Excursion to the Left Coast: John Zorn @ Yoshi’s San Francisco

Masada
Masada (via last.fm)

From Black Plastic Bag:

I recently flew across the country to watch a New York musician play a series of concerts in San Francisco. If that doesn’t seem to make much sense, consider that downtown legend John Zorn, a recent recipient of the half-a-million-bucks Macarthur “Genius” grant, almost never plays live except in New York City and Europe. But last week, he did a six-night residency at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, showcasing a different band each night, all but one playing material from his Masada songbook of tunes based on traditional Jewish scales and melodies.

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Bay Area alive with new music

New music in the San Fran area is reviewed.

In the ’60s and ’70s, the Bay Area was a new music mecca. Minimalism was forged there. East mingled with West. Electronic music came of age. Such European avant-garde composers as Luciano Berio, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen joined the scene. After graduating from Harvard, John Adams hopped in a Volkswagen bus and headed for Northern California.

Our current century rejects headquarters. San Francisco is now but one of many centers in a multi-centered universe. But pick a good weekend and the Bay Area still hops. Last weekend was a good weekend — as well as something of a preview of upcoming concerts in Southern California — and here is a diary of a writer trying to get a handle on it all.

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Secret Chiefs 3 in Oakland

Tonight’s SC3 show is previewed.

Led by former Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance, Secret Chiefs 3 has been exploring a heady collision of Middle Eastern modes, twanging surf-rock, lush cinematic overtures, and corrosive death metal for a solid decade. In concert, the band is known for its complex orchestrations and dazzling virtuoso interplay as Spruance leads his ever rotating team of collaborators through his labyrinthine compositions.

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Ninh, Theilke, Fageshinski, Doneda in Portland 2/23/09

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Monday, February 23rd, 8pm
Gallery Homeland (in the Ford Building) 2505 SE 11th Ave (at Division,
parking lot and entry at the south end of the building)
http://www.galleryhomeland.org
donation (suggested $5 to $15, but everyone welcome)

four incredible european improvisers:

Lekuan Ninh
http://www.lequanninh.net/
listen: http://www.lequanninh.net/?v=media?=en
watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skiLDE_AMlg

Michael Doneda
http://puffskydd.free.fr/neda/

THE INTERNATIONAL NOTHING (Berlin)
Kai Fageshinski | clarinet, composition
Michael Theilke | clarinet, composition
Kai Fageshinski (Los Glissandinos, The Magic I.D., etc.) and Michael Theilke (Unununium, The Magic I.D., etc.) are members of Berlin’s vibrant echtzeitmusik scene. The International Nothing (*2000) is their hardest working project of the last years. They are working exclusively on compositions (no improv), where both instruments melt into one sound, which sometimes sounds like more than two instruments through the extended use of multiphonics and difference tones. Their pieces have a delicate and slowed down quality and celebrate a unique and timeless beauty. They will present a collection of pieces developed between 2003 and 2009.
http://kylie.klingt.org/pro-tin.html

The International Nothing is kindly supported by Goethe-Institut San Fransisco and Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin.

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Throbbing Gristle US Tour

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Throbbing Gristle will tour this Spring.

DATES ANNOUNCED
FIRST US TOUR SINCE 1981
INCLUDING COACHELLA
AND FIRST TIME EVER SHOWS IN NYC AND CHICAGO

4/16/09 MASONIC HALL BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
4/19/09 COACHELLA INDIO, CA
4/21/09 UCLA LOS ANGELES, CA**
4/23/09 GRAND REGENCY BALLROOM SAN FRANCISCO, CA
4/25/09 EPHIPHANY EPISCOPAL CHICAGO, IL

**”In The Shadow Of The Sun” soundtrack performance only.

Throbbing Gristle announce their first US performances in 28 years – including an appearance Sunday April 19th at the 2009 Coachella Music Festival! The band, who have not performed in the United States since May 1981, will also be playing Chicago and New York for the first time
ever.

To mark these special occasions, Throbbing Gristle will play TWO SET events in New York and Chicago. The performances begin with a new live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 60min 1980 alchemical film “In The Shadow Of The Sun,” followed by a second set of material from across TG’s history.

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