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:
Friday, June 3 2022 8:00 PM
Citta di Vitti plays music inspired by the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, composed by Phillip Greenlief, and performed by Greenlief, Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis.

Phillip Greenlief: "Several years ago (2007, if i am not mistaken), I wrote nearly 40 fragments while watching Michelangelo Antonioni's trilogy: L'AVVENTURA, LA NOTTE, L'ECLISSE, featuring the great Italian actor Monica Vitti. The music was inspired by the films in a big way, and in particular i was interested in the way Antonioni uses setting as a character, or how the environments might reflect or influence the narrative.

Once I developed the fragments into compositions, I contacted Lisa and Jason ... for many years they had worked as DUO B, and so it was irresistible to chose a bass and drum unit that had already established a deep report and a creative approach to composition.

A few years went by, and Jason moved to Berlin. a few more years went by and he returned to the bay area, and now (2022) we have once again set out to make this music come alive. The compositions are as wildly divergent as Antonioni's themes, settings, and moods. the connective tissue is Vitti herself, and again, the way environment influences action. the trilogy explores the difficulty of maintaining lasting relationships, and - I hope - this ephemeral quality is embedded into the music."
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Friday, June 10 2022 8:00 PM
Pianist and Deconstruction Worker Andrew Barnes Jamieson's 777th daily keyboard improvisation since the start of the covid-19 pandemic will at Center for New Music!

He will improvise as a soloist, as well as improvise and perform musical deconstructions with Zach Hazen and Roger Kim. With the re-use of the recognizable melodies, and harmonic and rhythmic patterns associated with pop and folk music, they invite the audience to examine and reimagine conventions of community, listening, and sound-making.

Andrew Barnes Jamieson is a pianist, composer and arranger, based in Oakland, California. He is passionately dedicated to various musical traditions all at once: Gospel, jazz, classical music, free improvisation, experimentation and the avant-garde. He fell in love with Black gospel and worship traditions playing at churches throughout the Chicago area, while earning his BM in composition at Northwestern University’s School of Music. Aiming to highlight, challenge, and deconstruct white supremacy and other injustice in musical and faith institutions, he has been active in free improvisation groups in the Bay Area after graduating from Mills College with an MA in composition. He has also performed over 700 of #1000improvisations (1000 planned daily improvisational keyboard livestreams since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic), founded the avant-gospel Trouble Ensemble and, along with Tom Bickley, the All Ears Interfaith Sangha, based on Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening practices, and serves as music director for community worship at Pacific School of Religion and as a keyboardist at City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland.


Roger Kim is a multidisciplinary artist who tells stories with text, music, moving graphics, dance, and interactive electronics.

He has performed and exhibited with REDCAT, the YBCA New Frequencies Festival, CultureHub LA, Re-Fest, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Aperture Duo, the Westben Performer/Composer Residency and the California Institute of the Arts. He has received grants and awards from UC Berkeley, CultureHub LA, SFCMP, and the California Institute of the Arts.

Roger earned a BA in music at UC Berkeley under Myra Melford, and an MFA in music performance and composition from the California Institute of the Arts under Eyvind Kang, Tom Leeser, Nicholas Deyoe, and Francesca Penzani. Roger studied traditional Korean music with a grant from UC Berkeley. His teachers in Korea include Ji Soonja, Scarlett Choi, Kim Dongwon, Moon Soohyeon, and Yeon Jeho.
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Sunday, June 12 2022 4:00 PM
Music by Ted Allen with dance on video by Barbara Mahler; also two new pieces by Andy Evans, and 'Lux Perpetua' by Xopher Davidson.

SSSS is a monthly, informal show at CNM in which electronic music composers present their fixed media and/or live electronic music through the 8-channel surround system, generously provided by Meyer Sound. The composers mix their sounds from the center of the space, and the audience is free to choose their own listening location, and to move within the space to hear the music from different vantage points.


1) Ted Allen and Barbara Mahler: "Within the thickness of the space, she moves"

2) Andy Evans: "Bumblebees"

3) Xopher Davidson: "Lux Perpetua"



Many of Ted Allen’s (b. 1957) compositions reflect his California upbringing in their invocation of California’s environment and social history. Ted’s California works include Mendocino Coast September 2020 for chorus, the electronic piece South Fork Kings River, May 2021 and all the repertoire for his electro-acoustic sextet, The Incendiary Cycle.

Ted’s music has been performed by San Francisco Choral Artists, San Francisco Bach Choir, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Jose Choral Project, New Jersey All State Chorus, Galax Quartet, and the University of South Dakota Chamber Orchestra. His string metal composition, Fire in the Forge, is a best seller in the school music market. Dozens of school orchestras have uploaded their performances of the piece to YouTube. His work has been supported by ASCAP Grants to Young Composers, Meet the Composer, New York Foundation for the Arts, and IntermusicSF.

After completing his education at Pomona College and the Yale School of Music, Ted spent 10 years in the music business in New York City. He returned to California in 1991, where he wrote video game scores and contributed two orchestrations to the Metallica/San Francisco Symphony collaboration S&M. In 1999, Ted embarked on a 22 year second career directing high school music ensembles.

Barbara Mahler is a long standing and active member of the NYC dance community, working as a choreographer, performer, movement educator, and body worker.

As a choreographer, she works with subtle and intricate movement, time and architecture. Her choreography is consistent with her teaching vision and work. Her passion is/has been the solo dance—its challenges, its simplicity. Her work has been seen during numerous NDA Performance Mixes, with Movement Research at the Judson Church, at JCPA, Queen’s Theater, and Flushing Town Hall, Queensboro Dance Festival, Green Space, DTW, BKSD, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, others.

Barbara has been an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research since 2005, her process and products receiving support as an ongoing faculty member. She was a 2001 and 2006 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She has been an Artist-in-Residence in Conception, Chile, Gothenburg, Sweden, and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Barbara was a recipient of an NDA Lift Off Residency and a recipient of two NDA Satellite Pandemic Residencies, creating snippets of dances for future projects. She was a guest with Adrienne Clancy Dance Works, a guest teacher at the University of Milwaukee, the University of Minnesota and at Wilson College, Pennsylvania. She has been a frequent visitor to Minneapolis for teaching and performing. As a teacher and body worker (Zero Balancing), she has traveled in the US and internationally to Canada, Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, South America, and Iceland.

Special thanks to my teachers and friends many-in particular; Dorothy Vislicky, Susan Klein, Dr. Fritz Smith, Simone Ferro, Jana Feinstein, Karen Bernard, Valerie Green. My saving grace during the pandemic were my daily Zoom Klein technique classes. for more details and information, as well as class and workshop schedules/

Andy Evans grew up in Napa, California, and played cello since the age of six. He first became interested in synthesizers at age thirteen, having become a fan of Depeche Mode, Cause and Effect, and Enya. He learned Max/MSP and Supercollider at Mills College, where is currently wrapping up his first year as a graduate student.

Xopher Davidson’s work is an ongoing exploration into the material of sound , building his experiments in electronic sound from a basis in painting, photography, and film, and through an interest in electronic circuits going back to building radios and homemade circuits as a kid.Over a course of the last 11 years he has built and explored the sound world of a homebrew modular synthesizer comprised of surplus laboratory equipment: various oscillators, pulse generators, filters and an 'analog computer. He has released 4 albums as ANTIMATTER : Transfixion, Antimatter Vs. Antimatter, Our Lady of the Skies, and Reset.

As an audio engineer, Davidson has worked on projects composed / performed by: the League of Automatic Composers, Chris Brown, John Bischoff, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Subtropic, Diamanda Galas, Kid 606, DJ Rupture, Darwin's Bitch, Once 11, Mix MasterMike, Hans Grusel, Phoenecia, Jonah Sharp, We, Zbigniew Karkowski, and Iannis Xenakis.
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Saturday, October 8 2022 8:00 PM
This will be the fifth full-concert collaboration featuring Christina Braun, solo dancer, and Tom Nunn, instrument inventor and improviser. Skatchdance is embodied imagination through our conversation in movement and sound. Performance will be live (not streamed) and will be enhanced with lighting design and live sound mix.
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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.