Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


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11/29/2015 - 01/13/2016

Monday, November 30
Mon 11/30 7:30 PM Mills College Chapel [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA]
Lucky Cloud 003 ft. BEAST NEST, FOREST FLOOR, MARISSA DEITZ WALL. Lucky Cloud is a monthly experimental music series in the Mills College Chapel featuring intimate performances by local composers, sound artists, and songwriters. Shows are all-ages, donation-based, and are held on the last monday of every month.  More...
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Mon 11/30 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Mills College Music Department presents

Music Improvisation Ensemble I Concert
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Mon 11/30 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Kristina Dutton/John McCowen/Britt Ciampa + Mark Clifford/Crystal Pascucci/Jordan Glenn  More...
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Wednesday, December 2
Wed 12/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Sara Cubarsi: solo violin recital – Ferneyhough, Berio, Bartók, and more

Solo recital given by Catalan violinist Sara Cubarsi featuring 20thC./contemporary music by Ken Ueno, Ferneyhough, Berio, Bartók and the performer herself.  More...
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Thursday, December 3
Thu 12/03 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Biggi Vinkeloe - alto saxophone, Donald Robinson - drums
9pm Tim Perkis/Ron Heglin - electronics/trombone/voice  More...
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Thu 12/03 8:30 PM Octopus Salon [2101 Webster Street #170 Oakland, CA 94612]
Firebreathing new music from Bay Area faces new and old-

Grex: Karl Evangelista (gtr, vox), Rei Scampavia (keys, vox), Robert Lopez (dms) - ecstatic art rock/psych w/free jazz bent

Mike Sopko/Hamir Atwal Duo - virtuoso experimental prog music

Hamir Atwal/Tim DeCillis/Robert Lopez Trio - hardcore percussion explosion by local triumvirate  More...
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Friday, December 4
Fri 12/04 7:30 PM Artists' Television Access [992 Valencia St San Francisco CA 94110]
SOLO ORGAN Record Release with Black Spirituals and Ettrick  More...
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Fri 12/04 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Van-Anh Nguyen & Julian Toha: 1 PIANO, 4 HANDS

You’ve seen both artists execute solo piano repertoire. In the lead up to the festive season, concert pianists Van-Anh Nguyen (Australia) and Julian Toha (USA) collaborate in a vibrant, exciting and passionate concert of repertoire for 4 hands. Come see their electric playing light up the stage in Brahms Hungarian Dances and the complete Nutcracker Suite. Support act is Ryan Hickey, an extremely talented multi-genred pianist.  More...
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Fri 12/04 8:00 PM East Side Arts Alliance [2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94606]
Music of Color Presents: An Avant-Garde Portrait of Repression

Broun Fellinis
with the Color Ensemble

From prejudice to police violence, these two bands will take you on a passionate journey exploring personal struggles around racial equity while pushing the boundaries of their sound. You must not miss this premier Music of Color event!  More...
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Fri 12/04 8:00 PM The Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St @ 22nd, Oakland, CA]
Please join us at The Octopus Literary Salon for an evening of poetry, prose and music. Joshua Marshall and Jakob Pek will each be offering their sounds songs suchness and the two will unfurl in sonic communion as a farewell to the evening.  More...
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Saturday, December 5
Sat 12/05 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Celebrating the music of the late Lindsay Cooper—feminist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist—with a large ensemble directed by her former bandmates Fred Frith and Zeena Parkins.

The concert also features Rova Saxophone Quartet performing Lindsay’s riveting “Face in the Crowd,” written for the quartet in the early 1990s.  More...
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Sat 12/05 8:00 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak Street San Francisco]
Join Del Sol String Quartet and Gyan Riley at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a world premiere of Terry Riley’s newest work for string quartet and guitar!  More...
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Sat 12/05 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Friction Quartet + Religious Girls [don’t be a stranger series #5]

Local chamber music heavyweights and C4NM Ensemble-In-Residence Friction Quartet will perform new works by Akiho, Stoffregen and Verotta, followed by a set from local experimental pop heroes Religious Girls.  More...
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Sat 12/05 8:00 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford, CA 94305]
Bay Area's hk&tcs bring to CCRMA Stage a lot of objects, texts, images, words, and things, in a somewhat bizarre program exploring power relationships within oddly constructed behavioral situations, incidental(ly musical) text and extreme semiotic confusion.  More...
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Sat 12/05 9:00 PM Salt Lick [411 2nd Street (Upstairs), Oakland]
Music from Oakland and Los Angeles, with Gold Age (Aram Shelton, Mark Clifford, Safa Shokrai, Britt Ciampa), TFPP (Bob LaDue and Matt Hennich), and Evil Genius (Max Kuntner, Stefan Kac and Michael Lockwood).  More...
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Sunday, December 6
Sun 12/06 5:00 PM Actual Cafe [6334 San Pablo Avenue Oakland]
John Schott – electric guitar, Dan Seamans, double bass, and John Hanes,they play great, you know? Practically nuthin' on their instruments those guys can't play. Funny between song patter, polite to children, plus you get free matchbooks with our name on 'um.  More...
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Sun 12/06 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30PM C.O.M.A. The California Outside Music Associates
John Vaughn - saxophones, Dax Compise - drums
8:30 K Band
Julie Herndon - piano, Josh Marshall - tenor saxophone, and Stephanie Neumann - saxophone

"...intense and incisive...C.O.M.A. at times evoke the Revolutionary Ensemble, of Leroy Jenkins, Sirone and Jerome Cooper."
- Edoardo Chagas, Jazz e Arredores  More...
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Sun 12/06 7:30 PM Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence #12 (open participation improv workshop) featuring Kyle Bruckmann  More...
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Monday, December 7
Mon 12/07 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society
We are wild
And we are free

duos, solos, quartets, trios from
Jordan Glenn, Jon Leidecker, Matt Ingalls, Tania Chen, Jake Rodriguez  More...
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Tuesday, December 8
Tue 12/08 7:30 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Nathan Clevenger Group
James Fei
Giacomo Fiore & Larry Polansky  More...
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Thursday, December 10
Thu 12/10 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Scare the Neighbors
David Michalak/Philip Everett
9pm Klondike & York - sax/drum duo  More...
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Friday, December 11
Fri 12/11 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
PLAY THAT THING OR THROW IT AWAY aka Ochs-Johnston-Robair Trio  More...
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Saturday, December 12
Sat 12/12 2:00 PM Waveformless [470e 49th St. Oakland, CA]
Jon Raskin/Tim Perkis duo at Waveformless: Noted saxophonist Jon Raskin will be playing electronics on this gig, as will Tim Perkis.  More...
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Sunday, December 13
Sun 12/13 8:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland]
West Oakland Record Release

with Goddess Aphonic, Brown Um and Trigger-Inverter  More...
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Wednesday, December 16
Wed 12/16 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
N. 213, Sister Blanche, Earth Jerks, Antimatter

Like egg nog or animal sacrifice, tried and true traditions have mysterious ways of getting you going. Song forms can work the same provided you lean heavy on the rum (in this case, scum synth) and pick your favorite pet to burn at the altar (in this case, the voice of Nic Hughes (Shearing Pinx)) readying your inner evil child to head home for the holy days. Chop chop.

Sister Blanche
Her sinister supplications, half-heard, creep closer than you should probably allow, swaddled in the analogue fleece of tape warble and hiss as the soft patter of snare joins insensate strumming, bewildering in its drift from sickening plonks to psychedelic sustains. Vancouver's own Morgan Cook (Young Mums, Cindy Lee, Androgynous Mind) intones dark-folk lullabies of hypnopompic suffering in motionless frenzy of sleep paralysis.

Earth Jerks
Soltice rawk, megalithic synth and organ works eased at glacial tempo to only touch your toe, bumping you from the face, proof that speed is in the eye of the toeholder. Tonights intonations by Christian Dixon (Tujurrikuja, Computer Tapes) inaugurate your sunless sommersault through the cold of Winter, chin down, heels up.

What is the voltage of static electricity that courses over your skin standing each of five million hairs straight on end? Can the answer be derived quantitatively from the waveforms cascading against malleus, anvil and stapes to trigger follicle surge? Or is math itself lost in the abstraction to qualitative, perceptual, and metaphysical sense? Such shortcuts to madness are best explored through the complexities of minimal materialism, particles of sound as sculpted by Antimatter, the solo project of Xopher Davidson.  More...
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Thursday, December 17
Thu 12/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Peter Whitehead - invented instruments
9pm Nadia Shihab - voice, strings & electronics  More...
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Thu 12/17 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Realizations, Adaptations, and Tributes

Las Sucias

Three contrasting groups navigating similar worlds share with you their music, sometimes reminiscent of days past, sometimes not. Defining rhythms, organized sound, controlled improvisation, and the true nature of experimentation is the beginning of what this evening has to offer...  More...
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Thursday, January 7
Thu 1/07 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
(Puppy Surprise Open-Invitation Group Improv night)
Bring your instrument(s) and improvise in randomly-drawn groups of musicians!  More...
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Tuesday, January 12
Tue 1/12 8:00 PM Omni Oakland Commons [4799 Shattuck Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Phillip Greenlief+Thomas Dimuzio
Adria Otte  More...
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