San Francisco Scene: December 15-22, 2017

English: Fred Frith performing at Mills Colleg...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, December 15

Fri 12/15 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Tyler J. Borden – https://tylerjborden.com/
Anastasia Clarke – http://anastasiaclarke.info/
Sally Decker – http://sallydecker.net/
Chris Whitley – http://www.christopherwhitleyviolin.com/

Fri 12/15 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
David Harrington & Friends

Fri 12/15 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE
A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith. It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works.

Saturday, December 16

Sat 12/16 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Clarinet Thing: Ellington & Others
Clarinet Thing will be performing suites by members and arrangements of works by Ellington, Monk, Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, and others.

Sat 12/16 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE
A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith. It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works.

Sunday, December 17

Sun 12/17 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation 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. Audience & participants encouraged to donate some cash for space rental. Over by 10pm.
Early session meets at 5 PM to work on The Witness by Pauline Oliveros, and Search & Reflect by John Stevens.

Monday, December 18

Mon 12/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Andrew Jamieson: Holidays Deconstructed
“Holiday” music. By experimenting musicians.

Mon 12/18 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: John Krausbauer & T.J. Borden Duo

Tuesday, December 19

Tue 12/19 8:00 PM The Independent [628 Divisadero San Francisco]
Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Silvana Estrada
Harry Duncan

Wednesday, December 20

Wed 12/20 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight]
Michael Gendreau, Victoria Shen & Josh Thomas, Vankmen, Painting with Statue
Michael Gendreau
Where other kids saw buildings, Gendreau (Crawling With Tarts) saw speakers in need of proper inputs. Recording infrasonic vibrations of interior spaces, he would then sound the structure’s resonances as an additional instrument in his site-specific compositions. What he achieves is vibration beyond sound, to sense time and space abutted in their infinite dimension in a materialist darsana, where sentient bodies are resonantors sine qua non. Recently returned from performances in Taipei as audre (with Jorge Bachmann), Gendreau here kicks free of ensemble to work a heavy all modular darkness, no laptops and no beats, as he develops new compositions and new means to record them. Don’t miss this chance to plumb the depths of structures within structures within forms within time.

Thursday, December 21

Thu 12/21 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Sheldon Brown/Ben Goldberg Quartet, featuring Michael Vatcher

Thu 12/21 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Plutonian Burritto
Charles Pagano – percussion, Scott Bazar – guitar, electric pitchfork, electronics
9:00 pm bran(…)pos

Thu 12/21 8:30 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
Fred Frith Trio w/ IMA & Watkins/ Peacock

Friday, December 22

Fri 12/22 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Antidote Tour – Daedelus, Mono/Poly, Free The Robots

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Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

SHOKO NAGAI and SATOSHI TAKEISHI’S VORTEX with BRIAN DRYE QUINTET at iBeam Brooklyn (Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m.). One could say that Ms. Nagai, a pianist and accordionist, is defined by her dynamics. She can play clusters of dissonant or oddly harmonized notes with a rolling momentum and a tonal sensitivity that become their own comforting logic. That’s especially the case when she’s working with the percussionist Satoshi Taeishi. Here the duo appears on a bill with the accomplished trombonist Brian Drye, whose quintet features Charlotte Greve on alto saxophone, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar, Matt Pavolka on bass and Jeff Davis on drums.
ibeambrooklyn.com

ERIC REVIS at the Jazz Gallery (Dec. 20-21, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). A bassist of bracing power and relentless solidity, Mr. Revis this year released a powerful album, “Sing Me Some Cry.” Central to its appeal was his rugged, protean tug-of-war with the pianist Kris Davis and the drummer Chad Taylor. That rhythm section appears at these shows — along with the alto saxophonist Darius Jones and the tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry — where Mr. Revis will debut a set of new compositions commissioned by the Jazz Gallery.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

SARA SERPA AND CITY FRAGMENTS at the Cornelia Street Cafe (Dec. 15, 8:30 and 10 p.m.). Ms. Serpa, a Portuguese vocalist with a crisp, round tone, typically sings without words; she knows how to cut an unexpected melodic path while still conveying confidence and comfort. City Fragments is an ambitious project featuring two other vocalists, Sofía Rei and Aubrey Johnson, as well as the guitarist André Matos, the cellist Erik Friedlander and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Here they will perform original material Ms. Serpa composed in response to the work of Luce Irigaray, a feminist linguist and philosopher.
212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com

STONEFEST at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium (Dec. 17-19, 7 p.m.). The Stone, the beloved avant-garde performance space on the Lower East Side, is transitioning into new digs at the New School, where it will move permanently at the end of February. In anticipation, the university is hosting a three-day festival, featuring a potent lineup of improvisers, at its Tishman Auditorium. On Sunday, the headliners include the guitarist Mary Halvorson’s quartet and the pianist Craig Taborn. The following night, the Kris Davis Trio will play, along with a large band performing John Zorn’s “Cobra,” an improvisation-driven composition. On Tuesday, the drummer Milford Graves leads a trio and the inventive trumpeter Peter Evans gives a solo set.
thestonenyc.com

Classical Music in NYC This Week

Source: The New York Times.

‘THE BOOK OF DREAMS’ at National Sawdust (Dec. 17, 4 p.m.). The premiere of a new work by the composer David T. Little is always worth exploring, and his operas — “Dog Days,” “JFK” — reveal him to be an especially powerful composer for the voice. “The Book of Dreams: Chapter Sand” is a song cycle for baritone and electronics based on poetry by the surrealist Sonja Krefting. David Adam Moore is the singer here, in a production directed by Vita Tzykun.
646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org

JACK QUARTET at National Sawdust (Dec. 21, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). The American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s String Quartet No. 9, from a quartet that has developed a particularly strong relationship with the composer. Like several of his more recent works — including “in vain” and the String Quartet No. 3, “In iij. Noct” — this one takes place in darkness.
646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org

Jimmy Bennington Chicago Area Shows

Source: Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Jazz.

Thursday, December 14, 6:30-7:30pm at Found Kitchen & Social House (1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201)

Thursday, December 21, 6:30-7:30pm at Found Kitchen & Social House (1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201)

Thursday, December 28, 6:30-7:30pm at Found Kitchen & Social House (1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201)

Sunday Jan 7, 2018, 7-10pm at the Heartland Cafe Bar: Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound featuring Jimmy Bennington, drums- Fred Jackson (AACM), saxophone- Artie Black, saxophone- Dustin Laurenzi, saxophone- Mike Harmon, bass.

Sunday Feb 4, 2018, 7-10pm at the Heartland Cafe Bar: Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound featuring Jimmy Bennington, drums- Fred Jackson (AACM), saxophone- Artie Black, saxophone- Dustin Laurenzi, saxophone- Mike Harmon, bass.

ISSUE Project Room Winter Schedule

Source: New York’s ISSUE Project Room.

ISSUE is pleased to announce select programs from the upcoming winter season, opening with a screening of Brooklyn-born film pioneer Ken Jacobs’ 3D film A Primer in Sky Socialism (1/13). The film is presented alongside the premiere of a score by Aki Onda, presented live with Alan Licht. Baltimore-based pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn also performs.

Additional programs include Artist-In-Residence Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste & LaMont Hamilton sequentially performing a 24 hour interpretive cycle of their parts of Julius Eastman opening The Kitchen’s That Which is Fundamental festival (1/19 to 1/20) .

Early in the season, ISSUE presents Sarah Davachi and Gabi Losoncy, two artists charting critical new contexts for composition & sound art (1/26), as well as an evening of site-responsive performances from Olivia Block, Drew McDowall and Lea Bertucci (2/10).

Syncretics Series, curated by Chris McIntyre, includes multiple performances: the first with Craig Taborn & Kris Davis, two of the most revered pianists in the experimental improvisation scene (2/15), the second with Eric Wubbels and Adam Tendler, performing a program of new compositions + works from David Lang, Elodie Lauten, Frances Rose White, and Tom Johnson (2/17).

Of special note, ISSUE presents a rare appearance from Argentine acousmatic composer Beatriz Ferreyra alongside Obfuscation Morphologies, a new work by Eric Frye, both working in eight-channel sound (2/24). In early March, computer music pioneer Carl Stone performs overlapping improvisations with Ned Rothenberg and Tokyo-based cross-media artist Ami Yamasaki (3/2).

2018 Artist-In-Residence Brandon Lopez premieres Fairer Than Tongue, a new work dedicated to Pedro Albizu Campos (leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Movement) (2/3). Stay tuned for further announcements from 2018 Artists-In-Residences Will Rawls, Julia Santoli, and James K.

Queer Trash (2018 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow) presents Brutal Measures (Lydia Lunch + Weasel Walter), Keijaun Thomas, and Straight Panic (3/10) — an evening of unhinged sound, linguistic onslaught, and remorseless rupture of the structures of power and subjugation in which everyone is implicated.

Roulette’s Winter Season Announced

Source: Roulette.

January
Tue, Jan 16 PROTOTYPE Festival: Stranger Love
Wed, Jan 17 PROTOTYPE Festival: Stranger Love
Fri, Jan 19 Kit Fitzgerald and Peter Gordon: Into the Hot, Out of the Cool
Sat, Jan 20 Audrey Chen Duo: Voices
Sat, Jan 27 [RESIDENCY] Lucie Vítková: Spectacle

February
Fri, Feb 2 Gary Lucas: The Films of Curtis Harrington
Sun, Feb 3 Vincent Chancey and Newman Baker: 2/4/THREE
Thurs, Feb 8 Sarah Goldfeather
Tues, Feb 13 Mixology: Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey
Wed, Feb 14 Mixology: Daisy Press & Nick Hallett // Rachika
Thurs, Feb 15 Mixology: Causings // Plan 23
Fri, Feb 16 Mixology: Jantar // Gaiamamoo
Sun, Feb 18 Min Xiao-Fen with Rez Abbasi: The Goddess
Wed, Feb 20 Joe Diebes + BOTCH Ensemble: oyster
Thurs, Feb 21 Joe Diebes + BOTCH Ensemble: oyster
Tues, Feb 27 [RESIDENCY] Amirtha Kidambi
Wed, Feb 28 Bearthoven: New Works

March
Fri, Mar 2 Bobby Previte
Tues, Mar 13 Jin Hi Kim, Elliott Sharp, William Parker, and Hamdi Drake
Wed, Mar 14 Aaron Burnett and the Big Machine: New Spectrums in Electronic Acoustics
Sun, Mar 18 Will Mason
Mon, Mar 26 John Abercrombie: Timeless: A Tribute To His Life And Music
Wed, Mar 28 String Orchestra of Brooklyn: String Theories I: String Noise + Greg Saunier
Thurs, Mar 29 String Orchestra of Brooklyn: String Theories II: The Rhythm Method: Siren Songs
Fri, Mar 20 String Orchestra of Brooklyn: String Theories III: Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, Tony Conrad, Zach Layton

Three Bands From New York’s Downtown Scene Unite for One Night 

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

Source: The New York Times.

The Microscopic Septet, the oldest band on the bill, played the closing set. The group started in 1980, and the members have remained together for about half of the intervening years (there was a hiatus between 1992 and 2006). The original incarnation featured John Zorn and a number of other musicians whose affinities ran from punk to vaudeville.