Coming to Chicago 

Source: Now Is.

Saturday, June 10

3111 N Western
Moon Bros. with Jordan Martins — record release
Mike Reed’s Separatist Party, with Marvin Tate, Ben LaMar Gay, Cooper Crain, Dan Quinlivan, Rob Frye

The Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont
Sima Cunningham / Hannah Frances

Sunday, June 11

3111 N Western
Frequency Series
Third Coast Percussion : Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore

Monday, June 12

3429 W Diversey, #208
Anagram Series
Indiana University Plummer Jazz Sextet : John Layton, Andrew Kreitner, Alex Turner, Abhik Mazumder, Jacob Smith, Francis Bassett-Dilley
Greg Ward Quintet with Dominic Johnson, Bill MacKay, Christian Dillingham, Makaya McCraven

Beat Kitchen
2100 W Belmont
Extraordinary Popular Delusions

Wednesday, June 14

3111 N Western
Mark Feldman, Lia Kohl
Dave Rempis, Tyler Damon
Bill MacKay, Matthew Lux
Nick Mazzarella, Quin Kirchner

Thursday, June 15

3429 W Diversey, #208
Improvised Music Series
Josh Berman, Jason Roebke
Sawt Out Trio : ”Bogart Bines”, ”Marcel Fouet”, ”Mike Prefield”

Saturday, June 17

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston IL
Dal Niente Season Closer
works by Tomás Gueglio, Paulo Raposo, Graciela Paraskevaidis, Marcos Balter, Paulo Raposo, Melissa Vargas, Hilda Paredes


Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

JUNE 10, 8PM
Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the long-awaited return of Fieldwork, the innovative trio of Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey and Steve Lehman, in a three-night run of workshop performances at Solar Myth.

Ars Nova Workshop presents the return of celebrated pianist and Philadelphian Orrin Evans and his all-star quintet.

JUNE 13 & 14
Ars Nova Workshop presents Mike Reed’s Separatist Party, a stellar ensemble merging the Chicago drummer’s trio with the minimalist-psych trio of Bitchin Bajas.

JUNE 15 & 16
Ars Nova Workshop presents a performance dedicated to one globally-focused innovator from another, as AACM percussion great Kahil El’Zabar celebrates the pioneering music of trumpeter Don Cherry.

JUNE 17 & 18
Ars Nova Workshop presents Chicago percussionist Hamid Drake and his stellar ensemble Turiya in a breathtaking tribute to the legendary Alice Coltrane, at Solar Myth on June 17 and 18.


Ars Nova Workshop presents acclaimed jazz harpist Brandee Younger paying homage to one of her most legendary forebears, the great Dorothy Ashby, at Solar Myth on Friday, June 23.


Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, June 9

Fri 6/09 7:00 PM Medicine for Nightmares [3036 24th St SF]
David Boyce and Friends

Fri 6/09 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery Street, walking distance from Glen Park BART SF]
GLP TRIO at Bird and Beckett Books – Phillip Greenlief, Steuart Liebig, Garth Powell

Saturday, June 10

Sat 6/10 12:00 PM Lytton Plaza [200 University Avenue Palo Alto]
Earthwise welcomes Cien Mil Mangos, Larry Ochs Gerald Cleaver

Sat 6/10 1:00 PM Santa Cruz Mountains [Exact location given to ticket holders]
For our next Santa Cruz Mountains campout, we’re excited to have a very special headliner, a pillar of the French electronic music scene for more than 20 years who has collaborated with David Guetta and David Bowie: Joachim Garraud. He is also someone who inspired my own electronic journey before I moved to the US 10 years ago, so I’m extremely honored to have him with us.

Sat 6/10 3:30 PM RE:SOUND [Building 34, 1024 Nimitz, Building 34 38.098466,-122.2694642 Vallejo, CA 94592]
a Ratskin Records showcase:
Golden Champagne Flavored Sweatshirt

Sat 6/10 6:00 PM Berkeley Finnsh Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Outsound Presents 2023 Fund Drive Benefit Dinner
You are invited to join Outsound Presents in supporting the Bay Area creative music community! Our 2023 Fund Drive marks the return of our Annual Benefit Dinner featuring Bay Area pianist composer improviser Brett Carson.

Sat 6/10 7:15 PM Brava Cabaret [2781 24th Street San Francisco]
Francis Wong and Friends
“Wong Works! A Memoir in Music” will feature original compositions framed by personal reflections on family and cultural legacy, his life in music, and experiences in the struggle for peace and justice in our world.

Sat 6/10 7:30 PM Mosswood Chapel [3630 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94609]
Celebrating the power of improvisation as a community, with Charles Peoples III, and Andrew Barnes Jamieson’s Improvisation Number 1096.

Sat 6/10 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Brent Miller performs as HARJOalone. Solo electric guitar that explores volume, density, and timbre as meditation.

Sat 6/10 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Seven Cups Echo + Memory Leaks Onto The Rug: participatory installation and performance that explores sound in the context of an intimate tea ceremony

Sunday, June 11

Sun 6/11 2:00 PM Lytton Plaza [200 University Avenue Palo Alto]
Earthwise welcomes Jim Campilongo Ben Davis Duo

Sun 6/11 4:00 PM Chez Hanny [1300 Silver Avenue SF]
Aaron Bennett Trio

Sun 6/11 4:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
NYC Pianist Daniel Colalillo presents “New Sounds?” A contemporary recital with music written within the last 45 years with works by: John Adams, Lowell Liebermann, John Corigliano Joan Tower, Erkki Sven Tüür, George Walker, as well as west coast premieres by: Stephanie Ann Boyd, Haralabos Stafylakis, and James G Lindsay.

Sun 6/11 7:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]

ECHO’S BONES (Sheldon Brown – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Bass Flute; AMBER LAMPRECHT – Oboe, English Horn, Alto Flute; JOSEPH NOBLE – Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute)

Sun 6/11 9:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Outsound Presents
David Leikam solo piano, Itkuja Chamber Ensemble
Small ensemble arrangement of their large group suite of music inspired by Finnish lament and Jazz will feature the Finnish and Karelian vocals of San Francisco based multi-instrumental musician Kat Eliot

Thursday, June 15

Thu 6/15 7:00 PM Audium [1616 Bush Street]
Audium V: Rewind
Historic Tape Work Revived, First Time In 50 Years

Thu 6/15 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Recombinant Media Labs and Gray Area presents Franck Vigroux
Join us as Franck Vigroux performs two unforgettable audiovisual experiences: ATOTAL, a breathtaking fusion of pummeling beats and mesmerizing projections, and the premiere of NACHT, a new phantasmagorical journey in radical sensory immersion.

Friday, June 16
Fri 6/16 7:00 PM Audium [1616 Bush Street]
Audium V: Rewind
Historic Tape Work Revived, First Time In 50 Years

Fri 6/16 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Ben Neill & Ralph Abraham + Headboggle: meditative, atmospheric music emanates from Neill’s self-designed Mutantrumpet

Fri 6/16 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
The Guitar Madness of Scott Foster & John Schott


Coming to the Shift in NYC

Source: 411 Kent Ave.

Fri June 9
Living Room: Malcolm-x Betts/Pink Tacos

​Thurs June 8
Infrequent Seams
8pm, doors 7:30pm

​Sat June 10
Infrequent Seams
8pm, doors 7:30pm

​Sun June 11
Sean Meehan, Austin Larkin
Sawt Out
8pm, doors 7:30pm

Mon June 12
Living Room: Nile Harris/Dyer Rhoads

Tues June 13
Living Room: Tess Dworman/Kyle Dacuyan

Wed June 14
Ben Bennett + Toshi Makihara
Kid Millions + Sarah Bernstein
8pm, doors 7:30pm

Thurs June 15
Graham Haynes
8pm, doors 7:30pm

Arts for Art presents: Vision AfterHours

Led by Ava Mendoza & gabby fluke-mogul
11pm – 2am
11:30pm: James Brandon Lewis/Alexis Marcelo duo
12:30am: Vision AfterHours Open Improv Party
$5 to $30 sliding scale, pay what you can


EMPAC’s Fall Season Announced

Source: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

This year, EMPAC’s signature 220,000-square foot building, which foregrounds creative experimentation by giving artists access to some of the most sophisticated and cutting edge technologies in the field, celebrates its 15-year anniversary. Although EMPAC’s curatorial program pre-dates the building’s historic opening in 2008, this is the fifteenth year that artists, researchers, and audiences have come together under one roof to explore the boundaries of art, science, and technology.

Salon Mondialité (September 22) is vocalist and electronic musician Miho Hatori’s exploration of memory, identity, and colonization inspired by the work of philosopher Edouard Glissant. Presented as an experimental talk-show, the work substitutes segments with sound stories, combining composed and improvised music with guest performances against the backdrop of a video installation. Hatori is a Japanese-born and New York City-based musician who gained popularity in the 1990s with the band Cibo Matto.

Moving away from Large Language Models (LLMs) towards what the artist calls “Small Barbie Models (SMBs),” Evidence of Labor: State of the Kitchen (September 29) is an EMPAC-commissioned dance work by artists Michelle Ellsworth and Satchel Spencer that considers different forms of labor. The work features three dancers on stage interacting with two sets of wooden kitchens and an original Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) based on choreographic and performance habits. It attempts to duplicate ChatGPT’s labor–to better understand the ethics involved in outsourcing the act of writing and meaning-making–and functions as a Reverse Turing Test, a prototype for life After-AI (AA), and a birth canal.

The following month, EMPAC presents Plasmatic Music (October 6), a concert in two parts with pieces by the late iconoclastic Romanian-French composer Horațiu Rădulescu. A pioneer of “spectral music,” Rădulescu explores the volatility and mysticism of sound itself, creating a wholly unexpected, provocative, and visceral experience for the listener. The program features performer/composers Sam Dunscombe (clarinet and electronics), James Rushford (organ), and Rebecca Lane (flute).

Elemental View (October 24) is a work in six movements by pioneering composer Ellen Fullman for her Long String Instrument and The Living Earth Show. The immense instrument installation, with its precisely tuned and configured 136 strings, takes full advantage of EMPAC’s Concert Hall acoustics, filling the space with its glistening atmosphere and giving the audience the experience of bathing in the sound of the instrument’s immersive and expansive resonance. This performance continues The Living Earth Show’s multi-season residency at EMPAC. TLES is an electroacoustic duo who pushes the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility while amplifying voices, perspectives, and bodies that the classical music tradition has often excluded.

The Shifting Center exhibition (offsite October 28-29 and onsite November 3-18) is the culmination of EMPAC’s ambitious, multi-year curatorial project on architecture, acoustics, and the politics of sound in museums and contemporary art exhibitions that opens to the public this Fall. For the first time in a decade, EMPAC’s concert halls, stages, and studios—which are tuned for acoustically-differentiated experiences of sounding and listening—are converted into a series of exhibition spaces where existing and newly commissioned works of sculpture, moving-image, and sound are presented throughout and beyond its walls. Artists include Tania Candiani, Padmini Chettur and Maarten Visser, Beatriz Cortez, Guillermo Escalón and Igor de Gandarias, Hugo Esquinca, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Micah Silver, and Clarissa Tossin among others.

EMPAC’s fall 2023 season also includes public tours, screenings, and conversations with future artists in residence, including composers/performers Jesse Marino and Antonia McIntosh-Barnett; choreographer Alexis Blake; and artist and preeminent scholar on disability studies Petra Kuppers. The season closes with a film screening In Pursuit: Short Films curated by EMPAC’s newly appointed assistant curator Katherine Adams. The series of short films centers on forms of furtive mobility–chase, exilic evasion, urgent travel, and outlawed movement–such as Miko Revereza’s Distancing.


Coming to Seattle

Source: Wayward Music Series.

Josephine Foster, Lori Goldston, Natasha El-Sergany
Thu. June 8, 8 PM; $20 in advance / at door

This isn’t technically a Wayward show but it’s at the Chapel this week and definitely of interest to Wayward fans. You should go. Admission at the door is sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. Follow the links for more info.

Right Brain presents: Amy Denio, Bill Horist, Levitation, New World 3
Sat. June 10, 8 PM; $10 – $15 at the door

Right Brain Records showcases some of Seattle’s finest improvisers: vocalist/saxophonist Amy Denio, guitarist Bill Horist, Levitation (Don Berman, drums; Carol J Levin, electric harp; Matt Benham, guitar/electronics; Dick Valentine, sax), and world music-tinged New World Trio (Kenny Mandell, woodwinds/percussion; Gabe Skoog, percussion; Mike Connor, sax).


Brian Eno Solo Tour in Europe

Source: The Quietus.

Brian Eno is heading out on his first-ever solo tour later this year. He will present a show called ‘Ships’ during a run of European dates following a commission from La Biennale di Venezia. The run of gigs kicks off on October 21 at Teatro la Fenice as the centre piece of the 2023 Venice Biennale Musica, with Eno set to perform alongside an orchestra, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, for the first time.

Artist Profile Performances

Poland’s New Young Experimental Composers

Source: The Quietus.

Jakub Knera profiles four of the female Polish composers leading the charge for the country’s new experimental music scene, three of whom are set to perform at Warsaw’s Ephemera Festival next week




June 2, 2023
Webb Crawford Solo, Record Shop
Webb Crawford

June 2, 2023
Kate Mohanty Solo, Record Shop
Kate Mohanty

June 2, 2023
Brittle Star, Record Shop
Asher Herzog Samantha Kochis Nick Saia

June 2, 2023
Playbackers, Record Shop
Adam Kohl Donny Shaw Stella Silbert

May 28, 2023
Chuck Roth, James McKain, Kevin Murray, Record Shop
James McKain Kevin Murray Chuck Roth

May 28, 2023
Chris LiButti, Nick Neuburg, TJ Borden, Record Shop
T.J. Borden Chris LiButti Nick Neuburg

May 28, 2023
Caleb Duval, James McKain, Joey Sullivan, TJ Borden, Record Shop
T.J. Borden Caleb Duval James McKain Joey Sullivan

Performances Reviews

Moers Festival 2023 Reviewed

Source: Moers Festival 2023.

The Moers Festival began in 1972, and retains its green, hippy-ish legacy. It’s located outside the town of the same name, on the German side of the border with the Netherlands. Events are spread between the Berg – an open space overlooked by a small hill – the Halle, a large sports hall, and the Annex, a small quadrangle in the music school. The festival runs over four event-packed days, which I caught from day two.