San Francisco Scene: March 13-20, 2015

English: Eyvind Kang, moers festival 2010
Eyvind Kang

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, March 13

Fri 3/13 5:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [Screening Room] [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Back by popular demand, this program takes you on an aural journey with the “movers and shakers” of jazz.
John Schott on John Schott
5:30-6:30 PM
Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension Live
7-9 PM

Fri 3/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Elyse Weakley & Lip Service
On Second Fridays at the Center for New Music, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, Festival artists, and other acts who fall between genre lines. Pianist Elyse Weakly performs music by George Hurd, Mason Bates, and Anna Clyne. Brass ensemble Lip Service performs quintet & brass ensemble music led by Aaron Priskorn and Graham Taylor.

Fri 3/13 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministries [1629 8th Street, Oakland]
ZE BIB! Tour Kickoff show with ZE BIB!, Tom Djll/Julie Mazawa, The (subnaught) Band and DJ Glochids

Fri 3/13 8:00 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St SF]
Sheldon Brown Quartet presents an evening of Sheldon’s original music.

Saturday, March 14

Sat 3/14 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
Pulsating Cyst (L.A.)——-Mchtnncts——Bloody Snowman——Tom Djill & Lx Rudis——–17 Veils of Flesh

Sat 3/14 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
An Evening of Jazz
BAD JAZZ with Bryan Day – invented instruments; Ben Solomon – invented instruments, feedback, percussion; Tania Chen, electronic toys, bells and piano.
WORSE JAZZ with Bob Marsh – piano; Sandra Yolles – electronic percussion; Joshua Marshall, saxophones
WORST JAZZ with Julia Mazawa – field recordings and pocket synthe; James Roemer – tape card sampler

Sunday, March 15

Sun 3/15 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Electric Afternoon @ The Nunnery – 2 Duos – Tim Perkis/Ron Heglin, Bill Noertker/Mark Oi
Tim Perkis – electronics, Ron Heglin – voice, trombone
Bill Noertker – electric bass, compositions
Mark Oi – electric guitar, compositions

Sun 3/15 6:30 PM Doc’s Lab [124 Columbus Ave SF]
Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

Sun 3/15 7:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore at Second Act

Sun 3/15 9:00 PM Brick & Mortar Music Hall [1710 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103]
Bay Area composer and percussionist Charles Xavier has released four CD’s on his label Happy Note Records and he is performing as The XMan with guitarist Russel Golub performing his eclectic music for creative minds…The Xman’s next show in 2015 is on Sunday March 15th at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall opening for guitar sensation Nir Felder, called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR. I’m honored to open for fellow Berklee Alumni, guitarist Nir Felder who won the Jimi Hendrix award! The Xman performs his midi vibraphone with guitarist Russell Golub. DownBeat has called Charles Xavier a “Rara Avis,” which is Latin for rare bird.

Monday, March 16

Mon 3/16 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Earplay – New Chamber Music

Mon 3/16 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7:30 pm – Ensemble Room
Huebsch’s playing is focused on music as a structure in time–all intent is on the genesis of the moment. Through the use of avant-garde and self-invented performance techniques, the tuba acquires completely new characteristics as a brass instrument. As an array of unexpected sounds is heard, the instrument is seen from a fresh perspective, and the audience is confronted with a novel way of perceiving time.

Mon 3/16 8:30 PM Spice Monkey [1628 Webster St Oakland]
Bridge Of Crows plus Eat The Sun

Wednesday, March 18

Wed 3/18 7:26 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Carl Ludwig Hübsch & Radical 2
German composer/tubist Carl Ludwig Hübsch performs a duo with clarinetist Matt Ingalls and a selction of his compositions for improvisers with members of sfSoundGroup. Brooklyn-based percussion duo RADICAL 2 performs a program of theatrical compositions for percussion and electronics.

Wed 3/18 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St. San Francisco]
Meridian Music: Composers in Performance welcomes the Chicago-based duo Coppice in their first performance on the West Coast. Members Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer will perform their original composition, Compound Form, for pump organ, two tape processes, transmitters, and acoustic filters. Coppice will be joined by two Vancouver based sound artists, Mathieu Ruhlmann and Joda Clément, for a special collaboration.

Wed 3/18 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Idris Ackamoor, Voicehandler, Amanda Chaudhary, IMA
Idris Ackamoor
Idris Ackamoor is a living legend: multi-instrumentalist, master tap dancer, composer and leader of SF’s famed afro-futurist free jazz ensemble, The Pyramids.
Danishta Rivero and Jacob Felix Heule comprise the singular duo, Voicehandler.
Amanda Chaudhary
Amanda Chaudhary’s gaze, her custom software synths, her modular synthesizers, kids’ toys, and all manner of folk instruments combine to confound and awaken the heretofore undiscovered sensibilities of her audiences.
IMA is the electro-percussive duo of Nava Dunkelman and Jeanie-Aprille Tang.

Thursday, March 19

Thu 3/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Fast Forward and Eyvind Kang share a program featuring their recent works. Using an array of kitchen hardware and assorted artifacts, Fast Forward will perform his latest composition for alternative instrumentation. Composer and violist Eyvind Kang’s work draws from a variety of classical, traditional, and popular styles.

Thu 3/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
“There are always two!” A night of duos with:
8pm Collette McCaslin/Sheila Bosco duo
9pm Brian Pedersen/Sung Kim duo

Thu 3/19 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Little Nicky’s Presents Chuck Johnson + Laetitia Sonami and James Fei: Sparrows and Ortolans
Little Nicky’s is a monthly series curated by Noah Phillips and Chuck Johnson. Each installment features a set by a Bay Area artist or group whose sound will complement the special atmosphere of Studio Grand, a multi-use arts space with intimate and lush acoustics. Guitarist and composer Chuck Johnson will open each show with a solo performance. This month we’re joined by Laetitia Sonami and James Fei.

Friday, March 20

Fri 3/20 7:30 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno St SF]
Call and Response: Dr. Indre Viskontas + Sound Quartet

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists [Cedar Street Berkeley, CA]
THE Beth Custer ENSEMBLE is a crème de la crème of Bay Area musicians and includes Jan Jackson on drums, (Will Bernard, Curtis Bumpy), guitarist/vocalist David James (Afro Funk Experience, The Coup, Spearhead), Chris Grady on trumpet (Tom Waits, Grassy Knoll, Jewel), Vicky Grossi on bass (Mitch Marcus, Bitches Brew), vocalist Diana Mangano (Jefferson Airplane) and Beth Custer, clarinets/vocal (Club Foot Orchestra, Trance Mission, Eighty Mile Beach, Clarinet Thing).

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Eyvind Kang
Eyvind Kang will present recent research into the dynamics of thoughts, time, and sound in the context of solo viola improvisations.

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Tom Djill, Tania Chen, Eli Wallace
@ Turquoise Yantra Grotto
3 Pianists : 7 Acoustic Keyboard Instruments;
New compositions and Contemporary Canonical Works
for invented, extended, prepared, and retuned “pianos”
in exotic, historical and standard tunings

Fri 3/20 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Scott R. Looney – Carl Ludwig Hubsch
Phillip Greenlief – saxophones
Carl Ludwig Hubsch – tuba (Germany)
Scott R. Looney – piano
The German tubaist Carl Ludwig Hübsch meets bay area reed player Phillip Greenlief and pianist Scott R. Looney. Instant language. Sound Exploration. Morphed pitch. Gestalt in exchange. Contact in play. Instrumental research. Joy in noise.