San Francisco Scene: May 31-June 7, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, May 31

Fri 5/31 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Contraption Quartet + Jeremiah Moore — Low-tech (Contraption Quartet) meets high-craft sound (Jeremiah Moore). Contraption Quartet members are Bodil Fox, Larnie Fox, Chris Miller and Lena Strayhorn. This performance marks the final evening of Larnie’s exhibit at the Center for New Music celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s passing. Join us for an evening of experimentation and exploration of material-based sound.

Fri 5/31 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Portato Portato is an Oakland/Santa Cruz quartet devoted to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, concentrating particularly on original and newly commissioned work. The quartet comprises Michelle Lee (flutes), John Ivers (clarinets), Jon Myers (percussion) and Jacob Lane (piano). Friday’s program comprises three newish works (all from 2018) and a New York School classic:
Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns (1978).
David Dunn’s Whittling I (2018)
Declan Seifkas’s Grove of the Ancients (2018)
Laura Steenberge’s Byzantine Rites 4 (2018)

Saturday, June 1

Sat 6/01 7:00 PM Bridge Storage and ArtSpace [23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804]
This live music event features Contraption Quartet + Pet the Tiger. Doors at 7pm, Music at 7:30pm.

Sat 6/01 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series #6: duo B. Experimental Band + Ryan Pate, solo guitar
duo B. Experimental Band
Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Randy McKean, alto sax/clarinets
Cory Wright, clarinets/tenor saxophone
Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
gabby fluke-mogul, violin
Murray Campbell, violin/oboe
Shanna Sordahl, cello
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Jason Levis, drums

Sunday, June 2

Sun 6/02 5:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Oakland-based computer music composer and performer Madalyn Merkey presents a new solo composition that operates in interaction with the ambient sounds of the BAMPFA space to generate sonic responses.

Sun 6/02 5:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Celebrating love this month, gather with the All Ears Interfaith Sangha to perform Pauline Oliveros’ Worldwide Tuning Meditation, and Heart Chant, and sonic meditations led by Andrew Jamieson ( and Soyinka Rahim (

Sun 6/02 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Bill Noertker
three solo pieces for basses, prepared basses, looping pedal
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – saxes, flute/Beth Schenck – alto sax/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums

Monday, June 3

Mon 6/03 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Goldberg/Ferreira & Djll/Fluke-Mogul/Glenn/Perkis

Tuesday, June 4

Tue 6/04 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
On Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30pm, Tom’s Place presents
Anthony Coleman (solo piano),
Tim Duff (cb), Joshua Allen (tenor) duo

Wednesday, June 5

Wed 6/05 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Trance Mission
Formed by world-renowned didgeridoo pioneer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Kent and award-winning clarinetist and composer Beth Custer, the San Francisco-based “4th World” band Trance Mission makes genre-bending music perhaps best described as a new form of contemporary global jazz, with driving intricate rhythms & gorgeous soaring melodies – worldly and otherworldly soundscapes that invite audiences into a unique universe of groove and new possibility in music.

Thursday, June 6

Thu 6/06 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
“Works for Listening” is a series of electroacoustic works by Tine Surel Lange developed at Notam (NO), MISC (LT) and EMS (SE). All the works are made in 5th order Ambisonics, but have been presented in other formats as well at various occasions and arenas.

Thu 6/06 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Australian improviser returns to the SF Bay Area!
8:15 pm Stevie Richards – Modular Synth and Alto saxophone, Doug Lynner – modular mystery serge synth
9:00 pm Robert Lopez – drums, Shanna Sordahl – cello, Stevie Richards – Modular Synth and Alto Sax

Friday, June 7

Fri 6/07 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Matt Ingalls / Benedict & Heglin / The Lake Millions

Fri 6/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Bay Area chamber group, Sleight Ensemble, perform their new program, Angles on Time, featuring new works inspired by alternate notations of time in music. The program includes works by ensemble members and Steve Parris, and live visuals by Jesse Austin.

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival Takes Place June 16 Through 23

Source: Broadwayworld.

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) 2019 will take place June 16 through 23, with multiple events each day, at New York University, 35 West 4th Street, the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 18 Bleecker Street, The Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, and NYU’s Bobst Library, where there will be a concert each day in the Immersion Room. All venues are in Manhattan. See a complete list of programs and locations at

This is the largest showcase of electroacoustic music in New York City, and one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. This year, NYCEMF will be presented jointly with the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC).

NYCEMF 2019 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world, including concerts from The New York University New Music Ensemble, specializing in improvisation with electronic fixed and interactive sonic and visual materials, the El Ensemble and the Modern Ensemble, both from Korea. The Festival has submissions from 5 continents, with works from across North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Including pieces from Indonesia, Iran, Croatia and Lithuania for the first time. More than 250 composers will be presented, representing the full international range of electroacoustic music.

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Source: The Squid’s Ear.

Eddie Prevost / John Butcher – Visionary Fantasies (Matchless)

Jimmy Giuffre 3 – Graz Live 1961 (Hat Hut Ezz-thetics)

Thanos Chrysakis / Sue Lynch / James O’Sullivan / Joe Wright – Iridescent Strand (Aural Terrains)

Samuel Blaser Trio – Taktlos Zurich 2017 (hatOLOGY)

Kate Soper, David Dzubay, Steve Lehman, and Joungbum Lee Performed in Chicago, June 7

Source: The University of Chicago.

Friday, June 7, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall*
Grossman Ensemble
David Dzubay, conductor
In the final concert of the season, the Grossman Ensemble presents four world premiere works by acclaimed soprano Kate Soper, a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose works have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center; Steve Lehman, whose most recent album was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and the Los Angeles Times, UChicago composer Joungbum Lee, and David Dzubay, Professor of Music, Chair of the Composition Department, and director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, who will also conduct the concert.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations begins on May 1st!
Every In-store in May Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

Sunday, June 2nd:
7pm: URS LEIMGRUBER – Solo Sax!

Sunday, June 9th:
Voice / Bass Guitar / Soprano Sax / Percussion!

Monday, June 10th:
6pm: WILLIAM PARKER – Book Celebration!

Sunday, June 16th: Vision Festival (June 12-16th)
No In-store on this night, check out the Vision Festival!

Sunday, June 23rd:
6pm: TOMCHESS / ZACH SWANSON – Oud, Ney & Morsing / ContraBass!
7pm: TERRENCE McMANUS – Solo Guitar!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

The Best New Ambient on Bandcamp: May 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

A quick browse through the Bandcamp ambient tag will reveal any number of ambient works from composers unified in their artistry through atmosphere, but with wildly differing approaches to how they achieve their goals. From the intimate and warm to the unsettling and tense, ambient is a diverse and endlessly thought-provoking genre. Every month, Ari Delaney will walk through the best recent releases you can find right here on Bandcamp.

In this edition, we’re highlighting albums released from April 15 through May 15, including albums that take stylistic inspiration from trance and lo-fi rock, and the newest from genre veteran Tim Hecker.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Greene / Smith / Moses – “Life’s Intense Mystery” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

Tomeka Reid/Filippo Monico – “The Mouser” (Relative Pitch Records, 2019)

Mark Dresser Seven – “AIN’T NOTHING BUT A CYBER COUP & YOU” (Clean Feed, 2019)

Jaz, Drevo – “Cycles and Lullabies” (Palomar Records, 2019)

Daniel Studer – “Extended For Strings & Piano” (Ezz-thetics, 2019)

Angles 9 – “Beyond Us” (Clean Feed, 2019)

Peter Thoegersen – “Three Pieces in Polytempic Polymicrotonality” (New World Records, 2019)

TAK Ensemble – “Oor” (Tak Editions, 2019)

Re: Sound Takes Place in Cleveland June 6-9


There are composers of classical music, and there are composers exploring the boundaries of the possible. Guess which ones are the focus of “Re: Sound,” a festival of new and experimental music presented by Uncommon Sound Cleveland. That’s right. The latter. Attend even one of the festival’s six concerts Thursday, June 6-Sunday, June 9, at the Bop Stop at the Music Settlement and several local galleries, and you’re guaranteed to hear something new. Something previously unimagined, unknown or untested.