Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Saturday, April 29

Sat 4/29 1:00 PM San Francisco Public Library – Western Addition Branch [550 Scott Street San Francisco]
David James’s GPS at the Western Addition Library

Sat 4/29 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Alaya Project is the essential bridge between the intricate Carnatic style of Indian classical music and contemporary jazz and funk. Born in the cultural bastion of Oakland, California, The Alaya Project explores new textures and perspectives built over two decades of friendship, dialogue, and musical immersion across genres and continents.

Sat 4/29 8:00 PM Piedmont Piano Company [1728 San Pablo Ave Oakland]
Myra Melford Solo Piano

Sat 4/29 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Bala Raghavan: At Odds With Even Love + Roco Córdova // At Odds With Even Love is an evening of poetry and prose: the amorous song of the courtesan and queer stories from the Indian Subcontinent. This labor of love, shared in an intimate gathering, juxtaposes amorous songs from the Indian musical tradition and stories of love, longing, passion, and pain from the queer community.

Sunday, April 30

Sun 4/30 4:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Quinteto Latino hosts the award-winning Cuban-American composer Orlando Jacinto García in a concert of his works including the world premiere of a new French horn solo, performed by the quintet’s founder, Armando Castellano. García, a student and close friend of Morton Feldman, composes haunting music that suspends time with slow-moving timbre and texture changes.

Sun 4/30 4:00 PM Spruce Street Concerts [send email to]
Award winning experimental poets Will Alexander and Andrew Joron each read in the intimate setting of a home concert, followed by a set of free improvisation with Alexander performing on piano and Joron on theremin. This concert unites two great poets whose experimental creativity finds expression in language and music both.

Sun 4/30 7:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
Bookending the history of tape music in the Bay Area, THE SAN FRANCISCO TAPE MUSIC COLLECTIVE presents recent works by members of the collective alongside two classics from the 1960’s realized at the San Francisco Tape Music Center: PAULINE OLIVEROS’S “Bye Bye Butterfly” and STEVE REICH’S “It’s Gonna Rain.” The collective will be diffusing the Oliveros piece from stereo and performing their multi-channel realization of the Reich.

Sun 4/30 8:00 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Ben Goldberg/Sheldon Brown

Wednesday, May 3

Wed 5/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
An encore viewing of the new documentary film: ruth weiss: One More Step West Is The Sea by Thomas Antonic
Live poetry by: Jeff Kaliss & Jessica Loos
with musical elements by the ruth weiss players: Rent Romus – saxophones, Doug Lynner – synthesizer, Doug O’Connor – double bass
From Berlin and Vienna in the 1930s; from New York to Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s; ruth weiss, one of the great female Beat poets and improviser has written, performed, painted, and filmed the fact that for her, ‘one more step west is the sea …

Thursday, May 4

Thu 5/04 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Dirty Looks: Brontez Purnell // writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist
Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. He is the author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children’s book, the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down, and 100 Boyfriends, a collection of stories.

Thu 5/04 8:30 PM Great American Music Hall [859 O’Farrell St SF]
Bill Frisell Residency – FOUR featuring Johnathan Blake, Gerald Clayton & Gregory Tardy

Friday, May 5

Fri 5/05 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Friction Quartet

Fri 5/05 8:30 PM Indexical [Tannery Arts Center 1050 River St. #119 Santa Cruz]
Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band at Felton Music Hall // Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a contemporary world music group from Burkina Faso, with a trademark fusion of Mandingue and afro-beat styles