San Francisco Scene: September 29 – October 6, 2017

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Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, September 29

Fri 9/29 8:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Qualia, Gentleman Surfer, Grex
Shattering, eldritch sounds at Berkeley’s Starry Plough, featuring the swooning torch songs of Qualia, Sacramento prog punk masterminds Gentleman Surfer (led by drummer Jon Bafus), and the ecstatic art rock-cum-free jazz stylings of Grex (Karl Evangelista-gtr, vocals, dms, Rei Scampavia-keys, vocals, dms).

Fri 9/29 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
DJ LAG and Siete Catorce (Live)
Join us for performances by electronic music pioneers DJ Lag and Siete Catorce! These two artists are at the forefront of minimalist, deep electronic rhythm making—not to be missed.

Fri 9/29 9:00 PM Woods Bar & Brewery [1701 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Broken Shadows

Fri 9/29 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS Friday Special! Sahba Sizdahkhani/ Chuck Johnson/ DunkelpeK
On September 29th we will host a special showcase at Studio Grand for touring composer/instrumentalist, Sahba Sizdahkhani, with support from Oakland based Chuck Johnson and Dunkelpek.

Saturday, September 30

Sat 9/30 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Custer/James/Amendola/Glasgow: Film Scores Without Films
Beth Custer – clarinets
David James – guitar
Scott Amendola – drums
Jordan Glasgow – keyboards

Sat 9/30 8:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Oakland-based keyboardist-composer Steve McQuarry brings his Mandala Orchestra and Nonet to perform “A Tribute to Gil Evans” at SF JAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium on September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

Sat 9/30 8:00 PM Jupiter [2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley]
Broken Shadows

Sat 9/30 8:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
NextNow presents – Computer Music : Architectonic Perspectives : an evening of new directions in computer music – Sean Hamilton percussion/computer, John Bischoff -computer/electronics, Mika Pontecorvo/Mark Pino – guitar,percussion, generative architecture..

Sunday, October 1

Sun 10/01 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Pola Baytelman
Works by Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Schoenfield, and Albéniz.

Sun 10/01 4:00 PM Our Saviors Lutheran Church [1035 Carol Ln, Lafayette CA 94549]
Ensemble ARI peforms Eastern European Music plus Haeguem concertino!

Sun 10/01 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm The Lost Shapes
Safa Shokrai – contrabass, compositions/Mark Clifford – vibraphone, compositions/Darren Johnston – trumpet, compositions/Jason Levis – drum set, compositions/Kasey Knudsen – alto sax, compositions, temporarily lost shape
8:30pm nOOi
Mark Oi – electric guitar, compositions/Bill Noertker – electric bass, compositions

Sun 10/01 8:00 PM Artists’ Television Access [992 Valencia SF]
An evening of audiovisual improvisations with Carl Ludwig Hübsch (tuba), James Fei (reeds), Bill Hsu (video, electronics), Matt Ingalls (clarinets)

Monday, October 2

Mon 10/02 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: David Boyce (solo saxophone/electronics)
Set #2: Alex Jenkins Trio (Sacramento jazz trio)
Alex Jenkins-drums, Luis Albert Clifford Childers-brass, Max Judelson-bass
Set #3: Amendola Trio (explosive improvised trio music)
Scott Amendola-drums, electronics, Karl Evangelista-el. guitar, Jason Hoopes-el. bass

Mon 10/02 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Lisa Mezzacappa’s avantNOIR + Sean Hamilton

Tuesday, October 3

Tue 10/03 8:00 PM Berkeley City Club [2315 Durant Ave Berkeley, CA 94704]
Del Sol String Quartet: This high-energy quartet of master musicians, two-time Chamber Music America award winner for Adventurous Programming, returns to BCP in a joint celebration of both of our 25th anniversaries and of Lou Harrison’s centenary with classic and fresh works.

Wednesday, October 4
Wed 10/04 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Steven Warwick
Steven Warwick is an artist and musician and writer based in Berlin. His new audio-visual mixtape Nadir was released via the delinear platform on the acclaimed label PAN.

Thursday, October 5

Thu 10/05 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Orchestra Di Pazzi
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
Orchestra Di Pazzi is a large improvising orchestra created by Scott Amendola to explore various combinations of musicians on a large scale, creating new musical textures for each unique performance.

Thu 10/05 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Melford, Morris, Mezzacappa & Adams: Energetic Avant-Jazz
Myra Melford – piano
Angela Morris – tenor saxophone
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass
Steve Adams – saxophones

Thu 10/05 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Puppy Surprise Improv Derby Night!
Come to the venue with instruments ready to play. We’ll draw artists’ names out of a plush Puppy Surprise’s velcro belly, to make quartets for short sets.

Friday, October 6

Fri 10/06 8:00 PM The Back Room [The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave. Berkeley, CA]
Original, creative, and singable, this group celebrates their forthcoming second CD, “Bump This On The Regular”. Reckless deep grooves, incendiary guitar, and spontaneous happiness. The Actual Trio is John Schott, guitar, Dan Seamans, bass, and John Hanes, drums.

Fri 10/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A Woman’s Point of View – An Evening of Art Song with Winnie Nieh and Paul Dab
Experience love, loss, struggle, strength and Mother Nature with soprano Winnie Nieh and pianist Paul Dab. Featuring distinguished female composers Clara Schumann, Libby Larsen, Emma Logan, Julie Barwick and Rita Zhang, this program is sure to delight!

Fri 10/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Solo-Duo-Trio: Vertebrate & Nucci/Josephson Duo & John McCowen

Jazz in NYC This Week

Tim Berne

Source: The New York Times.

BROKEN SHADOWS at Korzo (Oct. 3, 9 and 10:30 p.m.). Four enchanting improvisers to have emerged in New York in the 1980s and ’90s are the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer Dave King. Now they’re a quartet called Broken Shadows, playing compositions by avant-garde jazz heroes: Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden and Dewey Redman.

PETER EVANS at the Stone (Oct. 3-8, 8:30 p.m.). Peter Evans plays the trumpet like a homing device, a percussion instrument, a didgeridoo, or distant bird call. He is now a heavily relied-upon sideman on New York’s avant-garde jazz scene, because he can seemingly do anything with his horn, while keeping his heart on his sleeve. But some of his most compelling work is as a soloist. He’s in residence at the Stone, where he will play with a range of collaborators and finish the run with a solo performance on Sunday, Oct. 8.

ADAM RUDOLPH’S MOVING PICTURES at the Jazz Gallery (Oct. 3-4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). In Moving Pictures, an octet led by the percussionist Mr. Rudolph, the rhythms of Brazil, West Africa and the Caribbean combine in an aesthetic that recalls the various fusion sounds of the 1970s and ’80s. A seven-piece iteration of the band will appear at this concert, which celebrates the release of Moving Pictures’ new album, “Glare of the Tiger.”

Cafe OTO in October

English: Multi-instrumentalist and composer, L...

Source: Cafe OTO.

Sunday 1 October 2017, 2pm
Eloïse Decazes & Eric Chenaux + Le Fruit Vert – Matinee Show

Sunday 1 October 2017, 7pm
Penultimate Press Presents:
Ursula Reuter Christiansen – ‘the Executioner’ (Uk Premiere) + Henning Christiansen – ‘180 Hammer Blows Against War Monkeys’ (Performed by Thorbjørn Reuter Christiansen) + Mark Harwood – DJ

Sunday 1 October 2017, 7.30pm
Dominique Lawalrée + Time Is Away (DJ)

Monday 2 October 2017, 7.30pm
Kraak Presents:
Henry Andersen + Köhn

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 7.30pm
Eddie Prévost / James L Malone / Joe Wright (Trio) + Xt (Paul Abbott, Seymour Wright)

Wednesday 4 October 2017, 7.30pm
Phew + Stefan Schneider

Thursday 5 October 2017, 7.30pm
Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents:
Harald Grosskopf & Eberhard Kranemann Present ‘Krautwerk’

Friday 6 October 2017, 7.30pm
Mark Fell & Ernest Edmonds + Rian Treanor &Amp; Karl D’silva

Saturday 7 October 2017, 7.30pm
Repeater Books Presents:
Down with Childhood – with Patchfinder (Live) + Jacob Williams (Live)

Sunday 8 October 2017, 6.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Nopa #4

Sunday 8 October 2017, 7.30pm
Counter | Culture – Curated by Dee Sada

Monday 9 October 2017, 7.30pm
Confront Recordings Presents:
Jason Kahn / Christian Wolfarth + Phil Julian / Mark Wastell + Georg Graewe / Mark Sanders

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 7.30pm
Cynthia – Monk 100

11–12 October 2017
Terre Thaemlitz – Two Day Residency

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 7.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Solo:duo:trio #5 – David Toop / Dimitra Lazaridou-chatzigoga / Luciano Maggiore (Trio) + Angharad Davies / Jason Kahn (Duo) + Christian Wolfarth (Solo)

Friday 13 October 2017, 7.30pm
Staraya Derevnya + Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet

Friday 13 October 2017, 7.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Leafcutter John + Howlround + Ctrl Freq

Saturday 14 October 2017, 7.30pm
the Experimental Library: Ornette Coleman

15–17 October 2017
the Art Ensemble of Chicago – Three Night Residency

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 7.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Johannes Lunds / John Chantler (Duo)

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 7.30pm
Ulaş ÖZdemir / Arash Moradi (Duo)

Thursday 19 October 2017, 7.30pm
Zsamm Plays ‘Let Them Grow’

Friday 20 October 2017, 7.30pm
Ruton Music – Mika Taanila + Jussi Lehtisalo + Charles Hayward + Bruce Gilbert + Patchfinder (DJ)

Saturday 21 October 2017, 7.30pm
Peter Gordon (Solo) + Special Guest David Cunningham &Amp; Video by Kit Fitzgerald

Sunday 22 October 2017, 7.30pm
Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents:
Shit & Shine + Man from Uranus

Monday 23 October 2017, 7.30pm
Félicia Atkinson

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 7.30pm
Paradise Yard (Sue Lynch / Greta Pistaceci / Crystabel Riley / Hutch Demouilpied / Adam Bohman / Sharon Gal)

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 7.30pm
John Edwards / Phil Minton / Steve Noble (Solo &Amp; Trio Performances) + Film Screening of ‘Colours & Shapes: Portraits of Free Improvisers’ – a Film by John Macedo

26–27 October 2017
Elysia Crampton – Two Day Residency with Donna Huanca

Saturday 28 October 2017, 7.30pm
Loren Connors + ‘Gestures’ Film Screening

Sunday 29 October 2017, 7.30pm
Eugene Chadbourne (Solo)

30 October – 1 November 2017
Sun Ra Arkestra – Under the Direction of Marshall Allen – Three Day Residency

Blank Forms in October

Source: New York’s Blank Forms.

Anima-Sound: Mit 20km/h durch Europa (1972)
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Prismatic Park: Limpe Fuchs
Tues 10/3 at 1PM & 3PM
Wed 10/4 at 1PM & 3PM
Thur 10/5 at 1PM & 3PM
Fri 10/6 at 1PM & 3PM
Sun 10/8 at 4PM

Limpe Fuchs
Friday, October 13th, 2017

Annea Lockwood, Aki Onda, and Akio Suzuki
Sunday, October 29th, 2017 – 8pm