Chicago Scene: August 19-26, 2017

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

Saturday, August 19th 2017

3:00PM in Hadiya Pendleton Park, 4345 S Calumet Ave, 312.747.6728 (Free)
David Boykin and The Sebau, with Rollo Radford, Justin Boyd, Cher Jey, Manu Wisdom, Aliyyah Heatherington, Brenda Gilbert, Abstract Black

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Tephra Sound : Nikki Glaspie, Jessica Lurie, Brian Haas, Helen Gillet

Sunday, August 20th 2017

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Daniel Levin, Tim Daisy

Monday, August 21st 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Matt Piet Solo
Matt Piet, Bill Harris

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Charles Rumback

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, Aaron Zarzutzki, Peter Maunu

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Moor Mother
ONO featuring Mykele Deville

Thursday, August 24th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Avreeayl Ra
Lara Tochsvard Trio with Zeppe Jeeberg, Mole Nojfell

Friday, August 25th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Joel Futterman, Ike Levin

Saturday, August 26th 2017

2:00PM at The Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence, 312.744.1998
Christopher Riggs
Renée Baker — film screening

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Joshua Abrams, Josh Berman,
Sun Speak : Matt Gold, Nate Friedman
Jeremy Cunningham, Dustin Laurenzi

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Emanem: Steve Lacy Rarity with: Kent Carter / Enrico Rava / Steve Potts / Irene Aebi / Aldo Romano / Paul Motian! Paul Rutherford Solos, Duo & Trio: Paul Rogers / Veryan Weston / Marcio Mattos! Chris Speed Trio! Omri Ziegele Where’s Africa Trio! Jason Kao Hwang: Steve Swell / Chris Forbes / Ken Filiano / Andrew Drury! Two More from Cuneiform!

Motorpsycho 4 CD Set! Raymond Scott! Two More from Leap of Faith! Vinyl from Evan Parker / John Edwards / John Russell! Serge Gainsbourg! George Russell Sextet! John Sinclair! Bernard Herrmann! Plus a Dozen Restocks from the Emanem and PSI Labels!



Sunday, August 20th:

Sunday, August 27th:

Rare Tuesday, August 29 Set:
6pm: RAYMOND MacDONALD & GEORGE BURT – Sax & Guitar from Glasgow!

Sunday, September 3rd: Two Debut CD Release Sets in One Night

Sunday, September 10th:
Two Bass Clarinets / Acoustic Bass / Drums!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. 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 Always Cosy

San Francisco Scene: August 18-24, 2017

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, August 18

Fri 8/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Drum Dialogues: Jim Santi Owen and Sameer Gupta
Jim Santi Owen and Sameer Gupta represent diverse backgrounds in multiple percussion traditions including North and South Indian classical percussion, Jazz, and New Music. Owen and Gupta, along with special guests, will a present an evening of duet and solo percussion compositions and improvisations on tabla, kanjira, morsing, thavil, drumset, and other percussion.

Fri 8/18 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
OFJS & VAMP present Ben Westfall & Friends

Saturday, August 19

Sat 8/19 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Michael Goldberg & Henry Kaiser

Sat 8/19 7:00 PM Chalaca Annexo [428 Third St. (@Broadway) Oakland, CA 94607]
Celebrate the Bay Area’s own rich Latin Jazz heritage with habanero-hot flavors of Afro-Cuban Jazz as Steve McQuarry presents Tribu August 19th from 7-10 pm at Chalaca Annexo located at 428 Third Street (@Broadway) in Oakland.

Sunday, August 20

Sun 8/20 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Shen-Wen Duo
Sophia Shen – pipa; Gabby Wen – guqin
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute; Masaru Koga – tenor sax, flute; Bill Noertker – contrabass; Jason Levis – drums

Sun 8/20 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.

Sun 8/20 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
MAYBE MONDAY: Fred Frith (guitars, effects, etc.) / Miya Masaoka (Dan Bao, electronics) / Larry Ochs (saxophones).

Sun 8/20 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (around the corner from Awaken Cafe) Oakland, CA 94612]
An evening of short sets by musicians incorporating electronics in unique and innovative ways with percussion, violin, and voice. Matt Weston, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Bran(…)Pos, Christina Stanley

Monday, August 21

Mon 8/21 9:00 AM Exploratorium [Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St SF]
Total Solar Eclipse Sonification 9:15-12:15 am featuring Kronos Quartet
Live video from a telescope array in Caspar, Wyoming, with a computer sonification.
Kronos Quartet joins the live score at 10:30 am (for 30 minutes.)
live at the Exploratorium, in the Kanbar Forum!
Sonification Starts: 9:15am PDT
Kronos Quartet Live: 10:30am PDT (to 11:00am)
Sonification Ends: 12:15pm PDT

Mon 8/21 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Honor Monaco & Joel Nelson Duo + Joel Nelson & Friends
A revolving group of close collaborators exploring the compositional and improvised music of Joel Nelson. The music, in constant flux, rarely settles into one singular direction as the rotation of musicians (or “players”) and new ideas invariably shift.

Wednesday, August 23

Wed 8/23 7:45 PM The Bindery [1727 Haight Street]
Henry Kaiser, Neha Spellfish, Drought Spa, Filthmilk
Henry Kaiser
With a mind as wide and grin as cracked as an ice cap, Henry Kaiser doesn’t try to be an iconoclast; it’s just categories themselves failing to encompass his strange fascinations and unrestrained expression.
Neha Spellfish (Oakland/Madrid)
With low frequency waves washing up on a beach of dark noise ambience, Neha Spellfish delves into the shared space of interspecies communication and paramnesia, invoking the spectral measure of waking consciousness and noospheric cognition.
Drought Spa
The boundary splitting duo of Alex Cruse and Kevin Ck Lo infuses the inhuman digital with intuition, combining randomized interactions of layers and language until all patterns implode only to reconfigure as breathing rubble.
For seventeen years, the sideways smile of Filthmilk’s Erich Fendler has tilted the earth on which San Francisco live music slips and slides.

Wed 8/23 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Danish pianist Søren Kjaergaard performs solo piano improvisations from an ongoing artistic research project that looks into solo performance as an expressive format for multi-layered and multi-directional improvisation. As a pianist and improviser Søren Kjærgaard is engaged in how one can open a field of possibilities within the natural limitations of the solo format and the core relation: Player – Piano.
Chris Brown opens with a performance of his 2003 improvisational work “Retrospectacles”, for piano and interactive electronic signal processing.

Thursday, August 24

Thu 8/24 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Fistortion
Brian Pedersen-sax, Jay Korber-drums, Greg Gorlen-electronics
8:40 pm New Olduvai Trio (Philadelphia powerhouse freejazz)
Elliott Levin- words/reeds, Tom Rollison- guitar, Mogauwane Mahlole- percussion
9:20 pm Blood Oath – (a noise-metal saxophone-drum duo from Los Angeles)

Moldejazz Festival Reviewed

Source: Jazzwise.

For an old-timer festival, Moldejazz still retains a youthful sense of adventure, its programming boasting an emphasis on unlikely encounters, first time presentations and boldly variegated music forms. We could shake our bluesy hips, but we could also tremble under the full onslaught of free-squall. We could leaf through the standard Broadway songbook, but we could also nod cerebellums to the most advanced forms of avant-rap.

Seattle Scene: August 17-26, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Tiny Orchestral Moments
Thu. Aug. 17, 8 PM; $15 general, $5 students

Tiny Orchestral Moments is an international troupe of established, improvising musicians who meet periodically to write, record, perform, and collaborate across genres, geographies and genders. Performers prepare and present collaborative repertoire for layered guitars, voices, violins, strings, wind, and percussion. The aim: structured improvisation that sounds composed and composed collaboration that sounds improvised.

The Murkies
Fri. Aug. 18, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Composer and accordionist Kyle Hanson (aka The Murkies) innovated the extended technique known as ‘alternating transverse oscillation of the bellows’ by which he obtains a shimmering sound and immersive effects. His music ranges from ambient soundscapes to psychedelic pop with many stops in between.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Gradus…
Sat. Aug. 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Gradus: for Fux, Tesla and Milo the Wrestler is Neal Kosaly-Meyer’s ongoing composition in progress for piano, exploring through improvisation a slowly expanding collection of pitches, and their grounding in silence, in patient attentive microscopic detail.

FRI. 8/25 – ambient/electroacoustic music celebrating new releases on Palace of lights and Dragon’s Eye by Marc Barreca, Jake Muir and Steve Peters

SAT. 8/26 – Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents electronic music by Jarrad Powell and Golden Retriever

Berlin Atonal Festival Starts Today

Wolf Eyes in Glasgow in 2006

Source: Electronic Beats.

In 2013 Laurens von Oswald, Harry Glass and Paulo Reachi resuscitated Atonal Festival and brought it to the huge and beautiful Kraftwerk complex, and since then it has become bigger than ever. This year involves five days of avant-garde music, audio/visual performances and DJ sets that run the gamut from Romanian spectralist compositions to industrial noise live jams to all manners of hard and ambient techno stylings. The 2017 lineup includes noise pranksters Wolf Eyes (who chatted with L.I.E.S. label head Ron Morelli for us here), Copenhagen‘s SHAPE program techno DJ trio Apeiron Crew, deep house classicist Pépé Braddock and mid-century spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu. And while that may sound like a pretty erratic selection, those familiar with Atonal and its legacy will recognize a common thread that stretches back to the spirit and tastes of its original incarnation.

Ustvolskaya Festival in Chicago, Oct 5-7

Source: Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya.

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya Festival is a 3-day immersion into Galina Ustvolskaya’s powerful and intense music, October 5-7, 2017. Named “the woman with the hammer,” (Elmer Schonberger) for her use of heavy, homophonic blocks of sound, Ustvolskaya’s music is rarely performed in the Unites States.

Organized/curated by Nomi Epstein and Shanna Gutierrez, this will be the first major multi-day festival celebrating the music of Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) in the United States, and only the second outside of Russia. The festival unites some of the city’s most prestigious musicians: Seth Parker Woods, Liz Pearse (Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble), Shanna Gutierrez (Collect/Project), DePaul University’s Ensemble 20+ led by Michael Lewanski, Kevin Harrison (Axiom Brass), Jeff Kimmel (, Andrew Rosenblum (Memoria Nova), Christopher Wendell Jones, Ann Yi, Tara Lynn Ramsey (dal niente), Kuang-Hao Huang (Fulcrum Point New Music Project), and more.

The Ustvolskaya Festival will feature 3 concerts of her solo, small and large chamber works, in connection with a 3-day conference, ‘Found in Time: Forgotten Experiments in Soviet Art, 1940-1960’ open to the public. Providing a dialogue between Ustvolskaya’s work and music by an emerging Russian composer, the festival will feature US Premieres by the acclaimed Marina Khorkova (b. 1981). With pre-concert talks by Richard Taruskin, Maria Cizmic, and Olga Panteleeva, performances will be presented at The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and PianoForte Studios.

The conference, organized by The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, Chicago’s Department of Slavic/Baltic Languages and Literature and Music Departments, will feature lectures by Richard Taruskin, (Berkeley), Marina Frolova-Walker, (University of Cambridge), Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Boris Gasparov (Columbia University), among other noted scholars.

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additionally, this project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is a rare and important opportunity for a city’s artistic and scholarly community to unify in the presentation and discussion of something new to the ears of Chicago audiences. Ustvolskaya’s music is presciently relevant in today’s climate of concerns regarding gender and artistic expression and a complicated political environment.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 8pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya
Free to Public, Donations accepted
Composition No. 1 Dona Nobis Pacem: piccolo, tuba, piano (1970/71)
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1952)
Composition No. 3 Benedictus: 4 flute, 4 bassoon, piano (1974/75)
Symphony No. 4: “Prayer” contralto, pno, trumpet, tam-tam (1985/87)
Symphony No. 5 “Amen” for reciter, violin, oboe, trumpet, tuba and perc (1989/90)

Friday, October 6, 2017, 8pm
Logan Center for the Performing Arts
915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Now/Then: Ustvolskaya and Khorkova
Free to Public, Donations accepted
Marina Khorkova: falsche spiegelungen two prepared pianos (2012)
Marina Khorkova: a priori for flute and cello (2013)
Galina Ustvolskaya: Trio for clarinet, violin, piano (1949)
Galina Ustvolskaya: Grand Duet for cello and piano (1959)

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 3pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
$15/10 students
Power in Sound: The Sonatas of Galina Ustvolskaya
Sonata No. 5 for piano (1986)
Sonata No. 4 for piano (1957)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1952)
Sonata No. 2 for piano (1949)
Sonata No. 6 for piano (1988)