San Francisco Scene: February 23 – March 2, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, February 23

Fri 2/23 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
JAZZ EPISTLES W/ ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, WADADA LEO SMITH & EKAYA
South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim first heard the call of modern jazz in the late 1950s, and along with Hugh Masekela, founded the pioneering Jazz Epistles—a hard bop ensemble modeled on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers that was first black jazz combo to record in South Africa. Due to recent health issues, Hugh Masekela will unfortunately not be performing with Abdullah Ibrahim and the Jazz Epistles. Masekela will be replaced by trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith.

Fri 2/23 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
The Actual Trio – John Schott, guitar; Dan Seamans, double bass; and John Hanes, drums – celebrate the release of their second CD, “Act II”. For this special concert the trio will be expanded to include a horn section and a second guitarist, featuring Jayn Pettingill, Alan Williams, and Myles Boisen.

Fri 2/23 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Pamela Z, PAULA MATTHUSEN, Ken Ueno
An evening of voices and electronics

Fri 2/23 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Saxophonist Jack Wright is on tour with Tennessean Evan Lispon (bass), celebrating the recent release of his book The Free Musics. Locals Tom Djll (trumpet & electronics) and Tim Perkis (electronics) join Jack & Evan for an evening of quartet improvisations.

Saturday, February 24

Sat 2/24 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
JAZZ EPISTLES W/ ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, WADADA LEO SMITH & EKAYA
South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim first heard the call of modern jazz in the late 1950s, and along with Hugh Masekela, founded the pioneering Jazz Epistles—a hard bop ensemble modeled on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers that was first black jazz combo to record in South Africa. Due to recent health issues, Hugh Masekela will unfortunately not be performing with Abdullah Ibrahim and the Jazz Epistles. Masekela will be replaced by trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith.

Sat 2/24 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Tawil & Khoury: “Atlas” / Lord Tang

Sunday, February 25

Sun 2/25 11:00 AM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak St. SF]
HOT AIR MUSIC FESTIVAL
NEW MUSIC, NEW HEIGHTS
All day music festival

Sun 2/25 5:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
TAWIL & KHOURY talk Atlas, Entropy Stereo, Detroit New Music, and the Arab-American Avant Garde

Sun 2/25 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
JAZZ EPISTLES W/ ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, WADADA LEO SMITH & EKAYA
South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim first heard the call of modern jazz in the late 1950s, and along with Hugh Masekela, founded the pioneering Jazz Epistles—a hard bop ensemble modeled on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers that was first black jazz combo to record in South Africa. Due to recent health issues, Hugh Masekela will unfortunately not be performing with Abdullah Ibrahim and the Jazz Epistles. Masekela will be replaced by trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith.

Sun 2/25 7:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Absurdity abounds with local music groups, Usufruct, Pitta of the Mind, and Murder Murder

Monday, February 26

Mon 2/26 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Jakob Pek Group + Sung Kim (solo)

Friday, March 2

Fri 3/02 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Court Stanford Ca 94305]
Please join us for a special evening of music by virtuoso violinist/composer/technologist Mari Kimura.
Mari is at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument. As a performer, composer, and researcher, she has opened up new sonic worlds for the violin. Notably, she has mastered the production of pitches that sound up to an octave below the violin’s lowest string without retuning. This technique, which she calls Subharmonics, has earned Mari considerable renown in the concert music world and beyond. She is also a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music. At the same time, she has earned international acclaim as a soloist and recitalist in both standard and contemporary repertoire.

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