San Francisco Scene: September 15-22, 2017

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Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, September 15

Fri 9/15 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Timothy Johnson: Solo Piano
Timothy Johnson composes patterned based compositions for piano that are mixes impressionism with minimalism. He will be performing pieces from his last album as well as new unreleased works.

Fri 9/15 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Annual Darius Milhaud concert with Kate Campbell and Amy Zanrosso performing two piano music by Milhaud, Stravinsky, Tailleferre, Rzewski, and Cage.

Fri 9/15 7:30 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
A human improviser, Ken Ueno, meets a machine improviser in live performance. After encountering this strange double of human musical interaction in live performance, the human improviser is invited to discuss their experience of engaging with a musician made from computing machinery. How did the machine compare to a human player? In what ways did it satisfy human expectations? In what ways did it fail? In what ways did it succeed? And in what ways does its playing resemble, for better or worse, how human improvisers get along with one another?

Saturday, September 16
Sat 9/16 6:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Music composed by the American expatriate polymath Paul Bowles will be performed by Irene Herrmann, pianist and curator of the Bowles music estate, with soprano Sheila Willey. Songs feature texts by Bowles’s friends William Saroyan, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. Owsley Brown’s documentary Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles screens in the Barbro Osher Theater after the performance.

Sunday, September 17
Sun 9/17 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Thomas Schultz
Pianist Thomas Schultz performs works by Franz Schubert and Hyo-shin Na. More…

Sun 9/17 4:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Music Makes a City begins with news reports of the near-total devastation of Louisville, Kentucky, in the winter of 1937, when the Ohio River flooded 70 percent of the city. In an effort to rebuild the city’s spirit, visionary Mayor Charles Farnsley and conductor Robert Whitney established the Louisville Orchestra, which would become a renowned international center for commissioning and recording works by living composers (Elliot Carter, Chou Wen-chung, and Lukas Foss among them). With its beautiful location cinematography by Marcel Cabrera and its careful attention to sound and orchestration, this film, like the others in Brown’s music trilogy, deserves be seen—and heard—in BAMPFA’s Barbro Osher Theater.

Sun 9/17 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Portato Portato: Feldman, Andriessen, Lane, Myers
Bay Area chamber trio Portato Portato present works by Morton Feldman, Louis Andriessen, and debuts new works by member-composers Jacob Lane (piano) and Jon Myers (percussion), with Michelle Lee (flutes). More…

Sunday, September 17th at 7:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 94960
Suggested donation $20
Info 415-300-7962 https://www.echorchestra.com/

Sun 9/17 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
ROVA Meets Ghost In The House with Kinji Hayashi
ROVA will feature new works.
ROVA is Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley, Larry Ochs and Steve Adams
Ghost In The House – will feature music from their new CD Second Sight as well as early and new work.Ghost In The House is Kyle Bruckmann – double reeds, David Michalak – lap steel, Karen Stackpole – percussion, gongs, Tom Nunn – inventions, Polly Moller – bass flute, John Ingle – saxophones, Dean Santomieri – voice and guests Cindy Webster – saw and Kinji Hayashi – dance

Monday, September 18

Mon 9/18 8:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St San Francisco]
(((folkYEAH!))) Presents
Peter Brötzmann / Donald Robinson Duo

Mon 9/18 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Kyoko Kawamura
An evening of traditional and contemporary works for koto and voice performed by Kyoko Kawamura.

Mon 9/18 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Flavor Profile + Secret Sidewalk

Tuesday, September 19

Tue 9/19 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Jordan Glenn with Strings + Hunter Gather

Wednesday, September 20

Wed 9/20 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
GOGO PENGUIN, SEP 20 – SEP 21, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, Joe Henderson Lab
The piano trio has been one of the most durable, beloved, and flexible formats in jazz history, evoking illustrious names like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Manchester-based GoGo Penguin turns this most venerable jazz construct on its ear, infusing direct influences from contemporary electronic music and modern classical concepts into their singular ensemble approach.

Wed 9/20 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Brooklyn Raga Massive: Raga Jazz Messengers
The Raga Jazz Messengers (along with Special Local Guest collaborators) features a dynamic lineup of NYCs finest improvisers whose music bridges the cultural heritage of South Asia and America. From the American Jazz songbook to Indian Classical Music, their original compositions draw on these melodic, harmonic and rhythmic traditions, which gives the Raga Jazz Messengers a propulsive swinging pocket as well as a lush melodic beauty.

Wed 9/20 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight Street SF]
curatorial takeover of the Peacock Lounge by Dania Stacian!! featuring….
LEXAGON, WOE, FAMOUS TECHNO, TYPE-B
Wed, Sept 20 at The Peacock Lounge 552 Haight, SF
$5 Doors 7:45pm, bands 8-10:30pm, 21+

Thursday, September 21

Thu 9/21 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
GOGO PENGUIN, SEP 20 – SEP 21, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, Joe Henderson Lab
The piano trio has been one of the most durable, beloved, and flexible formats in jazz history, evoking illustrious names like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Manchester-based GoGo Penguin turns this most venerable jazz construct on its ear, infusing direct influences from contemporary electronic music and modern classical concepts into their singular ensemble approach.

Thu 9/21 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00pm: Cruel Diagonals – unsettling, ethereal music
9:00pm: Modify – abrasive ambience from Minnesota

Friday, September 22

Fri 9/22 8:00 PM The Sound Room [2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612]
Ian Carey’s WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC (Premiere): With Ian Carey, trumpet & compositions; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Alisa Rose and Mia Bella D’Augelli, violins; Jessica Ivry, cello; and Jon Arkin, drums

Fri 9/22 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A celebration of the amazing history of the Center for Contemporary Music. Concerts feature compositions and performances by CCM graduates and faculty chosen from each decade of its existence. (Concert #1)

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