San Francisco Bay Area Scene

John Cage

From Bay Improviser

Thursday, January 19, 8pm
Bay Area creative jazz double header with Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch and the Nathan Clevenger Group. Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch features Aaron Bennett (tenor sax), John Finkbeiner (electric guitar), Vijay Anderson (drums), and Lisa Mezzacappa (acoustic bass). Nathan Clevenger Group features Aaron Novik (clarinets), Kasey Knudsen (alto & tenor sax), Evan Francis (tenor sax, flute), Sam Bevan (bass), Jon Arkin (drums), and Nathan Clevenger (compositions, guitar). Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., San Francisco | $10

Thursday, January 19, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series, at 8pm is Marana Jocund, a free-hardcore (‘outrock’) unit, featuring Will Redmond (electric guitar), Rob Pumpelly (drums), and Megan McKearney (visuals). At 9pm, the free jazz noise of Key West takes the stage, featuring Brian Pedersen (saxes), Sung Kim (the fawn), Dave Dupuis (upright bass), Jason Ricci (drums), and Rent Romus (saxes). Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th St.), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm
The Meridian Gallery Music Series presents San Francisco artist Bill Fontana, known internationally for his pioneering experiments in sound art. Fontana will play short videos, sound recordings and show photos of his work that has been exhibited throughout the world. The event will culminate in a surround sound performance of two spectacular pieces: Kirribilli Wharf (1976), a pioneering 8 channel sound sculpture realized in 1976 for the Australian Broadcasting Commission and last presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1985 and Speeds of Time (2004 and 2008) which had been a live sound sculpture with Big Ben (London). Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco | $10-20

Friday, January 20, 7:30pm
Turquoise Yantra Grotto presents the best of analog and digital invented instrument worlds with Tom Nunn’s & Paul Winstanley’s new duo + the latest incarnation of Tim Thompson’s computer-controlled Space Palette straight from Burning Man & dorkbot-61. Tix by advance reservation only. To reserve, send an email to joe (at) joelasqo.com, and he’ll confirm and send location and details. (Please note in case of allergies: Birds are present in the venue). | $12-15

Friday, January 20, 8pm
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival is America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 25 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 16+ high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. Friday evening’s program will include pieces by John Cage, Luc Ferrari, Maggi Payne (Berkeley), Jacob Felix Heule (San Francisco), Thom Blum (San Francisco), Cliff Caruthers (Oakland), Matthew Barnard (UK), Orestis Karamanlis (Greece), Émilie Payeur (Montréal), and an 1859 Phonautogram by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879). ODC Dance Theatre, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), San Francisco | $15 [$8]

Friday, January 20, 8pm
The long-awaited debut album “Tales From the Land of Lawson” is finally being released! Limited edition handmade physical copies of the album will be available for $10 each. The album is being released by the new Seattle-based creative music label Table and Chairs. Lawson will be comprised of Jacob Zimmerman (alto sax), Theo Padouvas (trumpet), Cory Wright (tenor sax), Rob Ewing (trombone), Michael Coleman (keyboard), Dan VanHassel (keyboard), Dan Good (electronics, trumpet) with special guest Jem Fanvu (voice). There will be an opening set by Zunu, featuring Zeina Nasr (voice, guitar) and Alex Vittum (drums/synthesizer). Swarm Gallery, 560 Second St., Oakland | $10 suggested donation

Saturday, January 21, 8pm
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival is America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 25 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 16+ high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. Saturday evening’s program will include pieces by John Cage (1912-1992), The Beatles (1957-1970), Raymond Scott (1908-1994) with Jim Henson (1936-1990), Kristin Miltner (Oakland), Joseph Anderson (UK), Christopher Burns (Milwaukee), Matt Ingalls (Oakland), Martin Bédard (Montréal), Christopher Swithinbank (UK), and an 1859 Phonautogram by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879). ODC Dance Theatre, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), San Francisco | $15 [$8]

Sunday, January 22, 8pm
The Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) presents Myra Melford (piano), Han Bennink (drums), and Mary Oliver (violin) in concert. More information is available here. CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley | $10, $5 students/seniors

Sunday, January 22, 8pm
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival is America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, with three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 25 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 16+ high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. Sunday evening’s program will include pieces by John Cage (1912-1992), Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), Rubber (() Cement (San Francisco), Adam Basanta (Montréal), Dan Joseph (New York), Stelios Manousakis (Seattle/Greece), Alexander Schubert (Germany), John Young (UK), and an 1859 Phonautogram by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879). ODC Dance Theatre, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), San Francisco | $15 [$8]Sunday, January 22, 9pm
The Subterranean Arthouse presents a triple bill with Joey Molinaro (NYC solo acoustic grindcore violin, foot percussion), Moe! Staiano
(SF improvised found percussionist, formerly of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), and Arkham SubUnit, featuring Rent Romus (saxophones), Karl Evangelista (guitar), Bob Marsh (bass, electronics), and Philip Everett (drums). Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | $10-15