From the Bay Improviser:
Friday, April 24
Fri 4/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Songs for the Ancestors: Poetry & Music in Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide
Jewlia Eisenberg‘s Charming Hostess has been a groundbreaking mainstay of the avant-ethnic music scene for over two decades. The group is known to feature “voices and vocal percussion, handclaps and heartbeats, sex-breath and silence.”
They’ll be followed by the Bay Area’s own Kugelplex, who specialize in their own original brand of Klezmer, East European, Mid East, and Modern Chamber music. In honor of the April 24th Armenian Martyrs Day, they have teamed up with the spoken word of James Baloian for a brand new collaboration
Fri 4/24 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
4 Acts, 4 Poets
Pitta of the Mind: Amanda Chaudhary & Maw Shein Win
YoyoMama: Bab Marsh & Sandra Yolles
Tom Nunn & Dean Santomieri w/ Butoh Dancer Ronie Baker
Brother’s Quarrel: David Samas & Ian Saxton Featuring Tom Clark
Fri 4/24 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Zeena Parkins / Wobbly / Jordan Glenn TRIO with Crystal Pascucci SOLO
Saturday, April 25
Sat 4/25 8:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Moe! Staiano Duo, + others TBA
Sunday, April 26
Sun 4/26 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708]
Eli Wallace at the Maybeck, solo piano
For this concert he will be going back and forth between new compositions, older established repertoire, and will weave these pre-conceived ideas together via spontaneous improvisations.
Sun 4/26 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 Song & Dance Trio
Cory Wright, Jordan Glenn, Karl Evangelista, Myles Boisen
Motoko Honda, Biggi Vinkeloe
Wednesday, April 29
Wed 4/29 8:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Avant Pop: a special evening of cutting-edge, Bay Area-bred exploratory song.
Featuring: Grex (art rock/psych rock/free jazz) (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vox, Rei Scampavia-keys/vox, Robert Lopez-drums)
Jack O’ the Clock (folk/prog) (Damon Waitkus/Emily Packard/Kate McLoughlin/Jason Hoopes/Jordan Glenn)
The Dirty Snacks Ensemble (Chamber jazz) (Mark Clifford-vibes, Aram Shelton-reeds, Geneva Harrison-drums, Scott Brown-bass, Kristina Dutton-violin, Marty McGinn-piano)
Wed 4/29 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble presents a concert featuring premiere performances of “moremelodies II” by Makiko Nishikaze and new works by Mills composers, all composed for the ensemble.
Thursday, April 30
Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Joshua Marshall – tenor saxphone
9pm Florent Colautti solo electronics (France)
a home-built string instrument with electromagnetic bows (e-bow) piloted by the computer
Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend
The Complete String Quartets of JOHN ZORN featuring JACK and Tony Arnold (4/30/15).
Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford – walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Karen Stackpole & Drew Webster: Machine Shop & Electric Shaman – An evening of total sonic immersion with Machine Shop: Live Amplified Gong Experience and The Electric Shaman Psychoacoustic Sound Immersion Experience. Machine Shop is Karen Stackpole and Drew Webster coaxing harmonics from large gongs while herding transduced vibrations through analog effects and mixing it all together to bring the listener into the a transcendent world of layered sound. The Electric Shaman is Kyle Bouchard, an audio engineer and musician from the Pacific Northwest and a member of Portland’s Creative Music Guild. Bouchard is trained in psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, sound synthesis, composition, and performance.
Friday, May 1
Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8:00 PM Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band
structured and conducted improvisations for large ensemble.
9:00 PM Cornelious Cardew Choir
14th anniversary concert with works by Takuji Kawai, Bob Marsh, Pauline Oliveros, Rae Diamond and David Samas.
Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend
Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Amy X Neuburg was commissioned by the Cultural Department of Cologne, Germany, to create and perform a new interpretation of Jerry Hunt’s “Song Drapes,” originally a collaboration between Jerry and the performance artist Karen Finley. In homage to the intense and slightly disturbing nature of the original, and to the frantic occult-based compositions of Jerry Hunt (and his tragic end by suicide), Amy’s version is a one-hour song-and-rant cycle about aging, death, and suicide (but also kitties and flowers and rainbows). Jerry’s wild electronic textures serve as a backdrop to Amy’s lyrics, wide ranging vocalisms, electronic percussion, and choreography. One hour before the concert at 7:00 PM, excerpts of films by and about Jerry will offer some context and insight into his work and life.
(Premiered March 21, 2015, in Cologne, Germany; produced and funded by reiheM / Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.)