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03/31/2015 - 05/15/2015

Tuesday, March 31
Tue 3/31 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 2.2

The second concert of this season’s Del Sol Quartet’s “Soundings” project features the soulful but fiery music of composer Huang Ruo. The evening focuses on the creative exploration of his quartet “Calligraffiti” in conjunction with new artwork by visual artist Kate Rannells. Read about this special concert format in a review of Soundings 2.1 in San Francisco Classical Voice.  More...
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Tue 3/31 7:30 PM Tom's Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Andrea Centazzo, solo percussion
Philip Everett (electronics+) and Josh Allen (sax)  More...
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Wednesday, April 1
Wed 4/01 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Weston Olencki and Athletics: [HEAVY MATTER]

SF-based trombonist Weston Olencki will present [HEAVY MATTER], a program of radical solo and chamber works featuring world premieres by Peter Ablinger (Austria), Joan Arnau Pàmies (Catalonia), and Pablo Santiago Chin (Costa Rica), with North American premieres from Bernhard Lang (Austria) and Ann Cleare (Ireland). Olencki will also be joined by Eric Wubbels (piano), and Jessie Marino (cello).  More...
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Wed 4/01 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Phillip Greenlief - Zeena Parkins - Gino Robair 3

Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
Zeena Parkins - harp, effects
Gino Robair - electronics, percussion

Live Recording Session - the trio will play two sets, starting at 8 pm.  More...
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Wed 4/01 8:30 PM Atlas Cafe [3049 20th St SF]
A Page of Madness (1926) • Ackley/Chen/Cuetter/Tinker/TBA  More...
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Wed 4/01 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society presents Emergency String (X)tet plus Boisen/Rowe/Pascucci  More...
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Thursday, April 2
Thu 4/02 6:30 PM Italian Cultural Institute [814 Montgomery Street, San Francisco]
Marco Paoli will present his exhibition of 16 large black & white photographs from his book Silenzio and from his forthcoming publication Ethiopia. The artist shot these photos during his journeys around the world. For Marco Paoli the journey is a spiritual adventure where we look for something we have inside us, but most of the time we forget we have. This work is an exploration of photography as individual memory.  More...
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Thu 4/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SFMusic Thursdays: Sheldon Brown/Lorin Benedict/Jonathan Alford/Eric Vogler – Solos, Duos, Trios . . . (sponsored by SFFCM)  More...
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Thu 4/02 8:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Songs on the Verge w/Theresa Wong + Powerdove  More...
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Friday, April 3
Fri 4/03 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Rhythm + Strings + Woodwind + Brass = David James' GPS  More...
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Saturday, April 4
Sat 4/04 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
7:30pm Jeffrey Young's Magical Kingdom of Dust (NY) - violin and Ableton Live
8:15pm Three Thirds (LA) - folk band with guitar, bass, English horn, viola, & lush vocal harmonies
9pm Moe! Staiano (OAK) - percussion solo set, followed by group improv

7:30pm to 10pm, 2133 University Ave  More...
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Sat 4/04 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
X-SOUND FESTIVAL: Women making Experimental Sound–The annual X-Sound Festival of new music and sound art by undergraduate seniors at Mills this year features original works by composer/performers Besan Zidan, Ana Recto, and Rachel Austin. Queer Palestinian-American experimental electronic composer Besan Zidan performs with black queer womyn drummer Imogen Teasley-Vlautin in a set of four pieces for guitars, percussion, voice, and electronics. Ana Recto performs a solo set of her contemplative songs that combine technology with ancient and contemporary vocal traditions, including Moog synthesizer tracks and live electronic processing.  Finally, composer/vocalist Rachel Austin will perform "10 Movements for Intuition & Computer," a solo performance juxtaposing abstraction and meaning featuring live interactive processing of her voice.  More...
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Sunday, April 5
Sun 4/05 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 4/05 7:30 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues this Sunday. Bring your instrument or just your ears. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names, and there will be a full set by Avant Red (Eli Wallace, keys; Bob Marsh, guitar).  More...
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Sun 4/05 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
9Fingers with Andrew Jamieson and David Douglas.  More...
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Monday, April 6
Mon 4/06 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Monday, April 6, 2015, 7:30 pm - Ensemble Room

MARK APPLEBAUM

Stanford composer Mark Applebaum presents recent works on the fringe of musical ontology--a concerto for florist, a 72-foot pictographic score without instruction, a work for peripatetic chamber instrumentalists who do not produce sound, notations appearing on the face of custom wristwatches, electroacoustic sound--sculptures made of junk, and a live performance of a piece consisting of hand gestures—as well as musically exoteric creative enterprises.  More...
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Mon 4/06 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music--

Set #1: Instagon (ritualistic rock/experimental)

Set #2: The SPA (post punk/experimental rock)

Set #3: Jordan Glenn's Beak (conducted improvisations/excitement)
(Karl Evangelista/Will Redmond/Mark Clifford/Jason Hoopes/Bob LaDue/Robert Lopez/Jon Arkin)  More...
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Thursday, April 9
Thu 4/09 12:30 PM Market Street [Between 6th and 7th St San Francisco]
C4NM @ Market Street Prototyping Festival: Mark Helias’s Open Loose

On April 9 and 10, C4NM curates special free outdoor performances on Market Street, in front of The Hall (between 6th Street and 7th Street).

Thursday's 1pm show features Mark Helias's Open Loose Trio, who will also be performing a full program in the evening at C4NM. Open Loose will perform streetside in a special "Show Box," designed and built by CounterPULSE and Jensen Architects as part of the Market Street Protoyping Festival.  More...
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Thu 4/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mark Helias’ Open Loose

Consummate improvising trio from NY.  More...
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Thu 4/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8:15pm: Alexandra Hay
8:45pm: Corey Fogel (from LA, Percussion)
9:30pm: Maxwell Gualtieri (from LA, Guitar)

Note our temporary new address - 998 Market Street.  More...
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Thu 4/09 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
permutations040915: Taka Kigawa

NYC based piano virtuoso, Taka Kigawa, returns to the bay for a very rare performance of works for solo piano and electronics, including works by Marco Stroppa and Georg Friedrich Haas  More...
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Friday, April 10
Fri 4/10 12:30 PM Market Street [Between 6th and 7th St San Francisco]
C4NM @ Market Street Prototyping Festival: Helen Newby

On April 9 and 10, C4NM curates special free outdoor performances on Market Street, in front of The Hall (between 6th Street and 7th Street).

Friday's 1pm show features up and coming cellist Helen Newby, who will offer a sneak preview of her upcoming concert at C4NM. Newby will perform streetside in a special "Show Box," designed and built by CounterPULSE and Jensen Architects as part of the Market Street Protoyping Festival.  More...
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Fri 4/10 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
In the run-up to Rova’s major show “Rovaté 2015” taking place on June 29 at ODC Theater, this is the first of two concerts at C4NM where Rova will introduce musical units of the June orchestra. Tonight in set 1, we introduce Rova String Quartet, one-third of the Rovate orchestra: Christina Stanley (violin), Tara Flandreau (viola), Alex Kelly (cello), Scott Walton (bass). Set 2: Rova itself, improvising on themes and ideas, and using visual cues for improvising that all will be fleshed out during Rovate with the orchestra.  More...
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Saturday, April 11
Sat 4/11 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Composer Meetup & Member Party

C4NM hosts a two-part day of community fun: the kick-off of a new series of composer meetups from 3 to 5 PM, followed by a reception for current and prospective members.

C4NM staff and board will offer exciting announcements, and we'll have special prizes for anyone who renews their membership or joins at the party!  More...
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Sat 4/11 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
"Black Cedar has done a wonderful job of making the case that chamber music can involve approaches to instrumentation not usually expected." – San Francisco Examiner, March 2015

"Hats off to them…their connectivity with each other was most apparent…as was their ability to convey their joy to the audience." – Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 2015

Black Cedar is the only chamber music ensemble devoted to music for flute, cello, and guitar, and they are the winners of a 2014 grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. This concert includes works from their upcoming debut album: two new commissions by Bay Area composers Garrett Shatzer and David Smith, music by one of the Bay Area’s most popular composers, Durwynne Hsieh, plus works by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung and Germany’s Klaus Hinrich Stahmer.

Kris Palmer on wood flute and alto flute, Nancy Kim on cello, and Steve Lin on guitar
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Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1279973  More...
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Sunday, April 12
Sun 4/12 4:00 PM Old First Concerts in San Francisco [1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109]
Wooden Fish Ensemble celebrates the Music of Boudewijn Buckinx
70th Birthday Concert  More...
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Sun 4/12 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
7:30 PM Vox Venefica
Valentina Osinski - voice/Chiara Viscomi - voice/Eli Wallace - piano
8:30 PM Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - saxes, flute/Brett Carson - piano/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Jason Levis - drums  More...
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Monday, April 13
Mon 4/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Topographies: Tenor Saxophone solo recital

This recital presents some of the major existing works for tenor saxophone. They both develop a coherent and deep musical discourse and push the instrumental limitations of the instrument, helped by the use of extended playing techniques.

Program:
Tre pezzi by Giacinto Scelsi (1956) (10')
Périple by Paul Méfano (1978) (10')
Hard by Christian Lauba (1988) (9')
Alter ego by Georges Aperghis (2001) (7')
Charon Schläft (...kein notturno) by Valentin Marti (2007) (12')  More...
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Wednesday, April 15
Wed 4/15 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Fleshtone Aura is a licentious collaborator at the core of Toronto's underground. He co-founded the killer Bennifer Editions label and Gastric Female Reflex is his long celebrated noise duo. S. Glass, himself a known libertine (Glands of External Secretion, Bren't Lewiis Ensemble) created Bananafish magazine and Tedium House. Making it a threesome, unmatched visuals by W.hacking will illuminate the whole torrid affair.

Cleav'd Cleaver is Chicago-based Jason Soliday (J.Soliday/Coeurl/Gunshop/Enemy) on modular synth and Jake Rodriguez (bran(…)pos) of SF/Bay Area weirdness fame on mouth/vox. Savory electronics collide with face-twisting vocal exhortations in an acutely well controlled yet freely improvised (noisy) forms.

Marc Kate: In a detour from his post-punk/synthgaze project, Never Knows, Marc Kate is creating static experiments in synthesis that embody the opposite of New Age music. This performance marks the release of “File #08”, his debut for the San Francisco label, Computer Tapes.

Beast Nest
Beast Nest is the primary performance vehicle for Sharmi Basu, a queer South Asian woman of color focused on creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. One day, Sharmi aspires to have an ensemble called “Dog Divas,” which will feature her lying in the grass surrounded by Casio keyboards played by overexcited 6-week-old puppies.  More...
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Thursday, April 16
Thu 4/16 6:30 PM Italian Cultural Institute [814 Montgomery Street San Francisco CA 94133]
The musical evening that the Five O 'Clock Piano Duo offers the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco reflects the content of their recent album, ITALIAN CONNECTION  More...
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Thu 4/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SFMusic Thursdays: Gestaltish (sponsored by SFFCM)

Please join Gestaltish for an evening of sonic exploration in celebration of their newly released EP. Embracing tonality, rhythmic integrity or the absence of either, this free-improvising ensemble traipses deftly through space and time offering audience unique listening experiences.  More...
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Thu 4/16 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
Solo + Extension is an investigation, a cartographic excursion with hitherto-unknown tools, performed in a series of vignettes offering the widest possible sonoscopic and chromaural variety. Master musicians on their “traditional" instruments, these five intrepid composer/improvisers stretch out -- using attachments, toys, devices and appendages — bringing their musicality into unexpected and delightful realms of sonic art.

Aram Shelton — saxophone and electronics
John McCowen – amplified clarinet and floor tom
Shannah Sordahl — ‘cello and electronics
Kyle Bruckmann — oboe and electronics
Tom Djll — circuit-bent keyboards and analog electronics  More...
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Thu 4/16 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Two (or three) solo sets
8:00 PM Andrea Pensado (Argentina) - sounds
9:00 PM Isolde Touch/Asha Sheshadri (So Cal and New England) - multimedia  More...
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Friday, April 17
Fri 4/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova Sax Quartet: Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley.

New pieces by Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams and Jon Raskin for Rova. Plus the premiere of Phillip Greenlief's "San Francisco". Over the past few years, sequential collaborations and other side projects, plus the fact that the group’s improvising skills have been getting more and more magical on their own, led to there being less time for individual compositions. Except from the pen of Steve Adams, there were not many new quartet pieces being introduced into the band. Elaborate structures for improvising with – yes – but not the more composed works. With several touring concerts on the horizon in late April and early May and with a temporary lull in the collaborative projects, it seemed a good idea to “deadline” April 17 as the point where new pieces for the quartet and by the quartet would be presented. Sure to be an exciting night.  More...
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Saturday, April 18
Sat 4/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Tenney Project @ Tangents Guitar Series

A retrospective of the complete guitar works of James Tenney: Harmonium II, Septet, Water on the mountain…Fire in heaven, and Spectrum 4  More...
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Sat 4/18 8:00 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
MARISA ANDERSON AND Amy Reed BAND  More...
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Sunday, April 19
Sun 4/19 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
My Blue Piano and Beautiful Wonders (New Music with the Jewish Music & Poetry Project)

World premieres of newly-commissioned works by David Garner (Mein Blaues Klavier—My Blue Piano) to texts by Elsa Lasker-Schueler and by Kurt Erickson (Die Schoenen Wunder—Beautiful Wonders) to poetry by Gertrud Kolmar, plus the American premiere of Lajos Delej’s lost Scherzo for cello.  More...
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Sun 4/19 8:08 PM TAC: Temescal Art Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Marisa Anderson, Amy Reed, Collette McCaslin/Sheila Bosco Duo, Beast Nest (Sharmi Basu)  More...
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Tuesday, April 21
Tue 4/21 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rituals, Wires & Magic: Curt Brown + Kim-McDonald-O'Kane + Jeffrey Young + Barbed Wire (Greenlief-Polak-Mezzacappa)  More...
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Thursday, April 23
Thu 4/23 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]
8pm Sonics of Saturn
Marlon Schieber, Tristan Norton
9pm Hamir Atwal, Rent Romus, Christina Stanley, Oluyemi Thomas  More...
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Friday, April 24
Fri 4/24 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Zeena Parkins / Wobbly / Jordan Glenn TRIO with Crystal Pascucci SOLO  More...
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Saturday, April 25
Sunday, April 26
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 7:30 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
8:30 Polarity Taskmasters
Emily Hay, 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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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)  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

Ron Heglin•voice Heikki Koskinen•Tenor recorder, E-trumpet, Flutes, Kantele, Bob Marsh•Voice Joshua Marshall•Tenor saxophone Bill Noertker•Bass Jason Hoopes•Bass, Suki O'Kane•Percussion Timothy Orr•Drums, MARK PINO•Percussion, Crystal Pascucci•Cello, Mika Pontecorvo•Flutes SHANNA SORDAHL•Cello, Rent Romus•Saxophones, Kantele, Flutes, Bells

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: “JULY” RELEASE PARTY

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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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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Thursday, May 7
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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Saturday, May 9
Sat 5/09 12:00 AM 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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