San Francisco Scene: May 31-June 7, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, May 31

Fri 5/31 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Contraption Quartet + Jeremiah Moore — Low-tech (Contraption Quartet) meets high-craft sound (Jeremiah Moore). Contraption Quartet members are Bodil Fox, Larnie Fox, Chris Miller and Lena Strayhorn. This performance marks the final evening of Larnie’s exhibit at the Center for New Music celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s passing. Join us for an evening of experimentation and exploration of material-based sound.

Fri 5/31 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Portato Portato is an Oakland/Santa Cruz quartet devoted to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, concentrating particularly on original and newly commissioned work. The quartet comprises Michelle Lee (flutes), John Ivers (clarinets), Jon Myers (percussion) and Jacob Lane (piano). Friday’s program comprises three newish works (all from 2018) and a New York School classic:
Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns (1978).
David Dunn’s Whittling I (2018)
Declan Seifkas’s Grove of the Ancients (2018)
Laura Steenberge’s Byzantine Rites 4 (2018)

Saturday, June 1

Sat 6/01 7:00 PM Bridge Storage and ArtSpace [23 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804]
This live music event features Contraption Quartet + Pet the Tiger. Doors at 7pm, Music at 7:30pm.

Sat 6/01 8:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series #6: duo B. Experimental Band + Ryan Pate, solo guitar
duo B. Experimental Band
Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Randy McKean, alto sax/clarinets
Cory Wright, clarinets/tenor saxophone
Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone
Theo Padouvas, trumpet
gabby fluke-mogul, violin
Murray Campbell, violin/oboe
Shanna Sordahl, cello
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Jason Levis, drums

Sunday, June 2

Sun 6/02 5:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Oakland-based computer music composer and performer Madalyn Merkey presents a new solo composition that operates in interaction with the ambient sounds of the BAMPFA space to generate sonic responses.

Sun 6/02 5:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Celebrating love this month, gather with the All Ears Interfaith Sangha to perform Pauline Oliveros’ Worldwide Tuning Meditation, and Heart Chant, and sonic meditations led by Andrew Jamieson ( and Soyinka Rahim (

Sun 6/02 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Bill Noertker
three solo pieces for basses, prepared basses, looping pedal
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – saxes, flute/Beth Schenck – alto sax/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums

Monday, June 3

Mon 6/03 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Goldberg/Ferreira & Djll/Fluke-Mogul/Glenn/Perkis

Tuesday, June 4

Tue 6/04 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
On Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30pm, Tom’s Place presents
Anthony Coleman (solo piano),
Tim Duff (cb), Joshua Allen (tenor) duo

Wednesday, June 5

Wed 6/05 8:00 PM The Back Room [1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley]
Trance Mission
Formed by world-renowned didgeridoo pioneer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Kent and award-winning clarinetist and composer Beth Custer, the San Francisco-based “4th World” band Trance Mission makes genre-bending music perhaps best described as a new form of contemporary global jazz, with driving intricate rhythms & gorgeous soaring melodies – worldly and otherworldly soundscapes that invite audiences into a unique universe of groove and new possibility in music.

Thursday, June 6

Thu 6/06 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
“Works for Listening” is a series of electroacoustic works by Tine Surel Lange developed at Notam (NO), MISC (LT) and EMS (SE). All the works are made in 5th order Ambisonics, but have been presented in other formats as well at various occasions and arenas.

Thu 6/06 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Australian improviser returns to the SF Bay Area!
8:15 pm Stevie Richards – Modular Synth and Alto saxophone, Doug Lynner – modular mystery serge synth
9:00 pm Robert Lopez – drums, Shanna Sordahl – cello, Stevie Richards – Modular Synth and Alto Sax

Friday, June 7

Fri 6/07 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
Matt Ingalls / Benedict & Heglin / The Lake Millions

Fri 6/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Bay Area chamber group, Sleight Ensemble, perform their new program, Angles on Time, featuring new works inspired by alternate notations of time in music. The program includes works by ensemble members and Steve Parris, and live visuals by Jesse Austin.