San Francisco Scene: November 28 – December 1, 2017

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Tuesday, November 28

Tue 11/28 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Séverine Ballon presents an evening of works for solo cello and cello with multichannel electronics. Her work focuses on regular performance of key works of the cello repertoire, as well as numerous collaborations with composers; in addition, her researches as an improviser have helped her to extend the sonic and technical resources of her instrument.

Tue 11/28 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Berkeley Noise: Works by Undergraduate Composers
The student-run Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Berkeley Noise, will be collaborating with the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Composer’s Club in premiering 5 new works from student composers: Ann Deng, Niko Vlahakis, Bobby Ge, Jonathan Sudano, and Trevor Van de Velde.

Tue 11/28 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
MUS 242 Music Improvisation Ensemble II Concert – Fall 2017

Wednesday, November 29

Wed 11/29 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Soundwave ((8)) Biennial Fundraiser
Join us for this special fundraiser party to kick off Soundwave ((8)), a festival of contemporary works produced in partnership with established institutions and alternative venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring cutting edge, often technologically influenced works by artists responding to the theme of “infrastructure” Soundwave ((8)) will include collaborations with organizations like the Contemporary Jewish Museum, California Academy of Sciences, The Lab, the San Francisco Zen Center, Dolby Laboratories, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, SPUR, and others.

Wed 11/29 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble plays ensemble music by Wendy Reid, Tony Gennaro, Matthew Robidoux, John Cage, Eric Glick Rieman, and Daniel Goode.

Thursday, November 30

Thu 11/30 6:00 PM SFMOMA [151 3rd St. San Francisco]
Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, & the Electronic Superhighway

Thu 11/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Suki O’Kane (very large percussion) and Tim Perkis (very tiny electronics)
9:00 pm Katt Atchley Duets, featuring Kenneth Atchley, Susan Gervitz, Phillip Greenlief and Claudia La Rocco
text, voice, reeds, electronics

Thu 11/30 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
GLENN/HOOPES RESIDENCY NIGHT ONE: COLLABORATIONS WITH EVELYN DAVIS & JULIE MOON

Friday, December 1

Fri 12/01 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
An evening with Destiny Muhammad, Darren Johnston, Giulio Xavier

Fri 12/01 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Laurel Halo Live

Fri 12/01 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Jordan Glenn/Jason Hoopes Residency Night Two: Collaborations with Kyle Bruckmann & Theresa Wong

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Newsbits: Delia Derbyshire / Christine Ott / Unsilent Night / Matthew Shipp

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Delia Derbyshire, musical innovator and Doctor Who theme music creator, has been awarded a posthumous Ph.D.

Christine Ott‘s recent London performance is reviewed.

You too can participate in a rendition of Phil Kline‘s Unsilent Night. All you need is a music player.

The Matthew Shipp Trio plays in San Francisco on December 8th.

Free Improvisation: Still the Ultimate in Underground Music?

British saxophonist Evan Parker

Via The Guardian.

“There are people that hear it once and think: never again!” says Evan Parker of free improvisation, a musical style that some might compare to a jazz band falling down the stairs – and others find transcendental. “Then there are people who hear it once and say, ‘My god, what was that?’ But they creep back, because there’s something that’s connected for them. There’s a worldview involved that touches people.” This short film, as part of the Guardian’s series on underground music, featuring Parker as well as other free improv luminaries such as John Edwards and Eddie Prévost, gives you a six-minute taste of this worldview.

John Corbett on Sun Ra

Via Lapham’s Quarterly.

He employed anachronistic singers like Clyde Williams and Hattie Randolph. He played familiar compositions with double-entendre titles especially meaningful to him, such as “East of the Sun,” “Keep Your Sunny Side Up,” “I Dream Too Much,” “Out of Nowhere,” “This Is Always,” “Second Star to the Right,” and “Over the Rainbow.” Never mind that Ra is known as one of the most adventurous and innovative figures in the history of the twentieth century. That he brought synthesizers to jazz. That his costumes and light shows paved the way for psychedelic rock. That he wrote apocalyptic and deeply philosophical poetry. That he identified as an extraterrestrial. That outer space and the unknown featured as prominently as ancient Egypt in his unique proto-Afrofuturist weltanschauung, which often manifested as a circus-like performance troupe that he called the Arkestra.