San Francisco Scene: June 12-19, 2015

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Friday, June 12

Fri 6/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Lady Band and surprise special guest
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.
June’s set features Lady Band, a new trio performing songs inspired by vintage sheet music, art song, sea chanties, and strophic tales. A nod to pre-digital home entertainment.

Fri 6/12 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Lord Tang is a project of crumpled beats and melodies; the latest solo incarnation of Dominic Cramp.
Michael Coleman, keyboards & electronics
Aram Shelton, saxophone & processing via Max/MSP
Alex Vittum, drums & modular synthesizer.

Saturday, June 13

Sat 6/13 5:30 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Jazz@YBCA Presents
Celebrating Jazz in the Present Tense
In this intimate celebration and performance, Jazz@YBCA artist-in-residence Myra Melford presents a program that will honor the work we’ve done over the last two years. Meet the artists, educators, and partners who brought this exciting project to light, and find yourself in the present tense of this rich American art form. Featuring performances by the Oakland Future Trio Youth Ensemble, an improvisation between Melford and YBCA’s Chief of Program and Pedagogy and renowned spoken word poet, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and more! We will end with a Jazz@YBCA jam with Marcus Shelby, John Schott, and others. This special jam is open to audience participation. Bring your instruments or your voices and get your chance to perform on the legendary YBCA stage!

Sat 6/13 7:56 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Margaret Lancaster & Elliot Simpson perform solo works by Larry Polansky
Margaret Lancaster performs Larry Polansky’s “Piker” (1997–8), a set of five pieces for solo piccolo. Elliot Simpson performs Polansky’s “Songs and Toods” (2005) a set of five pieces for the Lou Harrison National Just Intonation Resophonic guitar that explores various and extreme possibilities of the guitar’s tuning structure.

Sat 6/13 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Surplus 1980, BAUS, Sharon Tate Fetus Explosion
Surplus 1980 returns with music is a thicker brew with an out-jazz touch and more than a dash of punk ferocity.

Sunday, June 14

Sun 6/14 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
Bill Wesley and Jonathan Glasier – Maximum Micro @ The Nunnery – playing Array Instruments (TM), created by Bill Wesley, based upon Pythagorean ideas.+ Brother’s Quarrel

Wednesday, June 17

Wed 6/17 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Diaphonic: 21st Century Music for Bassoon
New Music specialist Christin Schillinger performs new works for bassoon by California composers Kyle Hovatter, Jenni Brandon, John Steinmetz, Adrienne Albert, & Alex Shapiro. She is joined by collaborative pianist Jed Moss.

Wed 6/17 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight]
Maggi Payne
Tania Chen
Extra Soft Earthquake
Earth Jerks

Wed 6/17 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
a rare Bay Area visit by SoCal improviser and composer Michael Dessen!
Michael Dessen, trombone / Kyle Bruckmann, oboes / Steve Adams, saxophones / Tim Perkis, electronics / Scott Walton, contrabass and piano / Lisa Mezzacappa, contrabass

Thursday, June 18

Thu 6/18 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
Curated by India Cooke, violin and Lewis Jordan, saxophone

Thu 6/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
8pm Aurora Josephson & Klime
Jesse Austin, Josh Casey, Yari Bundy – custom designed analog and digital electronics
9pm Phillip Greenlief – solo saxophone
Saxophonist/Composer Phillip Greenlief will perform a set of solo improvisations as he kicks off his Summer 2015 Solo Tour of the United States. The Luggage Store Gallery show will be the first concert in a 28 city tour that will span both coastlines and cross the continent twice.

Friday, June 19

Fri 6/19 8:00 PM Old First Church [1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109]
Sarah Cahill – A Piano Party for Terry Riley at 80

Fri 6/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
“Play that Thing or Throw It Away” (Larry Ochs – Darren Johnston – Gino Robair)
Three Cats Making Magic Happen

Fri 6/19 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!