San Francisco Scene: August 16-23, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Saturday, August 17

Sat 8/17 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline Streets Oakland]
14th anniversary celebration of the dinner/concert series. 4 course vegan menu featuring Masumoto farm peaches. Mark Dresser – solo bass

Sat 8/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Charles Xavier: XBOOM

Sat 8/17 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
A night of long-form drones and noise – Marcia Bassett (electric guitar) & Samara Lubelski (amplified violin), showing “just how much brain damage you can do using only a guitar and a violin” (Byron Coley). Santa Cruz artist ordinary blood (Danny Jay) opens the night with gloomy textures on guitars, vocals, bows, synthesizers, and electronics.

Sat 8/17 10:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
David Gordon’s Mysteria Incarnationis

Sunday, August 18

Sun 8/18 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jeffrey Mosier & Friends

Sun 8/18 4:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
The expansive, improvising duo of Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski (NYC) play at the BAM/PFA as part of their tour with Kaori Suzuki and John Krausbauer (Oak), opening as the Ecstatic Music Band at this afternoon performance.

Sun 8/18 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Noertker’s Moxie
workshop and live recording session
Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute/Joshua Marshall – tenor sax/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jordan Glenn – drums

Sun 8/18 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Monday, August 19

Mon 8/19 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Clarke/Nucci, Matt Weston, & San Kazakgascar

Thursday, August 22

Thu 8/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Theresa Wong solo cello & voice
Rodrigo Barriga Quartet: Emily Cardwell, Patrick Talesfore Jr., Ben Westfall

Friday, August 23

Fri 8/23 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Robert Howard & Kevin Korth

Arts for Art Fall Schedule

Source: New York’s ARTS FOR ART.

Marking 25 Years
Arts for Art Announces Fall 2019 Programming
Healing for a Suffering World

For 25 Years Arts for Art has sustained the legacy of FreeJazz as a multi-arts aesthetic with the call for social justice and creative reinvention through improvisation.

Steve Cannon Tribute Performances
September 6, 6pm at the Clemente
Flamboyan Theater, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

A special evening of tribute performances to Steve Cannon who was a transplant from New Orleans to the lower east side. Steve Cannon was a writer, teacher and mentor to poets and writers of all classes, supporter of artists and a lover of jazz. He was a Lower East Side icon and fellow organizer, He created community of poets, writers and artists in his home in the LES. He founded A Gathering of the Tribes with support from his good friend David Hammons. Cannon loved FreeJazz and supported AFA, with a number of appearances at the Vision Festival starting with its inception in 1996. The Tributes will continue at each of the Garden Concerts in September.

6:45 Poetry Readings
Yuko Otomo // Lydia Cortes // Edwin Torres // Steve Dalachinsky
7:30 What It Is
William Parker – bass / Patricia Nicholson Parker – dance
James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax / Devin Brahja Waldman – alto sax
Melanie Dyer – viola / Val Jeanty – percussion, electronics
8:30 Poetry Readings
Anne Waldman // Tracie Morris w/ Graham Haynes and Elliott Sharp
9:00 Sun Ra Arkestra

In Gardens
September 7 – October 5 at 6BC Garden, Children’s Magical Garden, First St. Green

Continuing a 14-year annual tradition, In Gardens brings free outdoor concerts to three Lower East Side community gardens, featuring world-class performances in an accessible, relaxed environment. Poetry readings continue to pay tribute to Steve Cannon.

Saturday, September 7 at 6BC Garden
630 E 6th St between Ave B and C
1:30 Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano
2:30 Sheila Maldonado – poetry // Danny Shot – poetry
3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Adam Lane – bass / Ryan Sawyer – drums
4:30 Daniel Carter – woodwinds / William Parker – bass

Sunday, September 8 at 6BC Garden
630 E 6th St between Ave B and C
1:30 Steve Swell – trombone / Frode Gjerstad – clarinet, alto sax / William Parker – bass
2:30 Frank Perez – poetry // Mariposa – poetry
3:30 Sarah Bernstein Veer Quartet
Sarah Bernstein – violin, composition / Sana Nagano – violin
Leonor Falcon – viola / Nick Jozwiak – cello
4:30 Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums

Saturday September 14 at Children’s Magical Garden
129 Stanton St, just east of Essex
1:30 Rob Brown – alto sax / Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
2:30 Luciann Berrios – poetry // Janice Lowe – poetry
3:30 Val Jeanty – percussion / Patricia Nicholson – dance
4:30 Michael Wimberly – drums / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / Larry Roland – bass

Sunday September 15 at Children’s Magical Garden
129 Stanton St, just east of Essex
1:30 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Bill Payne – clarinet / Adam Lane – bass
Michael Wimberly – percussion
2:30 Nancy Mercado – poetry // Poonam Srivastava – poetry
3:30 Karen Borca Trio
Karen Borca – bassoon / Jackson Krall – drums / Hilliard Greene – bass
4:30 We Feel Quartet
Luke Stewart – bass / Daniel Carter – multi instruments / No Land – poetry
Miriam Parker – dance

Saturday September 21 at Children’s Magical Garden
129 Stanton St, just east of Essex
1:30 Mara Rosenbloom – synth / Sam Newsome – soprano sax
2:30 2 poets
3:30 Jason Kao Hwang – violin / Anders Nilsson – guitar / TA Thompson – drums
4:30 Amirtha Kidambi – voice

Sunday September 22 at First St Green
33 E. 1st St
1:30 Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / William Parker – bass
Steve Swell – trombone / Marvin Bugalu Smith – drums
2:30 Papoleto Melendez – poetry // Melanie Maria Goodreaux – poetry
3:30 Sam Newsome Trio
Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Hilliard Greene – bass
Reggie Nicholson – drums
4:30 Michael Bisio – bass / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello

Saturday September 28 at First St Green
33 E. 1st St
1:30 Matt Lavelle – trumpet / Daniel Carter – woodwinds / Tom Cabrera – drums
2:30 Latasha Diggs – poetry // No Land – poetry
3:30 Michael TA Thompson Quartet
TA Thompson – drums / Christopher Dean Sullivan – bass
Bill Pernice – piano / Lee Odom – clarinet, alto sax, soprano sax
4:30 Whit Dickey – drums / Brandon Lopez – bass / Rob Brown – alto sax

Sunday September 29 at First St Green. Tribute to Roy Campbell
33 E. 1st St
1:30 Charles Downs – drums / Will Greene – tenor sax
Jonah Rosenberg – keyboard / Henry Fraser – bass
2:30 K.J. Holmes – dance / Matt Lavelle – trumpet
3:30 Jaimie Branch – trumpet
4:30 For Roy: “Circulation of Celestial Triangles Leaving Imhotep facing the East”
Matt Lavelle, Lewis Barnes, Nate Wooley, Ryan Fraiser, Jaimie Branch, Kirk Knuffke, Daniel Carter, Dave Hofstra, TA Thompson, led by William Parker

Saturday October 5 at Children’s Magical Garden
129 Stanton St, just east of Essex
1:30 The Rasslers
Mark Ehrhardt – drums / Chet Mazur – vocals / Tim Mullins – guitar
Nick Romanenko – bass
2:30 Patricia Spears Jones – poetry // Nicole Wallace – poetry
3:30 Ava Mendoza – guitar / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax
Shayna Dulberger – bass / Daniel Carter – woodwinds
4:30 Welf Dorr Unit
Welf Dorr – alto sax / Keisuke Matsuno – guitar / Dmitry Ishenko – bass
Kevin Shea – drums

Arts for Art at El Taller
October 10-13, 7pm
El Taller Latino Americano, 215 E. 99th St, NYC 10029

Bridging the Lower East Side and East Harlem, Arts for Art’s annual series at El Taller emphasizes improvisers from marginalized America — the original peoples, those brought here unwillingly, and those who have immigrated.

Friday October 11
7:00 TBA
8:00 Melanie Dyer Trio
9:00 Angelica Sanchez Trio
Angelica Sanchez – piano / William Parker – bass
Randy Peterson – drums

Saturday October 12
7:00 Brandon Lopez – bass / Ingrid Laubrock – tenor, soprano sax
Brandon Seabrook – guitar / Tom Rainey – drums
8:00 Tony Malaby Quartet
Tony Malaby – tenor sax / Leo Genovese – piano / William Parker – bass
Billy Mintz – drums
9:00 James Brandon Lewis Trio
James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax / Luke Stewart – bass / Warren Trae Crudup – drums

Sunday October 13
4:00 TBA
5:00 Aruan Ortiz Trio
6:00 Ingrid Laubrock – tenor, soprano sax / Nick Dunston – bass / Francisco Mela – drums

Arts for Art at Weeksville
October 18-20, 7pm at Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn NY 11213

Arts for Art’s partnership with Weeksville celebrates jazz’s African American roots in one of America’s first free black communities with three evenings of forward thinking programming aiming to amplify the history of jazz in Brooklyn.

Friday October 18
7:30 David Mills – poetry
8:30 Gerald Cleaver Trio
Brandon Lopez – bass / Brandon Seabrook – guitar / Gerald Cleaver – drums

Saturday October 19
7:30 Fred Moten – poetry
8:30 William Parker

Sunday October 20
4:00 Tracie Morris – poetry
5:00 TBA

The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: July 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

This is the best year for jazz ever. Do I say that every year? Maybe I do—but every year I mean it. Nevertheless, 2019 is sizing up to be something special for modern jazz and improvised music. How can you not toss around the phrase “golden age” when month after month, there are an outstanding array of new releases? This month’s selections—just a small part of a larger whole—provide heartening proof that jazz is not the sole province of just one generation or just one city. London to Brisbane to Johannesburg to Chicago to Barcelona to New York City to La Plata, Argentina… it’s the best year ever for jazz, everywhere.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 18 AUGUST 2019
Some words from guitarist John Russell, curator of Fete Qua Qua.
“The basic idea behind all my Quaqua projects is very simple. It is to put groups together that recognise existing creative relationships alongside introducing musicians to each other for the first time. Every year I make a mini festival ‘Fête Quaqua’ based on these principles. Over three days the participants work together in different combinations, every concert being different. Apart from choosing the participants, the various combinations and giving an indication as to how long each piece should last, everything else is freely improvised. Uniquely, free improvisation offers the opportunity for both musicians and audience to discover the music as it happens and, for those who buy a three day pass, a chance to experience the natural development that the event is designed to encourage”
Time: 2 – 5.30PM

MON 19 AUGUST 2019
Time: 8 – 11PM

TUE 20 AUGUST 2019
Time: 8 – 11PM

THU 22 AUGUST 2019
Our monthly Vortex residency with the master of free improvisation. A major force in European improvising, Evan Parker has collaborated with everyone from Dave Holland, Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley & Anthony Braxton,…
Time: 8 – 11.30PM

REDTalks Tonight at Arraymusic in Toronto

Source: Arraymusic.

REDTalks Series: Truth 2 Power is a one-night-only concert featuring 4 award-winning Indigenous women singers and multi-instrumentalists from 3 countries — Canada, New Zealand, and the United States — along with 2 short films from Canada.

In partnership with Red Sky Performance, supported by Array, this event features highly acclaimed Indigenous women artists:

Ora Barlow-Tukaki (New Zealand)
Nadene Rasmussen (New Zealand)
Marie Gaudet (Canada), and
Raye Zaragoza (United States),
PLUS 2 filmmakers
Shane Belcourt (Canada), and
Helen Haig Brown (Canada).

Truth 2 Power explores the act of reclamation through song, music, and short film. We invite you to be part of this live music concert and short film performance followed by a scintillating conversation with the artists.


ORA BARLOW-TUKAKI (Te Whanau-a-Apanui / English, New Zealand) is a highly skilled musician and storyteller who has toured professionally for over 15 years. She co-founded and toured the world with Manuhiri, Planet Woman and Pacific Curls, and has co-created with many international artists. She was the lead vocalist and a multi-instrumentalists n in Red Sky Performance’s Trace and Great Lakes productions.

NADENE RASMUSSEN (Maori (Ngātiwai) / Irish/Portuguese, New Zealand) is an acclaimed experimental vocalist and violist based in Los Angeles. She has developed an exploratory sound that encompasses poetic lyricism, cross-cultural improvisation, electroacoustic, jazz and classical influences.

MARIE GAUDET is Anishinaabe from the Wikwemikong First Nation of Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She teaches singing at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and traditional dance and shawl-making at the Native Women’s Resource Centre. She is a member of the Eagle Heart Drummers and Dancers and was a lead vocalist in Red Sky Performance’s production of Miigisand Great Lakes.

RAYE ZARAGOZA (Japanese / Mexican / Native American, USA) released her debut EP Heroine in 2015 and gained national attention with her song In The River protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The song was awarded the Global Music Awards 2017 Heretic Award for Protest Music and the Honesty Oscars’ award for Best Song. In 2017, she independently released her debut album, Fight For You.