Jazzword Reviews

Source: Jazzword.

Sean Ali
My Tongue Crumbles After

Kyle Motl
Transmogrification

James Ilgenfritz
Origami Cosmos

Philippe Lauzier
A Pond in my Living Room

Bull/Heward/Linson
Bull/Heward/Linson

Harris Eisenstadt
Recent Developments

Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day
On Parade in Parede

Liudas Mockūnas/Arnas Mikalkėnas/Håkon Berre
Plunged

Mockūnas/Mazur/Strid
Live at Divadlo 29

Bart Maris & Peter Vandenberghe
Getting Lost in Tiny Spaces

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!

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THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday, August 20th:
6pm: ZODIAC SAX QUARTET: CHARLES WATERS / RAS MOSHE BURNETT / CLAIRE DALY / LEE ODOM
7pm: REDS & WHITES: JOHN WELSH / AUSTIN WHITE / ANDERS ZELINSKI

Sunday, August 27th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / MAT MANERI / NICHOLAS JOZWIAK – New Clarinet, Viola, Cello Trio!

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
6pm: KENNY WARREN / ADAM HOPKINS / FLIN VAN HEMMEN – Trumpet / Bass / Drums
7pm: LEONOR FALCON Quartet: JUANMA TRUJILLO / CHRISTOPH KNOCHE / JUAN PABLO CARLETTI – Violin / Guitar / Bass Clarinet / Drums

Sunday, September 10th:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON & MICHAEL BISIO – ContraBass Duo!
7pm: DOU B 2: LISA MEZZACAPPA / JOSH SINTON / AARON NOVIK / JASON LEVIS –
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

Ornette Coleman’s Crisis Music Returns 

English: Ornette Coleman at Enjoy Jazz Festiva...

Source: Village Voice, coverage of the first CD release of Coleman’s Crisis Music.

In a scene from Ornette: Made in America, Shirley Clarke’s unconventional — and unforgettable — documentary portrait of Ornette Coleman, the musician and composer is on a New York City sidewalk in 1968. Deadly earnest, he asks his drummer the following: “What is it that you do that’s different from other drummers?…It’s obvious you don’t have anything to go by, yet you’re playing as if you did, and that is a very modern way of playing. I’m trying to find out what method you use to be correct, to be right. You’re more right than wrong.” The drummer, smacking away at chewing gum, responds, “Aw, I dunno. I don’t have any particular method or anything.”

Lou Harrison at 100 

Source: The New York Times.

Many of the musical and philosophical characteristics that defined Lou Harrison, who would have turned 100 this year, as a quintessential American maverick composer come through in “La Koro Sutro” (“The Heart Sutra”).

“La Koro Sutro” is ambitious and large-scale, lasting nearly 30 minutes, yet somehow personal and modest, too, with a kind of innately American directness. The musical language is steeped in Asian elements, ancient modes, pentatonic scales, chantlike choral writing and systems of “just” (what Harrison considered the more natural) tuning, rather than the tempered intonation common to Western music for centuries.

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).
IMPROVISED MUSIC AT ITS MOST SUBLIME. Etherial. Mesmerizing….

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.
Filthmilk
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.