Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco CA 94110  
(415) 647-6015

Community Music Center was founded on the philosophy that age, ethnic background and income level must never be obstacles to participation in the life-enhancing qualities of a music education. The Community Music Center is a community resource where the study of music is a cherished undertaking and the program is based on excellence, diversity, and accessibility. The Community Music Center occupies an historic Victorian in the Mission District of San Francisco with a branch in the Richmond District area and extension programs throughout the city.

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, July 22 2018 5:00 PM
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
Touch the Gear Expo
Outsound's original public event Touch the Gear is a hands-on, family-friendly event that allows the public to roam among 25-30 musicians and inventors with their various different configurations of “gear”--everything from oscillators and electronics, to planks of wood with strings attached. All attendees get to ask questions, make sound and experience how the instruments work, in an environment that demystifies technology while inspiring creativity.

Current Exhibitors:
• L.J. Altvater - tape-loop/effects-pedals
• Hugh Behm-Steinberg - CD turntable and effects
Amanda Chaudhary - analog modular synthesizer, theremin
• Andrew of Chopstick - Pro One, modular and homemade synthesizers
Tom Djll - small electronic devices including mixers, filters, effects, pickups, etc.
• R Duck - synthesizer
• Tom Duff - surprises
• Tammy Duplantis - game boys
• Bart Hopkin - invented instruments
• Jeff Klukowski (Alphastare)- modular synthesizers etc.
David Leikam - Moog Rogue analog synthesizer
• Dania Luck - laptop with midi-controller running super-collider
Collette McCaslin - percussion, small instruments
• Andy Puls - homemade synthesizer
• Jess Rowland - cell phones and controller
• Gabby Wen - electronics
Peter Whitehead - invented instruments

Free Admission

Monday, July 23 2018 8:30 PM
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
"The Breath Courses Through Us"
a documentary film about the New York Art Quartet
directed by Alan Roth

featuring: Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Milford Graves, Reggie Workman, Amiri Baraka
with: Steve Lacy, Pierre Dørge, Ben Young

The Breath Courses Through Us" (2013) is a documentary film about the early 1960s avant-garde jazz group, the New York Art Quartet.
The film focuses on the group’s 35-year reunion, while reaching back through their recollections of their foundations and innovative musical ideas. The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of this group, and a revolutionary period in jazz music, which declared its existence in the October Revolution in Jazz, in October 1964.
"The Breath Courses Through Us" mirrors the newly open improvisationary style of “free jazz” that subverted the traditional structure of jazz. Unfolding in free time and enveloped in their music, the film helps the viewer better understand the human element of the creative process, by focusing on their interactions in the present.
The New York Art Quartet was a pioneering jazz group in the early 1960s. Consisting of John Tchicai (saxophone), Roswell Rudd (trombone) and Milford Graves (percussion), the group formed in 1964 and lasted only until the end of 1965. This core of three worked with many bass players, including Reggie Workman. Poet Amiri Baraka often read his poetry at their gigs, and read his famous poem, Black Dada Nihilismus, on the group’s first album. Both Workman and Baraka joined the New York Art Quartet for the group’s reunion and are featured in this film as well. The late saxophonist Steve Lacy, guitarist Pierre Dørge of the New Jungle Orchestra (Denmark), and WKCR jazz historian Ben Young puts everything into historical perspective.

Tuesday, July 24 2018 7:30 PM
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
'Sonic Foundry III' a night of sonic invention with
Tim Thompson - Space Palette Pro
Pet the Tiger Inventors Collective

Tim Thompson has been inventing unique interactive instruments for almost 20 years. His creations explore technology as an enabler for complexity and extending human capability. His latest and greatest creation is the Space Palette Pro, which uses four Sensel Morphs to create an audio/video instrument with unprecedented control and capability.
Tim Thompson is a software engineer, musician, and installation artist. He worked at Bell Labs and AT&T for 20 years in New Jersey, and for Network Appliance in Silicon Valley for 9 years. He is interested in programming languages, algorithmic composition, networked collaboration, atypical controllers, event-driven graphics generation, and realtime video processing.

David Samas, Bart Hopkin, Peter Whitehead, Daniel Schmidt, Stephen Parris and Ian Saxton
Pet the Tiger Inventors Collective is an San Francisco Bay Area ensemble led by David Samas that plays in a wide variety of idioms exploring new timbral dimensions through extended techniques, new instruments, xenharmonics, and fringe acoustic phenomena. They will present new composition for their Harmonic Series Gamelan entitled "Music for Fairies and Elves", original incidental music for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Harmonic Series Gamelan is a collection of instruments are tuned to the 8th octave of the Schumann Cavity Resonance (62.4 Hertz/ B1+19). Pet the Tiger declares, “It is fundamental to the physics of sound and can be observed widely in nature (which is not true of any other tuning). It is entirely comprised of the lost order just intonation ratios and is un-tempered, meaning there are no commas, and no false octave equivalency. In this way it is pure, natural sound.” The instruments are inspired by the work of Bill Colvig and Lou Harrison, and were assembled in honor of their centenaries in 2017.

Wednesday, July 25 2018 12:00 AM
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
'The Art of Noise' a night of sonic exploration with

Shanna Sordahl - cello/electronics, Robert Lopez - drums/percussion
SO AR is a collaboration between electronic musician/cellist Shanna Sordahl and percussionist Robert Lopez. The project emphasizes the musical transformation of spaces through the ritual of performance, and breathes deeply into the potential that music, sound, and gathering can, and do, hold in our lives. In addition to crafting composition for site-specific performances, the performers employ techniques such as repetition, rhythmic exchange, and timbral manipulation in their realization of these aims. “SO AR continues to explore what it is to enliven – to sound – spaces, instruments, bodies, and minds,” according to the performers.

Chandra Shukla created XAMBUCA before performing a debut performance in Berkeley, CA on April 20, 1995 came up with the nonsensical moniker. He formed them from letters left over from a Scrabble game that spelled out what has come to be known as 'XAMBUCA'.
It was this that prompted the need for a name and the beginnings of an ongoing collaborative project that was completely free of genre, form, context or musicality with a rotating arsenal of sonic guests. Though now in 2018, the lineup for XAMBUCA consists solely of Chandra Shukla (sound) and sometimes collaborations with Geo Lynx (video). XAMBUCA has performed internationally and continues to produce, record and perform live. The symbol of XAMBUCA is the 'x' that marks the spot appearing on every product and stemming from the likes of chromosomes to tuning forks and is a brand logo to be recognized , everywhere. One of those symbols that you've felt you've seen before but weren't quite sure where. Many derivative and copycat logos have emerged since its inception in 1995 either by mere coincidence or sheer plagiarism. XAMBUCA strives to give emphasis to its art both sonically and visually.

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Thursday, July 26 2018 7:30 PM
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
'CarneyVal' a night celebrating the memory of Ralph Carney, a saxophonist and pillar of the San Francisco Bay Area music community for 28 years with
The Ralph Carney Memorial Octet
Rubber City

The Ralph Carney Memorial Octet has come together for the Summit in memory of Ralph Carney, a saxophonist and pillar of the San Francisco Bay Area music community for 28 years. The band will evoke his sounds and boundless energy, while embracing the musicians who loved, admired, and collaborated with him. Formed especially for this concert, the Octet unites the best players in the Bay Area to play new arrangements of Ralph's compositions - featuring material and members of his Serious Jass Project. David Slusser and Richard Saunders from Rubber City will join Karina Denike and Michael McIntosh from the Serious Jass Project, along with reedists Rent Romus and Phillip Greenlief (also the arranger), Myles Boisen on guitar, and Suki O'Kane on drums.

Ohio expatriates David Slusser and the late Ralph Carney with Chris Ackerman created the band Rubber City to pay tribute to their rust belt beginnings in Akron Ohio. Slusser, Carney, and drummer Chris Ackerman all barely escaped Ohio without gross disfigurements from industrial accidents to make music on the West Coast. This version of Rubber city will pay tribute to the recently departed Ralph Carney featuring alto saxophonist Sheldon Brown and bassist Richard Saunders filling out the quartet.
David Slusser - saxophones, Sheldon Brown - saxophones, Chris Ackerman - drums Richard Saunders - double bass

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Friday, July 27 2018 7:30 PM
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
'Night of Stone' a night of exploratory rock and psychedelia with
Dire Wolves

"Since 2009, San Francisco’s Dire Wolves have put out something like ten full-lengths (including the wonderfully titled The Creator Has a Faster Van), two splits, contributed to a handful of comps, and have been the temporary shelter of twenty-something players. It will not surprise you to find out that they play a loose and perpetually evolving brand of music that is probably most easily classified as psych, but with its trilling woodwinds and droning violins has more in common with the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders (dig that title once again) than the peaky wig-outs of, like, Iron Butterfly." (Flood)
Sheila Bosco - drum kit, Brian Lucas - bass,
Jeffrey Alexander - guitarmagoria + moog + wooden sax, Arjun Mendiratta - violin

CDP (Census Designated Place) is a Bay Area avant-jazz/funk ensemble led by Amanda Chaudhary. They weave together the diverse strands of Mwandishi-era Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine Six and Seven, and Sun Ra’s late 1970s studio recordings. Live performances move effortlessly between snappy “jingles" and extended improvisations backed by tight, driving rhythms. As far out as it sometimes gets, CDP never loses the thread of the melody or the humor.
Amanda Chaudhary - keyboards/synth, Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone, Tom Djll - trumpet/synth, Mark Pino -drums

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Saturday, July 28 2018 7:30 PM
17th Annual Outsound New Music Summit
The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
'Ask the Ages' a celebration of ecstatic expression and introspection with
KREation Ensemble featuring Marilyn Crispell
Bobby Bradford's Brass 'n' Bass

The KREation Ensemble (Kevin Robinson Ensemble) will present a work entitled "Through the Twisting Prisms" for The 17th Annual Outsound Summit. The KREation Ensemble is led by saxophonist /composer Kevin Robinson and will feature innovator and pioneer pianist Marilyn Crispell. "Through the Twisting Prisms" is a collection of intervallic, rhythmic, harmonic labyrinths and mazes that explore ideas convergence, expansion, contraction and meditation. It highlights the compositional approach that Kevin Robinson has been crystallizing throughout his artistic and spiritual practice. His approach explores concepts of circular motion and elastic symmetry to reflect overlapping paths in life. Kevin Robinson - tenor saxophone, Lee Hodel - Acoustic Bass, and Tony Gennaro - Drums
Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra, as well as a member of the Henry Grimes Trio, Quartet Noir (with Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Joelle Leandre), and Anders Jormin's Bortom Quintet. In 2005 she performed and recorded with the NOW Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada and in 2006 she was co-director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute and a faculty member at the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz. In 2014 she led a three-week music residency at the Atlantic Center For the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and in 2016 led a one-week residency at the Conservatory Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires.Besides working as a soloist and leader of her own groups, Crispell has performed and recorded extensively with well-known players on the American and international jazz scene. She's also performed and recorded music by contemporary composers Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Manfred Niehaus and Anthony Davis (including four performances of his opera "X" with the New York City Opera).In addition to playing, she has taught improvisation workshops and given lecture/demonstrations at universities and art centers in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and has collaborated with videographers, filmmakers, dancers and poets.

Bobby Bradford Theo Padouvas - cornet, Scott Walton, Bill Noertker - double bass
Outsound Presents is happy to facilitate the debut performance of Bobby Bradford's Brass 'n' Bass, an ensemble which brings together Southern California based cornet legend Bobby Bradford and Bay Area/Northern California creative music stalwarts Scott Walton and Bill Noertker on bass and Theo Padouvas on cornet.
One of the best trumpeters to emerge from the avant-garde, Bobby Bradford largely fulfilled the potential of Don Cherry (whose chops declined through the years due to the amount of time allocated to performing on flute and other instruments). Bradford grew up in Dallas, playing trumpet locally with such local players as Cedar Walton and David Newman. In 1953, he moved to Los Angeles where he met and played with Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. Bradford spent time in the military and in school before becoming Don Cherry's replacement with the Ornette Coleman Quartet in 1961-1963, a period when the group unfortunately rarely worked. After moving to Los Angeles, Bradford became a school teacher and also began a longtime association with clarinetist John Carter; his mellow trumpet blended in well with Carter's dissonant flights. He recorded with Ornette Coleman in 1971, but otherwise is best known for his playing and recordings with Carter. Since the clarinetist's death, Bradford frequently led a quintet (the Mo'tet) featuring Vinny Golia and occasionally Marty Ehrlich. In the '90s, he also performed with John Stevens' Freebop, the David Murray Octet, and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. - Scott Yanow

Bassist Bill Noertker first encountered Bradford in the early 1980s in Bobby’s African-American Music History class. Among many lessons imparted, two especially stand out: the importance of developing one’s individual voice on one’s chosen instrument; and the importance of composing music in way that encourages each instrumentalist to maintain their individual voice.
Scott Walton is a bassist and pianist whose music negotiates the terrain between jazz, free improvisation, and the classical avant-garde. One of Walton’s first recordings (in 1989) was with Bobby Bradford and the Frank Sullivan Trio on Soul Note records. Musically and personally, Bobby’s warmth and generosity remain an inspiration to Walton.
Cornetist Theo Padouvas has collaborated, performed, and recorded with a wide range of artists including Ben Goldberg, Aram Shelton, Michael Coleman, and Noertker’s Moxie. Bobby Bradford's lyrical style of improvising has been a major influence on Padouvas and is something he tries to emulate in his own playing.

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