San Francisco Scene: December 2-9, 2016

Gino Robair

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, December 2

Fri 12/02 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ben Zucker/Amy Brandon

Fri 12/02 7:00 PM Charlie’s Cafe [3202 Folsom St. San Francisco]
Trance Mission Duo

Saturday, December 3

Sat 12/03 3:00 PM KFJC 89.7 LIve From The Pit [12345 EL Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, Calif.]
Join avant-garde experimental composer, conductor, pianist, musicologist and and and …. Luciano Chessa as he performs on the saw and Vietnamese dan bau and chats about Dada, Futurism, Moby Dick and much more. KFJC’s Pit will hold court. Naysayer will host. Listen and watch live.

Sat 12/03 7:00 PM Pro Arts Gallery [150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612]
this event brings together Biliana Voutchkova (voice + violin) and Michael Thieke (clarinet) from Germany with a trio of local musicians: John McCowen (clarinet), Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto/electronics), and Gino Robair (electronics/percussion). The local trio will perform first, followed by Voutchkova/Thieke.

Sat 12/03 8:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [UC Berkeley Campus]
Kronos Quartet Fifty for the Future

Sat 12/03 8:00 PM SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s [2097 Turk Blvd San Francisco]
Rova Saxophone Quartet and the Fred Frith Trio

Sat 12/03 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Karry Walker ~ Vegan Butcher ~ Surplus 1980

Sunday, December 4

Sun 12/04 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Eric Glick Rieman – piano
8:30 pm Clucas/Djll/Glenn trio
Dan Clucas – trumpet, Tom Djll – trumpet, Jordan Glenn – drums

Sun 12/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Blurred Music: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Voutchkova/Thieke

Monday, December 5

Mon 12/05 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Recombinant Media Labs present Matmos, Bully Fae, and Jeff Carey

Mon 12/05 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Grex + Inward Creature @ OFJS
Grex: Karl Evangelista-gtr, Rei Scampavia-keys, Robert Lopez-dms, featuring Dan Clucas-tpt
Inward Creature: Miles Wick, et al.

Wednesday, December 7

Wed 12/07 7:45 PM The Nunnery [3016 25th. St SF]
T.D. Skatchit with guest Dean Santomieri. T.D. Skatchit (Tom Nunn & David Michalak – skatchboxes) will premiere 2 pieces from the new “Skatch Art” project @ The Nunnery. Bryan Day will perform solo to open the show.

Wed 12/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Music by Graduate Composers at Mills College

Wed 12/07 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Perpetual Motion, Program Seven: Cinema of Confrontation / The End
Bruce McClure / Greg Pope + Sult

Thursday, December 8

Thu 12/08 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Pamela Z and Annë Paiounèn Duo Performance
Pamela Z will be joined by Swedish composer/performer Annë Paiounèn in an evening of solos and duets for voices, electronics, video, and objects at Center for New Music in San Francisco, CA USA

Thu 12/08 8:00 PM Exploratorium [Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St SF]
Immerse yourself in the intricate dance of music and visual motion performed by composer and intermedia artist Marielle Jakobsons. Transcendent compositions for synthesizers, strings, flute, and voice will be accompanied by hypnotic projections of water and light.

Friday, December 9

Fri 12/09 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110]
Neem (gabby fluke-mogul & k. kipperman), Voicehandler (Jacob Felix Heule & Danishta Rivero), & Jordan Glenn solo

Fri 12/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Supove Plays Mattingly – Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

DITHER (Sunday) This delightfully counterintuitive ensemble has shown how versatile a quartet of classically minded electric guitarists can be. Here, the group invites collaborators from across the city’s new-music scene to join in a five-hour festival showcasing works by composers including John Zorn and Tristan Perich. The lineup of performers includes Mantra Percussion, the duo Rabbit Rabbit and the cellist Ashley Bathgate. At 5 p.m., 17 Frost Theater of the Arts, 17 Frost Street, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

‘A GUN SHOW’ (through Saturday) So Percussion returns to the city with a reflection on the Second Amendment and its effects. Directed by Ain Gordon and choreographed by Emily Johnson, the percussion quartet takes guns as its instruments to accompany sung and spoken texts, tapping away on, for instance, sniper rifles. At 7:30 p.m., BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100, (David Allen)

JUILLIARD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (Monday) Percussion works from three highly interesting composers on this bill. “Stonewave,” a ritual incantation by Rolf Wallin, is up first; then “Quartett,” another sign of the growing acceptance of Beat Furrer’s works on these shores; and last, “Tempus ex Machina,” Gerard Grisey’s study on musical time. At 7:30 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 212-769-7406, (Allen)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Tim Berne, jazz saxophonist; Picture ...

Source: The New York Times.

TIM BERNE TRIO (Wednesday and Dec. 14) Over the last six years or so, Mr. Berne, an intensely focused saxophonist and composer, has struck an excellent rapport with Matt Mitchell, a pianist — notably on a pair of albums featuring Snakeoil, Mr. Berne’s main current band. They work together here in a trio with Dan Weiss, an incisive and audacious drummer. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, Manhattan, 646-494-3625, (Nate Chinen)

DAVE HOLLAND, KEVIN EUBANKS, CHRIS POTTER, OBED CALVAIRE (Friday and Saturday) Muscular proficiency is one common denominator for the musicians in this group, which features Mr. Holland, a veteran bassist and composer, as the first among equals. You should also expect an earthy foothold in groove and a high premium on dynamic range — qualities almost synonymous with Mr. Eubanks, a guitarist; Mr. Potter, a saxophonist; and Mr. Calvaire, a drummer. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, (Chinen)

MARC RIBOT AT THE STONE (through Sunday) Mr. Ribot is a guitarist at ease in myriad settings, but he is most naturally drawn to scrabbling provocation. He’ll perform a solo set at 8 p.m. on each of the remaining nights of this residency. At 10 each night, he’ll lead an exploratory trio: with the trumpeter Dave Douglas and the drummer Susie Ibarra (Friday); the drummer Milford Graves and the bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Saturday); and with Mr. Ismaily and the drummer Ches Smith, in a working band called Ceramic Dog (Sunday). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Chinen)

SUN OF GOLDFINGER (Saturday) The guitarist David Torn, the saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Ches Smith make up this all-star collective, grounded in textural exploration and concussive power, with a healthy dose of electronic effects. At 7 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, (Chinen)

5049 Records Podcast 92 – C. Spencer Yeh

English: John Wiese (left) and C. Spencer Yeh ...

Source: 5049 Records.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Cincinatti, C. Spencer Yeh is a remarkable violinist, vocalist, improviser and film-maker. Since moving to New York in 2010, he’s been incredibly active in a wide variety of creative settings including collaborations with musicians like Nate Wooley & Lasse Marhaug, acting as programmer for Brooklyn’s Spectacle Theater as well as being a contributing editor for BOMB Magazine. For this conversation, taped only two days before the 2016 presidential election, Spencer and I discuss his personal history, noise aesthetics, how to properly roast a chicken and record store culture.