San Francisco Scene: February 12-19, 2016

English: Fred Frith performing at Mills Colleg...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 12

Fri 2/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Amaranth Quartet and Ogni Suono
Saturday, February 13

Sat 2/13 7:30 PM Piedmont Center for the Arts [801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611]
In this concert, clarinetist Mara Plotkin teams up with the Circadian String Quartet, composers Noam Lemish and Sahba Aminikia, along with guest performers Anne Rainwater (piano) and Christa Durand (soprano), to explore the musical soul of two cultures: Iran and Israel.

Sat 2/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Fred Frith / Shelley Hirsch Duo
Fred Frith guitar and more – Shelley Hirsch Voice/text Our improvisations are never the same way twice and get better and better all the time.

Sat 2/13 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Phill Niblock in San Francisco

Sat 2/13 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A tribute to composer and sound artist Mark Trayle, featuring his solo compositions and works for network bands performed by his musical friends, colleagues, and students associated with Mills and Cal Arts: Casey Anderson, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Matt Ingalls, David Paha, Tim Perkis, Sara Roberts, Zachary Mariano, and Phil Stone. Pieces include Unstable Trombone, Paper, In My Room, Pins & Splits, and Simple Degradation.

Sunday, February 14

Sun 2/14 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Ches Smith Trio – US tour celebrating the release of THE BELL, on ECM records – Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone; Craig Taborn: piano; Mat Maneri: viola

Tuesday, February 16

Tue 2/16 7:30 PM CCRMA [The Knoll 660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
line upon line percussion seeks new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary art music by performing newly commissioned works alongside existent masterpieces, for adventurous and curious listeners.

Tue 2/16 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Bad Jazz (Bryan Day, Tania Chen and Ben Salomon) will be releasing their second cassette, ‘Tincture’ later this month on Friends and Relatives Records. Invented instruments, toys, electronics. Opening the event will be Oakland’s Homoglochini (Raub Roy, James Roemer, Julia Mazawa, Dianne Lynn).

Tue 2/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Bad Jazz ‘Tincture’ Release Show
Bad Jazz celebrates the release of their second album ‘Tincture’ on Oakland’s Friends and Relatives Records.

Tue 2/16 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Ben Goldberg Group plus Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Ryan Keberle and Catharsis
Ryan Keberle – Trombone, Melodica
Camila Meza – Voice
Mike Rodriguez – Trumpet
Jorge Roeder – Bass
Eric Doob – Drums

Wednesday, February 17

Wed 2/17 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Barbara Golden
Splendor Generator
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase

Magnetic Stripper

Thursday, February 18

Thu 2/18 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 2/18 7:30 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Composer Hilda Paredes Lecture. Paredes will talk about how she structures her music and about the various influences on her music from European contemporary music to North Indian Music as well as the multi-faceted cultural influences from Mexico and Latin America.

Thu 2/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:10 Christine Richers – cello/electronics
8:30 Leland Vandermeulen – guitar/electronics
9:20 Tristan Norton – guitar

Friday, February 19

Fri 2/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
line upon line percussion
Austin-based percussion trio performs work by Matthew Shlomowitz, Thomas Meadowcroft, Andrew Greenwald, David Coll and Steve Snowden.

Ches Smith Profiled

English: Ches Smith at a concert with Marc Rib...

Source:, a profile of Mr. Smith in anticipation of his Portland show on Monday.

When percussionist Ches Smith has played in Portland in the past, he’s primarily been in a supporting role, playing in saxophonist Tim Berne‘s muscular yet nimble ensemble during their recent stop at Jimmy Mak’s and backing up Ben Goldberg at Mississippi Studios for a performance of the clarinet maestro’s spacious, bop-leaning compositions.

His next visit to the Rose City, on Feb. 15 at Mississippi Studios, will be one of his first as a bandleader and the first to feature songs from his most recent album, “The Bell.”

DMG Newsletter February 12th 2016

Harry Partch (c. 1969), from the cover of The ...

Source: DMG.

Dan Weiss Ensemble 16! Dave Douglas/Monash Art Ensemble! Henry Kaiser/Chris Cogburn/Steve Parker/Damon Smith! Four from Paal Nilssen-Love: Frode Gjerstad/Joe McPhee/Yagi Michiyo/Lasse Marhaug! Three from Otomo Yoshihide: Solo Right/Roger Turner/Satoh Masahiko!

Circuit: Paul Dunmall/Philip Gibbs/Trevor Taylor! Four from Slam: Szilard Mezei/Gyorgy Szabados/David Haney Duos/Jorge Cabadas! Christy Doran’s New Bag! Markus Burger/Jan Von Klewitz: Kenny Wheeler Tribute/Norma Winstone! Daniel Zamir!

Plus Historic Discs from King Crimson! Charlemagne Palestine! Harry Partch! Henri Pousseur! Oliver Nelson! Modern Jazz Quartet! 13th Floor Elevators! The Insect Trust! And Always More..!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day Special Event with:

Sunday, February 21st:

Sunday, February 28th:
6pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS & JON IRABAGON – Alto Sax & Sopranino Sax Duo! Wow!

Sunday, March 13th:
6pm: STEVE BACZKOWSKI – Solo Baritone & Tenor Sax!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a Buddhist temple. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine.
Come on Down, the Music Always Free & the Vibes are Quite Cosy!

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Australian Chamber Orchestra (Thursday) It’s not every day you see a “Director of Surfing” credited in the program of a concert, but then this polished and vivacious ensemble isn’t your everyday chamber orchestra. Here, as part of the 92nd Street Y’s investigation into the intersection of image and sound, the orchestra delivers a score encompassing music by Beethoven, Ligeti and Alice in Chains (among many others) to an immersive video shot at the Ningaloo Reef. At 7:30 p.m., Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500, (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Composers Now Festival (through Feb. 29) This festival celebrating contemporary music in myriad forms and styles continues to bring innovative programs to performances spaces all over the city. Among the highlights are an evening of chamber music from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Tunisia performed by Ensemble 365 on Saturday; the North/South Chamber Orchestra in “Romantic Expressions,” a program devoted to premieres by Joel Feigin, Max Lifchitz and others on Sunday; and on Thursday, the Da Capo Chamber Players present new music for voices and instruments by the composers Kevin Puts and Dan Visconti, among others. At various times and locations, complete scheduling information is at (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Ekmeles (Wednesday) This new-music vocal ensemble offers a program centered around “Sarà dolce tacere,” a haunting a cappella work by the 20th century Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono. The program also features works by Giacinto Scelsi and Salvatore Sciarrino, framed by selections by the medieval composer Josquin. The lineup concludes with Nono’s “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura,” performed by the violinist Miranda Cuckson and the sound artist Christopher Burns. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Schweitzer)

Loadbang (Tuesday) The Miller Theater’s free Pop-Up Concerts series, where listeners are seated onstage close to the performers, has thus far presented an innovative lineup. Loadbang — consisting of the unusual formation of baritone, trumpet, trombone and bass clarinet – offers a program including pieces by Taylor Brook, Adam Zahller, David Lang and an arrangement of a 14th-century work by Guillaume de Machaut. At 6 p.m., Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Schweitzer)

So Percussion (Friday) This pathbreaking percussion quartet plays five of the Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartets, plus the premiere of his new work, “Migrations.” There are also the first New York performances of pieces by Steven Mackey and Shara Worden, who joins in as vocalist. At 9 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, (Allen)