San Francisco Scene: May 10-17, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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:

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

Fri 5/10 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Two Trios: Tony Malaby (sax), Ben Monder (guitar), Billy Mintz (drums) and Seiyoung Jang (electronics), Joshua Allen (tenor sax), Tim Duff (cb)

Saturday, May 11

Sat 5/11 5:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series
Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy
Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works, we launch into our cross-generational at the CROSSROADS series with two major commissions.

Sat 5/11 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Trio Terme was formed last summer at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy. The three performers, all with extensive solo and ensemble experience, were so delighted playing together at Interharmony, that they decided to continue to explore the rich clarinet, cello, piano repertoire.

Sat 5/11 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Scott Amendola + Phillip Greenlief – solo & duo turns

Sat 5/11 7:30 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Chris Brown, Kinda Green, Ted Moore/Tom Weeks

Sat 5/11 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Michael Jones is a percussionist, improviser, and researcher based in San Diego, California. His work specializes in experimental and avant garde music, with a particular interest in the concepts of beauty, natural listening, and community.

Sunday, May 12

Sun 5/12 7:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Twisted Roots with Eric Thompson & Henry Kaiser

Monday, May 13
Mon 5/13 2:00 PM KFJC [89.7 FM / ]
“The Percussion Pit” Four hours of unscripted percussion adventures, emanating from KFJC’s infamous Pit. Improvisations, collaborations, chat, and who knows what else… featuring special guest artist Tatsuya Nakatani along with a number of well-known percussionists from the Bay Area scene. Live broadcast on 89.7 FM along with live audio/video streaming on the web. Hosted by DJ Max Level.

Mon 5/13 9:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OFJS: Apropos Trio & Sheldon Brown

Tuesday, May 14

Tue 5/14 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – John Schott Actual Trio

Tue 5/14 8:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Resident is a monthly electronic music and visual open mic event started by Jeremy Black and friends in 2017. The Laundry event space is casual and cool, and the community you’ll find is like no other for aspiring electronic musicians in Bay. No judgments, no bullshit, just positive support and openness to new ideas. Come shows us what you got.

Tue 5/14 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Tatsuya Nakatani
Kyle Bruckmann’s Degradient
Sharon Tate Fetus Explosion

Wednesday, May 15

Wed 5/15 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Beth Custer: Drawdown
Beth Custer premieres her latest chamber composition, an evening-length work based on the compelling Paul Hawken book Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming.
The ensemble features Custer on voice/clarinets, cellist Freya Seeburger and her ensemble Juxtapositions with Mia Nardi-Huffman (violin), Naomi Stine (piano) and special guest Jim Kassis on drums/percussion.

Wed 5/15 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Theo Bleckmann + Joseph Branciforte / Album Release for LP1
Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann (ECM) and electronic musician/producer Joseph Branciforte celebrate the release of their debut album LP1 (greyfade) that merges the warmth and fragility of the human voice with the clicks and whirs of machines, modular synthesizers, and broken tape loops. San Francisco-based electronic musician Billy Gomberg opens the evening with a solo performance.

Thursday, May 16
Thu 5/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Tangents Guitar Extravaganza
An evening of instrumental guitar music and songs reflecting a variety of traditions and perspectives from the past hundred years. With David Tanenbaum, Ann Moss, Carrie Smith, Larry Polansky, Giacomo Fiore, and the SFCM guitar ensemble.

Thu 5/16 8:00 PM Land and Sea [5428 San Pablo Ave, Oakland CA 94608-3020, United States]
23five + LAND AND SEA are excited to present a night of TOUCH Conference curated by Mike Harding.
Simon Scott + Geneva Skeen + Zachary Paul + Touch
Thursday, May 16th, 2019 – 8 PM

Thu 5/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Corder/Hamilton
Nathan Corder – guitar, Sean Hamilton – drums/percussion
9:00 pm Dancin Baby
free doom psychedelic euphonium noise jazz w/Brian Pedersen-euphonium/sax Courtney Sexton-euphonium Jeffrey Lievers-electronics/drums Kit Young-analog video feedback

Friday, May 17
Fri 5/17 7:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley
Friday and Saturday nights, two shows each night. Get tickets from The Chapel web site:

Fri 5/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A curated set of Icelandic contemporary music for solo cello, much of it written for Sæunn, Vernacular is the title of her first album on the Sono Luminus label. Pieces by Thuríður Jónsdóttir, Halldór Smárason, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Hafliði Hallgrímsson showcase a unique soundworld in intimate monologues.

Fri 5/17 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Sarah Cahill & Regina Myers

Orenda Records New and Coming Releases

Source: Orenda Records.

Nick DePinna // Nexus Music Vol. 1
Los Angeles composer/trombonist Nick DePinna releases Nexus Music, Vol. 1, a distinctly modern vision for the traditional big band ensemble, and the first in a series of releases on the forward-thinking and genre-defying label, Orenda Records. This first EP release features three of DePinna’s compositions written over the past ten years amidst extensive work in film and television music, collaborations and mentorships with luminaries like James Newton, Kenny Burrell, and Lalo Schifrin, and touring as a member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Saxophones – Dan Kaneyuki, Hitomi Oba, Tim McKay
Trumpets – James Blackwell, Tom Terrell, Noah Meites
Trombone – Nick DePinna
Vibraphone – Christian Tamburr (3)
Guitar – Brady Cohan (1), Brandon Bae (2,3)
Piano and Keyboards – Ross Garren
Bass – Tim Lefebvre (1), Noah Garabedian (2,3)
Drums – Jake Reed (1,3), Michael Lindsay (2)
Percussion – Roland Gajate-Garcia (1)

Walt Weiskopf // European Quartet Worldwide
Featuring jazz tenor giant, composer, author Walt Weiskopf, and three of Europe’s most exciting rhythm section artists: pianist Carl Winther, bassist Andreas Lang, and drummer Anders Mogensen, the album showcases the confluence of the most sought-after and highly-acclaimed contemporary international jazz musicians of our time. Recorded in Copenhagen at the conclusion of WWEQ’s European and Scandinavia tour earlier this year, “Worldwide” is now available for pre-order until May 2, 2019, and features all compositions written by Weiskopf, rounded out with “Soultrane,” written by Tadd Dameron and “The Pawnbroker” by the legendary Quincy Jones. “The chance to work with musicians of like-mind is priceless,” says Weiskopf. “I’ve had the opportunity to perform with these three amazing Danish jazz musicians for the past few years. Our collaboration together to record ‘Worldwide’ is the culmination of these efforts thus far.”
Walt Weiskopf – Tenorsax
Carl Winther – Piano
Andreas Lang – Bass
Anders Mogensen – Drums

Coming May 24th:
Tim Conley // The Art of Unfolding, Volume 1
Tim Conley – Electric Guitars
Elliott Levin – Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Spoken Word
Dan Rosenboom – Cornet
Matt Mayhall – Drums

Alexandria Smith Residency at the Stone in NY, May 21-24

Alexandria Smith – praised by the New York Times for her “appealingly melancholic sound” and “entertaining array of distortion effects” – presents a curated week at The Stone from May 21-24. Highlighting the chemistry of relationships old and new amongst improvisers and creative musicians from a multitude of practices; Smith uses her background in electronic music, experimental music, and multidisciplinary work to create an alchemy of fresh collaborations. Featuring the creative voices of Kathryn Schulmeister, Wilfrido Terrazas, Caroline Louise Miller, Billy Martin, Wendy Eisenberg, Dave Taylor, Madison Greenstone, Nina Dante, Felix Del Tredici, Kalun Leung, Ivan Trujillo, Annie Lemieux, and David Aguila.

Alexandria Smith Residency at the Stone May 21-24
The New School Glass Box Theater
55 West 13th street
$20 Cash Only

Tuesday 5/21
a&k and friends
Kathryn Schulmeister (bass)
Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes)
Wendy Eisenberg (guitar)
Alexandria Smith (trumpet)

Wednesday 5/22
a&k and friends
Kathryn Schulmeister (bass)
Nina Rosalind Dante (voice)
Madison Greenstone (clarinets),
Felix Del Tredici (bass trombone)
Alexandria Smith (trumpet/electronics)

Thursday 5/23
Caroline Louise Miller (voice and sampler)
Annie Lemieux (trumpet)
Ivan Trujillo (trumpet)
David Aguila (trumpet)
Alexandria Smith (trumpet and electronics)
Kalun Leung (trombone)
Dave Taylor (bass trombone)
Felix Del Tredici (bass trombone)

Friday 5/24
Billy Martin (drums, percussion)
Alexandria Smith (trumpet and electronics)
Kathryn Schulmeister (bass)
Caroline Louise Miller (sampler and voice)

Classical Music in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

CALIDORE STRING QUARTET at the Rose Studio (May 16, 6:30 and 9 p.m.). The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center continues steadily to increase the amount of new music in its diet, and this excellent quartet should prove strong advocates for Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet No. 3, Joan Tower’s “Red Maple” and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Massarosa,” which receives its world premiere and, like the Tower, is written for quartet and bassoon, here played by Peter Kolkay.

‘KOPERNIKUS’ at the Issue Project Room (May 15-16, 7 p.m.). The International Contemporary Ensemble and the choral group Meridionalis join forces to perform the only completed opera by Claude Vivier, a composer who was murdered at 34 in 1983 and who remains “more heard about than heard,” as my colleague Zachary Woolfe has aptly put it. Sergio Policicchio provides the video for what the composer called a “ritual opera of death,” and Sebastián Zubieta conducts, under the auspices of the Americas Society.

Music and More Reviews

Source: Music and More.

Kuzu – Hilajiasuus (Aerophonic/Astral Spirits, 2019)

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord – Harder on the Outside (Hot Cup, 2019)

Baba Andrew Lamb Trio – The Night of the 13th Moon (LFDS Records, 2019)

The Art Ensemble of Chicago – We are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi-Recordings, 2019)