San Francisco Scene: February 14-21, 2020

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, February 14

Fri 2/14 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Indexical presents a triple bill of electroacoustic performances at Radius Gallery featuring modular analog synths and sampling, bass clarinet and feedback, and a wall of noise from a 10-stringed acoustic guitar. Featuring electronic musician Michelle Lou (Santa Cruz), clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich (NYC), and guitarist Daniel Meyer (LA).

Fri 2/14 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer/pianist/scholar/activist John Halle, the Mana Sax Quartet and Friction String Quartet perform two decades of Halle’s obliterations and reconfigurations of jazz standards by Monk, Rodgers, and others.

Saturday, February 15

Sat 2/15 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley]
Tender Buttons (Tania Chen, piano; Gino Robair, electronics and percussion; Tom Djll, electronics and trumpet) conclude their 2020 Bay Area tourette with an appearance at beloved local soirée hangout Tom’s Place, with opening electronic set by Tim Perkis and Madalyn Merkey.

Sat 2/15 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Tender Buttons
(Tania Caroline Chen, piano, Gino Robair & Tom Djll, analog electronics)
Tim Perkis + Madalyn Merkey
(improvising digital electronics duo)

Sat 2/15 7:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Composers and Vocalists Christina Wheeler and Rodolfo Cordova perform works that inhabit the space between composition, improvisation, vocal and electronic music. They both met while touring with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and have continued to pursue solo careers that inhabit the liminal zone of electronic music with an emphasis on the voice. Wheeler will perform her work Tres Es un Número Mágico: Kaleidoscopic Triptychs, a three-part, solo composition in audience-generated, chance order and direction, for voice, electric mbira, electric autoharp, Q-Chord, delay loops, and electronic effects processing. Cordova will be presenting a solo set of both improvised and composed vocal/electronic music that incorporates extended vocal techniques, loops and samples. Doors at 7:30 PM and music at 8:00 PM.

Sat 2/15 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Myra Melford joins Rova Saxophone Quartet for an evening of premieres by Myra, Jon Raskin and Steve Adams.

Sunday, February 16

Sun 2/16 4:00 PM Music on Spruce [Private home in North Berkeley Hills]
Avant-garde clarinetist François Houle, master of extended techniques, makes a rare Bay Area appearance in solo performance in a house concert in the North Berkeley Hills. Seating is limited. Mr. Houle performs 2 sets, with wine and cheese served during intermission.

Sun 2/16 4:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

Sun 2/16 5:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
The AB West 8+1 ensemble performs the music of one of the most revered figures in contemporary music, Anthony Braxton. Directed by longtime Braxton collaborator Chris Jonas, the ensemble features members of key Bay Area new music ensembles Del Sol String Quartet and Goggle Sax Quartet (with Dan Plonsey, Cory Wright, Chris Jonas, and Randy McKean), and double-bassist Lisa Mezzacappa. This event is part of Braxton75, a two-year initiative of the Tri-Centric Foundation celebrating the composer’s seventy-fifth birthday.

Sun 2/16 7:00 PM The Armory Club [1799 Mission St 94103 San Francisco, CA, US]
By popular demand, Phuturo and Franck Martin are bringing you the third edition of the awesome FM+1 Mystery Event, a mix of Modular Synthesizer Electronic Music and Shibari. With the participation of normalien, Jack Hammer XL

Sun 2/16 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation, non-hierarchical workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Monday, February 17

Mon 2/17 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
François Houle’s solo tour of the West Coast continues with his special-guest appearance here, playing for the first time with this now ongoing-trio of Bay Area improvisers. The hope here: to combine improvising sensibilities, setting each other up time and again to capitalize on structural possibilities that give rare and meaningful form to an otherwise very spontaneous music.

Mon 2/17 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Goldberg/Rontz/Mezzacappa/Glenn, Kate Mohanty, & Hummel

Tuesday, February 18

Tue 2/18 4:00 PM Sound Wheels – KZSU [KZSU Radio 90.1 FM]
It is incredibly exciting to have instrument inventor, improviser and installation artist Bryan Day at the program this week! He has made appearances and traveled around the globe with his installations. You may know him from his solo performances as Sistrum and Eloine and in the Shelf Life and Seeded Plain ensembles. Will he perform with his Whiskerphone, Rotowhisker, Sonic Marionette, Sound Mouse, Junk Kalimba or Circuit Bending? Tune in to find out!

Tue 2/18 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Voicehandler, John Krausbauer, Henry Birdsey, Chris Cooper

Wednesday, February 19

Wed 2/19 6:30 PM San Francisco Public Library, Richmond Branch [351 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118]
A free 2 hour presentation exploring the history of ECM Records.

Wed 2/19 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Stanford New Ensemble + Friction Quartet present a concert with new works by undergraduate composers and Terry Riley’s “In C” performed around CCRMA’s building.

Wed 2/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
On the next installment of Latitudes, Angel Archer indulges us in extended rituals from their dimly lit corner of kosmische psychedelia and ambient soundscaping. Henry Birdsey visits from the East Coast to perform microtonal drone hymns for lap steel guitar.

Thursday, February 20

Thu 2/20 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

Thu 2/20 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA presents a double bill concert with Ezra Buchla and Alex Chechile.

Thu 2/20 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Oren Ambarchi & crys cole
Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian polymath Oren Ambarchi carve out an intimate and human sonic space across a diverse array of compositional approaches, sound sources, fidelities, and textures. Partners both creatively and romantically, this unique duo reimagines electro-acoustic music, not simply as “abstract” sound, but as a diary, a love poem, a dream.

Thu 2/20 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight Street]
Anyone who got the lights-out mutlichannel glimpse of his “Martian Brine Pool” at this year’s SF Tape Music festival can tell you: This is no time to save yourself… down the hatch, plate yourself properly.
Ralph White (Austin, TX)
“a lonesome spark, exaggerating the implied drone at the heart of the music of Dock Boggs and The Stanley Brothers… playing wooden six-string banjo, violin, accordion and kalimba, his voice has a high, eerie quality… extremely psychedelic” -(David Keenan, The Wire UK)
Junior Mint Prince
They’ll collage strings and electronic toys with soft screams terraforming new timbres in a next-century freak-folk post-topia. Raw voices bridge chaotic bursts of electronic processing and analog synthesis, not a reach to transcend the vortex but to vascularize new paths within its churn.
Kanoko Nishi-Smith & Gabby Fluke-Mogul
Exquisitely attuned duo bringing depth to your experience of sound hues, of infinite timbres, of trust, of vulnerability and of desire. Theirs is an ocean that includes the sky.

Thu 2/20 9:00 PM Brix [581 5th Street, Oakland]
Supervoid is a new ambient/experimental/electronic Oakland monthly featuring live performances and DJ sets.

Friday, February 21

Fri 2/21 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Crossing Over Series presents an evening of contemporary chamber music by vibraphonist-composer Dr. Eldad Tarmu for vibraphone and oboe.

Fri 2/21 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Indexical presents ecstatic improvisation and high-volume microtonal drones by the duo of John Krausbauer & Kaori Suzuki (Oakland) on violins, voices, bells, and strobe lights; tape loops and hypnotic live-drawing by The Swinging Chandeliers (LA) Joseph Hammer of the Los Angeles Free Music Society with artist/hypnotist Sayo Mitsuishi; and microtonal lap steel guitar by Henry Birdsey (Vermont) of drone duo Tongue Depressor. Expect a night of trance-inducing sounds from a variety of strings instruments and electronics.