San Francisco Scene: August 9-16, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, August 9

Fri 8/09 9:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Raffi Garabedian Quartet with Richard Sears, Miles Wick, & Tim Buckley

Fri 8/09 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward — Music!Music!Music!
Ivy Room and Guitar Player Magazine Present
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 10

Sat 8/10 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mukta Raste: Horizons of Tabla w/ harpist Jennifer Ellis

Sat 8/10 8:00 PM Private House Concert []
The Sibarg Ensemble performs a house concert in the intimate setting of a private home in the Berkeley Hills. The ensemble uses the phrase “creative intercultural music” to describe their interweaving of traditional Iranian music with improvisation from the jazz tradition. The ensemble will combine original composition with arrangements of traditional Persian melodies, folksongs, poetry and structured improvisations. Please contact concert host at

Sunday, August 11

Sun 8/11 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Roberto Granados: Bay Area Composers Group Concert

Sun 8/11 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm Guinea Pig
Tony Passarell – saxophones/brass/percussion, Rent Romus – saxophones/flutes/percussion, Timothy Orr – drums, Robert Kullman – electric bass
8:30 pm Fellow Hominids
Cory Wright – saxophones, John Schott – guitar, John Finkbeiner – guitar, Jordan Glenn – drums

Monday, August 12

Mon 8/12 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Cohen/Burchett/Junior Mint Prince

Tuesday, August 13

Tue 8/13 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. It is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. 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.

Tue 8/13 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Dirt & Copper
– Dolphin (Lefebvre, MacLeod, Nordile)
– Gabby Wen

Wednesday, August 14

Wed 8/14 8:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
The “whisper disco” duo of Sharkiface and bran(…)pos, whose brutally loving expertise will unlock your triggers and your trapdrawers.
Suki O’Kane
Movement theater and durational performance, dripping Jurassic electronics, a bass drum painted with moving images, masterful restraint, and a treasure of sound.
Anastasia Clarke
An artist whose mastery is expansive, taking on multiple forms, digital, physical, conceptual, and all manner of tools, circuit, space, light, movement.
Ruby Guides
Deep calling unto deep, two giant squid tangle in the watery dark, Mitchell Brown and Jon Leidecker.

Wed 8/14 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
PG13, Lord Tang

Thursday, August 15

Thu 8/15 7:00 PM The Contemporary Jewish Museum [736 Mission St SF]
Experiments in Sonic Potential: Kyle Bruckmann

Thu 8/15 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Manala Chamber Ensemble
Rent Romus – flutes/alto saxophone, Heikki Koskinen – e-trumpet/tenor recorder, David Samas – voice, Tom Weeks – alto & baritone saxophones, Safa Shokrai – double bass
Free Sax
Aaron Saul – alto saxophone, Andrew Ferren – tenor saxophone, Brian Rodvien – drums/percussion

Thu 8/15 8:00 PM Balboa Theatre [3630 Balboa St. SF]
Kerry Laitala will be presenting four works from her City Luminous Series celebrating the lighting pioneers that gathered just over a century ago at the fabulous Jewel City, a 635-acre monument to impermanence constructed, and soon after, demolished in San Francisco’s Marina district. These include The City Luminous: Spectacle of Light, which recently received an audience choice award at the 2015 Crossroads Film Festival presented by SF Cinematheque, The City Luminous: Electric Salome, Chromatic Wheels, & the San Francisco premiere of her brand-new Figments in Film, Number One.

All of these performances will feature live sound from Oakland’s experimental music duo extraordinaire Voicehandler, made up of Jacob Felix Heule and Danishta Rivero.

Thu 8/15 8:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Grex, Hare and Arrow, Jeweled Snakes
Oakland art rock band Grex comes home to round out its 10th Anniversary Tour. Plus: sublime sights & sounds from improv ensemble Hare and Arrow and the relentless heaviness of electronic duo Jeweled Snakes.
Grex: Karl Evangelista – guitar, voice, percussion, Rei Scampavia – keys, voice, percussion
Hare and Arrow: Motoko Honda – Toy Piano, Theo Padouvas – Trumpet, Michael Noonan – Strings, Shanna Sordahl – Strings, Electronics, Automata, Brian Pedersen – Reeds, Sung Kim – Invented Instruments and Automata

Friday, August 16

Fri 8/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Latitudes: Lubelski & Bassett | Krausbauer & Suzuki

Fri 8/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
On the next installment of Latitudes, the duo of Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski combine violin and e-bowed guitar in a thick tranquilizing compound. Like a viscous syrup, the slow-moving drones ooze chromatically across their instruments. John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki’s existential and ecstatic free-drone music emanates an intense ritualistic vibe—the kind of music that would make a suitably ominous soundtrack to one of Hermann Nitsch’s notorious aktions.

Fri 8/16 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Friction Quartet with Sarah Cahill

Fri 8/16 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th Street (@Capp Street) SF]
evelyn davis, prepared piano; Phillip Greenlief, woodwinds; rashaun mitchell and silas riener, movement – will perform four improvisations for this very special one-time performance at the lab