San Francisco Scene: May 3-10, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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.

Saturday, May 4

Sat 5/04 2:00 PM Castro Theatre [429 Castro St. San Francisco]
Club Foot Orchestra with Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Sat 5/04 8:00 PM St. Teresa Of Avila Catholic Church [1490 19thStreet San Francisco, CA 94107]
New Music premieres for orchestra by Bay Area composers. The San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra takes everything Under Deconstruction, turning the old new and the new newer.

Sat 5/04 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Do-Over Music Series #5: The Jordan Glenn Party + Rent Romus
The JGP this time around…
Rent Romus – alto saxophone
Kim Nucci – baritone saxophone
Melne Murphy – guitar
Dominic Cramp – synth
Alexandra Buschman – voice/electronics
Nathan Corder – electronics
Nava Dunkelman – percussion
Moe! Staiano – drums

Sat 5/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A quintet of well-known Bay Area improvisors converge for the first time as a quintet at Center for New Music. The evening will open with duos and trios of the players in different combinations, culminating in a long form quintet improvisation on the second set.

Sunday, May 5

Sun 5/05 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Inn-fest, the annual, nomadic Innova label showcase, features a smorgasbord of regional acts from its roster of visionary musical artists performing selections from four brand new releases. From daringly a cappella choral music (Volti), to dazzling flute trios (Areon Flutes), audacious string quartets (Friction Quartet performing works by Common Sense Composers’ Collective), and breathtaking vocals with electronics (Pamela Z), there will be much sonic tastiness to sample.

Sun 5/05 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Heikki Koskinen / Steve Heckman Duo – which way west?

Sun 5/05 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Gabby Wen: solo performance of guqin
8:30pm After the End of the World Coretet – 30th anniversary – Annelise Zamula – soprano sax, flute/Bill Noertker – electric bass/Dave Mihaly – drums, guitar

Sun 5/05 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Virtual Balboa, Monopiece, Seeded Plain + Sudhu Tewari

Monday, May 6

Mon 5/06 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OFJS: Virtual Balboa (PA), Corder/Weeks, gabby fluke-mogul/Kanoko Nishi-Smith Duo More…

Tuesday, May 7

Tue 5/07 7:30 PM Stanford Memorial Church [450 Serra St, Stanford, CA 94305]
Mark Applebaum: Mind Altering Concert

Tue 5/07 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Sheldon Brown Group

Tue 5/07 8:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Kenneth Atchley, Ron Heglin and Kattt Atchley are playing as a trio again. Voices, electronics, drifting…
Sharing the bill with:
Dancing Baby
Virtual Balboa (Philadelphia) w/Chris Cooper
Crystal Pascucci

Wednesday, May 8

Wed 5/08 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Virtual Balboa with Chris Cooper
Unpopular Electronics with Tom Djll
Tanuki Spidercat
Oji Edutainment

Wed 5/08 9:00 PM Golden Bull [412 14th Street, Oakland, CA]
Vegan Butcher and Grex (10 Year Anniversary Show!)
A night of thrilling abstraction and twisted melody at Golden Bull, featuring new songs from outre rock quartet Vegan Butcher. Also: Oakland band Grex celebrates 10 years of live performance with a brand new set of shattering, surreal art rock/electropunk.
Vegan Butcher: John Shiurba, Suki O’Kane, Wil Hendricks, Angela Coon
Grex: Karl Evangelista, Rei Scampavia, Robert Lopez More…

Thursday, May 9

Thu 5/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Cheryl Leonard
sound art/vocals/invented and natural instruments produced in surround sound
8:50 pm Citizen Fly 2
Honor Monaco, Joel Nelson, Dylan Burchett
9:30 pm TJ Thompson 5
Karl Evangelista – guitar, gabby fluke-mogul – violin, Bruce Ackley – saxophones, Kevin Robinson – saxophones, TJ Thompson – drums

Thu 5/09 8:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Free Salamander Exhibit, Surplus 1980, Slombis at the Uptown

Friday, May 10

Fri 5/10 5:00 PM Bridge Storage and Artspace [23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804]
Gallery Reception for Spirit of Invention III, an interactive indoor and outdoor exhibit of Bay Area instrument makers, curated by Peter Whitehead. 5pm-9pm. DETAILS:

Fri 5/10 5:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works “Stay on It” and “Gay Guerrilla,” we launch into our cross-generational “at the CROSSROADS Series” with two major commissions.

Fri 5/10 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Humbly virtuosic guitarist, polymuse, and serial collaborator Alan Licht joins the Latitudes series to perform his solo electric guitar meanderings. Bay Area local Danny Paul Grody rounds out the bill on his chiming 12-string, performing works wrapped in a gauzy lilt—like watching dust motes floating in the light of cracked blinds