San Francisco Scene: June 17-24, 2016

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, June 17

Fri 6/17 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mobius Trio: Prescription Drug Nation + Blind Date
On 6/17 Mobius Trio will premiere the first half of Prescription Drug Nation, a program-length piece for music and dance by young stud Aaron Gervais. Also on the program is the second-ever performance of Luciano Chessa’s Blind Date, a spellbinding multimedia extravaganza by the noted scholar and Sardinian composer/mischief maker. More…

Saturday, June 18

Sat 6/18 1:00 PM Brava Theater [2781 24th Street San Francisco]
The Switchboard Music Festival, an eight-hour showcase of innovative music from the Bay Area and beyond.
Includes performances by Tyondai Braxton, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Aaron Novik’s O+O+, the Del Sol String Quartet, violinist Alisa Rose, Religions Girls, Tonal Masher, Dominique Leone’s San Francisco, ZOFO piano duo, Majel Connery & Ken Ueno, and performances of Julius Eastman’s Stay On It and JacobTV’s GRAB IT!

Sat 6/18 7:00 PM First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo [72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960]
Marin Baroque presents CALEXTONE in an outdoor concert: Solatium, Music for the Summer Solstice. Works by Dufay, Ciconia, da Perugia.

Sat 6/18 8:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Claudia Quintet
John Hollenbeck drums, percussion
Chris Speed clarinet, tenor saxophone
Red Wierenga accordion
Matt Moran vibraphone
Drew Gress double bass

Sat 6/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Music For Hard Times (Paul Winstanley, electric bass; Tom Nunn; inventions) is joined by New Zealand composer/instrument maker/sound artist Phil Dadson in a reunion of these musicians to present an evening of sonic adventure. Phil will give a solo performance set; MFHT will play a duo set; and the three will perform a brief trio to end the concert.

Sunday, June 19

Sun 6/19 7:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Secret Drum Band + Jackie-O Motherfucker
Portland-based percussion and noise ensemble Secret Drum Band will present their first ever Oakland performance at Studio Grand. The ensemble recently completed their first studio album, and a special tour EP which previews the album will be available at the show on cassette and digital download. Jackie-O Motherfucker opens up the night with experimental music.

Sun 6/19 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Edgetone 25th Anniversary Showcase Series
7:30pm Jess Rowland
8:30pm Moe! Staiano 9-piece Guitar Ensemble
A new piece for multiple guitars that will feature Bill Wolter, Alee Kari,, Drew Wheeler, Jay Korber, Damon Waitkus, Charles Lloyd, Matt Montgomery, Peter Conheim, and Robin Walsh with Moe! on drums and (somehow) conducting.

Sun 6/19 7:30 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation improv workshop)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or just come to listen. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names, and there will also be a large-group set with all participants. Audience & participants encouraged to donate some cash for space rental. Over by 10pm.

Sun 6/19 8:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Claudia Quintet
John Hollenbeck drums, percussion
Chris Speed clarinet, tenor saxophone
Red Wierenga accordion
Matt Moran vibraphone
Drew Gress double bass

Monday, June 20

Mon 6/20 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Duos
Three musical pairs: Overmorrow Duo (viola & cello), DunkelpeK (percussion & guitar/piano), and Kate Petersen & Russell Norman (soprano & piano).

Mon 6/20 8:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Mobile InTent presents; Borderless Imaginary
A summer solstice ritual, installation, performance and video
Installation, direction by Ann Schnake
Music by Kristina Dutton
Movement by Carmen Serber
Sounds by Guillermo Gallindo
Short videos by Robert Gomez Hernandez

Tuesday, June 21

Tue 6/21 5:00 PM The Chapel of the Chimes [4499 Piedmont Ave. Oakland]
The Garden of Memory is held every June 21st from 5pm to 9pm to celebrate the solstice at The Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California.

Tue 6/21 9:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA, 94110]
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
A free/punk/funk/experimental collective, featuring Marc Ribot (John Zorn, Tom Waits, etc etc), plus two of the best young players on the new york/california underground improv/experimental rock scene, Shahzad Ismaily – bass/electronics (Ben Frost, Carla Kihlstedt, Sam Amidon) and Ches Smith – drums (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn, Carla Bozulich).

Wednesday, June 22

Wed 6/22 7:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
The Eighth Annual Wednesday a little more than a month before Outsound Presents Fund Drive & Benefit Dinner Concert featuring Gestaltish
Rachel Condry – clarinet, Gretchen Jude – voice, Jakob Pek – guitar, Jennifer Wilsey – percussion
To Make a donation please join our Generosity Campaign
Fascinating sounds and great food!

Thursday, June 23

Thu 6/23 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Porpl Surpie! (Puppy Surprise open improvisation night)
Bring an instrument for some group improv! Instrumentalists will have their names drawn from a puppy surprise into quartets and quintets for short (7 minute) sets.

Friday, June 24

Fri 6/24 7:00 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
Paul Dresher collaborates with composer-vocalist Amy X Neuburg on an electroacoustic song cycle, They Will Have Been So Beautiful, performed by the Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band and Amy X. They Will Have Been So Beautiful features new works by composers Lisa Bielawa, Jay Cloidt, Conrad Cummings, Fred Frith, Guillermo Galindo, Carla Kihlstedt, Ken Ueno, Pamela Z, Dresher and Neuburg. Post-concert reception hosted by New Music USA.

Fri 6/24 8:00 PM ROOM Series [2901 Mariposa St SF]
Room: Still Burning (Violagate Revisited). The ROOM Series bravely presents another viola-centric evening featuring Del Sol violist Charlton Lee, Classical Revolutionary Charith Premawardhana, violist/composer Nils Bultman, and (a virtual appearance by) musician and technologist JHNO (John Eichenseer). They will be joined by composer/performer and series host Pamela Z (voice & electornics) in an ensemble finale.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Source: The New York Times.

im Black Trio (Sunday) Mr. Black is a drummer of convulsive intensity and a bandleader rooted in the protocols of noise-rock. But in this group, with the probing Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder and the intuitive American bassist Thomas Morgan, he spins a deeply sonorous variation on the acoustic piano trio tradition. “The Constant” is the band’s fine third album, which will provide the bulk of the material here. At 8:30 and 10 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Tord Gustavsen Trio (Saturday) The Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen has earned a considerable following with his evocations of cathedral stillness. His intriguing new album, “What Was Said,” brings in a vocalist, Simin Tander, to sing devotional music drawing from both Scandinavian and Persian traditions. The trio, which also features Jarle Vespestad on drums, appears here — in a church, of course — as part of its North American tour. At 8 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, 212-935-2200, (Chinen)

Ethan Iverson Quartet Featuring Houston Person (through Sunday) “A big, pretty sound that fills the room, that’s what I want to do,” Mr. Person, a well-traveled tenor saxophonist, said in a recent interview with Mr. Iverson, his nominal bandleader here. Mr. Iverson, the pianist, will spotlight Mr. Person — and a repertory duly stocked with jazz ballads and the blues — alongside a hearty and proven rhythm team of Ben Street on bass and Billy Hart on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio (through Sunday) Mr. Iyer, a pianist and composer of penetrating insight and flexible attack, recently created a monthlong residency at the Met Breuer, performing in a succession of interdisciplinary settings. But his primary outlet is still this superbly slippery trio, with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums — a band conversant in multiple traditions, with a prevailing ethos of sturdy cohesion. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Dan Weiss Trio (Thursday) Recently the drummer and composer Dan Weiss has been drawn to a large-canvas scrawl, as on his excellent new album, “Sixteen: Drummers Suite.” But he hasn’t stopped working with trios like this one, a slippery longtime unit featuring the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Thomas Morgan. At 8 and 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 19 JUNE 2016
Mopomoso’s anniversary series continues with a close look at solo and duo playing. Faith Brackenbury (violin) / Martin Speake (sax) duo Faith and Martin have backgrounds in jazz,…
Time: 2 – 6PM

THU 23 JUNE 2016
Alan Wilkinson’s Trio returns after a festival-stopping performance at Stewart Lee’s All Tomorrow’s Parties. Expect hard-driving improvisation from one of the best.
Time: 8 – 11PM