A Closer Listen Reviews

Source: A Closer Listen.

Sea & Breathe ~ Sea & Breathe

Plïnkï Plønkï ~ Happy Birthday

Jonah Sirota ~ STRONG SAD

Valentina Villarroel ~ Mares

Valotihkuu ~ Fragile Melodies

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Treader Recordings Releases

Source: Treader.

TRD 20 BISHOPSGATE CONCERT
John Tilbury solo using two pianos-one prepared,the other not, the former being the famous old piano which once belonged to to Myra Hess. Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith solo accompanied by the spectral sound of sympathetic strings from John Tilbury’s prepared piano,followed by a long and utterly absorbing duo from these two masterful musicians.

TRD 21 SPUKHAFTE FERNWIRKUNG
Following in the august footsteps of Berg,Webern,Messiaen and Ligeti,Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer assembled this wonderful international octet for the Donaueschingen Festival in 2012.Their live improvisation with Phil Minton, Ute Wassermann, Lori Freedman, John Butcher, Rhodri Davies and Paul lovens was then used as material for the beautiful studio work Hmyz,recorded on the following day.

TRD 22
In the only studio recording of this duo,John Tchicai and Evan Parker improvise a set of pieces at once reflective and joyful, introspective and responsive by turns. Recorded in 2005 during John’s visit to London at the invitation of John Coxon and Ashley Wales. A beautiful dialogue between these two great figures.

TRD 23
A five part suite evoking the memory of Jimmy Guiffre and Giancinto Scelsi.Alex’s brilliant clarinet playing perfecty complements Coxon’s musical experiments in which the listener’s spatial perspectives are constantly being challenged-extremely vivid recordings of guitars,kalimbas,78rpm recordings,pebbles,metal objects and handbells form surreal landscapes as he takes the listener on an extended musical journey.

TRD 24
The extraordinary improvising duo of John Edwards and Mark Sanders have recorded together in countless groups,but only once as a duo [Nisus Duets EMANEM 2002].For this recording,Mark uses an unorthodox kit setup with horizontal orchestral bass drum.John’s huge bass sound is captured in full by the old RCA ribbon microphone used in this recording. Constantly imaginative,thrilling playing.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 17 JUNE 2018
MOPOMOSO PRESENTS: THE AFTERNOON SESSIONS
A continuing series featuring some of the best from the world of free improvisation led by John Russell.
Time: 2 – 5PM

THU 21 JUNE 2018
EVAN PARKER AND FRIENDS…
This month Evan invites pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh.
Time: 8 – 11PM

WED 27 JUNE 2018
SPECKLES BRASS + ALEXANDER HAWKINS
Free-Improvising ensemble Speckles Brass collaborate with master pianist Alexander Hawkins; expect a wild diversity of sounds and fiery expression.
Time: 8 – 11PM

SAT 30 JUNE 2018
KEITH TIPPETT BENEFIT
SOFT MACHINE AND MORE – A BENEFIT FOR KEITH TIPPETT
Soft Machine headlines this benefit concert for Keith Tippett, also with Gary Husband, Paul Dunmall and Geoff Eales. Keith is a major figure in the European art music of the last forty years. We celebrate his mammoth contribution
Time: 8 – 11PM

Chicago Scene: June 16-22, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, June 16th 2018

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP)
Graham Lambkin, Joe McPhee

Sunday, June 17th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Third Coast Percussion : Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore — music by Drew Worden, Mark Applebaum, Ayanna Woods, Augusta Read Thomas, Chris Cerrone, Gemma Peacocke, David Skidmore

Monday, June 18th 2018

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, June 19th 2018

8:00PM at Bourbon on Division, 50 W Division ($25-$20)
Broken Shadows : Dave King, Reid Anderson, Tim Berne, Chris Speed

Thursday, June 21st 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($15, or $25 two day pass)
PN-L’s Large Unit, with Thomas Johansson, Mats Äleklint, Kristoffer Alberts, Julie Kjær, Klaus Holm, Per Holmlander, Kalle Moberg, Ketil Gutvik, Tommi Keranen, Jon Rune Strøm, Christian Meaas Svendsen, Andreas Wildhagen, Christian Obermayer

Friday, June 22nd 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($15, or $25 two day pass)
PN-L’s Large Unit, with Thomas Johansson, Mats Äleklint, Kristoffer Alberts, Julie Kjær, Klaus Holm, Per Holmlander, Kalle Moberg, Ketil Gutvik, Tommi Keranen, Jon Rune Strøm, Christian Meaas Svendsen, Andreas Wildhagen, Christian Obermayer

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Upcoming Elysium Furnace Works Events

Source: Elysium Furnace Works.

Elysium Furnace Works is proud to present as part of its live music series in Beacon, NY the Mike Pride 3. With a resume that spans everyone from Anthony Braxton to hardcore punk legends MDC — as well as having performed before hundreds of thousands across the country opening for Amy Schumer as a member of Locksmith Isidore — drummer/composer Mike Pride leads a fearless, peerless trio whose own past experience ranges from everyone from Lou Reed to John Zorn to Wilco, among countless others, and features Jon Irabagon on saxophones and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello. The Mike Pride 3 will perform on Saturday, July 28 at 8 PM at the Howland Cultural Center, located at 477 Main Street in Beacon, NY. Advance tickets will be $15 and $20 at the door the night of the concert — advance tickets are on sale at https://mikepride.brownpapertickets.com.

September 22 — Kris Davis: Winner of the Rising Star Pianist award in Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 critics poll, the phenomenally talented keyboardist and composer Davis makes her debut in Beacon for this highly-anticipated solo performance.

October 20 — Atonal Hits: This accomplished duo — pianist Illya Filshtinskiy and violinist Katha Zinn— has performed around the world many times, from Asia to Turkey to Carnegie Hall. As suggested by their humorous name, Atonal Hits specializes in performing not only the most challenging works by some of the most forward-thinking classical composers of the last century, but also such timeless masterpieces as in their recent project recording the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord of J.S. Bach.

Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew Shipp
Seraphic Light

Roscoe Mitchell-Matthew Shipp
Accelerated Projection

Roscoe Mitchell/Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra
Ride the Wind

Roscoe Mitchell
Bells for the South Side

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio
D’Agala

Zero Point
Thoughts Become Matter

San Francisco Scene: June 15-22, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, June 15

Fri 6/15 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Glenn&Stardrum•Hennies&Corcoran•Ackley,Boyce,Mihaly

Fri 6/15 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Bye Bye Bartok
Darren Johnston, trumpet
Matt Renzi, reeds
Adam Shulman, piano

Fri 6/15 8:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [US Berkeley Berkeley]
Ojai at Berkeley 2018: The Music of Michael Hersch
The remarkable American composer Michael Hersch presents his …latest creation.

Fri 6/15 8:00 PM Joe Goode Annex [401 Alabama St San Francisco, CA]
ECHO The voice of stones
[a work in progress]
Directed by Sara Shelton Mann
in collaboration with Anya Cloud & Jesse Zarritt
with recorded and live music by Pamela Z
Friday & Saturday, June 15-16, 2018, 8pm

Saturday, June 16

Sat 6/16 3:30 PM Magazine A-168 [Azuar & Mercado Ct., Vallejo CA 94592 Coordinates: 38.083814, -122.257083]
23five is pleased to present Re:Sound SUN
Agnes Szelag + IMA + Ernst Karel More…

Sat 6/16 8:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [US Berkeley Berkeley]
Ojai at Berkeley 2018: Bartók, Stravinsky, and Ligeti
The festival’s closing concert showcases the unrestrained virtuosity of Patricia Kopatchinskaja—as violin soloist and ensemble player in some of the most beloved chamber works of the 20th century.

Sat 6/16 8:00 PM Joe Goode Annex [401 Alabama St San Francisco, CA]
ECHO The voice of stones
[a work in progress]
Directed by Sara Shelton Mann
in collaboration with Anya Cloud & Jesse Zarritt
with recorded and live music by Pamela Z
Friday & Saturday, June 15-16, 2018, 8pm

Sat 6/16 8:00 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
Thumbscrew
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Michael Formanek – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
w/
Jon Raskin- reeds
Ross Hammond – guitar
Jon Bafus – drumset

Sunday, June 17

Sun 6/17 4:00 PM Shawl-Anderson Dance Center [2704 Alcatraz Ave Berkeley]
Amy X Neuburg with Risa Jaroslow & Dancers

Sun 6/17 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)

Sun 6/17 7:30 PM First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo [72 Kensington Rd San Anselmo, CA 94960]
ECHO Chamber Orchestra plays music of Dvorak, Piazzolla and the Bay Area’s own Kevin Gordon on Sunday, June 17th, in San Anselmo.

Sun 6/17 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
PC Muñoz: Album & Book Release
Drummer/poet PC Muñoz returns to the Red Poppy to celebrate the release of his new album, Physical Science and its companion chapbook, Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer. The night features two sets of originals and unusual re-inventions through jazz-informed improvisation, art-funk rhythms, electronic soundscapes, and lyrics that deal with America’s darkest open secrets. Joining PC is cellist Alex Kelly, bassist Bryan Dean, and special guests including rapper DEM ONE.
FEATURING:
PC Muñoz – drums, vocals
Alex Kelly – cello, electronics
Bryan Dean – electric bass
DEM ONE – vocals
Special guests – TBA

Sun 6/17 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Apartment D (Sophia Shen, Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir) + Cartilage (Kyle Bruckmann, Matt Ingalls, Christopher Burns). Pro Arts and sfSound present an evening of intersections: between acoustic and electronic music, composition and improvisation, and traditional instrumentation and repurposed and newly invented sound sources.

Monday, June 18

Mon 6/18 10:00 AM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Electronic Arts Ensemble is a week-long workshop at CCRMA designed for musicians, visual artists, programmers, designers, writers, dancers, actors, or artists of any discipline to collaboratively develop improvisatory performances using custom digital toolkits. At the core of the workshop, daily group improvisations using customized toolkits will enable participants to develop a novel approach to their individual artistic practice. Participants are encouraged to experiment with the technology presented during the demos, and to engage with their peers in synergetic creation. The multidisciplinary ensemble will stage a public performance on the last day of the workshop.

Mon 6/18 9:45 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: David Katz (solo) + CJ Boyd (solo)

Wednesday, June 20

Wed 6/20 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
Nels Cline & Scott Amendola are Stretch Woven

Wed 6/20 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule, Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble, Cruel Work, Looose
Wed June 20, 8pm-11pm $5 notaflof, all ages
Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF

Thursday, June 21

Thu 6/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
The Solomon Gottfried Quartet: Chordless Chamber Jazz
Bassist and composer Solomon Gottfried presents a quartet of young musicians from New York City playing improvised music rooted in the jazz tradition but in a more chamber format. Featuring original compositions from their recently released EP, The Watering Hole, the band also performs new works with the intention of intimately exploring sound, texture, and space.
FEATURING:
Jasper Dütz – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Abdulrahman Amer – trombone
Solomon Gottfried – bass
Jacob Patrone – drums

Friday, June 22
Fri 6/22 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Curium
Agnieszka Peszko, violin; Natalie Raney, cello; Rachel Kim, piano
Chen Yi Tunes from My Home
Kaija Saariaho Light & Matter
Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67

Fri 6/22 8:00 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
Marc Ducret – Guitar (France)
Samuel Blaser – Trombone (Switzerland)
with
Apropos Trio: Renzi-Mezzacappa-Levis
Matt Renzi – clarinet, oboe, tenor sax
Lisa Mezzacappa – acoustic bass
Jason Levis – drums

Fri 6/22 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
The Pipes
Darren Johnston, trumpet
Cory Wright, reeds
Stephen Lugerner, reeds