San Francisco Scene: November 16-21, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, November 16

Fri 11/16 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
LIVE MUSIC! Laetitia Sonami&Wobbly / Chris Brown / Efectos Humanos

Fri 11/16 7:30 PM Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
Brooklyn Rider
Iconoclastic Brooklyn Rider—which NPR credited with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble” performs a program called Healing Modes that combines Beethoven’s great String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 with other new works written in response to it.

Fri 11/16 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Scott R. Looney / Joseph Noble / Kjell Nordeson – Duos and Trio

Saturday, November 17

Sat 11/17 11:00 AM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Andre Custodio is hosting a series of performances of textured sound utilizing electronics and other instruments for a bookstore environment. Performing solo for most of these Saturdays, but will occasionally invite others to fill-in.

Sat 11/17 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Performing Group plays music by Monk, Ashley, Feldman, Payne, Reid, and Cowart.

Sat 11/17 8:00 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
The Crushing Spiral Ensemble
Matt Small – bass and compositions
Steve Adams – saxophones
Sheldon Brown – saxophone and clarinet
Chris Grady – trumpet
Steve Blum – piano
Michael Pinkham – drums

Sat 11/17 8:30 PM Other Cinema at ATA Gallery [992 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA]
Thomas Dimuzio and Lori Varga/Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet

Sat 11/17 8:30 PM Dildo Factory [West Berkeley]
Brutal Sound Effects Festival #85
w/ David Slusser, Kanoko Nishi-Smith/gabby fluke-mogul/Nava Dunkelman, Medicine Cabinet, Daniel Blomquist, SO AR, Linoleum

Sunday, November 18

Sun 11/18 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
A night with ruth weiss
She will perform a quartet set with Hal Davis – log, Doug O’Connor – double bass, Rent Romus – saxophones/flutes and a duo set with Doug Lynner – Mystery Serge Synth

Sun 11/18 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical 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. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Sun 11/18 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Don Cherry’s Complete Communion
Henry Hung, trumpet
John Wiitala, bass

Sun 11/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Martin Azevedo & Planarian Collective, with Dennis Aman: Disassembling The Clocks

Monday, November 19

Mon 11/19 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Clara Yang Piano: Sound of the Past and the Present

Mon 11/19 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS Presents: Tim Rowe’s How To Play The Drums

Wednesday, November 21

Wed 11/21 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Music for People Volume 2
Street Priest- Jacob Felix Heule, Matt Chandler, Doug Katelus
gabby fluke-mogul
Berlin Duo- Suki O’Kane, Edward Schocker
Snake- Nick Barbeln




November 9, 2018
Anna Webber Solo, Schl8hof, Wels
Anna Webber

November 9, 2018
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra, Jim Baker, Schl8hof, Wels
Avreeayl Ra Dave Rempis Jim Baker Joshua Abrams

November 9, 2018
Jaimie Branch Solo, Schl8hof, Wels
Jaimie Branch

November 9, 2018
Kompost 3, Schl8hof, Wels
Benny Omerzell Lukas König Manu Mayr Martin Eberle

November 9, 2018
Pulverize the Sound, Schl8hof, Wels
Mike Pride Peter Evans Tim Dahl

November 9, 2018
Punkt.Vrt.Plastik, Schl8hof, Wels
Christian Lillinger Kaja Draksler Petter Eldh

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Mary Halvorson & Joe Morris! Ingrid Laubrock Chaos Practices: Kris Davis / Nate Wooley / Mary Halvorson! Evan Parker / William Parker Trio! Peter Brotzmann & Heather Leigh III! Larry Ochs / Gerald Cleaver! Jamie Saft Qt: Bill McHenry!

River on Mars: Avram Fefer/Greg Tate/On Ka’a Davis! Chicago Edge Unit: Mars Williams/Jeb Bishop/Hamid Drake..! Kaja Draksler Trio! Francois Houle/Alexander Hawkins/Harris Eisenstadt! Aaron Goldberg/Matt Penman/Leon Parker! Brandon Lopez & Andrew Bernstein Solo Discs! Bob Drake!

Plus Historic Discs from the United States of America! Lee Morgan! Duke Ellington & His Orchestra! Barney Kessel! The MC5! King Tubby & Linval Thompson! Plus Lots of Great Vinyl!


Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

November 18th:
6pm: THE BEYOND TRIO: MICHAEL EATON – Soprano Sax / CHERYL PYLE – C Alto Flutes /

Sunday, December 2nd:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & OMAR TAMEZ – Clarinet & Guitar

Sunday, December 9th:
8pm: GIACOMO MEREGA / KENT O’DOHERTY – Bass Guitar / Alto Sax

Sunday, December 16th:

Pitchfork Midwinter 2018 in Chicago

Source: Pitchfork Midwinter 2018. This takes place February 15-17.

Friday 2/15
DJ Koze
William Basinski The Disintegration Loops with the Chicago Philharmonic
Mykki Blanco
Mount Eerie
Yves Tumor
Sudan Archives
Baba Stiltz
Special Guest TBA

Saturday 2/16
Kamasi Washington
Panda Bear
Tortoise TNT 21st Anniversary Performance
William Basinski Solo Performance of On Time Out of Time

Sunday 2/17
Oneohtrix Point Never
Laurie Anderson
Perfume Genius
Zola Jesus
Joey Purp
Weyes Blood
Hiss Golden Messenger

All Weekend
Madison McFerrin
Mary Lattimore
Daniel Bachman
Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux
Marisa Anderson

L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella takes on the European avant-garde 

Source: Los Angeles Times.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall organ pipes were bathed in a slimy green light that made them look like they were up to no good. To begin a Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella program Tuesday night, Italian composer and organist Francesco Filidei, who has written such pieces as the aptly titled “Killing Bach,” sat motionless at the organ keyboard onstage, as if waiting.

Waiting for what? Was it the faint rumbling that sounded like it was coming from backstage? When it got a little louder, and the vibrations were mildly felt under foot, another possibility came to mind that no one wanted to think about.

Filidei’s feet weren’t moving, but they were on the pedals. He was stirring the barely audible but plenty physical lowest notes on the largest pipes, summoning colliding pitches capable of producing a rumble. Ever stronger, rumble became roar, the organ pipes now seeming some slimy green monster from the deep.

Over all that, a tinnitus-like high pitch, with the sound of a flute, ominously pierced the atmosphere. The piece eventually reached a huge climax before dying away. Throughout, Filidei produced a repertory of sounds I had never heard before from this magnificent instrument.

Seattle Scene: November 15-30, 2018

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.

Heather Bentley & Friends
Thu. Nov. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Busy Seattle bow slinger Heather Bentley celebrates her birthday with her 7-string violin and an assortment of musical friends: an improvising trio with drummer Dio Jean Baptiste and video artist Darren Palmer + the new ensemble CHA, with electric harpist Carol Levin and vocalist/spoken word artist/mover Amelia Love Clearheart explores spontaneously arising lyrical/poetic/musical journeys.

Tamara Zenobia
Fri. Nov 16, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Alaskan-born storyteller, performance artist and vocal alchemist Tamara Zenobia combines the elements of Vocal Alchemy, divination, percussion, electronic music and other world instruments, song and spoken word into her performance to create a very eclectic mix of groovy sounds and hypnotic beats. Tonight she will be joined by Dick Valentine, who will add his extraordinary flute playing to the performance.

A Night for 4 Drummers
Sat. Nov. 17, 7 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Solo works for drum set, focusing on each musician’s singular relationship with the drums, solo performance, music and identity: Mike Gebhart (The Sky Is A Suitcase, Terror/Cactus, February, New Series One); Ruby Dunphy (Thunderpussy); D’Andre Fontanelle (The Backslide gospel, Kate Dinsmore, Elena Loper); Casey Adams (Dorian Slay, nothing but the dead and dying).

Thu. 11/29 – Inverted Space Ensemble plays music of Kerrith Livengood and Pauline Oliveros

FRI. 11/30 – composer Tom Baker and dancer Alia Swersky + friends present Vol. 2 of their Body.Space.Time.Sound series for improvising musicians and movers

Archie Shepp at the Enjoy Jazz Fest Reviewed

Source: Jazzwise.

The Enjoy Jazz festival is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, presenting gigs between three main cities in south-western Germany. It’s an extended season that usually begins in early October, stretching until mid-November. Each night features a show in either Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen or Mannheim, sometimes with simultaneous happenings in each location.

This year’s artist-in-residence is the veteran saxophonist Archie Shepp, and his first showing was at the Mannheim National Theatre, with an expanded crew revisiting his Fire Music album, from way back in 1965. Being his second release for the Impulse! label, a certain amount of free jazz was surely promised, rather than the more mainline style that Shepp has favoured during recent decades. We were not disappointed, as this eight-piece crew (including Hamid Drake on drums) set out to capture the essence of the original contents with a surprising closeness of spirit and style.