San Francisco Scene: December 14-21, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, December 14

Fri 12/14 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
– Bill Orcutt
– Voicehandler
Since 2014, software engineer and occasional avant-guitarist Bill Orcutt has been developing an open source computer music program called I Dropped My Phone the Screen Cracked. He has used it to record two LPs, 2016’s Cracked Music and 2017’s An Account of the Crimes of Peter Thiel and His Subsequent Arrest, Trial and Execution, which Wire magazine described as “maddening,” “hypnotic,” and “oddly pleasant.” At this event, Orcutt presents the premiere of a new algorithmic piece for Cracked entitled The Truth About Tuning.

Fri 12/14 9:00 PM Oakland Metro Operahouse [522 2nd Street, Oakland, California 94607]
Merzbow, Prurient, Kelly Moran in Oakland

Saturday, December 15

Sat 12/15 8:00 PM Stork Club [2330 Telegraph Avenue Oakland]
New Zombies, an 11-piece avant-jazz ensemble, plays the world music-inspired compositions of Dan Plonsey. Forer Effect opens the show, followed by Jordan Glenn’s BEAK.

Sat 12/15 8:00 PM Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church [600 Colorado Avenue Palo Alto]
Celebrate the holidays by decking the halls with new traditions! We offer beloved seasonal music from around the world, from sublime to silly, old to new, and with (optional) audience singing. Works by Grieg, Howells, Taverner, Hassler, Puerling, Willan, Praetorious, Conte, Poulenc and others and new favorites for the years ahead. Introducing our Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence, Jean Ahn and Robinson McClellan.

Sat 12/15 9:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Eugene Chadbourne

Sunday, December 16

Sun 12/16 3:00 PM The Women’s Building [3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Each year, SFCMP holds several community events that encourage the exploration of contemporary music in a festive, community atmosphere.
In this group performance experience, the audience has the opportunity to add their voices to the musical recitation of an ancient Confucian text. The mood and spirit will be set through a Sonic Meditation by the great Pauline Oliveros.

Sun 12/16 4:00 PM Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church [114 Montecito Avenue Oakland]
Celebrate the holidays by decking the halls with new traditions! We offer beloved seasonal music from around the world, from sublime to silly, old to new, and with (optional) audience singing. Works by Grieg, Howells, Taverner, Hassler, Puerling, Willan, Praetorious, Conte, Poulenc and others and new favorites for the years ahead. Introducing our Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence, Jean Ahn and Robinson McClellan.

Sun 12/16 4:00 PM The Knockout [3223 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Eugene Chadbourne – The Chadifornia Tour, with The Durty Whyte Boots and The Chuckleberries (4-7pm)

Sun 12/16 7:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Rova Saxophone Quartet & Life’s Blood Trio

Sun 12/16 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.

Monday, December 17

Mon 12/17 9:30 AM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Burchett/Monaco/Nelson + Ross Hammond (Solo)

Mon 12/17 7:30 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
Fred Frith Trio
w/ Saariselka
+ Voicehandler

Thursday, December 20
Thu 12/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: Chuck Johnson & Leila Abdul-Rauf

Thu 12/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
2X3 * M Nelson/J Glenn/H Atwal * G F-Mogul/K Bruckmann/J F Heule

Friday, December 21
Fri 12/21 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Beth Custer & Will Bernard

Fri 12/21 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Pumpelly/Romus/Wallace
Ero Guro