San Francisco Scene: March 24-31, 2017

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From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, March 24

Fri 3/24 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Stenberg | Cahill Duo
Kate Stenberg, violin • Sarah Cahill, piano

Fri 3/24 6:30 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance

Fri 3/24 9:00 PM Stork Club [2330 Telegraph Avenue Oakland]
Tri-Cornered Tent Show is joined by 3 other great bands for a night of eclectic and soul bending sounds.
9 pm door / 9:30pm show. $5.00 / 21+

Fri 3/24 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Ainsley Wagoner + Jordan Presnick, Danny Clay + Jon Fischer, Jim Haynes

Saturday, March 25

Sat 3/25 3:30 PM Schroeders [240 Front Street San Francisco, CA 94111]
We invite you to our season-end celebration.
SFCMP, the Bay Area’s most longstanding and largest contemporary classical music ensemble will be showcasing some of our music from our 46th season and previewing the season ahead.
We hope you’ll join us for live music, great food, good company, and some of our region’s finest wine (and beer).
SFCMP ensemble presenters are Kyle Bruckmann, Jeff Anderle, and Bill Kalinkos.

Sat 3/25 6:30 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance
The journey begins at sunset
Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – April 16, 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Sat 3/25 8:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Road to Aacheron
an original oratorio of darkness and mystery by Rent Romus
“No one dreamed they could possibly exist! One person stands at the precipice of our destruction!”
featuring film by Michael Mersereau with
Life’s Blood Ensemble & Cardew Choir
Aria performances by
Dean Santomieri, Bob Marsh, Polly Moller, Mantra Plonsey, Kattt Atchley

Sunday, March 26

Sun 3/26 8:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley]
Road to Aacheron
an original oratorio of darkness and mystery by Rent Romus
“No one dreamed they could possibly exist! One person stands at the precipice of our destruction!”
featuring film by Michael Mersereau with
Life’s Blood Ensemble & Cardew Choir
Aria performances by
Dean Santomieri, Bob Marsh, Polly Moller, Mantra Plonsey, Kattt Atchley

Sun 3/26 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Arnold Dreyblatt
Arnold Dreyblatt (b. New York City, 1953) is a composer, performer and visual artist.

Monday, March 27

Mon 3/27 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: John McCowen/Tom Djll/Tim Perkis + Jon Arkin & Ben Goldberg

Wednesday, March 29

Wed 3/29 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Wednesday’s Best: Scott Amendola vs. Wil Blades vs. Mocean Worker= A Battle Royal Of Sonic Joy

Thursday, March 30

Thu 3/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Punjabi Tea House
9pm Alex Jenkins Trio

Friday, March 31
Fri 3/31 6:30 PM San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park [2905 Hyde Street San Francisco]
We Players+inkBoat+Rova present: BEOWULF
EXPLORATION OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, POWER AND CONQUEST, MONSTROSITY AND HEROISM
Directed by Ava Roy and Shinichi Iova-Koga
Created and performed by We Players, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and inkBoat Physical Theatre and Dance
The journey begins at sunset
Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – April 16, 2017
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Tony Conrad Profiled, Performances, Film

English: Tony Conrad at the DeStijl/Freedom Fr...

Source: The New York Times.

In February 1963, a 22-year-old experimental violinist named Tony Conrad stood outside Philharmonic (now David Geffen) Hall in New York wearing a signboard that read “Demolish Lincoln Center!” With the composer Henry Flynt and the filmmaker Jack Smith, Mr. Conrad formed a three-man picket line that spent a day marching at the center, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were protesting, Mr. Conrad later recalled, “the imperialist influences of European high culture” and gesturing toward “the dismantling and dispersion of any and all organized cultural forms.”

Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love Profiled

English: Jazz-drummer Paal Nilssen-Love in con...

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

There’s never been a point for Paal Nilssen-Love where jazz drumming wasn’t an integral part of his life. His father, a British drummer who married a Norwegian woman, moved to the small town of Stavanger, where they opened a jazz club. This allowed the young Paal (pronounced Paul) to meet a host of legendary players, one of whom was Art Blakey. “He came to my parents’ house after a gig in Stavanger when I was eight years old or so,” Nilssen-Love recalls. So it should be no surprise that when it came time to choose an instrument in school, he opted for drums and has never looked back.

John Zorn’s Game Pieces Come to NY, May 6

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

Source: Roulette.

John Zorn: Game Pieces
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost​: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors

Roulette is thrilled to welcome back prolific composer John Zorn​ to present two of his game pieces, Cobra and Xu Feng. This will be the second time Cobra is performed at Roulette since the 2014 performance celebrated the work’s 30th anniversary.

Game pieces, or controlled improvisation, is a concept of experimental music with roots in composers Iannis Xenakis​, Christian Wolff and John Zorn​. With no pre-arranged sequence of events, game pieces unfold freely according to certain rules. A number of methods can be used to determine the direction and evolution of the music, including hand gestures and shuffled cards. Cobra, which has been recorded several times for various labels, uses a combination of cards and gestures and can be performed by an ensemble of any size and composition.

Collaborators include:

Eyal Maoz Trevor Dunn Kenny Wollesen Taylor Levine Cyro Baptista Kenny Grohowski Matt Hollenberg Ches Smith Ches Smith Ikue Mori Kenny Wollesen Jim Black Sylvie Courvoisier Brian Marsella Tim Keiper Michael Nicolas Okkyung Lee Aaron Edgcomb