Anthony Braxton Saxophone Quartet European Tour 

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.

Anthony Braxton’s Saxophone Quartet featuring James Fei, Chris Jonas, Ingrid Laubrock, and Andre Vida perform in Europe in Late May and Early June More information can be found via

2022-05-29 Jazz Club – Vilnius
Anthony Braxton Saxophone Quartet feat. James Fei, Chris Jonas and Andre Vida

2033-06-03 Teatro San Leonardo – Bologna
Anthony Braxton Saxophone Quartet feat. Ingrid Laubrock, James Fei and Chris Jonas

2022-06-05 De Singel – Antwerp
Anthony Braxton Saxophone Quartet feat. Ingrid Laubrock, James Fei and Chris Jonas

2022-06-07 Casa del jazz – Roma
Anthony Braxton Saxophone Quartet feat. Ingrid Laubrock, James Fei and Chris Jonas

Coming to Roulette

Source: Roulette.

Bill Frisell Trio
Saturday, May 28 at 8:00 pm
Bill Frisell returns with his trio, featuring Thomas Morgan and Rudy Royston, with special guest Immanuel Wilkins.

Benefit for Ukraine Support
Sunday, May 29 at 5:00 pm
John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell, Hilary Hahn and more perform in a benefit for Ukraine.

Andrew Neumann: The Predictability of Unpredictability
Wednesday, June 1 at 8:00 pm
A work for improvised analog synthesizers and real time video.

Mario Diaz de Leon: Heart Thread
Thursday, June 2 at 8:00 pm
The world premiere of a new body of live electronic works composed for a vividly textured ensemble of synths.

Isabel Crespo Pardo: desbordandome
Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 pm
Isabel Crespo Pardo debuts desbordandome, a set of pieces written for their trio featuring Lester St. Louis and Henry Fraser.

Kyoko Kitamura New Release and Performances

Source: Kyoko Kitamura.

On May 20, 2022, Relative Pitch Records will release Geometry of Trees, the third album by Geometry, the quartet of improvising musicians Joe Morris (guitar), Tomeka Reid (cello), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and myself on voice. The CD release performance will take place on Sunday May 15th at Real Art Ways in Hartford CT as part of the Improvisation Now Series (56 Arbor Street Hartford, CT 06106). Surprisingly, this is the first live performance I will partake in since the pandemic started. I had been recording and teaching but not performing live, for various reasons, but with this performance, I will be jumping back into the mix.

After that, in June, I am looking forward to a short tour with William Parker and his ensemble. Then, in the fall and winter, I am very excited to work with the wonderful saxophonist and composer Lena Bloch on her new work.

Coming to NYC

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.


Tuesday, May 10th:
7:30: KATE BIRCH / TAL YAHALOM – Violin & Vocals / Guitar

Saturday, May 28th:

Tuesday, May 31st:
7:30: DARREN JOHNSTON / CHES SMITH – Trumpet / Percussion

Coming to Chicago 

Source: Now Is.

Saturday, May 07

3111 N Western
Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project with Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Jamie Kempkers, Kioto Aoki, special guests Tsukasa Taiko

Tuesday, May 10

The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia
Snek Trio
George Matt Bowles
Sasha Sahasrahla

Wednesday, May 11

Alliance Française
54 W Chicago
Exhibition opening — Sandra Binion: the beauty of something ripped
Shi‐An Costello — music by F Chopin, H Cowell, V Cuong, C Debussy, S Costello

Thursday, May 12

Logan Center Performance Hall
915 E 60th
Celebrating Mwata Bowden’s Retirement
UChicago Jazz Ensemble

3111 N Western
Reggie Nicholson Concept with James Perkins, Alan Burroughs, Jeremiah Hunt

3429 W Diversey, #208
Aram Shelton Quartet with Josh Berman, Jason Roebke, Adam Shead

Friday, May 13

3111 N Western
Chicago Jazz String Summit
Leonor Falcon, Juanma Trujillo
Curtis Stewart
Jake Charkey, Mir Naqibul Islam, Veronica Simas de Souza

Saturday, May 14

3111 N Western
Chicago Jazz String Summit
Zara Zaharieva Quartet
Kash Killion, Avreeayl Ra
Edmar Casteneda

John Zorn in Hamburg Reviewed

Source: Brooklyn Rail.

New York composer, improviser, alto saxophonist, and organist John Zorn has been taking his entire repertoire on tour in recent times, colonizing venues and festivals, immersing audiences in his variegated musical strategies. Soon after this four-day takeover in Hamburg, he headed for Big Ears in Knoxville, and in July he’s the Artist in Residence at Moldejazz on the west coast of Norway. Most of Zorn’s many writing obsessions are covered, including prompted improvisation, string quartet pieces, jazz complexity, folkish rock, fried rock, and various manifestations of vocal work.

Coming to Philadelphia

Source: <a href=””BOWERBIRD.

SAT MAY 7, 2022

The foundation of Jessica Pavone’s recent ensemble compositions is research on the effects of sonic vibration on human physiology and emotional health. Sustained pitches and clusters of ensemble sounds generate specific physical and cognitive benefits intended to impact the audience physically and mentally, existing within and beyond music’s canonical role. The compositional techniques borrow from and elaborate on traditional music notation. Pavone experiments with improvisatory techniques, alternating between metered and time-based scores and improvised and notated instructions. The ensemble approach focuses on a vision of collective improvisation that prioritizes a collaboratively sewn musical fabric, in contrast to the traditional improvisatory method that prizes the individuality and uniqueness of the soloist. The rehearsal method, influenced by her solo work, attends to how the body plays a role in sound and intention.

WED MAY 18, 2022
Over the course of a half century long career, Chilean-born Raúl Ruiz established himself as cinema’s greatest surrealist this side of Luis Buñuel. And like Buñuel, Ruiz was a vagabond, making films wherever funds were available. After the establishment of Chile’s military junta under Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Ruiz fled to Paris, making films in France, Portugal, The Netherlands, among other locales. The Golden Boat brought him to the U.S. for the first time while the director hones in on an artistic mecca, the downtown New York art scene of the 1980s. Produced in collaboration with The Kitchen, the film takes the form of one of our homegrown police procedurals crossed with a telenovela. The film wanders through Manhattan as a murderer and a philosophy-student rock critic pursue the object of the cut-throat’s affection, a Mexican soap opera star. But the meandering plot is mainly an excuse for Ruiz to engage in his love of dreamlike black comedy where streets are populated by a veritable who’s who of no wave New York including Jim Jarmusch, Kathy Acker, Annie Sprinkle, Vito Acconci—featuring a score by John Zorn.

FRI MAY 20, 2022
JJJJJerome Ellis is a blk disabled animal, stutterer, and artist. He prays, reads, gardens, cycles, wanders, and plays. Through music, literature, performance, and video he researches relationships among blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time. Born in 1989 to Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants, he grew up and lives by a heron rookery in Virginia Beach, USA.

SAT MAY 21, 2022
Bowerbird is pleased to present vocal sextet Variant 6 in a concert celebration of their first full-length album, New Suns. The album explores myriad universes of a cappella vocal music featuring works by Jeremy Gill, Gabriel Jackson, Joanne Metcalf, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, and Bruno Bettinelli. This album is a celebration of everything they love about the versatility and virtuosity of the human voice.

S.E.M. Ensemble to Perform Many Many Women

Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.

S.E.M. Ensemble presents a complete 6-hr. performance of
Many Many Women

Friday, June 3rd, 2022 6pm to midnight
Life World
Gowanus, Brooklyn

S.E.M. Ensemble
Jen Wu, soprano
Elizabeth van Os, soprano
Padraic Costello, countertenor
Steve Wilson, tenor
James Gregory, bass/baritone
Nicholas Hay, bass
Petr Kotik, flute
Roberta Michel, flute
Sam Jone, trumpet
Evan Honse, trumpet
Will Lang, trombone
Jen Baker, trombone

On June 3rd, at 6pm, S.E.M. Ensemble will present Petr Kotik’s Many Many Women. This will be the first of many performances of the work this year, in Europe and the US.

Many Many Women (1975-78) is based on a novella by Gertrude Stein of the same name. The composition is for six vocalists, two flute, two trumpets, and two trombones, and spans six-hours of uninterrupted performance.

Many Many Women consists of 173 sections across 378 pages of score. Although traditionally notated, the simultaneous performance of various sections are determined by the performers, who intuitively improvise their entrances, creating a musical flow of unpredictable configurations. The music can be described as a non-dramatic “situation” without a clear beginning or ending.

Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, May 6

Fri 5/06 8:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
MATTHEW WELCH(bagpipes), DIANE GRUBBE(flutes) and Josh Allen(sax) perform a concert of solo improvisations and compositions (Braxton, García, Glass, Lavista, and Welch).

Fri 5/06 8:00 PM St. Mark’s Episcopal Church [600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA]
A sonic exploration of the unique relationship between urban and natural landscapes found in the Bay Area.

Sunday, May 8

Sun 5/08 4:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SSSS is a series of informal shows at CNM in which electronic music composers present their fixed media and/or live electronic music through the 8-channel surround system, generously provided by Meyer Sound. The composers mix their sounds from the center of the space, and the audience is free to choose their own listening location, and to move within the space to hear the music from different vantage points.
SSSS#5 features music by the following Bay Area composers: Sam Genovese, Will Gluck, Kim Nucci, and Kristian Dahlbom.

Tuesday, May 10
Tue 5/10 8:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [272 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Resident is a monthly electronic audiovisual open mic event started in 2017. It is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Noisebridge. Resident is casual and cool, and the community you’ll find is like no other for aspiring electronic musicians in the Bay. No judgments, no bullshit, just positive support and openness to new ideas. Live and in person at Noisebridge! 272 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Wednesday, May 11

Wed 5/11 7:30 PM David Brower Center [2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704]
Other Minds presents The Nature of Music with composer Christopher Luna-Mega, feat. his environmental piece Night Music for reed quintet.

Thursday, May 12

Thu 5/12 6:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Gone, Gone Beyond is an immersive audio-visual spatial cinema work by People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett), which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.

Thu 5/12 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA presents a live performance by TanukiSpiderCat.
Free and Open to the Public

Thu 5/12 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Blectum from Blechdom, Anti-Ear, Zebra Secrets, Ven Voisey
Thur May 12, 8pm-11pm $5-$15 sliding scale (notaflof!)
Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF
ADA accessible, all ages welcome

Friday, May 13

Fri 5/13 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA presents a live performance by Sholeh Asgary.

Fri 5/13 8:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
sfSoundGroup performs three iconic chamber music works from the late 20th century: Gérard Grisey’s “Talea”, Pauline Oliveros’s “The Inner​/​Outer Sound Matrix (for sfSound)”, and Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Lo Spazio Inverso.” ANGST HASE PFEFFER NASE performs a structured improvisation on guitar and electronics exploring metallic resonances, perception and spatialization, and the multi-hued pleasures of feedback.

FIMAV 38 Previewed

Source: Downbeat.

FIMAV (Festival du Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville) resumes operations May 18–22 in an almost back-to-normal fashion for its 38th edition. Over four concentrated days and nights in this modest-sized city in Quebec’s agricultural region, there will be 20 concerts, with one slot now turned over to a relevant film, Tom Surgal’s 2018 Fire Music, about the birth of free-jazz in America). Among the featured artists are Mary Halvorson, Mats Gustafsson and Colin Stetson.