Chicago Scene: December 3-10, 2016


Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

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

Saturday, December 3rd 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Wants And Desires
Okkyung Lee, Andrew Lampert

Sunday, December 4th 2016

4:00PM at Merit School of Music, 38 S Peoria
PROXIMITY : Enno Poppe
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Enno Poppe, Michael Pelzel, Rebecca Saunders

7:00PM at the Redline Tap, 7000 N Glenwood, 773.465.8005 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10) with Dante Boon — music by Jurg Frey

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (wheelchair-accessible)
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

Monday, December 5th 2016

7:30PM at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, 773.278.1500 (Free)
OpenICE : Ricefall
Members of ICE with special guests — music by Michael Pisaro

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, December 6th 2016

7:30PM at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, 773.278.1500 (Free)
OpenICE : Celebrating Pauline
Dan Lippel, Cory Smythe, Alice Teyssier, Campbell Macdonald, Rebekah Heller, Ryan Muncy, Ross Karre, Katinka Kleijn — music of Pauline Oliveros

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Michael Zerang, Biliana Voutchkova
Lia Kohl

Wednesday, December 7th 2016

7:30PM at Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
OpenICE : Drift
Members of ICE — music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Wojtek Blecharz, Anton Webern, Chaya Czernowin, Liza Lim, Sam Pluta

Thursday, December 8th 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Michael Zerang with surprise Chilean guest
Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz

Friday, December 9th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Helen Money : Alison Chesley with Will Thomas
Bruce Lamont

Saturday, December 10th 2016

3:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 ($20-$10)
Voices Heard : Black Women in Creative Music Festival
3:00PM Amina Claudine Myers, Nicole Mitchell
4:00PM Ndosi-Reid’s Sonic Restoration : Mankwe Ndosi, Tomeka Reid
5:00PM Samana : Properties of Light Through Sound featuring music of Maia

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Two Gems from Anthony Braxton: New Duo with Miya Masaoka & All-Star Quintet Reissue Rarity! Michel Edelin’s Flute Fever With Nicole Mitchell & John Betsch! New from Hatology/Now: Morton Feldman/James Tenney/Jackson Harrison Trio! Henry Kaiser & Alexei Pliousnine! Chris Pitsiokos Quartet! Bob Drake! Ossatura! Pablo Diax Quinteto! Paula Shocron & Enrique Norris!

Plus Rare Archival Recordings from Sun Ra Arkestra! Keiji Haino! Merzbow! Harry Bertoia! Yoko Ono! Peter Baumann! Two from Ry Cooder! More Enlightenment Reissues: John Lewis! Paul Chambers! Gerry Mulligan! Art Pepper! Oscar Pettiford! Hampton Hawes! Slapp Happy! And Much more!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, December 4th:

Rare Thursday, December 8th Event:
6pm Sharp: SHANE PARISH – Solo Acoustic Guitar & CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Solos & Duo

Sunday, December 11th: No In-Store During
Fred Frith Residency at The Stone!

Sunday, December 18th Double-Header:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA – Vocals / Violin
7pm: EMILIE LESBROS – Solo Vocals

Monday, January 2nd 2017: New Years Celebration to Kick Off 2017 With Something Special!
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG Returns to DMG!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. 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 Cosy

San Francisco Scene: December 2-9, 2016

Gino Robair

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, December 2

Fri 12/02 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ben Zucker/Amy Brandon

Fri 12/02 7:00 PM Charlie’s Cafe [3202 Folsom St. San Francisco]
Trance Mission Duo

Saturday, December 3

Sat 12/03 3:00 PM KFJC 89.7 LIve From The Pit [12345 EL Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, Calif.]
Join avant-garde experimental composer, conductor, pianist, musicologist and and and …. Luciano Chessa as he performs on the saw and Vietnamese dan bau and chats about Dada, Futurism, Moby Dick and much more. KFJC’s Pit will hold court. Naysayer will host. Listen and watch live.

Sat 12/03 7:00 PM Pro Arts Gallery [150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612]
this event brings together Biliana Voutchkova (voice + violin) and Michael Thieke (clarinet) from Germany with a trio of local musicians: John McCowen (clarinet), Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto/electronics), and Gino Robair (electronics/percussion). The local trio will perform first, followed by Voutchkova/Thieke.

Sat 12/03 8:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [UC Berkeley Campus]
Kronos Quartet Fifty for the Future

Sat 12/03 8:00 PM SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s [2097 Turk Blvd San Francisco]
Rova Saxophone Quartet and the Fred Frith Trio

Sat 12/03 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Karry Walker ~ Vegan Butcher ~ Surplus 1980

Sunday, December 4

Sun 12/04 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Eric Glick Rieman – piano
8:30 pm Clucas/Djll/Glenn trio
Dan Clucas – trumpet, Tom Djll – trumpet, Jordan Glenn – drums

Sun 12/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Blurred Music: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Voutchkova/Thieke

Monday, December 5

Mon 12/05 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Recombinant Media Labs present Matmos, Bully Fae, and Jeff Carey

Mon 12/05 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Grex + Inward Creature @ OFJS
Grex: Karl Evangelista-gtr, Rei Scampavia-keys, Robert Lopez-dms, featuring Dan Clucas-tpt
Inward Creature: Miles Wick, et al.

Wednesday, December 7

Wed 12/07 7:45 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
T.D. Skatchit with guest Dean Santomieri. T.D. Skatchit (Tom Nunn & David Michalak – skatchboxes) will premiere 2 pieces from the new “Skatch Art” project @ The Nunnery. Bryan Day will perform solo to open the show.

Wed 12/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Music by Graduate Composers at Mills College

Wed 12/07 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Perpetual Motion, Program Seven: Cinema of Confrontation / The End
Bruce McClure / Greg Pope + Sult

Thursday, December 8

Thu 12/08 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Pamela Z and Annë Paiounèn Duo Performance
Pamela Z will be joined by Swedish composer/performer Annë Paiounèn in an evening of solos and duets for voices, electronics, video, and objects at Center for New Music in San Francisco, CA USA

Thu 12/08 8:00 PM Exploratorium [Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St SF]
Immerse yourself in the intricate dance of music and visual motion performed by composer and intermedia artist Marielle Jakobsons. Transcendent compositions for synthesizers, strings, flute, and voice will be accompanied by hypnotic projections of water and light.

Friday, December 9

Fri 12/09 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110]
Neem (gabby fluke-mogul & k. kipperman), Voicehandler (Jacob Felix Heule & Danishta Rivero), & Jordan Glenn solo

Fri 12/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Supove Plays Mattingly – Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

DITHER (Sunday) This delightfully counterintuitive ensemble has shown how versatile a quartet of classically minded electric guitarists can be. Here, the group invites collaborators from across the city’s new-music scene to join in a five-hour festival showcasing works by composers including John Zorn and Tristan Perich. The lineup of performers includes Mantra Percussion, the duo Rabbit Rabbit and the cellist Ashley Bathgate. At 5 p.m., 17 Frost Theater of the Arts, 17 Frost Street, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

‘A GUN SHOW’ (through Saturday) So Percussion returns to the city with a reflection on the Second Amendment and its effects. Directed by Ain Gordon and choreographed by Emily Johnson, the percussion quartet takes guns as its instruments to accompany sung and spoken texts, tapping away on, for instance, sniper rifles. At 7:30 p.m., BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100, (David Allen)

JUILLIARD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (Monday) Percussion works from three highly interesting composers on this bill. “Stonewave,” a ritual incantation by Rolf Wallin, is up first; then “Quartett,” another sign of the growing acceptance of Beat Furrer’s works on these shores; and last, “Tempus ex Machina,” Gerard Grisey’s study on musical time. At 7:30 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-769-7406, (Allen)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Source: The New York Times.

TIM BERNE TRIO (Wednesday and Dec. 14) Over the last six years or so, Mr. Berne, an intensely focused saxophonist and composer, has struck an excellent rapport with Matt Mitchell, a pianist — notably on a pair of albums featuring Snakeoil, Mr. Berne’s main current band. They work together here in a trio with Dan Weiss, an incisive and audacious drummer. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, Manhattan, 646-494-3625, (Nate Chinen)

DAVE HOLLAND, KEVIN EUBANKS, CHRIS POTTER, OBED CALVAIRE (Friday and Saturday) Muscular proficiency is one common denominator for the musicians in this group, which features Mr. Holland, a veteran bassist and composer, as the first among equals. You should also expect an earthy foothold in groove and a high premium on dynamic range — qualities almost synonymous with Mr. Eubanks, a guitarist; Mr. Potter, a saxophonist; and Mr. Calvaire, a drummer. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, (Chinen)

MARC RIBOT AT THE STONE (through Sunday) Mr. Ribot is a guitarist at ease in myriad settings, but he is most naturally drawn to scrabbling provocation. He’ll perform a solo set at 8 p.m. on each of the remaining nights of this residency. At 10 each night, he’ll lead an exploratory trio: with the trumpeter Dave Douglas and the drummer Susie Ibarra (Friday); the drummer Milford Graves and the bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Saturday); and with Mr. Ismaily and the drummer Ches Smith, in a working band called Ceramic Dog (Sunday). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

SUN OF GOLDFINGER (Saturday) The guitarist David Torn, the saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Ches Smith make up this all-star collective, grounded in textural exploration and concussive power, with a healthy dose of electronic effects. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Chinen)

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar for December 2016

Tim Berne

Source: extended techniques.

THURSDAY, December 1
Improvised Music with Lukas Ligeti
8 PM Elliott Sharp & Lukas Ligeti Duo
9:15 PM Hypercolor: Eyal Maoz – Guitar; James Ilgenfritz – Bass; Lukas Ligeti – Drums
VENUE: The Firehouse Space

THURSDAY, December 1
8 PM Curated by Meredith Monk: Missy Mazzoli // GABI
Missy Mazzoli – compositions, piano, keyboards, electronics
Aaron Roche – guitar, voice
Ludovica Burtone – violin
GABI – voice
Greg Fox – drums
Rachel Garrard – video
VENUE: Roulette
TICKETS: $15- $25

THURSDAY, December 1
8 PM Thin Air by Paul Geluso & Lars Graugaard
VENUE: WhiteBox Sound Lab (329 Broome Street, New York)
Admission $10

December 1 – 29
L’Amour de Loin, an opera by Kaija Saariaho
VENUE: Metropolitan Opera
ADMISSION: $27-460

FRIDAY, December 2
10 pm Susie Ibarra (drums) Dave Douglas (trumpet) Marc Ribot (guitar)
VENUE: The Stone

Tuesday, December 6
7:30 PM Ensemble Connect
Prokofiev, Overture on Hebrew Themes
Osvaldo Golijov, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
VENUE: Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall)

TUESDAY, December 6
8 pm Ches Smith (drums) Fred Frith, Mary Halvorson (guitars)
10 pm Ches Smith (drums) Ikue Mori (laptop electronics) Fred Frith (guitar)
VENUE: The Stone

WEDNESDAY, December 7
8 PM Gyan Riley (guitar) Fred Frith (guitar)
10 PM Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Fred Frith (guitar)
VENUE: The Stone

WEDNESDAY, December 7
7:30PM and 9:30PM
Tim Berne – saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
Dan Weiss – drums
VENUE: Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $15/$10

FRIDAY, December 9
8 PM Laurie Anderson (keyboard, violin, voice) Fred Frith (guitar, objects)
10 PM Ava Mendoza, Fred Frith (guitars) Okkyung Lee (cello)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20 each set

FRIDAY, December 9
8 PM Yoshimio / Susie Ibarra / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Trio
A first time meeting of a trio consisting of multi-instrumentalist Yoshimio (Boredoms / OOIOO), avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra, and modular synthesist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15- $25

FRIDAY, December 9
8 PM Musica Elettronica
Electronic music works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Petr Kotik, Michael J. Schumacher, and Laurie Spiegel
VENUE: Paula Cooper Gallery

SATURDAY, December 10
8 pm Zeena Parkins (harp. el. harp) Fred Frith (piano, guitar)
VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, December 11
9 PM Vicky Chow’s Album Release
VENUE: National Sawdust

WEDNESDAY, December 14
7:30pm and 9:30pm
Tim Berne – saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
Dan Weiss – drums
VENUE: Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $15/$10

THURSDAY, December 15
8 pm John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (electronics)
VENUE: The Stone

THURSDAY, December 15
8 PM Ingrid Laubrock Septet: Serpentines Album Release
Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Glockenspiel
Peter Evans – Piccolo Trumpet, Trumpet
Miya Masaoka – Koto
Craig Taborn – Piano
Sam Pluta – Electronics
Dan Peck – Tuba
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15- $25

SATURDAY, December 17
8 pm Erik Friedlander (cello) Pauchi Sasaki (violin) Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (electronics)
10 pm Mark Feldman (violin) Michael Nicolas (cello) Mark Helias (bass) Trevor Dunn (bass)
VENUE: Stone
ADMISSION: $20 each set

SUNDAY, December 18
6 PM Viv Corringham / Mia Zabelka – Vocals / Violin
7 PM Emilie Lesbros – Solo Vocals
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery

TUESDAY, December 20
7 PM The Little Match Girl Passion
VENUE: The Met Breuer – Lobby

TUESDAY, December 20
7 PM Vijay Iyer + Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
VENUE: National Sawdust

WEDNESDAY, December 28 – FRIDAY, December 30
8 PM John Zorn Improv Night—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
VENUE: The Stone

FRIDAY, December 30
9 PM and 10:30PM Tom Rainey Trio
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor, soprano saxophones
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Tom Rainey – percussion
VENUE: Cornelia street Cafe

SATURDAY, December 31
8PM Thurston Moore (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)
VENUE: The Stone