10/20/2017 8:00:00 PM

Jupiter
2181 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley

Joseph's Bones with Lisa Mezzacappa


10/21/2017 7:00:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St
SF

The Bottesini Project

The Bottesini Project, Colorado’s premiere free improvisation ensemble creates intricately woven, fully improvised compositions in a contemporary jazz-based setting. From this basis, the music may take off to the fringes into a myriad of stylistic and sonic portals. The journey is the key – beautifully melodic, captivatingly rhythmic, Bottesini excels at harnessing the drama of risky experimental musical process into surprisingly accessible, powerful music for mainstream audiences. Founded by Saxophonist Paul Riola, Bottesini has featured a range of world-renowned artists including Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker, guitarist Nels Cline, DJ Olive, drummer Scott Amendola and trumpeter Ron Miles. The current lineup features Riola (saxophones), Glenn Whitehead (trumpet), Mark Clifford (Vibraphone), Scott Walton(bass) and Scott Amendola (drum set).

Opening the evening is the Mark Clifford Trio:

This performance will encompass original compositions drawing upon Mark Clifford’s experiences while in residence at Lijang Studio at Lashihai, in the town of Hainan China. The pieces will focus upon the nuances of communication and language through the filter of cellular material representing various linguistic barriers. The musicians will be given the freedom to communicate within the pieces fluidly through improvisational means.

This material will represent Mr. Cliffords own aesthetic and musical language. The score will aim to engage the performers to improvise using their own musical language while still reflecting the source material. With this approach, Mr. Clifford hopes to share the understanding, harmony, and patience that he experienced while in residence at Lijiang Studio communicating with the community in Mandarin, English, and Naxi.

Mark Clifford: Vibraphone

Crystal Pascucci: Cello

Phillip Greenlief: Woodwinds


10/22/2017 7:30:00 PM

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission
SF

7:30 pm The Actual Trio
John Schott - guitar, Dan Seamans - double bass, John Hanes - drums
8:30 pm Trouble Ensemble
Ernest Larkins, voice, Mia Bella D'Augelli, violin
Rent Romus and Joshua Marshall, saxophones, Jakob Pek, guitar
Andrew Jamieson, piano, Tim DeCillis, drums

Formed in 2011 to play a monthly gig at the Actual Café in Oakland, California, this deeply bonded trio exercises virtuoso listening, and brings Schott’s compositions to vivid life. “I feel very fortunate to have John and Dan as partners,” says Schott. “Together, we are committed to the joys of swinging, playing what you hear, being in the moment, and sharing with audiences.”
John Schott graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts, where he studied with Gary Peacock and Julian Priester. In 1992, he and Ben Goldberg formed Junk Genius, which released records on Knitting Factory and Songlines, as well as in other combinations on Tzadik, Nuscope, and Victo. Schott was also, with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard, and Scott Amendola, a member of the jazz/funk band T.J. Kirk, whose second album If Four Was One (Warner Bros.) received a 1997 Grammy nomination. Schott's CD Shuffle Play: Elegies for the Recording Angel (New World Recordings) featuring his 16-piece Ensemble Diglossia in a 70-minute composition, was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Wire magazine. Schott can also be heard on records by John Zorn, Tom Waits, The Baguette Quartette, and Steven Bernstein.


"Wade in the water, God’s gonna trouble the water"
Throughout their history, the spirituals have illuminated the spiritual force that “troubles” the “waters” of injustice and oppression, using the power of African and African American music and spirituality. Originally, songs of black American slaves, they are rooted in song, dance and drumming of West Africa, the experience of oppression of an uprooted people, and the teachings of a transformative faith. They “troubled” the oppressive teachings of their society, and their message and tradition continue to “trouble” unjust systems today.
?Looking to the tradition of composers and experimenters like Sun Ra, Charles Ives and Pauline Oliveros, contemporary musicians “trouble” the musical establishment and its conventions as they envisioned radical new ways of making and listening to sound. Their traditions are a separate musical “voice” from African American spirituality and the two voices cannot merge into one. They can, however, have a conversation in a musical setting. Trouble Ensemble will creates large group conversation. We perform arrangements of spirituals, where we present a melody, rhythm and text derived from the tradition, along with jagged harmonies, unusual timbres and free improvising.
On this set, we will be featuring brand new arrangements in preparation for our first album, coming next year.


11/3/2017 8:00:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison Street
Berkeley

Ian Carey's Wood/Metal/Plastic & Nathan Clevenger Group: New Music for Septets

This new ensemble from Ian Carey (“a trumpeter and composer who asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” –Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz) spans the worlds of chamber music, jazz, and free improvisation. This brand new septet features luminaries from across the Bay Area's jazz, classical, and new music scenes, performing a new book of compositions by Carey commissioned by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. The project’s influences range from chamber jazz pioneers Jimmy Giuffre and Charles Mingus, to chamber music titans including Villa-Lobos and Ravel, to free improvisation adventurers Ornette Coleman and Steve Lacy, while staying true to Carey’s love of dense counterpoint and lush harmonies.

Band Members and Instruments (Ian Carey's Wood/Metal/Plastic): Ian Carey: trumpet, compositions; Kasey Knudsen: alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Alisa Rose, Mia Bella D'Augelli: violins; Jess Ivry: cello; Jason Levis: drum

Artist Website: iancareyjazz.com



Oakland-born composer Nathan Clevenger creates original work at the boundaries of jazz, chamber music, and popular music. His primary performing ensemble is the Nathan Clevenger Group, a septet featuring some of the bay area's finest musicians. The Group has released two acclaimed albums and notable recent performances include the 2016 SF Friends of Chamber Music SFMusic Day, the 2015 Switchboard Music Festival, and a featured night as part of the Best Coast Composer Series at the SF Center for New Music. Clevenger is also engaged in creating original music for film and pieces for chamber ensembles and soloists.

Band Members and Instruments (Nathan Clevenger Group): Kasey Knudsen: alto sax; Cory Wright: tenor sax, clarinet, flute; Rachel Condry: bass clarinet, clarinet; Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Tim DeCillis: vibes, percussion; Jason Levis: drums, percussion; Nathan Clevenger: compositions, guitar

Artist Website: nathanclevengermusic.com


11/6/2017 8:00:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street San Francisco

Phillip Greenlief Presents 6 on the 6th - performing the west coast premiere of THE STATES UNITED

Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on November 6th 2016. This November 6th, Phillip Greenlief and musicians will perform THE STATES UNITED, a map score originally composed for any ensemble or group of performers from diverse disciplines. The composition, like many of Greenlief's MAP SCORES are open works intended to inspire artists to create works based on images and an assortment of compositional elements. In this case, the map sources are the states of the union, and the cues are text based - words intended to inspire musicians to improvise.

Featuring: Kyle Bruckmann - oboe, English horn; Evelyn Davis - prepared piano; Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Claudia La Rocco - voice, text; Lisa Mezzacappa - bass; Tim Perkis - live electronics

The words presented in THE STATES UNITED have a connection to our history, our current state of affairs and our future - while some are clearly politically charged, others are ambiguous, some are meant to provoke, some are open ended and can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

We hope you will join us for this special performance.


11/6/2017 8:00:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street San Francisco

Phillip Greenlief Presents 6 on the 6th - performing the west coast premiere of THE STATES UNITED

Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on November 6th 2016. This November 6th, Phillip Greenlief and musicians will perform THE STATES UNITED, a map score originally composed for any ensemble or group of performers from diverse disciplines. The composition, like many of Greenlief's MAP SCORES are open works intended to inspire artists to create works based on images and an assortment of compositional elements. In this case, the map sources are the states of the union, and the cues are text based - words intended to inspire musicians to improvise.

Featuring: Kyle Bruckmann - oboe, English horn; Evelyn Davis - prepared piano; Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Claudia La Rocco - voice, text; Lisa Mezzacappa - bass; Tim Perkis - live electronics

The words presented in THE STATES UNITED have a connection to our history, our current state of affairs and our future - while some are clearly politically charged, others are ambiguous, some are meant to provoke, some are open ended and can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

We hope you will join us for this special performance.