San Francisco Bay Area Scene

English: Tim Berne, jazz saxophonist; Picture ...
Image via Wikipedia

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, February 23, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, with an evening of works by Daniel Steffey (composer, percussionist), Pete Rat Martin (composer, multi-instrumentalist), and Benjamin Ethan Tinker (multidisciplinary artist and electronic musician). Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10

Thursday, February 23, 9:30pm
The Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut hosts an evening of improvisational music with local musicians in different configurations, welcoming Joe Straub (acoustic guitar, electronics) back to the San Francisco Bay Area from Berlin, Germany. The performance also features Jason Hoopes (double bass), Karl Evangelista (electric guitar), David Leikam (moog rogue, electric bass-cello), Jordan Glenn (drums), and Sarah Howe (electronics, video). Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut, 671 24th St., Oakland | donations encouraged

From CCRMA Stanford

Friday, February 24, 8pm
The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford presents CCRMA Winter Concert, a showcase of electronic music made at CCRMA, and some special guests. On this program (not in concert order) will be Fernando Lopez-Lezcano and Kurt Werner (analog synth + multichannel electronics), Jessica Aszodi and Bruno Ruvaro (voice + electronics), and Chris Carlson (live-electronics + video). Stanford University, CCRMA Stage, Stanford | Free

From Bay Improviser:

Friday, February 24, 8pm
Open Sound West presents: Lewis Jordan and Music at Large, plus Addleds (Bruckmann, Dryer, Heule, Nishi). Music at Large is a performance series dedicated to interdisciplinary and multicultural productions. Lewis Jordan has collaborated with musicians, poets, dancers and actors for over 30 years, focusing on creative structures for improvisation. Music at Large features Lewis Jordan (saxophone, poetry), India Cooke (violin), Karl Evangelista (electric guitar) and Marshall Trammell (drums). Addleds is the quartet of Kyle Bruckmann (oboe/English horn), Tony Dryer (double bass), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion) and Kanoko Nishi (koto) who explore timbral and textural extremes of distended instrumental technique via improvisation and open-ended compositional strategies. Their music tends towards a brutalist minimalism as informed by the noise underground as by recent developments in the field of free improvisation. University of California Berkeley, CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley | $5-15

From Heavy Discipline:

Saturday, February 25, 5:30pm
Heavy Discipline presents the David ALt Birthday Celebration: two sets with Alt Tal – David Alt (saxophone), Kenny Annis (bass), and Andrew Ryan (drums). Good Bellies Cafe, 4659 Telegraph Ave., Oakland | donations encouraged

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, February 25, 9pm
The Swarm Gallery presents two sets of creative music with the Ross Hammond Quartet and the debut performance of Swarm Intelligence. Ross Hammond (guitar) will perform with Vinny Golia (reeds), Steuart Liebig (bass), and Alex Cline (drums). Swarm Intelligence features Karl Evangelista (guitar) with Phillip Greenlief (reeds), Cory Wright (reeds), Dan Seamans (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums). Swarm Gallery, 560 2nd St., Oakland | $5

From Ross Hammond:

Sunday, February 26, 3pm
Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will host Ross Hammond Quartet with Randy McKean/Ludi Henrichs. Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley |

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, February 26, 9pm
The Subterranean Arthouse presents a triple-bill evening of dreamy song, ambient meditations and improvisations, and delicious, like candy, art-pop featuring, from Florida, Jane Jane Pollock, the Bay Area’s own Aloonaluna, and The Andrew Weathers Ensemble. Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | $10-15

From kuumbwa jazz:

Monday, February 27, 7pm
kuumbwa jazz is proud to bring the Tim Berne Snake Oil project to our stage. Saxophonist Tim Berne leads an uncompromising new ensemble featuring Oscar Noriega (clarinet, bass clarinet), Matt Mitchell (piano), and Ches Smith (drums, percussion). kuumbwa jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz | $20 adv / $23 door, with 1/2 price students with valid I.D.

From Nebraska Mondays:

Monday, February 27, 7pm
Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s Cafe will host the CD release by the Ross Hammond Quartet. Also scheduled to perform is the Josh Fernandez/Shawn Hale Duo. Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento | $5-20 sliding

From Bay Improviser:

Monday, February 27, 7:30pm
Mills College hosts an evening with Jozef van Wissem, the sublime Dutch master of the baroque lute, in a lecture entitled The Liberation of the Lute. He will demonstrate a “swan neck” baroque lute which was especially built for him. Van Wissem is renowned for his ability to appropriate the Renaissance and Baroque lute in the context of contemporary experimental music. By cutting and pasting classical pieces, reversing melodies, and adding electronics and processed field recordings, he is able to bridge the language of 17th century music with that of the 21st century without compromising the timbre and resonance of traditional lute playing techniques. Mills College, Ensemble Room, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | Free

Tuesday, February 28, 7:30pm
Tuesdays at Tom’s Place presents a double bill, with Jozef van Wissem (lute, electronics) and Suit (Tony Dryer, Jacob Felix Heule, and guests). Tuesdays at Tom’s Place, 3111 Deakin St., Berkeley | Free, donation requested

From Yoshi’s Oakland:

Tuesday, February 28, 8pm
Yoshi’s Oakland is proud to present Tim Berne: Snakeoil. Saxophonist Tim Berne leads an uncompromising new ensemble, featuring Oscar Noriega (clarinet, bass clarinet), Matt Mitchell (piano), and Ches Smith (drums, percussion). Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland | $12

From Bay Improviser:

Wednesday, February 29, 8pm
The Berkeley Arts Festival presents an evening of improvised environments and sound, featuring Per Ahlund (electronics) from Sweden, with Phillip Greenlief (tenor saxophone), Steuart Liebig (electric bass, effects, processing), and Gino Robair (electronics, energized surfaces). Berkeley Arts Festival, 3122 University Ave., Berkeley | $10

Wednesday, February 29, 8:30pm
The Subterranean Arthouse presents a Brooklyn-Bay Area creative jazz double header, with Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day (from Brooklyn, NY) and Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait and Switch. Harris Eisenstadt and Canada Day features Nate Wooley (trumpet), Matt Bauder (tenor saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Garth Stevenson (bass), and Harris Eisenstadt (drums, compositions). Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch features Aaron Bennett (tenor saxophone), John Finkbeiner (electric guitar), Vijay Anderson (drums), and Lisa Mezzacappa (acoustic bass). Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | $10

San Francisco Bay Area Scene

English: Matt Ingalls
Image via Wikipedia

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, January 19, 3pm
Club 475 presents a house concert with Jack Wright (saxophones), Bob Marsh (bass, voice), and Spirit (percussion). Jack Wright has been playing with both Spirit and Bob Marsh for over 25 years, and Bob Marsh has been playing with Spirit for the last few years, but the three of them have never played together. They will present solos, duos, and trios. Club 475 (house concert), 475 43rd St. (corner of Barrett),
Richmond | donations accepted

Sunday, January 19, 7:30pm
OutSound presents the SIMM series with, at 7:30, Forward Energy CD release set of “The Awakening” featuring Jim Ryan (saxophones), Rent Romus (saxophones), CJ Borosque (trumpet), Scott R. Loney (piano), Eric Marshall (bass), and Timothy Orr (drums). At 8:30, the trio of Emily Hay (voice, flutes), Motoko Honda (piano), and Valerie Kuehne (cello) will perform. Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St. (@ Mission), San Francisco | $8/10

From Nebraska Mondays:

Monday, January 20, 7pm
Nebraska Mondays presents a double bill with Gongfarmer (featuring Jim McAuley) and the Emily Hay Trio. Nebraska Mondays is the weekly creative music series, hosted by Ross Hammond. Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento | $5-20 sliding

From Bay Improviser:

Tuesday, February 21, 9pm
The Oakland Active Orchestra returns to the Uptown, with large group improvisations and compositions by Bennett, Schott, Shelton, and more, featuring Hillary Overberg (violin), Emily Packard (viola, violin), Aram Shelton (alto sax, bass clarinet), Aaron Bennett, (baritone saxophone, flute), Cory Wright (tenor sax, clarinet), Darren Johnston (trumpet), Theo Padouvas (trumpet), Rob Ewing (trombone), John Schott (guitar), Mark Clifford (vibraphone), Kim Cass (bass), Doug Stuart (bass), and Jordan Glenn (percussion). Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland | donations encouraged

From CCRMA Stanford

Wednesday, February 22, 5:15pm
The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford presents Colloquium – Matt Ingalls. Oakland musician Matt Ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Stanford University, CCRMA Classroom, Stanford | Free

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, February 23, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, with an evening of works by Daniel Steffey (composer, percussionist), Pete Rat Martin (composer, multi-instrumentalist), and Benjamin Ethan Tinker (multidisciplinary artist and electronic musician). Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10

Thursday, February 23, 9:30pm
The Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut hosts an evening of improvisational music with local musicians in different configurations, welcoming Joe Straub (acoustic guitar, electronics) back to the San Francisco Bay Area from Berlin, Germany. The performance also features Jason Hoopes (double bass), Karl Evangelista (electric guitar), David Leikam (moog rogue, electric bass-cello), Jordan Glenn (drums), and Sarah Howe (electronics, video). Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut, 671 24th St., Oakland | donations encouraged

From CCRMA Stanford

Friday, February 24, 8pm
The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford presents CCRMA Winter Concert, a showcase of electronic music made at CCRMA, and some special guests. On this program (not in concert order) will be Fernando Lopez-Lezcano and Kurt Werner (analog synth + multichannel electronics), Jessica Aszodi and Bruno Ruvaro (voice + electronics), and Chris Carlson (live-electronics + video). Stanford University, CCRMA Stage, Stanford | Free

From Bay Improviser:

Friday, February 24, 8pm
Open Sound West presents: Lewis Jordan and Music at Large, plus Addleds (Bruckmann, Dryer, Heule, Nishi). Music at Large is a performance series dedicated to interdisciplinary and multicultural productions. Lewis Jordan has collaborated with musicians, poets, dancers and actors for over 30 years, focusing on creative structures for improvisation. Music at Large features Lewis Jordan (saxophone, poetry), India Cooke (violin), Karl Evangelista (electric guitar) and Marshall Trammell (drums). Addleds is the quartet of Kyle Bruckmann (oboe/English horn), Tony Dryer (double bass), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion) and Kanoko Nishi (koto) who explore timbral and textural extremes of distended instrumental technique via improvisation and open-ended compositional strategies. Their music tends towards a brutalist minimalism as informed by the noise underground as by recent developments in the field of free improvisation. University of California Berkeley, CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley | $5-15

From Heavy Discipline:

Saturday, February 25, 5:30pm
Heavy Discipline presents two sets with Alt Tal – David Alt (saxophone), Kenny Annis (bass), and Andrew Ryan (drums). Good Bellies, 4659 Telegraph Ave., Oakland | donations encouraged

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, February 25, 9pm
The Swarm Gallery presents two sets of creative music with the Ross Hammond Quartet and the debut performance of Swarm Intelligence. Ross Hammond (guitar) will perform with Vinny Golia (reeds), Steuart Liebig (bass), and Alex Cline (drums). Swarm Intelligence features Karl Evangelista (guitar) with Phillip Greenlief (reeds), Cory Wright (reeds), Dan Seamans (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums). Swarm Gallery, 560 2nd St., Oakland | $5

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 04/2012

English: Bobby Bradford, moers festival 2008
Image via Wikipedia

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, podcast 04/2012

pfmentum
not far from here: Dick Wood (alto sax, flute, whistle, boom box), Dan Clucas (cornet, flute, octokoto, other sounds), Hal Onserud (bass), Mark Trayle (live electronics with Supercollider graphics), Marty Mansour (drums, percussion), Dan Ostermann (trombone with space mute), Chuck Manning (tenor saxophone, percussion).

in between dreams: Bonnie Barnett (vocals), Richard Wood (alto sax, flute, bass clarinet), Hal Onserud (bass), Garth Powell (percussion).

an autobiography of a pronoun: Harry Scorzo (violin), Jonathan Golove (cello), Anders Swanson (contrabass), Brian Walsh (clarinet), Jeff Kaiser (trumpet), Michael Vlatkovich (trombone/percussion), William Roper (tuba/euphonium/cimbasso), Tom McNalley (guitar), Wayne Peet (keyboard), Ellington Peet (cymbal), Mark Burdon (percussion).

slam
stagioni: Valerio Daniele (acoustic guitar), Redi Hasa (cello).

ancon: Herb Robertson (trumpet, little instruments), Jason Ajemian (bass), Andrew Barker (drums), Edward Ricart (guitar).

rudi records
here in now: Mazz Swift (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello), Silvia Bolognesi (double bass).

ross hammond
adored: Ross Hammond (guitar), Vinny Golia (saxes, clarinet), Alex Cline (drums), Steuart Liebig (bass), Wayne Peet (piano).

relative pitch records
take your time: Vinny Golia (tenor, alto, soprano saxophones), Bobby Bradford (cornet), Ken Filiano (bass), Alex Cline (drums).

that overt object of desire: Joelle Leandre (bass), Phillip Greenlief (reeds).

cleanfeed
baloni: Frantz Loriot (viola), Joachim Badenhorst (clarinet), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass).

frog leg logic: Hank Roberts (cello), James Zollar (trumpet), Marty Ehrlich (alto sax), Michael Sarin (drums).

capri
sparkle: Jeff Hamilton (drums), Christoph Luty (bass), Tamir Hendelman (piano).

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

I Heart Lung, Empty Bottle, Chicago, March 8, 2009
Tom Steck, Empty Bottle, Chicago, March 8, 2009 (Photo credit: John Kannenberg)

From LAFMS:

Friday, February 17, 6:30pm
The LA Free Music Society (LAFMS) presents a bonus concert at The Box. This concert will feature Points of Friction (Damian Bisciglia, Tim Alexander, Joseph Hammer, Mitchell Brown), Albert Ortega, Destroy Date (Eddie Nervo), Small Drone Orchestra (Wild Don Lewis – bass, synth; Eddie Nervo on 2nd bass) and Artzenkraft (John Lewis, solo extended guitar). The Box, 805 Traction Ave., downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From FaceBook:

Friday February 17, 7:30pm
Sacred Grounds Coffee presents Base 4, the jazz/free improv trio of Derek Bomback (guitar), Alan Cook (drums), and Bruce Friedman (trumpet). Sacred Grounds Coffee, 468 W. 6th St., San Pedro | Free, donations accepted

From Beyond Baroque:

Friday, February 17, 9:30pm
Beyond Baroque presents WYATT PENN KEUSCH MUSIC PERFORMANCE. Following up on the four-year-long concert series “decay fest”, Wyatt Penn Keusch and KHALIJA present transmigrations, a new series of experimental electronic music performances focussing on one-off collaborations between artists within the KHALIJA collective. This, the first installment, will feature performers such as Daniel Eaton, Jinku Kim, Wyatt Penn Keusch, Scott Cazon and more. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice | $7

From Open Gate Theatre:

Saturday, February 18, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents What the Moose Heard: CC’:”filamento”, with Carole Kim (live video performance, performance-based video installation) and Carmina Escobar (voice, multimedia performance) performing a criss-cross live audio-visual sampling
projections onto a sculptural mesh screen. Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 18, 8pm
Miles Memorial Playhouse presents Fireside at the Miles, with String Theory, a unique collaborative ensemble of musicians and dancers that utilize invented instruments and sonic sculpture to create a unique performance landscape and sonic footprint. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. (1/2 block N. of Wilshire), Santa Monica | $10

From Creative Alarm Inventions:

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30pm
Creative Alarm Inventions and California State University Dominguez Hills present a series of concerts featuring Improvisation and Creative Music. This evening’s performance presents two sets, the Grasse/Hay/Steck Trio and Other Criteria. Jonathon Grasse (guitar), Emily Hay (flute, voice), and Tom Steck (drums) will perform, as well as Other Criteria – Robert F. Leng (saxes) and Tom Steck (drums). California State University Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall (LaCorte Hall A103) , 1000 East Victoria St., Carson | $2 minimum donation, $4 parking (lot 6)

From FaceBook:

Tuesday, February 21, 11:30pm
The TRiP Santa Monica presents the Scott Fraser (guitar, electronics) Bruce Friedman (trumpets) Duo, performing improvised melodic overlays to evolving sonic tapestries. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica | Free

From Angel City Arts:

Wednesday, February 22, 9pm
Angel City Arts presents the Rhythm Chowder Quartet, featuring Bevan Manson (piano), Brad Dutz (percussion), Dave Robaire (bass), and Tom Rizzo (guitar). Blue Whale, The Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. # 301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From Hammer Museum:

Thursday, February 23, 7pm
The Hammer presents Sanford Biggers: Moon Medicine, an aural and optical experiment conducted by interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers. His live work, by turns troubling and inspiring, weaves found images of punk, funk, film noir, sci-fi, traditional Samoan dance, and Buddhism with original video content and improvised turntableism and veejaying. The result is an evocative concert that is as much jam session as it is a performative film screening. UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood | Free, $3 parking

From Creative Alarm Inventions:

Thursday, February 23, 7:30pm
Creative Alarm Inventions and California State University Dominguez Hills present a series of concerts featuring Improvisation and Creative Music. This evening’s performance presents two sets, Scott Heustis and Friends, and The Decisive Instant. Scott Heustis (guitar) will perform with Breeze Smith (drums), Tony Green (bass), Dan Clucas (trumpet), and Tony Atherton (sax). The Decisive Instant is a large free jazz and creative music ensemble who will perform pieces by Barry Guy, Jonathon Grasse, Robert F. Leng, and Charles Sharp. The Decisive Instant features David Adler, Robert F. Leng, Ken Luey, Tracy McMullen, Charles Sharp, and Alexander Vogel (reeds), Bruce Friedman, Carvell Holloway, and Douglas Wadle (brass), Derek Bomback, Jonathon Grasse, and Jeff Schwartz (strings), Eduardo Poyart (keyboards), and Alan Cook, David Martinelli, and Tom Steck (drums, percussion). California State University Dominguez Hills, Marvin Laser Recital Hall (LaCorte Hall A103) , 1000 East Victoria St., Carson | $2 minimum donation, $4 parking (lot 6)

From CalArts:

Thursday, February 23, 8pm
CalArts presents ESP Night 2, an evening of electronic & experimental music composed and performed by students in the Experimental Sound Practices program. <a href=”California Institute of the Arts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

English: Fred Frith performing in Wallingford,...
Image via Wikipedia

From Open Gate Theatre:

Friday, February 10, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents The Moose Herd: SOUND, MOVEMENT and LIGHT – Drama / dance / music improvisations, featuring the LA Collective and Open Gate players. The LA Collective features Ellen Burr (flute, conduction), Laura Osborn (flute), Ken Luey (clarinets), Robert Leng (sax), Alexander Vogel (sax), Steve Lockwood (keys), Oz (Chapman stick), Jeff Schwartz (double bass), Owen Green (electric bass), Charlie Lowrey (percussion), Tom Steck (drums, percussion), and Nicole Strafaci (poetry), with special guests Cheryl Banks-Smith and Roxanne Steinberg (movement), Kio Griffith (live video art), and Anet Ris-Kelman (performance art). The Open Gate players include Will Salmon (flute, voice, performance), Vinny Golia (winds), Brad Dutz (percussion), Jie Ma (pipa), and special guests Anet Ris-Kelman (performance art), Carmina Escobar (voice and performance), and Antony DiGennaro (prepared guitars). Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From REDCAT:

Friday, February 10, 8:30pm
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival celebrating the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). Friday is “Noise Night” featuring L.A.’s own Damion Romero and the pairing of noise pioneers Zbigniew Karkowski and Xopher Davidson. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 / $10

From the wulf:

Saturday, February 11, 8pm
the wulf presents Voice and the Composer – Odeya Nini, Andrea Young, & Denis Kolokol: An evening of experimental solo voice and new instrumental music, performed by Tara Boyle (flute), Elaine Cho (flute), Clarie Chenette (oboe), Christin Hablewitz (clarinet), Derek Stein (cello), Archie Carey (bassoon), Cassia Streb (viola), Nic Salas (violin), and Betsy Rettig (cello). the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 11, 8pm
PiE (People inside Electronics) presents Nothing is Real: psychedelia for piano and electronics, a kaleidoscopic concert of fleeting sonic images, epic journeys and eerie doppelgangers. The program includes works from Shaun Naidoo, Pierre Jodlowski, Linda Bouchard,
Charles Dodge, Alvin Lucier, and Mike McFerron. Performers will include Aron Kallay, Vatche Mankerian, Vicki Ray, Rafael Liebich, Genevieve Lee, and Louise Thomas. Pierre’s Fine Pianos, 11039 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles | $20 / $10 students

From LAFMS:

Saturday, February 11, 12pm (noon)
The Box is host yet again to another ful day of LAFMS and related musical performances in support of the exhibition “Beneath The Valley Of the Lowest Form Of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)”. Performances begin at noon and will conclude by 7pm, featuring Extended Organ (Tom Recchion, Paul McCarthy, Joe Potts and Fredrik Nilsen), Jim Shaw (with Dani Tull & Eddie Rusha), Marnie Weber’s F for Ache/Dolphin Explosion (Marnie Weber, Dani Tull, Doug Harvey…with Colette Weber Shaw and Ariel West), Feedback Waveriders (Antony DiGennaro, Michael Fink, Paul McCarthy, Chas Smith, Brian Walsh), Vetza & Joe Potts, Ace and Duce, and Dinosaurs With Horns. The Box, 805 Traction Ave., downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations appreciated

From REDCAT:

Saturday, February 11, 8:30pm
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival celebrating the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). “Ambient Night” on Saturday features the debut of a new work by Ankersmit created expressly for the historic Serge analogue modular synthesizer, originally developed by Serge Tcherepnin at CalArts in the 1970s. Ankersmit, known for abstract, intensely focused electroacoustic work using hyper-kinetic synth and computer improvisation, kicks off a program that also features work by zerfall_gebiete, the duo of electronic ambient soundscape veterans Thomas Köner and Ulrich Krieger. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 / $10

From SASSAS:

Sunday February 12, 7pm
SASSAS and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present the Ad Hoc series, having the honor of presenting an evening with Fred Frith. As a songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist Fred is best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar. Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | $12 advance / $10 for SASSAS and CFAER members / $15 at the door advance tickets available here

From REDCAT:

Wednesday, February 15, 8:30pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music – some of which is performed for the first time in Los Angeles. The CalArts New Century Players join forces with the CalArts Orchestra to open the festival with a program of large-scale pieces by the American visionary, including Dance/4 Orchestras, Fourteen, Etcetera, Ryoanji, and Renga. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students / $10 CalArts students, faculty, staff

From musicweb UCSD:

Thursday, February 16, 8pm
Violinist Andrew McIntosh and bassist Scott Worthington perform Wolfgang von Schweinitz’s concert-length duo in just intonation, Plainsound Glissando Modulation. University of California San Diego, CPMC Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From REDCAT:

Thursday, February 16, 8:30pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music – some of which is performed for the first time in Los Angeles. The New Century Players center the festival’s second evening on Cage’s seminal graphic score Fontana Mix – a telling example of the composer’s fascination with the ideas of indeterminacy, chance, and silence. In addition to the original Fontana Mix tape music composition itself, the program consists of instrumental group works composed using the Fontana Mix score by James Tenney, David Behrman, Cornelius Cardew, and others responding to Cage’s benchmark. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students / $10 CalArts students, faculty, staff

San Francisco Bay Area Scene

Larry Polansky & ZWERM
Larry Polansky & ZWERM (Photo credit: fabonthemoon)

From CCRMA, Stanford:

Thursday, February 9, 12pm (noon)
The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics presents Mugam: A Real-Time Exploration of Azeri Musical Improvisation and Modes. This is a unique musical tour exploring connections across microtonal systems of the Middle East, featuring live improvisations by visiting artists Alim and Fargana Qasimov and joined by Phaedon Sinis, a Stanford-based scholar and performer of Ottoman music. Stanford University, CCRMA, CCRMA Stage, Stanford | Free

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, February 9, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, this week featuring Zachary Watkins (solo electronics) at 8pm, and at 9pm Ernesto Diaz-Infante (bajo sexto) will celebrate the CD Release performance for “Emilio”, a series of 32 unaccompanied experimental solo performances on the Bajo Sexto. Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding

Thursday, February 9, 8pm
The third edition of the NEXT NOW SHOW – An evening of eclectic improvised musics featuring three ensembles: VERB – Jayn Pettingill (alto sax), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Vijay Anderson (drums), and Matt Plummer (trombone); CARTOON JUSTICE – Mika Pontecorvo (guitar, flute), Mariko Miyakawa (cello, voice), Kersti Abrams- (alto sax, flute), Greg Baker (clarinet, laptop), Aaron Levin (drums), and Eli Pontecorvo (bass); PLUMMER/ZIMMERMAN/SWANAGON – Jameson Swanagon (guitar, autoharp), Jacob Zimmerman (alto sax), and Matt Plummer (trombone). El Valenciano Restaurant & Bar, 1153 Valencia St., San Francisco | $5

From Red Poppy Art House

Friday, February 10, 7:30pm
The Red Poppy Arthouse presents AMENDOLA VS. BLADES: Drums Vs. Hammond B3, with Wil Blades and Scott Amendola conjuring various sonic deities though only a duo. Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., San Francisco | $12-20

From Bay Improviser:

Friday, February 10, 8pm
To mark the centennial of Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, the Oakland-based dance theater group ‘this sweet nothing’ will present an evening-length performance inspired by the seminal ballet. Since its controversial premiere by Les Ballets Russes in Paris in 1912—during which outraged patrons caused a near riot—artists ranging from Jerome Robbins and Mikhail Baryshnikov to Freddie Mercury and Queen have revisited the work because of its inherent pull and mystery. For this re-imagined fantasy, choreographer Sonsherée Giles, composer Caroline Penwarden, and visual artist Heike Liss will create an erotic and teasing dreamscape, charged with sexual ambiguity all in order to undermine our collective sense of what is “real”. The three protagonists will be joined by dancers from AXIS Dance Company, as well as guest artists Lisa Bufano, Amy Lewis, Rebecca Gilbert, Janet Das, John Carnahan, Kevin Atkinson, Alicia Ruth, Damon Waitkus, Aram Shelton, Noah Phillips, Jim Kassis, and Jason Hoopes. The Marion Green Black Box Theater at the Fox Theater, 530 19th St., Oakland | $15-30, advance tickets recommended

Saturday, February 11, 8pm
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present Mills Music Now 2010-2011: Guest composer Larry Polansky and composers from the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music present a program of recent works for a variety of technologies featuring works by John Bischoff, Chris Brown, James Fei, Maggi Payne, Les Stuck, and Larry Polansky. Mills College, Littlefield Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | $15 general / $10 seniors and non-Mills students / Free to Mills students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/alumni

From CNMAT, Berkeley:

Saturday, February 12, 8pm
Cal Performances, CNMAT and the Department of Music present the Eco Ensemble, UC Berkeley’s professional performance group dedicated to new music by established and emerging composers, featuring new works by Kaija Saariaho, Franck Bedrossian, and Magnus Lindberg, and will also feature guest soloist, Gloria Cheng (piano). UC Berkeley, CNMAT, Hertz Hall, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley | $30+, tickets available here

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, February 12, 12:01am
The Day of Noise is a 24-hour marathon of live music from experimental, noise, and all things interesting/beautiful/unique artists, including Brian B James, Kurt James Werner, The Voice of Doom, Feast and Friends, Bad News, Peter Nyboer, David Leikam and Joe Straub,
David Slusser, Bill Orcutt, Jessica Rylan, zBug, Frank Rothkamm, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Negativwobblyland (Jon Leidecker & Peter Conheim), Danny Paul Grody, En, Matt Davignon, Aloonaluna, Matt Ingalls and John Ingle, Matt Ingalls, John Ingle, Matt Davignon, and Abode, Thomas Dimuzio, Megabats, Abode, Thea Farhadian, White Pee, The Lickets, Vulcanus 68, and more. (Sunday; 12:01AM-11:59PM, Pacific Time) KZSU 90.1FM, Stanford University, Stanford | [Live Worldwide Broadcast!] | Free, encouraged donations

Sunday, February 12, 7:30pm

OutSound presents the SIMM Series, featuring Jack Wright (solo saxophone) at 7:30, and at 8:30, the Emergency String (X)tet – Bob Marsh and Doug Carroll (celli), Angela Hsu, Adria Otte, and Jonathan Segel (violins), and Tony Dryer (double bass). Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St. (@ Mission), San Francisco | $10/$8

From Nebraska Mondays:

Monday, February 13, 7pm
Nebraska Mondays, the weekly creative and improvised music series hosted by Ross Hammond, presents the Jack Wright Trio. Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento | donations appreciated

From Bay Improviser:

Monday, February 13, 7:30pm
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present: A TALK BY ALVIN LUCIER (Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence). Trailblazing explorer of acoustics and psychoacoustics, visiting composer Alvin Lucier begins his residency at Mills with a public talk about his work. Mills College, Littlefield Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | Free

Wednesday, February 15, 7:30pm
A Grand Spectacular at Turquoise Yantra Grotto: Enter the MSP Fire-Dragon — Marsh, Wright, Lasqo & Samas. Start things out with a *bang* and join us to open the Dragon Year with special guests: extraordinary East Coast saxophonist Jack Wright, and Bob Marsh, performance artist, musical agent provacateur/éclatiste, mad cellist/bassist/pianist/guitarist/found-instrumentist/vocalist/+++ (& tap-dancer!). Highlights will include MSP processing of the Hong Kong (Tai Hang Dancing Fire Dragon), to accompany Bob Marsh in Sonic Suit. We’re also privileged to present Bob Marsh’s unique invented instrument, the Silver Park, as played by its invented musician, Mr. Mercury. German publication, Bad Alchemy, on Jack Wright: “Wright does not make music, he embodies it, he transforms it with a naiveté of another order. It grows into a sound river, he is part of the diaphragm through which the heterogeneous whispers.” Joe Lasqo will join guests throughout on the Gamelan Piano & the Steinway and also play some meta-rāgas and material from his album Turquoise Sessions during the between-set candlelight tea. David Samas will join guests in both sets with extended vocal techniques of Tuvan throat/overtone singing, Inuit vocal competitions, bird & whale song, as well as give a virtuoso performance on his Zen Industrial Carillon. Turquoise Yantra Grotto,to reserve contact Joe Lasqo: (415) 286-0482 or joe (at) joelasqo.com | $12-15 (advance reservation required)

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

Vladimir UssachevskyFrom LA Composers Forum:

Friday, February 3, 8pm
The Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music, Evening I begins with works by Frances White, HyeKyung Lee, Benjamin Broening, Tom Flaherty, Barry Werger-Gottesman / Bill Alves, and Nina Young. Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay (piano), Tom Flaherty (cello), Cynthia Fogg (viola), Roger Lebow (cello), William Peterson (organ), Gary Bovner (clarinet), Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin (robots), and the Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks (conductor). Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont | Free

From Cryptogramophone:

Friday, February 3, 8:30pm
The Jazz Bakery’s Movable Feast Presents Trio M: Myra Melford (piano), Mark Dresser (contrabass), Matt Wilson (drums) in concert. Musicians Institute Concert Center, 1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood | $25 / $15 students

From blue whale:

Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm
blue whale presents a double-bill Saturday night, with the Trevor Dunn / Travis LaPlante Duo at 7:30, and at 9pm Ben Wendel will present his new CD release, with Ben Wendel (saxes, bassoon), Tigran Hamasyan (piano), Adam Benjamin (fender rhodes, piano), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dave Robaire (bass), and Nate Wood (drums). blue whale, 123 astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, downtown Los Angeles | $15

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm
LACMA Art & Music presents the Eclipse Quartet with vocalist Perla Batalla, performing selections by Ruth Crawford Seeger and Meredith Monk. The Eclipse Quartet is Sara Parkins (violin), Sarah Thornblade (violin), Alma Fernandez (viola), and Maggie Parkins (cello). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (mid-Wilshire), Los Angeles | $25 / $18 members and seniors / $5 students

From LA Composers Forum:

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
The Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music, Evening II begins with works by Frank Stemper, Benjamin Broening, Eric Moe, Barry Schrader, Frederick Lesemann, and Olivier Messiaen. Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay (piano), Tom Flaherty (cello), Cynthia Fogg (viola), Roger Lebow (cello), William Peterson (organ), Gary Bovner (clarinet), Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin (robots), and the Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks (conductor). Bridges Hall of Music, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont | Free

From FaceBook:

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents The Moose Heard, “Vondell Vu” – Improvisations with Electronics, curated by Stephanie Cheng Smith, with performers Daniel Eaton (trombone, electronics), Carmina Escobar (voice, electronics, a little bit of salsa dancing), Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir (viola, electronics), and Stephanie Cheng Smith (violin, electronics). Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From CalArts:

Sunday, February 5, 4pm
CalArts presents The Long Books: John Cage’s Complete ‘Song Books’, performed in the Main Gallery, L-Shape Gallery, Roy O. Disney Music Hall Foyer, and Main Reception Area. This is a complete performance of the Song Books by John Cage. California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

From Sundays Live:

Sunday, February 5, 6pm
LACMA presents pianist Bruce Brubaker in a concert of new music by Phillip Glass, Missy Mozzoli, Nico Mulhy, and Meredith Monk. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (mid-Wilshire), Los Angeles | Free

From the wulf:

Sunday, February 5, 5pm/8pm
Legendary Tokyo guitarist and composer Taku Sugimoto joins Michael Pisaro and the Dog Star Orchestra for two concerts and a grillout. At 5pm, a group of 16 musicians will premiere a new, 50-minute piece co-written by Sugimoto and Pisaro. At 8pm, Sugimoto and Pisaro will take turns playing each other’s guitar solos (Pisaro’s melody, silence and a new piece written by Sugimoto), with grillout in between concerts courtesy of Dr. Hildestad as chef. Taku Sugimoto and Michael Pisaro (guitars) with the Dog Star Orchestra (Winter, 2012): Casey Anderson (computer), Matt Barbier (trombone), Eric KM Clark (violin), Devin Disanto (clarinet), Paul Fraser (trumpet), Kristin Haraldsdottir (viola), Stefan Kac (tuba), Ingrid Lee (piano) Daniel Letourneau (guitar), Heather Lockie (viola), Sepand Shahab (keyboard), Cassia Streb (viola), Christine Tavolacci (flute), and Chaz Underriner (guitar). the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Open Gate Theatre:

Sunday, February 5, 7pm
From Open Gate Theatre presents the Sunday Evening Concert with GongFarmer and Corey Fogel. Corey Fogel (drums) will begin the evening with a solo set, followed by Gongfarmer – Jim McAuley (acoustic guitars, Marxophone), Andrew Pask (woodwinds), Mary MacQueen (bass, voice, recorders), and Alan Cook (drums, percussion). Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | $10 / students, seniors, and series performers half price.

From musicweb UCSD:

Monday, February 6, 12pm(noon)
Diagenesis Duo gives its California debut. The duo, dedicated to performing new music, is made up of UCSD cellist Jennifer Bewerse and Montana-based soprano Heather Barnes. This concert will feature the world premiere of two pieces from the Diagenesis American Folksong Project: Just Lonesome by Aaron Jay Myers and Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair by Scott Ordway. They will also perform Hands and Lips of Wind, by Mischa Salkind-Pearl and excerpts from James Kallembach’s 11 Songs to the Poems of Anne Bradstreet, both of which they commissioned and premiered in 2011. University of California, San Diego, CPMC Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From FaceBook:

Tuesday, February 7, 8:30pm
The Anthony Shadduck Double Quartet featuring Norton Wisdom will perform at the blue whale. The Anthony Shadduck Double Quartet features Tom McNalley (guitar), Brian Walsh (bass clarinet), Adam Goodwin (contrabass), Alan Cook (drums), Jeff Kaiser (trumpet), Alex Sadnik (alto sax), Anthony Shadduck (contrabass), and Ted Byrnes (drums), with Norton Wisdom performing live painting. blue whale, 123 astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From CalArts:

Tuesday, February 7, 8pm
CalArts presents Off the Grid II, an evening of live, improvised electronic music. California Institute of the Arts, The Wild Beast Music Pavillion, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

From Santa Barbara New Music Series:

Thursday, February 9, 8pm
The Santa Barbara New Music series presents a double bill of New Music. The first set will be Anna Abbey, Jim Connolly, and Colter Frazier; a band that is yet nameless. Tunes that are created for this performance and never played again using the Mini Piano, Bass, Voices, Banjo, Bibber box, musical saw. The second set will be PLOTZ!, blending the sounds of Eastern European folk music with progressive rock and creative jazz improvisation, featuring Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Gavin Templeton (saxophone), Brian Walsh (clarinet, saxophone), Jake Vossler (guitar), Orest Balaban (bass), and Austin Wrinkle (drums). Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara | $8

San Francisco Bay Area Scene

English: Matt Ingalls
Image via Wikipedia

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, February 2, 8pm
sfSound presents New Music with Electronics, featuring James Tenney’s Ergodos II (For John Cage) (1978) for computer generated tape with instrumental responses, Phil Niblock’s Disseminate (1998) for pre-recorded and live instruments, Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms #3 (1965) for cello and tape, Per Bloland’s Quintet (2005) for sax and live electronics, Kyle Bruckmann’s Cell Structure (2009) for oboe, clarinet, and recorded analog electronics, and Matt Ingalls‘ False Awakening (2008) for amplified instruments and electronics. sfSound performers will include Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Matt Ingalls (clarinet), John Ingle (saxophone), and Monica Scott (cello). Stanford University, CCRMA Stage, The Knoll Building, 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford | Free

Thursday, February 2, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series. This week at 8pm will be a solo set with Travis LaPlante (tenor sax), folowed by a solo set with Trevor Dunn (bass) at 8:30, then a duo set at 9pm with Andrea Centazzo (percussion) and Gino Robair (voltage made audible). Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (at 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding

Friday February 3, 7pm
Explorist International presents Free Jazz Friday, with two sets from Texas-based Tenor Saxophonist Mike Forbes. The first set will feature Forbes with Aram Shelton (alto sax) and Jacob Felix Heule (drum set), and the second set will feature Forbes performing with Randylee Sutherland (alto sax) and Mark Miller (drum set). Explorist International, 3174 24th St., San Francisco | Free

Friday February 3, 8pm
Studio 1510 is pleased and proud to welcome a wonderful pioneering reed improviser from Seattle, Paul Hoskin, playing contrabass clarinet and possibly other reeds. He will be playing solo and in duo with Scott R. Looney (prepared piano). Studio 1510, 1510 8th St., Oakland | $6-10 sliding

Friday, February 3, 8:30pm
The Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut proudly presents a Trevor Dunn Solo Set at 9:15pm,
Travis Laplante Solo Set at 10pm, and a set from Silian Rail at 11pm. The Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut , 671 24th St., Unit B, Oakland | $10-15

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
1727 Goss Street presents Texas-based Mike Forbes (tenor sax) with Aram Shelton (alto sax) and Jacob Felix Heule (drums set), along with sets by Stillsuit (marissa, vanessa, jamie) and others TBA. 1727 Goss St., Oakland | donations encouraged

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
The Temescal Arts Center presents Frank Moore’s The Uncomfortable Zones of Fun. Frank will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor. Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th St., Oakland | Free, donations encouraged

Sunday February 5, 12pm(noon)
The Bay Area’s own Tealchemy erects a temporary tea house in the gallery of the Berkeley Art Museum, dispensing “drinkable art” to accompany the musical experiences. Come toast cups of liquid gold as we celebrate Cha Dao, the Way of Tea. Listen to virtuoso violinist and composer Jennifer Curtis, who studied at both Mills and Juilliard, play solar compositions on her violin. Finally, “psychedelic minimalists” Date Palms (Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons) ease us gently into the afternoon. Berkeley Art Museum, Woo Hon Fai Hall, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | Free to $7

Sunday, February 5, 4pm
Four Seasons Arts presents an afternoon of Contemporary Music, with works by Kit Young, Narong Prangcharoen, Robert Ashley, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, and Anne Gutherie, performed by Thomas Buckner (baritone), Kit Young (piano), Sun Yin (quqing), Ted Mook (cello), Annea Lockwood (voice, compositions), Chris Nappi (percussion), and Jill Van Nostrand (french horn, slow sweep pure wave oscillators, electronics). Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco | $40, 35, 30

Sunday, February 5, 7pm
Harlem-based saxophonist and multi-media performer Matana Roberts and Oakland-based artist and performer Jacob Wick meet for one set of duo improvisations in the Trapezoid Gallery at the California College of the Arts. An informal discussion follows. Trapezoid Gallery @ California College of the Arts, 8th St. & Hooper St., San Francisco | Free

From Nebraska Mondays:

Monday, February 6, 7pm
Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s Cafe presents Alex Jenkins Trio w/ E2. Nebraska Mondays is a weekly creative music event, hosted by Ross Hammond. Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento | donations encouraged

From Bay Improviser:

Monday, February 6, 8pm
The Monday Makeout presents: KNUDSEN-ARKIN-COLEMAN TRIO – Kasey Knudsen (saxophone), Michael Coleman (keyboards), and Jon Arkin (drums), ROVA SAXOPHONE QUARTET – Steve Adams (alto sax), Jon Raskin (baritone sax), Bruce Ackley (soprano sax), and Larry Ochs (tenor sax), and the JORDAN GLENN GROUP – Rent Romus (reeds), Karl Evangelista (guitar), Michael Coleman (keyboards), Jason Hoopes (bass), and Jordan Glenn (drums). Makeout Room, 22nd St. (at Mission), San Francisco | Free

Wednesday, February 8, 7:30pm
Meridian Gallery presents The Universal Flute: A Concert of Contemporary American Music for the Shakuhachi, performed by Ralph Samuelson. This program features compositions for the Shakuhachi, Japanese Bamboo Flute, by American composers including works by Henry Cowell, Elizabeth Brown, Richard Teitelbaum, and Barbara White. Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco | $10, $5 students/seniors

San Francisco Bay Area Scene

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...
Image via Wikipedia

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, January 26, 6pm
The Rooz Cafe hosts “Light A Fire: Out With The Old?”, two sets of music. At 6pm, prepare your ears for exploratory EAI outness/free improv by Tom Djll (parts of trumpets, tubes, mutes and other noisemakers), Phillip Greenlief (reeds), and Gino Robair (energized surfaces and voltage made audible). Set two begins at 7pm with shoegaze-y standards in a hybridized slow motion/Motian Trio/Motion by Lee Konitz vein with Karl Evangelista (electric guitar), Jordan Glenn (drums), and Cory Wright (reeds). Rooz Cafe, 1918 Park Blvd., Oakland | donations accepted

Thursday, January 26, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, this week featuring electroacoustic music with field recordings featuring Andrea Williams and Jen Boyd. Artist and composer Andrea Williams will, at 8pm, begin the evening with some of her work, and at 9pm, sound artist Jen Boyd will present some of her soundscapes which explore the textures and timbres of the natural world with some processing. Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding

Friday, January 27, 8pm
Rova Saxophone Quartet will perform new spatial works that are a continuation of their involvement with acoustic surround sound that was showcased at the Berkeley Art Museum in 2011. What better way to spend an evening in the middle of moving saxophones? Rova is Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Jon Raskin, and Steve Adams. Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley | $15 ($10 for HSC members and seniors)

Friday, January 27, 8pm
Studio 1510 hosts Ghosts in the Waters and Ghost in the House. This concert features famed instrument builder, Richard Waters (The Waterphone) and Ghost In The House ~ Tom Nunn (Lukie Tubes, Crustacean, Waterphone), David Michalak (lap steel, cardboard skatchbox), Dean Santomieri (resonator guitars, voice), and John Ingle (soprano and alto saxes). The performance will include Dream #77 (For 2 Waterphones), excerpts from, “The Dream Machine” including Dockside Discovery and The Dream Machine and other new pieces. Studio 1510, 1510 8th St., Oakland | $6-10

Saturday, January 28, 8pm
House Concert – Chez Jacob Lindsay present The Lost Trio, featuring Phillip Greenlief (tenor saxophone), Dan Seamans (bass), and Tom Hassett (drums) performing their unique arrangements of the music of Thelonious Monk. House Concert – Chez Jacob Lindsay, 784 65th St. (between Shattuck and MLK), Oakland | $6-10

Saturday, January 28, 8pm
The Berkeley Arts Festival presents Eric Glick Rieman and the Snail Orchestra (solo Prepared Rhodes electric piano/ensemble performance of structured improvisation using graphic scores), featuring Karl Evangelista (electric guitar), Matthew Goodheart (piano), Jason Hoopes (contrabass), Crystal Pascucci(cello), Christina Stanley (violin), Daniel Steffey (percussion), Mia Bella D’Augelli(violin), and Eric Glick Rieman (multi-instrumentalist, composer). Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley | donations accepted

From Mutual Aid:

Sunday, January 29, 3pm
The Berkeley Arts Festival presents the Lewis Jordan Quartet, featuring Lewis Jordan (baritone and alto saxes), Richard Saunders (upright bass), Marshall Trammell (drums), Karl Evangelista (guitar). Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley | $10-20 (suggested donation)

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, January 29, 8pm
OutSound co-presents The Deconstruction Orchestra with Josh Allen (director). Deconstruction Orchestra will fly again! The 20 something piece spontaneously conducted Deconstruction Orchestra directed by tenor saxophonist Josh Allen returns to record live at the Arena Theater on the DVC Campus in sunny Pleasanton. The groups uses Cell Structure Notation inspired by Cecil Taylor, and various spontaneous conducting techniques by Josh Allen. Henry Kaiser and John Finkbiner (guitars), William Winant and Mike Guarino (drums, percussion), Matt Montgomery and Kurt Ribak (double basses), Matt Ingalls, Aaron Bennett, Rory Snyder, Phillip Greenlief, Sam Flores, Larry De La Cruz, Misha Poleshuk, Roberto DeHaven, Rent Romus, Aram Shelton (saxophones), C.J Borosque, George Moore, Rafa Postel (trumpets), Matt Striech (trombone), Ron Heglin (tuba), and possibly more! Diablo Valley College Arena Theater, 321 Golf Course Rd. (connected to the Performing Arts Center near lake), Pleasant Hill | $10 sliding

From Nebraska Mondays:

Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s Cafe, hosted by Ross Hammond, presents Tony Passarell, Randy Stark and Chris Ferreira with Tim Stephenson. Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento | $5-20 sliding

From Bay Improviser:

Monday, January 30, 7:30pm
Mills College presents Songlines Series – Spring 2012, with ANTIMATTER / XOPHER DAVIDSON. ANTIMATTER is the work of Xopher Davidson who began his experiments in electronic sound from a basis in painting, film, and installation art, mixed with a long-time interest in electronics. Davidson will play a 20-30 minute set and then talk about his recent work. Mills College, Ensemble Room, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland | Free

Tuesday, January 31, 8pm
The Berkeley Arts Festival presents Daniel Popsicle (Plonsey’s large-ish band) plays Dan Plonsey‘s Music of El Cerrito, featuring compositions from the New Monsters and Color Music series. Daniel Popsicle is
Dan Plonsey (tenor saxophone, C melody saxophone, clarinet), Masha Albrecht (violin), Herb Diamant (bassoon, flute), Adrian Gormley (bass clarinet, clarinet), Lynn Murdock (keyboard), Suki O’Kane (drums), Chris Silvey (trumpet, flugelhorn), Cory Wright (bass clarinet, clarinet), and Michael Zelner (clarinet). Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley | $10 (suggested donation)

Wednesday, February 1, 7:30pm
Tuesdays at Tom’s Place presents Andrea Centazzo (percussion) with Larry Ochs (sax). Tuesdays at Tom’s Place, 3111 Deakin St., Berkeley | Free (donation requested)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, Podcast 03/2012

Hamid Drake & Bindu-2-11
Image by alessandra freguja... always have a plane B! via Flickr

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour, podcast 03/2012

gebhard ullmann
mingus!: Hinrich Beermann, Daniel Erdmann, Vladimir Karparov, Juergen Kupke, Joachim Litty, Heiner Reinhardt, Volker Schlott, Michael Thieke, Gebhard Ullmann, Benjamin Weidekamp (saxes, clarinets, alto clarinet, bass clarinets), Hans Hassler (accordion)

iocompani
the film music of nino rota: Icompani

multikulti project / waclaw zimpel
moves between clouds: Waclaw Zimpel (clarinet, bass clarinet, tarogato, percussion), Bobby Few (piano, percussion), Mark Tokar (bass, percussion), Klaus Kugel (drums, percussion), Perry Robinson (clarinet)

talking cows
almost human: Yonga Sun (drums), Frans Vermeerssen (tenor sax), Robert Jan Vermeulen (piano), Dion Nijland (double bass)

roguart records
numbers: Roscoe Mitchell (composition, alto saxophone), with others, lineup here

velvet songs: Ernest Dawkins (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones), Harrison Bankhead (double bass, cello), Hamid Drake (drums, frame drum)

solar dynasty
one day of brahma: Mark Brumwell (clarinet), Joseph Burke (electric bass), Micah O’Malley (tenor sax), Bob Hubbard (percussion)

new artists
live at the stone: Connie Crothers (piano), Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone), Roger Mancuso (drums), Ken Filano (bass), Mark Weber (poems)

soldisk
one hundred years of abstraction: Chris Pugh (guitar), Jack Gold Molina (drums)

ken silverman
from emptiness: Ken Silverman (guitar, oud, hand percussion), Roy Campbell (trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, flute), Kossan (chanting, sanshin), Blaise Siwula (alto saxophone, clarinet), Tom Shad (Turkish cumbus), Dave Miller (drums), Tom Swafford (violin)

slam
once upon a time in argentina – walter thiers memorial saxophone quartet:Pablo Ledesma (soprano sax), Sergio Paolucci (alto sax), Daniel Harari (tenor sax), George Haslam (bass sax)

leo
can you hear me?: Joelle Léandre Tentet