Chicago Scene: July 15-20, 2019

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

Monday, July 15th 2019

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, July 16th 2019

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Joshua Abrams and Chad Taylor

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Hanami : Andrew Trim, Mai Sugimoto, Jason Stein, Charles Rumback

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Fred Jackson’s Erudition Project, with Corey Wilkes, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra

Thursday, July 18th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Tim Daisy’s Vox 4, with James Falzone, Macie Stewart, Fred Lonberg-Holm

Friday, July 19th 2019

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527 ($10-$5)
Aperiodic : Matt Schulz, Kevin Parrett, Ben Perkins
Secret Means Of Escape : Mark Shippy, Richard Syska
Michael Vallera

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
New Japan Ensemble Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project

Saturday, July 20th 2019

8:00PM at the Jazz Estate, 2423 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, 414.964.9923
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Fred Jackson Jr, Dustin Laurenzi, Mike Harmon

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
New Japan Ensemble Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project

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Natasha Barrett Performs Electro Dream Space at EMPAC, July 19

Source: EMPAC.

Remove the visible and be touched by sound. Experience a transformation of the world, the way it behaves, and the traces that it leaves behind in a unique electroacoustic music concert unfolding inside EMPAC’s high-density loudspeaker arrays, featuring hundreds of loudspeakers.

Natasha Barrett will perform a free public concert, Electro Dream Space, on Friday, July 19, at 8:30 PM, as part of the Spatial Audio Summer Seminar, which takes place at EMPAC July 18-20, gathering audio experts, musicians, and composers for an intensive exploration of sound in space. Works will include one of Barrett’s latest compositions in high-resolution Ambisonics and Wave Field Synthesis, as well as recreations of works not previously heard in full 3D.

Natasha Barrett is a composer and performer of acousmatic and live electroacoustic concert works, sound and multi-media installations, and interactive music. She is a leading voice in the new wave of artists working with Ambisonics, 3D sound, and its contemporary musical context. Her work is commissioned, performed, and broadcast throughout the world by festivals, organizations, and individuals, and includes a regular schedule of portrait concerts and featured programs.

Her inspiration comes from the immediate sounding matter of the world around us, as well as the way it behaves, the way it is generated, and by systems and the traces that those systems reveal. These interests have led her into the worlds of cutting-edge audio technologies, geoscience, sonification, motion tracking, and some exciting collaborations involving solo performers and chamber ensembles, visual artists, architects and scientists. Binding together these inspirations is an overarching search for new music and the way it can touch the listener.

Barrett will spend two weeks before the concert as artist in residence at EMPAC, where she will collaborate with the digital artist and filmmaker Mark Downie on the new work Innermost, which will be premiered this coming September at the Ultima Festival in Oslo, Norway. Innermost will be performed at EMPAC in Spring 2020.

Vijay Iyer at the Village Vanguard Next Week

Source: Village Vanguard.

July 16-21
Vijay Iyer Sextet
Village Vanguard
178 7th Ave South New York, NY 10014

Vijay Iyer, piano
Graham Haynes, cornet & flugelhorn
Mark Shim, tenor sax
Steve Lehman, alto sax
Stephan Crump, bass
Jeremy Dutton, drums

Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s work in the sextat format finds him reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led him to be voted DownBeat Artist of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2016 and for The Guardian to dub his work the “dizzying pinnacle of contemporary jazz multitasking.” With horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Jeremy Dutton – the group leverage a wealth of jazz history while pushing boldly forward. “This group has a lot of fire in it, but also a lot of earth, because the tones are so deep, the timbres and textures,” Iyer says. “There’s also air and water – the music moves.”

San Francisco Scene: July 12-19, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, July 12

Fri 7/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Brent Miller: Nomad Vigil Release Party & Concert

Fri 7/12 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Saxophonist Tod Dickow joins the “inventive, invigorating, mesmerizing, beautiful, virtuosic, and lyrical” (Downbeat Magazine) Charged Particles in a performance of John Coltrane’s complete A Love Supreme.

Fri 7/12 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Geografías del Cuerpo

Saturday, July 13

Sat 7/13 2:00 PM Luggage Store Gallery [1007 Market St San Francisco]
Beth Custer performs solo clarinet

Sat 7/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Snail Meets West & Friends
A celebration of beautiful chaos; an ode to Ornette Coleman.

Sunday, July 14

Sun 7/14 2:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Echoes Bones – a woodwind trio

Sun 7/14 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
With an emphasis on exciting and unexpected grooves, adventurous improvisations and rich soundscapes, StringQuake is impossible to genre-fy, with stylistic influences including traditional classical chamber music, jazz, Latin, classical Indian, West African folk and Balkan music.

Sun 7/14 8:00 PM Shapeshifters Cinema [511 48th Street Oakland]
Creation and destruction. Grandiosity and hubris. Glory and The Abyss. These are some of the themes explored in recent collaborations in moving image and sound by Kerry Laitala and The Atchleys. Media archaeologist and 16mm projector performance spellbinder Laitala will present new and resuscitated imagery, with composer / improviser / experimental musicians The Atchleys (K & K) providing live audio accompaniment. The light and sound display will be sequenced to cycle through elemental orbs, leaving viewers draped in a colorful cloak of decay, rebirth and contemplation. Pieces will include Figments in Film #1 and Ghost Town.

Monday, July 15

Mon 7/15 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Shiva Xtet & Broken Whole at Oakland Free Jazz Society Series at ProArts in Oakland
Free Jazz Fusion vs. Abstract Percussion and organic Electronics

Wednesday, July 17

Wed 7/17 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight Street]
Jupiter Blue
From the Arkestra’s engine room, Jupiter Blue’s tone scientists D.Hotep and Jupiter Girl emerge to reveal elements and precepts of another kind of language, another tomorrow, learned through years of discipline to be given freely in the present.
Danishta Rivero and Jacob Felix Heule comprise the singular duo, Voicehandler. Rivero modifies her extended vocal technique using a water-based electro-acoustic instrument of her own invention, the Hydrophonium. Heule performs a sonic anti-aliasing in real time through micro percussion and electronics that must be heard closely to be believed.
Amphibious Gestures
The solo project of Kasper Rodenborn, Amphibious Gestures, bubbled over from the heavy cauldron of his live collaborations with Skozey Fetisch (Mark C. Jackman.)
20 year veteran of subterranean music, Brandon Yahiro-Taylor, has recorded and performed in a dizzying array of styles, from freeform minimalism to harsh noise to breakcore to experimental metal to indie rock to ambient and musique concrete.

Thursday, July 18

Thu 7/18 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Thumbscrew featuring Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and Michael Formanek
Thursday, July 18 & Friday, July 19, 7:00pm & 8:30pm, SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab
A power-trio composer’s project made up of in-demand bandleaders Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and Michael Formanek.

Thu 7/18 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]

Thu 7/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Jang/Shariatzadeh
Seiyoung Jang – electronics Golnaz Shariatzadeh – violin
9:00 pm The Ether Ship
Willard Van De Bogart & Lemon DeGeorge
An Electro-Ambient group creating music to explore the Universe

Friday, July 19

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Thumbscrew featuring Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and Michael Formanek
Thursday, July 18 & Friday, July 19, 7:00pm & 8:30pm, SFJAZZ Center’s Joe Henderson Lab
A power-trio composer’s project made up of in-demand bandleaders Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and Michael Formanek.

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
gabby fluke-mogul, Jacob Felix Heule, and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (violin/bass drum/koto)
Dean Santomieri/Thea Farhadian Duo (guitar/violin)

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta

Fri 7/19 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline Streets Oakland]
Neel Murgai – sitar, voice, loops. A member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive makes his solo debut in the bay area.
4 course vegan meal featuring masumoto farm peachess to go with the concert

Fri 7/19 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]

Anthony Pateras News

Source: Anthony Pateras.

25,26,27/7: DE — Berlin: Martin Gropius Bau (daily piano solos at the Garden Of Earthly Delights with LABOUR)

17/8: PL — Sokolowsko: Music Sanae Festival (Pseudacusis V2)

31/8: CH — Willisau: Jazz Festival Willisau (Pateras/Baxter/Brown)

12/9: CH — Lausanne: Le Bourg (mystery collab)

27/9: PL — Krakow: Sacrum Profanum Festival (Pseudacusis V3)

8/10: PL — Krakow: Unsound Festival (solo electronics)


I have 2 new LPs out too….

1. Albédo with eRikM comes courtesy of Vand’Oeuvre, France.
We’ll be touring Australia & NZ in October! Stay tuned…

2. A new Astral Colonels LP, my project with Italian artist Valerio Tricoli.
Entitled The Similarity of Difference, it’s out now on Second Sleep.

Grex on Tour

Source: Grex.

Oakland art rock band Grex celebrates 10 years of making music, previewing music from its forthcoming album, Everything You Said Was Wrong.

Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, “grex” refers to the aggregation of a multitude of tiny, amoeba-like creatures combining to create a superorganism. Grex (the band) works the same way: two musicians who can function as one, the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Grex has been called “essential current-and-future listening” (Tiny Mix Tapes), exploring the meeting point between psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz. The band recalls the explosive power of late John Coltrane, the dark energy of Suicide, and the whimsical weirdness of Skeleton Crew and Deerhoof.

Tour Dates:
July 19, Seattle, WA at Central Saloon (w/Bad Luck, Rae)
July 20, Portland, OR at Specks Records (w/Galaxy Research, Teton, Pat Keen)
July 21, Olympia, WA at O’Malley’s (w/New Born Babies, Mansion)
July 23, Chico, CA at Tender Loving Coffee (w/Guest No. 66)
July 24, Santa Cruz, CA at Blue Lagoon (w/Aurora Beam, Blonda, Chris Peck)
July 26, Pasadena, CA at Battery Books (w/Similar Fashion)
July 27, Long Beach, CA at Wine Bar (w/MajicBulletTheory)
July 29, Corrales, NM at Live at Thrive
July 30, Lubbock, TX at Boston Space (w/Tyler Simpson)
August 1, Washington, DC at Dew Drop Inn (w/Sonic Eddy, Fanoplane)
August 2, Philadelphia, PA at The Mothership (w/members of Elkhorn/Dire Wolves)
August 4, West Haven, CT at Crunch House (w/Phoebe, Them Airs
August 5, New York, NY at Nublu Classic (w/Practitioner, Eli Wallace/Karl Evangelista/Matt Nelson/Gerald Cleaver)
August 6, Allston, MA at O’Brien’s (w/Brown Lasers, Soaked in Strange)
August 8, Chicago, IL at Whistler (w/Mako Sica, Tatsu Aoki/Karl Evangelista/Avreeayl Ra)
August 15, Oakland, CA at The Uptown (w/Hare and Arrow, Jeweled Snakes)
August (TBA), Sacramento, CA at Gold Lion Festival

Seattle Scene: July 10-20, 2019

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.

26 Minutes = 1 Day + Blake DeGraw
Wed. July 10, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Filmmaker Nadya Kadrevis, pianist/composer David Haney, and trumpeter Nathan Breedlove present a multimedia interactive performance in eight movements using short field recordings made at specific times by participants around the world, with recorded drum tracks by Bernard Purdie and Dave Storrs. Blake DeGraw also guests and opens with The Ersatz, a 20-minute work for guitar ensemble.

Earshot: Friends & Heroes + DX-tet
Thu. July 11, 7 PM; $5 – $15 online or at door

Earshot’s Jazz: The Second Century series returns with innovative music by local artists performing original work that questions and expands the conventions of the jazz form. Tonight: trombonist Haley Freedlund’s group Friends & Heroes with James Falzone, Tom Varner, Abbey Blackwell, Evan Woodle, drums + DX-Tet, an octet co-led by pianist Dylan Hayes and drummer Xavier Lecouturier.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Gradus…
Sat. July 13, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Gradus for Fux, Tesla, and Milo the Wrestler (Three Rungs) is a piano composition in perpetual progress. The score, in a nutshell is: “learn to play the piano one note at a time.” Since 2002, that is more or less what Neal Kosaly-Meyer has been doing, gradually adding notes with each iteration. Silence is an important element and embraces all unintended sounds which occur during the performance.

Wed. 7/17 – pianist Rich Pellegrin and saxophonist Neil Welch perform solo and duo improvisations

Thu. 7/18 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: The 2nd Century,, a juried series featuring local artists redefining jazz; FrancescoJazz + Kissyface

Fri. 7/19 – Seattle Improvised Music Festival presents extraordinary Portland vocalist/clarinetist Holland Andrews + Ambrosia Bardos (voice, electronics) / Ebony Miranda (cello) duo (rescheduled from Feb. SIMF show cancelled due to snow)

Sat. 7/20 – Symbion Project (Kasson Crooker) & Dahliia (Tom Butcher & Cindy Reichel of Patchwerks) return for an evening of electronics, modular synths, and Japanese koto in 4-channel quadraphonic sound