San Francisco Scene: August 9-16, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, August 9

Fri 8/09 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Raffi Garabedian Quartet with Richard Sears, Miles Wick, & Tim Buckley

Fri 8/09 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward — Music!Music!Music!
Ivy Room and Guitar Player Magazine Present
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 10

Sat 8/10 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mukta Raste: Horizons of Tabla w/ harpist Jennifer Ellis

Sat 8/10 8:00 PM Private House Concert []
The Sibarg Ensemble performs a house concert in the intimate setting of a private home in the Berkeley Hills. The ensemble uses the phrase “creative intercultural music” to describe their interweaving of traditional Iranian music with improvisation from the jazz tradition. The ensemble will combine original composition with arrangements of traditional Persian melodies, folksongs, poetry and structured improvisations. Please contact concert host at

Sunday, August 11

Sun 8/11 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Roberto Granados: Bay Area Composers Group Concert

Sun 8/11 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Guinea Pig
Tony Passarell – saxophones/brass/percussion, Rent Romus – saxophones/flutes/percussion, Timothy Orr – drums, Robert Kullman – electric bass
8:30 pm Fellow Hominids
Cory Wright – saxophones, John Schott – guitar, John Finkbeiner – guitar, Jordan Glenn – drums

Monday, August 12

Mon 8/12 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Cohen/Burchett/Junior Mint Prince

Tuesday, August 13

Tue 8/13 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 held 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.

Tue 8/13 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Dirt & Copper
– Dolphin (Lefebvre, MacLeod, Nordile)
– Gabby Wen

Wednesday, August 14

Wed 8/14 8:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
The “whisper disco” duo of Sharkiface and bran(…)pos, whose brutally loving expertise will unlock your triggers and your trapdrawers.
Suki O’Kane
Movement theater and durational performance, dripping Jurassic electronics, a bass drum painted with moving images, masterful restraint, and a treasure of sound.
Anastasia Clarke
An artist whose mastery is expansive, taking on multiple forms, digital, physical, conceptual, and all manner of tools, circuit, space, light, movement.
Ruby Guides
Deep calling unto deep, two giant squid tangle in the watery dark, Mitchell Brown and Jon Leidecker.

Wed 8/14 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
PG13, Lord Tang

Thursday, August 15

Thu 8/15 7:00 PM The Contemporary Jewish Museum [736 Mission St SF]
Experiments in Sonic Potential: Kyle Bruckmann

Thu 8/15 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Manala Chamber Ensemble
Rent Romus – flutes/alto saxophone, Heikki Koskinen – e-trumpet/tenor recorder, David Samas – voice, Tom Weeks – alto & baritone saxophones, Safa Shokrai – double bass
Free Sax
Aaron Saul – alto saxophone, Andrew Ferren – tenor saxophone, Brian Rodvien – drums/percussion

Thu 8/15 8:00 PM Balboa Theatre [3630 Balboa St. SF]
Kerry Laitala will be presenting four works from her City Luminous Series celebrating the lighting pioneers that gathered just over a century ago at the fabulous Jewel City, a 635-acre monument to impermanence constructed, and soon after, demolished in San Francisco’s Marina district. These include The City Luminous: Spectacle of Light, which recently received an audience choice award at the 2015 Crossroads Film Festival presented by SF Cinematheque, The City Luminous: Electric Salome, Chromatic Wheels, & the San Francisco premiere of her brand-new Figments in Film, Number One.

All of these performances will feature live sound from Oakland’s experimental music duo extraordinaire Voicehandler, made up of Jacob Felix Heule and Danishta Rivero.

Thu 8/15 8:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Grex, Hare and Arrow, Jeweled Snakes
Oakland art rock band Grex comes home to round out its 10th Anniversary Tour. Plus: sublime sights & sounds from improv ensemble Hare and Arrow and the relentless heaviness of electronic duo Jeweled Snakes.
Grex: Karl Evangelista – guitar, voice, percussion, Rei Scampavia – keys, voice, percussion
Hare and Arrow: Motoko Honda – Toy Piano, Theo Padouvas – Trumpet, Michael Noonan – Strings, Shanna Sordahl – Strings, Electronics, Automata, Brian Pedersen – Reeds, Sung Kim – Invented Instruments and Automata

Friday, August 16

Fri 8/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: Lubelski & Bassett | Krausbauer & Suzuki

Fri 8/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
On the next installment of Latitudes, the duo of Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski combine violin and e-bowed guitar in a thick tranquilizing compound. Like a viscous syrup, the slow-moving drones ooze chromatically across their instruments. John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki’s existential and ecstatic free-drone music emanates an intense ritualistic vibe—the kind of music that would make a suitably ominous soundtrack to one of Hermann Nitsch’s notorious aktions.

Fri 8/16 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Friction Quartet with Sarah Cahill

Fri 8/16 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th Street (@Capp Street) SF]
evelyn davis, prepared piano; Phillip Greenlief, woodwinds; rashaun mitchell and silas riener, movement – will perform four improvisations for this very special one-time performance at the lab

Who’s Fighting for Gender Equity in Classical Music? 

Source: 21CM.

If you play music and live in the world, you’re probably aware of classical music’s alarming lack of gender diversity, particularly in leadership roles. Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra remains the only female music director of a major American orchestra, and major orchestras continue to exclude works by female composers in their season programs.

Data on the gender split among professional orchestra performers offers a more complex view of the situation. At first glance, the numbers are encouraging: In 2018, 48 percent of players in orchestras represented by the League of American Orchestras were women, a vast improvement from orchestras of the past. However, positions for brass, percussion and some wind instruments – not to mention principal positions – are disproportionately occupied by men.

But we can also look to those numbers for encouragement: They show us that gender parity can at least be improved. One reason for the increase of women in orchestras since the 1970s has been the implementation of blind auditions. Another? Increased social acceptance and visibility of women in roles from which they have been historically excluded.

Wendy Eisenberg Interviewed

Source: Heavy Metal Bebop.

Wendy Eisenberg is a jazz guitarist by training who can often be heard playing just about anything but conventional jazz guitar. That includes free improv, art pop, noise and avant-garde punk with radically inventive bands like the now-defunct Birthing Hips and the currently active Editrix. In 2018, during an episode of Jeremiah Cymerman’s excellent 5049 Podcast, Wendy — who uses gender-neutral pronouns — made a passing mention of their love for the Australian death-metal band Portal, and at that point, I knew I wanted to speak to them for Heavy Metal Bebop. We met up in March and delved into Wendy’s vast musical universe. Topics discussed include: how hearing Sonny Sharrock helped expand their musical horizons, why Portal is their favorite band ever, why they feel like an outsider in both jazz and metal, how Birthing Hips flourished within the context of higher education, why they’re not a fan of jazz covers of pop and rock tunes, how their early love for Pantera informs the music of Editrix, what they took away from playing with Curtis Fuller and Earl Klugh, and much more.

Exclaim! Reviews

Source: Exclaim!.

Clara Engel
Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II

The Art Ensemble of Chicago
We Are On the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Pauline Oliveros / Guy Klucevsek
Sounding / Way

Psychedelic Backfire: Volumes I and II

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Tracing Back the Radiance

Lea Bertucci
Resonant Field

Black to Comm
Before After

Terry Riley and Gyan Riley
Way Out Yonder

George Lewis in Chicago Next Week

Source: Chicago Reader.

Experimental Sound Studio has been assisting boundary-pushing artists since 1986. It provides studio services, opportunities to perform and show work, events that facilitate dialogues between artists and audiences, and archiving resources for avant-garde and exploratory music materials that might otherwise be lost. This year’s ESS gala fund-raiser has a twofold purpose: to help finance upgrades to the recording studio and to honor musician, composer, historian, and educator George E. Lewis.