Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St
San Francisco CA 94102  
The Center for New Music San Francisco, Inc. is a community center for participants of new music in San Francisco. The Center serves the practitioners of creative, non-commercial music by providing the resources they need, including space to work, rehearse, and perform, access to a like-minded community, and access to media resources. Through these services, the Center seeks to support and build the community of new music to encourage its efficiency, growth, integration, and excellence.

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, November 28 2017 8:00 PM
Berkeley Noise: Works by Undergraduate Composers

The student-run Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Berkeley Noise, will be collaborating with the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Composer's Club in premiering 5 new works from student composers: Ann Deng, Niko Vlahakis, Bobby Ge, Jonathan Sudano, and Trevor Van de Velde.  More...

Wednesday, November 29 2017 6:00 PM
Soundwave ((8)) Biennial Fundraiser

Join us for this special fundraiser party to kick off Soundwave ((8)), a festival of contemporary works produced in partnership with established institutions and alternative venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring cutting edge, often technologically influenced works by artists responding to the theme of "infrastructure" Soundwave ((8)) will include collaborations with organizations like the Contemporary Jewish Museum, California Academy of Sciences, The Lab, the San Francisco Zen Center, Dolby Laboratories, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, SPUR, and others.  More...

Saturday, December 2 2017 8:00 PM
sfSoundGroup plays music

sfSound returns to c4nm with a program of contemporary chamber music by NOMI EPSTEIN, VINKO GLOBOKAR, and KLAUS HUBER (November 30, 1924 – October 2, 2017); short works written for sfSound by bay area composers HYO-SHIN NA and ERIK ULMAN; a world premiere by bay area composer SARAH STILES; and improvisations by SFSOUNDGROUP.

Nomi Epstein - Combine, Juxtapose, Delayed Overlap (2014)
for chamber ensemble

Vinko Globokar - Correspondences (1971)
for four soloists

Klaus Huber - Schattenblätter (1975)
for clarinet, cello, and piano

Hyo-shin Na - Andante (2007)
for clarinet, piano, and violin -- written for sfSound's "small packages" commissioning project

Sarah Stiles - excerpt from a new work (2017)
for english horn, bass clarinet, cornet, percussion, violin, cello, and bass

Erik Ulman - Fragment for Jules Olitski (2007)
for oboe, clarinet, piano, and violin -- written for sfSound's "small packages" commissioning project

sfSoundGroup - Improvisations (2017)

Monica Scott, cello
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Julie Michael, viola
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Hadley McCarroll, piano
Benjamin Kreith, violin
Matt Ingalls, clarinet and bass clarinet
Tom Dambly, trumpet
Kyle Bruckmann, english horn  More...

Saturday, December 9 2017 7:30 PM
River: A Holiday Concert with Alex Kelly and PC Muñoz

Adventurous re-imaginations of classic holiday season music.

Longtime Bay Area sonic adventurers Alex Kelly (cello/electronics) and PC Muñoz (drums/electronics) present an evening of artfully re-imagined holiday season music, drawing from varying traditions and genres. Bring the family!

Dr. Alex Kelly is a San Francisco-based cellist, composer, and educator. He composes and performs with major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, new music ensembles, string quartets, cello quartets, big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, world music ensembles, theater companies, radio productions, ballet companies, modern dance companies, and circus troupes. Visit to explore his work.

San Francisco drummer/recording artist PC Muñoz’s genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing a sonic explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, hip-hop, folk, world music, poetry, free jazz, art installations, and modern dance productions. His singular compositional and performing style bridges the gap between jazz-informed improvisation, aleatoric processes of the avant-garde, and the insistent rhythms of funk music. His next album, “Physical Science”, is slated for a 2018 release. Visit to learn more.  More...

Wednesday, December 13 2017 8:00 PM
Undercurrents: [Switch~] plays Romitelli, Garifzyanova, Ko, Diez-Fischer, and more

A new music ensemble for the 21st Century, the [Switch~ Ensemble] performs a concert of solo and chamber ensemble works with electronics. The program features pieces by established and emerging composers, including Fausto Romitelli’s “Domeniche alla periferia dell’impero” for amplified quartet, Tonia Ko’s “Tribute | Axis II” for violin and piano, Santiago Diez-Fischer’s “Loop’s Definition” for solo violin and electronics, Elvira Garifzyanova’s “Aurora borealis” for solo flute and electronics, and more. Presented by C4NM Curator and Artistic Director of [Switch~], Jason Thorpe Buchanan.

Founded in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY the [Switch~ Ensemble] was conceived as a flexible-size professional ensemble looking toward the future of contemporary music. [Switch~ Ensemble] specializes in high-level chamber music integrated with cutting-edge technology and multimedia, and supports emerging and early career composers to create bold new works featuring multimedia and electroacoustic elements. At the core of each performance is the ensemble’s commitment of total integration between technology and live performance — their goal is compelling artistry achieved through seamless production, creation, and execution. For more information:  More...

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Rova Saxophone Quartet is now in residence at Center for New Music. The Center, located at 55 Taylor Street, is establishing a hub for the new music community, providing space to work, learn, rehearse and perform.