Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Saturday, December 3

Sat 12/03 7:45 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Ghost In The House Collective unites for a spirited musical and visual celebration paying tribute to former band mates Richard Waters, Tom Nunn and Kinji Hayashi including a performance of, “A Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe. Music to include ~ A Dream (Poe), Waterphone Calling, Innocence Walks a Dark Path and others. Films to include ~ The Weight of the News ~ dance excerpt with Kinji Hayashi, Skatch Garden – featuring Tom Nunn’s Skatchart and others.

Sunday, December 4

Sun 12/04 2:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
Bay area pianist Motoko Honda and Houston saxophonist DANNY KAMINS reunite with the addition of local drum master Jordan Glenn. These seasoned improvisers/composers, fluent in a wide range of musical languages, can take you on an exciting sonic adventure going from textural and experimental soundscapes to unexpected rhythmic and melodic constructs. Cellist NAOMI HO performs works by TASNEEM KHAN and SKYLER LEE BAYSA using sounds derived from Javanese Gamelan music, storytelling, and vocalizations. Two Sarons will be accompanied by the voice relaying a transcribed sonic narrative.

Sun 12/04 4:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Mills Music Improvisation Ensemble directed by Zeena Parkins.

Sun 12/04 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. Donations for the venue rental are encouraged.

Wednesday, December 7

Wed 12/07 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
SOME OTHER STUFF: The Music of Grachan Moncur III
Rob Ewing (trombone), Bruce Ackley (sax), Dave Casini (vibes), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Jordan Glenn (drums)

Wed 12/07 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
LSG Creative Music Series
Lily Taylor
Thea Farhadian – violin, electronics
Silvia Matheus – electronics

Thursday, December 8

Thu 12/08 8:00 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Madalyn Merkey, Roco Córdova, Chandra Shukla, Syrnx
Thurs Dec. 8pm-11pm $5 notaflof, all ages
Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight, SF
Madalyn Merkey
It’s not enough to see and hear, Merkey’s audience must smell and taste and touch and dream and laugh and remember and change.
Roco Córdova
Their music has been described as “slow-boiling, apparently timeless” with “an odd momentum of its own” in the Washington Post. But that was just one gig, sure it was as part of the Art Ensemble of Chicago at Kennedy Center, each such concert is a singular experience and to hear Córdova in the Peacock Lounge Gold Room will be an unguessable experience.
Chandra Shukla
Core to the ongoing multimedia collective Xambuca, the beloved Chandra Shukla departs the frozen east to alight in the west. Where more inviting than the lounge of the Peacock!
Enlarge past sight with the cryptic solo stylings of Yasi Perera heretofore performing as Syrnx foretohere alighting in the Peacock on a wisp of spider silk, attuned to the percussive potential of each electron impact.

Friday, December 9

Fri 12/09 5:30 PM The Knockout [3223 MISSION STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA]
Happy Hour show at The Knockout in SF!!!
The return of ETTRICK (Jacob Felix Heule & Jay Korber)
LAS SUCIAS (Danishta Rivero & Alexandra Buschman-Román)
Malocclusion will be spinning their special brand of magic between acts.

Fri 12/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Surround Sound Salon Series (SSSS) is a monthly show at CNM where composers present their music through an 8-channel surround system, generously provided by Meyer Sound. SSSS#9 Sound Pool is a live improvised performance by four composer/performers sharing a dynamically shifting 8-channel sound system. The creative musicians are: Zachary James Watikins, electonics, Ava Koohbor, electronics; Ben Davis, cello, and Chris Brown, virtual piano & electronic mix. The performance is continuous and lasts exactly one hour, and the audience is free to choose their own listening location, and to move within the space to hear the music from different vantage points.

Fri 12/09 8:00 PM Space 124 @Project Artaud [401 Alabama St SF]
Pamela Z’s multimedia chamber work SIMULTANEOUS
Pamela Z presents “Simultaneous”, an intermedia performance work exploring the concept of simultaneity, through voice, electronic processing, chamber ensemble (English horn, viola, cello, and percussion), speech samples, gesture control, and projected video.

Saturday, December 10

Sat 12/10 4:00 PM St. Mark’s Episcopal Church [600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA]
This fall, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus weaves a tapestry of sound from a collection of contemporary and classical works stitched together with flute interludes created by our guest artist, Rachel Beetz. Focusing on how we are drawn together as family, friends, communities, and even pen pals, the repertoire explores the beauty and struggle of relationships and the time and work underlying meaningful connection. Beginning with Ysaye Barnwell’s wise and moving “We Are,” we continue with Aaron Copland’s vision of our final gathering in “At the River,” followed by Felix Mendelssohn’s stately contemplation of our connection to the divine, “Laudate Pueri Dominum.” The concert then weaves traditional chants, and Beetz’s live and processed flute sounds with contemporary works by Pamela Z, Amy X Neuburg, Karen Siegel, Eve Beglarian, and Eva Ugalde Álvarez. This concert will showcase the premiere of our commission by Jennifer Wilsey, titled “Would You Like to Have It All?” detailing the beauty of female friendship by means of text gathered from PWC and crafted into a libretto by Lynn Marie Kirby and Denise Newman. We conclude the concert with holiday selections, including selections from Vaughan Williams’ “Hodie,” Flory Jagoda’s “Ocho Kandelikas,” a Ladino song celebrating a child’s joyful memories of Chanukah, and ending with a boisterous celebration of gathering found in The Highwomen’s “The Crowded Table.”

Sat 12/10 8:00 PM Space124 @Project Artaud Theatre [401 Alabama St SF]
Pamela Z’s multimedia chamber work SIMULTANEOUS
Pamela Z presents “Simultaneous”, an intermedia performance work exploring the concept of simultaneity, through voice, electronic processing, chamber ensemble (English horn, viola, cello, and percussion), speech samples, gesture control, and projected video.