San Francisco Scene: September 15-21, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Saturday, September 15

Sat 9/15 11:00 AM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Andre Custodio is hosting a series of performances of textured sound utilizing electronics and other instruments for a bookstore environment. Performing solo for most of these Saturdays, but will occasionally invite others to fill-in.

Sat 9/15 1:00 PM Castro Theatre [429 Castro St San Francisco, California]
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents Club Foot Orchestra’s GREATEST HITS. 1 PM – BUSTER & FELIX; 3:15 – CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI; 6:00 – METROPOLIS; 9:30 – NOSFERATU. The 10 piece ensemble of some of the best San Francisco musicians, performs their scores to classic silent films. Beth Custer, Clarinets; Sheldon Brown, Woodwinds; Chris Grady, Trumpet; Richard Marriott, Winds; Gino Robair, Percussion; Will Bernard, Guitar; Kymry Esainko, Keyboard; Alisa Rose, Violin; Sascha Jacobsen, Contrabass; Deirdre McClure, Conductor.

Sat 9/15 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Steven Bernstein Fest: MTO WEST, Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm
A master of the previously obscure slide trumpet, Steven Bernstein is a fearless improviser, composer and arranger. For this four-night residency presents two of his most explosive ensembles.

Sat 9/15 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Charles Xavier’s Cow Walk Orchestra: THE BOSCO SERIES
Performing THE BOSCO SERIES: Experimental Sonic exploration and Creative Jazz featuring Trumpet, Guitar, Drums and Synth interplay.

Sat 9/15 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Still Dreaming: JOSHUA REDMAN, RON MILES, SCOTT COLLEY, & BRIAN BLADE
Formed by saxophonist Joshua Redman in tribute to his late father, saxophone giant Dewey Redman, this quartet comprising four of the greatest instrumentalists in modern jazz draws inspiration from Old and New Dreams, the iconic 1980s band featuring the elder Redman and fellow Ornette Coleman collaborators Ed Blackwell, Charlie Haden, and Don Cherry. They return to SFJAZZ in celebration of the release of their new Nonesuch album, Still Dreaming.

Sat 9/15 8:30 PM Hemlock Tavern [1131 Polk Street SF]
Tashi Dorji, Bill Orcutt, Lo Conocen, VOL.

Sunday, September 16

Sun 9/16 2:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Still Dreaming: JOSHUA REDMAN, RON MILES, SCOTT COLLEY, & BRIAN BLADE
Formed by saxophonist Joshua Redman in tribute to his late father, saxophone giant Dewey Redman, this quartet comprising four of the greatest instrumentalists in modern jazz draws inspiration from Old and New Dreams, the iconic 1980s band featuring the elder Redman and fellow Ornette Coleman collaborators Ed Blackwell, Charlie Haden, and Don Cherry. They return to SFJAZZ in celebration of the release of their new Nonesuch album, Still Dreaming.

Sun 9/16 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Thomas Schultz plays Rzewski’s: “The People United Will Never Be Defeated”

Sun 9/16 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Winnie Nieh with Paul Dab

Sun 9/16 6:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Steven Bernstein Fest: STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MTO WEST, Shows at 6:00pm & 8:30pm
A master of the previously obscure slide trumpet, Steven Bernstein is a fearless improviser, composer and arranger. For this four-night residency presents two of his most explosive ensembles.

Sun 9/16 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.

Sun 9/16 8:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Tashi Dorji , Zachary James Watkins, Beast Nest, Salt Pillar

Monday, September 17

Mon 9/17 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Chris Duncan•Joey Largent•Marc Kate

Mon 9/17 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Bristle + Dunkelman/fluke-mogul/Weeks Trio

Wednesday, September 19
Wed 9/19 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Scott Arford
Jungle Junk
Alexandra Buschman (Demonsleeper, Las Sucias)
The Fathers
Tusco Terror’s Nathan Bowers (aka Coagulator) and Derek Gedalecia (aka Headboggle)
Filthmilk
Cello of Colleen Twitty melts the tires beneath Fendler’s synth

Wed 9/19 8:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
Thurston Moore
David Toop
Zachary James Watkins / William Winant Duo
Both David Toop and Thurston Moore have worked together in quartet and trio as part of the long-running UK improvising group Alterations alongside Steve Beresford and Terry Day. As well as with the composer Tania Chen heard on the CD John Cage: Electronic Music for Piano (Omnivore Recordings 2018 USA).

Thursday, September 20

Thu 9/20 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
C4NM Benefit Concert, Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson – Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara
Join us for this unique and intimate chance to see Thumbscrew, comprised of contemporary jazz heavyweights Mary Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on double bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. All proceeds from this event benefit C4NM, supporting our efforts to create a space for new music to thrive in the Bay Area and beyond. We invite you to join us before the concert for a reception hosted by our Board of Directors including libations and light bites. Connect with our new music community, then experience a special opportunity to see Thumbscrew perform up close at C4NM.

Thu 9/20 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]

8:15 pm How Are You Feeling Project
Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Anna Avery, Mary Behm-Steinberg, Chris Christensen, alex cruse, Kevin Droese, Lenny Gonzalez, Kevin CK Lo, and Angela Roberts
Improvised music in relation to the playback of recordings of people reminiscing on health, both gains and losses.

9:00 pm Cartoon Justice
Kersti Abrams – sax/North-African reeds/mbira, Mika Pontecorvo – guitar/electronics/flute/percussion/voice, Mark
Pino – drums/percussion, Elijah Pontecorvo – bass/piano
guest Lenny Gonzalez – electric cello

Friday, September 21

Fri 9/21 7:00 PM Grace Cathedral [1100 California Street San Francisco]
Hidden Refuge :: Refugio Escondido

Fri 9/21 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Winds of Change: Shakuhachi, Didgeridoo and Clarinet
New Music and Evolving World Traditions
Beth Custer, clarinets; Cornelius Boots, shakuhachi; Stephen Kent, didgeridoo

Fri 9/21 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Chaotic Pathways: Dirt and Copper with Hunter Long and Julie Herndon

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