San Francisco Scene: April 12-19, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, April 12

Fri 4/12 6:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th Street @Alabama San Francisco]
Performance by Mutual Aid Project – Marshall Trammell (percussion), Tracy Hui (banjo and electronics), Nick Obando (alto saxophone and electronics), followed by conversation.

Saturday, April 13

Sat 4/13 4:00 PM San Francisco Public Library, Richmond Branch [351 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118]
Bruce Ackley, of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, presents a brief and informal survey of the history of the soprano saxophone, starting with a short slideshow discussion, and then a live performance of works by John Coltrane, Steve Lacy, Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodges, and Ackley originals.

Sat 4/13 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Known for their powerful sound and profound unity of ensemble, Ensemble Illume is dedicated to sharing the rich character of the viola, cello, and piano trio with audiences of all ages. With its unconventional instrumentation, Illume’s mission is to nurture and expand the repertoire for the ensemble by identifying rarely-heard work and working with contemporary composers, while also pursuing collaborations with fellow musicians to perform quartets, quintets, and larger chamber ensembles. The ensemble was formed with an inaugural concert in San Francisco in 2018, which featured works by Kaija Saariaho and Johannes Brahms.

Sat 4/13 7:30 PM David Brower Center [2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704]
Composer Matthew Burtner makes music with glaciers, a business fraught with the hazards of calving, melting and, on occasion, over-modulating. His recent impressive CD release, Glacier Music, will be the subject of his interview concert with OM Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian.

Sat 4/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Summits – Daniel Corral, Joanna Wallfisch, The Koan Quartet

Sat 4/13 7:30 PM East Bay Media Center [1939 Addison St Berkeley]
2 nights of improvised dance, sound and video projections; Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th
Judith Kajiwara, Motoko Honda, Sung Kim, Kit Young

Sat 4/13 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Joanna MacGregor – Piano Recital – Beethoven, Chopin, Ginastera, Liszt.

Sunday, April 14

Sun 4/14 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Amaranth Quartet premieres D. Riley Nicholson’s most recent work, Break, alongside a new quartet version of Nicholson’s Bend, and selections from Philip Glass’s Bent. The evening will include music by the winner of Amaranth’s young composer’s initiative, Alyssa Weinberg, Ryan Brown, and Sahba Aminikia.

Sun 4/14 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Pianist Hadley McCarroll performs works by Helmut Lachenmann, Monica Scott, Elliott Carter, Matt Ingalls, Claude Debussy, and J. S. Bach

Sun 4/14 7:00 PM Pro Arts [The Forum at Frank H Ogawa Plaza Oakland]
An hour-long interspecies sonic landscape/ambient environment featuring Lulu, African Grey Parrot, with Wendy Reid, violin; Brenda Hutchinson, long tube instrument; Aurora Josephson, voice; Ron Heglin, tuba; The Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble; and Musicians of Frog Pond 433.

Sun 4/14 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm The Guthrie Project
Beth Schenck – saxophones, compositions; Matt Wrobel – guitar
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – alto sax, flute; Brett Carson – piano; Bill Noertker – contrabass; Jason Levis – drums

Sun 4/14 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Shapeshifters Cinema
Keith Evans with Rae Diamond

Monday, April 15

Mon 4/15 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Nathan Clevenger’s Book of Exits & Jamieson/Pate

Wednesday, April 17

Wed 4/17 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Jazz in the Neighborhood presents the Amendola Trio with Karl Evangelista & Jason Hoopes.

Thursday, April 18

Thu 4/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Oakland’s Grex and Brooklyn’s Book of Hours share the stage for an evening of art rock, jazz, and improvisation. Grex will convene in an expanded configuration and Book of Hours will be on tour in support of its record release.

Thu 4/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Grex (CA) and Book of Hours (NYC)

Thu 4/18 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm San(S) Kazakgascar Solo
9:00 pm TanukiSpiderCat
Colleen Kelly T – loops and layers electronic cello, samples, and synths

Thu 4/18 8:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Naomi Moon Siegel – “a trombonist and composer of great style and distinction” (Earshot Jazz) – presents her original music in celebration of her new release Live At Earshot on Slow & Steady Records. Sharing the bill will be the Rice Kings, an original electronic jazz duo featuring Eli Maliwan (EWI/vocals) and Erika Oba (keyboards).

Thu 4/18 8:00 PM Key Tea House and Kava Lounge [921 C Street, San Rafael, California 94901]
Music for adventurous jazz sextet inspired by the origins of the universe and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos.
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass and compositions
Jordan Glenn, drums

Friday, April 19

Fri 4/19 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Dax Pierson / Beast Nest / Marc Manning

Fri 4/19 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Darius James and Val Jeanty

Fri 4/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa Six + Erika Oba’s Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba’s Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba, piano/flute
Chris Bastian, bass
Eli Maliwan, tenor sax
Lisa Mezzacappa Six
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass and compositions
Jordan Glenn, drums