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Sat Oct 3, 2015 7:30 PM

18th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

$15 General, $10 Members, Seniors & Students
Artist include Alex Cohen, Luciano Chessa, Johnny Radio and Tim Kaiser. More Info
Sun Oct 4, 2015 7:00 PM

18th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

$15 General, $10 Members, Seniors & Students
Artists include Taylor Gersbach, The Crank Ensemble, Peter Whitehead and Neil Feather/Rosie Langabeer. More Info
Tue Oct 6, 2015 7:41 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents: Tone Ramblings – Eric Mandat + friends

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
For more than 35 years, clarinetist/composer Eric Mandat has been at the forefront of clarinet extended performance techniques exploration, particularly multiphonics, microtones, and timbral modulations. He will perform mixed improvisations and compositions along with Tom Djll, John McCowen, and members of sfSoundGroup. More Info
Tue Oct 6, 2015 3 PM

New Music and Community Re-defined (this story takes place in the Tenderloin)

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As part of the the NewCo Bay Bridge Festival, C4NM hosts a session exploring how the Center is building a community for musicians in the Tenderloin by harnessing the ethics of the sharing economy, unlocking musical creativity, and modeling how the most experimental creatives can thrive in the midst of a neighborhood, a city, and a music industry undergoing major renovation.

This session will explore what new music is, and who makes it, as well as why artists need a community.

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Thu Oct 8, 2015 8:00 PM

New Keys Season 11

$15 General, $10 Members
New Keys; newfangled music for piano is excited to present a concert of all minimalist works in honor of Terry Riley’s big 80th Birthday Year. Sarah Cahill, Kate Campbell, Anthony Porter, Anne Rainwater and Regina Schaffer will play works by Riley, Glass and a new commission by Ruby Fulton. More Info
Fri Oct 9, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Matt Linder and HK&tCS

$15 General, $10 Members
Matt Linder of Mobius Trio performs a new solo work for electric & acoustic guitar developed in collaboration with Danny Clay, followed by the debut of HK&tCS (Hella Khords & the Consonant Tones), a new quartet of trombone, cello, flute, and electronics featuring Helen Newby, Bethanne Walker, Weston Olencki, and Chris Wood. More Info
Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:43 PM

Diamond Pulses: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Daniel Corral + sfSoundGroup featuring Brendan Lai-Tong

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Diamond Pulses, by L.A.-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Corral combines just-tuned harmonies, driving minimalist rhythms, noisy ambiance, and electronic timbres. sfSoundGroup's opening set will feature trombonist Brendan Lai-Tong, performing frenetically virtuosic solo works by Brian Lynn and Christian Lindberg. More Info
Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:00 PM

Optical Sound #3: Metropolis

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
An electronic ensemble: Tania Chen, Tom Djll, Laetitia Sonami, Daniel Steffey, Jeanie Aprille Tang, Nick Wang & Benjamin Tinker w/ voice accompaniment: Josephine Torio perform a guided improvised soundtrack to Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927). More Info
Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:30 PM

Vernacular Visions #22

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
A 35mm slideshow of found photographs will be projected while two small groupings of musical improvisers interpret & accompany the images with a live soundtrack. At the end of the night there will be a collaborative set between all of the musicians (who have never performed together prior and most likely do not even know each other). More Info
Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:00 PM

Chamber Cartel: Play

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
Chamber Cartel is on their first cross country tour to find their inner child; performing works that mesmerize, inspire, and celebrate the joy of play. More Info
Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:00 PM

The Improvised Hymnal: radical re-imaginations of sacred works: PC Muñoz & Alex Kelly

$15 General, $10 Members
Acclaimed Art-Funk drummer/producer PC Muñoz and jaw-dropping cellist Alex Kelly present an evening of "interstellar grace"---cello and drum improvisations based on hymns and sacred works from various traditions. More Info
Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:30 PM Films; 7:00 PM Concert

ORNETTE!: A Tribute to Ornette Coleman

Afternoon Films: $5 General, $3 Members; Evening Music: $12 General, $8 Members
Acclaimed documentaries Ornette: Skies of America and Moffett, David, and Ornette will be screened at 2:30 PM. The evening concert features Coleman's music performed by the John Ingle / Kjell Nordeson Duo (sax/percussion), Aram Shelton's Marches (double sax / double drum), and Joe Lasqo's Tomorrow Is the Meta-Body (bass, piano, trumpet, drums, laptop). More Info
Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 3.1

$20 General, $15 Members
An intimate evening with the Del Sol String Quartet as they explore deeply one piece of music alongside a local visual artist. This evening features Terry Riley's “Mythic Birds Waltz” (1983) in Riley's 80th birthday year, paired with Kate Rannells (, an Oakland-based artist who focuses on a sense of place in mixed media works using paint, wax, and found and natural objects. More Info
Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:00 PM

Rova Sax Quartet: Pre-Tour Concert

$15 General, $10 Members
"Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin - saxophones Leaving next week for 15 city European tour to Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy, Rova comes to the Center to rev up, playing new works from 2015 as well as some terrific older works commissioned by Rova over the past 25 years, but not heard in the Bay Area in this decade. SMOKING!! " More Info
Sun Nov 1, 2015 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents Akiyama / Eubanks / Kahn / Nakamura

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
An electro-acoustic quartet comprising four major figures in the late-1990s development of eai/onkyo/lowercase improvisation, now abrasively extending beyond its accrued boundaries: Tetuzi Akiyama // guitar - Bryan Eubanks // saxophone, electronics - Jason Kahn // drums, percussion - Toshimaru Nakamura // no-input mixing board More Info
Fri Nov 6, 2015 8 PM

Hocket: Four Hands

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard

NEXMAP is proud to present Los Angeles based new music piano duo HOCKET in a concert of eclectic repertoire for piano-four hands and toy pianos. This evening’s program features newly commissioned pieces as well as masterworks from select leading voices of American composition.


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Sat Nov 7, 2015 7:30 PM

Empyrean Ensemble – Newly Written, Here & There

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
An evening of chamber music with the Empyrean Ensemble – Newly Written, Here & There featuring new works by composers rarely heard in the Bay Area. More Info
Tue Nov 10, 2015 7 - 9 PM

Composer Meetup

The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Adam Fong if you plan to attend. No admission fees; contributions appreciated!

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Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:00 PM

Optical Sound #4 ~ New York Ghetto Fish Market 1903 (2006) ~ Orcutt•Heule•Rivero

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
The fourth in a monthly series of improv music to soundless films at The Center For New Music. This evening the film will be New York Ghetto Fish Market 1903 (2006) by Ken Jacobs. The ensemble will be: Bill Orcutt, Jacob Felix Heule, and Danishta Rivero. More Info
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:00 PM

Judy Dunaway: Balloon Music

$15 General, $10 Member
Curator: Danny Clay
"Judy Dunaway performs avant-garde compositions and free improvisations on amplified latex balloons played as musical instruments. She plays a variety of shapes and sizes of balloon instruments, each with it’s own special qualities, pushing the extremes of both pitch range and artistic limits. Known internationally for the past 20 years as a “virtuoso of the balloon,” she has presented her work at many major venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe. More Info
Fri Nov 20, 2015 8 PM

Angels and Watermarks: Flight into the Unknown

$15 General, $10 Members

Faythe Vollrath, hailed by the Wall Street Journal for her “subtly varied tempo and rhythm that sounds like breathing,” proposes an exciting concert of twenty-first century repertoire for solo harpsichord, including recently commissioned works.

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