Reviews You May Have Missed – September 2019

Last month we published a number of original reviews of some very interesting music. Check out the list below.

San Francisco Scene: October 4-11, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, October 4

Fri 10/04 7:00 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA presents its annual Transitions concerts. Feast your ears on immersive 3D sounds played on our multichannel system (56.8 speakers!) in the Stage. CCRMA students, faculty, and staff, as well as external artists will present live performances, fixed media electronic music, and audiovisual works. Each evening’s program will feature different artists.

Fri 10/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Burton Greene: Solo Piano; + Dunkelman/Ackley/Fluke-Mogul Trio

Fri 10/04 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
San Diego-based Mexican flutist Wilfrido Terrazas will join forces with Bay Area bass legend Lisa Mezzacappa in a unique clash of improvising talents. Terrazas and Mezzacappa are both energetic and resourceful improvisers, and they have played together before in Los Angeles and Banff, Canada, but this will be their first full duo concert.

Fri 10/04 8:00 PM X Bar at Homestead Lanes [20990 Homestead Road Cupertino]
Patrick Talesfore, Jr. Solo Drum Set Music at The X Bar

Saturday, October 5

Sat 10/05 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA Modulations 2019: In Memoriam Carr Wilkerson
CCRMA presents a Modulations concert in loving memory of longtime CCRMA staff member Carr Wilkerson (1966-2019). Carr was responsible for organizing CCRMA’s previous Modulations festivals. Friends of Carr will present live performances and fixed media works of electronic music.

Sat 10/05 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Slow Wave: New Music for Viola, Clarinet, and Piano

Sat 10/05 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do-Over Music Series #10:
duo B. Experimental Band plays PEOPLE IN SORROW
plus Fay Victor/ Jochem van Dijk Duo
duo B. Experimental Band:
Polly Moller-Springhorn, flutes
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe
Kevin Robinson, woodwinds
David Boyce, tenor saxophone
Cory Wright, woodwinds
Randy McKean, woodwinds
Henry Hung, trumpet
Alan Williams, trombone
Murray Campbell, violin
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Erika Oba, piano
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Donald Robinson, drums
Jason Levis, drums
with special guest, Fay Victor, voice

Sat 10/05 8:30 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Surplus 1980 album release show (take 2), Blank Square & Niantic

Sunday, October 6

Sun 10/06 12:00 PM Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
Experience the vitality of Bay Area music making in all its forms at SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. From chamber music to jazz, contemporary works to global traditions—SF Music Day brings together virtuoso musicians from across the Bay, with musical sounds that span continents and centuries.

Monday, October 7

Mon 10/07 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Nora Stanley Group (modern jazz)
Set #2: Los Conocen (free improvisation)
Bruce Ackley-saxophone, Karl Evangelista-guitar, Jordan Glenn + Nava Dunkelman-percussion
Set #3: Inner Ear Brigade (prog/experimental rock)
Bill Wolter-guitar, comp, Ivor Holloway-sax, Andrew Vernon-keys, Stephen Wright-bass, Alison Niedbalski-vocals, Chris Lauf-drums

Mon 10/07 8:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza – Oakland, walking distance from downtown oakland BART (12th street)]
oakland freedom jazz society presents: 1st set MISSING – electro-acoustic improvisation with movement. Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, min yoon – movement, sharkiface – electronics, kevin corcoran – percussion. 2nd set THE OUT OF BOUNDS TRIO – Music that lives on the edges of sound and sight, looking past the present utilizing what’s been learned on the way. Tim Bulkley – drums, Jon Raskin – saxophones, Safa Shokrai – bass

Tuesday, October 8

Tue 10/08 7:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series 10th anniversary!
7:00 Zachary James Watkins/William Winant duo
7:30 Laetitia Sonami
8:00 SO AR (Shanna Sordahl + Robert Lopez)
8:30 IMA (Amma Ateria + Nava Dunkelman)
9:00 gabby fluke-mogul, Jacob Felix Heule, Kanoko Nishi-Smith
9:30 Foot SOS
10:00 Crude Drawings (Jordan Glenn, Joel Nelson, Kim Nucci, Tom Weeks)
10:30 Las Sucias

Tue 10/08 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Pianist Scott R. Looney teams up with fellow sonic adventurers Lisa Mezzacapa and Kjell Nordeson, for an evening of multitimbral piano trio music featuring original compositions, interpretations, and improvisations. Come check it out in the lovely and intimate house concert vibe of Tom Duff’s place!

Tue 10/08 8:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Resident is a monthly electronic audiovisual open mic event started in 2017. It is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at The Laundry. 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.

Wednesday, October 9

Wed 10/09 7:30 PM San Francisco Public Library, Richmond Branch [351 9th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118]
A free screening of the Sublime Frequencies documentary “Isan: Folk & Pop Music of Northeast Thailand” (2004).

Thursday, October 10

Thu 10/10 7:15 PM NEW PEOPLE Cinema [1746 Post Street, SF Japantown, San Francisco, CA 94115]
Film Concert “Ryuichi Sakamoto: async at the Park Avenue Armory” on Thursday, Oct 10th at NEW PEOPLE Cinema

Thu 10/10 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Paul Stapleton sound sculpture, Mad Pulse Maybe double bass, David Bud baritone saxophone
Howard Ryan – multi-media
Shachar/Weeks Quartet
Yeonathan Shachar – Guitar, Tom Weeks – Saxophone, Tim Duff – Bass, Patrick Talesfore Jr. – Drums

Thu 10/10 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Chromelodia Project: Chris Brown-Theresa Wong-Kyle Bruckmann

Friday, October 11

Fri 10/11 6:00 PM Design By Cosmic [115 Cooper St., Santa Cruz CA 95060]
Jon Leidecker: “United Feedback Plus: A Retroactive Manifesto for the Early Decades of American Electronic Music” Artist and scholar Jon Leidecker traces the history of modern artificial intelligence back to the chaotic electronic feedback circuits of early electronic music pioneers. Leidecker traces commonalities in the works of Louis and Bebe Barron (who scored the 1956 film Forbidden Planet), David Tudor, Pauline Oliveros, the members of the Sonic Arts Union (Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma), and their European contemporaries Eliane Radigue, Pietro Grossi, Jaap Vink, and Roland Kayn. This event is part of a series of Digital Alchemy Talks at Design By Cosmic, probing the intellectual and ideological histories of art and technology.

Fri 10/11 8:00 PM Mitchell Park Community Center [3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94303]
Earthwise welcomes creative jazz improvisers and composers Scott Amendola, drums; Trevor Dunn, bass; Phillip Greenlief to Mitchell Park Center El Palo Alto Room. Pianist Motoko Honda

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Michael Formanek’s Very Practical Trio – Even Better (Intakt)

Michael Zerang — Assyrian Caesarean (Holidays Records)

Albert Ayler – Quartets 1964: Spirits to Ghosts Revisited (Ezz-thetic)

Thurston Moore — Spirit Counsel (Daydream Library)

Kayo Dot’s Epic, Experimental Metal: A Retrospective 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

As the sole constant member of the genre-hopping, experimental-metal project Kayo Dot, Toby Driver has made it his mission to circumvent the obvious. This is a band that can swing wildly from operatic doom through neoclassical space-rock to outright electro prog, often within the course of a single epic track; the lyrical depth, whether delivered via growls, croons, or sung in falsetto, is less likely to have audiences waving their cigarette lighters than reaching for the nearest dictionary. (The vocabulary of Kayo Dot’s new album, Blasphemy, includes words like “circumambulation.”)

It is, therefore, entirely understandable that Kayo Dot have found themselves mostly ignored by whole swathes of the metal community, overshadowed by the likes of Coheed and Cambria and The Mars Volta. And that’s a shame. As their small and fiercely loyal fan base can attest, Kayo Dot’s catalog reflects a project forever evolving, with no shortage of genuine surprises. Here’s a rundown of Driver’s impressive catalog so far.

Coming to Boston 

Source: Non-Event.

Sarah Hennies, Reservoir 1: Preservation
Friday, October 11, 2019
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Non-Event and the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum present
MERIDIAN (Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, Greg Stuart)
performing Sarah Hennies, Reservoir 1: Preservation premiere
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street, Boston
Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8pm
Tickets: $20 gen admission | $10 students + Non-Event members

solo sets
Boston City Hall
Friday, November 15, 2019
Non-Event and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture present
Concrete Sounds: Experimental Music in Boston City Hall
FORBES GRAHAM (trumpet, electronics)
KATE VILLAGE (guitars, voice)
Boston City Hall
Mezzanine Level (enter on Congress Street, First floor)
One City Hall Square, Boston
Doors: 6:30 pm | Event begins: 7pm
FREE (RSVP requested