San Francisco Scene: February 27 – March 6, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 27

Fri 2/27 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA, 94801]
Zach Brock, currently based in Brooklyn, NYC, has been called the “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation” by Chicago critic, Neil Tesser. He will appear at Point Richmond Jazz, 201 Martina St. in Point Richmond on February 27 at 7:30 with drummer, Mark Ferber, and keyboard/organist, Sam Barsh.

Fri 2/27 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Ignition Duo
The Guerrilla Composers Guild is joining forces with the Ignition Duo to explore, examine, and exponentially expand the repertoire for two electric guitars at the Center for New Music. Forged in 2011 by David Gonzales and Ramon Fermin, Ignition Duo has set out to create a new and vital repertoire for two guitars. The show will feature new works by Bay Area composers Nick Bacchetto, Julie Barwick, Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Anthony Porter, Kyle Randall, Dan VanHassel, and Chace Wall. Each composer will write a work specifically for Ignition Duo in an intensely collaborative series of workshops, culminating in a genre-bending evening of music.

Fri 2/27 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Jon Arkin, drums
Karl Evangelista, guitar
Eli Wallace, piano & compositions
with special guests:
Joshua Marshall, sax
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
Come join this boisterous yet purposeful free-jazz trio as they celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album.

Saturday, February 28

Sat 2/28 3:00 PM AFTERNOON / the concert series at Musicians Union Hall [116 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103]
David Leikam/zBug featuring Sheila Bosco, Sean Price with Nancy Davenport – poet // zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture.

Sat 2/28 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin St, Berkeley, CA]
Korean Court and Shaman musics collide with free improvisation and Feldman-esque space tonalities
Tania Chen piano
Danielle DeGruttola cello
Henry Kaiser guitar
Soo-Yeon Lyuh haegum
William Winant percussion

Sat 2/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Wild Rumpus presents a program of opposites, juxtaposing harmony and noise, movement and stillness. Gritty, kinetic energy reigns supreme in Ofir Klemperer’s punk-chamber Love Song and in the clattering theatrics of David Coll’s Position, Influence. Harmonious stillness characterizes Jacob Cooper’s serene haiku Silver Threads and Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel Im Spiegel. Rounding out the program are new works written for Wild Rumpus by David Bird, Ben Richter, and artistic director Dan VanHassel, composers who make exquisite use of color and contrast in their work.

Sunday, March 1
Sun 3/01 7:30 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues this Sunday with a featured set by Aram Shelton (sax+electronics) & Owen Stewart-Robertson (guitar); and ad hoc trios randomly drawn from a hat.

Monday, March 2

Mon 3/02 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
-The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music
Set #1: David Slusser’s Lost Planet (space jazz)
David Slusser-reeds & keys, Len Paterson/Steve Clarke-gtr, Thomas Scandura-dms
Set #2: Electro-Kraken (Portland-based nuclear rock)
Set #3: Quintet (first time meeting of Bay Area improvisers)
Theo Padouvas-tpt, Jake Leckie-b, Eli Wallace-p, Bob LaDue-aux. perc et al, Hamir Atwal-dms

Thursday, March 5

Thu 3/05 8:00 PM New Parish [1743 San Pablo Oakland, 94612]
Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, with nine albums behind them, the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music Considered the top Jewish roots band in the world today.

Thu 3/05 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
8pm Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic – solo ambient drone
9pm Alan Ishii – solo loop voice

Thu 3/05 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Spanning four days and taking place throughout the picturesque Mills campus, graduate students will be presenting a wide variety of new compositions, improvisations, and installations. Signal Flow is a celebration of innovative sound art in all its forms, and affords audiences the chance to experience the cutting edge of music.

Friday, March 6
Fri 3/06 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Spanning four days and taking place throughout the picturesque Mills campus, graduate students will be presenting a wide variety of new compositions, improvisations, and installations. Signal Flow is a celebration of innovative sound art in all its forms, and affords audiences the chance to experience the cutting edge of music.

The Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival in Pittsburgh this Weekend

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In the U.S. and Europe, the pitches hidden in between the black and white keys of a piano are referred to as microtones. But one man’s microtone is another man’s C major. In much of the world, from India to Indonesia to Turkey, musical scales commonly contain pitches different from those included in the 12-tone equal temperament system that has dominated Western music since the mid-18th century. Now, microtones in contemporary Western music are as varied as they are ubiquitous.

Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival

Where: Co-presented by Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore, and University of Pittsburgh Music Building, 4337 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

When: Friday-Sunday.

Tickets: Per concert: $15, $10 for students and seniors in advance; $20, $15 for students and seniors at the door. Festival pass: $30, $20 for students and seniors. Symposium sessions are free. 412-624-7529 or


8 p.m., Warhol Theater: Guitarists Mak Grgic and Daniel Lippel perform Radulescu’s “Subconscious Wave” and other works; pianist Michael Harrison performs his own work, “Revelation”; cellist Theodore Mook performs Ezra Sims’ “Solo in Four Movements.”


1-4 p.m., University of Pittsburgh Music Building, Room 132: symposium session on Ligeti’s “Hamburg Concerto” and La Monte Young’s “The Well-Tuned Piano” with Charles Corey, Anthony Cheung, Kyle Gann and Michael Harrison.

8 p.m., Warhol Entrance Space: The FLUX Quartet performs Scelsi’s String Quartet No. 2 and other works; Mantra Percussion performs Michael Gordon’s “Timber.”


6-7:30 p.m., Warhol Theater: symposium session no. 2, an introduction to microtonal music (historical issues) with Frank J. Oteri and Robert Hasegawa.

8 p.m., Warhol entrance space: Ray-Kallay Duo performs Enno Pope’s “Rad” and works by Eric Moe (world premiere), Frank J. Oteri, Kyle Gann and others. The FLUX Quartet and Mantra Percussion perform Mathew Rosenblum’s “Ostatnia runda” (world premiere). Alia Musica performs Georg Friedrich Haas’ “Nach-Ruf … ent-gleitend ….”

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Frank Kimbrough Quartet (Friday and Saturday) The pianist Frank Kimbrough has a gift for flowing ethereality, along with a fondness for earthy rapture. He’ll draw here from “Quartet,” the sure-footed, poetic album he released last year; his partners are the saxophonist Steve Wilson, the bassist Jay Anderson and the drummer Matt Wilson. At 8 and 10 p.m., Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, 212-885-7119, (Chinen)

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Friday and Saturday) The bassist Chris Lightcap has a strong new album, “Epicenter,” featuring a batch of tunes inspired by New York locales. (Among the song titles: “Arthur Avenue” and “Stillwell.”) The music was composed for Bigmouth, a long-running unit featuring the tenor saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. (Andrew Bishop steps in for Mr. Cheek for these performances.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Miles Okazaki Quartet (Friday) The most recent album by the guitarist and composer Miles Okazaki is “Figurations,” a cerebral but thrilling showcase for his elaborate designs. It was recorded live at the Jazz Gallery, the institution that now presents his excellent current group, with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

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Avant Music Festival (Friday and Saturday) This adventurous new-music festival presents music that mixes electronics and acoustic instruments by Paula Matthusen on Friday, with performers including Mantra Percussion and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet. On Saturday the virtuosic vocal ensemble Ekmeles takes on the complete eccentric choral works by John Cage. (The series continues on March 6 and 7.) At 8 p.m., Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, 212-228-1195, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Composer Portrait: Augusta Read Thomas (Thursday) Of the four works on August Read Thomas’s program in the Miller Theater’s wonderful series, two are world premieres. One is a brief piece for violin and viola, “Capricci,” the other a more ambitious work for percussion and string quartet, “Selene.” Also on the docket are “Resounding Earth,” a percussion symphony of sorts, and an excerpt from “Sun Threads” for string quartet. Third Coast Percussion and the Jack Quartet do the honors. At 8 p.m., Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Allen)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Friday and Saturday) This intrepid ensemble continues its residency at the Abrons Arts Center, where it celebrates the centennial of the Henry Street Settlement with two free concerts. The lineup on Friday includes works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Toshio Hosokawa, Marcos Balter and Andrea Agostini. On Saturday the saxophonist Steve Lehman and the pianist Cory Smythe collaborate on a program inspired by the New York composer Alvin Lucier. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, 212-352-3101, (Schweitzer)

Locrian Chamber Players (Thursday) This impressive contemporary music ensemble assures audiences that its free programs will be fresh through its defining mission: The group only plays works written within the last decade. These musicians have a good record of choosing interesting pieces. The concerts are presented in the intimate 10th floor performance space at Riverside Church. During intermission you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the balcony outside the hall. The next program offers works by John Adams, Daniel Bernard Roumain, David Macbride, Robert Cohen and Matthew Hough. At 8 p.m., Riverside Drive at 122nd Street, Morningside Heights, 212-870-6700, (Tommasini)