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:
Saturday, February 24 2018 8:00 PM
ClusterFunk Vol. 9: Make Funk not Love

Live music and some of the best stand-up comedy in the Bay Area.  More...

Sunday, February 25 2018 5:00 PM
TAWIL & KHOURY talk Atlas, Entropy Stereo, Detroit New Music, and the Arab-American Avant Garde

TAWIL & KHOURY is the duo of Leyya Mona Tawil and Mike Khoury (Detroit). They have collaborated since 2006 in the interest of seeking the intersection between choreography, composition and improvisation. This artist talk is on the heels of their performance of Atlas at The Lab (Feb 24th). Khoury will discuss his Detroit-based label and venue Entropy Stereo and the music landscape of the area. The duo will also discuss their collaborative process, and their research within the Arab-American Avant Garde.  More...

Saturday, March 3 2018 8:00 PM

Returning to San Francisco’s Center for New Music for their first concert of 2018, sfSoundGroup presents an evening of experimental and open form compositions with guest composer/performer DAN JOSEPH.

The program will include the late PAULINE OLIVEROS’ classic text score "Earth Ears", Joseph’s "Notes & Queries", selections from Los Angeles based composer MICHAEL PISARO'S "harmony series", and sfSound’s own "Tinnitus Insect Volume Knobs" project that explores the psychoacoustic phenomena of "difference tones" by performing only closely-tuned pitches above 1000Hz.

Appearing in the Bay Area for the first time since 2014, Joseph will perform on hammer dulcimer, with musicians of the sfSoundGroup.

Dan Joseph, hammer duclimer
Erik Ulman, violin
Monica Scott, cello
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
John Ingle, saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Diane Grubbe, flute
Tom Dambly, trumpet
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe and english horn

DAN JOSEPH is a composer, performer, writer and curator based in New York City. For the past fifteen years, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music and he is active as a performer with his own chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various improvisational collaborations and as a soloist. He produces the monthly music and sound series Musical Ecologies in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and is a contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail, Musicworks Magazine and In 2017, the venerable New York based new music label XI Records released a 2 CD retrospective of his electroacoustic and mixed-media works titled Electroacoustic Works.  More...

Sunday, March 4 2018 2:00 PM
Friction Commissioning Party!

Come out and celebrate the launch of the Friction Commissioning Initiative and help raise funds for six exciting new music commissions. Friction will be performing some of their favorite existing pieces from each of their Initiative composers. All proceeds from this event will be used for commissioning ,and as a thank you, all attendees will receive a Friction Quartet "New Music Champion" sticker!  More...

Friday, March 9 2018 6:00 PM
Opening Reception: The Universal Music of Dr. UM, Works by Darrell DeVore

Come and celebrate the inspiring life of musician, instrument maker, graphic artist, wordsmith and philosophizer Darrell DeVore with music, dance and spoken word. Guest artists include George Brooks, Emily Klion, Sally Davis, Jim Zeno, Megan Bierman, Kim Epifano, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Steve Shain, and additional guests.  More...

Saturday, March 10 2018 8:00 PM
Elevate Ensemble Presents: Old Girls Club

Elevate Ensemble is excited to present an all-female program, featuring music by a handful of the many innovative women composers who deserve to be heard more broadly. Featured composers include Lisa Bielawa, Julie Barwick, Tania León, Edie Hill, and Jocelyn Hagen, presented in conjunction with curator Emma Logan at the Center for New Music.  More...

Thursday, March 15 2018 8:00 PM
ensemble proton bern: One Night Only

ensemble proton bern is one of the leading Swiss ensembles for contemporary music performance. In this one-night-only show in San Francisco, they will perform works by the Swiss composers Feldmann, Krebs, Rosenberger and Wyttenbach as well as the stand-out compositions from their residences at Stanford University and UC Berkeley.  More...

Friday, March 16 2018 7:00 PM
Free As AIR: Celebrating 30 Years of Asian Improv aRts

$100 Benefactor, $50 General, $25 Members

Join Asian Improv aRts (AIR) co-founders Jon Jang (piano) and Francis Wong (saxophone) for an evening of live jazz and reflection on 30 years of music and activism. Combining radical politics, community organizing, and virtuosic musicianship, Asian Improv aRts has given form to cultural progression through three decades of creative music. AIR enters its fourth decade as one of the jewels of the Bay Area's new music scene -- join us in honoring their achievements at this special event, the proceeds of which will benefit the Center for New Music.  More...

Saturday, March 24 2018 8:00 PM
Miolina: All Good Is Luck

NYC-based violin duo Miolina, a member of New Music USA's Impact Cohort, presents 'All Good Is Luck,' a program of works highlighting East Coast and West Coast women composers. Premieres and new arrangements of acoustic and electroacoustic works by Lynn Bechtold, Eve Beglarian, Melissa Grey, Mari Kimura, Emma Logan, Jessica Meyer, Angélica Negrón, and Rain Worthington will be featured.  More...

Sunday, March 25 2018 7:30 PM
HUSH Series — Daniel Corral’s Polytope (NorCal Premiere)

Daniel Corral’s Polytope exists somewhere between a string quartet, Kraftwerk, James Turrell, and an Indonesian dhalang (master shadow puppeteer). A multimedia electronic piece for a live MIDI quartet performed entirely in darkness, it combines just intonation and hypnotic rhythms with colorful live feed projections acting as a visual score.  More...

Photo Albums (click to view photos):
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.