Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


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12/14/2016 - 01/27/2017

Wednesday, December 14
Wed 12/14 6:00 PM Kadist SF [3295 20th St. San Francisco]
Wadada Leo Smith's Four Symphonies

Reception: 6 - 8 pm
Wadada Leo Smith in conversation with Hamza Walker: 7pm  More...
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Wed 12/14 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
The Sleight Ensemble performs compositions by Jacob Lane.
Mia Bella D’Augelli, violin
Devon Thrumston, cello
Erika Oba, flute
Jacob Lane, piano
Followed by a computer music set by Madalyn Merkey.  More...
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Wed 12/14 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
the [Switch~ Ensemble] plays SF

A new music ensemble for the 21st Century. The [Switch~ Ensemble] is dedicated to the creation and performance of new works for chamber ensemble, electronics, and multimedia.  More...
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Thursday, December 15
Thu 12/15 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Mary Clare Brzytwa Trio
with Hamir Atwal, Kevin Robinson
9:00 pm Evil Genius
Max Kutner - Guitar, Stefan Kac - Tuba, Mike Lockwood - Drums

"Even with just these three instruments, this trio sounds fully formed, tight, intense and explosive at times. There is a manic, infectious energy here that reminds me of the Minutemen on occasion."- Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery (New York, NY)  More...
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Saturday, December 17
Sat 12/17 7:00 PM The Ridge Space [634 15th St Oakland]
“The World of Dogs” is an allegorical tale about facing a difficult problem and a solution that seems too easy, too simple, and too good to be true, and the disastrous consequences that come from choosing that solution. Also, it is a story about the secret underground economy run, by dogs. Also it is about renting in the Bay Area and having terrible roommates. On the night of December 17th, at the Ridge in Oakland, Roger Kim and Portrait Maker will present this tale through music, narration, dance, and video. There are going to be at least 10 musicians, 5 dancers, and one actor narrating the show.  More...
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Sat 12/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Opus Project Presents Opus 48: Appeasement on Earth

A holiday gift box of music by 20th- and 21st-century composers who wrote an opus 48, and more! With pianist Feona Lee Jones, violinist Kristen Kline, and The Opus Project Orchestra. An unprecedented concert series in time and place!  More...
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Sat 12/17 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Wadada Leo Smith / Ikue Mori / Anthony Brown / Hardedge with Zeena Parkins and William Winant  More...
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Sunday, December 18
Sun 12/18 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Kate Stenberg, Lisa Moore: Time Flies

Virtuosi Kate Stenberg (violin) and Lisa Moore (piano) unite for a special concert on December 18 at the innovative San Francisco Center for New Music. Time Flies presents works composed by Philip Glass, Somei Satoh, Bay Area’s own Amy X Neuburg, Michael Gordon (Bang on a Can co-director), Martin Bresnick (celebrating his 70th birthday) and the Australian composer Kate Moore - the west coast premiere of her Sliabh Beagh (‘borderlands’) for a singing piano.  More...
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Sun 12/18 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)  More...
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Monday, December 19
Mon 12/19 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Celebrate the holidays with Oakland Freedom Jazz Society, and Ives-style deconstructed holiday melodies.  More...
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Wednesday, December 21
Wed 12/21 7:45 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
XOME vs Tralphaz
Cardigan clad singer songers know that if not for a millimeter of insulation, electrons will surge across the salt copper barrier jolting them into grotesque twitching puppets of highspeed meat. Noise legend, Xome, knows not just that sweaters are stupid but how to run the surge back both ways, bringing the entire city grid to heel. Once Xome hoists the electron gate off its hinges, look for Tralphaz playing tesla cats-cradle with the arcing waveforms steering them down our spines. Hopefully enough of us will show up to act as ground. Should be fun.

I Should Have Cut The Eyes Different
Put a mask on your mask and take a seat on that big velvet lap. Brutallo Sloumberfougx will unwrap a special cut of K Gordon Murray’s "Santa Claus" in Eastman Colorscope with super trio, I Should Have Cut the Eyes Different [Hans Grusel, Matt Ingalls, and Bran(...)Pos], leading the conga line straight into Santa's castle! Yes it’s really really really real.

A lampshade with four limbs protruding—five if you count the hockey stick—agitates a menagerie of electronics: a Roland GR 77 bass synth sprouts shag carpet between your toes, a Jayemsonic Resonator Neuronium blushes back at the lampshade, and that hockey stick bass starts hooking ankles. You start to hear field recordings of parades long past but still marching, pullstring electronic toys, and songs of the deceased while an impatient Sirkut SNB asks if we’re there yet.

Waxy Tomb
Julia Litman-Cleper is a San Francisco native specializing in bodily electronic alienation. Since sensory organs are one step from "knobs" interfacing us with external substance, now's the time we must seize the means of production. Reach into your waxy stuff, rearrange your dials, previct all landlords, and empty the mind jail. |  More...
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Thursday, December 22
Thu 12/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Jack Hertz - modular synthesizers
9pm Cosmists
CJ Borosque, Andrew Joron, Mark Pino, Thomas Harrison  More...
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Thursday, December 29
Thu 12/29 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Toaster (Todd Elliott - guitar/electronics)
9pm: Sheila Bosco (electronics), Matt Davignon (electronics) and Suki O'Kane (percussion)  More...
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Tuesday, January 3
Tue 1/03 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ned McGowan and Keiko Shichijo in concert

Ned McGowan and Keiko Shichijo play works by McGowan, Sciarrino, Lachenmann, Kondo and Ustvolskaya.  More...
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Tue 1/03 8:00 PM Yoshi's Oakland [510 Embarcadero West Oakland]
An exhilarating musical exploration by Resonance Jazz Ensemble launches a New Year with New Sound at Yoshi’s  More...
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Thursday, January 5
Thu 1/05 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
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Friday, January 6
Fri 1/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St San Francisco, CA 94102]
One of New York’s preeminent new music pianists/composers, Eleonor Sandresky brings us the West Coast Premiere of her evening-length work, The Wonder Suit Show: A Space Odyssey. Using live piano, NASA space recordings, and her invention, The Wonder Suit - a wearable, remote sensor interface integrating live electronics with the pianist’s movements - her performance transports the audience to outer space. Will be followed by a Center for New Music PRISM Series Q&A with the artist.  More...
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Sunday, January 8
Sun 1/08 3:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
LONG TONE CHOIR : winter  More...
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Sun 1/08 8:00 PM Victoria Theatre [2961 16th Street San Francisco]
The San Francisco Tape Music Festival: Works by Pauline Oliveros  More...
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Monday, January 9
Mon 1/09 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Beth Schenck's Social Stutter + Phillip Greenlief's Barbedwire  More...
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Tuesday, January 10
Tue 1/10 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:

I SHOULD HAVE CUT THE EYES DIFFERENT: unequal parts of the new music, noise, and electronic music underground
Thomas Day (Hans Grüsel’s Krankenkabinet), Matt Ingalls (sfSound), Jake Rodriguez (bran(…)pos)

Scott Amendola Trio: within and beyond the realm of jazz
Scott Amendola (drums/percussion/electronics), Jason Hoopes (electric bass), Karl Evangelista (electric guitar)

Fibers + Gargantius Effect: timbral improvisation and mechanized mayhem
Murray Campbell (violin, oboe and electronics), Randy McKean (reeds), Wes Steed (electronics), Kevin Corcoran (percussion)  More...
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Wednesday, January 11
Wed 1/11 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For our first show of 2017 we are excited to present Seth Cluett from NYC with Eric Glick Rieman and Jim Haynes.  More...
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Thursday, January 12
Thu 1/12 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
Artist Seth Cluett will present a live performance using sung and electronically generated sine tones, room acoustic phenomena, and recorded sound to explore the boundary between personal and communal listening. Constructing a focused, attentive perceptual space and an elastic, malleable experience of time, the sound world of this work is tensely suspended between full body immersion and brittle, sparse timelessness.  More...
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Thu 1/12 7:30 PM Tom's Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Fay Victor (voice, text), with Lisa Mezzacappa (string bass), Vijay Anderson (drums), India Cooke (violin)  More...
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Thu 1/12 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Dessen/Walton/Robinson/Greenlief
Scott Walton - double bass, Michael Dessen - trombone, Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Donald Robinson - drums
Tom Djll, Kanoko Nishi-Smith, John McCowen, Kyle Bruckmann  More...
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Friday, January 13
Fri 1/13 8:00 PM Peace United Church of Christ [900 High St. Santa Cruz, Calif.]
New music champions JACK Quartet collaborate with the Santa Cruz/Oakland-based Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) in a concert of new works for string quartet and contemporary American gamelan.  More...
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Sunday, January 15
Sun 1/15 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)  More...
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Tuesday, January 17
Tue 1/17 12:30 PM Old St. Mary's Cathedral [660 California St. San Francisco, CA]
E4TT and cellist, Anne Lerner- Wright, will perform music by their 2016 Call for Scores winners Klaus Miehling and Paulina Nazaykinskaya. Also on the program are works by Dutch composer Henriette Bosmans, Erich Korngold, Franz Waxman, and Gilbert Amy (France, b. 1936).  More...
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Tue 1/17 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries presents Ashley Walters  More...
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Thursday, January 19
Thu 1/19 7:30 PM Santa Clara University [900 Franklin Street Santa Clara, CA 95053]
In his latest set of “Intellectual Improperty” pieces, composer Bruno Ruviaro copies, borrows, and steals music from an eclectic mix of sources, including Bach, Chopin, the 20th century avant-garde, Brazilian bossa-nova, Beyonce, and more. The result is a collection of “Pós-Tudos,” twelve solo piano etudes in which the sources are sometimes hidden, sometimes teasingly recognizable. Pianist Kyle Adam Blair comes from San Diego to play them fresh out of the oven.  More...
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Thu 1/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm: Kim Nucci (electronics)
9pm: Kevin CK Lo (electronics)  More...
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Friday, January 20
Fri 1/20 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]

A host of Bay Area musicians and activists converge at Studio Grand for a special Inauguration Day protest event—a show of solidarity, personhood, and shared catharsis. The evening will be comprised of a series of improvised groupings of prominent local creative musicians, poets, and sound artists. The event will also serve as an opportunity to share relevant information regarding local activism, community outreach, and other miscellaneous survival strategies for the oncoming political and cultural regime. Attendees are invited to share thoughts and relevant information. Proceeds will be directed to charity.

Featuring: Vijay Anderson, Tim DeCillis, Nava Dunkelman, Karl Evangelista, Jordan Glenn, Ben Goldberg, Darren Johnston, Lewis Jordan, Kelley Kipperman, Bob LaDue, Joshua Marshall, Crystal Pascucci, Jakob Pek, Rent Romus, Marshall Trammell, Francis Wong  More...
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Saturday, January 21
Sat 1/21 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
Godwaffle Noise Pancakes featuring Telecaves & Damion Romero  More...
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Sat 1/21 7:30 PM Episcopal Church of the Incarnation [1750 29th Ave SF]
Eric Tran, pianist and composer, in a recital featuring music of Mozart, Tran, Adès, Busoni, and Beethoven. San Francisco based pianist-composer Eric Tran is known for his friendly stage manner, thoughtful programming, and bold risk-taking. He has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, as well as festivals in Europe. His principal studies were with pianists Sharon Mann, Thomas Schultz, and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Eric is a graduate of Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  More...
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Sat 1/21 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Ear-splitting trombone duo RAGE THORMBONES (Weston Olencki & Matt Barbier) shreds WORLDEATER by Timothy McCormack, and collaborates with Zachary James Watkins on a new piece.  More...
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Sat 1/21 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
Kyle Bruckmann and Composers from the Center for Contemporary Music. An evening of new electronic music (some with dance and acoustic instruments) by guest composer Kyle Bruckmann and Mills faculty composers Maggi Payne, Chris Brown, Les Stuck, James Fei, and John Bischoff.  More...
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Sat 1/21 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Colombo / Clay : Almanac Album Release Concert

Danny Clay and Joseph M. Colombo share their new album-length electronic collaboration, Almanac. Admission includes a free download, with a reception to follow.  More...
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Sunday, January 22
Sun 1/22 3:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, CA 94613]
Pauline Oliveros Tribute  More...
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Sun 1/22 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
CIPHER Duo: Voice + Violin  More...
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Monday, January 23
Mon 1/23 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
permutations012317: Battle Trance  More...
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Mon 1/23 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Ari Brown / Mark Brown plus Adams /Boisen/ Rowe  More...
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Tuesday, January 24
Tue 1/24 8:30 PM Elbo Room [647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110]
Grex, Cash Pony, VOCO Album Release Show

A shattering night of sounds at once beautiful, heavy, exotic, and strange, featuring Oakland art rock trio Grex, the return of psych rock heavy hitters Cash Pony, and experimental rock powerhouses VOCO (celebrating the release of their new album).

Grex: Karl Evangelista-gtr, Rei Scampavia-keys, Robert Lopez-dms
Cash Pony: Charles Lloyd/Owen Kelley-gtrs, Stephen A Wright-bass, Gabe Katz-dms
VOCO: Alex Yeung-gtr, Tim Sullivan-dms, Josh Martin-bass  More...
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Tue 1/24 9:00 PM Bottom of the Hill [1233 17th Street SF]
Broken Shadows, Jack o' the Clock, Ancient Baby  More...
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Wednesday, January 25
Wed 1/25 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
An Evening with Holly Bowling: The Music of Phish & the Grateful Dead Reimagined for Solo Piano  More...
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Thursday, January 26
Thu 1/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8pm Key West
Brian Pedersen-saxes, Sung Kim-ozukuri, Randylee Sutherland-drums
9pm Swimming in Bengal
Jed Brewer - gourd guitar, Rusi Gustafson - percussion
Tony Passarell - sax, flute, stand-up bass, harmonium, percussion  More...
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Friday, January 27
Fri 1/27 6:00 PM Presidio Officer's Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
E4TT and guest cellist Anne Lerner-Wright have put together a program to commemorate Holocaust Rememberance Day with selections from E4TT's cd "Surviving: Women's Words," submitted to the 59th Grammy Awards, plus works by Lajos Delej, Hans Winterberg, Sandor Vandor, Gyorgy Justus, Henriette Bosmans, Franz Waxman, and Erich Korngold.  More...
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Fri 1/27 7:00 PM Christ Church [2138 Cedar St., Berkeley]
Ensemble ARI plays contemporary music and late romantic. A premiere piece of Haeguem with piano trio!  More...
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Fri 1/27 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Einsteinium Quartet’s premiere of Shapeshift by Mario Godoy  More...
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Fri 1/27 8:30 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents a special tribute to Pauline Oliveros performed by sfSound and Rova Saxophone Quartet.  More...
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