San Francisco Scene: March 18-25, 2016

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, March 18

Fri 3/18 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Wild Rumpus
The flexible and dynamic Wild Rumpus Collective continues to bridge musical divides with impassioned performances of work by radical young and emerging composers from around the world.

Fri 3/18 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Sparrows and Ortolans: Laetitia Sonami and James Fei
James Fei and Laetitia Sonami started their improvisational collaboration in 2013. While the materials and techniques used by the two musicians differ significantly, both employ tactile interface coupled with electronic systems that exhibit complex behavioral response.

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Wiener Kids (Jordan Glenn, Cory Wright, Aram Shelton)

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Music for Birdwatching:
USUFRUCT (Polly Moller + Tim Walters)
Doug Carroll + Original Field Recordings
Wendy Reid w/ Lulu the African Grey Parrot
+ Pet the Tiger (David Samas, Kevin Corcoran)
performing “the 6th Extinction” w/ Butoh (Christina Braun)

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Transient Beings: Jamal R. Moore
Depth perception of creative arts. A performance of sonic healing through intergalactic visualization and lo-­‐fi frequencies.

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Schimscheimer Family Trio San Francisco album release concert, presented by Jazz in the Neighborhood
Kasey Knudsen – alto sax & electronics
Michael Coleman – keyboards & electronics
Jon Arkin – drums & electronics
special guest
Ben Goldberg – clarinets

Saturday, March 19

Sat 3/19 8:00 PM 142 Throckmorton Theatre [142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA]
Afro-Weston – A Musical Tribute to Legendary Pianist/Composer Randy Weston by Ian Dogole

Sat 3/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Edward Schocker: The Crossing (work in progress showing)
The Crossing -exploring alternate communications through ecstatic group improvisation. The goal of the project is to create a crossing between the “Spirit” and material world and create a space where audiences feel a direct connection with both.

Sat 3/19 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8 pm – Julie Moon, piano – Madalyn Merkey – electronics 9 pm underweather kitten – Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone; Brett Carson – piano, Kazuto Sato, bass – Jason Levis, drums

Sunday, March 20

Sun 3/20 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer Reading Session
This year’s C4NM Ensemble in Residence, Friction Quartet, will read and workshop up to six works for string quartet. Composers may submit up to five minutes of music for this opportunity, and will receive 20-30 minutes of time with the quartet, and a recording of the entire session.

Sun 3/20 7:00 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Edgetone Records 25th Anniversary Showcase Series
Scott R. Looney, T.D. Skatchit (Tom Nunn, David Michalak), C.O.M.A. (California Outside Music Associates), Tri-Cornered Tent Show
**Performances celebrating twenty five years of independent music from Edgetone Records**
Edgetone Records was founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus. The label took shape in 1991 to support his group’s original jazz recordings. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support avant-garde and experimental music and recordings crossing the genre boundaries specifically for D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity.

Monday, March 21

Mon 3/21 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer-Performer Meetup
This meetup is open to anyone! We will have three to four presenters — both composers and performers (or performer-composers) offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM. Come to share, listen, explore, and meet new colleagues and collaborators.

Tuesday, March 22

Tue 3/22 7:48 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Local invented instrument mainstays T.D. Skatchit & sfSoundGroup

Tue 3/22 9:30 PM Octopus Salon [2101 Webster Street Oakland, CA 94612]
Schimscheimer Family Trio East Bay album release concert
Kasey Knudsen – alto sax & electronics
Michael Coleman – keyboards & electronics
Jon Arkin – drums & electronics
opening solo set by John Schott

Wednesday, March 23

Wed 3/23 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) [2155 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94720]
An exploration of the human voice with virtuoso singers. The internationally acclaimed Pamela Z performs, working her magic with live electronic processing and sampled sound. In addition, bass vocalist Richard Mix joins us, reprising his performance of unaccompanied works by renowned composer Julian Eastman that thrilled L@TE audiences four years ago. Also filling our space with music is the Cornelius Cardew Choir, a local “Deep Listening” collective that pushes the boundaries of vocal performance practice.

Thursday, March 24

Thu 3/24 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00PM West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio Andrea Centazzo – Percussion , Mallet Kat & Sampling, Ellen Burr – Flute, Piccolo Flute, Bass Flute, Alto Flute, Jeff Schwartz – Double Bass
9:00PM – neem Kelley Kipperman – bass, Gabby Fluke-Mogul – violin

Friday, March 25

Fri 3/25 7:45 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
New Music Open Mic
A showcase for composers and performers who want to try something new or have a polished work to share but do not have enough material for an entire show. We usually have a wide variety of performers and styles including solo instrumental works, fixed media pieces, and live multimedia pieces.

Evelyn Morris, Pat O’Brien, and Matthew P. Hopkins in Melbourne

Source: Avantwhatever.

The Alderman
134 Lygon St
Wednesday March 23
Entry $10 | 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Evelyn Morris

Evelyn Morris, also known as Pikelet, is a musician from the outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Although she’d played piano from a young age she began her career in music as a hardcore/punk obsessed drummer, performing in many bands but mostly in Baseball and True Radical Miracle. In 2003 she switched from drum kit to a mix of instruments and a loop pedal to start a solo career. She utilises delay pedals, piano accordion, drums, guitar and other forms of percussion in her music.

Pat O’Brien

Pat plays guitar in Mad Nanna, co-owns and runs A.G. Picks record store, presents O’Tomorrow on RRR and has recently been heard performing on a synth, which he calmly pushes to the brink.

Matthew P. Hopkins

Melbourne based artist Matthew P. Hopkins explores realms of musique concrete, electro-acoustic composition, ambient music, sound poetry, noise, and nonsense. Hopkins has released works on Penultimate Press (UK), Vittelli Records (UK), Canti Magnetici (IT), and Albert’s Basement (AU).

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus (Tuesday and Wednesday) This chamber-esque big band — led by Mr. Formanek, an authoritative and intrepid bassist — has an excellent new album, “The Distance,” that heaves with composerly ambition. Drawing from the album, this engagement will similarly feature an all-star cohort including the saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed; the trumpeters Ralph Alessi and Dave Ballou; the guitarist Mary Halvorson; and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Bill Frisell (through Sunday) Mr. Frisell’s new album, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” puts a personal spin on music from the movies, with the same collaborators appearing here: the singer Petra Haden, the violist Eyvind Kang, the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer: ‘Relation: A Performance Residency’ (through March 31) Mr. Iyer, a visionary pianist and composer, has settled in for a monthlong residency in the lobby gallery of the Met Breuer. The museum opens officially this Friday, and his schedule in the coming week is serious, with highlights including Blindspot, a collaboration with the novelist Teju Cole and others (Friday at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m., Saturday at 2 and 3:15 p.m.); Trioing, with the bassist Harish Raghavan and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey (Wednesday at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.); and Thums Up, with the rapper Himanshu Suri, the guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and the drummer Kassa Overall (Thursday at 2 and 3:15 p.m.) 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, Manhattan. For information and set times, visit or call 212-570-3949. (Chinen)