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, September 23 2017 8:00 PM
Eric Glick Rieman w/ Knitting Ensemble

Eric Glick Rieman works with composition in an area that embraces graphic scores and more traditional techniques in the Experimental Music continuum. To make the patterns of his scores, he has worked with animals such as snails and cats. He also just makes stuff up.

This incarnation of the Knitting Ensemble includes
Eric Glick Rieman: prepared Rhodes electric piano
Brett Carson: piano
Nava Dunkelman: percussion
Suki O'Kane: percussion
Jakob Pek: guitar

My work is about sound and sounds. I like to listen, and I hope my work evokes this in a listener. In this performance, I’ll be performing on a prepared and modified Rhodes electric piano, an instrument with which I’ve been working since 1998. I think of my music as residing simultaneously in tonal and noisy spaces. In this performance, I’ll be joined by some of my musical friends, playing compositions of mine, who like to reside in a similar musical space.  More...

Sunday, September 24 2017 12:00 PM
Phonochrome: Banned Books Solidarity Concert

Join Phonochrome for Sunday coffee and a musical exploration of censorship in solidarity with Banned Books Week. This thoughtful and creative program features works by notably blacklisted artists Aaron Copland and Dorothy Parker, controversial songs made famous by Billie Holiday and Maya Angelou, and music inspired by banned literature such as Alice in Wonderland and Pierre Louys' sensual Chansons de Bilitis, among others. Post-concert book reception by The Green Arcade.  More...

Monday, September 25 2017 7:00 PM
Ehnahre: The Marrow, with Kyle Bruckmann and Friends

The Boston based ensemble Ehnahre has been pioneering an effort to rethink and redefine what metal, extreme, and new music can be since their debut release in 2008, to equal parts acclaim and condemnation for their sins against the tradition. Originally conceived of as a one-off recording project, the artistic success of the first session inspired the group to forge ahead, and it has evolved over time from a weirdo death metal outfit into an extreme new music ensemble that employs an unlimited variety of techniques, instrumentation, and atmospheres. While the ensemble retains a vestigial tail of their formative elements, they are always in search of innovative and interesting new approaches, concepts and projects to give life to. On their current tour, Ehnahre will be performing music from their newest and most adventurous record to date, The Marrow, with core members Ryan Mcguire (vocals, contrabass), Richard Chowenhill (guitars), and Joshua Carro (percussion, electronics).  More...

Tuesday, September 26 2017 7:00 PM
Composer Meetup  More...

Thursday, September 28 2017 7:30 PM
Isaac Pond’s Instrument Unveiling Party

After many months of developing prototypes and raising money, Percussionist and inventor, Isaac Pond will be unveiling his unique percussive invention that utilizes air, water and motion to manipulate sound in a unique way. The concert will feature Isaac Pond playing his invention along with guest appearances by members of KingKongzilla, accompanying percussion and Bansuri flute by Aharon Wheels Bolsta. Isaac Pond is known for playing drum set for an Sf Psychedelic funk rock band called KingKongZilla as well as his original compositions under the name Astral Planes band. Aharon has a background in traditional Indian music and plays a large array of percussion instruments and woodwinds.  More...

Friday, October 6 2017 8:00 PM
A Woman’s Point of View – An Evening of Art Song with Winnie Nieh and Paul Dab

Experience love, loss, struggle, strength and Mother Nature with soprano Winnie Nieh and pianist Paul Dab in “A Woman’s Point of View”. A graduate of Harvard, known for her “impeccably pure and heart-breaking” voice, Winnie Nieh has participated in The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, performed with celebrated collaborative pianist Graham Johnson at Songfest, appeared as a soloist with the legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart as well as in a staged Schubert-Goethe Lieder production at the Austrian Embassy in D.C. Pianist Paul Dab is a champion of chamber music, as both co-founder and performer of the Fête Concert Series, and as a performer with multiple Bay Area organizations, including Opera Theater Unlimited, Opera on Tap, Opera Cultura, and Cinnabar Theater. This hour-long program featuring distinguished female composers, past and present, is sure to delight!


“Sechs Lieder, Op.13” by Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Composed in the first years of her long-awaited marriage to Robert Schumann, these Lieder explore themes beloved by the German romantics, found in the poetry of Emanuel Geibel, Heinrich Heine and Friedrich Rückert.

“Songs from Letters” by Libby Larsen (b.1950): These rough-tough words, set brilliantly by Larsen, reveal Calamity Jane’s struggle to explain herself honestly to her daughter Janey.

“Songs from The Book of Light” by Emma Logan (b.1990): Set to three poems by Lucille Clifton, Logan poignantly sheds light on the inner struggle and strength of women.

“Nature Songs” by Julie Barwick (b.1983): Through the sharp imagery of poet Janet Lewis, Barwick’s songs vividly describe the wonders of nature.

“When You Are Old” by Rita Zhang (b.1990): Zhang elegantly portrays the pain and bittersweet nature of poet William Butler Yeats’ unrequited love for Irish revolutionary, suffragette and actress, Maud Gonne.


Soprano Winnie Nieh (pronounced “near”) graduated from Harvard and received Associate diplomas from Trinity College London in piano, violin and voice at ages 13, 14 and 15. Gifted with perfect pitch and a “well-focused”, “impeccably pure and heart-breaking” voice “able to soar above piano or orchestra”, she has performed for Justice Sotomayor and appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Austrian Embassy, as well as in Germany, Canada, South Korea and Hong Kong. She made her European solo debut with legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling in Bach’s Cantata BWV 147. She won First Place in St. Andrews Arts Council (Canada)’s International Aria Competition, Third Place & Audience Favorite in Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition, and was a National Finalist in New York Lyric Opera’s Competition. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Grammy winning, male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer.

Paul Dab has been a dedicated musician since his grandparents first took him to piano lessons at the age of four. He teaches private lessons at the San Francisco Community Music Center and works in classrooms as a teaching artist with the San Francisco Opera Guild. He co-founded and performs regularly on the Fête Concert Series in venues around the Bay Area. He also performs with Opera Theater Unlimited, Opera on Tap, Opera Cultura, and Cinnabar Theater. Paul received his Master of Music degree in May 2014 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teacher was Dr. Sharon Mann. In 2011 Paul graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he studied piano with Dr. Craig Nies. During his time there, Paul worked as a staff accompanist, was part of a trio that won the Tennessee Music Teachers Association chamber music competition, and received the Gall-Martin Collaborative Arts Scholarship. He has studied at conservatories in Vienna, Austria and Glasgow, Scotland and participated in festivals in New York and North Carolina. Paul is passionate about engaging the community in classical music and has worked in educational outreach at Contemporary Jewish Museum, Cypress String Quartet, and Nashville Symphony.  More...

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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.