San Francisco Scene: May 10-17, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

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

Fri 5/10 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Two Trios: Tony Malaby (sax), Ben Monder (guitar), Billy Mintz (drums) and Seiyoung Jang (electronics), Joshua Allen (tenor sax), Tim Duff (cb)

Saturday, May 11

Sat 5/11 5:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series
Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy
Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works, we launch into our cross-generational at the CROSSROADS series with two major commissions.

Sat 5/11 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
Trio Terme was formed last summer at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Italy. The three performers, all with extensive solo and ensemble experience, were so delighted playing together at Interharmony, that they decided to continue to explore the rich clarinet, cello, piano repertoire.

Sat 5/11 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Scott Amendola + Phillip Greenlief – solo & duo turns

Sat 5/11 7:30 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
Chris Brown, Kinda Green, Ted Moore/Tom Weeks

Sat 5/11 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Michael Jones is a percussionist, improviser, and researcher based in San Diego, California. His work specializes in experimental and avant garde music, with a particular interest in the concepts of beauty, natural listening, and community.

Sunday, May 12

Sun 5/12 7:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Twisted Roots with Eric Thompson & Henry Kaiser

Monday, May 13
Mon 5/13 2:00 PM KFJC [89.7 FM / ]
“The Percussion Pit” Four hours of unscripted percussion adventures, emanating from KFJC’s infamous Pit. Improvisations, collaborations, chat, and who knows what else… featuring special guest artist Tatsuya Nakatani along with a number of well-known percussionists from the Bay Area scene. Live broadcast on 89.7 FM along with live audio/video streaming on the web. Hosted by DJ Max Level.

Mon 5/13 9:30 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
OFJS: Apropos Trio & Sheldon Brown

Tuesday, May 14

Tue 5/14 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – John Schott Actual Trio

Tue 5/14 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 5/14 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Tatsuya Nakatani
Kyle Bruckmann’s Degradient
Sharon Tate Fetus Explosion

Wednesday, May 15

Wed 5/15 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Beth Custer: Drawdown
Beth Custer premieres her latest chamber composition, an evening-length work based on the compelling Paul Hawken book Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming.
The ensemble features Custer on voice/clarinets, cellist Freya Seeburger and her ensemble Juxtapositions with Mia Nardi-Huffman (violin), Naomi Stine (piano) and special guest Jim Kassis on drums/percussion.

Wed 5/15 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Theo Bleckmann + Joseph Branciforte / Album Release for LP1
Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann (ECM) and electronic musician/producer Joseph Branciforte celebrate the release of their debut album LP1 (greyfade) that merges the warmth and fragility of the human voice with the clicks and whirs of machines, modular synthesizers, and broken tape loops. San Francisco-based electronic musician Billy Gomberg opens the evening with a solo performance.

Thursday, May 16
Thu 5/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Tangents Guitar Extravaganza
An evening of instrumental guitar music and songs reflecting a variety of traditions and perspectives from the past hundred years. With David Tanenbaum, Ann Moss, Carrie Smith, Larry Polansky, Giacomo Fiore, and the SFCM guitar ensemble.

Thu 5/16 8:00 PM Land and Sea [5428 San Pablo Ave, Oakland CA 94608-3020, United States]
23five + LAND AND SEA are excited to present a night of TOUCH Conference curated by Mike Harding.
Simon Scott + Geneva Skeen + Zachary Paul + Touch
Thursday, May 16th, 2019 – 8 PM

Thu 5/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Corder/Hamilton
Nathan Corder – guitar, Sean Hamilton – drums/percussion
9:00 pm Dancin Baby
free doom psychedelic euphonium noise jazz w/Brian Pedersen-euphonium/sax Courtney Sexton-euphonium Jeffrey Lievers-electronics/drums Kit Young-analog video feedback

Friday, May 17
Fri 5/17 7:00 PM The Chapel [777 Valencia St SF]
John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley
Friday and Saturday nights, two shows each night. Get tickets from The Chapel web site:

Fri 5/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
A curated set of Icelandic contemporary music for solo cello, much of it written for Sæunn, Vernacular is the title of her first album on the Sono Luminus label. Pieces by Thuríður Jónsdóttir, Halldór Smárason, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Hafliði Hallgrímsson showcase a unique soundworld in intimate monologues.

Fri 5/17 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Sarah Cahill & Regina Myers