Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 
SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin Street (at Fell)
San Francisco CA 94102  

Founded in 1983, SFJAZZ presents the greatest names in jazz, Latin and other global music and nurtures the art of improvisation through its year-round concert, commissioning and education programs. The West Coast’s biggest jazz presenter serves about 200,000 fans and students every year.
https://www.sfjazz.org/

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, November 29 2018 7:30 PM
Laurie Anderson’s Songs For Women with Tammy Hall
The first part of the Laurie Anderson series was inspired by the composer Tammy Hall’s beautiful piece “For Miss Jones”. Anderson thought it would be interesting to do a collection of pieces written for women and make it into a celebration that crosses back and forth from jazz to stories to electronics.  More...

Saturday, December 1 2018 7:30 PM
Laurie Anderson’s Songs For Men with Scott Amendola
“I realized I’ve also written a lot of things for and about men and I asked the amazing Scott Amendola to join me in an evening of improv. Some of the greatest experts on women are men and of course vice versa so I’m hoping for some lively mash ups.”  More...

Sunday, December 2 2018 7:00 PM
Laurie Anderson’s Scenes From My Radio Play with Fred Frith
Scenes from My Radio Play is themes and variations on the characters and situations in the play. Guitarist Fred Frith will join Anderson in invoking hypnosis, memory, old juke joints, canoe trips and love.  More...

Friday, May 10 2019 4:00 PM
SFCMP Performances at the CROSSROADS Series
Guerrilla Sounds: Julius Eastman’s Legacy

In our "at the CROSSROADS Series," we celebrate together the work of legacy composers alongside cutting-edge voices from across generations: By meeting at these generational crossroads we reveal how the latest works are grounded in timeless questions.

Inspired by Julius Eastman’s politically powerful and sonically persuasive works "Stay on It" and "Gay Guerrilla," we launch into our cross-generational "at the CROSSROADS Series" with two major commissions. One is a new work by Sidney Corbett, an American composer living in Germany best known for his theatrical and emotionally powerful compositions. Also featured is an SFCMP commission from Bay Area composer, pianist, and improviser Myra Melford, featuring herself as improvising piano soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. SFCMP will premiere a new piece by exciting Brazilian-Californian composer Fernanda Aoki Navarro, while LJ White offers his own version of the interplay between freedom and structure in a work for solo violin and electronics. SFCMP also sponsors its 3rd Annual SF Search for young composers—this time writing for trios of players drawn from the instrumental forces for Myra Melford’s premiere—to complete the multi-generational portrait.

SCHEDULE

FRI, MAY 10, 2019
4:00pm-5:15pm How Music is Made Program: Open dress rehearsal of “New Work” by Corbett followed by a composer talk hosted by Eric Dudley
6:45pm Pre-concert discussion with SFCMP Players
7:30pm Concert

PROGRAM

Julius Eastman, "Stay on It" (1973)
clarinet, saxophone, 2 percussion (drums & vibraphone), piano, violin, cello

Fernanda Aoki Navarro, "New Work" (2018) (World premiere)
flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello

LJ White, "fly, into the light" (2013) (West coast premiere)
solo vln + electronics

Sidney Corbett, "New Work" (2018) (SFCMP Commission, world premiere)
clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet, tuba, e.guitar, harp, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello

SCHEDULE

SAT, MAY 11, 2019
4:00pm-5:15pm How Music is Made Program: Open dress rehearsal of “New Work” by Melford followed by a composer talk hosted by Eric Dudley
6:45pm Pre-concert discussion with SFCMP Players
7:30pm Concert

PROGRAM

SF Search composer, TBD (2018)
flutes, percussion, cello

SF Search composer, TBD (2018)
flutes, percussion, cello

SF Search composer, TBD (2018)
flutes, percussion, cello

Julius Eastman, "Gay Guerrilla" (1979)
2 pianos

Myra Melford, "New Work" (2018) (SFCMP Commission, world premiere)
flute/alto flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, percussion, harp, 2 pianos, violin, viola, cello, double bass  More...