San Francisco Scene: November 8-15, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, November 8

Fri 11/08 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Armed with a battery of consumer-grade electronics and an unwholesome passion for sci-fi and AM radio, audio plunderer Joseph Hammer assembles found sound detritus into a palace of labyrinthine referents. Kaori Suzuki rewards endurance with transcendence in a set featuring modified melodica and oscillators.

Fri 11/08 8:00 PM SAFEhouse Arts [145 Eddy St. SF]
Big Drama, No Drama, DunkelpeK & Never Weather

Fri 11/08 8:00 PM Private Home [Private home in North Berkeley Hills.]
Tenor player Travis Laplante performs a solo concert in the intimacy of a private home in the North Berkeley Hills. Travis will perform 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during intermission. Seating is limited.

Saturday, November 9

Sat 11/09 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, November 10
Sun 11/10 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
liminal zone of total art and perpetual weirdness :: existential and ecstatic free drone music

Monday, November 11

Mon 11/11 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
On Monday, November 11 at 7:30pm, Tom’s Place presents
Dunkelman/fluke-mogul/Frith Trio
Nava Dunkelman (perc)
gabby fluke-mogul (vln)
Fred Frith (gtr)

Tuesday, November 12

Tue 11/12 8:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Resident is a monthly electronic audiovisual open mic event started in 2017. It is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at The Laundry. 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 11/12 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Beam Splitter with Kyle Bruckmann & Jacob Felix Heule
– Chandler/Korber/Weeks
– Junior Mint Prince

Thursday, November 14
Thu 11/14 7:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Recombinant Festival

Thu 11/14 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA presents Ellen Phan and Nisa Karnsomport
This collaborative audiovisual performance by sound experimentalist Ellen Phan and video artist Nisa Karnsomport will feature live manipulation of sounds and moving images.

Thu 11/14 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Beam Splitter
duo for amplified voice, trombone and analog electronics
Ghost In The House
Davd Michalak – electric harp, box of junk
Tom Nunn – Crustacean, Lukie Tubes
Cindy Webster – saw
John Ingle – baritone saxophone

Thu 11/14 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight Street San Francisco, CA]
The Human De-Selection and Realization Nature Group
Anthony A. Russell and Michael Goldwater are tone scientists of the widest order, never guiding but always leading your ears far far astray. Go there. After all, freedom is best experienced in its most negative form… “freedom from”.
Shatter Pattern
Through sound, dance, costumed computation and visualization, Julia Litman-Cleper blazes spidering trails across fragile shells, divining ways down to survivable desire, to the bathy froth of time that predates vision. Worlds await along brachia, in the cold inhale, where shatter precedes pattern, inside the Peacock Lounge.
Gustavo Pastre
Salvage reanimator, Pastre’s gear is all of custom design and handmade. So it’s tough to guess just how you’re hearing the layered sonic planes you’ll hear. His very hands seem to vanish, reaching out to buttons and potentiometers that aren’t there but in his mind. There phantom fingers find still smaller circuits working their impossibilities.
Foot SOS
Mysterious triad of Foot SOS: Theresa Currie (Szamanka), Dianne Lynn (Nurse Betty/Homoglochini) and Angela Roberts (Cruel Work, editor of the zine Supertrooper) weaving destiny from electrons for any who dare to hear.

Friday, November 15
Fri 11/15 7:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Recombinant Festival

Braxton 75 Event at Mills College

Source: Mills Performing Arts.

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8 – 10:30pm PST
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
Mills Performing Group – Braxton 75th
The Mills College Music Department and the Center for Contemporary Music present


Composition No. 1 for solo piano
Brett Carson, piano

Composition No. 63 for chamber orchestra
Ben Goldberg: clarinet (soloist 1), Andy Strain: trombone (soloist 2), Tod Brody: flute, Mitch Stahlmann: flute, Glenda Bates: oboe, Sophie Huet: clarinet, Karla Ekholm: bassoon, Hall Goff: trombone, Hrabba Atladottir: violin, Kate Stenberg: violin, Ellen Ruth Rose: viola, Crystal Pascucci: cello, Richard Worn: contrabass, Jennifer Ellis: harp, William Winant: percussion, Scott Siler: percussion, Steed Cowart: conductor

Composition No. 247
Kyle Bruckmann: oboe, James Fei: saxophone, Matt Welch: bagpipes

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Deathprod — Occulting Disk (Smalltown Supersound)

Shira Legmann / Michael Pisaro — Barricades (Elsewhere)

Michel Doneda/Lê Quan Ninh — Thirty Ways to Avoid Talking (Relative Pitch)

Josh Berman / Paul Lytton / Jason Roebke — Trio Discrepancies (Astral Spirits)

Jon Rose/Alvin Curran — Café Grand Abyss (RER Megacorp)

Bowerbird Fall Performances

Source: Philadelphia’s Bowerbird.

with Arcana and Shizuka Duo
FREE at The Rotunda (40th and Walnut)
Bowerbird is pleased to present “Neil Feather: Sound Mechanic” an evening dedicated to the sonic contraptions of Neil Feather, the inventor of such fantastical instruments as “the Wiggler”, “the Nondo”, “Thunderwheels”, “magnapooters”, “Apex Roto-Zither”, and the “Thumbsnake”. The night will feature a performance of a work-in-progress chamber concerto composed for Feather’s instruments alongside the Arcana New Music Ensemble by Philadelphia and New Zealand based composer Rosie Langabeer, with whom Feather collaborates closely in the duo Two To Tutu Too. This will be followed by an improvised set featuring many of Feather’s creations. Opening the evening will be Hannah Rose Nicholas and Samuel Kelder’s Shizuka Duo, performing new works for two violas.

Maas Building (1325 N Randolph St.)
Bowerbird is pleased to present an evening featuring a new collaborative work by between vocal group Variant 6 and instrumental / percussion trio Square Peg Round Hole. Each ensemble will perform its own set and then join forces, performing the music they made together for Branches and sharing a new collaboration: Irrational Forms. The new work takes inspiration from writers who consider form, figure, and perspective. Among them are the artist Francis Bacon, the 19th-century socialite and amateur photographer Clover Adams, author Annie Dillard, and a Wikihow entry on drawing faces. Through the combined sounds of voices, vibes, synths, and drums in a collection of musical fragments, Variant 6 and Square Peg will bring to life Bacon’s statement: “I’ve never yet been able to make the one image that sums up the others. So one image against the other seems to be able to say the thing more?”

University Lutheran (3637 Chestnut St.)
This superb New York chamber trio deftly applies the instrumentation of the classic jazz piano trio to dazzling new contemporary writing. Pianist Karl Larson, percussionist Matthew Evans, and bassist Pat Swoboda achieved an early apotheosis in 2018 with American Dream, a concert-length commission from the Brooklyn composer Scott Wollschleger, which according to Bandcamp Daily, “toggles between Morton Feldman-esque contemplation and pointedly fractured, multi-planar collisions to indicate both the hope and deep disappointments of contemporary America.” Written in 2017, the work for piano, double bass, and vibraphone cycles through incrementally transforming harmony and melody—starting one place, and ending up another without drawing attention to the journey. The piece only gained resonance within the increased division and disenfranchisement in the US, its meditative, often fraught dualities reflecting disparate visions of the title concept—whether utter disenchantment or guarded vitality. Gas Station Canon Song and We See Things adroitly bookend that work, with fractured elements of each obliquely contained within American Dream. This evening’s program opens with Trio, a commissioned work by Katherine Balch—currently composer-in-residence with the California Symphony—which the trio premiered at Pioneer Works in April of 2019.

plus Flourish with Ashley Tini
FREE at The Rotunda (40th and Walnut)
Ithaca composer and percussionist Sarah Hennies presents a cinematic version of her stunning 2017 video work Contralto, a bracing yet tender meditation on gender dysphoria viewed through the lens of transgender women finding a comfortable new speaking voice. Based on her experience in Ithaca College’s Voice and Communication Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community, the composer gathered seven diverse transgender women to perform vocal exercises designed to aid in so-called, “voice feminization.” Contralto is an intimate glimpse into the participants articulating stock phrases, singing notes, and sharing personal details to present a powerful example of the harrowing difficulties involved in the process. While the video stands on its own as an experimental documentary, it’s greatly enhanced by an inextricably woven score by Hennies that underlines the sense of futility embedded in quotidian, wok-like exercises practiced by the video subjects, which by default become symbolic acts of resistance in the transgender community.

Maas Building (1325 N Randolph St.)
Unseen Rain is an experimental ensemble from Philadelphia. Delving into the sound worlds of places beyond human reach, the music evokes the echolocation of ocean floors, the bustling of anthills, and the cosmic reverberations of extra-terrestrial life. The group’s instrumentation of strings, vibraphone and modified drum kit lends itself to an intimate, quieter aesthetic that embraces space and slow-building forms.