Sound-Minds Fortress, Travis Johns, Scott Stobbe in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Thursday, November 19th
8pm, $5 suggested donation (no one turned away)
@ Enterbeing
1603 NE alberta

Sound-Minds Fortress: Strings and Harmonium (members include Warren Lee, Mary Sutton, and Gabriel Will)
Travis Johns: Electronics from San Fran!
Scott Stobbe and Ensemble: New works for ensemble by Scott Stobbe incorporating inspiration and field recordings from his recent travels in Europe.

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Larry Ochs’ Sax and Drumming Core Coming to NY

Scott Amendola 1
Image by michaelz1 via Flickr

From Roulette:


Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core was formed in June 2000 for a special – invitation performance in San Francisco. The Core’s music is a meditation on and a 21st-century distillation of the songs of American and eastern European blues-shouters, and of traditional chant-singers from Asia and Africa. This is the space that this band was inspired by – at first. But then, after all, the end result is modern. Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core consists of both Scott Amendola and Donald Robinson on drums and is led by Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxophones. As of November 2007, the trio expanded to a quintet, including Satoko Fujii on synthesizers and piano, and Natsuki Tamura on trumpet.

OCTOBER 13th @ 8:30 PM
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students/Seniors/Under 30s $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242

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SFEMF 2009: 10th Anniversary Show Begins

The tenth annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival will take place Wednesday, September 16th through Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Brava Theater.

This year, SFEMF consists of four evenings of stimulating performances by internationally recognized artists and musicians in the electronic music field. In celebration of it’s 10th Anniversary, the festival will feature four of the original SFEMF organizers (Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Ed Osborn, and Donald Swearingen) – one on each of its four evenings.

2009 SFEMF artists are:

Mason Bates
Frank Bretschneider (Berlin)
Preshish Moments
Maria Chavez (New York)
Joan La Barbara (New York)
Lukas Ligeti (New York)
Miya Masaoka (New York)
Amy X Neuburg
Ed Osborn (Providence, RI)
Gino Robair
Donald Swearingen
Mark Trayle (Los Angeles)
Pamela Z

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Death In June – Lesson One: Misanthropy
Lesson One: Misanthropy is a rather bleak, yet creative & largely consistent compilation of very early Death In June material, which also has the added extra of a short DVD featuring the bands original line up when they performed a one off reunion in 1998.

Churner – Terminal Disorder
Terminal Disorder is a long form guitar & feedback piece that dips into roaring and frying noise textures, as well as more dramatic cinematic tone structures and the odd nod towards feedback engulfed doom or blacked metal matter and blacked ambient guitar texturing.

Blanketship – The Sound That Surrounds You/Klangwunder
This rather neat little package brings together two eps from turntable and sample manipulator extraordinaire Blanketship (aka Jared Blüm) who’s part of quirky, inventive and mostly always rewarding San Francisco based label/ collective Gigante Sound.

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Emily Hay on Tour in June

Emily Hay announces a few dates in Southern Cali:

June 14, 2009, 8:30pm (event starts at 7:30)
Flutist/vocalist Emily Hay performs with pianist/sound artist Motoko Honda
SIMMS Series
Musicians’ Union Hall, 116 9th Street (at Mission), San Francisco, CA
Also on the bill: Erica Eller with Damon Smith and Weasel Walter

June 15, 2009 sometime after 9:00pm
Emily Hay (flutes/vocals/electronics) performs with keyboardist/sound artist Motoko Honda guitarist/sonic artist Lucio Menegon
Kingman’s Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Avenue (near Solano), Albany, CA
Experimental/Improv Hootenanny & Social Club
Also on the bill: All Ones, Ralph Carney, curated sets with Bass is the Place and Bunny Numpkins

June 18, 2009 8:00pm (we’ll probably play last)
Emily Hay performs with keyboardist/sound artist Motoko Honda and percussionist Brad Dutz
The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Also on the bill: Anna Homler (voice) with Michael Intriere (cello) and Jorge
Martin (electronics) and
Josie Roth (viola and electronics)

June 20, 2009 sometime after 9:00pm
Emily Hay performs with Bavab Bavab
Echo Curio (Echo Park Curiosity Shop and Art Gallery)
1519 Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park, CA

June 28, 2009 7:00pm
Emily Hay performs with guitarist Carey Fosse
The Tribal Cafe
1651 W. Temple Street, #A, Los Angeles, CA
Also on the bill: Motoka Honda, Anna Homler and more!!!

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2009 Seattle Occultural Music Festival

The lineup from the 2009 Seattle Occultural Music Festival, an event I’d never heard of before, is available:

Friday, May 1 @ 8pm – All ages
The Art Church
2051 NW 61st St @ 22nd
Soriah [Portland]
Stuart Dempster
Vox Vespertinus
Seattle Harmonic Voices
Hanna Benn

Saturday, May 2 @ 8pm – All ages
Gallery 1412
1412 18th Ave
Robin Holcomb
Amy Denio
Sokai Stilhed
Christopher Greenchild

Thursday, May 7 @ 8pm – All ages
Good Shepherd Center Chapel Performance Space
649 Sunnyside N
Seattle Phonographer’s Union
Jason Kopec
Graham Banfield

Friday, May 8 @ 10pm – 21+ w/ID
Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre
2322 2nd Ave
Voodoo Israel [San Francisco]
Joy Von Spain
Matt Shoemaker
Midday Veil

Saturday, May 9 @ 10pm – 21+ w/ID
Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre
2322 2nd Ave
Barn Owl [San Francisco]
Bill Horist
Dr. Jones
Riding the Slow Wave of Death

Thursday, May 14 @ 8pm – All ages
Gallery 1412
1412 18th Ave
Wayne Horvitz
Gust Burns & Tyler Wilcox
Michal Szostalo

Friday, May 15 @ 10pm – 21+ w/ID
Rendezvous Jewelbox Theartre
2322 2nd Ave
Holy Experiment [New York]
At the Head of the Woods [Portland]
(a) Story of Rats
Paintings for Animals

Friday, May 1 @ 8pm – All ages
The Art Church
2051 NW 61st St

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

Masada (via

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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