Coming to Areté 

Source: New York’s Areté Venue & Gallery.

Nate Wooley / Josh Sinton / William Lang
Will Lang’s Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts
12/18/18, 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 pm, each $10 at the door or $20 for all three sets
7 pm – Nate Wooley
8 pm – Josh Sinton
9 pm – loadbang solo portrait: William Lang
Come see three of New York’s most adventurous soloists share new material at Arete Tuesday, December 18th. At 7 pm Nate Wooley, trumpeter extrodaniare, will be presenting a new version of Coyote (Brooklyn 2018), while at 8 pm low reeds specialist Josh Sinton will be sharing his new show idbrule (for b.s). Stick around for a 9 pm set, loadbang presents: William Lang, featuring the adventurous quartet’s trombonist in solo works by Dai Fujikura, Thanos Chrysakis, Yu Kuwabara, and Klaus Hubner. $10 per set or $20 for all three.

Gabriel Zucker’s Weighting \\ Fay Victor + Val-Inc
12/19/18, 8pm & 9pm, $15
Fay Victor + Val-Inc – 8pm
Fay Victor is an improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and educator riding all the chasms and seams of musics that are improvisational and conversational in nature.
Val-Inc (Val Jeanty) is a Haitian-born com- poser, percussionist and turntablist, who uses technology to lead listeners into her dreamlike expressionism of Afro-Electronica compositions.”
Gabriel Zucker’s Weighting – 9pm
Gabriel Zucker is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York, whose work combines maximalist compositions with the progressive improvisation of New York’s creative music scene. Weighting, Zucker’s fourth studio album and second on ESP-Disk’, is an extended composition inspired by Rachel Kushner’s novel The Flamethrowers.
Gabriel Zucker – piano, compositions
Adam O’Farrill – trumpet
Eric Trudel – saxophone
Kate Gentile – drums

Fides Krucker and Tim Motzer
12/20/18, 8:30pm, $15 at the door
Duo with Toronto avant-garde opera vocalist Fides Krucker and guitarist Tim Motzer. This is a record release and first time performance in the US for this duo. Their forthcoming album is entitled Vanishing and is being released on 1k Recordings.

Techno Love activation with artist Cynthia Alberto
12/21/18, 7-8pm, free will donation
The Techno Love Series is inspired by the euphoric feeling of connecting with a community through music. It is comprised of 30 woven “cocoons” which are pieces of wearable art. This curatorial approach references Cynthia’s desire for her work to remain inclusive to all communities, rather than an untouchable object.

John Zorn Bagatelles Marathon July 11 in Paris

Source: A Selection of Outings.

This special show presents 14 different formations playing more than 50 pieces of Zorn’s expansive new book of music during a marathon concert of more than 6 hours! Between March and May 2015, famed saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and avant-garde producer John Zorn wrote 300 new compositions collected in a music book called The Bagatelles. The group includes close members of Zorn but also musicians from the worlds of jazz, rock, classical music.

With John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Craig Taborn, Mary Halvorson, John Medeski, Julian Lage, Kris Davis, Joey Baron, Peter Evans, Gyan Riley, Brian Marsella, Kenny Wollesen, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander Greg Cohen and many more!

Cantata Profana Performs Works by Sciarrino, Ustvolskaya, Lucier, and Others, January 18 & 19

Source: Cantata Profana.

CANTATA PROFANA presents its most dramatic show to date, a slow burn of intensely transcendental old and new music performed on baroque and modern instruments:


Featuring rarely heard works by

St. Peter’s Church Chelsea
346 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.


Alvin Lucier – Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels
Daniel Schlosberg, piano

Tarquinio Merula – Canzonetta spirituale sopra alla nonna
Alice Teyssier, voice
Arash Noori, lute

Galina Ustvolskaya – Symphony No. 5 “Amen”
Jacob Ashworth, violin
Arthur Sato, oboe
Miki Sasaki, trumpet
John Altieri, tuba
Doug Perry, percussion
Gleb Kanasevich, speaker

Alessandro Piccinini – Toccata Cromatica for solo lute
Arash Noori, lute

Salvatore Sciarrino – Infinito Nero, an Ecstasy in One Act
Alice Teyssier, voice
Julia Glenn, violin
Carrie Frey, viola
Hannah Collins, cello
Jessica Han, flute
Arthur Sato, oboe
Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet
Doug Perry, percussion
Daniel Schlosberg, piano
Jacob Ashworth, conductor

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Art Ensemble of Chicago 21 ECM CD Set! New from Clean Feed: Fred Frith / Philip Greenlief Trio! The Way Ahead! Zack Clarke 5! Francesco Cusa & the Assassins! Acid Mothers Temple! Mohsen Namjoo / Anders Nilsson Qt! Xander Naylor’s ‘Transmission’! Merzbow!

Tiger Hatchery! Aki Onda & Akio Suzuki! Lionel Marchetti & Cat Hope! Plus Historic Discs from The Velvet Underground! Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers! Count Basie Orchestra! Eric Dolphy Rare Live Quintet! Max Roach! Modern Jazz Quartet! Wes Montgomery & Stan Tracey!

LP’s from Eugene Chadbourne & Sunwatchers! Bruce Russell! Denis Tek & the Visitors! Marc Cunningham’s Blood Quartet! And even more Sonic Gems!


Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

Sunday, December 16th:

Sunday, December 30th: Nearly New Years Celebration!
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG and Friends!

Sunday, January 6th:
7pm: WILL GREENE – Guitar / JESSE HEASLY – Electric Bass / RAF VERTESSEN – Drum

Sunday, January 13th:
In memory or our guitarist Michael Lublin who passed in 2018

Sunday, January 20th:
6pm: MATANA ROBERTS and DARIUS JONES – Alto Sax Duets – First Time Duet!
7pm: RaaDie: LORENZ RABB – Trumpet & Electronics / CHRISTOF DIENZ – Zither & Electronics

Sunday, January 27th:

A Very, Very Tiny, Insignificant, Trivial, and Inconsequential Gift from AMN

Celebrate the holidays with a highly irrelevant gift from Avant Music News – we have upgraded our hosting plan to eliminate forced advertising.  That’s right – no more ads.  For the record, we didn’t make anything on these ads, but got to host the site essentially for free.  Now we are paying a nominal amount per year for hosting (don’t worry, it is small) and AMN is ad-free.

The most noticeable benefit, aside from the lack of said ads, is that the site should load faster on all types of clients.  A fringe benefit, which we will be exploring soon, is that we will have more control over the customization of our layout.  This may help us provide a better user experience, especially on mobile devices.  We also have more storage for pictures and videos.

But in the mean time, enjoy the faster ad-free experience.

San Francisco Scene: December 14-21, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, December 14

Fri 12/14 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
– Bill Orcutt
– Voicehandler
Since 2014, software engineer and occasional avant-guitarist Bill Orcutt has been developing an open source computer music program called I Dropped My Phone the Screen Cracked. He has used it to record two LPs, 2016’s Cracked Music and 2017’s An Account of the Crimes of Peter Thiel and His Subsequent Arrest, Trial and Execution, which Wire magazine described as “maddening,” “hypnotic,” and “oddly pleasant.” At this event, Orcutt presents the premiere of a new algorithmic piece for Cracked entitled The Truth About Tuning.

Fri 12/14 9:00 PM Oakland Metro Operahouse [522 2nd Street, Oakland, California 94607]
Merzbow, Prurient, Kelly Moran in Oakland

Saturday, December 15

Sat 12/15 8:00 PM Stork Club [2330 Telegraph Avenue Oakland]
New Zombies, an 11-piece avant-jazz ensemble, plays the world music-inspired compositions of Dan Plonsey. Forer Effect opens the show, followed by Jordan Glenn’s BEAK.

Sat 12/15 8:00 PM Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church [600 Colorado Avenue Palo Alto]
Celebrate the holidays by decking the halls with new traditions! We offer beloved seasonal music from around the world, from sublime to silly, old to new, and with (optional) audience singing. Works by Grieg, Howells, Taverner, Hassler, Puerling, Willan, Praetorious, Conte, Poulenc and others and new favorites for the years ahead. Introducing our Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence, Jean Ahn and Robinson McClellan.

Sat 12/15 9:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Eugene Chadbourne

Sunday, December 16

Sun 12/16 3:00 PM The Women’s Building [3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Each year, SFCMP holds several community events that encourage the exploration of contemporary music in a festive, community atmosphere.
In this group performance experience, the audience has the opportunity to add their voices to the musical recitation of an ancient Confucian text. The mood and spirit will be set through a Sonic Meditation by the great Pauline Oliveros.

Sun 12/16 4:00 PM Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church [114 Montecito Avenue Oakland]
Celebrate the holidays by decking the halls with new traditions! We offer beloved seasonal music from around the world, from sublime to silly, old to new, and with (optional) audience singing. Works by Grieg, Howells, Taverner, Hassler, Puerling, Willan, Praetorious, Conte, Poulenc and others and new favorites for the years ahead. Introducing our Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence, Jean Ahn and Robinson McClellan.

Sun 12/16 4:00 PM The Knockout [3223 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Eugene Chadbourne – The Chadifornia Tour, with The Durty Whyte Boots and The Chuckleberries (4-7pm)

Sun 12/16 7:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Rova Saxophone Quartet & Life’s Blood Trio

Sun 12/16 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, December 17

Mon 12/17 9:30 AM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Burchett/Monaco/Nelson + Ross Hammond (Solo)

Mon 12/17 7:30 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
Fred Frith Trio
w/ Saariselka
+ Voicehandler

Thursday, December 20
Thu 12/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: Chuck Johnson & Leila Abdul-Rauf

Thu 12/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
2X3 * M Nelson/J Glenn/H Atwal * G F-Mogul/K Bruckmann/J F Heule

Friday, December 21
Fri 12/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Beth Custer & Will Bernard

Fri 12/21 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Ero Guro