AMN Picks of the Week: Ryan McGuire / Joshua Abrams / Biota / Tietchens & de Waard

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Ryan McGuire – Drukkna (2019)
Joshua Abrams / Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality (2019)
Biota – Fragment for Balance (2019)
Asmus Tietchens / Frans de Waard – Oordeel (2019)

San Francisco Scene: July 26 – August 1, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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
Performing the sensitive relationships between their respective instrumental colors, the two explore radical form, dynamics and timbre in real time.

Fri 7/26 7:30 PM Kuumbwa [320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060]
“One of the most captivating pianists working today,” (, Portugal) Thollem McDonas has spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally and geographically. His work is ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. “Thollem is a modern griot who has absorbed sounds from every place he has visited.” (William Parker from Conversations II, Rogue Art

Fri 7/26 8:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Solos by: Joe Baiza, Matt Ingalls, and Josh Allen

Saturday, July 27

Sat 7/27 6:30 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
Spencer Owen Timeshare, Jordan Glenn’s Beak & 3 Leafs

Sat 7/27 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline Streets Oakland]
Dinner/concert featuring Sameer Gupta on tabla and Ross Hammond on guitar. 4 course vegan menu featuring Masumoto farm peaches

Sat 7/27 7:00 PM Works/San José [365 South Market Street, San José, CA 95113]
Musician/composer Thollem McDonas and video artist ACVilla are returning to their old tromping grounds with their newest work-in-progress, The Now Of US.

Sat 7/27 7:30 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area’s Creative Music Festival
Spontaneous, a celebration of fiery expression and freedom
Vinny Golia Quartet
Presenting a rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions.
Rent Romus’ Deciduous feat. Keith Kelly
An ongoing multi regional project by SF Bay Area saxophonist Rent Romus based on the mutual bridging of those who share a creative tenacity, history and transitory nature of improvisation.

Sat 7/27 9:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
This Is Not This Heat w/ Bill Orcutt

Sunday, July 28

Sun 7/28 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Elder Ones
Elder Ones’ music is very influenced by free jazz, Indian music and the classical avant-garde.

Monday, July 29

Mon 7/29 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones & Dunkelman/Fluke-Mogul/Nishi-Smith

Wednesday, July 31

Wed 7/31 8:00 PM Art Boutiki [44 Race Street, San José, CA 95126]
An intense and virtuosic keyboardist” (TimeOut, NY), “Thollem creates a spectacular tapestry of different colored sounds reflecting his awareness, study and assimilation of countless influences” (Joan Jeanrenaud, Composer, Cellist, Kronos Quartet 1978-98). “He’s absolutely mesmerizing… unleashing cascades of notes of seemingly impossible velocity and no matter where he goes tonally, it always seems right, fresh and satisfying” (Terry Riley). “Thollem is a modern griot who has absorbed sounds from every place he has visited.” (William Parker), “…bringing wide-ranging expression and invention to everything his restless, nomadic existence comes into contact with. Thollem’s maverick essence is magically evident.” (Nels Cline)

Thursday, August 1

Thu 8/01 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thollem McDonas + Rova Saxophone Quartet

Thu 8/01 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Benedict/Fluke-Mogul
Lorin Benedict – voice, gabby fluke-mogul – violin
9:00 pm Faults
Jaroba-reeds Jorge Bachmann-electronics Kevin Kevin Corcoran – percussion

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

People Skills — Mount Moriah Tocsin (Alien Passengers)

Six Organs of Admittance — For Octavio Paz (Hermit Hut)

Dudu Pukwana, Han Bennink & Misha Mengelberg – Yi Yole (ICP/Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Rodrigo Amado & Chris Corsano – No Place to Fall (Astral Spirits)

Year By Year: Five Essential Albums of 1973

Source: Jazziz.

Jazz may not have an official yearbook, but it does have a vast and well-documented discography. ‘Year by Year’ is our attempt to bring you the most noteworthy albums of each year, complete with audio samples and fascinating backstories. We hope you join us as we travel through the music’s endlessly fascinating history, stopping every 12 months along the jazz timeline.

Herbie Hancock, Head Hunters (Columbia)
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Birds of Fire (Columbia)
Joao Gilberto, Joao Gilberto (Polydor)
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Afrika 70, Gentleman (EMI)
David Holland Quartet, Conference of the Birds (ECM)

Music and More Reviews

Source: Music and More.

Nick Mazzarella Trio – Counterbalance (Astral Spirits, 2019)

Whit Dickey Tao Quartets – Peace Planet and Box of Light (AUM Fidelity, 2019)

Arashi – Jikan (PNL Records, 2019)

Fire! Orchestra – Arrival (Rune Grammofon, 2019)

Josh Berman / Paul Lytton / Jason Roebke – Trio Correspondences (Astral Spirits, 2019)