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Thu Apr 17, 2014 8 PM

Taka Kigawa performs Pierre Boulez Complete Solo Piano Music

$15 General, $10 Members
NYC-based pianist Taka Kigawa presents an evening of virtuosic piano works.

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Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Nonsemble 6, Hurd Ensemble

$15 General, $10 Members
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Switchboard expands beyond its yearly festival with the addition of Switchboard Presents. On the third Friday of every month, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, 2014 Festival artists, and other acts who fall between musical lines.

The April 18 Switchboard Presents features: Nonsemble 6 performing music by Luciano Chessa and The Hurd Ensemble performing George Hurd's original electroacoustic tunes.

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Sat Apr 19, 2014 2 PM

FILM @ C4NM: beyond coltrane

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
co-sponsored by Rova:Arts

Special screening of this new documentary featuring an ensemble of gifted improvisers in a reimagination of Coltrane's masterwork. Including a Q & A with filmmaker John Rogers plus musicians Larry Ochs and Jon Raskin.

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Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #6: Dan Plonsey

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
New Hells: Which is the Right Choice for you and your Family?
Compositions from Winter 2013-14, bolstered by improvisations

Composer and reed player Dan Plonsey is one of the most unique and unconventional voices in the Bay Area creative music community, high school math teacher by day, and a wizard of a bandleader by night. His music is nerdy and goofy, intellectually fascinating and outlandishly juvenile at once, and celebrates a special kind of musical vulnerability and ensemble collectivity.

Here, a string trio and reeds duo, with special guests, perform recent works.

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Sun Apr 20, 2014 8 PM

Vinkeloe | Robinson | Lasqo | Ellis

$12 General, $8 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Set 1: German/Swedish saxophonist & flautist Biggi Vinkeloe plays CNM as part of her US tour, reprising her long-standing collaboration with Bay Area master drummer Don Robinson, whom Coda Magazine describes as a "percussion Dervish."

Joining this post-jazz ensemble will be Bay Area neogaku pianist / computer musician Joe Lasqo and dazzling avant bassist / electronic musician Lisle Ellis.

Set 2: Computer music from CCRMA & CNMAT — Bruno Ruviaro and Carr Wilkerson (CCRMA tribe) will perform their recently premiered sonophonemic work Vowelscape and do digital improvs; John MacCallum (CNMAT tribe) will perform his glittering piece Frozen Into Shards Of Ice.

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Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: The Hub

$15 General, $10 Members & under-employed
Curator: Matt Ingalls
A rare opportunity to hear the band that pioneered laptop ensembles over twenty-five years ago. Functioning in the West Coast tradition of composer as instrument builder — redefining music from the ground up -- The Hub makes music using electronic and digital systems of their own devising. Producing some of the most imaginative and compelling electronic music ever made, The Hub is perhaps the most infamous electronic ensemble since Musica Elettronica Viva. Although this influential Bay Area collective has performed worldwide in recent years and continues to break new ground in the ever-growing laptop medium, they had not played in San Francisco for almost a decade.

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Thu Apr 24, 2014 8 PM

Guerilla Composers Guild: Jarring Sounds ­ (making our own)

$15 General, $10 Students, $8 Members
Mezzo-soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah and guitar/lute/theorbo player Adam Cockerham pair up with Guerilla Composers Guild to present a night of world premieres. The show will feature original works written specifically for the eminent duo in a synthesis of old and new.

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Fri Apr 25, 2014 8 PM

Paradox of Balance

$20 General, $15 Members and Students
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Curator: Jon Raskin
“Paradox of Balance” – an interaction of dance and music drawn from traditional Iranian melodies, American jazz, and extended vocal and piano techniques – is a collaboration of Merkuri, a San Francisco­-based music ensemble founded by Lynea Diaz­-Hagan and Ramin Zoufonoun, and Shahrzad Dance Company. Throughout the piece, the performers reach for and attempt to maintain ‘states of balance’, moving targets that precariously shift from tranquility to discomfort and from ecstasy to despair.

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Sat Apr 26, 2014 8 PM

Paradox of Balance

$20 General, $15 Members and Students
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Curator: Jon Raskin
“Paradox of Balance” – an interaction of dance and music drawn from traditional Iranian melodies, American jazz, and extended vocal and piano techniques – is a collaboration of Merkuri, a San Francisco­-based music ensemble founded by Lynea Diaz­-Hagan and Ramin Zoufonoun, and Shahrzad Dance Company. Throughout the piece, the performers reach for and attempt to maintain ‘states of balance’, moving targets that precariously shift from tranquility to discomfort and from ecstasy to despair.

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Mon Apr 28, 2014 7 PM

The Contemporary Guitar feat. the SF Conservatory Guitar Department

$15 General, $10 Members, $5 Students
Preeminent American guitarist David Tanenbaum presents SFCM's promising young artists playing contemporary music written for the world's most popular instrument. The program will include music from conservatory faculty Sérgio Assad, recent graduate Renaud Côté-Giguère, a world premiere by current student Matthew Lyons, and Mario Davidovsky's Snychronism No. 10 for guitar and tape performed by faculty member David Tanenbaum.

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Thu May 1, 2014 6 - 8 PM

Giant Music Boxes and The Long Tube, by Brenda Hutchinson

Free!
Meet composer and sound artist Brenda Hutchinson, in a celebration of her works on display in the window gallery of C4NM, including the Giant Music Box and the Long Tube.

This opening reception includes an interview at 7pm with Hutchinson, moderated by instrument builder and window gallery curator Bart Hopkin, plus a brief performance demonstration.

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Sat May 3, 2014 8 PM

Wild Rumpus: Migrations

$15 General, $10 Members, Students & Seniors
Curator: Jen Wang

Wild Rumpus presents Migrations, a program of reinterpreted and reinvented materials. The concert includes the world premieres of Eliza Brown’s …in hora mortis nostrae, which covers, extends, and reinterprets a 17th-century Ave Maria, and Lee Weisert’s Minutiae, which translates Weisert’s own intricate sketches into sound. Instrumental ensembles are reimagined as unique hybrids in Daniel Wohl’s Pixelated and David Lang’s Stuttered Chant, and a Carnatic Indian vocal exercise finds new life, reinterpreted in Asha Srinivasan’s Dviraag.

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Sun May 4, 2014 7:30 PM

SONIC BODY SERIES #6

Free! (Donations accepted) — National Dance Week Event
3 local and international group of electro acoustic and noise musicians and dancer performers meet for an evening of improvisation, creating spatial interaction and sonic abstraction in between the different bodies (body of sound and human body). More Info
Fri May 9, 2014 7:30 PM

From Chicago: A Dave Rempis Special

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis makes a rare appearance in San Francisco, and presents two bands. He teams up with Larry Ochs and Darren Johnston for a set celebrating the release of their new trio CD Spectral which will be available for the first time at this show. Then he presents his Chicago trio called WHEELHOUSE: Dave Rempis - saxophones / Nate McBride – bass / Jason Adasiewicz – vibes. You really do not want to miss this unique band!

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Sat May 10, 2014 8 PM

David Leikam / zBug | Steppin’ Anew

$15 General, $10 Members
zBug, led by David Leikam, will present a custom structured improvisational concert based on architectural and music compositional themes centered around the Center for New Music in San Francisco, California. zBug compositions will explore the sonic atmospheres of being and range from 7 to 10 minutes each.

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Tue May 13, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: John Ingle’s Babylonian Lottery

$15 ($10 members and the underemployed)
Curator: Matt Ingalls
sfSound saxophonist/improviser/composer John Ingle in a concert of his "Babylonian Lottery", a game piece for improvisers that incorporates both composed and improvised music. Expect a wide range of musical expression, from tiny sounds and pristine textures to orchestral blasts and free-jazz blowouts. More Info
Wed May 14, 2014 7 PM

VOLTI: OPEN REHEARSAL with composers Ted Hearne and Melissa Dunphy

Free! Donations happily accepted.
Volti will premiere new choral works by composers Ted Hearne and Melissa Dunphy on May 17 and 18. We invite the new music community to an open rehearsal to hear the music and talk with the composers and performers. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Thu May 15, 2014 6:30 PM

Workshop: Creative Innovation with Max for Live by Alec Ness, Ableton Certified Trainer

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Workshop
An in-depth look at Max for Live, a virtually limitless creative tool and library of devices to extend the capabilities of Ableton Live. Using devices from a community of developers to break down creative walls and inspire the artist.

Free but registration required (click the "buy online" button); maximum 20 participants.

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Fri May 16, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Areon Flutes, Mobius Trio

$15 General, $10 Members
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Switchboard expands beyond its yearly festival with the addition of Switchboard Presents. On the third Friday of every month, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, 2014 Festival artists, and other acts who fall between musical lines.
Sat May 17, 2014 2 PM

Henry Kaiser’s Surprise Videos with/or about Music

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
Few know that guitarist Henry Kaiser is also a passionate collector of music films from all over the world. Join us at the Center as Henry shares some surprising, exquisite - and extremely obscure - gems from his extraordinary music film collection.

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Tue May 20, 2014 8 PM

The Artist Sessions: REFLECTIONS ON GIANTS with pianists Lara Downes and Jed Distler

$20 General, $10 Members and Students
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Lara Downes and Jed Distler: taste-makers, game-changers, rule-breakers. Join The Artist Sessions for music and conversation with these two acclaimed artists who have, independently and together, developed solo piano projects in tribute to two giants of American music: Billie Holiday and Thelonious Monk.

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Thu May 22, 2014 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: “Soundings” No. 3

$20 General / $15 Members, Students, Seniors
The Del Sol String Quartet performs the 3rd and final concert in their 2013-14 “Soundings” series, featuring Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s “String Quartet No. 14” (1998) with didjeridu accompaniment by guest artist Stephen Kent. They will dive into the composer’s musical language and explore the piece in depth, with interactive discussion, followed by the world premiere of a new work by Nils Bultmann inspired by the Sculthorpe piece. A post-concert reception follows the performance.

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Fri May 23, 2014 8 PM

Hoods, Chamber opera mashup of the Red Riding Hood and Hekabe Stories

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Hoods by Carolyn Chen, is a chamber opera mashup of the Red Riding Hood and Hekabe stories, setting myth and fairytale against the backdrop of late empire and perpetual war.

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Sat May 24, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #7: Jacob Zimmerman

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
Seattle-based alto saxophonist and composer Jacob Zimmerman returns to the Bay Area for a concert of duos with a cast of compelling Bay Area musical characters. In an homage to the “Improvised Duos” series area keyboardist Michael Coleman has organized for several years, Zimmerman premieres eight new duo compositions, and performs them with local instrumentalists of diverse backgrounds and musical proclivities.

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Tue May 27, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Larry Polansky and Paul Hoskin

$15 ($10 members and the underemployed)
Recently relocated to Santa Cruz, composer/guitarist Larry Polansky presents recent compositions and improvisations with sfSound, including the premiere of “Approaching the Azimuth” for solo clarinet written for Matt Ingalls. From Seattle, contrabass clarinetist Paul Hoskin performs solo and group improvisations. More Info
Thu May 29, 2014 8 PM

Phonochromaticism: A sonic journey through the visible light spectrum

$10­-25 General, sliding scale / $12 Students / $10 Members
This concert is the colorful result of a collaboration between the Guerrilla Composer’s Guild and emerging chamber ensemble Phonochrome. Joined by special guest Roy G. Biv, the program features seven newly­ commissioned works by (mostly) Bay Area composers alongside the inspiration for the concert, George Crumb’s iconic Vox Balanae.

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Thu Jun 19, 2014 8 PM

Satoko Fujii New Trio + 1

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

"…very focused, often gorgeous and always thought-provoking." — Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

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Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Friction Quartet + Jeff Anderle, Makeunder

$15 General, $10 Members
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Switchboard expands beyond its yearly festival with the addition of Switchboard Presents. On the third Friday of every month, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, 2014 Festival artists, and other acts who fall between musical lines.
Sun Jul 20, 2014 3 PM

“From Me To You”: Lisa Moore, voice and piano

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard
Australian pianist and vocalist Lisa Moore, described as "beautiful, impassioned, brilliant and searching" (New York Times), performs works by Bresnick, Glass, Hearne, Newman and Rzewski, including the legendary "De Profundis" (based on Oscar Wilde's text) and "Ishi's Song" (based on a melody sung by Californian Native-American Ishi).

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