San Francisco Scene: October 20-27, 2017

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, October 20

Fri 10/20 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]

A diverse set of music by Bay Area composer Jay Cloidt is performed. Included are works for the Sather Tower carillon, the Eco Ensemble String Quartet, solo piano, a “duet for pianist and piano” with interactive electronics, and music from the music theater work DArc: Woman on fire, for singer and cellist.

Fri 10/20 8:00 PM Jupiter [2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley]
Joseph’s Bones with Lisa Mezzacappa

Saturday, October 21

Sat 10/21 4:00 PM Taube Atrium Theater [Veterans Building 4th floor 401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102]
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in Concert
works by
Philippe Leroux
Nicole Mitchell
Hans Abrahamsen
Composer Talk and Open Rehearsal with Nicole Mitchell

Sat 10/21 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Bottesini Project
Paul Riola: Saxophone Glen Whitehead: Trumpet Scott Walton: Bass Mark Clifford: Vibraphone Scott Amendola: Drums

Sat 10/21 7:30 PM Taube Atrium Theatre [Veterans Building 4th floor, 401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102]
SFCMP in Concert: Works by ABRAHAMSEN, LEROUX and MITCHELL. SFCMP’s season-opener concert will juxtapose three looks at musical color, three sonic landscapes, and three provocative composers. The concert will feature the west coast premiere of a new work by Philippe LEROUX, as well as a world premiere by California composer Nicole MITCHELL, whose work celebrates African-American culture while reaching across genres, and “Schnee” by Danish composer Hans ABRAHAMSEN, a work esteemed as one of the first classics of 21st-century music. Concert tickets on sale now! You can SUBSCRIBE or BECOME A MEMBER today for the best ticket prices! Visit for information on subscriptions and memberships, starting at just $6.25 per month.

Sat 10/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Dohee Lee with Raphael Radna: MU/巫 (Connector)

Sat 10/21 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Ctrl-Z performs work by Pauline Oliveros and Johanna Beyer, alongside new commissions by Belinda Lee and Sarah Jane Reid. Ctrl-Z is a group dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. Founded by Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, and Nick Wang in 2015, the group often finds itself in collaboration with other musicians, who perform on both electronic and acoustic instruments, to realize these works. Using an array of modular synthesizers, computers, homemade circuitry, test equipment, and other machinery, they have commissioned new works for the medium, as well as realized classic pieces, or adapted open-ended instrumentation scores to fit their means of performance.

Sunday, October 22

Sun 10/22 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm The Actual Trio
John Schott – guitar, Dan Seamans – double bass, John Hanes – drums
8:30 pm Trouble Ensemble
Ernest Larkins, voice, Mia Bella D’Augelli, violin
Rent Romus and Joshua Marshall, saxophones, Jakob Pek, guitar
Andrew Jamieson, piano, Tim DeCillis, drums

Monday, October 23

Mon 10/23 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Open Sorcerer and Oakland Future Trio

Tuesday, October 24

Tue 10/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Left Edge Percussion: Drumming at the Edge
Left Edge Percussion presents “Drumming at the Edge”, a dynamic and eclectic program featuring music by Mark Applebaum, John Cage, Erik Griswold, Terry Longshore, Eugene Novotney, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and Nick Zammuto. As artist-in-residence at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and led by artistic director Terry Longshore, Left Edge Percussion actively collaborates on innovative projects with composers and artists of various media. The concert is curated by Jim Santi Owen, who will join the ensemble as special guest.

Wednesday, October 25

Wed 10/25 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Night #1 – Wed. Oct25 at Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Neha Spellfish
Beast Nest

Thursday, October 26

Thu 10/26 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Night #2 – Thu. Oct26 at Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Gaiamamoo (Tokyo)
False None
Doors 7:45pm, Music 8pm-midnight

Thu 10/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
On First: Flourescent Grey (electronics)
On Second: Agnes Szelag (cello/voice/electronics) and Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto)
On Third: KREation Ensemble

Thu 10/26 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
UNSEEN series | Autumn 2017
Gray Area’s UNSEEN series returns in October with collaborative A/V performances from the some of the most respected members of the Bay Area’s underground music scene.

Friday, October 27

Fri 10/27 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Jakob Pek

Fri 10/27 8:00 PM Seismic Retrofitters [San Francisco, CA]
Night #3 – Fri. Oct27 at Seismic Retrofitters, 650 Divisadero, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Las Sucias
William Winant Quartet featuring Josh Allen, Joshua Marshall and Aaron Levin
Oracle Plus
and Guerilla Comedy featuring:
– A Wolf Home Companion
– Annick Adelle
– Richard Savate
– Florentina Tanase

Fri 10/27 9:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
New Zombies, the large ensemble playing Afrobeat arrangements of avant-garde compositions by Dan Plonsey, play one long set. Local favorites El Duo open the show, playing lo-fi Afro dance grooves.

Music and More Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Source: Music and More.

Kate Gentile – Mannequins (Skirl Records, 2017)

Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble Feat. Vijay Iyer – Transient Takes (Ernest Dawkins, 2017)

Wadada Leo Smith – Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk (TUM Records, 2017)

Cortex – Avant-Garde Party Music (Clean Feed, 2017)

Rez Abbasi – Unfiltered Universe (Whirlwind Recordings, 2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (, 2017)

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn & Eugene Chadbourne Book/LP Rarity! Mary Halvorson Quartet with Miles Okazaki Perform the Final Masada Book of Angels CD! Tomas Fujiwara Triple Double: Brandon Seabrook/Mary Halvorson/Ralph Alessi/Taylor Ho Bynum/Gerald Cleaver!

Dave Douglas and the Westerlies! Henry Kaiser & Ian Brighton! Brian Chase / Ben Goldberg / Ron Reich! Josh Sinton Solo Contrabass Clarinet! Dirty Songs: Evan Parker / David Toop / Steve Beresford..! Randy Weston Solo! Plus Lots of Vinyl from: Taylor Ho Bynum! Harry Partch & Gate 5 Ensemble! Men & Volts! And even more…


Sunday, October 22nd:
7pm: LUIS CONDE from Buenos Aires & JOSH SINTON from NYC – International Multi-Reeds Duo!

Sunday, October 29th:

Sunday, November 5th:
6pm: CHERYL PYLE / MICHAEL EATON / CLAIRE DALY / MATT LAVELLE / GENE COLEMAN – Flutes / Soprano Sax / Bari Sax/ Bass Clarinet / Flutes
7pm: JONATHAN MORITZ / SEAN ALI / CARLO COSTA – Tenor Sax / ContraBass / Percussion

Sunday, November 12th:
6pm: ROBERT DICK – Solo Flute!
7pm: GIACOMO MEREGA / ANDREW SMILEY / ELI ASHER – Electric Bass / Guitar / Trumpet!