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04/04/2018 - 05/19/2018

Wednesday, April 4
Wed 4/04 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
Join Cookie Tongue's return to San Francisco from Brooklyn for the cassette release of Orphan Arms on Eh? records. Filling the bill are Cruel Work and Sean Real.  More...
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Wed 4/04 9:00 PM The Knockout [3223 Mission Street San Francisco CA 94110]
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Thursday, April 5
Thu 4/05 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SopraDuo Album Release Party  More...
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Thu 4/05 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Ahead of his Other Minds Festival performance in SF, Jaap Blonk presents “Songs of Little Sleep" and other recent works for voice and electronics.

As a vocalist, Jaap is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live-electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin, for the Ars Electronica Festival.  More...
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Thu 4/05 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]

Works for Solo Piano and Electronics
Anne Rainwater, piano


Elliott Carter: 90+ (1992)
Bryce Cannell: new work (2018)*
Danny Clay: 10 Pages (2016)
Matthew Hough: new work (2018)*
Mei Fang Lin: Interaction (2013)
*=world premiere  More...
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Thu 4/05 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Pinbokeh Trio
Nathan Chamberlain - guitar, Josiah Branaman - bass, and Paul Sakai - drums
9:00 pm Skullkrusher
Philip Everett - analogue electronics and devices  More...
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Thu 4/05 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Norman Westberg / Thor & Friends / Kal Spelletich

Best known for his work with the seminal outfit SWANS, Westberg’s output beyond that group is sprawling and restless. His name recurs and ripples through many interconnected micro-histories surrounding New York City’s music and art scenes. From appearances in film works associated with the Cinema Of Transgression, through to his participation in bands such as The Heroine Sheiks and Five Dollar Priest, Westberg’s name is woven deeply into the fabric of New York over the past three decades.

After five years of touring as the percussionist of The Swans, Thor Harris began Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 as a vehicle to experiment with a cast of rotating Austin based musicians in the vein of American minimalism. As an instrument carpenter and acoustic polyglot, Thor & Friends is the sound of Harris’ return home — an elongated greeting and ode to his community, woodworking shop, and the instruments his hands bring texture too.  More...
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Friday, April 6
Fri 4/06 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Irrera Brothers Duo

The “riveting and dynamic” Irrera Brothers Duo come to Old First Concerts with a program of music for violin and piano by Vitali, C. Schumann, Stravinsky, Dietrich, R. Schumann, and Brahms.  More...
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Saturday, April 7
Sat 4/07 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
ReImaginations – Cage, Shende & Bach on Guitar: Aaron Larget-Caplan  More...
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Sat 4/07 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
The California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts (CEMEC) form a series of events designed to strengthen the connections between the various California educational institutions that maintain computer and electronic music programs. These events are run and curated by the graduate students and faculty of each participating institution. The 2018 series of California Electronic Music Exchange Concerts will be held at the campuses of UCSD, UCSB, Mills, CCRMA/Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, and CalArts throughout April 2018. The Stanford/CCRMA leg will be held on April 7th from 7.30PM  More...
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Sunday, April 8
Sun 4/08 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm nOOi - CD release
Mark Oi – electric guitar/Bill Noertker – electric bass
8:30pm Noertker’s Moxie
Annelise Zamula – sax, flute/Brett Carson – piano/Bill Noertker – contrabass/Jason Levis – drums  More...
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Sun 4/08 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
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Tuesday, April 10
Tue 4/10 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
scapegoat is an experimental saxophone and percussion duo. Close creative collaboration and multi-media projects form the basis of their pursuit for artistic innovation and expression. Programmes are designed to broaden and challenge the musical experience of the audience, through original works featuring live electronics, performer-controlled sonic and visual amplification, video and lighting design, and improvisation. scapegoat's 2017/18 season features new commissions of composers Pierluigi Billone and Michelle Lou funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, with residencies and performances as part of an Australian tour, a Californian tour, and at the Ultima Festival (Oslo) and Open Ears Festival (Kitchener). scapegoat recently recorded works by Mauricio Pauly and Santiago Díez Fischer to be released on an upcoming record in collaboration with writer Renee Gladman. Upcoming projects include collaborations with Sabrina Schroeder, Hanna Hartman, and Sam Salem.  More...
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Tue 4/10 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Jack Wright/Roughhousing
+TBA  More...
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Wednesday, April 11
Wed 4/11 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Noam Bierstone plays the piano, Tibetan bowls, & himself

Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone performs his first solo show in the US, featuring works for both percussion and piano!  More...
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Wed 4/11 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus continues a three-month mini-residency featuring his Life's Blood Ensemble recreating their 2017 release Rising Colossus.  More...
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Friday, April 13
Fri 4/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Alone/Not Alone #3: I Sing Words – Jill Morgan Brenner, soprano  More...
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Saturday, April 14
Sat 4/14 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
New Music by Michael Rothkopf and Ric Louchard  More...
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Sunday, April 15
Sun 4/15 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
HUSH Series — Long Tone Choir: spring

Immerse yourself in a spring-inspired soundscape, produced by traditional and extended vocal techniques. Text scores for the work will be displayed within distinct sculptures throughout the performance space. You will be invited to view and read the scores and sing with the choir in the second half of the performance if you choose.  More...
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Monday, April 16
Mon 4/16 7:30 PM Mills College Ensemble Room [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Tania Chen will discuss indeterminate composition as a an approach to creating unfixed compositions. These works may embody any number of sources of material and approaches to notation, instrumentation, text and the visual medium. We will discuss our own pieces and how they might evolve with these ideas in mind.  More...
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Thursday, April 19
Thu 4/19 7:00 PM Presidio Officer's Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Two Sense: Ashley Bathgate, cello and Lisa Moore, piano

TwoSense is a New York-based chamber duo and commissioning venture, established by the Bang On A Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate and founding alumna pianist Lisa Moore in 2010. The duo has been described as the “new music equivalent of a special ops team” (New York Magazine), an “excellent duo” and “eloquent new-music interpreters” (New York Times).  More...
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Thu 4/19 7:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Michael Coleman and Ben Goldberg: CD Release Concert for PRACTITIONER


Michael Coleman and Ben Goldberg are happy to announce the release of their new record “PRACTITIONER.” This record, three years in the making, is based on Steve Lacy’s Hocus Pocus - Book ‘H’ of “Practitioners”.

Seating is limited.
Get your required reservation here  More...
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Thu 4/19 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Lisa Mezzacappa Six : Cosmicomics 2018
Bookstore Salon #1
new music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe developed this year in a series of salons at Bird & Beckett Books & Records

Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums  More...
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Friday, April 20
Fri 4/20 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [Adeline and 24th Streets in West Oakland. Exact address only given to those who register.]
Joel Davel, solo marimba lumina and a 4 course gourmet vegan meal.

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Fri 4/20 10:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
M. Lamar & The Living Earth Show  More...
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Sunday, April 22
Sun 4/22 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 PM Ian Carey Ensemble
Steve Adams - saxophone, Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass, Jason Levis - drums, Mark Clifford - vibes
Ian Carey is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor, who “asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” (Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz)
8:30 PM Unbound free-jazz world fusion music
Marc Schmitz - vocals, guitar, Dave Mihaly - drums, Lin Shi - vocals, keyboard, Shuxin Meng - pipa  More...
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Thursday, April 26
Thu 4/26 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Karen Bentley Pollick returns to CCRMA to present multimedia audio/visual pieces by current faculty, staff, and students. The concert will include works by Professor Jonathan Berger, Constantin Basica, and Christopher Jette.  More...
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Saturday, April 28
Sunday, April 29
Sun 4/29 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Symphony and Ballet
Music meets dance with magical results as Berkeley Sounds composer fellows join forces with the choreographers and dancers of Berkeley Ballet Theater.  More...
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Saturday, May 5
Sat 5/05 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Akiko Hatakeyama is a composer/performer of electroacoustic music and intermedia. She explores the boundaries between written music, improvisation, electronics, real-time computer-based interactivity, and visual media. Storytelling, memories, and nature play an important role in Akiko's work, and she most often finds beauty in simplicity.  More...
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Sunday, May 6
Sun 5/06 5:00 PM Zellerbach Hall [US Berkeley Berkeley]
eco ensemble: Foxtrot Delirium

At Zellerbach Playhouse at the northwest of Zellerbach Hall  More...
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Tuesday, May 8
Tue 5/08 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
Jordan Glenn's BEAK  More...
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Wednesday, May 9
Wed 5/09 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Richmond-based saxophonist/composer Rent Romus concludes his Ivy Hoot mini-residency (and the Ivy concludes the Hoot altogether) featuring the Life's Blood Ensemble with fellow seeker Vinny Golia.  More...
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Thursday, May 10
Thu 5/10 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Wilfrido Terrazas – Alta: Flute music from Mexican Composers in California. This concert presents recent works by Carmina Escobar, Guillermo Galindo, Ivan Naranjo, Mauricio Rodriguez, Pablo Rubio and Wilfrido Terrazas offer a vivid picture of contemporary Mexican composers based in the California. Beyond allegorical references of a New Mexican Music, pure and fresh forms of musical expression come together to broad the musical map of the most uncompromising acoustic art.
This event is kindly supported by the Cultural Affairs section of the General Mexican Consulate in San Jose, California.  More...
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