Study Finds That Intelligent People are More Likely to Enjoy Instrumental Music

Source: PsyPost. Hey, I’ve been saying this for years without any actual proof… :)

New research published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences provides additional evidence that more intelligent individuals are more likely to prefer instrumental music.

According to the hypothesis, intelligence evolved as a way to deal with new and unfamiliar things — resulting in more intelligent individuals having a greater preference for novel stimuli than less intelligent individuals.

The study of 467 Croatian high school students found that higher scores on the intelligence test were associated with a preference for instrumental music, including ambient/chill out electronica, big band jazz, and classical music.

​An Essential Guide to Brian Eno

Source: ​Exclaim.

It’s difficult to imagine what a world without Brian Eno would sound like.

An art school graduate and self-described “non-musician,” Eno conceptualized a new approach to music through dedicated use of tape loops and sampling, smuggling ideas previously offered by the avant-garde into the pop/rock lexicon as a founding member of Roxy Music and early collaborations with King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, eventually breaking free to codify the ambient music genre and presage music created by algorithms and apps with generative music. Along the way, he inspired pioneers like the Bomb Squad and the Orb, and produced important albums for the likes of David Bowie, Devo, the Talking Heads and U2.

Allison Miller Interview

Source: burning ambulance.

Drummer Allison Miller is a well-known figure on the New York jazz scene, but she’s also had a second career backing big-name folk and rock artists like Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco, and Brandi Carlile. She released an album with her band Boom Tic Boom early this year, and has a new album, Parlour Game, with violinist Jenny Scheinman (who’s also in Boom Tic Boom), pianist Carmen Staaf — with whom she made the album Science Fair last year — and bassist Tony Scherr. Parlour Game will be out August 2.

San Francisco Scene: July 19-26, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, July 19

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Thumbscrew featuring Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and Michael Formanek
Thursday, July 18 & Friday, July 19, 7:00pm & 8:30pm, SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab
A power-trio composer’s project made up of in-demand bandleaders Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and Michael Formanek.

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
gabby fluke-mogul, Jacob Felix Heule, and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (violin/bass drum/koto)
Dean Santomieri/Thea Farhadian Duo (guitar/violin)

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline Streets Oakland]
Neel Murgai – sitar, voice, loops. A member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive makes his solo debut in the bay area.
4 course vegan meal featuring masumoto farm peachess to go with the concert

Fri 7/19 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
SUN RA ARKESTRA: SPACE IS THE PLACE
FEATURE FILM W/ LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT

Saturday, July 20

Sat 7/20 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl
Saturday, July 20, 7:00pm & 8:30pm & Sunday, July 21, 6:00pm & 7:30pm, SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab

Sat 7/20 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Sun Ra Arkestra

Sat 7/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: Robert A. A. Lowe | IMA | Chris Duncan

Sat 7/20 8:00 PM Art Boutiki [44 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126]
A twin bill of jazz groups comes to Art Boutiki
Headlining will be Shay Salhov with his always inventive Quartet, this time featuring Dahveed Behroozi , Nick Panoutsos and Jason Lewis.
Opening the night will be a quartet put together by NYC based piano player Alon Nechushtan. All About Jazz magazine called Alon “A fantastic pianist-composer with abundant chemistry and boundless eclectisism”, while DownBeat Magazine recognizes “A talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas, an unbridled spirit and bold,two-fisted sense of Architecture. Backing up Alon will be Tyler Harlow and Dillon Vado of Never Weather fame.

Sunday, July 21

Sun 7/21 11:00 AM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Fusing Middle Eastern Musical Elements with Jazz with Alon Nechushtan – a workshop for musicians, about the options middle eastern music has over Jazz and improvisation.

Sun 7/21 4:00 PM Oak Town Workshops [55 Washington St Oakland]
Pianist and composer Alon Nechushtan will be bringing to Oak Town Workshops a trio of fantastic improvisers with a loose-tight chemistry placing a premium on group interplay and at the same time encouraging individual solo expression.

Sun 7/21 5:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
Touch the Gear Expo
Outsound’s signature hands-on, family-friendly expo for all ages for new and experimental music gear and instruments. Free Admission Family & Kid Friendly
Gear Presenters: Amanda Chaudhary, Bryan Day, Cheryl E. Leonard, Colleen Kelly, David Leikam, David Molina, David Samas, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, J. Lee, Jeff Klukowski, Johny Radio, Jorge Bachmann, Michael Mersereau, Peter Whitehead, R. Duck, Stephen Paris, Tom Duff

Sun 7/21 6:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl
Saturday, July 20, 7:00pm & 8:30pm & Sunday, July 21, 6:00pm & 7:30pm, SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab

Sun 7/21 6:30 PM The Honey Hive Gallery [4117 Judah St, San Francisco]
Sato/Weeks/Murray – Alex Cohen – Dancin’ Baby TBA

Sun 7/21 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun 7/21 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)

Monday, July 22

Mon 7/22 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: The Out of Bounds Trio (modern jazz)
(Jon Raskin-saxophone)
Set #2: Education Reform (art rock/progressive)
(Shimpei Ogawa: electric bass, Matt Buckner: drums & cymbals, Tyler Dennis: electric piano, Ryan Pate: electric guitar, Aaron Kruziki: vocals, woodwinds & synthesizers)
Set #3: Beauty School (free improvisation)
(Matt Chandler: electric bass, Tom Djll: trumpet/ modular synth, Jacob Heule: drums)

Mon 7/22 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OAKLAND FREEDOM JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS…..
Rodrigo Barriga/Sean Keenan duo
&
Joel Nelson/Jordan Glenn duo
9PM
$5-15 SUGGESTED DONATION

Tuesday, July 23
Tue 7/23 7:30 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Leila Abdul-Rauf, The Voodoo Cabaret, Being Lara Maykovich

Tue 7/23 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
Free Flowing, a night of original comprovisation
duo B Experimental Band
The 13-member ensemble from Lisa Mezzacappa & Jason Levis exploring the thrilling boundaries between composed and improvised musical worlds!
Social Stutter Quartet
Led by composer/altoist Beth Schenck, they blur the line between strictly written chamber music and soaring free jazz.

Wednesday, July 24

Wed 7/24 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
Rocket, a night of exploratory rock
Gentleman Surfer
Difficult to categorize, they draw upon a wide range of influences, anywhere from Captain Beefheart and King Crimson, to film and video game music, Classical, Jazz, Punk, etc. . .
Vegan Butcher
Led by guitarist John Shiurba assembled to interpret his music and somniloquy. The lyrics are culled from the early-morning, half-asleep ramblings of the composer, while the music employs the signature January Scale.

Thursday, July 25

Thu 7/25 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
Crossing Borders, a night of ground breaking multimedia performance
Francis Wong & Lenora Lee
Tenor saxophone & Dance
Andrea Centazzo
Original percussion and electronics

Friday, July 26

Fri 7/26 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
Expanding the Rift, a night of exploratory composition and improvisation
Polly Moller Springhorn’s Tomography Fortunae
A three-movement graphic score for seven musicians named Tom
Watkins/Winant
Performing the sensitive relationships between their respective instrumental colors, the two explore radical form, dynamics and timbre in real time.

The 37 Best Ambient Albums of 2019 So Far 

Source: VICE.

The world is louder by the day. How can you focus? How can you prioritize what problems to solve? How can you enjoy a pop song when you can’t even hear yourself think? For those moments, there exists a slower kind of music, a music that allows you the space for your thoughts to wander, for your mind to open, to regenerate some of what was lost. This stuff can be harder to find and to keep up with—but it’s really rewarding if you turn yourself over to it. So here’s a hefty list of the year’s best ambient music.