San Francisco Scene: November 2-9, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, November 2
Fri 11/02 12:30 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
TALK FEATURING COMPOSER/PERFORMER/IMPROVISER TYSHAWN SOREY

Fri 11/02 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Myra Melford’S SNOWY EGRET, Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm
A pianist, composer, educator and bandleader who has built and documented a succession of celebrated ensembles, Myra Melford has set her most ambitious projects on the all-star quintet known as Snowy Egret. Featuring some of jazz’s most distinctive and melodically inventive improvisers, the group premiered her enthralling 2013 multimedia production inspired by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano alternative history of the Americas Language of Dreams at YBCA, and followed up with an eponymous debut album on Enja named by many jazz critics as one of 2015’s best releases.

Fri 11/02 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2087 Addison Street Berkeley]
Bassist, composer and bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa premieres a new suite of music for jazz sextet, inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics stories on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos.
Mezzacappa is joined by her ensemble, the Lisa Mezzacappa Six, which features:
tenor saxophonist Aaron Bennett,
guitarist John Finkbeiner,
vibraphonist Mark Clifford,
electronic musician, Tim Perkis, and
drummer Jordan Glenn.

Fri 11/02 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
OboeTronics II, with Glenda Bates and Brandon Labadie

Saturday, November 3

Sat 11/03 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 11/03 7:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret, Shows at 7:00pm & 8:30pm
A pianist, composer, educator and bandleader who has built and documented a succession of celebrated ensembles, Myra Melford has set her most ambitious projects on the all-star quintet known as Snowy Egret. Featuring some of jazz’s most distinctive and melodically inventive improvisers, the group premiered her enthralling 2013 multimedia production inspired by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano alternative history of the Americas Language of Dreams at YBCA, and followed up with an eponymous debut album on Enja named by many jazz critics as one of 2015’s best releases.

Sat 11/03 7:00 PM San Francisco Art Institute Fort Mason Campus [2 Marina Blvd]
Audiovisual improvisations with Bill Hsu (video/sound), Matt Ingalls (reeds), and John Shiurba (guitar)

Sat 11/03 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Bassist, composer and bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa premieres a new suite of music for jazz sextet, inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics stories on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos.
Lisa Mezzacappa Six features:
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Tim Perkis, electronics
Jordan Glenn, drums

Sat 11/03 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
TO….OBLIVION
TO….OBLIVION presents two California guitarists, San Francisco’s Giacomo Fiore and Los Angeles’ Alexander Elliott Miller in a program of music for electric guitar.

Sat 11/03 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Experimental noise duo Las Sucias (Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman) shares a program with Center for Contemporary Music composers Laetitia Sonami, Zeena Parkins, James Fei, and John Bischoff who join forces for a set of improvised electro-acoustic pieces. This is a first-time meeting for these four musicians.

Sat 11/03 9:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia Street San Francisco]
Old Time Relijun

After a mysterious decade-long hiatus, Olympia, Washington’s OLD TIME RELIJUN return to the highway for a series of very special “23rd anniversary concerts” along the West Coast of the United States, with more dates in the works for 2019. They are reuniting in the classic “Catharsis in Crisis” lineup featuring bandleader Arrington de Dionyso with Aaron Hartman (upright bass), Germaine Baca (drums) and Benjamin Hartman (saxophone and percussion).

Sunday, November 4

Sun 11/04 6:00 PM SFJAZZ Center Joe Henderson Lab [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Ian Carey Quintet+1: Fire In My Head (The Anxiety Suite)–premiere. With Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Sheldon Brown, bass clarinet; Adam Shulman, piano; Jon Arkin, drums; Fred Randolph, bass, and Ian Carey trumpet. Shows at 6pm & 7:30pm.

Sun 11/04 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
I Will Learn To
In this inspired new music program, artists Jordan Curcuruto (percussion), Chelsea Villanueva (clarinet), Phoebe Wu (piano), and Jocelyn Zelasko (voice) explore empowerment within relationships. Each musical work completes the phrase: “I will learn to…” (e.g., laugh, love, grieve, empower, forgive).

Sun 11/04 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Snickers
Howard Ryan – viola, vox, electronics, radio and scanner feeds
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie Quintet performs Tricycle, part 3: Leonora
Annelise Zamula – saxes, flute/Amber Lamprecht – oboe, flute/Joshua Marshall – tenor sax/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Dave Mihaly – drums

Sun 11/04 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Reasons For Moving (4tet)

Wednesday, November 7

Wed 11/07 7:00 PM Berkeley Piano Club [2724 Haste St Berkeley]
Sculpting Air: Medieval & Modern Vocal Improv I
Vajra Voices director, Karen Clark and composer/cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong present a workshop around the 12th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen; and, the Taoist Immortal, Sun Bu’er. Karen Clark will teach a chant by Hildegard von Bingen; and, Theresa Wong will lead the workshop in a vocal improvisation, sculpting sound around a poem of Sun Bu’er.

Wed 11/07 7:00 PM Marilyn McArthur Holland ’45 Performance Theater – Lisser Hall [Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613]
MEREDITH MONK: ARCHAEOLOGY OF AN ARTIST – Archaeology of an Artist is a lively performance lecture with video clips that distills Meredith Monk’s 50-year journey as a composer, choreographer, filmmaker, performer, and tireless cartographer of the frontiers of the human voice. It will conclude with an audience Q&A with Meredith Monk. Archaeology of an Artist is an ideal way to go behind the scenes with a legendary architect of interdisciplinary art as we know it today and learn about the commissioned vocal work, Indra’s Net, that Meredith Monk is composing for a premiere in Lisser Hall in 2020.

Wed 11/07 7:45 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Black Givre
https://blackgivre.bandcamp.com
Kee Avil
https://keeavil.bandcamp.com/
So-Ar (Shanna Sordahl & Robert Lopez)
Zestie Bumwhig (Seymour Glass & Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase)
https://glisteningexamples.bandcamp.com/album/bidden
https://brentlewiisensemble.bandcamp.com/

Thursday, November 8

Thu 11/08 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Opening Reception: Don Buchla, Instruments for Electronic Expression

Thu 11/08 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Jamie Green – violin, alto saxophone, tar (drum) and electronics
8:45 pm Pauline Lay – violin, electronics
9:15 pm Gerber/Bikko
Matylda Gerber – tenor saxophone
Mikko Biffle – guitar

Friday, November 9

Fri 11/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
enhakē beyond Messiaen: 21st century works for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

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