San Francisco Scene: October 19-26, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, October 19

Fri 10/19 7:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Transmission: guest curated by Soundwave Directors
A performance carefully selected by the Soundwave Board Members. Performances featuring artists Anna Friz, Andy Puls, and Madalyn Merkey.

Fri 10/19 7:30 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Dax Pierson•Beast Nest•Marc Manning

Saturday, October 20

Sat 10/20 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 10/20 4:00 PM Taube Atrium Theater [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
For our season-opening concert, we offer a special celebration of the music of Elliott Carter. Our “on STAGE Series” features large-ensemble contemporary classical works of the most influential and innovative composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Carter was the grandest of the grand American composers from the 20th century, who lived beyond his 100th birthday and yet wrote music that was fresh, inventive, and forward-looking to the very end of life. We welcome our newly arrived artistic director, Eric Dudley, with a program featuring three of Carter’s works, including the rhythmically energetic and emotionally powerful “Penthode” for twenty players. Complementing Carter’s enduring voice will be a wry work by the young American composer, Tobin CHODOS, written for an instrumentation uniquely drawn from Carter’s “Penthode,” plus Canadian composer Sabrina SCHROEDER’s “Bone Games/Shy Garden,” an essay in the sensuality of noises. The series will begin with our popular How Music is Made Composer Talk and Open Rehearsal with composer Tobin Chodos.

Sat 10/20 5:00 PM Studio Valencia [455A Valencia Street San Francisco]
foreignfire: absolute one
the second in an unfolding series of hella real jewish rituals, absolute one‍‍‍ maps the biblical story of heelgrabber’s encounter at the double ca‍‍‍mp over the liturgy that twice a day awakens the ears to oneness

Sat 10/20 7:30 PM Taube Atrium Theater [Veterans Building 4th floor 401 Van Ness Ave San Francisco]
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players – Carter and Beyond: Invention and Inspiration

Sat 10/20 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Maria Chávez (Sound Artist, DJ) performs at Mills College.

Sat 10/20 8:00 PM Studio 210 [3435 Cesar Chavez (between Mission and Valencia, SF)]
“Skatchdance!” with Tom Nunn (skatch), Christina Braun (dance) and Ilan Reuben (conceptual clothing artist) expands the world of skatch through movement, drama, facial expressions, lighting and experimental clothing. $20 (NOTA).

Sat 10/20 8:00 PM Piedmont Piano Company [1728 San Pablo Ave., at 18th St. Oakland, CA]
Vocalist/composer Molly Holm, with Her Unmistakable Band, explores the multicultural crossroads of improvised music through original compositions, straight-ahead and modal jazz tunes and traditional folk songs. Molly’s music, often intertwined with the elements of North Indian raga, experimental vocals, or playful free-form improvisation, also reveals the rhythmic and note-bending influences inherited from the music of the African diaspora.

Sunday, October 21

Sun 10/21 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
An eclectic night of Freewheeling sonic mayhem, art-funk, and social commentary
7:30 pm Ode to Fall
Rent Romus – saxophones/flutes/percussion, gabby fluke-mogul – violin, Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass, Golnaz Shariatzadeh – violin, Angela Roberts – cello, Tony Gennaro – percussion
8:30 Rightstarter
PC Muñoz – drums, vocals, electronics / MC DEM ONE – vocals, electronics / Danny Z – electronics

Sun 10/21 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.

Tuesday, October 23

Tue 10/23 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Future Sonic Cities: Artist Panel

Tue 10/23 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Moe! Staiano presents his latest large-space composition, “Away Towards the Light,” an exploration of tonal interplay and contrasting rhythms for nine electric guitars, bass and drums composed in three movements.
The venerable Vacuum Tree Head will be opening the evening, celebrating the release of two CD EPs, released in a lavish package.

Wednesday, October 24

Wed 10/24 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Reasons For Moving w/ Fred Frith, Darren Johnston, Larry Ochs, Jordan Glenn, Jason Hoopes

Thursday, October 25

Thu 10/25 6:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Presented in partnership with the Center for New Music, San Francisco born, and Switzerland raised Erika Stucky creates an unparalleled mix of entertainment, avant-garde jazz and pop music, infused with American, Swiss and Dadaist spoken word performances. Out of this emerges a happily subversive work of art. Stucky creates and shares personal performances that synthesize yodeling, scat singing, spoken monologues and jazz into compelling yet uncategorizable music. Performing live at The Laundry, an intimate art house and tech coworking environment, Stucky will be present with accordion, percussion, vocals and live image projection. This is followed by experimental new music composer Chris Brown utilizing compositions for piano, and percussion instruments with interactive electronics and custom built electro-acoustic sonic instruments.

Thu 10/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Runcible Spoon Fight
Tom Djll, Clarke Robinson
9:00 pm Vaughn/Pino
John Vaughn – saxophones, Mark Pino – drums

Friday, October 26

Fri 10/26 7:00 PM Internet Archive [300 Funston Ave San Francisco]
WALL – Hosted by Soundwave
Curated by Tanya Gayer with performances by XUXA SANTAMARIA duo Sofía Córdova and Matt Gonzalez

Fri 10/26 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Just Visiting (X-Ray Vision): A new experimental chamber opera from composer Brett Carson

Fri 10/26 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
IMPROVISATION CONCERT – The Schimscheimer Family Trio and duo B.: Lisa Mezzacappa + Jason Levis