Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery St.
San Francisco CA 94131  
A Book and Record store in Glen Park, San Francisco.

Also, The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (BBCLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with the mission to present, document and archive the creative work of significant living writers and musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, for a neighborhood audience and future generations. Established in 2007 to take over responsibility for an ever expanding slate of cultural programming at the bookshop (est. 1999), the BBCLP presents two live concert series each week, poetry readings twice a month, and many other cultural programs, and also publishes AMERARCANA, an annual literary review, now in its second issue.
Bird & Beckett Books and Records is located at 653 Chenery St. between Diamond and Castro in San Francisco’s Glen Park.

1 1/2 blocks from the Glen Park BART station and MUNI lines 23, 36, 44, 52 & J-Church.

By car, take the Monterey exit off I-280 South, or the Bosworth exit off I-280 North.

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, April 19 2018 7:30 PM
Bird & Beckett Books & Records presents

Lisa Mezzacappa Six

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

Bookstore Residency & Work-in-Progress Salons
Thursdays at 7:30pm
April 19
May 24
July 5
Sept 13

Concert Finale!
Sat Nov 3 7:30pm

Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa visits with her sextet for a five-concert residency this year, to develop a new suite of music inspired by Italo Calvino’s extraordinary Cosmicomics stories. Over a series of Thursday evening salons, she and her band of superlative improvisers will explore new musical material drawn from Calvino’s supremely imaginative musings on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos. The salon series, which runs from April through September, concludes with a premiere of the complete work on Saturday November 3. 

Mezzacappa’s sensibility as a composer embraces the full panorama of jazz sound and feeling, from bluesy grooves to abstract soundscapes, playful collective improvisation and richly layered melodies that blend electric and acoustic textures. Her last suite of music for this ensemble, avantNOIR, was drawn from crime novels by Hammett and Auster - and earned a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat Magazine last year.  

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