San Francisco Scene: January 19-26, 2018

Albert Ayler

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, January 19

Fri 1/19 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Thomas Dimuzio –
Kris Force –
Fluorescent Grey –
Gradient Fade

Fri 1/19 7:30 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak St. SF]
In a special guest appearance, maverick vocalist and composer Meredith Monk joins SFCMP for a performance and discussion of two of her works, Ellis Island for duo pianos and Cave Song from her film project The Book of Days. Also on the program are Zorn’s “Cobra” and Frederic Rzewski’s “Les Moutons de Panurge”, which engage the large-ensemble energies of the performers to create unheard-of possibilities. Completing the program are Pulitzer Prize finalist Don Byron’s 7 Etudes, and two works by Bay Area composers, Under the Rug by Ryan Brown, and Twist for guitar and violin by Vivian Fung.

Fri 1/19 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Vijay Iyer’s longstanding trio with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore

Fri 1/19 8:00 PM EastSide Cultural Center [2277 International Blvd Oakland]
Dohee Lee / ARA Ritual III- Waterways, Time Weaves

Fri 1/19 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Arrington de Dionyso and Ben Bennett channel the ecstatic moment through strikingly limited physical and musical materials. Saxophonist Arrington de Dionyso’s perpetually touring moniker THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS is a recombinant performance of touring and local musicians, with the aim of channeling Albert Ayler’s recognition of music as the healing force of the universe. Percussionist Ben Bennett works with a deconstructed set of drums and resonant objects intended to fit in a backpack for bicycle tours and easy transportation. In addition to his live performance practice, Bennett is known for his more than 200 four-hour livestreams of himself called “Sitting and Smiling,” which The Atlantic described as “an extreme version of engagement with the present.”

Fri 1/19 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents the Ben Goldberg School performing music from the newly released CD, Ben Goldberg School, Vol. 1: The Humanities. The ensemble will be Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Kasey Knudsen, alto sax; Jeff Cressman, trombone; rob reich, piano and accordian; David Ewell, bass; and Hamir Atwal, drums. Joining them on vibraphone will be Emerging Artist Dan Neville.

Saturday, January 20

Sat 1/20 3:00 PM EastSide Cultural Center [2277 International Blvd Oakland]
Dohee Lee / ARA Ritual III- Waterways, Time Weaves

Sat 1/20 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Vijay Iyer Sextet
Vijay Iyer piano, Fender Rhodes
Graham Haynes cornet
Steve Lehman alto saxophone
Mark Shim tenor saxophone
Stephan Crump bass
Marcus Gilmore drums

Sat 1/20 8:00 PM EastSide Cultural Center [2277 International Blvd Oakland]
Dohee Lee / ARA Ritual III- Waterways, Time Weaves

Sat 1/20 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Witness: Tashi Wada compositions performed by Charles Curtis, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Wada, and Julia Holter

Sunday, January 21

Sun 1/21 4:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Online record label MINUS ZERO announces MUSICAL ACTION TO BENEFIT PLANNED PARENTHOOD: A NEW YEAR OF RESISTANCE. Minus Zero is an Oakland-based online record label founded in 2017. All music is donated by the artists, and all proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. This live one-day festival featuring noteworthy Bay Area improvisers Ben Goldberg, Hafez Mordirsadeh, Scott Amendola, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Duo B, Francis Wong and many more will promote Minus Zero’s mission and new releases.

Sun 1/21 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]

Sun 1/21 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)

Wednesday, January 24

Wed 1/24 6:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Robert Howard & Elizabeth Schumann
20th century masterpieces for cello and piano

Wed 1/24 7:45 PM The Bindery [1727 Haight St SF]
Shadow Revolutions
Radio Healer
Surabhi Saraf
Jonathan Crawford & NOS Visuals ||

Wed 1/24 8:30 PM The Strand Theater [1127 Market St San Francisco]
Sarah Cahill – piano
Kate Stenberg – violin
Alexander String Quartet
William Winant Percussion Group

Thursday, January 25

Thu 1/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Sarkamere (Josh Marshall – sax, Matt Chandler – bass, Daniel Pearce – drums)
9pm: Chase The Map
Lenny Gonzalez – baritone electric guitar, Kevin Thomson – electric guitar, Erik Ellestad – clarinet/saxophone

Friday, January 26

Fri 1/26 7:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Hardly Strictly Personal 2018 — NextNow Production Festival/Benefit – Celebratiing Post-Beefheart Projects – the bay area creative music community performing NoWave, Wabi Sabi, Improv and experimental avante rock and jazz… friday evening and saturday afternoon-evening back to back performances of uniquely original music. Benefiting Homeless advocacy, and environmental justice organizations.

Fri 1/26 7:30 PM Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA 94801]
Guitarist Howard Alden and violinist Kit Eakle and his DjangoSphere project present the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk in the 100th year since his birth along with Music by Django Reinhardt and Ellington as vehicles for improvisation at Point Rischmond Jazz on Friday, January 26 at 7:30. Howard Alden is widely considered one of the greatest jazz improvisors on guitar, and Kit Eakle, founder of Point Richmond Jazz, a concert series devoted to improvising violinists, struts his stuff as one of the most daring and innovative improvisors on his instrument.

Fri 1/26 8:00 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
Paul Dresher – The Electro-Acoustic Band + Living Earth Show

Fri 1/26 8:30 PM Strand Theatre [1127 Market Street San Francisco]
PIVOT: New Adventures in the Performing Arts with Timo Andres piano