bastian, bass
Eli Maliwan, tenor sax
Lisa Mezzacappa Six
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass and compositions
Jordan Glenn, drums

Fri 4/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Maia Ziaee – Senior Piano Recital – Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall

Fri 4/19 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Raffi Garabedian, Kenny Warren, Miles Wick, Jon Arkin

Saturday, April 20

Sat 4/20 4:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Join us on Saturday, April 20, 4:00-7:00PM for a special performance and discussion. Mutual Aid Project – Marshall Trammell (percussion), Tracy Hui (banjo and electronics), Nick Obando (alto saxophone and electronics) – will be joined by solidarity economists, restorative justice and labor activists, and the general public to listen, translate and broaden practical applications of What Does A Harm Free Zone Sound Like? Part II in everyday practices.

Sat 4/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sacramento – based pianist Sakurako Kanemitsu performs a program of 20th century and contemporary works. Works by Henri Dutilleux, Dai Fujikura, Philip Glass, Lei Liang, Arvo Pärt, and Ryan Suleiman.

Sat 4/20 8:00 PM CounterPulse [80 Turk Street San Francisco, CA 94102]
Ever in thrall of the brilliant music of the late pianist Cecil Taylor, Rova Saxophone Quartet, along with eight other intrepid comrades in sound exploration, will present an homage to the iconoclastic innovator. After the success of our collaborative 2018 concert, Air: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor, Rova was inspired to plan an evening featuring a reworking of Mr. Taylor’s album-length masterwork, Dark to Themselves, along with an opening set of Taylor-related performances by other players in the community.

Sunday, April 21

Sun 4/21 5:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Marshall Trammell leads a workshop involving score-making and performing.
“La Coyuntura & Insurgent Learning: Practical Pedagogies for Improvisation in Everyday Life”

Sun 4/21 5:00 PM Sweetwater Music Hall [19 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley, CA]
A Love Supreme Acoustically Electric

Sun 4/21 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Slow & Steady Records Present: Naomi Moon Siegel, Richard Sears, Jensen Engineering

Sun 4/21 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, April 22

Mon 4/22 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Department 5000 MacArthur Blvd]
Gustavo Matamoros – Lecture: “Comparing Notes: On How I Became a Composer Outside of the University”

Mon 4/22 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out II
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Rent Romus’s Life’s Blood (modern/avant-garde)
(Rent Romus – Alto Saxophone/Compositions, Timothy Orr – Drums, Safa Shokrai – Bass, Max Judelson – Bass, Heikki Koskinen – E Trumpet/Recorder, Mark Clifford – Vibraphone, Joshua Marshall – Tenor Saxophone, gabby fluke-mogul – violin)
Set #2: Disappear Incompletely (modern jazz treatments of Radiohead)
(Rob Ewing – Trombone/Arrangements, Patrick Cress – Baritone Saxophone, Raffi Garabedian – Tenor Saxophone, Ryan Pate – Guitar, Steve Blum – Keyboards, Joe Bagale – Bass, Jaime Moore – Drums)
Set #3: Dillon Vado’s Never Weather (modern jazz)
(DIllon Vado – Drums/Compositions, Aaron Wolf – Saxophone, Josh Reed – Trumpet, Justin Rock – Guitar, Tyler Harlow – Bass)

Mon 4/22 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Bankshot + Yuppie Liberation Front

Tuesday, April 23

Tue 4/23 5:30 PM Anderson Collection at Stanford University [314 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305]
“ANDERSON x CCRMA: Sound Happenings” is a show bridging the auditory and visual worlds of the arts through installations and performances by members of the Stanford Music community, including the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The event takes place in the galleries of the Anderson Collection, and will feature 8-channel sound installations, generative video works, and performances by composers in the Stanford DMA program, to name a few. This magical transformation of the museum will inspire dialogue regarding fixed versus ephemeral art forms, artistic research versus artistic practice, and the connections between science, technology, and art.

Tue 4/23 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Arab.AMP presents Magda Mayas
Arab.AMP is delighted to present solo evening of work by Magda Mayas, a pianist living in Berlin. Over the past 20 years, she developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using amplification, preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. She explores textural, linear sound collage, and has developed a set of techniques that draw on the history of prepared and inside piano vocabulary, but are highly individualized and expand the language for internal piano music making.

Tue 4/23 7:00 PM Audium Theater [1616 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94109]
Audium: Sound and Space Workshop
What is a sound sculpture? How does one compose music for space?
Our second-ever workshop on composing for sound and space. If you didn’t make it last time, now is your chance… Learn how to think beyond one’s eyes and ears- to the entire space- when planning sound installations. Meet the composers behind Audium, hear a BRAND-NEW demonstration performance of the space, and explore the art of sound movement.

Wednesday, April 24

Wed 4/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Other Minds’ Latitudes series continues with a rare triple billing: Paul Metzger, a bonafide American folk outsider, performs his entrancing hymnprovisations for modified 23 string banjo. Minneapolis’ mercurial mystery man John Saint Pelvyn makes an ultra-rare Bay Area appearance performing on solo electric guitar—barely harnessed feedback, f-hole howling, mid-jam retunings and whammy bar abuse all-included. Voicehandler rounds out the bill with a set of unnerving glossolalia, electronic sputter and spuming percussion.

Thursday, April 25

Thu 4/25 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Dafna Naphtali and Hans Tammen present two individual performances: “Audio Chandelier” (Naphtali) and “Endangered Guitar” (Tammen).

Thu 4/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Atchley/Heglin duo
Kattt Atchley, Ron Heglin – voice
9:00 pm Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer – voice (Norway)

Friday, April 26

Fri 4/26 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Level III of the San Francisco Girls Chorus School and SFGC’s Soloist Intensive will perform a varied program of choral music, art songs, opera, and musical theater scenes. Composers include Leonard Bernstein, Eleanor Daley, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, and more. There will be music in English, Latin, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Hebrew, and both groups of young artists will come together for some vibrant ensembles.

Fri 4/26 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Galax Quartet: Music from 1607 to 2007
New Music performed by an “Early” String Quartet. Early music performed with the élan of new music. The Galax Quartet plays music from 1607 to 2007.

Fri 4/26 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Nate Brenner’s avant-electro-pop super band featuring Hamir Atwal!
and visiting from Portland:
MIke Gamble, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Tim Bulkley, drums

Fri 4/26 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Meráki Quartet

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Marja Ahti — Vegetal Negatives (Hallow Ground)

Harold Danko & Kirk Knuffke – Play Date (Steeplechase)

Ian Nyquist — Cuan (Eilean)

Fox Millions Duo — Biting Through (Thrill Jockey)

Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan – Epistrophy (ECM)

Rempis/Lopez/Packard — The Early Bird Gets (Aerophonic Records)

May at Areté Venue & Gallery

Source: Areté.

Dan Lippel & Alejandro Flórez Duo
5/7/19, 7:00pm
The Lippel/Flórez duo is a meeting ground for two versatile musicians showcasing their interest in classical/contemporary writing and improvisation in a variety of settings. Their approach bridges the worlds of New Music, jazz and free improv, resulting in a fiery blend of eclectic virtuosity.

Wavefield Ensemble: Clocks are hearts in search of bodies
5/12/19, 8:00pm
50 years after its first performance, Wavefield Ensemble presents the second performance of Steve Reich’s Pulse Music (1969). Originally created at Bell Labs with an instrument Reich called the “Phase Shifting Pulse Gate” the piece was the analog electronic predecessor to his acoustic phase pieces. The instrument has been digitally recreated by Ezra Teboul, for this performance, along with a new work by Teboul for his digital phase shifting pulse gate. Also on the program are the US premiere of Ann Cleare’s I am not a clockmaker either. (2009) for piano and electronics, Angelica Negron’s Hush (2012) for flute and electronics, and George Aperghis’ classic work for solo percussion: Le corps a corp.

ASM Drinks Alone
5/14/19, 7:30pm
Evening’s solo performances to include:
Gordon Beeferman – BIRD SONG for piano and spoken text
Sarah Bernstein – Zero to One for solo violin
Ty Citerman – world premiere for solo nylon string guitar
Pat Muchmore – world premiere
Barry Seroff – world premiere for solo flute with live manga visual projections

Middle Voice
Lauren Siess, viola
5/15/19, 8:00pm
Curated by violist Lauren Siess, this show presents four world premieres of solo viola works, as well as a viola duet by the curator herself. With the aim of expanding the viola repertoire, these works utilize loop pedal, electronics, and dancer, cultivating this seldom-heard solo instrument as a versatile musical voice.

Jeremiah Cymerman/Carl Testa Duo
5/16/19, 9:00pm
Jeremiah Cymerman on clarinet and Carl Testa on bass perform with Testa’s interactive live processing system, Sway. The computer conducts audio analysis on each musician’s signal which controls the type and moment-to-moment processing of each musician’s sound. What results is a dynamic, constantly shifting environment surrounding the musicians. A live generative video influenced by the same analysis data further envelops the musicians and audience into the different processed environments.

Avram Fefer / Michael Bisio Duo
5/16/19, 9:00pm
Bassist Michael Bisio and multi-instrumentalist Avram Fefer have been playing together for many years including national and international tours and numerous recordings. Their rapport as a duo is unmistakeable and relies on a mutual embrace of traditional and experimental aspects of improvised music. Beautiful tone is at the heart of their musical conception, but their sophisticated approach to interactive story-telling is what keeps the audience captivated and on the edge of their seats.

an evening of live coding and keyboard performance
5/17/19, 8:00pm
Liveware is an audio-visual ensemble consisting of Shawn Lawson (graphics) and Michael Century (music), with Jeremy Stewart processing both graphics and sound using machine learning algorithms. Lawson is an expert practitioner of live-coding with graphics languages and environments he developed. Century performs on piano and accordion, and uses software he developed allowing live manipulations of performed material on both instruments.

5/18/19, 8:00pm
Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner. Together they create music to get lost in: atmospheric, hazy guitar and electronics, paired with meticulously designed visual projections that combine for an immersive audio/visual experience.
Lowercase Noises is an ambient instrumental project by New Mexico-based composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Andy Othling. Early experiments with rudimentary recording equipment and a handful of effects pedals eventually led to the release of Othling’s first major work, the 2009 full-length release Seafront.
Slow Meadow is piano-centered ambient compositions from multi-instrumentalist Matt Kidd. After working as a touring / session musician since the early 2000s, Matt took a serious interest in creating music focused less on performance and more on inner experience.

Melissa Weikart & Amanda Ekery
5/20/19, 7:30pm
Melissa will be performing solo. “Eschewing the trappings of modern sonic decadence in favor of the simple ageless pallete of piano and voice, Weikart subtly displays her mastery over pen and canvas, drawing a hyperrealist landscape with words and sound and the scattered, piercing perceptions of a restless mind taking the hypocritical world to task, and leaving us wanting more.” — Matt from HEC tapes
Amanda will be performing new music from the soon to be released Some More Short Songs, a continuation of her album Some Short Songs. Amanda stated “when writing this album I wanted it to be fun! So, you’ll hear songs about hula-hoops, running out of peanut butter, and other about self-conscious clouds.” She is joined by Magdalena Abrego, Allison Burik, Lim Yang and Andrew Boudreau.

Vessels to Motherland
5/23/19, 7:00pm
Nikita Morozov, violin; Danica Borisavljevic, piano
Vessels to Motherland, an eclectic duo consisting of pianist Danica Borisavljevic and violinist Nikita Morozov, is a coexistence of classical/ contemporary repertoire with live experimental electronics. Prokofiev’s Sonata in F minor for violin and piano, a 73-year-old Soviet tugboat, capable of pulling even the heaviest souls, will steer into the unknown, and grind its teeth in electronic psychedelia.

Lior Milliger Quartet
5/26/19, 6:00pm
Lior Milliger, an upcoming contemporary Sax player, composer and improviser, has been performing his compositions and free improvised sets with New York’s leading musicians. Lior’s music is influenced by the Jazz tradition as well as ancient Jewish music and Israeli folklore, taking a turn to the contemporary and modern improvised music.

The Heart of Europe
Aaron Wolff, cello / Lana Suran, piano
5/27/19, 7:30pm
J. S Bach – Cello Suite n.2 in d minor, BWV 1108
F. Schubert – Arpegionne Sonata, D.821
Prokofiev – Sinfinia Concertante
J. S Bach – Capriccio BWV 992
”On the Departure of a Beloved Brother”
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata no.4 in E flat, op.7
J. Corigliano – Winging it: III

Ricardo Gallo solo piano
5/30/19, 9:00pm
Ricardo Gallo presents in this format compositions from his repertoire for other groups in solo-piano versions, and improvised pieces.
As pianist-composer, Gallo looks to minimize the distinction between improvisation and composition. Or, in other words, to present in a distilled and direct way the creative process of his music that has been known mainly through his work with other groups and collaborations with other musicians.

Music and More Reviews


Source: Music and More.

Johnathan Blake – Trion (Giant Step Arts, 2019)

Dave Rempis / Brandon Lopez / Ryan Packard – The Early Bird Gets (Aerophonic Records, 2019)

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan – Epistrophy (ECM, 2019)

Cecil Taylor – Great Paris Concert (ORG Music, 2019)