San Francisco Scene: May 5-12, 2017

Lou Harrison

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, May 5

Fri 5/05 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
MicroFest North: Opening Reception, Iconoclast Centennials
Panel discussion and demonstrations with Larry Polansky, William Winant, Daniel Schmidt and Jonathan Glasier. Join for a celebration of alternate tuning with works by Harrison, Colvig, and Darreg, all of whom would have turned 100 this spring.

Fri 5/05 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Kasey Knudsen Sextet

Fri 5/05 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Clarinet Thing
Sheldon Brown, Eb, Bb, bass clarinets; Beth Custer, Bb, A, alto, bass clarinets; Ben Goldberg, Bb, contralto clarinets; Harvey Wainapel, Bb, bass clarinets

Fri 5/05 8:00 PM Episcopal Church of St. John [1661 15th St]
Wild Rumpus presents premieres by Brian Baumbusch and Carolina Heredia plus music by Lou Harrison and J.L.Adams; featuring handmade puppetry, just intonation guitar, and homemade percussion!

Fri 5/05 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Novi_sad at the 2017 Gray Area Festival
On Friday night of the Gray Area Festival, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Novi_sad join us for an evening of auditory painting and sculptural soundscapes.

Saturday, May 6

Sat 5/06 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa St between Harrison & Alabama SF]
Pamela Z and Donald Swearingen will perform a 3-night run of Pascal’s Triangle

Sunday, May 7

Sun 5/07 11:00 AM KFJC 89.7 FM []
“The Eternal Question” – The Don Preston Special
4 hour overview of the career of keyboardist Don Preston, from the 1950s to today.

Sun 5/07 5:00 PM SAFEhouse Arts [1 Grove St. SF]
Strange Thoughts Salon Night

Sun 5/07 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Kaori Suzuki & Kris Force, duo
Kaori Suzuki – resonating metals/strings, electronics; Kris Force – transducer activated cello
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – tenor sax, flute; Jim Peterson – alto sax, flute; Bill Noertker – contrabass; Jason Levis – drums

Sun 5/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
MicroFest North: An Evening with Sarah Cahill, Lou Harrison on the Piano

Sun 5/07 8:00 PM The ROOM Series (at Royce Gallery) [2901 Mariposa St between Harrison & Alabama SF]
Pamela Z and Donald Swearingen will perform a 3-night run of Pascal’s Triangle

Monday, May 8

Mon 5/08 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Eco Ensemble/BNMP | premiere of new work for oboe & electronics by Maija Hynninen

Tuesday, May 9

Tue 5/09 7:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Avenue Berkeley 94704]
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents an experimental/free jazz concert and jam with the Lisa Mezzacappa Quartet, a workshop for musicians who want to learn more about free improvisation and how to structure free improvisation as a group. Led by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, the band will be Cory Wright, reeds; John Finkbeiner, guitar, and Jason Levis, drums.

Tue 5/09 7:00 PM Cyprian’s Center [2092 Turk St (turk at lyon in NOPA area) San Frqncisco Ca]
Lingua Incognita Session Nights is an open ensemble improvisation session – Avant and Electric ad Free Jazz

Tue 5/09 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents
LURK/CREEPS a grouping of Kelvin Pittman-Paul Costuros-Randylee Sutherland making a Reeds/Traps sound with a focus on bouncing off each other calls and responses and striking higher chords
Christine Bonansea
The Deconstruction Of What You Know
Josh Allen: saxophone
Henry Kaiser: guitar
William Winant: drums
Timothy Orr: drums

Wednesday, May 10

Wed 5/10 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Harrison
An evening of music by the composer Lou Harrison, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth.

Wed 5/10 7:00 PM KFJC Radio [89.7 FM]
Vibrations of Fallen Angels: The Heliocentrics and their Music
The Heliocentrics are a London based psychedelic music collective who have broken the boundaries between funk, rock, electronic, ethnic traditions, and experimental music. We?ll explore their new kind of psychedelia as we share the best of all their releases from the very first to the latest.

Wed 5/10 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For our first of two May events at Canessa Gallery we are excited to present an evening of abstract electronic music by Medial Ages (London), Kio Griffith (Los Angeles) and Eurostache (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 11

Thu 5/11 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Doug Lynner – analog modular synthesizer
9pm Stevie Richards with Shanna Sordahl – cello/electronics, Robert Lopez – percussion

Friday, May 12

Fri 5/12 8:00 PM Orange Room [2885 Ettie St, Oakland, CA 94608]
Music of Images:
Experimental sound/theater pieces written, designed, and directed by Julie Moon, Sam Genovese, and Brett Carson
Advance tickets available at

Fri 5/12 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Help KYN celebrate the one year anniversary of their release of their debut EP, Worlds. The night kicks off with an opening performance from Will Gluck, followed by a listening party of the EP accompanied by live visuals from Taurin Barrera. Afterwards, KYN will perform a set of new music exploring new sonic landscapes inspired by their recent trip to Berlin. More…