San Francisco Scene: April 14-20, 2018

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Source: Bay Improviser.

Saturday, April 14

Sat 4/14 7:30 PM ODC Dance Theatre [3153 17th Street at Shotwell SF]
Join us on April 14 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco for the closing night of the 23rd annual Other Minds Festival. This event features live performances by Pamela Z, Jaap Blonk; Beth Anderson, with Michael Jones, percussion, and works on tape by Susan Stone; Sheila Davies Sumner.

Sat 4/14 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ric Louchard and Michael Rothkopf are presenting a concert of new music. Ric and Michael are thrilled to be joined by these amazing performers: Rachel Condry, clarinet; Monica Scott, cello; Dan Magay, alto saxophone and flute; John Worley, trumpet; Diane Grubbe, flutes; Meeremai Shin, flutes; Robert Lopez, drums.

Sat 4/14 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Quartet: Myra Melford, Michael Formanek, Hamir Atwal, Ben Goldberg with the Nu Jazz Collective

Sunday, April 15

Sun 4/15 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
HUSH Series — Long Tone Choir: spring
Immerse yourself in a spring-inspired soundscape, produced by traditional and extended vocal techniques. Text scores for the work will be displayed within distinct sculptures throughout the performance space. You will be invited to view and read the scores and sing with the choir in the second half of the performance if you choose.

Sun 4/15 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Monday, April 16

Mon 4/16 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Chris Jonas/Randy McKean Quartet + Pinkobeh Trio
A rare Bay Area appearance from Santa Fe based saxophonist and composer Chris Jonas. Renewing a collaboration that began nearly 30 years ago, reedman Randy McKean joins him at the helm of a new quartet, with McKean’s Bristle bandmate Lisa Mezzacappa on bass, and Weiner Kids mastermind Jordan Glenn on drums.
Pinbokeh is a trio based out of Oakland, CA that explores lush textures and soundscapes. A collection of unmetered rhythms and stretched out harmonic patterns create pieces that are reminiscent of the Nels Cline Singers with the still ambiance of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Grouper. The trio is composed of Nathan Chamberlain, guitar; Josiah Branaman, bass; and Paul Sakai, drums.

Tuesday, April 17

Tue 4/17 8:00 PM The Bindery [1727 Haight Street, SF, CA]
Kadet Khune, Silvia Mattheus, Ypsmael, Collander
Tuesday, April 17; doors 7:45pm, show 8-10:30pm
at The Bindery, 1727 Haight St $5-$10 NOTAFLOF all-ages

Tue 4/17 9:45 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS Tuesday Night Special: John Bischoff/Soo Yeon Lyuh Duo + ligrs Quintet

Wednesday, April 18

Wed 4/18 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Our second April show features two touring artists, Boston based violinist Morgan Evans-Weiler and sound artist Ypsmael from southern Germany. Also performing from the bay area will be Larnie and Bodil Fox on invented creations and a super ensemble featuring Theresa Wong, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, Jacob Heule and Tom Djll.

Thursday, April 19

Thu 4/19 7:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Two Sense: Ashley Bathgate, cello and Lisa Moore, piano
TwoSense is a New York-based chamber duo and commissioning venture, established by the Bang On A Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate and founding alumna pianist Lisa Moore in 2010. The duo has been described as the “new music equivalent of a special ops team” (New York Magazine), an “excellent duo” and “eloquent new-music interpreters” (New York Times).
Thu 4/19 7:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Michael Coleman and Ben Goldberg: CD Release Concert for PRACTITIONER
Michael Coleman and Ben Goldberg are happy to announce the release of their new record “PRACTITIONER.” This record, three years in the making, is based on Steve Lacy’s Hocus Pocus – Book ‘H’ of “Practitioners”.

Thu 4/19 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa Six : Cosmicomics 2018
Bookstore Salon #1
new music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe developed this year in a series of salons at Bird & Beckett Books & Records
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Thu 4/19 7:59 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Experimental Music needn’t be dull. This event is a prime example of non-boring avant-garde music, featuring the machine learning “pop” of Santa Cruz’s Happy Valley Band and multi-media showman, Lord Tang.

Thu 4/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Ypsmael
9:00 pm French Radio
Andy Way-turntable,mic,etc, Bruce Anderson-guitar,etc
French Radio is a Bay Area aggregation of sound projection facilitating urban fear as it’s power source to broadcast black utopian uncanniness to all devoted listeners. French Radio rejects the fascist conveyor belt of rhythm. Instead it embraces stasis and unimpeded movement. French Radio loves you.”

Friday, April 20

Fri 4/20 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [Adeline and 24th Streets in West Oakland. Exact address only given to those who register.]
Joel Davel, solo marimba lumina and a 4 course gourmet vegan meal.

Fri 4/20 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Studio Grand and Jordan Glenn present:
Spontaneous Sounds Small and Large
This evening features Ben Goldberg, Francis Wong, Chamberlain Zhang and Jordan Glenn (as a quartet), along with Jordan Glenn’s BEAK featuring special guest Michael Coleman.
DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30 PM
$10-15 sliding scale at the door