Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Source: ISSUE Project Room.

JEFF WITSCHER (RENE HELL) & JACK CALLAHAN (DIE REIHE): WHAT HAPPENS ON EARTH STAYS ON EARTH
Sat 04 May, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
American musicians Jeff Witscher & Jack Callahan premiere new collaborative and solo work. Known for their discrete compositions and far-ranging work under various monikers, recently both have been using primary descriptors such as “Music Art” and “Sound Music” to re-assert the simplicity of their practices.

SAICOBAB / I.U.D. (LIZZI BOUGATSOS & SADIE LASKA)
Wed 08 May, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Japanese quartet SAICOBAB gives their NYC debut, consisting of vocalist YoshimiO of Boredoms/OOIOO and instrumentalists Yoshida Daikiti and Motoyuki “Hama” Hamamoto. The evening also features Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laksa’s I.U.D. project, embedding an eccentric dub modality into industrial music.

IMAGE HAZE: A TRIBUTE TO GRETCHEN BENDER’S “SO MUCH DEATHLESS” WITH BLACK RAIN & KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH
Sat 18 May, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Red Bull Arts NY and ISSUE co-present two live audio-visual performances organized in response to Gretchen Bender’s unfinished work of media theater, which was to be entitled So Much Deathless, by post-industrial band Black Rain (with Philip Vanderhyden) & Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (with Sean Hellfritsch).

HENRY FLYNT: EVERLOVIN’ GAME ON
Sat 01 Jun, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Philosopher and musician Henry Flynt performs Everlovin’ Game On, an evocation of his best-known work: You Are My Everlovin’. Featuring solo electric violin & pre-recorded tambura, the piece brings together disparate vernaculars: Southern blues, modal jazz, Appalachian fiddle & North Indian raga.

San Francisco Scene: May 3-10, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, May 3

Fri 5/03 8:00 PM Wind River | Indexical [421 Wild Way, Santa Cruz]
Tongue Depressor (New Haven, CT) is the duo of Henry Birdsey (fiddle, lap steel) and Zach Rowden (fiddle, upright bass). They write, improvise, and perform music that draws from the fields of drone, harsh noise, and church music, often using microtonal tunings. Caspar Sonnet (lap-steel dobro) Kozue Matsumoto (koto) is an acoustic experimental, improvisational duo based in Los Angeles, California.

Saturday, May 4

Sat 5/04 2:00 PM Castro Theatre [429 Castro St. San Francisco]
Club Foot Orchestra with Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Sat 5/04 8:00 PM St. Teresa Of Avila Catholic Church [1490 19thStreet San Francisco, CA 94107]
New Music premieres for orchestra by Bay Area composers. The San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra takes everything Under Deconstruction, turning the old new and the new newer.

Sat 5/04 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do-Over Music Series #5: The Jordan Glenn Party + Rent Romus
The JGP this time around…
Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Kim Nucci – baritone saxophone
Melne Murphy – guitar
Dominic Cramp – synth
Alexandra Buschman – voice/electronics
Nathan Corder – electronics
Nava Dunkelman – percussion
Moe! Staiano – drums

Sat 5/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A quintet of well-known Bay Area improvisors converge for the first time as a quintet at Center for New Music. The evening will open with duos and trios of the players in different combinations, culminating in a long form quintet improvisation on the second set.

Sunday, May 5

Sun 5/05 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Inn-fest, the annual, nomadic Innova label showcase, features a smorgasbord of regional acts from its roster of visionary musical artists performing selections from four brand new releases. From daringly a cappella choral music (Volti), to dazzling flute trios (Areon Flutes), audacious string quartets (Friction Quartet performing works by Common Sense Composers’ Collective), and breathtaking vocals with electronics (Pamela Z), there will be much sonic tastiness to sample.

Sun 5/05 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Heikki Koskinen / Steve Heckman Duo – which way west?

Sun 5/05 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Gabby Wen: solo performance of guqin
8:30pm After the End of the World Coretet – 30th anniversary – Annelise Zamula – soprano sax, flute/Bill Noertker – electric bass/Dave Mihaly – drums, guitar

Sun 5/05 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Virtual Balboa, Monopiece, Seeded Plain + Sudhu Tewari
VIRTUAL BALBOA
MONOPIECE
JAY KREIMER + Bryan Day + SUDHU TEWARI

Monday, May 6

Mon 5/06 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OFJS: Virtual Balboa (PA), Corder/Weeks, gabby fluke-mogul/Kanoko Nishi-Smith Duo More…

Tuesday, May 7

Tue 5/07 7:30 PM Stanford Memorial Church [450 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305]
Mark Applebaum: Mind Altering Concert

Tue 5/07 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Sheldon Brown Group

Tue 5/07 8:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Kenneth Atchley, Ron Heglin and Kattt Atchley are playing as a trio again. Voices, electronics, drifting…
Sharing the bill with:
Dancing Baby
Virtual Balboa (Philadelphia) w/Chris Cooper
Crystal Pascucci

Wednesday, May 8

Wed 5/08 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Virtual Balboa with Chris Cooper
Unpopular Electronics with Tom Djll
Tanuki Spidercat
Oji Edutainment

Wed 5/08 9:00 PM Golden Bull [412 14th Street, Oakland, CA]
Vegan Butcher and Grex (10 Year Anniversary Show!)
A night of thrilling abstraction and twisted melody at Golden Bull, featuring new songs from outre rock quartet Vegan Butcher. Also: Oakland band Grex celebrates 10 years of live performance with a brand new set of shattering, surreal art rock/electropunk.
Vegan Butcher: John Shiurba, Suki O’Kane, Wil Hendricks, Angela Coon
Grex: Karl Evangelista, Rei Scampavia, Robert Lopez More…

Thursday, May 9

Thu 5/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Cheryl Leonard
sound art/vocals/invented and natural instruments produced in surround sound
8:50 pm Citizen Fly 2
Honor Monaco, Joel Nelson, Dylan Burchett
9:30 pm TJ Thompson 5
Karl Evangelista – guitar, gabby fluke-mogul – violin, Bruce Ackley – saxophones, Kevin Robinson – saxophones, TJ Thompson – drums

Thu 5/09 8:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Free Salamander Exhibit, Surplus 1980, Slombis at the Uptown

Friday, May 10

Fri 5/10 5:00 PM Bridge Storage and Artspace [23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804]
Gallery Reception for Spirit of Invention III, an interactive indoor and outdoor exhibit of Bay Area instrument makers, curated by Peter Whitehead. 5pm-9pm. DETAILS: http://www.bridgestorage.com/soi

Fri 5/10 5:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works “Stay on It” and “Gay Guerrilla,” we launch into our cross-generational “at the CROSSROADS Series” with two major commissions.

Fri 5/10 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Humbly virtuosic guitarist, polymuse, and serial collaborator Alan Licht joins the Latitudes series to perform his solo electric guitar meanderings. Bay Area local Danny Paul Grody rounds out the bill on his chiming 12-string, performing works wrapped in a gauzy lilt—like watching dust motes floating in the light of cracked blinds

Tomeka Reid Interviewed about Chicago Jazz String Summit 

Source: Chicago Tribune.

Cellist Tomeka Reid ardently believes that string players can bring new sounds to jazz — but don’t often get to. Which is why she created the Chicago Jazz String Summit, which this weekend launches its fifth edition. As in the past, Reid has convened violinists, violists, cellists, oud players and other string musicians spanning a wide stylistic range, from straight-ahead jazz to the far reaches of the avant-garde. From Friday through Sunday, performers familiar and obscure, from Chicago and beyond, will play in bands led not by saxophones, trumpets, pianos and vocals – but strings.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

TUE 07 MAY 2019
MICHAEL FORMANEK ELUSION QUARTET
One of our May highlights, the Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet featuring 4 outstanding musicians: Michael Formanek (bass), Tony Malaby (saxophone), Kris Davis (piano) and Ches Smith (drums). Not to be missed!
Time: 7.45 – 11PM

TUE 14 MAY 2019
SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO FT. DREW GRESS AND KENNY WOLLESEN
“Some pianists approach the instrument like it’s a cathedral-Sylvie Courvoisier sometimes treats it like a playground,” observes Kevin Whitehead aptly in the liner notes to D’Agala (Intakt), the latest album…
Time: 7.45 – 11.30PM

SUN 19 MAY 2019
MOPOMOSO PRESENTS: AFTERNOON SESSIONS
Caroline Kraabel (sax), Neil Metcalfe (flute) duo + Lullula – Armorel Weston (voice), Kay Grant (voice), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Otto Willberg (bass/voice) quartet + John Russell (guitar) , Alex…
Time: 3 – 6PM

THU 23 MAY 2019
EVAN PARKER
For this performance Evan invites Robert Jarvis (trombone) and John Edwards (bass). Evan will play soprano saxophone. The spectrum of music played by Evan Parker ranges from “free jazz” to…
Time: 7.45 – 11PM

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Sat. May 4: The Chicago Plan
Steve Swell (NYC) trombone
Gebhard Ullmann (Berlin) winds
Fred Lonberg-Holm (Chicago/Kingston) cello
Michael Zerang (Chicago) percussion
For nearly 15 years, we’ve presented the ongoing partnership between Steve Swell and Gebhard Ullmann–beginning with their first collaboration, The Ullmann/Swell Quartet featuring Hill Greene and Barry Altschul, at Bohemian National Home. Now the two co-leaders are back with a new version of the quartet featuring two great musicians who’ve been pivotal to creative music in Chicago, Michael Zerang and Fred Lonberg-Holm. This iteration of the ensemble is appropriately named The Chicago Plan and like all versions of the group, Swell and Ullman’s written material is the springboard for an array of improvisational approaches that demonstrates the collective depth of experience and broad musical interests of each member. For this U.S. tour, the group will be performing new music recorded in Europe.
$10-20 suggested | Doors 8pm

Tues., May: 7 Jamie Branch’s Fly or Die
A native of New York, trumpeter Jamie Branch first made her mark in the Chicago creative music scene after moving there as a teenager. She quickly worked her way into the center of the scene, organizing concerts and performing with other such notables as Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, Keefe Jackson, Frank Rosaly and many others. Branch has performed with groups like her trio Princess, Princess and the quartet Block and Tackle, which she founded with Jason Stein, Jeb Bishop and Jason Roebke. In 2012, Branch moved to Baltimore, where she founded the record label Pionic Records. Using her proximity to stay active in New York, she continues to work with Brandon Lopez, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Mike Stolthet among others there. She also has performed on albums with the rock groups Never Enough Hope, Local H and Atlas Math. Currently, she works in a quartet with Chad Taylor, Jason Ajemian and Tomeka Reid, as well as with Brandon Lopez, Mike Pride, Shayna Dulberger and Weasel Walter. For this tour, the line-up of Fly or Die is:
Jamie Branch – trumpet
Lester St. Louis – cello
Jason Ajemian – bass
Chad Taylor – drums/mbira
Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 suggested

COMING SOON
5/27 James Baker and special guest
6/19: Indigenous Minds (Hamid Drake, Josh Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz)
6/24: Ben Miller Orchestra

High Desert Soundings Festival, May 10-11 in Joshua Tree

Source: High Desert Soundings. The lineup features:

WOLF EYES – SARAH HENNIES – DAVID DUNN – PALBERTA – AUDREY CHEN – HAPPY VALLEY BAND – VINNY GOLIA – JEPH JERMAN – CAROLYN CHEN – ZACHARY JAMES WATKINS + RUSS PEACOCK – MERZ + VICTORIA WILLIAMS – ERIK CARLSON – LESS BELLS – CASEY ANDERSON – WILLIAM ROPER + DANNY FRANKEL – PABLO DODERO – HAYDEÉ JIMÉNEZ – KEVIN GOOD (PLAYING MATT SARGENT’S GHOST MUSIC)