San Francisco Scene: June 7-14, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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.

Fri 6/07 8:00 PM Studio 4 [1025 Carleton St Berkeley, CA]
The First Concert at Studio 4
I. Jacob Felix Heule and gabby fluke-mogul
II. Kamerin McDonald
III. DunkelpeK

Saturday, June 8
Sat 6/08 2:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jóhann Schram Reed: Visions and Revisions

Sat 6/08 8:00 PM Sunnyvale [ Sunnyvale]
Monopiece – Seiyoung Jang – Talesfore Zollinger Duo in Sunnyvale

Sunday, June 9

Sun 6/09 4:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sonimenology: Three separate entities unite to create a cocktail hour of desirable sounds. There will be drones, there will be a wide dynamic range, there will be introspective moments, and we will do our best to create something wonderful. Sets by Christopher Jette & Chris Christensen. Barbara Nerness & Stephanie Sherriff. Solo set John Davis.

Sun 6/09 7:30 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Cosa Nostra Strings meet The Pipes

Monday, June 10

Mon 6/10 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Stevie Richards/U.S//Noah Phillips//Ryan ScottLong/MarcZollinger

Tuesday, June 11

Tue 6/11 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF, CA 94102]
Composers of electronic music are invited to bring a short piece to diffuse through the Center’s new 6.1 Meyer system. If you want to participate, send an email in advance to curator Chris Brown cbmuse(at) to confirm, and bring your digital soundfile on a flash drive. This workshop opens EEP! … an (E)lectronic (E)nsemble (P)erformance Weekend.

Tue 6/11 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. It is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. 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 6/11 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Stevie Richards group
Shanna Sordahl
The Lost Shapes

Wednesday, June 12

Wed 6/12 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF, CA]
Amina Kirby and Jess Tambellini will demo instruments they invented and built that they will play in their set that opens EEP (Electronic Ensemble Performance Weekend) on Friday evening, and discuss their strategies for making electronic music from scratch.

Wed 6/12 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Inner Ear Brigade, District 97, Monstrika

Thursday, June 13

Thu 6/13 7:45 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
What if Captain Beefheart had cut his teeth listening to The Fall instead of Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley? The result might have sounded like Receptacles—a joyfully shambolic deconstructionist collision of rhythms and riffs. Kyle Bruckmann’s DEGRADIENT gleefully collides elements of skronk, fried analog noise and dark prog, adding significant heaviness to his signature polyrhythmic clatter, formal complexity, and black humor.

Thu 6/13 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 Antonic/Fischer
Thomas Antonic – text, recitation
Michael Fischer – ad-hoc soundscaping
A morphological text- and soundscape, richly allusive, drawn, sculpture-like, filmic, cross-linking, floating. Whirring visions form a coup of poetic escalation.

Friday, June 14

Fri 6/14 6:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
The Deconstruction of What You Know|Dunkelman/fluke-mogul/NishiS
The Deconstruction of What You Know
–Joshua Allen, tenor saxophone
–Henry Kaiser, guitar
–William Winant, drums
–Kevin Murray, drums
–Nava Dunkelman, percussion
–gabby fluke-mogul, violin
–Kanoko Nishi-Smith, koto

Exclaim! Reviews

Source: Exclaim!


Paul Bley / Paul Motian / Gary Peacock
When Will the Blues Leave

G. Calvin Weston and the Phoenix Orchestra
Dust and Ash

Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balázs Pándi
Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balázs Pándi

Dave Douglas / Uri Caine / Andrew Cyrille

Myra Melford Profiled Regarding Stone Residency

Source: WBGO.

Pianist-composer Myra Melford isn’t one for dogmas. Whether she’s checking out the boogie-woogie of James P. Johnson, the fractured concepts of Cecil Taylor or Gnawa trance ceremonies in Morocco, openness guides the way she navigates life and music. Melford’s prolific output should now qualify her as a living jazz legend. (Take note, everyone on the NEA Jazz Master advisory committee.) At 62, she believes she’s just now peaking as an artist. Her most recent album, The Other Side of Air, was named one of the 50 Best Albums of 2018 by NPR Music. (Our own Nate Chinen put it near the top of his year-end best, at No. 2.)

Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour

Source: Cuneiform Records.

June 8 – CDMX – Mexico City, Mexico

June 22 – Rochester Jazz Festival – Rochester, NY
June 23 – Rhizome – 6950 Maple St, NW – Washington, DC
June 25 – Dizzy’s Club – Jazz At Lincoln Center – NYC, NY
June 26 – Dizzy’s Club – Jazz At Lincoln Center – NYC, NY
June 28 – Edmonton Jazz Festival – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

June 8 – La Casa di Alex – Milan, Italy

GHOST RHYTHMS [our latest signing! CD released this fall!]
July 9 – Disquaires – Paris, France

June 26 – Orpheum – Graz, Austrial
June 27 – Porgy and Bess – Wien, Austria

MESSTHETICS [featuring Anthony Pirog]
June 8 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
June 9 – Villette Sonique – Paris, France
June 20 – Sled Island Festival – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
June 21 – Polaris Hall – 635 No Killingsworth Ct – Portland, OR
June 22 – Capitol Theater – Olympia, WA
June 23 – Vera Project – 305 Harrison St – Seattle, WA
June 26 – Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender St – Vancouver, BC – Canada
July 9 – Metro Gallery – 1700 North Charles St – Baltimore, MD
July 10 – PhilaMOCA – 531 North 12th St – Philadelphia, PA
July 11 – Monty Hall – Jersey City, NJ
July 13 – Space – Portland, ME
July 14 – Great Scott – 1222 Commonwealth Ave – Allston, MA
July 15 – The Press Room – 77 Daniel St – Portsmouth, NH
July 16 – La Sala Rosa – 4848 blvd Saint-Laurent – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 17 – The 27 Club Ottawa – 27 York St – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
July 18 – Great Hall – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 19 – Bug Jar – 219 Monroe St – Rochester, NY
July 20 – Colony – 22 Rock City Road – Woodstock, NY
July 21 – Asbury Park Yacht Club – Asbury Park, NJ

June 10 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY
June 15 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY 12542
July 15 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY
July 19 – 21 – Zappanale #30 – Bad Doberan, Germany [a very rare chance to see the EPBB outside of the New York/New Jersey area]

June 22 – Gulbenkian Theatre – Canterbury, UK
August 4 – tba – Porretta Terme, Italy

THUMBSCREW [Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara – Mary Halvorson]
July 18 – SFJazz Center – 201 Franklin St – San Francisco, CA 94102
July 19 – SFJazz Center – 201 Franklin St – San Francisco, CA 94102

Interview with Pamela Z and Courtney Bryan 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

On April 9, 2019, the American Academy in Rome announced that composer Pamela Z was awarded the 2019-20 Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize, and composer Courtney Bryan was awarded the 2019-20 Samuel Barber Rome Prize. According to the Academy, these “highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities.” As these are two of our favorite musical artists working today, we had to contact them to find out more.