San Francisco Scene: August 4-11, 2017

English: Yahya Abdul-Majid of the Sun Ra Arkestra

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, August 4

Fri 8/04 7:00 PM The Monkey House [University Ave Berkeley]
Loretta Lynch will be celerating our 15 year anniversary, oh my! More details coming soon, and for now, we are excited to share the stage with the ever charming Special Ghosts!

Fri 8/04 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Sun Ra Arkestra

Saturday, August 5

Sat 8/05 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
POETRY and MUSIC! Sarah Elena Palmer, Jason Hoopes and guests

Sat 8/05 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Sun Ra Arkestra

Sat 8/05 8:00 PM Piedmont Piano Company [1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612]
Lorin Benedict Group

Sunday, August 6

Sun 8/06 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Michael Tan: Modernism and Beyond
Guam-born pianist Michael Tan performs an adventurous program of solo music from the mid 20th century onward. The concert features works by Messiaen, Boulez, Finnissy, and Sciarrino.

Sun 8/06 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble
Joshua Marshall – tenor saxophone, Heikki Koskinen – e-trumpet/flutes, Rent Romus – alto saxophone, flutes
Safa Shokrai – double bass, Max Judelson – double bass, Timothy Orr – drums/percussion
8:30 The Hung Professionals
Tom Weeks – alto saxophone, Nathan Corder – guitar, Scott Siler – drums

Sun 8/06 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Sun Ra Arkestra

Monday, August 7

Mon 8/07 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Spaces
Performances that push the boundaries of sound, film, and movement, by Julius Smack; Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken; and Paul Clipson, Amma Ateria, and Kevin Corcoran.

Mon 8/07 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Jon Arkin + Ben Goldberg (electro-acoustic duo)
Set #2: IJKL (modern jazz)
(Ian Carey-tpt, Kasey Knudsen-sax, Lisa Mezzacappa-b,Jon Arkin-dms)
Set #3: Brian Pedersen Trio (free improvisation)
(Brian Pedersen-sax, Sung Kim-ozukuri, Robert Lopez-dms)

Mon 8/07 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Erika Bell & Ben Levinson + Jakob Pek (solo)

Tuesday, August 8

Tue 8/08 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series:
– Jupiter Blue (members of Sun Ra Arkestra)
– Thea Farhadian/Tim Perkis duo
– Kim Nucci/Dmitri Glickman

Wednesday, August 9

Wed 8/09 7:45 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight Street]
Jupiter Blue
From the Arkestra’s engine room, Jupiter Blue’s tone scientists D.Hotep and Jupiter Girl emerge to reveal elements and precepts of another kind of language, another tomorrow, learned through years of discipline to be given freely in the present. Hotep’s own ARP (Akimbo Research Projects) develops through-composed and free-improvised performance based on sonification of pitch-sets derived from elemental particles. Expect the never-expected as electronics, electric guitar, celestial vocals, percussion, and violin call forth shadows of unseen worlds.
Las Sucias
Quit with your clean, put your lips on it already. With Danishta y Alexandra at the controls, what starts as Fever Pitch reggaeton gets stickied up fast once that contact-pineapple busts out. This is riot romance and you’re about to break up with your spectator seat. “A dembow beat skitters and woozy waves of coarse noise ebb and flow; then Buschman pours the Puerto Rican pre-mixed cocktail Gasolina into her cervical cup and ceremoniously offers it to onlookers, all of whom imbibe with nearly religious fervor.” -KQED
Her prolific collaborations range from Replicock, Pigs in the Ground, Tarantism and Caroliner to Tainted Pussy and Jeweled Snakes but to hear her solo as Sharkiface is to glimpse the anchorline beneath it all. In sunless depths where noord, tranoe, toe fetish and larynx converge, an immense hunger hunts without rest. Now, as the sonic ocean roils about your thighs, is an excellent time to realize that if you can hear it, it can hear you!
Map Collection
The duo of Curt Brown and Fletcher Pratt, formed at Mills College in 2015, moves in oblique tandem as if entangled by quantum gravity, warping as they traverse the topographic lines of an astral soundmap that had been silent until trodden, undetectable until woven into their singular sound tapestry. Hypnotic warp stitches pulsating weft, snaring nameless specimens in its drift. Quit your squirming, float your ineffable mind into the cosmic net and join the menagerie of Map Collection.

Wed 8/09 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
The Ivy Room Improv/Noise Hootennany presents side one of Myles Boisen’s Ornettology, the portable big band with a 5-year history of interpreting the music of alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Featuring Steve Adams (sax), Vijay Anderson (drums), Myles Boisen (guitar), John Finkbeiner (guitar), Phillip Greenlief (sax), Darren Johnston (trumpet), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) and an Ushi-matsuri Ritual celebrating the day Richard Nixon left office.

Thursday, August 10

Thu 8/10 6:00 PM ProArts Gallery [150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612]
Music and Ecology: An Evening of Performance and Discussion
Please join us for this event that aims to bring people together to learn from, awaken, and influence one another. Throughout the evening there will be performances by musicians working at the intersection of sound, the arts, and ecology. A panel discussion exploring collaborative opportunity and possibility will be at the center of the eve, featuring several of the night’s performers in conversation with ecological restoration practitioners, scientists and artists.
Musical performances by Cheryl E. Leonard, Jorge Bachmann, The Kristina Dutton/Kanoko Nishi-Smith/Adria Otte Trio, and Secret Drum Band. Panelists include artist Elise Brewster, ecologist Ed West and the San Francisco Estuary’s cartographer Ruth Askevold.

Thu 8/10 6:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (around the corner from Awaken Cafe) Oakland, CA 94612]
Music and Ecology. Musical performances by Cheryl E. Leonard, Jorge Bachmann, The Dutton/Nishi-Smith/Otte Trio, and Secret Drum Band. Panelists include artist Elise Brewster, ecologist Ed West, the San Francisco Estuary’s cartographer Ruth Askevold, and conservation biologist Dr. Claire Kremen.

Thu 8/10 7:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Grex, ShimaMusic (LA), VOCO, Scott Quay
An evening of explosive song and exquisite surrealism at Oakland’s Temescal Arts Center: Oakland art rock band Grex (Karl Evangelista, Rei Scampavia) presents a program of ecstatic song and majestic, free jazz-inflected noise, joined by cinematic rock maestros VOCO and a rare solo set from powerhouse vocalist Scott Quay. ShimaMusic visits from LA, offering a set of lilting, deconstructed doom metal.

Thu 8/10 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Theo Padouvas cornet, Cory Wright clarinet
9pm Gabriella Yi Wen (guqin & computer)
Nina Lavelle (cello)
J. Juliet Weight (violin)

Friday, August 11

Fri 8/11 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
LIVE MUSIC! ZE BIB! / Kattt Atchley & Ron Heglin & Lorin Benedict