Saturday, January 17
Sat 1/17 10:00 AM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak St. San Francisco, CA]
January 15–17, 2015 launches the first New Music Gathering, an annual coming-together of people focusing on topics of current music made in the classical music tradition. Combining concerts, discussions, and presentations about new music and its creators and activists, New Music Gathering brings top contemporary musicians, artists, administrators, and musicologists together to meet, talk, and foster relationships in the new music community. The 2015 debut is headlined by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) cofounder and flutist Claire Chase; pianist, writer, and producer Sarah Cahill; the Grammy Award–winning Kronos Quartet; internationally renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man; and the boundary-breaking ensemble The Living Earth Show. This year’s event, hosted by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street) and Center for New Music (55 Taylor Street), will focus on “Artist-Led Ensembles” with over fifty presenters and performing acts over the course of three days. Advance Tickets: $60 full conference pass, $30 day pass.
Sat 1/17 10:00 AM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
10 AM – 4:30 PM
C4NM hosts a full day of events as part of the New Music Gathering, a three-day conference for contemporary classical musicians.
Events include panel discussions on community and scene building (10 AM), technology in new music (11 AM), a curated noontime concert featuring Isaac Schankler, and an open rehearsal plus discussion with Kronos Quartet and pipa virtuoso Wu Man (2 PM).
Sat 1/17 1:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
NextNow: A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art
NextNow presents Hardly Strictly Personal – A Celebration of Post-Beefheart Art – a festival to benefit the good works of Earth Justice and the Coalition On Homelessness.
Sat 1/17 3:00 PM Musicians Union Local 6 [116 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103]
AFTERNOON / David Leikam/zBug featuring Timothy Orr & Sean Price … zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture. ArtsEarth presents AFTERNOON / the new concert series once-a-month featuring the best in music from the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally.
Sat 1/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thollem/Robair Trio Music Minus One with Special Guests
To celebrate their duo album on Setola di Maiale “Trio Music Minus One (For Dennis Palmer)”, Thollem Electric and Gino Robair have invited some local sonic inspirators for a round of trios that will vary dramatically in timbre and character over the course of the concert. The first half the duo will be joined by the insurmountable genius of saxophonist Larry Ochs from the Rova Saxophone Quartet. The 2nd half Gino and Thollem will be joined both by cellist Crystal Pascucci for a trio followed by another trio with violinist Christina Stanley.
Sunday, January 18
Sun 1/18 7:00 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble perform The Otherworld Cycle – visions of the Kalevala
Ron Heglin•Voice, Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele, Bob Marsh•Voice, Suki O’Kane•Percussion, Joshua Marshall•Tenor Saxophone, Bill Noertker•Bass, Timothy Orr•Drums, Crystal Passcucci•Cello, Mark Pino•Percussion, Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes, Rent Romus•Alto Saxophone, Kantele, Flutes, Bells, Shanna Sordahl•Cello M
Sun 1/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Weston Olencki/Katherine Young/Architeuthis Walks On Land
SF trombonist Weston Olencki and Chicago-based composer/bassoonist Katherine Young will present a concert featuring the results of over a year of collaboration with a new work for trombone and electronics. Young will also perform a set as a part of Architeuthis Walks On Land, with violist Amy Cimini.
Sun 1/18 8:00 PM Viracocha [998 Valencia St. SF]
David James’s GPS
David James-Guitar, Vocal; Alan WIlliams-Trombone; Beth Custer-Clarinet; Dina Maccabee or Charith Premawardhana-VIola; Lisa Mezzacappa-Bass; Jan Jackson-Drums
Sun 1/18 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts Festival [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Jerry Kuderna presents “A Half Century of American Piano Music”: Roger Sessions Five pieces (1975), Robert Helps Nocturne (1973), Elliot Carter Two Thoughts About the Piano (2006-7), Milton Babbitt: Post Partitions (1966)
Monday, January 19
Mon 1/19 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Earplay – New Chamber Music
Mon 1/19 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
Thomas Ankersmit Performs Live Electronics Set
Mon 1/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Autoduplicity is an exploration of music for bodies and speech – our shared instruments – and investigates how these ordinary sounds can be transformed into powerful musical ideas reflective of the human experience. The program also probes themes of blurred identities and realities, questions of sanity, the movements of our bodies, and the rhythms of our speech.
Mon 1/19 8:00 PM Era Art Bar and Lounge [19 Grand Ave Oakland, CA]
Michael Coleman, Piano
Jordan Glenn, drums
Andrew Conklin, guitar
Mark Allen-Piccolo, bass
Mon 1/19 9:00 PM Spice Monkey [1628 Webster St Oakland]
Wednesday, January 21
Wed 1/21 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Miaozu, Zhuangzu, Yi Zu, Xinjiang and northwest Chinese tribal musics meld with American free jazz interpretivity right before your ears.
His instruments, amps, effects, unpredictable and unnamed devices are all one-of-a-kind designs, all built by hand and usually analog. Past playmates have included Victims Family, Throbbing Gristle, Social Unrest, Jean Jacques Perrey, L7, Hawkwind, DJ RAZ, and Farflung.
Tom Djll lays down slabs of sound, etching them with timbres from his kit of synth circuits. Julia Mazawa raises timbres from etched slabs, laying and delaying their path from tonearm to circuit to soundspace. Pick up the signal rising down from this twisted pair.
Combining composition and improvisation, SL Morse is the project of Sarah Lockhart (drums) collaborating with other musicians. Tonight’s performance of “The Yellow Wallpaper” features Sarah’s long-time collaborator from past projects (Tainted Pussy, Aurora Nonet), Aurora Josephson (voice/small percussion).
Wed 1/21 7:52 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Séverine Ballon
French cellist Séverine Ballon performs new solo works written by local composers Franck Bedrossian, Erik Ulman, and Stanford Graduate Composers.
Thursday, January 22
Thu 1/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8:00pm Collette McCaslin (formerly CJ Borosque)/Sheila Bosco
9:00pm HUGE STATUE OF JESUS
Adam Adhiyatma – guitars, clarinets, electronics, voice, Alex Cohen – guitars, tubes, percussion, voice, Kim Nucci – saxophones,clarinet, flute, electronics, voice
Friday, January 23
Fri 1/23 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Jen Shyu’s “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths”, directed by Garin Nugroho (performance and pre-concert screening of fieldwork footage)
Jen Shyu’s solo performance — that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and “projecting her ancestry” through contemporary monologue — reveals a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal through the exploration of losses that plagues our modern world: loss of tradition, habitat, and public spaces. Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections are discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. Renowned Indonesian film and stage director Garin Nugroho (Opera Jawa, Under the Tree, Daun di Atas Bantal) directs Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, infusing his distinctive vision for celebrating the exhilarating and sacred into the work.
Fri 1/23 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
In association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Jazz@YBCA Program , Jazz in the Neighborhood is proud to present Darren Johnston’s Wind Over Walls Quintet featuring Myra Melford.
Fri 1/23 8:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Benefit Show for Outsound w/Grex, Jim Ryan, Teddy Rankin-Parker, + Moe! Staiano Ensemble
An exciting group of Bay Area creative musicians convene for a special benefit for Bay Area non-profit Outsound Presents, including innovative art rock trio Grex, acclaimed solo cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker, avant-garde composer/percussionist Moe! Staiano, and singular Beat poetry survivor Jim Ryan.