4/9/2017 7:30:00 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission
7:30pm Social Stutter Quartet
Beth Schenck - alto sax; Kasey Knudsen – alto sax; Phillip Greenlief – tenor sax; Cory Wright – tenor and baritone saxes
8:30pm Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute; Eli Wallace - piano; Bill Noertker - contrabass; Jason Levis - drums
Social Stutter, a saxophone quartet led by composer/altoist Beth Schenck, blurs the line between strictly written chamber music and soaring free jazz. Solos emerge from the natural order of intricately written lines that, although begin simply in structure, twist and distort themselves into surprisingly complex shapes and forms. Unlike traditional saxophone quartets, some of the pieces are composed for two altos and two tenors, which leads itself to denser harmonic territory and a uniquely homogenous sound. Masters of texture and nuance, the quartet has a keen awareness of how to support and push one another's creative boundaries. Social Stutter is comprised of some of the Bay Area's most unique voices: Kasey Knudsen, Phillip Greenlief, Cory Wright and Beth Schenck.
Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s.
Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 175 pieces of music for this group and has released eleven CDs, including three volumes of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, three volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite, and two volumes of his druidh series.
He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film that screened at the Festival de Cannes 2010, and most recently scored the Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.”
5/25/2017 8:00:00 PM
Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street
8pm Long Tone Choir
9pm Phillip Greenlief/Scott Walton duo
The Long Tone Choir is a manifold project, based on the cornerstones of listening, breathing, mindfulness, and responsive sounding. Founded by Rae Diamond in 2013, the Long Tone Choir is a path of personal and communal exploration, consisting of local and national communities of singers, and a growing body of composition-meditations that are easy to learn, yet result in complex, organic evolutions of sound-art.