San Francisco Scene: December 11-17, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, December 11

Fri 12/11 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Music for Shuffle and Rob Reich
Every second Friday of the month, Switchboard Presents a split bill of eclectic artists from the Bay Area and beyond. December’s installment features Music for Shuffle, a project developed by Matt Brown, for four instrumentalists playing music displayed on iPad screens, randomly rotating independently of one another, creating a shifting ambient musical landscape. Second on the bill is Rob Reich and his trio performing live film scores.

Fri 12/11 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
PLAY THAT THING OR THROW IT AWAY aka Ochs-Johnston-Robair Trio

Saturday, December 12

Sat 12/12 2:00 PM Waveformless [470e 49th St. Oakland, CA]
Jon Raskin/Tim Perkis duo at Waveformless: Noted saxophonist Jon Raskin will be playing electronics on this gig, as will Tim Perkis.

Sat 12/12 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Aria Rostami + Daniel Blomquist [don’t be a stranger #6]
Aria Rostami and Daniel Blomquist re-interpret the current human-to-technology relationship of data-mining, Facebook, the NSA, Google, Youtube and cellphones to create information-based music that sounds familiar while hiding its origins. The show will feature the duo manipulating tapes, prerecorded media, and analogue processing accompanied by video projections from artist Ryan Page.

Sunday, December 13

Sun 12/13 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Susan Chan: Echoes of China Piano Recital
This recital features piano works by international award-winning contemporary Chinese composers Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Alexina Louie and Tan Dun, including two recently commissioned works by Zhou and Chen. The program with verbal program notes mixes old and new, and East and West. Information on Susan Chan can be found at

Sun 12/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Prismatic Percussion++ 【⿎】 with duo B. (Jason Levis & Lisa Mezzacappa) & Donald Robinson – Joe Lasqo duo (w guest Biggi Vinkeloe)
2 of the Bay Area’s most daring “percussion plus” duos team up for an evening of rhythmic space exploration among pitch and timbre nebulae shining in audible colors far beyond the visible spectrum: Set 1 – duo B. Jason Levis: percussion & Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Set 2 – Donald Robinson: percussion & Joe Lasqo: laptop | piano | objects (Late note: Biggi Vinkeloe will now also join for duets with Donald Robinson)

Sun 12/13 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland]
West Oakland Record Release
with Goddess Aphonic, Brown Um and Trigger-Inverter

Wednesday, December 16

Wed 12/16 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
N. 213, Sister Blanche, Earth Jerks, Antimatter

Wed 12/16 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova + Figure 8
The Rova Saxophone Quartet continues to unearth works from its repertoire to be performed in our New York retrospective in January. In December, Rova will join forces with 4 additional saxophonists Casey Knudsen, Cory Wright, Aram Shelton and Sheldon Brown to play Tracers from the Figure 8 book for sax octet. Plus pieces by Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, and Rova. Another one-of-a-kind Rova+ show.

Thursday, December 17

Thu 12/17 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays with CONJURE!
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 12/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Peter Whitehead – invented instruments
9pm Nadia Shihab – voice, strings & electronics

Thu 12/17 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Realizations, Adaptations, and Tributes
Las Sucias
Three contrasting groups navigating similar worlds share with you their music, sometimes reminiscent of days past, sometimes not. Defining rhythms, organized sound, controlled improvisation, and the true nature of experimentation is the beginning of what this evening has to offer.