San Francisco Scene: February 8-15, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, February 8

Fri 2/08 7:30 PM Zion Lutheran Church [495 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118]
Acclaimed pianist Sarah Cahill + virtuoso violinist Kate Stenberg will perform in concert together for the benefit of Dirty Girls of Lesvos

Fri 2/08 8:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
Bill Laswell hosting 5-night, 8-show residency
“Method of Defiance” (Dr. Israel, Bill Laswell, DJ Logic, Graham Haynes, Peter Apfelbaum, Josh Werner, Guy Licata)

Saturday, February 9

Sat 2/09 12:00 AM KZSU FM Radio [90.1 FM or
KZSU Day of Noise
FEBRUARY 9, 2019
00:00 AM – 11:59 PM PACIFIC TIME
All things strange and beautiful. Twenty-four hours straight of live experimentation and improvisation, featuring experimental/noise/drone bands and artists from the Bay Area and beyond. A KZSU tradition since the ’90s: this is the 17th Day of Noise. Listen in on 90.1 FM in the Bay Area and around the world.

Sat 2/09 7:00 AM Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Sibarg Ensemble: An Evening of Iranian & Jazz Improvisation

Sat 2/09 3:30 PM Re:Sound Magazine A-168 [Azuar and Mercado Ct Vallejo CA 94592]
23five presents Re:Sound
Doors at 3:30pm, sound at 4:00
Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale
We recommend you bring something to sit on and dress in layers, it can get cold.
A percentage of donations go to the Mare Island Shoreline Preserve
More info can be found at

Sat 2/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Wayne Horvitz/The Snowghost Sessions with special guest Sara Schoenbeck
Sara Schoenbeck joins Wayne and the Snowghost Trio for an evening of duets, trio music from the recently released “Snowghost Session,” and finally a quartet.

Sunday, February 10

Sun 2/10 5:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Guillermo Galindo (guitars and electronics) and Sangita Moskow (electric sarod, vocal, percussion): Sonic journeys into uncharted territories blending modified traditional Eastern and Western instruments with electronics. These master musicians create a unique musical experience with their imaginative conversations.
Kattt Atchley (voice) and Ron Heglin (voice): Create a sound that integrates speech and sung traditions. With a focus on experimentation, they have gradually developed a signature sound which blends pitches, melodies, drones, multiple tuning, and amplification.
Plus we (Guillermo, Kattt, Ron, Sangita) will play as a quartet! Drone music to open into!

Sun 2/10 7:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave Oakland]
Bay Area Bridges: RDL+ Featuring Dillon Vado. Curated by RDL+, Bay Area Bridges celebrates the Bay Area music scene, with Oakland as its launch pad. This series takes place the second Sunday of each month at Studio Grand. This month, drummer/vibraphonist Dillon Vado will bring music from his groups The Table Trio and Never Weather to Bay Area Bridges. Moved by the depth of Vado’s performance and composition, RDL+ will also debut new pieces featuring Vado. DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM

Sun 2/10 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone performs THE FIFTY STATES FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE
8:30 pm KREation Ensemble
presenting a sonic meditation based on a labyrinth of sound worlds
Feona Lee Jones – Piano, Kevin Robinson – Woodwinds, Lee Hodel – Bass, and Tony Gennaro – Percussion

Monday, February 11

Mon 2/11 7:30 PM Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Department 5000 MacArthur Blvd]
Michael Pisaro is a composer and guitarist, and a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. He has composed over 80 works for a variety of instrumental combinations, including several pieces for variable instrumentation. His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues.

Mon 2/11 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents: Alvaro Domene/Francis Wong/Hamir Atwal/Ben Goldberg Quartet, plus Stepančić/Lorenz/Gidron performing “Colours Of Silence” by Jürg Frey and other pieces. DOORS 9:00 PM; SHOW 9:30(ish)

Tuesday, February 12

Tue 2/12 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: William Fowler Collins & Geneva Skeen

Tue 2/12 8:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Resident is a monthly electronic music and visual open mic event started by Jeremy Black and friends in 2017. The Laundry event space is casual and cool, and the community you’ll find is like no other for aspiring electronic musicians in Bay. No judgments, no bullshit, just positive support and openness to new ideas. Come shows us what you got.

Tue 2/12 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Stone Raft
– IMA with Caroline Tigre
– Shanna Sordahl

Thursday, February 14

Thu 2/14 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline Streets Oakland]
Live music (Howard Wiley – tenor sax and Destiny Muhammad (harp, voice), vaporized cannabis pairings and gourmet vegan food in an intimate setting.

Thu 2/14 7:30 PM Mills College – Danforth Lecture Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA . 94613]
David Behrman – Lecture/Film – Why do highly creative people gather in unexpected places and make important work?

Thu 2/14 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Skullkrusher
Philip Everett – electronics
9:00 pm Prizm
Gabby Wen – electronics and guqin, Kip Kipperman – double bass

Friday, February 15

Fri 2/15 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer-pianist Jared Redmond returns to his home in the Bay Area, performing a recital of contemporary piano works. Jared will premiere new pieces written for him by composers Carolyn Chen, Saman Samadi, and Kurt Rohde, and play modern masterpieces by Giacinto Scelsi, Salvatore Sciarrino, and more.

Fri 2/15 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
An evening of movement, sound and video with Leyya Tawil/Mike Khoury, Tom Djll/Bill Hsu/Gino Robair, and Dominic Cramp

Fri 2/15 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Zaïmph & Kaori Suzuki
Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Working in areas of sound, improvisation, live composition and visual creations, Bassett’s work is equal parts trance and critique.
Kaori Suzuki is a Tokyo-born music maker/composer living in Oakland, CA. Her solo music involves electroacoustic sound technologies, intensely high register electronics, various instruments and tape, seeking to create heightened listening states

Toronto Celebrates New Music with Sixth Annual 21C Music Festival

Source: I Care If You Listen.

From January 16-20, 2019, the sixth annual 21C Music Festival found Toronto in the grip of an extreme cold snap. While introducing New York’s Sō Percussion, The Royal Conservatory’s Mervon Mehta quipped, “We’re renaming the festival minus 21C.” The joke probably makes more sense to Canadians, who measure our temperature in Celsius, but the “minus” was lost on no one.

The theme of this year’s festival was celebrating composer Terry Riley, with his music being performed in three of the eight concerts. Riley, who will be 84 in June, performed in one concert alongside his son, composer-guitarist Gyan Riley, and electric violinist Tracy Silverman. The elder icon of American minimalist was also in attendance at the Sō concert, seemingly ever genial and approachable in the lobby.

Elysium Furnace Works Announces 2019 Season

Elysium Furnace Works 2019 season promises to be our most exciting yet! And we’re proud to launch this year’s slate of concerts with one of the most remarkable and cutting-edge pianists and composers, Matt Mitchell. Hailed as “a pianist of burrowing focus and an indispensable fixture of the contemporary vanguard” by The New York Times, smart and dazzling” by Philadelphia Magazine and compelling, even startling two-handed abandon” by the Detroit Free Press, Matt Mitchell kicks off EFW’s 2019 season with a rare solo performance on Saturday, March 16 at 8 PM.

As with all of our concerts, this performance will be held at the acoustically sublime Howland Cultural Center, located at 477 Main St. in Beacon, NY.

Elysium Furnace Works’ 2019 roster embraces a fiercely independent, eclectic diversity, featuring exceptional artists from a wide array of musics. Other concerts EFW will present in 2019 include:

March 29: Mike Baggetta/100 and Zero/16 Hundred Pound Pig — Called a “NY Guitar poet” by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and “beguilingly atmospheric” by Time Out New York, the inimitable guitarist Baggetta leads a truly one-of-a-kind trio featuring the punk rock legend, Minutemen/fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, and drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, T Bone Burnett, David Lynch, among many others), unleashing an utterly unique post-genre improvisational groove. Two of the toughest Hudson Valley rock bands, 100 and Zero and 16 Hundred Pound Pig, round out this triple-heavyweight slugfest.

May 18: Eszter Balint/Chris Cochrane — Praised as “a gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (who) effortlessly combines the raw elements of punk and rock with a gentle sophistication” (John Schaefer, WNYC), musician and iconic indie actress Balint (Stranger Than Paradise, Trees Lounge, Louie, &c.) teams up with the celebrated Downtown guitarist Cochrane (No Safety, Curlew, John Zorn, Thurston Moore, Marc Ribot, &c.) to perform her achingly contemplative songs called “funny, weird and wise, and (delivered) with great imagination” (Ann Powers, NY Times).

June 15: Ikue Mori — A pioneering electronic musician whose past collaborators include such major figures as John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Evan Parker and Bill Laswell, Ms. Mori started out as a drummer for the seminal No Wave band DNA with fellow noise trailblazers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright, creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds forever altering the face of rock music. She has been creating uncanny electronic music via laptop, drum machines and other devices in the subsequent decades.

Sun of Goldfinger US Tour in March and April

Source: David Torn.

David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith – Sun of Goldfinger

Tim Berne: alto saxophone, Ches Smith: drums, electronics, tanbou,
David Torn: electric guitar, live-looping, electronics

Sun of Goldfinger on tour:
March 12th San Francisco, CA (Freight and Salvage)
March 13th Los Angeles, CA (Zebulon)
March 14th Portland, OR (Holocene)
March 15th Seattle, WA (Royal Room)
March 16th Denver, CO (workshop)
March 17th Denver, CO (Dazzle)
March 18th Minneapolis, MN Icehouse
March 19th Madison, WI (Arts and Literature Laboratory)
March 20th Pittsburgh, PA (Spirit)
March 21st NY, NY (Nublu)
March 24th Knoxville, TN (Big Ears Festival)
April 18th Boston, MA (Regatta Bar)
April 19th Portland, ME (Space Gallery)
April 20th Newburgh, NY (Atlas)