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