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04/25/2015 - 06/09/2015

Saturday, April 25
Sat 4/25 7:30 PM St Mark's Lutheran Church [1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109]
Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year. For complete information visit For tickets call (415)242-4500 or visit  More...
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Sat 4/25 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
PERFORMANCE WITH WESTERN HEMISPHERE ORCHESTRA (Salem, OR) - The Western Hemisphere Orchestra and Voices perform jazz and popular music from the Americas. On this tour the music will range from Jelly Roll Morton, Chicago, Radiohead, Thelonious Monk, and more. These groups recently collaborated with the legendary Allen Toussaint, and will perform some of his iconic music as well. For the second set, Phillip Greenlief will serve as guest conductor, leading the group through Anthony Braxton's COMPOSITION 255  More...
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Sunday, April 26
Sun 4/26 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708]
Eli Wallace at the Maybeck, solo piano

For this concert he will be going back and forth between new compositions, older established repertoire, and will weave these pre-conceived ideas together via spontaneous improvisations.

Seating is limited. Please be sure to reserve your spot here if you wish to attend:  More...
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Sun 4/26 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Plath Project

The Plath Project is the debut concert of the Firesong ensemble’s commission project supported by the 2014 SFFCM Musical Grant Program. The concert presents the work of five living composers whose music features the poetry of Sylvia Plath.  More...
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Sun 4/26 7:00 PM First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo [72 Kensington Rd San Anselmo, CA 94960]
Marin’s new Echo Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Canosa, presents their debut concert at 7 PM, Sunday April 26th, at First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo 94960. Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Symphony #4 & Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite are on the program. Tickets are available at the door: $10 seniors, $15 general, $30 family admission. Students are free with ID. Call 415-300-7962 for more information.  More...
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Sun 4/26 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 Song & Dance Trio
Cory Wright, Jordan Glenn, Karl Evangelista, Myles Boisen
8:30 Mooncake
Motoko Honda, Biggi Vinkeloe  More...
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Tuesday, April 28
Tue 4/28 6:30 PM Top of the Mark [999 California Street (at Mason Street) San Francisco, CA 94108]
Celebrating the Beats at Top of the Mark
The Beat Museum partners with Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins to Present Poetry & Jazz Series This Spring
ruth weiss and Company
Herb Caen called her “The Beat Generation Goddess”—ruth weiss performs with Doug O’Connor (acoustic bass), Rent Romus (saxophone), and Hal Davis (percussion)  More...
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Wednesday, April 29
Wed 4/29 8:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Avant Pop: a special evening of cutting-edge, Bay Area-bred exploratory song.

Featuring: Grex (art rock/psych rock/free jazz) (Karl Evangelista-guitar/vox, Rei Scampavia-keys/vox, Robert Lopez-drums)

Jack O' the Clock (folk/prog) (Damon Waitkus/Emily Packard/Kate McLoughlin/Jason Hoopes/Jordan Glenn)

The Dirty Snacks Ensemble (Chamber jazz) (Mark Clifford-vibes, Aram Shelton-reeds, Geneva Harrison-drums, Scott Brown-bass, Kristina Dutton-violin, Marty McGinn-piano)  More...
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Wed 4/29 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble presents a concert featuring premiere performances of "moremelodies II" by Makiko Nishikaze and new works by Mills composers, all composed for the ensemble.  More...
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Thursday, April 30
Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Joshua Marshall - tenor saxphone
9pm Florent Colautti solo electronics (France)
a home-built string instrument with electromagnetic bows (e-bow) piloted by the computer  More...
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Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend

The Complete String Quartets of JOHN ZORN featuring JACK and Tony Arnold (4/30/15).  More...
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Thu 4/30 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford - walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Karen Stackpole & Drew Webster: Machine Shop & Electric Shaman - An evening of total sonic immersion with Machine Shop: Live Amplified Gong Experience and The Electric Shaman Psychoacoustic Sound Immersion Experience. Machine Shop is Karen Stackpole and Drew Webster coaxing harmonics from large gongs while herding transduced vibrations through analog effects and mixing it all together to bring the listener into the a transcendent world of layered sound. The Electric Shaman is Kyle Bouchard, an audio engineer and musician from the Pacific Northwest and a member of Portland’s Creative Music Guild. Bouchard is trained in psychoacoustics, bioacoustics, sound synthesis, composition, and performance.  More...
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Friday, May 1
Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
8:00 PM Che Guevarra Memorial Marching (and Stationary) Accordion Band
structured and conducted improvisations for large ensemble.

9:00 PM Cornelious Cardew Choir
14th anniversary concert with works by Takuji Kawai, Bob Marsh, Pauline Oliveros, Rae Diamond and David Samas.  More...
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Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend

Kala Ramnath

Kala Ramnath (5/1/15) is Grammy nominated for her album 'Miles from India', recognized as one of the fifty best instrumentalists of the world by the prestigious 'Songlines' Magazine, Album 'Kala' selected again by 'Songlines' magazine as one of the 50 best recordings of the world, the first Indian violinist to be featured in the violin Bible, 'The Strad', a solo essay in the 'Encyclopedia - Rough Guide to World Music' for her contributions in the field of violin in music, frequently featured in Hollywood soundtracks including the Oscar nominated "Blood Diamond" and many more such recognitions, Maestro Kala Ramnath with her 'Singing Violin' stands among the best instrumentalists of the world.  More...
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Fri 5/01 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Amy X Neuburg was commissioned by the Cultural Department of Cologne, Germany, to create and perform a new interpretation of Jerry Hunt’s “Song Drapes,” originally a collaboration between Jerry and the performance artist Karen Finley. In homage to the intense and slightly disturbing nature of the original, and to the frantic occult-based compositions of Jerry Hunt (and his tragic end by suicide), Amy’s version is a one-hour song-and-rant cycle about aging, death, and suicide (but also kitties and flowers and rainbows). Jerry’s wild electronic textures serve as a backdrop to Amy’s lyrics, wide ranging vocalisms, electronic percussion, and choreography. One hour before the concert at 7:00 PM, excerpts of films by and about Jerry will offer some context and insight into his work and life.
(Premiered March 21, 2015, in Cologne, Germany; produced and funded by reiheM / Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.)  More...
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Saturday, May 2
Sat 5/02 4:00 PM Finnish Kaleva Hall [1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley, California 94702]
~~Annual Vappu Spring Festival May Day Celebration Matinee Concert~~
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble CD release concert of "The Otherworld Cycle"
A New Music Odyssey inspired by Ancient Finnish Mythology

The Life's Blood Ensemble: Ron Heglin•Voice, Jason Hoopes•Bass, Heikki Koskinen•Recorder, E-trumpet, Kantele, Joshua Marshall•Tenor saxophone, Bob Marsh•Voice, Bill Noertker•Bass, Suki O'Kane•Percussion, Timothy Orr•Drums, Mark Pino•Percussion, Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes, Rent Romus•Alto saxophones, Kantele, Flutes, Bells, Shanna Sordahl•Cello

Buy tickets for the Annual Vappu Spring Festival May Day CelebrationIn Advance or at the door  More...
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Sat 5/02 7:00 PM Sweets Ballroom [1933 Broadway Oakland, Ca.]
Fifty Foot Hose - One of the first bands to fuse rock music with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas. All proceeds benefit Oakland School for the Art's Theatre students' trip to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer to perform  More...
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Sat 5/02 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

Animals and Giraffes, a collaboration between Poet/Critic Claudia La Rocco and Composer/Musician Phillip Greenlief, celebrates the debut release of JULY with a performance at the Center for New Music involving many of the finest SF Bay Improvisers.

The recording features poetry by La Rocco combined with improvisations and re-imagined in the recording studio. The result is a collage of language, virtuosic improvisation and the use of the recording studio as a compositional tool. Musicians featured: David Boyce, Jon Raskin, Aurora Josephson, Tim Perkis, Karen Stackpole, John Shiurba, Evelyn Davis, and Dapplegray.

Tickets: $15 General, $10 Members
Tickets available at the door only  More...
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Sat 5/02 8:00 PM Cowell Theater [Fort Mason Pier 2 San Francisco, CA 94123]
Terry Riley Weekend

Thollem McDonas (5/2/15) from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been a perpetually traveling musician since 2006. He shares his time between North America and Europe, performing/recording as a soloist, in collaboration with many other individuals and groups, as well as leading large ensemble improvisation/collaboration workshops. His music is diverse, approaching each concert and project uniquely, resulting in dramatically new and different outcomes.  More...
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Sunday, May 3
Sun 5/03 5:00 PM Actual Cafe [6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland]
The first Sunday of every month at the Actual Cafe:
John Schott's Actual Trio, with John Hanes and Dan Seamans

Rowdy, groovin', original Jazz from the acclaimed guitarist.  More...
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Sun 5/03 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford - walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Tim Berne's SNAKE OILL Tim Berne - alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega - clarinet, bass clarinet; Matt Mitchell - piano; Ches Smith - drums  More...
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Wednesday, May 6
Wed 5/06 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society Presents: The Solo Show Featuring Drums

Hamir Atwal
Smith Dobson  More...
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Thursday, May 7
Thu 5/07 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Instruments from the Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley collections – Opening Reception

Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley began their decades-long friendship at Mills College in 1980. Since then, Kronos has commissioned 28 works from Riley, more than from any other composer in the group’s history. This exhibit offers a peek into the sound worlds composer and quartet continue to create together, including original instruments by Walter Kitundu, vintage synthesizers, and shamanic plants.

Join members of Kronos Quartet to celebrate the installation of this unique instrument exhibit.  More...
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Thu 5/07 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
Puppy surprise improv night #2: Bring an instrument for some group improv! Instrumentalists will have their names drawn from a puppy surprise into quartets and quintets for short (7 minute) sets.  More...
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Thu 5/07 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford - walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
8 pm The Lost Trio: Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone; Dan Seamans - bass; Tom Hassett - drums; Special Guest: Scott Foster: guitar - performs music by Greenlief, Seamans, Monk, Strayhorn 9 pm Do Tell: Dan Clucas (LA) - cornet; Mark Weaver (Albuquerque) - tuba; Dave Wayne (LA) - come catch this brass-based trio on their west coast tour  More...
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Friday, May 8
Fri 5/08 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Switchboard Presents: Meerenai Shim and New Match Arc

Switchboard Presents adventurous flutist Meerenai Shim with guests David Wegehaupt (saxophone) and live visuals by VCO Vault, plus Oakland vibraphonist Mark Clifford and his new project New Match Arc.

Meerenai’s program:
60.8 for bass flute and electronics (2014) by Douglas Laustsen*
Loose Debris for flute with electronics and saxophone (2015) by Ryan Rey*
Chapter One, Page One for flute and live audio processing (2008) by Ian Dicke
Fractus III: Aerophoneme for flute and quadraphonic electronic sound (2011/2012) by Eli Fieldsteel  More...
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Saturday, May 9
Sat 5/09 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Inky Lee (Korea) Waiting for a passenger / ship to go to sea - new choreography for five dancers  More...
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Sat 5/09 8:00 PM First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo [72 Kensington Rd San Anselmo, CA 94960]
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, with Director Daniel Canosa and the chancel choir & orchestra, will be presented on Saturday May 9th, 8 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Rd, 94960.  More...
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Sat 5/09 9:00 PM Leo's Music Club [5447 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA 94609]
The Fuxedos are comin' across the Bay, and gettin' ready to slay!™ It’s our first East Bay show in over five years, and our last until ??? And it's gonna' be a veritable motherFuxer...with a set that'll include the NorCal premiere of our nifty new mini-musical, "Sign of the Mole."

Plus music from the most marvelous MoeTar, featuring our very own mighty Matt Lebofsky on keys...and a set from one-man comedic prog Warr guitar virtuoso Brian Kenney Fresno.

"The Fuxedos are one of the most amazing, entertaining, enthralling, unique, hilarious and inspirational bands I have ever seen...[vocalist] Danny was a musical maniac onstage, donning masks, using crazy props, dancing up an astounding storm, singing dynamically, stomping, prancing, being riotously funny and crazed and mindblowing."
-- Paul Zollo, Sr. Editor, American Songwriter Magazine; author, "Songwriters on Songwriting"  More...
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Wednesday, May 13
Wed 5/13 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Workshop: San Francisco SuperCollider Meeting

Do you already use SuperCollider, or would you like to learn more about it? Are you a Pd or Max/MSP user considering to add SuperCollider to your sonic toolbox? This informal meet-up is free and open to anyone interested in SuperCollider. It’s a space for people to present their work, ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and anything else SC-related. The meeting starts at 7pm, but at 6:30pm we will have a short “get-started” tutorial for total beginners. For more info, contact Bruno Ruviaro (bruviaro at scu dot edu).  More...
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Wed 5/13 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Meridian Music: Composers in Performance will conclude its 2014-2015 concert season with a special interdisciplinary performance led by electronic musician Benjamin Tinker. Tinker will perform his original three-part composition, Paperwork/Condensed Cuke/Green-Eyed Monster, with cellist Crystal Pascucci and dancer Kim Ip in a sequence of multi-tracked solo performances. In addition to this collaboration, Tinker will perform his composition Sugar Town, an immersive sound collage sourced from in and around the town of Crockett, CA that meditates on the relations between sonic travel and geographic space.  More...
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Thursday, May 14
Thu 5/14 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm: Scare the Neighbors (David Michalak and Philip Everett)
9pm: TBA  More...
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Friday, May 15
Fri 5/15 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Mike Gamble (NYC/Portland), solo guitar
TRIO: Goodheart-Mezzacappa-Levis
Matthew Goodheart, piano
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jason Levis, drumsl  More...
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Sunday, May 17
Sun 5/17 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 PM Huge Statue of Jesus
Adam Adhiyatma - guitars, clarinets, electronics, voice/Alex Cohen - guitars, tubes, percussion, voice/Kim Nucci - saxophones,clarinet, flute, electronics, voice
8:30 PM Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - saxes, flute/Amber Lamprecht - oboe, flute/John Vaughn - baritone sax, flute/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Dax Compise - drums  More...
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Sun 5/17 7:30 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues tonight. Bring your instrument or just your ears. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names, and there will be a full set by TBA.  More...
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Monday, May 18
Tuesday, May 19
Tue 5/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

Sarah Plum plays cutting edge music for violin alone and violin with electronics. Il Prete Rosso, a piece written for her by Charles Nichols for violin, live electronics and motion sensor is the centerpiece of this program.  More...
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Wednesday, May 20
Wed 5/20 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Biggi Vinkeloe with Joe Lasqo
John Bischoff
Unpopular Electronics (feat. Gino Robair)
Heartworm  More...
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Thursday, May 21
Thu 5/21 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
~Sound Speak~
8pm Oa
Matt Davignon - word electronics
Hugh Behm-Steinberg - word electronics
9pm The Cosmists
Andrew Joron - poetry/theremin
Mark Pino - electronics
Collette McCaslin - electronics/Trumpet  More...
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Sunday, May 31
Sun 5/31 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30pm Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble performs "The Sleeping Giant Suite" a series of compositions in multiple movements by Brett Carson, Rent Romus, Joshua Marshall, and Anthony Braxton*
Timothy Orr - drums, Scott Walton - doublebass, Jason Hoopes - doublebass, Rent Romus - alto saxophone with special guests Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone, Heikki Koskinen - e-trumpet, Mark Clifford - vibes
8:30pm The Kevin Robinson Ensemble - KREation presents "Circle Spins To Become A Sphere"
Non-conventional improvisational sonic vibration
Kevin Robinson - Woodwinds, Christin Hablewitz - Clarinet Bass Clarinet , Maryclare Brzytwa - Flute, Lee Hodel - Bass, Tony Gennaro - Vibes /Percussion, Evan Jiroudek - Drums

*Permission to present a work by Anthony Braxton granted by the Tri-Centric Foundation  More...
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