Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

This month’s line up: Lawrence Casserley (electronics) Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (voice) duo Marillsa Gouvea (voice) Marcio Mattos (cello) / Adrian Northover (sax) Benedict Taylor (viola) quartet Susanna Ferrar (violin) John…
Time: 2 – 5.30PM

Downtown New York/ Chicago jazz at its best, led by Greg Ward, for the UK DEBUT of this band.
Time: 8 – 11.30PM

Tonights line up: Tony Hymas (piano), John Edwards (bass), Mark Sanders (drums)
Time: 8 – 11PM

San Francisco Scene: October 18-25, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, October 18

Fri 10/18 8:00 PM ABCO ArtSpace [3135 Filbert St. Oakland, CA 94608]
Michele Seippel
Cranky (Sean Keenan, Mitch Stahlmann, Jake Parker Scott)

Saturday, October 19

Sat 10/19 8:00 PM Wind River [421 Wild Way, Santa Cruz]
Indexical Presents: Laetitia Sonami + Asha Tamirisa

Sunday, October 20

Sun 10/20 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba – piano/flute, Chris Bastian – bass, Eli Maliwan – tenor saxophone, Rachel Austin – vocals

8:30 PM Trouble Ensemble
Rent Romus, Joshua Marshall: saxophones, Jakob Pek: guitar, Tim DeCillis: vibraphone,
Andrew Jamieson: piano, Chris Lauf: drums, Ernest Larkins: voice

Sun 10/20 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, October 21
Mon 10/21 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Brainwave Curious?
Research based soundscapes generated by brainwaves.

Mon 10/21 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OFJS: Mezzacappa/Fluke-Mogul & Örjan Hultén Orion

Tuesday, October 22

Tue 10/22 9:00 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
zBug is a psychedelic jazz quartet featuring David Leikam, Sheila Bosco, Patrick Cress, Timothy Orr. Saxophonist, composer Rent Romus started the Lords of Outland in 1994.

Wednesday, October 23

Wed 10/23 7:45 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
FACE OF A STRANGER (1977), a restored feature film by San Francisco filmmaker and musician David Michalak. Tonight’s premiere will feature a new score by the internationally acclaimed pianist, Thollem McDonas. Selected Film-Frame prints will be on view in the lobby and the show will open with a short set by Rova’s Bruce Ackley.

Thursday, October 24

Thu 10/24 6:30 PM Contemporary Jewish Museum [736 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103]
DIALECTS draws from sounds, songs, and stories about migration and displacement, both human and nonhuman. Szu-Han Ho’s work explores the relationship between bodies and the places that preserve history and memories. Presented by Soundwave curator Patricia Cariño Valdez. Presented as part of Soundwave Festival 9.

Thu 10/24 7:30 PM Berkeley, CA [RSVP for address]
All Ears Interfaith Sangha October gathering
Listening in Dreams
with IONE
An Evening of Dream Meditation and Sharing
You are invited (but not required!) to bring a dish to share with the community. RSVP ( or 708-469-9365) for address.

Thu 10/24 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Dashiell Lewis – voice/electronics
modular synth drones, rhythms, and textures

Thu 10/24 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Burmese, Inverts, Flesh Narc, Kimoyo Update

Friday, October 25

Fri 10/25 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Avishai Cohen Quartet/Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quintet

Fri 10/25 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA presents “In Search of Lost Beauty…” by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė

Fri 10/25 8:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Chandler/Cooper/Heule, Flesh Narc, TendHer, VOL

Fri 10/25 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jesse Perlstein & Shinya Sugimoto + Glenda Bates/OboeTronics

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues! Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

6pm: An evening of Free Music, Poetry, Stories and Snacks in Memory of
Downtown Poet Laureate STEVE DALACHINSKY! Participating Musicians will include:
Louie Belogenis, Marty Ehrlich, Joe Fonda, Thomas Heberer, Darren Johnston, Jessica Pavone,
Michael Vatcher and others..!

Sunday, October 27th:
6pm: DAVID GROLLMAN and KENNY MILLIONS – Snare Drums and Whatever He Does!
7pm: SEAN ALI & SANDY EWEN – Contrabass and Guitar-on-lap!

Sunday, November 10th:
6pm: NOAH BECKER and MICHAEL ATTIAS – Two Saxists!

Sunday, November 24th:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON – Solo ContraBass
7pm: REGGIE NICHOLSON – Solo Drums

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed


DMG Recommended Gig of the Week:

Eric Stern’s House of Improv Presents:

Brandon Seabrook, Brandon Lopez & Gerald Cleaver
With Joanna Mattrey Solo.

Monday October 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
244 Rehearsal Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor, NY, NY, 10019

Plus This Upcoming Special Event:
The Independent Promoters Alliance,
Eric’s House of Improv and Downtown Music Gallery Present:

The Rare Return of BassDrumBone

Saturday, November 9th at 8pm:
Rare Appearance at ZÜRCHER Gallery – 33 Bleecker St. (East of Lafayette), NY NY 10012
Tel: 212-777-0790 /

Eight Artists Defining Washington, D.C’s Experimental Scene 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

On the surface, Washington, DC seems to be a city of transients—waves of people flowing in and out of the area to the various tempos of congressional terms, academic contracts, and non-profit grants. The mechanisms of government and academia that propel this tide, coupled with skyrocketing rents and hyperspeed gentrification, don’t exactly encourage the kind of community building that would typically lead to a thriving music scene. But the city’s homegrown popular music offers a counter-narrative; the rapturous, immutable beat of go-go and the socially conscious punk of Dischord Records offer spaces for both congregation and opposition. There’s also the city’s rich history of jazz, which can be found on DC’s excellent radio station WPFW, which sports the tagline “Your Station for Jazz & Justice.”

Though it’s less acknowledged on a national level, there is also a thriving underground community of musicians exploring adventurous, left-field, and avant-garde forms of electronic music, jazz, rap, and punk that similarly challenge the notion of DC as a city of isolated, ambitious bureaucrats. There is a refreshing lack of barriers between these worlds, and a spirit of collaboration that exists across genres. This sub-underground of like-minded seekers is centered around the community and art space Rhizome in Takoma, at the very most northern edge of the District itself, though there have been past hubs like the roving festival Sonic Circuits and the now-defunct space Union Arts.

Meredith Monk Residency at University of Rochester

Source: Rochester City Newspaper.

Meredith Monk is a living legend in the world of contemporary classical music. The avant-garde composer, vocalist, director, and choreographer has carved out a niche all her own, even as she has made impactful forays into the mediums of opera, site-specific performances, music theater, and film over the course of a career spanning more than 50 years.

A winner of a MacArthur Fellowship (commonly known as a “Genius” Grant), a two-time Guggenheim Fellowship winner, and the recipient of a 2015 National Medal of Arts, Monk will bring her Vocal Ensemble to Rochester for a residency entitled “Dancing Voice/Singing Body” from Sunday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 23 at the University of Rochester’s School of Arts and Sciences and Eastman School of Music.