San Francisco Scene: April 23-29, 2016

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Sat 4/23 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Gold Age & Quattuor Elephantis
Gold Age plays avant jazz informed by their collective backgrounds and mutual interest in challenging traditional concepts of jazz through the use of adventurous harmonics and inventive forms.
Quattuor Elephantis represents an intelligible entirety, dynamic and volatile, perceived through the kaleidoscopic effluence of the Four Cosmic Pillars.

Sat 4/23 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
S(eye)LENCE – An evening of exursions into sight and sound with:
Jack Hertz – Quadraphonic Sound
Bill Thibault – Immersive Video

Sat 4/23 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
John Bischoff and Vorticella
A shared evening of new music with solo electronics by John Bischoff and structured improvisations by Vorticella (Krys Bobrowski, Erin Espeland, Brenda Hutchinson and Karen Stackpole)

Sunday, April 24

Sun 4/24 2:00 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
John Hanes/Steve Adams – electronics duo – secret musical impulses in free-ranging improvisations. Ross Hammond – guitar equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music.

Sun 4/24 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Adam Marks: De Profundis
New York pianist Adam Marks launches his term as a curator at the Center For New Music with a diverse program. Featured composers include Ted Hearne, Andy Akiho, Jason Charney and Lia Cimaglia. Closing the program will be Frederic Rzewski’s epic oratorio for speaking pianist, “De Profundis.”

Sun 4/24 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm EGW Trio
Karl Evangelista/Francis Wong/Jordan Glenn
8:40 pm Recycling Club
Joshua Allen/Philip Everett/Ray Schaeffer

Monday, April 25

Mon 4/25 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer Meetup
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

Mon 4/25 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
zBug featuring Sheila Bosco, Timothy Orr, Sean Price – Birthday Bash | Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents

Wednesday, April 27

Wed 4/27 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble Concert – Works by Pierson, Moran, Cummings, Nucci, Carson, Neumann, and Rieman

Thursday, April 28

Thu 4/28 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford CA 94305]
Please join us as Juraj Kojs preforms E-Slovakia T. This is an interdisciplinary work combining sound and movement in a real-time controlled environment, contemplating the experiences from Juraj’s native Slovakia. A set of wireless sensors (developed at Aarhus University, Denmark) are attached to the body of the performer, assisting in a creation of a unique artistic content. Slovakian ancient bass-pipe fujara, insistent vocalizations and folk-inspired piano tune are interwoven into a story of an immigrant. Ancient soundscapes unfold—poignantly, into a technology-infused presence.

Thu 4/28 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Now Hear Ensemble: Not for the Ears Alone
The Now Hear Ensemble will present the first installment of the “Not for the Ears Alone” series, featuring music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, we will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars.

Thu 4/28 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Rachel Austin – voice, electronics
9pm French Radio
Andrew Way – anti-turntables, efx, etc, Jim Kaiser – bicycle wheel, Bruce Anderson – guitars(MX80)

Thu 4/28 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Pamela Z performs her intermedia perfomance work Memory Trace as part of YBCA’s New Frequencies Festival at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts at 8pm in San Francisco, CA

Thu 4/28 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Steel Bridge Trio and Ochs Robinson Duo.
Steel Bridge Trio: Aram Shelton, Safa Shokrai, Tim Daisy
Ochs Robinson Duo: Larry Ochs, Tenor and Sopranino Saxophone / Don Robinson, Drums

Friday, April 29

Fri 4/29 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
New Playlist: Nicholas Phillips plays American piano music
Wisconsin-based pianist and fierce new music advocate Nicholas Phillips presents an evening of recent American piano music, including works by Muhly, Greenstein, Snider, and Garrop, as well as local composers Lucas Floyd and Mark Winges.

Fri 4/29 8:00 PM Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [701 Mission St @3rd SF]
Theresa Wong: The Unlearning / Edward Schocker: The Crossing Pt. 1
Friday’s performances feature cellist/composer Theresa Wong and found object/instrument makers Edward Schocker & Thingamagigs Performance Group.