San Francisco Scene: January 20-27, 2017

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, January 20

Fri 1/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
A host of Bay Area musicians and activists converge at Studio Grand for a special Inauguration Day protest event—a show of solidarity, personhood, and shared catharsis. The evening will be comprised of a series of improvised groupings of prominent local creative musicians, poets, and sound artists. The event will also serve as an opportunity to share relevant information regarding local activism, community outreach, and other miscellaneous survival strategies for the oncoming political and cultural regime. Attendees are invited to share thoughts and relevant information. Proceeds will be directed to charity

Saturday, January 21
Sat 1/21 7:30 PM Episcopal Church of the Incarnation [1750 29th Ave SF]
Eric Tran, pianist and composer, in a recital featuring music of Mozart, Tran, Adès, Busoni, and Beethoven. San Francisco based pianist-composer Eric Tran is known for his friendly stage manner, thoughtful programming, and bold risk-taking. He has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, as well as festivals in Europe. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. More…

Sat 1/21 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Ear-splitting trombone duo RAGE THORMBONES (Weston Olencki & Matt Barbier) shreds WORLDEATER by Timothy McCormack, and collaborates with Zachary James Watkins on a new piece. More…

Sat 1/21 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
Kyle Bruckmann and Composers from the Center for Contemporary Music. An evening of new electronic music (some with dance and acoustic instruments) by guest composer Kyle Bruckmann and Mills faculty composers Maggi Payne, Chris Brown, Les Stuck, James Fei, and John Bischoff.

Sunday, January 22

Sun 1/22 3:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
Pauline Oliveros Tribute

Monday, January 23

Mon 1/23 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
permutations012317: Battle Trance

Tuesday, January 24
Tue 1/24 8:30 PM Elbo Room [647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Grex, Cash Pony, VOCO Album Release Show
A shattering night of sounds at once beautiful, heavy, exotic, and strange, featuring Oakland art rock trio Grex, the return of psych rock heavy hitters Cash Pony, and experimental rock powerhouses VOCO (celebrating the release of their new album).
Grex: Karl Evangelista-gtr, Rei Scampavia-keys, Robert Lopez-dms
Cash Pony: Charles Lloyd/Owen Kelley-gtrs, Stephen A Wright-bass, Gabe Katz-dms
VOCO: Alex Yeung-gtr, Tim Sullivan-dms, Josh Martin-bass

Thursday, January 26

Thu 1/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Key West
Brian Pedersen-saxes, Sung Kim-ozukuri, Randylee Sutherland-drums
9pm Swimming in Bengal
Jed Brewer – gourd guitar, Rusi Gustafson – percussion
Tony Passarell – sax, flute, stand-up bass, harmonium, percussion

Friday, January 27

Fri 1/27 7:00 PM Christ Church [2138 Cedar St., Berkeley]
Ensemble ARI plays contemporary music and late romantic. A premiere piece of Haeguem with piano trio!

Fri 1/27 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Einsteinium Quartet’s premiere of Shapeshift by Mario Godoy

Fri 1/27 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents a special tribute to Pauline Oliveros performed by sfSound.

André de Ridder Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

German conductor André de Ridder (b. 1971) regularly collaborates with top contemporary music ensembles and artists including the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Muusikfabrik de Cologne, and his own stargaze collective. He performs regularly at international festivals around the globe. In Finland, de Ridder has conducted the Tapiola Sinfonietta, and most recently, Kaija Saariaho’s opera Émilie presented at the Finnish National Opera. He is the Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki 2017, and we asked him 5 questions to learn more about the upcoming festival.

Newsbits: Jazz Right Now Reviews / Cold Spring Records Releases / Alex Cline Double CD

Cold Spring (label)

Jazz Right Now has published a number of reviews including of James Brandon Lewis live, and of albums from Farmers By Nature, Muyassar Kurdi / Nick Jozwiak, and William Parker.

Cold Spring Records has two new releases coming, one from La Breiche and a reissue from Skullflower.

Percussionist-composer Alex Cline’s new double CD, Oceans of Vows (Cryptogramophone Records) is slated for release on March 10, 2017. A deluxe box set of music drawing inspiration from four poems by Buddhist teacher Thic Nhat Hanh, together with excerpts from the Avatamsaka Sutra, it’s performed by Cline and his all-star 14-piece Flower Garland Orchestra, featuring Nels Cline, Yuka C. Honda, Areni Agbabian, G.E. Stinson, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Jeff Gauthier and many other top names of the L.A. creative music community. Proceeds from the sale of the box set will be donated to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation.