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Fri Dec 19, 2014 8 PM

Gratkowski/Brown/Winant Trio

$15 General, $10 Members

This trio specializes in improvisations that seamlessly meld avant-garde classical, jazz and electronic influences. Extended techniques and interactive electronic signal processing create an original sound-world that transcends its instrumental sources through hybrid timbral and temporal transformations.

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Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:30 PM

The Artist Sessions SF: Sean Hickey

$15 General, $10 Members
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The Artist Sessions presents an evening of West Coast premieres by NY-based composer Sean Hickey, whose chamber music has been praised by Gramophone Magazine as "substantive and savvy.... excitable conversation between the instruments." Pianist Lara Downes is joined by special guest Rick Shinozaki, violin.

This program also features the U.S. Premiere of Winter Pieces for piano, by Danish composer Axel Borup-Jorgensen.

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Mon Dec 22, 2014 6- 8 PM

Reception & Artist Talk with Instrument Inventor Dan Gottwald

Free!
Special Event
Please join us to celebrate Dan Gottwald's exhibit of invented instruments in our window gallery! The evening will include a brief performance by Gottwald and the Analogous Ensemble, and an interview hosted by instrument builder and window gallery curator Bart Hopkin.

The exhibit is on display throughout December. For more information, visit our gallery page.

Fri Jan 9, 2015 8 PM

Drums + Saxophones: Rosaly / Ochs / Glenn / Shelton

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

A night of improvisations in duos, trios and quartet with Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Larry Ochs, tenor and sopranino saxophone; Jordan Glenn, drums and Frank Rosaly (from Chicago) drums. Expect energy and subtlety from each of these wide ranging improvisers.

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Sat Jan 17, 2015 8 PM

Thollem/Robair Trio Music Minus One with Special Guests

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

To celebrate their duo album on Setola di Maiale "Trio Music Minus One (For Dennis Palmer)", Thollem Electric and Gino Robair have invited some local sonic inspirators for a round of trios that will vary dramatically in timbre and character over the course of the concert. The first half the duo will be joined by the insurmountable genius of saxophonist Larry Ochs from the Rova Saxophone Quartet. The 2nd half Gino and Thollem will be joined both by cellist Crystal Pascucci for a trio followed by another trio with violinist Christina Stanley.

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Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:30 PM

Jen Shyu’s “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths”, directed by Garin Nugroho (performance and pre-concert screening of fieldwork footage)

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Jen Shyu’s solo performance — that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and "projecting her ancestry" through contemporary monologue — reveals a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal through the exploration of losses that plagues our modern world: loss of tradition, habitat, and public spaces. Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections are discovered by pilgrimage through Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, and South Korea. Renowned Indonesian film and stage director Garin Nugroho (Opera Jawa, Under the Tree, Daun di Atas Bantal) directs Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, infusing his distinctive vision for celebrating the exhilarating and sacred into the work.

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 2 PM

New Year Koto Concert

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

The New Year Koto Concert by three koto players. Shoko Hikage, Tomohiro Tanaka and Kayo Toki will perform koto & shamisen music include a Japanese Traditional koto music, Japanese folk songs, new music works by Shingo Edo, Hyo-shin Na, Katsuhiko Yoshizaki and more.

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Mon Feb 9, 2015 8 PM

Existence: Quartet Music for Improvisers

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

A new quartet, Existence, brings together Berlin-based artists, Satoko Fujii and Kappa Maki with Rova’s Bruce Ackley, and Bay Area percussionist, Jordan Glenn. The group is a convergence of distinct approaches to making thoughtfully crafted improvisations.

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Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:30 PM

Tim Daisy’s Steel Bridge Trio

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Steel Bridge Trio is a new music trio organized by Chicago percussionist Tim Daisy and includes two mainstays of the Bay Area improvising scene: Aram Shelton on alto saxophone and clarinet and Safa Shofrai on bass. The group was formed as a vehicle for Tim’s original compositions and is the first group which has him featured primarily on the vibraphone.

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Sat Feb 28, 2015 8 PM

Wild Rumpus: Darkness & Light

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

Wild Rumpus presents a program of opposites, juxtaposing harmony and noise, movement and stillness. Gritty, kinetic energy reigns supreme in Ofir Klemperer’s punk-chamber Love Song and in the clattering theatrics of David Coll’s Position, Influence. Harmonious stillness characterizes Jacob Cooper’s serene haiku Silver Threads and Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel Im Spiegel. Rounding out the program are new works written for Wild Rumpus by David Bird, Ben Richter, and artistic director Dan VanHassel, composers who make exquisite use of color and contrast in their work.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8 PM

One Great City: Impulses

$15 General, $10 Members, $5 Students

San Francisco based two guitar and voice duo One Great City premieres pieces by Eric Choate and Shahab Paranj, as well as a new arrangement of Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs. The San Francisco Examiner declares, "One Great City brings a journey of discovery to every recital they prepare.” The concert is part of a documentary currently being filmed about One Great City, the Center for New Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Sat May 2, 2015 8 PM

Animals and Giraffes: “July” Release Party

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Animals and Giraffes, a collaboration between Poet/Critic Claudia La Rocco and Composer/Musician Phillip Greenlief, celebrates the debut release of JULY with a performance at the Center for New Music involving many of the finest SF Bay Improvisers.

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Sat May 30, 2015 7:30 PM

Areon Flutes

$25 General; $15 Students, Members, & Seniors

Award-winning Areon Flutes’ 10th Anniversary Season culminates with a retrospective program of their favorite repertoire—all by living composers.  Additionally, the concert will feature celebratory new commissions from this year by local composers Dan Becker and Sahba Aminikia. Areon Flutes is also a non-profit educational organization, a Miyazawa Artist Group, and can be heard on iTunes.

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