San Francisco Scene: April 26 – May 3, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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]
NAYTRONIX
Nate Brenner’s avant-electro-pop super band featuring Hamir Atwal!
and visiting from Portland:
MIKE GAMBLE TRIO
MIke Gamble, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Tim Bulkley, drums

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

Saturday, April 27

Sat 4/27 12:00 PM San Francisco Public Library (Latino/Hispanic Room, Lower Level) [100 Larkin Street Grove St.]
A poetry reading and lecture on creativity by the acclaimed Netherlands-based composer and poet Rozalie Hirs. Her poems and musical compositions are lyrical and innovative, and in both art forms she explores the adventure of listening, reading, and imagining.

Sat 4/27 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
– Chris Cooper + Jacob Felix Heule + Greg Kelley + Danishta Rivero
– Rob Noyes
– Usufruct

Sat 4/27 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
On April 27th, we are excited to present our first show of the 2019 season with a solo set by Boston area guitarist Rob Noyes and ensemble featuring Greg Kelley (trumpet) out of Seattle with Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), Danishta Rivero (vocals) and Chris Cooper (guitar and electronics). Also performing will be the bay area duo Usufruct (Polly Moller and Tim Walters). $5-20.

Sat 4/27 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Nicole Mitchell – Concert – Nicole Mitchell is an award-winning flutist, composer, poet, conceptualist, bandleader, and educator.

Sat 4/27 9:00 PM SoundBox [300 Franklin Street SF]
Pamela Z and SF Symphony SoundBox: SYNTAX

Sunday, April 28

Sun 4/28 4:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th Street, San Francisco, 94110]
Join us on Sunday, April 28, 4:00-7:00 PM for performances by deaf dancer Antoine Hunter, turntablist Jemma DeCristo, Arnoldo Garcia and Marshall Trammell (percussion).

Sun 4/28 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Guided by Voices is the commissioning project of cellist Elinor Frey who uses two instruments, Baroque cello and five-string cello, that each have a very different sound than the modern cello. The program at the Centre for New Music features solo works by the Japanese-American composer Ken Ueno (“Chimera”) and Swedish-German composer Lisa Streich (“Minerva”) and Canadians Scott Edward Godin (“Guided By Voices”), Linda Catlin Smith (“Ricercar”), Isaiah Ceccarelli (“With concord of sweet sounds”). Each work reveals the cello’s incredible versatility and remarkable colours.

Sun 4/28 8:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Mike Gamble (Portland) & Scott Amendola: Duo A/V Explorations

Monday, April 29

Mon 4/29 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Pearce/Stewart-Robertson + Travis Laplante + Shiurba/Ingalls/Djll/Rowe [Last OFJS At Studio Grand!]

Tuesday, April 30

Tue 4/30 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Biggi Vinkeloe & Amy Melissa Reed

Tue 4/30 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Lisa Mezzacappa Tangle Trio

Wednesday, May 1

Wed 5/01 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Contemporary Performance Ensemble Concert – Works by Bernard Rands, Eric Glick Rieman, Matthew Robidoux, Pétur Eggertsson, and Julius Eastman.

Thursday, May 2

Thu 5/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The New Haven, CT duo Tongue Depressor perform trance-inducing fiddle music that seethes with beating overtones and a high lonesome sound. The unlikely pairing of lap steel dobro and koto makes up the L.A.-based duo of Caspar Sonnet and Kozue Matsumoto. Together they scrape, bow and pluck their way through an investigation of the versatile sound palette and extended possibilities of their instruments.

Thu 5/02 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Vinkeloe/Robinson
Biggi Vinkeloe -alto saxophone, flute , Donald Robinson – drums
9:00 pm Cellista
An experimental performance artist and cellist whose music explores the intersection of classical music, noise, and politics. Performances often feature dance, film, and live looping and occasionally a modular chamber ensemble.

Friday, May 3

Fri 5/03 8:00 PM Wind River | Indexical [421 Wild Way, Santa Cruz]
Tongue Depressor (New Haven, CT) is the duo of Henry Birdsey (fiddle, lap steel) and Zach Rowden (fiddle, upright bass). They write, improvise, and perform music that draws from the fields of drone, harsh noise, and church music, often using microtonal tunings. Caspar Sonnet (lap-steel dobro) Kozue Matsumoto (koto) is an acoustic experimental, improvisational duo based in Los Angeles, California.

RIO Festival Takes Place May 9-11 in France

Source: RIO. This year’s fest is about to kick off.

Jeudi 09 mai 2019 – 19h00>1h00 – CONCERT au Périscope à LYON
SPÉCIAL JOHN GREAVES & ANNIE BARBAZZA
MANGE FERRAILLE
POIL

Vendredi 10 mai 2019 – 19h00>3h00 – CONCERT aux Abattoirs
SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER
KOENJI HYAKKEI ROCK
a.P.A.t.T

Samedi 11 mai 2019 – 14h00>3h00 – RENCONTRES, CONCERTS aux Abattoirs
PINIOL
THE WATTS
GEOFF LEIGH
PRESENT
ROBERT WYATT’S ROCK BOTTOM (UK/IT) JOHN GREAVES, ANNIE BARBAZZA & NORTH SEA RADIOORCHESTRA

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations begins on May 1st!
Every In-store in May Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live Here for Free!
Here’s the schedule:

Sunday April 28th:
6pm: OMAR and EMILIO TAMEZ – Tribute to Paul Motian
7pm: BLAISE SIWULA / LUCIANO TROJA / GIANCARLO MAZZU

Sunday, May 5th:
6pm: STUART POPEJOY / CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Electric Bass & Alto Sax!
7pm: ZACH SWANSON / AYAKO KANDA / DALIUS NAUJO / ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE!
8pm: JESSE DULMAN TRIO: DAVE SEWELSON / LEONID GALAGANOV!

Sunday, May 12th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / SARAH BERNSTEIN / NICK JOZWIAK Guest!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

Adam Hopkins’ Passage to Indie 

Source: JazzTimes.

Like many teens who came of age in the 1990s, Adam Hopkins fell under the spell of indie rock bands like Pavement, the Dismemberment Plan, and Nirvana. Before long Hopkins picked up the bass guitar and started a band called Mr. Belvedere with his brother. Getting gigs in his hometown of Baltimore became easy when their drummer convinced his mother to let him open up an all-ages venue called the Small Intestine. “It was a pretty fertile development period where we were writing music and playing,” Hopkins says.

By his senior year, Hopkins had begun playing upright bass in his high-school jazz band. That’s when he heard Pat Metheny’s Bright Size Life, featuring Jaco Pastorius. From there he immersed himself deeper in jazz, which felt far removed from the music he’d been playing. This began a gradual shift toward forward-thinking jazz and free improvisation that has now led to the release of his leadership debut, Crickets, on his own Out of Your Head imprint. In a way, he’s come full circle, merging his own approach to jazz with the DIY aesthetic that first inspired him.