Soundwaves in Santa Monica Featuring Philip Glass at 85

Source: Soundwaves.

The Santa Monica Public Library’s Soundwaves new music series joins with Jacaranda Music to honor Philip Glass, one of the most distinctive living American composers, as he turns 85.

This special event takes place Saturday, February 4, at 3:30PM, at the Pico Annex in Virginia Avenue Park, 2201 Pico Blvd. It includes a live performance of Glass’ “Piece in the Shape of a Square” for two flutes, a screening of the short film “Mad Rush,” with a score composed by Glass and recorded by Jacaranda’s Music Director Mark Alan Hilt on organ, and a discussion with the performers led by Jacaranda’s Artistic and Executive Director Patrick Scott.

Glass has composed for opera, film, and dance, and collaborated with pop stars including Paul Simon and David Byrne. Although known as a pioneer of minimalism, his music is instantly recognizable and highly expressive.

This show is a preview of Jacaranda’s February 12 double feature, which combines a selection of contemporary chamber music in the afternoon with an all-Glass concert at night. For the last twenty years, Jacaranda Music has presented imaginative classical music programs, played by top-caliber musicians, principally in Santa Monica. Details and tickets are available at


Performances Coming to Shift at 411 Kent Ave

Source: 411 Kent Ave.

Shift 50, Wed Feb 1
Ian Douglas-Moore, Eric Wong, Dominic Coles
Seth Cluett
8pm, Doors 7:30pm

​Fri Feb 3
MARSHALL ALLEN & NYC ALL-STARS Benefit presented by Arts For Art (AFA)
Darius Jones, Isaiah Collier, Sam Newsome, Patrick Holmes, Milena Casado, Heru Shabaka-Ra, Gwen Laster, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Brandon Lopez, Eriq Robinson – el, Janice Lowe, Fay Victor, Juan Pablo Carletti, & Lesley Mok
7pm & 9pm sets, doors 6:30pm

Shift 51, Wed, Feb 8
Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown, Whit Dickey
Marco Capelli, Elliott Sharp, JT Lewis
8pm, Doors 7:30


Coming to Chicago

Source: Now Is.

Sunday, January 29

The Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont
Sarah Clausen, Jakob Heinemann, Lily Finnegan
Dustin Laurenzi ++ : Dustin Laurenzi, Erez Dessel, Jason Roebke, Devin Drobka

Monday, January 30

Beat Kitchen
2100 W Belmont
Extraordinary Popular Delusions

Thursday, February 02

3429 W Diversey, #208
Improvised Music Series
Avreeayl Ra’s Dream Stuff, with Ed Wilkerson, Jim Baker, Peter Maunu, Jason Roebke

3111 N Western
Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow, with Hank Roberts, Mark Helias, Hamin Honari-Tombak, special guest Jon Irabagon

Sunday, February 05

The Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont
Quin Kirchner Group with Nate Lepine, Nick Broste, Jason Stein, Matt Ulery


Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Saturday, January 28

Sat 1/28 7:00 PM Audium [1616 Bush Street]
Residency Rewind: New Voices
Did you miss last year’s Audium residency shows? In anticipation of this year’s residency premiere, Audium is winding back to one year ago. This show is a limited rerun of the historic first residency, a reimagining of the space through immersive compositions of spatial sound.

Sat 1/28 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Nathan Wheeler (New York)
San Kazakgascar (Sacramento)
Kae Wu / Jorge Bachmann / Kevin Corcoran (Taipei / San Francisco)
An bicoastal and international evening of electroacoustic drone, psychedelic post punk, and textural noise poetry at the bookshop on 24th street, a possibly overlooked epicenter of interesting happenings in San Francisco.

Sat 1/28 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Rodrigo Barriga Ensemble + Myles Morgan // Exploring ensemble interaction and communication through the use of openness and structured improvisation.

Sunday, January 29

Sun 1/29 7:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
The world-renowned cellist FRANCES-MARIE UITTI permieres PIOMBO, a new composition for solo 2Bows Cello by LUCIANO CHESSA.
Uitti and Chessa also perform QUEST[O] / Una meditazione (2022) for cello, piano and voices.

Tuesday, January 31

Tue 1/31 8:00 PM The Knockout [3223 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Grex, Gentleman Surfer, Nine Dog Dick
Fiery sounds from Nor Cal, featuring Oakland experimental duo Grex (Karl Evangelista + Rei Scampavia), Sacramento avant prog band Gentleman Surfer (Jon Bafus, a.o.), and free improvisation/noise group Nine Dog Dick (Matt Chandler + Doug Katelus + Jay Korber + Tom Weeks).

Wednesday, February 1

Wed 2/01 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Luggage Store New Music Series and Outsound Presents
Night of the Tenor
Kevin Robinson, Joshua Allen-solo tenor saxophone

Thursday, February 2

Thu 2/02 7:30 PM Mosswood Chapel [3630 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA]
UMA Gallery Oakland is very excited to present the multitalented NYC composer/artist/performer M. Lamar. Alumnus of both SF Art Institue and Yale School of Art Lamar has been presented internationaly, most recently at The Rewire Festival in The Hague. An operatic countertenor and pianist, Lamar is a wizard at extracting elements from folk lamentation, European opera and goth creating his own revolutionary style aimed for the deepest spiritual and moral transformation.

Saturday, February 4

Sat 2/04 8:00 PM Spruce Street Concerts [send email to]
Ben Goldberg’s new Quartet, “Jewish Leftist Intellectual”, performs at Spruce Street Concerts, a home concert venue in the Berkeley Hills. This quartet features Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Rob Reich on accordion, Andrew Conklin on electric guitar & Daniel Fabricant on bass. Seating is limited. We ask payment in advance of the concert by PayPal, Venmo or check to secure a seat.

Sat 2/04 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
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Laetitia Sonami performs 100 Trillions, a world premiere, in collaboration with Paul DeMarinis and SUE-C.Sonami also performs a new collaboration with James Fei as part of the Sparrows and Ortolans duo, as well as a new solo work.

Interviews Performances

Composer John Zorn Brings Eight Bands to Big Ears Festival 

Source: NPR.

Trick question: How do you chronicle the creative plenitude of John Zorn? It’s a fool’s errand, considering his body of work, which at least resists categorization if not the very limits of description. Still, there’s copious insight, and no small amount of pleasure, to be gained from a flash immersion in Zorn’s sonic world — an irresistible opportunity that surfaced at the 2022 Big Ears Festival, where he shared his uncompromising vision in eight distinct musical settings.


Zorn and Others to Perform at a Concert for Ukraine

Source: The New School.

Join us for A Concert for Ukraine presented by John Zorn and The College of Performing Arts at The New School. General admission tickets are free with a suggested donation of $50 and above to Razom. Doors will open at 11:30am.


Laurie Anderson violin, voice
John Zorn alto sax

Johnny Gandelsman violin
Colin Jacobsen violin
Nicholas Cords viola
Michael Nicolas cello

Marc Ribot guitar
Mary Halvorson guitar

Ravi Coltrane tenor sax
Adam Rogers guitar
Dezron Douglas bass
Kush Abadey drums

Presented by John Zorn and the College of Performing Arts at The New School


Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electroacoustic Music Takes Place Next Weekend

Source: Pomona College.

Under the coordination of Professor Tom Flaherty, John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor of Music, the 31st annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electroacoustic Music runs through the weekend. This year’s festival features two concerts with music that has been composed for humans and electronics.

This year’s second concert features music by Elizabeth Brown, Liam Carey, Christopher Cerrone, Tom Flaherty*, Allison Loggins-Hull, Natalie Joachim, Egbert Jan Louwerse, Wenbin Lyu, Niloufar Shiri and Eleanor Turner performed by Melissa Givens*, soprano; Maggie Parkins*, cello; Rachel Rudich*, flute; Alison Bjorkedal*, harp; Nadia Shpachenko, piano; and Niloufar Shiri, kamancheh.


Music of Brandon Lopez and Friends Coming to NY


In a new partnership with 411 Kent, AFA proudly presents a three week residency for bassist, Brandon Lopez. Music takes time to develop. It takes time to develop a band that really comes together. To bring his music to life, Brandon Lopez has put together a piano trio with Tom Rainey and Hans Young Binter, who will perform every Friday for three weeks in a row. Brandon Lopez has also curated a second band for each night, featuring the music of highly respected artists Jessica Pavone, Michael Foster and Darius Jones.

Friday, February 10
7 pm : Brandon Lopez Piano Trio
Brandon Lopez – bass / Tom Rainey – drums / Hans Young Binter – piano
9pm Jessica Pavone & Tristan Krause (Record Release Show on Relative Pitch)
Jessica Pavone – viola / Tristan Krause – bass

Friday, February 17
7 pm : Brandon Lopez Piano Trio
Brandon Lopez – bass / Tom Rainey – drums / Hans Young Binter – piano
9pm Michael Foster / TA Thompson / John Blum Trio
Michael Foster – reeds / TA Thompson – drums / John Blum – piano

Friday, February 24
7 pm : Brandon Lopez Piano Trio
Brandon Lopez – bass / Tom Rainey – drums / Hans Young Binter – piano
9pm Darius Jones / Shazhad Ismaily / Ryan Sawyer
Darius Jones – alto sax / Shazhad Ismaily – bass / Ryan Sawyer – drums


Loren Connors: A Coming to Shore Opens at Blank Forms in NY

Source: Blank Forms.

January 28–March 25, 2023
Exhibition opening 4–7 PM, Saturday January 28
Gallery hours 11am–6pm, Thursday–Saturday

Painting has long been a part of Loren Connors’s practice: beginning in the early ’70s, when he studied art at New Haven’s Southern Connecticut State College under the sculptor Michael Skop, the peerless guitarist has produced canvases guided by his austere musical sensibility and the metaphysical expressionism of Mark Rothko at an almost alarming rate. “A Coming to Shore,” Connors’s second solo exhibition with Blank Forms, features monumental abstract acrylic-on-canvas paintings made this past year in the small Brooklyn Heights apartment Connors shares with his partner and collaborator Susan Languille. It follows “Wildweeds,” his first solo exhibition, presented by Blank Forms at Artists Space in 2018.

Much like his guitar playing, Connors’s visual works are always slowly transforming: when he runs out of canvas space, the artist paints over “finished” pieces and starts again, this ritualistic layering contributing to what Aki Onda has described as their “mystical quality.” Diagnosed with Parkinsons in 1991, Connors’s strength and range of movement are in decline, yet he paints every afternoon, committed to visualizing the intangible. The works on view “have the feeling of horizon, but not all of them depict horizons,” Connors has said. With gestural swathes of black, gray, yellow, and green, the paintings in “A Coming to Shore” limn boundaries, the spaces between what is “beneath, behind, above, below, and within,” which have occupied Connors for nearly half a century.


Coming to Seattle

Source: Wayward Music Series.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Finnegans Wake
Sat. Jan. 28, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

The ninth chapter (Part II, Chapter 1) of James Joyce’s last novel, performed by Neal Kosaly-Meyer from memory and with acute attention to musical detail, with liturgical/theatrical atmosphere, including carefully conceived set and sound design.

Seattle Modern Orchestra
Fri. Feb. 3, 8 PM; $10, $20, $25 in advance

SMO returns to the Chapel for a concert featuring exclusively small chamber and solo works: Ash Fure’s piano trio therefore i was, world premieres from Jérémy Jolley’s contro-)clessidra series, and R. Murray Schafer’s virtuosic work for solo harp,The Crown of Ariadne.

Texture & Tone
Fri. Feb. 10, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

A showcase of deep-listening music from local fringers. Experimental ambient, noise, and sonic landscapes constructed from diverse textures and tones: Percussionist Aaron Michael Butler, Balcony View (James “Chance” Bridges), Corpse Pose (Stephan Blount), Meadowgoat.

Honoring Tari Nelson-Zagar
Sat. Feb. 11, 7 PM; FREE

The beloved and much respected violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar “transitioned off-planet” (her words) late last October. Tonight Tari is fondly remembered and celebrated by a host of ace Seattle improvising and classical musicians (full line-up here). All are welcome.