San Francisco Scene: December 19-26, 2014

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, December 19

Fri 12/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Gratkowski/Brown/Winant Trio
Frank Gratkowski, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax
Chris Brown, piano and live electronics
William Winant, vibraphone and percussion
This trio specializes in improvisations that seamlessly meld avant-garde classical, jazz and electronic influences. Extended techniques and interactive electronic signal processing create an original sound-world that transcends its instrumental sources through hybrid timbral and temporal transformations.

Fri 12/19 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
While renowned for performing experimental music with self-invented instruments, on this special evening Bart and Peter will each perform a set showcasing them as songwriters and bards with their reinvented strings. Bart will perform on his Y-string guitar, floating bridge guitar, wobble steel guitar, deep guitar, and his new semi-self-playing SSP-Strings instrument. Peter Whitehead performs haunting folk tunes accompanied on his hand built ethnic folk instruments from found objects.

Fri 12/19 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Tawil + Guarino / The Norman Conquest – – get shiny with us
Mike Guarino (percussion, guitar, electronics)
Leyya Tawil (dance)

The Norman Conquest

Fri 12/19 9:30 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents Lash/Bruckmann/McCowen/Djll plus Walton/Djll/Perkis/Ingalls plus Lash/Walton Duo

Saturday, December 20

Sat 12/20 7:00 PM 11 Wharf Road [Bolinas]
The Long Breath: Thingamajigs Performance Group convenes with singer-songwriter-scholar Gelsey Bell and Dyemark (Oakland) in an evening of experimental performance and meditations on alternate tunings, durational forms, and new work.

Sat 12/20 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Ben Bennett, Bad Jazz, Thomas Carnacki and Pet The Tiger at Turquoise Yantra Grotto.

Sunday, December 21

Sun 12/21 11:00 AM Berkeley Art Museum [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley]
Let’s Go! A Farewell Revel
December 21, 2014; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A Full Day of Free Events at BAM/PFA
Come celebrate BAM/PFA’s final day of public programs in its 2626 Bancroft Way location before the institution moves to a brand new home in downtown Berkeley in early 2016!
• Dance Battles by the Brilliant TURFinc
• Vibrant Vocals from All-Women Ensemble Kitka
• Performance by Groundbreaking Artist Dohee Lee
• Inspired Sound Art by Chris Kallmyer
• Art-Making for Kids of All Ages with Veronica Graham
• Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes, led by Sarah Cahill

Sun 12/21 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Two solos
Set One: Ben Bennett – invented and revisioned instruments
Set Two: The Visitor – Bob Marsh – wearable sound

Friday, December 26

Fri 12/26 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [Point Richmond United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond 94801]
Brothers Matt Eakle, flute and Kit Eakle, violin join forces to celebrate BOXING DAY, Dec. 26, at 7:30 to FUNkify your Holiday Season!