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Twelve Great Post-Rock / Psychedelic / Jazz / Avant-Garde / Experimental Albums That Are Perfect For Thinking About Life & Other Important Stuff

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 9, 2018 07:47pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

This list is a bit eclectic musically, with a number of styles and genres represented. However, the albums here are held together by a common thread: they all contain music that is excellent for thinking. Sure, you can think while listening to pretty much anything, but these 2017 releases are guaranteed to take your mind on a journey through inner space. They will undoubtedly lead you to some interesting places, so check them all out and see where your mind goes... just close your eyes, relax, and float away on a cloud of sound.

Cornelius, Mellow Waves

12.  Cornelius - Mellow Waves (Warner Music Japan)

A triumphant return for this Japanese artist, his first new proper (non-soundtrack) album since 2006's Sensuous. As the title perhaps indicates, this new one finds him mellowing a bit, but his penchant for slightly skewed pop music is still here. Some odd time signatures lead to interesting places, and his distinctly Japanese sensibilities are on full display again. Overall, this is an enjoyable and pleasant ride through the universe of quirky electronic-tinged pop we are used to from him. Although it might not be his best record, it is a very strong effort, and it fares quite well when compared to his earlier masterpieces Fantasma and Point.
Do Make Say Think

11.  Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation)

San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival Featuring Kronos Quartet, June 10

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 28, 2017 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Switchboard Music Festival, Kronos Quartet

Switchboard Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary on Saturday, June 10th at Z Space in San Francisco with six hours of music! The festival, which runs from 3-9pm, will feature cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker performing music by Michael Beharie, Ryan Brown’s Mortal Lessons, Ramon and Jessica’s Roses are Blue, the SF Conservatory Percussion Quartet, Billygoat, Splinter Reeds, and a return performance by the Kronos Quartet.

The Switchboard Music Festival is the flagship event of San Francisco’s Switchboard Music, which supports the creation and performance of new music in the Bay Area by engaging artists and audiences from a wide variety of musical communities. The Switchboard Music Festival will present seven sets of eclectic music as well as a mid-Festival birthday party celebrating ten years of Switchboard.

Teddy Rankin-Parker
Teddy Rankin-Parker

Here's the non-stop line-up for June 10th:

3:00pm: Paul Lansky’s Threads & selections from Steve Reich’s Drumming

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Terry Riley Weekend In SF Features Complete String Quartets of John Zorn, Kala Ramnath & Thollem McDonas

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 14, 2015 07:26pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Terry Riley Weekend, with events happening April 30th through May 2nd at the Palace of Fine Arts and Cowell Theater.

To celebrate Terry Riley's 80th birthday and honor his genius as a composer, performer, musician, and human being, he was asked by CIIS to curate this short series that expresses the diversity of his creative interests. Don't miss this incredible weekend of three performances in a diverse array of contemporary Western and Indian classical styles. 

The Complete String Quartets of John Zorn featuring JACK Quartet and Tony Arnold
Thursday, April 30, 2015, Palace of Fine Arts
JACKThere has rarely been a musician as versatile and prolific as John Zorn, whose genre bending creativity has excited audiences and confounded critics and academics for 40 years. One of his greatest achievements are his compositions for string quartet, which are among the most important contributions to the genre since Carter and Bartok. Spanning almost three decades, these six quartets are each a world of their own, and run the gamut from cartoon madness, hardcore intensity, hebrew spirituality, hermetic romanticism, Crowlean Magick, and Alchemical Mysticism. This unprecedented concert presents all six of Zorn's remarkably varied quartets along with the US premiere of Pandora's Box, his striking new composition for string quartet and soprano written for the Arditti Quartet. Featuring the virtuosic young quartet JACK and Tony Arnold on voice, this marathon concert of Zorn's complete quartets is not to be missed.

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San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival, April 4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 12, 2015 08:30pm | Post a Comment

Kitka Switchboard Music Festival

The eighth annual Switchboard Music Festival returns to San Francisco's Brava Theater on April 4th from 2-10pm. The eight-hour showcase of innovative music from the Bay Area and beyond features 13 sets of music, including the Real Vocal String Quartet, Kitka, Brass Magic, and the premiere of In C Re-Do -- a re-imagining of Terry Riley’s In C featuring contributions from over 50 composers.

In C Re-Do celebrates the 50th anniversary of Terry Riley’s In C, which is comprised of 53 individual cells of music that are performed by a malleable group of musicians who move through the score at their own pace, creating a slowly evolving soundscape. The In C Re-Do will start and end with Riley’s original cells, with each of the 51 remaining cells contributed by Switchboard artists past and present plus other members of the Switchboard community, including Glenn Kotche, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Zoe Keating, Carla Kihlstedt, Fred Frith, Pamela Z, Samuel Adams, and all three Switchboard co-directors.

Here's the non-stop line-up for April 4th:

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Experimental Artist Mika Vainio

Posted by Amoebite, December 31, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Mika Vainio

Mika Vainio is a Finnish experimental musician based out of Berlin. During the 1980s, Vainio played Mika Vainio drums and electronics in the Finnish industrial/noise scene, eventually making a name for himself as one half of Pan Sonic, an electronic duo inspired by Throbbing Gristle and Suicide. Vainio is also an accomplished solo artist, releasing solo work both under his own name and under the O alias. He has collaborated with iDEAL Recordings label boss Joachim Nordwall, Sunn O))) leader Stephen O'Malley, Autechre's Sean Booth, Alan Vega of Suicide and Fennesz. Vanio's most recent solo releases are 2013's Kilo and 2014's O recording Konstellaatio. After a long hiatus, 2014 saw the release of Pan Sonic's album Oksastus

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