San Francisco Scene: April 19-26, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Fri 4/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Maia Ziaee – Senior Piano Recital – Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall

Fri 4/19 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Raffi Garabedian, Kenny Warren, Miles Wick, Jon Arkin

Saturday, April 20

Sat 4/20 4:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Join us on Saturday, April 20, 4:00-7:00PM for a special performance and discussion. Mutual Aid Project – Marshall Trammell (percussion), Tracy Hui (banjo and electronics), Nick Obando (alto saxophone and electronics) – will be joined by solidarity economists, restorative justice and labor activists, and the general public to listen, translate and broaden practical applications of What Does A Harm Free Zone Sound Like? Part II in everyday practices.

Sat 4/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sacramento – based pianist Sakurako Kanemitsu performs a program of 20th century and contemporary works. Works by Henri Dutilleux, Dai Fujikura, Philip Glass, Lei Liang, Arvo Pärt, and Ryan Suleiman.

Sat 4/20 8:00 PM CounterPulse [80 Turk Street San Francisco, CA 94102]
Ever in thrall of the brilliant music of the late pianist Cecil Taylor, Rova Saxophone Quartet, along with eight other intrepid comrades in sound exploration, will present an homage to the iconoclastic innovator. After the success of our collaborative 2018 concert, Air: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor, Rova was inspired to plan an evening featuring a reworking of Mr. Taylor’s album-length masterwork, Dark to Themselves, along with an opening set of Taylor-related performances by other players in the community.

Sunday, April 21

Sun 4/21 5:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Marshall Trammell leads a workshop involving score-making and performing.
“La Coyuntura & Insurgent Learning: Practical Pedagogies for Improvisation in Everyday Life”

Sun 4/21 5:00 PM Sweetwater Music Hall [19 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley, CA]
A Love Supreme Acoustically Electric

Sun 4/21 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Slow & Steady Records Present: Naomi Moon Siegel, Richard Sears, Jensen Engineering

Sun 4/21 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.

Monday, April 22

Mon 4/22 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [Mills College Music Department 5000 MacArthur Blvd]
Gustavo Matamoros – Lecture: “Comparing Notes: On How I Became a Composer Outside of the University”

Mon 4/22 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out II
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Rent Romus’s Life’s Blood (modern/avant-garde)
(Rent Romus – Alto Saxophone/Compositions, Timothy Orr – Drums, Safa Shokrai – Bass, Max Judelson – Bass, Heikki Koskinen – E Trumpet/Recorder, Mark Clifford – Vibraphone, Joshua Marshall – Tenor Saxophone, gabby fluke-mogul – violin)
Set #2: Disappear Incompletely (modern jazz treatments of Radiohead)
(Rob Ewing – Trombone/Arrangements, Patrick Cress – Baritone Saxophone, Raffi Garabedian – Tenor Saxophone, Ryan Pate – Guitar, Steve Blum – Keyboards, Joe Bagale – Bass, Jaime Moore – Drums)
Set #3: Dillon Vado’s Never Weather (modern jazz)
(DIllon Vado – Drums/Compositions, Aaron Wolf – Saxophone, Josh Reed – Trumpet, Justin Rock – Guitar, Tyler Harlow – Bass)

Mon 4/22 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Bankshot + Yuppie Liberation Front

Tuesday, April 23

Tue 4/23 5:30 PM Anderson Collection at Stanford University [314 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305]
“ANDERSON x CCRMA: Sound Happenings” is a show bridging the auditory and visual worlds of the arts through installations and performances by members of the Stanford Music community, including the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The event takes place in the galleries of the Anderson Collection, and will feature 8-channel sound installations, generative video works, and performances by composers in the Stanford DMA program, to name a few. This magical transformation of the museum will inspire dialogue regarding fixed versus ephemeral art forms, artistic research versus artistic practice, and the connections between science, technology, and art.

Tue 4/23 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Arab.AMP presents Magda Mayas
Arab.AMP is delighted to present solo evening of work by Magda Mayas, a pianist living in Berlin. Over the past 20 years, she developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using amplification, preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. She explores textural, linear sound collage, and has developed a set of techniques that draw on the history of prepared and inside piano vocabulary, but are highly individualized and expand the language for internal piano music making.

Tue 4/23 7:00 PM Audium Theater [1616 Bush Street San Francisco, CA 94109]
Audium: Sound and Space Workshop
What is a sound sculpture? How does one compose music for space?
Our second-ever workshop on composing for sound and space. If you didn’t make it last time, now is your chance… Learn how to think beyond one’s eyes and ears- to the entire space- when planning sound installations. Meet the composers behind Audium, hear a BRAND-NEW demonstration performance of the space, and explore the art of sound movement.

Wednesday, April 24

Wed 4/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Other Minds’ Latitudes series continues with a rare triple billing: Paul Metzger, a bonafide American folk outsider, performs his entrancing hymnprovisations for modified 23 string banjo. Minneapolis’ mercurial mystery man John Saint Pelvyn makes an ultra-rare Bay Area appearance performing on solo electric guitar—barely harnessed feedback, f-hole howling, mid-jam retunings and whammy bar abuse all-included. Voicehandler rounds out the bill with a set of unnerving glossolalia, electronic sputter and spuming percussion.

Thursday, April 25

Thu 4/25 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Dafna Naphtali and Hans Tammen present two individual performances: “Audio Chandelier” (Naphtali) and “Endangered Guitar” (Tammen).

Thu 4/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Atchley/Heglin duo
Kattt Atchley, Ron Heglin – voice
9:00 pm Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer – voice (Norway)

Friday, April 26

Fri 4/26 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Level III of the San Francisco Girls Chorus School and SFGC’s Soloist Intensive will perform a varied program of choral music, art songs, opera, and musical theater scenes. Composers include Leonard Bernstein, Eleanor Daley, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, and more. There will be music in English, Latin, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Hebrew, and both groups of young artists will come together for some vibrant ensembles.

Fri 4/26 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Galax Quartet: Music from 1607 to 2007
New Music performed by an “Early” String Quartet. Early music performed with the élan of new music. The Galax Quartet plays music from 1607 to 2007.

Fri 4/26 8:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Nate Brenner’s avant-electro-pop super band featuring Hamir Atwal!
and visiting from Portland:
MIke Gamble, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Tim Bulkley, drums

Fri 4/26 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Meráki Quartet