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Wed Apr 26, 2017 8 PM

Indexical presents Happy Valley Band and WOBBLY

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Indexical presents the latest iteration of pop music's post-human future: machine deconstructions of the Great American Songbook and a battery of machine listening mobile devices. More Info
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7-9 PM

Composer Meetup

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Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Sat Apr 22, 2017 8 PM

Restoration—new Scandinavian works for viola d’amore

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Founders' Series
Concert with the Italian musician Marco Fusi, playing viola d’amore; an old 14-stringed bowed instrument. The four Scandinavian composers Ylva Lund Bergner, Johan Svensson, Axel Rudebeck and Øyvind Mæland have composed new works for this almost forgotten instrument which had its glory days during the Renaissance and early Baroque. More Info
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8 PM

Rova Saxophone Quartet pre-tour Revelation

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First Bay Area quartet concert in 2017. The band will be in focus because a European tour begins the weekend after this concert. That tour has them playing quartet repertoire, plus their special Sound-in-Space project as a quartet, plus their Steve Lacy project for Rova, el. gtr and electronics. So the 2 sets here should be full of interesting music. More Info
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8 PM

bass2bass: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Michelle Lou & Scott Worthington

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, Underemployed
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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Bass2Bass is an electric bass duo comprised of SoCal bassist/composers Scott Worthington and Michelle Lou. Their inaugural west coast tour presents three new works by composer/performers Sabrina Schroeder, Weston Olencki and Scott Worthington. More Info
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12 and 2 PM

C4NM @ Asian Art Museum: Music for the Afterlife

Free with museum admission
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This performance is taking place at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco.

During the special exhibition Tomb Treasures, local instrument inventor group Pet the Tiger will team up with Gamelan Encinal, a musical ensemble, for a presentation featuring three centuries of instrument building. Custom-built instruments by musician Bart Hopkin, designed with the same tuning as the Han dynasty Bianzhong bronze bells, create a contemporary “orchestra” (or “gamelan”).

Each performance features percussion and wind instruments in rearrangements of traditional gamelan melodies, the graphic score of “Yantra Meditation” by local composer David Samas, and new compositions for special guest artists.

On April 16, Pet the Tiger and Gamelan Encinal perform new works for pipa (Chinese lute) and the Han bronze bells by Sophia Shen and Stephen Parris, with Ms. Shen as pipa soloist. Edward Schocker will join the performance with a composition that includes Butoh dance by Shinichi Iova-Koga, director of SF based Butoh Troupe, InkBoat.

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Sat Apr 15, 2017 8 PM

permutations041517: Mivos Quartet

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Mivos Quartet will perform String Quartet no. 3 by Patrick Higgins, Atmende Steine by Martin Stauning, and String Quartet no. 3 "Grido" by Helmut Lachenmann. More Info
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8 PM

Mivos Quartet: Works by UC Berkeley Composers

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The Mivos Quartet premieres new works for string quartet by UC Berkeley graduate composers Lily Chen, Scott Rubin, James Stone, Jeremy Wexler, and Jon Yu. More Info
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8 PM

Evening with Jennifer Walshe, Composer-in-Residence, Stanford University

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Jennifer Walshe shares her work ALL THE MANY PEOPLS for solo voice, film and electronics. Born in Dublin, Walshe is a composer, performer and visual artist of whom the Irish Times has said that "without a doubt, hers is the most original compositional voice to emerge in Ireland in the last 20 years.” More Info
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents loadbang

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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
New York City-based loadbang performs works for trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice by Tim McCormick, Aaron Cassidy, Aaron Helgeson, Joji Yuasa, and Gerard Grisey. More Info
Sun Apr 9, 2017 3 PM

FELDMAN : for bunita marcus

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Curator: Danny Clay
Pianist Patti Deuter performs a crown jewel of Morton Feldman's late piano music - the stark, expansive, crystalline "For Bunita Marcus." More Info
Sat Apr 8, 2017 8 PM

In Sea

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Exploring the mysteries of the ocean between tides, waves, and voices of the sea with music by Saariaho, Takemitsu, & Crumb. More Info
Thu Apr 6, 2017 8 PM

Jane Spencer Mills – Still Waiting

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Art Songs by local poets/composers. If not always tonal, then definitely hummable! More Info
Tue Apr 4, 2017 8 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents John Krausbauer, C. Spencer Yeh, & Bill Orcutt

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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
sfSoundSalonSeries presents two masters of trance/ psychedelic/ electroacoustic/ noise/ etc: John Krausbauer and C. Spencer Yeh More Info
Sun Apr 2, 2017 2:30 PM

Signals & Intersections: Poet Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong, Musician Tessa Brinckman, & Friends

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Writer/musician Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong leads Signals & Intersections in collaboration with musician/writer Tessa Brinckman, writers Javier Huerta, Evan Karp, Danny Thanh Nguyen, and musicians Gael Alcock, Jean Robertson and Miles Karp. Signals explores how our bodies meet with the codes, signs and signals of our technologies and politics, in a tender, experimental mix of music, words and more. Poets, writers, and acoustic musicians are welcome to join in this dialogue in an open mic. More Info
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:15 - 1:45 PM

The Art of Money Management: An Intro to Finance for Creatives

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Presented in partnership with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, this workshop will focus on practical tools for untangling your finances and balancing your art and work. We'll cover methods for maximizing your budget while managing multiple income streams, and getting your credit in order.

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Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:30 PM

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, Program 2

$10 General, $6 Members, SF Cinematheque Members
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In his memory we are proud to present Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, Tyler Hubby’s rich and loving portrait of Conrad as well as tonight’s evening of films. The screening includes Conrad’s notorious 1966 film The Flicker—a maximalist masterpiece in black-and-white frames. More Info
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:30 PM

Re:Ignite – Helia Music Collective & Siroko Duo

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Curator: Emma Logan
Helia Music Collective and Siroko Duo present a program of contemporary music by women composers for two flutes. More Info
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7-9 PM

Composer Meetup

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Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Tue Mar 21, 2017 7 PM

AI Outloud 2 Showcase

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AI Outloud is an audio showcase featuring DJ's, bands, and student submissions of audio, video, photos, animation, game design, hand-made instruments and other work. More Info
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12 and 2 PM

C4NM @ Asian Art Museum: Music for the Afterlife

Free with museum admission
Special Event
This performance is taking place at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco.

During the special exhibition Tomb Treasures, local instrument inventor group Pet the Tiger will team up with Gamelan Encinal, a musical ensemble, for a presentation featuring three centuries of instrument building. Custom-built instruments by musician Bart Hopkin, designed with the same tuning as the Han dynasty Bianzhong bronze bells, create a contemporary “orchestra” (or “gamelan”).

Each performance features percussion and wind instruments in rearrangements of traditional gamelan melodies, the graphic score of “Yantra Meditation” by local composer David Samas, and new compositions for special guest artists.

On March 19, local instrument inventor Peter Whitehead performs haunting melodies for voice and overtone flute.

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Sat Mar 18, 2017 8 PM

The Opus Project Presents Opus 51: Questionable Practices

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The Future… it's all so uncertain. Join us for a program of unanswered questions in uncertain times… With flutist Alan Kingsley, pianist Feona Lee Jones, violinist Kristen Kline, and The Opus Project String Quartet, Piano Quintet, and Orchestra. An unprecedented concert series in place and time! More Info
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:30 PM

New Perspectives: Digital Album Release

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ALL THAT BAD play exploratory music on harp, trumpet and bass. More Info
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:30 PM

“Friction” plays with “Common Sense”

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Curator: Dan Becker
Friction String Quartet plays West Coast premieres by the eight members of the Common Sense Composers' Collective. Performance at 7:30pm. Wine Reception at 6:30pm. More Info
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8 PM

Hakidame ni Tsuru: Satoko Fujii and Larry Ochs

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Satoko Fujii, the great Japanese pianist returns to the Bay Area with ""Hakidame ni Tsuru"" (...translates into English as “crane in the wasteland”...) Through improvised music and movement, the group traverses cultures and continents, stretching its wings beyond boundaries and across borders. Larry Ochs' TBD opens More Info
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6-9 PM

Intersections: An SF State of Mind

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An exhilarating evening of live performance, discussion and demonstrations, where you will learn about the latest trends in biotechnology and how they are shaping and informing musical creativity. Check out demos from some of the coolest new companies and artists blazing a trail in this exciting space.
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Sun Mar 12, 2017 3 PM

CARDEW CHOIR : the great learning (paragraph two)

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Curator: Danny Clay
The Cornelius Cardew Choir performs the rarely heard choral and drum work, The Great Learning, Paragraph 2 by Cornelius Cardew. This durational work (approx. 1 hour in length) sets text by Confucius in an English translation. Spatially separated groups of singers provide a very slow, long-tone melody while a drummer with each group of singers moves through a series of 26 rhythm patterns. The result is a mesmerizing ocean of sound. More Info
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7 PM

ADAM TENDLER : still

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Curator: Danny Clay
Adam Tendler returns to the Center for New Music with an intimate program of works that quietly examine stillness, and approach the piano itself as a source of the most discreet sound and contact. Music by Charlie Sdraulig, Marina Poleukhina, John Cage and Morton Feldman. More Info
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8 PM

Anne La Berge: Utter

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Curator: Meerenai Shim
Anne La Berge’s solo concert Utter features richly moving interactive works that weave together performer, audience and digital technology. From her new collaborative work Utter to the Byzantine-inspired Oneiricon from Yannis Kyriakides, La Berge combines virtuosity, innovation and raw emotion in a way rarely seen on today’s stages. More Info
Thu Mar 9, 2017 6-8 PM

Opening Reception for Pacific Resonance

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Join Sasha Leitman to celebrate her exhibit "Pacific Resonance," on display in the Window Gallery through April 29. Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM.

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Wed Mar 8, 2017 8 PM

Andy Kozar – Solo Trumpet + Electronics

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Curator: Tania Chen
Trumpet virtuoso, Andy Kozar, present as program of recent pieces for trumpet and electronics followed by a set of improvisations with a team of local performers including Tania Chen (piano), Ken Ueno (voice), and Matt Ingalls (clarinets). More Info
Mon Mar 6, 2017 8 PM

Casey Grev: New Works for Saxophone + Media

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Saxophonist Casey Grev plays new and recent works for solo saxophone, including electronics and multimedia. Featuring works by Georges Aperghis, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Ann Cleare, Dai Fujikura, Ravi Kitappa, Alex Mincek, and more. More Info
Sat Mar 4, 2017 8 PM

Jenny Maybee: Sacred Landscapes

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Pianist/vocalist Jenny Maybee and her band present new music inspired by exploration of inner and outer landscapes. Rooted in the jazz and classical traditions, yet always breaking new ground, expect to take a dimensional journey along with the band as they weave a present moment landscape of sacred sound. More Info
Fri Mar 3, 2017 8 PM

Shawn Lawson/Ryan Ross Smith & Fei/Hsu/Robair: audiovisual improvisations

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Audiovisual improvisations by Shawn Lawson/Ryan Ross Smith, and James Fei/Bill Hsu/Gino Robair More Info
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7-9 PM

Composer Meetup

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Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Sat Feb 25, 2017 8 PM

The Opus Project Presents Opus 50: Even Wild

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A mad dash into a brave new world, featuring composers who reached the half-century mark of composition! With flutist Alan Kingsley, soprano Jill Wagoner, pianist Feona Lee Jones, violinist Kristen Kline, and The Opus Project Piano Trio, String Quartet, and Orchestra. An unprecedented concert series in place and time! More Info
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8 PM

Nutshell Studies: sfSoundSalonSeries presents David Smooke

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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Baltimore-based composer David Smooke, marking the release of his solo album 'Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death' (New Focus Recordings), will perform compositions for toy piano and electronics as well as improvisations with Ken Ueno (voice) and Matt Ingalls (clarinets, contrabass garden hose). More Info
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8 PM

PRISM Series — Nicholas Chase & Robin Lorentz: “Bhajan”

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Curator: Julia Ogrydziak
Fresh from the world premiere in Los Angeles, composer-performer Nicholas Chase and renowned violinist Robin Lorentz bring "Bhajan," a free-wheeling yet meditative four-movement work for electric violin and live electronics. As part of the Center for New Music’s PRISM series, the Northern California premiere of the performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists focused on their creative journey to this “pas de deux between violin and electronics” (Textura). More Info
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8 PM

Irregular Resolutions Winter Concert

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The Irregular Resolutions composers group will present new chamber works for voice, piano, and other instruments. More Info
Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:30 PM

Hot Air Music Festival: Heating Up

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The Hot Air Music Festival presents its first ever preview concert, Heating Up, featuring performances by the Guerrilla Composers Guild, Ignition Duo, and Lazuli String Quartet. More Info
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8 PM

I Sing Words: The Poetry Project

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Celebrating its second season, I Sing Words: The Poetry Project is an annual series to further vocal repertoire through commissioning new works, continue the tradition of art song, and provide accessible new music to future performers and audiences. More Info
Fri Feb 3, 2017 8 PM

POSTPONED TO 2/10 I Sing Words: The Poetry Project

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Celebrating its second season, I Sing Words: The Poetry Project is an annual series to further vocal repertoire through commissioning new works, continue the tradition of art song, and provide accessible new music to future performers and audiences. More Info
Thu Feb 2, 2017 7 PM

Del Sol String Quartet – “Soundings 4.3″

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Soundings is a program that allow us to listen more deeply. Each Soundings delves deeply into a single musical composition, performed twice the evening. With in-depth discussions and curated visual art, Soundings 4.2 features just intonation composer Ben Johnston’s Quartet no. 3 & 4 “Crossings”, with photography by Elmore DeMott, in a artistic response to her mother’s Alzheimer's. More Info
Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:30 PM

Bent Duo (NYC) + Inner Movements (Pascucci & Clifford)

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Curator: Adam Marks
Bent Duo (NYC) is David Friend, piano, and Bill Solomon, percussion, performing works by a new generation of composers from a variety of musical circles. Inner Movements (Oakland) is an ensemble which focuses on the performance of new music for ensembles of percussion and strings. More Info
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8 PM

The Opus Project Presents Opus 49: Orations / Ovations

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Into an uncertain new world with 20th- and 21st-century composers who somehow wrote opus 49's in their own troubled times! With flutist Alan Kingsley, oboist Stardust, and The Opus Project Orchestra. An unprecedented concert series in place and provocation! More Info
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8 PM

Einsteinium Quartet’s premiere of Shapeshift by Mario Godoy

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San Francisco-based Einsteinium Quartet presents a diverse program of saxophone quartet music by California composers. The concert will feature works by Gordon Goodwin, Erika Oba, Cornelius Boots, Lenny Pickett, and others, ranging from contemporary classical, samba, funk and other styles. The program culminates with the World Premiere of Shapeshift, a three-movement piece by Mario Godoy which was commissioned for this concert. More Info
Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:30 PM

An Evening with Holly Bowling: The Music of Phish & the Grateful Dead Reimagined for Solo Piano

$20 General At-Door, $15 Members, Pre-Sale
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An Evening with Holly Bowling: The Music of Phish, the Grateful Dead and more reimagined for Solo Piano. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world. More Info
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8 PM

permutations012317: Battle Trance

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Permutations is proud to present New Amsterdam recording artists, Battle Trance, in a rare Bay Area appearance as the first Permutations show of 2017. More Info
Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:30 PM

CIPHER Duo: Voice + Violin

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Cipher will be playing works by Rebekah Driscoll, Sarah Goldfeather, Veronika Krausas, Kaija Saariaho, and Kate Soper. More Info
Sat Jan 21, 2017 8 PM

Colombo / Clay : Almanac Album Release Concert

$12 General, $8 Members
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Curator: Danny Clay
Danny Clay and Joseph M. Colombo share their new album-length electronic collaboration, Almanac. Admission includes a free download, with a reception to follow. More Info
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7-9 PM

Composer Meetup

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Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Tue Jan 17, 2017 8 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents Ashley Walters

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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Cellist Ashley Walters, "...a major new performer on the new music scene" (Mark Swed, LA Times), visits the Bay Area to present a program featuring two pieces written for her by long-time collaborators Nicholas Deyoe and Wadada Leo Smith along with Luciano Berio's Sequenza XIV, Liza Lim's Invisibility, and Jason Eckardt's a way [tracing]. The program explores the full sonic range of the cello by utilizing improvisation, microtonality, scordatura, and extended techniques. More Info
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8 PM

Henry Kaiser, Scott Looney, Scott Amendola

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Join us for an awesome creative trio experience with some of the Bay Area's best improvisers! Scott Looney and Henry have been playing with each other for a while, but we've decided to invite Scott Amendola on electronics to round things out. More Info
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6-8 PM

Opening Reception for CMT Creates Music

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Join Tim Phillips to celebrate his exhibit "CMT Creates Music," on display in the Window Gallery through February 28. The project, led by Phillips, creates awareness for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease through the creation and performance of experimental musical instruments. Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM.

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Sun Jan 8, 2017 3 PM

LONG TONE CHOIR : winter

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Curator: Danny Clay
Rae Diamond and the Long Tone Choir will host a performance/installation version of their work 'winter,' an extended composition for voices that welcomes listeners to be active participants as well. This is the second installment of Danny Clay's 'quiet time' series, focusing on works of long duration. More Info
Fri Jan 6, 2017 8 PM

PRISM Series – Eleonor Sandresky’s The Wonder Suit Show: A Space Odyssey

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Curator: Julia Ogrydziak
One of New York’s preeminent new music pianists/composers, Eleonor Sandresky brings us the West Coast Premiere of her evening-length work, The Wonder Suit Show: A Space Odyssey. Using live piano, NASA space recordings, and her invention, The Wonder Suit - a wearable, remote sensor interface integrating live electronics with the pianist’s movements - her performance transports the audience to outer space. Will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. More Info
Thu Jan 5, 2017 7:30 PM

Ghostship Benefit: FORBIDDEN COLORS / WHITE BOY SCREAM / KVNDRY SINGS / FEVER WITCH

$15 General, $10 Members, Low Income
Ghostship Benefit Concert: proceeds will support victims of the Oakland Ghostship fire. A night of 'Outsider Classical'. White Boy Scream (LA) / KVNDRY SINGS / Fever Witch are three classical vocalists - 2 sopranos, 1 countertenor - working solo, variously with electronics, improvisation, experimental song arrangements, and the construction of the diva/divo itself. The evening will be cojoined with an ambient set from queer-power electronics stalwart Forbidden Colors. More Info
Tue Jan 3, 2017 8 PM

Ned McGowan and Keiko Shichijo in concert

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Curator: Meerenai Shim
Ned McGowan and Keiko Shichijo play works by McGowan, Sciarrino, Lachenmann, Kondo and Ustvolskaya. More Info
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3 PM

Kate Stenberg, Lisa Moore: Time Flies

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Virtuosi Kate Stenberg (violin) and Lisa Moore (piano) unite for a special concert on December 18 at the innovative San Francisco Center for New Music. Time Flies presents works composed by Philip Glass, Somei Satoh, Bay Area’s own Amy X Neuburg, Michael Gordon (Bang on a Can co-director), Martin Bresnick (celebrating his 70th birthday) and the Australian composer Kate Moore - the west coast premiere of her Sliabh Beagh (‘borderlands’) for a singing piano. More Info
Sat Dec 17, 2016 8 PM

The Opus Project Presents Opus 48: Appeasement on Earth

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A holiday gift box of music by 20th- and 21st-century composers who wrote an opus 48, and more! With pianist Feona Lee Jones, violinist Kristen Kline, and The Opus Project Orchestra. An unprecedented concert series in time and place! More Info
Thu Dec 15, 2016 7- 9 PM

Composer Meetup

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Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Wed Dec 14, 2016 8 PM

the [Switch~ Ensemble] plays SF

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A new music ensemble for the 21st Century. the [Switch~ Ensemble] is dedicated to the creation and performance of new works for chamber ensemble, electronics, and multimedia. Performing works by Streich, Isaacs, Sargent, Pateras, Chandler, and more. More Info
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:30 PM

Eric Tran Debut Album Launch

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Debut Album Launch Concert of Original Solo and Chamber Music by pianist-composer Eric Tran! Performers include the Friction Quartet, flutist Bethanne Walker, cellist Helen Newby, and violinist Annamarie Arai. As a gift, your ticket includes a physical CD to take home. More Info
Sun Dec 11, 2016 6-9 PM

Stranger Sings – C4NM Holiday Party

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Join your fellow Center for New Music enthusiasts, members, staff, and volunteers for holiday fun! We’ll have a selection "Eleven" tasty treats and "upside down" themed drinks, plus the third annual collaborative performance of "Jingle Bells In C."

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Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:30 PM

Mobius Trio: Prescription Drug Nation Fundraiser (6th Birthday Party)

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In April 2017, Mobius Trio and Here Now Dance will premier Aaron Gervais's Prescription Drug Nation, an evening-length work for guitar trio and dancers. Come hear an advance concert of the work's second half - Vicodin, Prozac, Viagra - and enjoy free food, drink, chocolate, and coffee from some of SF's best. More Info
Fri Dec 9, 2016 7:30 PM

Supove Plays Mattingly – Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field

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Curator: Adam Marks
Innovative NYC pianist Kathy Supove gives the west coast premiere of Dylan Mattingly's epic "Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field." This two-hour piece is in 24 movements, alternatingly trance-like, reflective, joyful, tumultuous, mournful, and celebratory. More Info
Thu Dec 8, 2016 8 PM

Pamela Z and Annë Paiounèn Duo Performance

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Pamela Z will be joined by Swedish composer/performer Annë Paiounèn in an evening of solos and duets for voices, electronics, video, and objects at Center for New Music in San Francisco, CA USA. More Info
Wed Dec 7, 2016 8 PM

Music by Graduate Composers at Mills College

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Composers from the Graduate Seminar in Composition present their new works, including music for chamber ensemble, live electronics, field recordings, and improvisors. More Info
Sun Dec 4, 2016 8 PM

Blurred Music: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Voutchkova/Thieke

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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
The Berlin—based duo of Biliana Voutchkova (violin) and Michael Thieke (clarinet) has worked intensively since 2011, developing a strong interest in exploring reduction, microtonality and intimate, slow moving soundscapes. As active performer-composers the two are intrigued by real time composition and improvisation, as well as by contemporary composition. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chicago More Info
Sat Dec 3, 2016 6:30 PM

Ho Ho Ho, Post:Ballet’s Holiday Soiree

$60 General, $55 Members, $50 Pre-sale
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A mix of merriment, music, and movement, the company’s first ever holiday extravaganza includes appearances by Post:Ballet dance artists, The Living Earth Show, and the world premiere of company manager and composer D. Riley Nicholson’s Bend, performed by Amaranth Quartet. Patrons who donate to Post’s year-end campaign at the $50 level or higher between October 1st and December 3rd are invited to our first annual holiday soirée More Info
Fri Dec 2, 2016 8 PM

Ben Zucker/Amy Brandon

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Evocative improvisation and composition from a transnational duo of Californian Ben Zucker (trumpet, vibraphone) and Canadian Amy Brandon (guitar). More Info
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8 PM

Karl Schultz plays Karl Schultz and Company: An Evening of New Music for Piano Solo

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Portland-based composer and pianist Karl Schultz comes to San Francisco to play his own solo piano music and that of Bay Area colleagues. Concert will last an hour in total with a 10 minute intermission in the middle. More Info
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8 PM

Luciano Chessa (saw) & Tyrel Williams (turntables): Gourmet Noise

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Performers/composers Luciano Chessa (Saw, Megaphone, Dan Bau) and Tyrel Williams (Turntables) pick their favorite Futurist and Techno groceries and cook up an evening of gourmet noise. More Info
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7 -9 PM

Composer Meetup

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Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Sun Nov 20, 2016 4 slots: 9am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm

MEMBERS ONLY: Recording Day #2

$5-10 suggested donation
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Looking for a demo? Need a recording for a grant application? C4NM members are invited to sign up for a block of time to get one piece of music recorded at the Center by audio engineers / C4NM volunteers Katie McMurran and Adria Otte.

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Sat Nov 19, 2016 8 PM

Rova “Plus One” (Set 1 Rova + Dohee Lee; Set 2 Rova + Wobbly)

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Two Icons of the San Francisco arts scene join Rova for some exquisite structured improvisation. Rova plus Dohee Lee in Set 1 with a structure by Larry Ochs. Rova plus Wobbly in set 2, with structures arranged by Steve Adams. More Info
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:30 PM

Fête Concerts Presents: A Rockin’ Rodrigo Concert

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Join Fête Concerts as we celebrate the birthday of Joaquín Rodrigo. We will be performing a variety of songs and instrumental works including the Canciones de dos épocas, Tres Canciones Espanolas, and works for solo piano and guitar, including a specially arranged version of Happy Birthday for voice and guitar by local composer Emma Logan. Your ticket includes wine, snacks, desserts, and party hats! More Info
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:30 PM

Jennifer Woodrum, clarinet

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Curator: Adam Marks
Chicago based clarinetist Jennifer Woodrum presents a solo set exploring the vast possibilities of the clarinet as a solo instrument. Music by Ziporyn, Clyne, Etezady, Reich, Mellits, and more, featuring C4NM curator Adam Marks at the piano. More Info
Tue Nov 15, 2016 8 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: martha & monica + sfSoundGroup

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
sfSound plays it closer to the vest for a change, presenting themselves and subtle variants thereof. The cello/piano duet martha & monica performs compositions by Matt Ingalls and Monica Scott; sfSoundGroup proper welcomes violist (and new Bay Area transplant) Julie Michael for a delightful bouquet of small ensemble works. More Info
Sun Nov 13, 2016 3 PM

POSTPONED: MILLER/VANDEGRIFF : sinbabbit

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED. STAY TUNED FOR THE NEW DATE! For the second installation of the Quiet Time concert series, acclaimed Bay Area electric guitarists will explore the intersection of serialism and drone metal in Brent Miller and Matt Vandegriff's three hour work "Sinbabbit." More Info
Thu Nov 10, 2016 6-8 PM

Opening Reception for Krystyna Bobrowski: Sliding Sonorities

Free!
Special Event
Join Krystyna Bobrowski to celebrate her new exhibit of invented instruments, "Sliding Sonorities," on display in the Window Gallery through December 31. Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM.

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Wed Nov 9, 2016 8 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents FAUSTO BONGELLI

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Acclaimed Italian pianist Fausto Bongelli performs solo works by Scelsi, Tesei, De Rossi Re, Gentile, Ugoletti, Scodanibbio, and Savinio. More Info
Sat Nov 5, 2016 8 PM

Percussion for Apartments: Aaron Gervais and Justin DeHart

$15 General, $10 Members
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LA-based percussionist Justin DeHart premieres Aaron Gervais's "Percussion for Apartments." A series of solo percussion + electronics vignettes, each piece in "Percussion for Apartments" explores a single instrument played quietly, at volumes appropriate for a percussionist living in an apartment. More Info
Fri Nov 4, 2016 8 PM

A Rumination of Black Experimental Music Jordannah Elizabeth

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Zachary Watkins
Within a supposed post-segregation era, there continues to be a media-based smokescreen that creates racial division and imagined fault lines in music and arts criticism. This lecture attempts to combat media segregation of Black experimental musicians from the past and present. More Info
Thu Nov 3, 2016 7:30 PM

Albatross: Art Songs by Women Composers

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Adam Marks
Albatross (mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie and pianist/curator Adam Marks) have embarked on a project researching works by women composers in North and South America. This program features some of the gems they've uncovered across a multitude of genres and styles. More Info
Wed Nov 2, 2016 7:30 PM

Matthew Creer: Stingy Planet

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Composer Matthew Creer presents his multi media works for solo computer, percussion duo, outdated electronics for performance group and debuts his new duo…Eagle Masters. Featuring Ctrl – Z, Nava Dunkelman and…….videos of eagles. More Info
Tue Nov 1, 2016 8 PM

patchtax: Viola and Saxophone Duo

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Adam Marks
patchtax is Boston’s most beloved saxophone and viola duo. This program consists of the duo’s idiosyncratic video work interwoven with compositions by Georges Aperghis, Lei Liang, Rosalie Burrell, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and J.S. Bach. More Info
Sun Oct 30, 2016 8 PM

Music for the Underworld

$10 General, $8 Members
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Susan Rawcliffe, sculptor and scholar, creates and performs on ancient mezo-american style flutes and ocarinas, exploring diverse timbres, beating and near hallucinatory dissonances.

Pahoehoe is a ballet for butoh dancers performed by the invented instrument collective “Pet the Tiger” and composed by David Samas. The action follows a young Orpheus from the entrance to the underworld, down to the throne of Hades and back in a foolish attempt to reclaim his bride.

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Sat Oct 29, 2016 8 PM

The Opus Project Presents Opus 46: Night of the Living

$15 General, $10 Members, Seniors, Students
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A Halloween dream and nightmare of music by composers from Edvard Grieg to Benjamin Britten and beyond who happened to write an Opus 46! Sequentially bizarre, devastating, enlightening, humorous, moving, and terribly important! More Info
Fri Oct 28, 2016 8 PM

Caballito Negro (Tessa Brinckman, flutes & Terry Longshore, percussion) with special guest Left Edge Percussion: Resist

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Meerenai Shim
Flute and percussion duo, Caballito Negro, (with special guest Left Edge Percussion) presents Resist, a diverse concert program utilizing six flutes, a truckload of percussion, spoken word, film and images. Resist is a passionate interplay of contemporary chamber groove and creative narratives, defining the word’s meaning and freight from surprising sources.

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Thu Oct 27, 2016 8 PM

Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Concert + Joe Lasqo & Headboggle: Space Ghost Études

$20 General, $15 Members
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A special concert for lovers of the piano, viola, and electronics. ① Transylvanian-born, NYC-based pianist Lucian Ban and violist and Grammy nominee Mat Maneri present material from their award-winning 2013 ECM release ""Transylvanian Concert"" and premier new music for a follow up album: Sun Ra & Paul Motian re-imagined pieces, Transylvanian doinas, re-constructed Enescu and Bartok pieces, original compositions, microtonal songs and more. ② Two of the Bay Area's most daring improvising pianists and electronic musicians, Joe Lasqo and Headboggle (aka Derek Gedalecia) join forces to present ""Space Ghost Études"", studies in synchronous / asynchronous de-coherent interstellar entanglement. Two pianos, two electronics tables, two sets of objects and toys, and two very, very odd musicians. More Info
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8 PM

permutations102516: Dal Niente presents Emma Hospelhorn and Ben Melsky

$15 General, $10 Members
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Permutations presents Ensemble dal Niente's harpist Ben Melsky and flutist Emma Hospelhorn in “New Paradigms,” a program that explores new dimensions of this classic instrumental duo. The program will feature two world premieres and three classics of the contemporary flute and harp repertoire.

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Mon Oct 24, 2016 12 - 2 PM

Promoting Your Music: Writing, Publicity, Advertising and Audience Development Strategies

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Bay Area bassist/bandleader and arts organizer Lisa Mezzacappa leads a workshop on promoting your work and developing audiences for your music, through a range of marketing tactics.

Learn how to create a holistic strategy to make your concert, performance series or season, CD release, or tour a success. Topics addressed will include writing concert and series descriptions; writing press releases and communicating with the media; strategizing print and digital promotional materials; advertising; integrating social media platforms into your overall plan; and designing programs, partnerships and events with an eye to audience development.

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Sun Oct 23, 2016 4 PM

Sarah Voynow Jazz trio plays Dorothy Ashby

$18 General, $15 Members, $15 BACAHS Members, $5 Students, $30 Join BACAHS + Ticket
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Acclaimed harpist Sarah Voynow, accompanied by bass and drums, plays the music of Dorothy Ashby, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Cobham, and more! More Info
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:30 PM

Alma Sangre and guest

$10 General, $5 Members
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Alma Sangre is a 3 piece Spanish music ensemble blending flamenco dance with Mexican style Ranchera. Chris Sneeringer will be opening the event with a live scoring of Haxan (1922).

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Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:30 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
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Curator: Meerenai Shim
FINAL New Music Open Mic of the year! A showcase for composers and performers who want to try something new or have a polished work to share but do not have enough material for an entire show. We usually have a wide variety of performers and styles including solo instrumental works, fixed media pieces, and live multimedia pieces.

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Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:30 PM

Del Sol Quartet – Soundings 4.1

$20 General, $15 Members
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Soundings is an artistic journey that delves deeply into the musical language of one piece; the evening is an exploration with two performances, in-depth discussions, and curated visual art. Soundings 4.1 features Estonian-American composer Lembit Beecher - his quartet "These Memories May Be True" paired with his own animated drawings. More Info
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7 -9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Sun Oct 16, 2016 7 PM

Anne Hege and Julie Herndon: Brecht Sees the Future // There’s No Place Like Home

$12 General, $10 Members
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"Anne Hege and Julie Herndon present an evening of music for instruments, voices, and dancer. Hege will premier her setting of Brecht's ""For Those Who Come After"" as well as works for her analog live looper. Julie Herndon (piano, harmonium, electronics) will perform songscapes from her forthcoming album for human, instrumental, and electronic lungs in collaboration with Josh Marshall (saxophones) and Erika Oba (flute)." More Info
Sat Oct 15, 2016 8 PM

POSTPONED: Jingle Five-0: sfSoundSalonSeries presents JOHN INGLE Birthday Festlet

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
This show has been postponed. Oct. 14 will still be happening. More Info
Fri Oct 14, 2016 8 PM

Jingle Five-O: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Volcano Radar + John Ingle Birthday Festlet

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, Underemployed
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Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
sfSoundGroup founding member JOHN INGLE celebrates, with various musically-inclined friends, the final evening of his 4th decade on earth. VOLCANO RADAR is a fusion of ecstatic improvisational energy and Apollonian intellect, fueled by dual free jazz/noise/avant guitarists Elbio Barilari and Julia A. Miller. More Info
Sun Oct 9, 2016 3 PM

CAGE : empty words

$10 General, $8 Members
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Curator: Danny Clay
The Center for New Music's monthly Sunday afternoon series 'Quiet Time' kicks off with a performance of John Cage's Empty Words from 1974. Featuring readings by Luciano Chessa, Ben Zucker, Pamela Z and Danny Clay, the 2.5 hour performance will consist of the work’s four sections read simultaneously. More Info
Sat Oct 8, 2016 7:30 PM

Peter Kuhn Trio + Eddie Gale

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The Trio (Peter Kuhn - clarinets and sax, Nathan Hubbard - drums, Kyle Motl - bass) celebrate their new release on NoBusiness Records. They will be joined by Peter's long time friend and musical collaborator Eddie Gale for collective composition of the highest order. More Info
Fri Oct 7, 2016 7:30 PM

CONCERT FOR TWO PIANOS: Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta

$20 General, $12 Members
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CONCERT FOR TWO PIANOS. Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta present an evening of original music that brings new voices to the limited repertoire for two pianos. Stylistically the pieces alternate between jazz-inspired melodies and harmonies, classical foundations and structures, and modern techniques. As an homage to the great composers of the past the program also includes Shostakovich’s Concertino for two pianos. More Info
Mon Oct 3, 2016 7 PM

San Francisco SuperCollider Meeting

FREE
Workshop
Do you already use SuperCollider, or would you like to learn more about it? Are you a Pd or Max/MSP user considering to add SuperCollider to your sonic toolbox? This informal meet-up is free and open to anyone interested in SuperCollider. It’s a space for people to present their work, ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and anything else SC-related. More Info
Sat Oct 1, 2016 7:30 PM

Jessie Nucho Plugs In: Electroacoustic Music for Flute

$15 General, $10 Members and Students
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San Francisco flutist Jessie Nucho presents a sampling of electroacoustic music, featuring works by Kaija Saariaho and Benjamin Broening. The program culminates in Pittsburgh composer Adam Shield's brand new work "The Uncertainty Principle," which explores the origins of the universe.

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Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:30 PM

Friction Turns 5 – Concert 2

$15 General, $10 Members
On September 29 and 30, Friction Quartet, the San Francisco string quartet specializing in contemporary works, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a pair of concerts at the Center for New Music. On Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 pm, they will premiere works by Stephen Feigenbaum and Loren Loiacano alongside a work by Philip Glass. On Friday, September 30, at 7:30 pm Friction will premiere works by Alex Van Gils and Piers Hellawell. More Info
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:30 PM

Friction Turns 5 – Concert 1

$15 General, $10 Members
On September 29 and 30, Friction Quartet, the San Francisco string quartet specializing in contemporary works, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a pair of concerts at the Center for New Music. On Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 pm, they will premiere works by Stephen Feigenbaum and Loren Loiacano alongside a work by Philip Glass. On Friday, September 30, at 7:30 pm Friction will premiere works by Alex Van Gils and Piers Hellawell. More Info
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8 PM

Trouble and Ensemble: Andrew Jamieson

$15 General, $10 Members
Musical dialogues between Andrew Jamieson, Trouble Ensemble, poetry, African American spirituals and experimentation. More Info
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:30 PM

PC Muñoz “Rugged Individual” – Special Birthday Show!

$15 General, $10 Members
Featuring two premieres: “Shipwreck”: drumset + dance duet with turf dancer Dopeyfresh “Rugged Individual”: solo percussion and poetry piece….and a set of original art-funk pieces performed by PCM.3 (PCM, Bryan Dean, and Marc Weibel) More Info
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8 PM

Aerocade Music presents A/B Duo & Post Haste Reed Duo CD

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
Aerocade Music artists A/B Duo and Post-Haste Reed Duo will perform works from their recent CD releases. Come for the great music, stay for the snacks and door prizes! More Info
Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:30 PM

Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara – Duo & Quintet

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Zachary Watkins
Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) have been close musical collaborators for over twenty years - tonight they will perform in their long-standing duo configuration, and premiere a new book of music for quintet with Ben Goldberg (contralto clarinet), Crystal Pascucci (cello), and Lisa Mezzacappa (bass). More Info
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8 PM

Georg Graewe: solo piano and a duo with Jon Raskin

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
*** George will not be performing at this concert due to travel complications. Scott Looney will perform with Jon Raskin instead*** More Info
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8 PM

SPILL – Timbre and Motion Studies

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Zachary Watkins
The concert will draw on the interrelationship of materials and timbres shared within their instrumental palate of percussion and piano. Utilising elements of noise, resonance, percussive and sustained tonal colours, timbre, rhythm and spectral sound as structural elements. More Info
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7 PM

Dialogues: Music for Cello & Other

$12 General, $10 Members
"Dialogues" explores the interaction between cello and other instruments, objects, and spaces. Cellist Helen Newby will premiere works by David Bird, Danny Clay and Adam Hirsch in addition to performing the music of Cat Lamb, Malin Bång & Thomas Meadowcroft. More Info
Sat Sep 17, 2016 8 PM

Play or Die Series: Ochs – Johnston – Robair plus SPECIAL GUESTS

$15 General, $10 Members
Trio/Duo/Sextet = The trio of Larry Ochs , Darren Johnston + Gino Robair open. The duo of Mark Clifford (vibraphone) and Crystal Pascucci (cello) play next. Then a SEXTET including all 5 of these players plus SPECIAL GUEST AURORA JOSEPHSON adds her mighty vocal improvisations for a structured improvisation created by Larry Ochs for this special sextet. More Info
Fri Sep 16, 2016 4 - 7 PM

Member Happy Hour + 2 Blocks of Art performances

Free!
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Happy hour for C4NM members! Drinks and snacks will be provided; guests of members and prospective members welcome to attend.

Concurrently, C4NM will be presenting live music as part of 2 Blocks of Art, with solo piano performances at 6th and Market and experimental electronics at Launderland on 6th Street.

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Thu Sep 15, 2016 8 PM

Scordatura: Hannah Addario-Berry, cello & Gloria Justen, violins

$15 General, $10 Members
Hannah Addario-Berry and Gloria Justen present new music for solo strings. Hannah will perform new works from her acclaimed “Scordatura” program for alternately tuned cello. Gloria will perform her own violin compositions on a range instruments from piccolo violin to baritone violin, and even a 5 stringed “violalin."

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Mon Sep 12, 2016 7 - 9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Sat Sep 10, 2016 12 PM and 2 PM

Acoustic Habitats: Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area // Cornelius Cardew Choir and the Analogous Ensemble FREE @ Tenderloin National Forest

Free!
Noon:
Cornelius Cardew Choir
Directed by Tom Bickley
Audience participation encouraged

Wind Horse, Pauline Oliveros
Environmental Dialogue, Pauline Oliveros
7 Humms 7 Times, Tom Bickley
Forest Walk, David Samas

2pm:
the Analogous Ensemble
Dan Gottwald, Stephen Parris, et al.
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Sat Sep 10, 2016 8 PM

Acoustic Habitats: Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area // ROVA

$10 General, $8 Members
Acoustic Habitats closes with Rova featuring the world premiere of San Francisco by Phillip Greenlief, plus works by Rova members Steve Adams and Jon Raskin.

San Francisco for Rova was composed by Greenlief during his residency at Headlands Center for the Arts during the summer of 2013 and is dedicated to Lenny Bruce. Greenlief began composing map scores in 2004, for 2+2, his collaboration with Jon Raskin, and he has since created eleven map scores for solo instruments and 10 map scores for ensemble. Unless stated otherwise within the composition, one approaches the score the way one would use a map while visiting a new city or state: starting at any place in the composition and moving freely from one compositional element to another.

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Sat Sep 10, 2016 6 PM / 7 PM talk

Acoustic Habitats: Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area // FREE Opening Reception for the Visual Exposition

Free!
Join a free opening reception and discussion (7 PM) for the visual exposition of Acoustic Habitats: Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area.

The scores, on display at the Center for New Music through the end of 2016, includes works by Steve Adams, Bryan Day, Phillip Greenlief, Barry Guy, Anna Halprin, Cheryl Leonard, Bob Marsh, Pauline Oliver's, Jon Raskin, Gino Robair, David Samas, and Amy Trachtenberg.

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Fri Sep 9, 2016 8 PM

Acoustic Habitats: Visual Scores of the SF Bay Area // Anna Halprin & Gino Robair

$10 General, $8 Members
Scores in space take may forms. On this evening we will explore the work of Anna Halprin's scores for dance with several of her senior students including Isak Immanuel performing Tableau Stations. Gino Robair's opera I, Norton uses a physical score which maps the path a performer will take through the material.

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Thu Sep 8, 2016 6 - 8 PM

Susan Rawcliffe: Music in Clay

Free!
Special Event
Join Susan Rawcliffe to celebrate her new exhibit of invented instruments, "Music in Clay," on display in the Window Gallery through October 31. Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM.

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Wed Sep 7, 2016 6 PM

Deep Listening Workshop with Tom Bickley

$15 General (No one turned away for lack of funds)
Workshop
Deep Listening is an approach to to listening that uses playfulness, games, and mindfulness to expand our awareness and pleasure in experiencing sound. Founded by composer/performer Pauline Oliveros, these process have used by musicians and others with wonderful results. Using meditative listening, sound walks, interactive sounding/listening strategies, participants will practice various ways of listening, articulate their experiences, and prepare to perform four pieces: Pauline Oliveros' Environmental Dialogue and Wind Horse, David Samas' Forest Walk, and Tom Bickley's 7 Hums 7 Times. The four pieces will be performed on Saturday 10 Sept at noon at the Tenderloin National Forest in San Francisco, as part of the Acoustic Habitats festival. More Info
Fri Sep 2, 2016 7:30 PM

Kyle Adam Blair: Piano Etudes by Bruno Ruviaro

$10 General, FREE for Members
San Diego-based pianist Kyle Adam Blair premieres Brazilian composer Bruno Ruviaro's Pós-Tudos, a collection of piano etudes based on copying, borrowing, and stealing. More Info
Sun Aug 28, 2016 8 PM

We Insist! Freedom Now!: Free Improvisations for Revolution – Amirtha Kidambi

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Zachary Watkins
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Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:45 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
A showcase for composers and performers who want to try something new or have a polished work to share but do not have enough material for an entire show. We usually have a wide variety of performers and styles including solo instrumental works, fixed media pieces, and live multimedia pieces. More Info
Fri Aug 26, 2016 7 PM

Reception for Imaginary Mechanical Instruments

Free!
Special Event
The Museum of Imaginary Instruments & the Window Gallery for Invented Instruments present a new exhibit: Imaginary Mechanical Instruments, featuring historical and contemporary prints.

With images dating from 1618-1995, the variety of pure inventive genius on display includes excellent reproductions of JJ Grandville, Robert Fludd, and Johann Gottlob Kruger. Images from Experimental Musical Instruments Journal including Cloud 8 Archives by Hal Ramel contribute more contemporary works of fictional acoustic fantasy.

Join us for drinks at our FREE reception and explore multi-touch applications by Ian Saxton, which virtually realize selected works from the exhibition, as well as a variety of previously imaginary alternate keyboard interfaces. Reception is followed at 7:45 PM by the New Music Open Mic.

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Sun Aug 21, 2016 2 PM

Thomas Joseph Schultz – Schoenberg, Na, and Rzewski

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Adam Marks
Music by Hyo-shin Na and Frederic Rzewski and the complete works for solo piano of Arnold Schoenberg. More Info
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:30 PM

Splinter Reeds’ Season Kick-Off Party

FREE (but donations gratefully accepted)
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Splinter Reeds is beyond psyched to be exiting toddlerhood - with our first touring engagements, more residencies, and FOUR new commissions (so far) on the horizon for 2016-17. We want to party, as it were. With you. More Info
Tue Aug 9, 2016 8 PM

Voices & Such: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Lorin Benedict, Kattt Atchley, Ron Heglin, and Julie Barwick

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
An evening showcasing voices, plus one pianist. In the first set, vocalists Lorin Benedict and Ron Heglin will improvise a few pieces together, and then pianist/composer Julie Barwick and Lorin will play a movement from the Shostakovich Cello Sonata (reworked for voice). The long-standing vocal duo of Ron Heglin and Kattt Atchley will present improvisations in the second set. More Info
Sat Jul 30, 2016 8 PM

The Opus Project presents Opus 43: Symphonic Ecstasy

$15 General, $10 Members
A multimedia event with beloved old and brand new compositions, performed by sopranists Jill Wagoner and Anne Hepburn Smith, pianist Hussein Al-Naswari, and The Opus Project Wind Quintet and Orchestra, conducted by Mark Alburger. More Info
Fri Jul 29, 2016 8 PM

CANCELED – Double CD Release Concert: Perkis/Walton Duo & Thea Farhadian – Solo

$12 General, $10 Members
Tim Perkis (digital electronics) and Scott Walton (piano) play improvisations in the spirit of their new CD, improvisations in the spirit of their new CD of piano + electronics improvisations. Violinist/Composer Thea Farhadian plays compositions for live electronics and violin, from her new CD, Tectonic Shifts. More Info
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8 PM

Economimesis: Drummer’s Secret Handshake #3

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Zachary Watkins
"Drummer’s Secret Handshake is the newest iteration of Decolonizing the Imagination: Arts Practicum from Music Research Strategies chief investigator Marshall Trammelll. This performance features Bay Area percussionists Nava Dunkelman, Robert Lopez, Jordan Glenn & Marshall Trammell in a in a combination of individual solos, a simultaneous multi-solo and as a quartet. " More Info
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:45 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Jason Robinson

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Saxophonist and composer Jason Robinson returns to the Bay Area to reunite with long time musical collaborator and bassist Scott Walton in two new configurations featuring a stellar lineup. The first will showcase various Robinson compositions and will feature Darren Johnston (trumpet), Steve Adams (alto sax), Robinson (tenor sax), Walton (bass), and John Haynes (drums). The second configuration adds electronics pioneer Tim Perkis for a set of improvised explorations More Info
Thu Jul 14, 2016 7 PM

Workshop: San Francisco SuperCollider Meeting

Free!
Workshop
Do you already use SuperCollider, or would you like to learn more about it? Are you a Pd or Max/MSP user considering to add SuperCollider to your sonic toolbox? This informal meet-up is free and open to anyone interested in SuperCollider. It’s a space for people to present their work, ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and anything else SC-related. The meeting starts at 7pm, but at 6:30pm we will have a short “get-started” tutorial for total beginners. For more info, contact Bruno Ruviaro (bruviaro at scu dot edu). More Info
Sat Jul 9, 2016 4 - 10 PM

SOUNDSMITHS: Celebrating Instrumental Invention – The second annual C4NM window gallery fundraiser

$10 General, $20 Donor, $5 Food or Two Drinks
Special Event
The second annual window gallery fundraiser!!!!

Celebrate the Bay Area instrument inventing community, with a full roster of performances featuring Phil Dadson, Paul Dresher, Cheryl Leonard, and others, plus a silent auction of one-of-a-kind instruments.

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Fri Jul 8, 2016 7:30 PM

Dan Thorpe :: Homecoming (three years later)

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
Australian composer/performer Dan Thorpe presents a new work about loss and healing for prepared piano, electronics and field recordings. Supported by bay area dream-pop wizards GENUIS.

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Thu Jul 7, 2016 6 - 8 PM

Larnie Fox: Cranks and Other Noisemakers

Free!
Special Event
Join Larnie Fox to celebrate his new exhibit of invented instruments, "Cranks and Other Noisemakers," on display in the Window Gallery through August 31. Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM.

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Tue Jul 5, 2016 7:30 PM

Minsky Duo plays Violin, Piano, and Drums

$15 General, $10 Members
Nate Bartley (violin) and Monica Chew (piano) present a wide-ranging program inspired by folktunes to ragtime, with a side of neoclassicism and new music from Aaron Andrew Hunt. More Info
Fri Jul 1, 2016 8 PM

Phi Bui and Christopher Whitley: Unnoticed Moments

$15 General, $10 Members
Phi Bui and Christopher Whitley present new works for electronics. Each will perform an individual set followed by a duo performance. More Info
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8 PM

Morton Feldman Chamber Players present: Andy Costello

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
Under the banner of Morton Feldman Chamber Players, pianist Andy Costello brings works of Feldman, Cage and Earle Brown to the west coast, alongside recently commissioned works of Marielle Groven and Kurt Isaacson. Costello will be joined by prominent contemporary chamber players of the Bay Area. More Info
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10 AM - 3 PM

Grant Day

Free, for members only
Workshop
Grant Day! With multiple deadlines looming on June 30, the C4NM staff offers free help for members. Our staff will offer its expertise to help with grant strategy, review work samples, or edit your narrative. Whatever will help you put your best foot forward!

Current individual and organizational members are welcome to reserve a time with Brent or Adam:
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Sat Jun 18, 2016 8 PM

Trans Pacific Sonic Connection: Music for Hard Times & Phil Dadson

$15 General, $10 Members
Music For Hard Times (Paul Winstanley, electric bass; Tom Nunn; inventions) is joined by New Zealand composer/instrument maker/sound artist Phil Dadson in a reunion of these musicians to present an evening of sonic adventure. Phil will give a solo performance set; MFHT will play a duo set; and the three will perform a brief trio to end the concert. More Info
Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:30 PM

Mobius Trio: Prescription Drug Nation + Blind Date

$15 General, $10 Members
On 6/17 Mobius Trio will premiere the first half of Prescription Drug Nation, a program-length piece for music and dance by young stud Aaron Gervais. Also on the program is the second-ever performance of Luciano Chessa's Blind Date, a spellbinding multimedia extravaganza by the noted scholar and Sardinian composer/mischief maker. More Info
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8 PM

CANCELLED: Eine Kleine Henze Fest

$15 General, $10 Members & Students
A celebration of the chamber music of Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012), including a performance of his early masterpiece, "Kammermusik 1958" for Tenor, Guitar, and 8 solo instruments. More Info
Sat Jun 11, 2016 8 PM

John Schott Plays Ben Goldberg, Among Others

$10 General, $8 Members
A concert of acoustic, resonator, and electric guitar solos, featuring compositions of Ben Goldberg, a piece each by Thelonious Monk and Carla Bley, as well as spur of the moment song choices. More Info
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8 PM

Chris Brown: Branches, with Jakob Pek and Nava Dunkelman

$15 General, $10 Members
Chris Brown performs Branches, an interactive piece for piano and computer; and an opening set of trio improvisations with Jakob Pek, guitar and Nava Dunkelman, percussion More Info
Tue Jun 7, 2016 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 3.3 – Jack Body & Matt Gilbert

$20 General, $15 Members
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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 Jack Body’s tightly knit “Epicycle,” paired with Matt Gilbert, a young artist with a background in graphic design, an affinity for contemporary music and an interest in experimenting with materials, Gilbert makes tiny, motorized kinetic sculptures. This concert is performed in loving memory of the composer who passed away in August of 2015. More Info
Sun Jun 5, 2016 4 PM

HORIZON: Melody of China

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Ken Ueno
Melody of China will present a concert featuring the world premiere of a new work by Gene Coleman, Horizon, for mixed ensemble (Chinese/Western instruments), pre-recorded sound and video projections and selections of traditional repertoire as well as jazz fusion performance.

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Fri Jun 3, 2016 8 PM

Celloscape Collective: San Francisco Debut

$15 General, $10 Members
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CELLOSCAPE COLLECTIVE will feature SF Bay Area cellists performing works composed for cellos and electronics by Sándor Balassa, Kaija Saariaho, and local composers: Phi Bui, Kyle Randall, Amadeus Regucera, and Scott Rubin. Cellists featured: Brady Anderson, Laura Gaynon, James Jaffe, Jeffrey Li, Natalie Raney, Saul Richmond-Rakerd, and Mosa Tsay. More Info
Thu Jun 2, 2016 7:30 PM

Snail Meets West & Joroba/Norton/Robinson

$15 General, $10 Members
Snail Meets West is the free jazz duo of indie spacerock musician Azalia Snail of NYC and multi-instrumentalist music maestro Dan West of Los Angeles. More Info
Wed Jun 1, 2016 8 PM

Netmoiré with Edwin Huet

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Adam Marks
Net moiré is an electroacoustic improvisation collective with Jason Charney (computer), Josh Simmons (computer), and Nick Zoulek (saxophones). Edwin Huet opens with a solo set of live processing created from found sound. More Info
Tue May 31, 2016 7-9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Fri May 27, 2016 7:30 PM

Koto Music

$18 General, $12 Members
Shoko Hikage, Noriko Tsuboi and Yuki Yasuda will perform koto music works by Chappell Kingsland, Hyo-shin Na, and Tadao Sawai. More Info
Thu May 26, 2016 7:30 PM

Joseph M. Colombo: Music for Metal Strings

$15 General, $10 Members
New works for ringing metal strings, by composer Joseph M. Colombo. Featuring the Mobius Trio, Regina Schaffer, and Britton Day.

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Wed May 25, 2016 8 PM

Under Weather Kitten and The Holly Martins

$15 General, $10 Members
Under Weather Kitten and The Holly Martins present an evening of deep listening, virtuosic playing, and multi-faceted, open-ended explorations of form and spontaneous composition. Expect twists and turns at every intersection.

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Sat May 21, 2016 8 PM

Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore: electric geetars

$15 General, $10 Members
Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore perform music for one and two electric guitars More Info
Fri May 20, 2016 7:45 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
A showcase for composers and performers who want to try something new or have a polished work to share but do not have enough material for an entire show. We usually have a wide variety of performers and styles including solo instrumental works, fixed media pieces, and live multimedia pieces. More Info
Wed May 18, 2016 8 PM

Weston Olencki + Timothy McCormack/Michelle Lou

$15 General, $10 Members
Forging a hybrid territory of installation art, sonic structures, and live concert music, Weston Olencki presents two long-form works by Timothy McCormack and Michelle Lou.

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Tue May 17, 2016 8 PM

[don’t be a stranger #8] hk&tcs

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
Weston Olencki, Helen Newby and Bethanne Walker perform premieres by Dan Tramte and Santiago Diez-Fischer as well as music by Matthias Kranebitter and Chris Swithinbank, with a new arrangement of Michelle Lou's untitled three part construction for trombone + two performers + objects.

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Fri May 13, 2016 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Beep! + Random House

$15 General, $10 Members
SB alum avant jazz-pop trio Beep! (Michael Coleman, Sam Ospovat, and Nate Brenner) returns to the Bay Area, followed by SB co-director Ryan Brown’s new band, Random House. More Info
Thu May 12, 2016 8 PM

PRISM Series Presents Elaine Chew: Stolen

$15 General, $10 Members / Students / Seniors
Curator: Julia Ogrydziak
Meeting our current remix culture head on with a classical twist, London music and math professor Elaine Chew premieres contemporary piano pieces by Cheryl Frances-Hoad; Elaine Chew, Peter Child, Lina Viste Grønli; and the computer program MorpheuS. Works that steal unabashedly from Haydn's Sonata in Eb, Hob XVI:45 Finale. As our inaugural PRISM series artist, Elaine will also engage in visual discourse about the science and technology behind the performances and compositions.

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Wed May 11, 2016 8 PM

Kangmin Shin and Roman Baranskiy

$15 General, $10 Members and Students
Two emerging San Francisco based composers present their latest chamber work compositions for piano trio and string quartet at a double bill concert.

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Tue May 10, 2016 8 PM

Woofer/Tweeter: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Departure

$15 General, $10 Members/Students/Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Departure is a Boston-based soprano and double bass duo comprised of Nina Guo and Edward Kass. Committed to expanding the repertoire for the “high-low” partnership, Departure commissions and performs new works with a particular focus on extended technique and theatricality.

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Sun May 8, 2016 5-7 PM

The Window Gallery: Opening Reception for Trimpin

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Join Trimpin, hosted by Window Gallery co-curator Bart Hopkin and filmmaker Peter Esmonde, for a free reception and special preview of Kraut Kontrol. Talk and demonstration will begin at 6 PM. Trimpin's work will be on display through June 30.

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Fri May 6, 2016 8 PM

Goddess: Anne Rainwater, Amy Foote & Helen Newby

$15 General, $12 Members
Anne Rainwater, Amy Foote, and Helen Newby have formed a unique trio of percussive piano, cello, and text-based voice. They perform music that is deeply connected to the modern political, social, and emotional currents of our world to create a more relevant and culturally embodied musical experience. Their first program, "Bloodlines," is dedicated to the divine feminine, a glimpse into the generations of the group's past and of all the women that have gone before.

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Wed May 4, 2016 8 PM

Sooyeon Lyuh : New works for solo Haegeum (korean fiddle)

Free!
Sooyeon Lyuh performs new and innovative works written especially for her by UC Berkeley faculty and students.

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Tue May 3, 2016 7:30 PM

permutations050316: Taka Kigawa plays Complete Ligeti Piano Etudes

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Taka Kigawa performs the complete piano etudes of György Ligeti More Info
Sun May 1, 2016 8 PM

CANCELED – Play or Die 2016 #3: Larry Ochs & Dohee Lee & Zeena Parkins & Teddy Rankin-Parker

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
“Play or Die”: a call to action by Anthony Braxton in the seventies and we are definitely still in agreement: Improvised music has to be heard live to be best appreciated! AND musicians practicing this rugged discipline must perform to a live audience as often as possible in order to evolve, in order to feed the mind. Tonite Larry Ochs and long-time collaborator - vocalist Dohee Lee - are joined by the master harpist Zeena Parkins and the dynamic Teddy Rankin-Parker on cello. Bring an open mind and your extra-sensory perception. More Info
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8 PM

Opus 40: Mechanical / Organic

$15 General, $10 Members, Seniors, and Students
A multimedia event with flutist Alan Kingsley, oboist Stardust, trumpet Michael Cox, soprano Jill Wagoner, mezzo-soprano Harriet March Page, pianist Feona Lee Jones, violinist Monika Gruber, cellist Elizabeth Morrison, and the Opus Project Orchestra, conducted by Mark Alburger. The concert will feature selections and excerpts from the Opus 40 compositions of Arnold Schoenberg, Sergei Prokofiev, Paul Hindemith, Dmitri Shostakovich, Samuel Barber, Alan Hovhaness, Benjamin Britten, and new music composers Mark Alburger, Stardust, and others. The Opus Project is a project of the Ritual Art Troupe. More Info
Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:30 PM

New Playlist: Nicholas Phillips plays American piano music

$15 General, $10 Members & Students
Curator: Danny Clay
Wisconsin-based pianist and fierce new music advocate Nicholas Phillips presents an evening of recent American piano music, including works by Muhly, Greenstein, Snider, and Garrop, as well as local composers Lucas Floyd and Mark Winges. More Info
Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:30 PM

Now Hear Ensemble: Not for the Ears Alone

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
The Now Hear Ensemble will present the first installment of the "Not for the Ears Alone" series, featuring music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open. For this show, we will make use of chalkboards, a boombox, animated videos, sandpaper, samplers, and toy guitars. More Info
Mon Apr 25, 2016 7 - 9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
The composer meetup is open to anyone! We will have three presenters offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM.

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Sun Apr 24, 2016 2 PM

Adam Marks: De Profundis

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Adam Marks
New York pianist Adam Marks launches his term as a curator at the Center For New Music with a diverse program. Featured composers include Ted Hearne, Andy Akiho, Jason Charney and Lia Cimaglia. Closing the program will be Frederic Rzewski's epic oratorio for speaking pianist, "De Profundis." More Info
Sat Apr 23, 2016 8 PM

John Bischoff and Vorticella

$15 General, $10 Members
A shared evening of new music with solo electronics by John Bischoff and structured improvisations by Vorticella (Krys Bobrowski, Erin Espeland, Brenda Hutchinson and Karen Stackpole) More Info
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8 PM

ROVA + 1, Parts 1 & 2 Rova + Gino Robair; Rova + Aram Shelton

$15 General, $10 Members
Rova + 1&2: The quartet is presenting a series of two 2-set concerts this spring that will feature the four horn players PLUS one guest per set. Jon Raskin is partnering with Aram Shelton, and Bruce Ackley with Gino Robair, for the first concert on April 22. More Info
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8 PM

The Joel Futterman New Alchemy Trio

$20 General, $15 Members
The Joel Futterman New Alchemy Trio featuring reed player Ike Levin and drummer Donald Robinson is dedicated to exploring new directions in the art of “in the moment” collectively composed and improvised music. Futterman is making one of his infrequent appearances in the San Francisco Bay Area so don’t miss this rare opportunity to listen and experience this remarkable musician in live performance. Buckle up, close your eyes, let your own preconceptions fade away, and get ready to go on a musical journey of varied impressions, images, and emotions. More Info
Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:30 PM

Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Areon Flutes

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
Local champions Areon Flutes perform a set of brand new works in collaboration with the Guerrilla Composers Guild. Featured composers include Nick Benavides, Patrick Castillo, Eric Choate, Emma Logan, and Ryan Rey. More Info
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:30 PM

Hybrid Modalities: Mills grad students in electroacoustic performance

$15 General, $10 Members
Grad students in the "Seminar in Electronic Music Performance" taught by John Bischoff at Mills College will present an evening of recent work. Pieces will feature myriad sound sources and technologies including contact mics, custom circuits, traditional and non-traditional instruments, and laptops configured in various combinations. More Info
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8 PM

Play or Die 2016 #2: REMPIS – JOHNSTON – OCHS plus: EAT THE SUN

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
The string trio Meet the Sun with Jason Hoopes (bass) Noah Phillips (gtr) and Gretchen Jude (koto) opens with another sublime set of collective string sounds, followed by SPECTRAL aka Dave Rempis(sax), Darren Johnston (tpt), and Larry Ochs (sax). Now in their fifth year and evolving into one of the finest horn trios in improvised music. Concert celebrates the digital release of Spectral's 2015 live concert from Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY. These two bands should complement each other beautifully. Don't miss it. More Info
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8 PM

permutations041216: TIGUE and Concert Black

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Brooklyn-based trios TIGUE and Concert Black join forces to perform Shelter by Ravi Kittappa and each group's commissioned and original music. More Info
Sun Apr 10, 2016 2 PM

The Fête Concert Series Celebrates Living Women Composers

$20 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Meerenai Shim
Part two in a series honoring women from music's history, present, and future. This recital features works by Elinor Armer, Belinda Reynolds, Emma Logan, and Rebecca Larkin performed in intimate pairings of piano, flute, and soprano. More Info
Fri Apr 8, 2016 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Dance: K A T E S + Sam Hertz & Maryanna Lachmann

$15 General, $10 Members
Switchboard’s first dance performance! K A T E S, a dance-piano duo featuring Kate Campbell and Katelyn Halpern, followed by Sam Hertz, electronics, in collaboration with dance Maryanna Lachmann. More Info
Tue Apr 5, 2016 8 PM

Seth Cluett and Tim Perkis

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
New York artist and composer Seth Cluett makes a rare west coast appearance joined by pioneering live electronics and computer musician Tim Perkis. Perkis and Cluett will present both solo and duo material featuring custom built instruments for live electro-acoustic improvisation. More Info
Mon Apr 4, 2016 7 PM

Hyo-shin Na’s Music for Asian Zithers

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
The Wooden Fish Ensemble plays Hyo-shin Na's Music for Koto and Kayageum More Info
Sun Apr 3, 2016 7:30 PM

Angles 3

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
Angles 3 is Martin K. - saxophones, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten - bass, and Kjell Nordeson - drums. Music by Martin K. More Info
Sun Apr 3, 2016 2 PM

Swift Rose: Mazz Swift & Alisa Rose

$15 General, $10 Members
The first West coast collaborative performance of Mazz Swift and Alisa Rose -two fiery fiddlers from opposite sides of the country! The program will consist of expressive duets and solo violin music of their own creation as well as a few morsels of classical repertoire. More Info
Sat Apr 2, 2016 7:30 PM

PremieresPlus, curated by Zoë Holbrook

$5 General, FREE Students & Members
Join us for four world premieres by three different composers! More Info
Tue Mar 29, 2016 7 PM

The Moon is Red: Listening Party – Greek Chamber Music Project

$12 General, $10 Members
Come join us as the Greek Chamber Music Project label celebrates the release of The Moon is Red: A Tribute to Manos Hadjidakis. This shindig will feature select recordings from the CD, followed by an open jam session inspired by the music — bring your instruments. Price of admission includes a copy of The Moon is Red: A Tribute to Manos Hadjidakis and a beer! More Info
Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:45 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
A showcase for composers and performers who want to try something new or have a polished work to share but do not have enough material for an entire show. We usually have a wide variety of performers and styles including solo instrumental works, fixed media pieces, and live multimedia pieces. More Info
Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:48 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents: T.D. Skatchit + sfSoundGroup

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, & Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Local invented instrument mainstays T.D. Skatchit create top-shelf electro-acoustic aesthetics via old-school hobo gumption. sfSoundGroup make their fancypants orchestral instruments sound like crap, on purpose. More Info
Mon Mar 21, 2016 7-9 PM

Composer-Performer Meetup

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This meetup is open to anyone! We will have three to four presenters -- both composers and performers (or performer-composers) offer their work for discussion from 7 to 9 PM. Come to share, listen, explore, and meet new colleagues and collaborators.

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Sun Mar 20, 2016 2 - 6 PM

Composer Reading Session

Free!
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This year's C4NM Ensemble in Residence, Friction Quartet, will read and workshop up to six works for string quartet. Composers may submit up to five minutes of music for this opportunity, and will receive 20-30 minutes of time with the quartet, and a recording of the entire session. More Info
Sat Mar 19, 2016 8 PM

Edward Schocker: The Crossing (work in progress showing)

$10 General, $5 Members
The Crossing -exploring alternate communications through ecstatic group improvisation. The goal of the project is to create a crossing between the “spirit” and material world and create a space where audiences feel a direct connection with both. More Info
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8 PM

Transient Beings: Jamal R. Moore

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Zachary Watkins
Depth perception of creative arts. A performance of sonic healing through intergalactic visualization and lo-­‐fi frequencies. More Info
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:30 PM

Admiral Launch Duo: New Music for Harp and Saxophone

$15 General, $10 Members
Enjoy the fusion of harp and saxophone in an evening of acoustic and electroacoustic new music, including West Coast premieres of pieces by Christine Hedden and Stephen J. Rush. More Info
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8 PM

Royal Hartigan: Akoma Ensemble

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
In a rare west coast appearance, royal hartigan (drums) will be joined by long-time collaborators Wes Brown (bass) and Hafez Modirzadeh (saxophones), performing original music involving shape-shifting temporal concepts that span multiple traditions of the world. Guests to include Dahveed Behroozi on piano. More Info
Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:30 PM

From Seoul to San Francisco w/ guest artist Soo-Yeon Lyuh

$15 General, $10 Members
This concert features a variety of Korean music and instruments ranging from classical styles of the Chosun Dynasty to recent works from UCSC grad composers. More Info
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8 PM

Lisa Leong, pianist: Arrell, Boulez, Harvey, Lin, Nono, Williams

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Pianist Lisa Leong performs a wide-ranging program of music by Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Jonathan Harvey, Mei-Fang Lin, Amy Williams and Chris Arrell. More Info
Wed Mar 9, 2016 8 PM

Play or Die 2016 #1: Larry Ochs – Jordan Glenn and Bristle

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
"Play or Die": a call to action by Anthony Braxton in the seventies. We're still in agreement. Improvised music has to be heard live to be best appreciated! AND musicians practicing this rugged discipline must perform to a live audience as often as possible in order to evolve, in order to feed the mind. Tonight Larry Ochs joins Jordan Glenn for a meeting of sounds and minds. Sparks should fly. And following that set, the great but under-appreciated "Bristle" - led Randy McKean - will take the stage and blow you away with its magnificent combination of composition and improvisation (with Lisa Mezzacappa, Cory Wright, and Murray Campbell). More Info
Tue Mar 8, 2016 8 PM

permutations030816: Vicky Chow

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Pianist Vicky Chow makes San Francisco debut, performing new Canadian works by Remy Siu, Adam Basanta and American composers Andy Akiho, and Steve Reich. More Info
Sun Mar 6, 2016 7:30 PM

[don’t be a stranger #7] Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble + Chartreuse

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
A new music double bill for the ages, featuring two pioneering groups from across the country performing music by 20th and 21st century composers. Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble will present works by Giacinto Scelsi and Bay Area composers, among others - string trio Chartreuse will perform west coast premieres of works by Younge, Isaacson, and Rubin. More Info
Thu Mar 3, 2016 6-8 PM

The Window Gallery: Opening Reception for Bart Hopkin

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ARTIST TALK AND DEMONSTRATION Thursday, March 3, 6-8 PM Join Bart Hopkin for a free opening reception! Talk and demonstration will begin at 7 PM. More Info
Wed Mar 2, 2016 7 PM

String Noise: The Book of Strange Positions

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
First west-coast appearance since the release of their debut album "The Book of Strange Positions" on Northern Spy Records, String Noise will perform selections from the "The Book" along with a WORLD PREMIERE of an arrangement of Stockhausen's "Tierkreis" by Eric Lyon, along with an improvisation with the avant-garde composer/vocalist Ken Ueno. More Info
Tue Mar 1, 2016 8 PM

Seth Josel performs Catherine Lamb

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
Contemporary music expert and guitar virtuoso Seth Josel performs "point/wave," an immersive, evening-length new work written for him by composer Catherine Lamb. More Info
Sun Feb 28, 2016 5 PM

QUEBEC WINDFEST: Lori Freedman + Quasar + Guest Nava Dunkelman

$20 General, $10 Members
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Curator: Linda Bouchard
QUEBEC WINDFEST: LORI FREEDMAN + QUASAR + GUEST NAVA DUNKELMAN FEATURING MUSIC OF FRED FRITH, LINDA BOUCHARD, BRIAN FERNEYHOUGH, RICHARD BARRETT AND MORE More Info
Sat Feb 27, 2016 8 PM

Carla Harryman & Jon Raskin / Sheldon Brown Ensemble

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Jon Raskin's Gardener of Stars, an Opera Carla Harryman & Jon Raskin with special guest Tania Chen will perform Gardener of Stars, an Opera as improvised score and radical reimagining of Harryman’s 2001 novel, a work “more fantasmagoric poem than fictional narrative” tracking the paradise and wastelands of utopian desire. Sheldon Brown Ensemble will perform material from Brown's Blood of the Air suite, based on the poetry and speech melodies of the late Surrealist poet, Philip Lamantia, as well as material from Brown's project Distant Intervals, which features pieces based on speech melodies of Ivan Arguelles, Clark Coolidge and Andrew Joron. More Info
Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:30-5 PM

Support for New Music: Community Forum

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Come make your voice heard in a community forum moderated by C4NM Executive Director Adam Fong. Special guests for this roundtable discussion will include Ed Harsh, President & CEO of New Music USA, and Kyle Bruckmann, Development Associate of SF Friends of Chamber Music. We will also welcome to our community Margot Melcon, who has recently joined the Zellerbach Family Foundation as Program Executive for Promoting Culture.

Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited -- RSVP requested.

Those unable to attend are encouraged to participate live via Twitter by tagging @c4newmusic, or to submit questions or comments directly to Adam Fong.
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 8 PM

Beau Dream: Songs and other Signposts

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
Beau Dream shares original music for voice and piano, solo viola, and fixed media. An avid yogi and spiritual thinker, Beau writes music designed to help push our thoughts toward relaxation, positivity, and growth. More Info
Sun Feb 21, 2016 4-7 PM

C5 for C4NM: Piano Fundraiser

$40 General, $20 Members
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Join the Center for an afternoon of piano music, food, and beverages, and help support the purchase of a beautiful Yamaha C5 grand piano!

After three years, the Center is thrilled to be investing in the creativity and artistry of its community by purchasing a world class instrument for its artists. Join the cause by attending or donating online. Guests will enjoy performances by Danny Clay & Anne Rainwater, Sarah Cahill, Regina Schaffer, and Chris Brown. Admission includes appetizers and the open bar.
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Fri Feb 19, 2016 8 PM

line upon line percussion

$15 General, $10 Members
Austin-based percussion trio performs work by Matthew Shlomowitz, Thomas Meadowcroft, Andrew Greenwald, David Coll and Steve Snowden. More Info
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7-9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
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. More Info
Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:30 PM

Bad Jazz ‘Tincture’ Release Show

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
Bad Jazz celebrates the release of their second album 'Tincture' on Oakland's Friends and Relatives Records. More Info
Sat Feb 13, 2016 8 PM

Fred Frith / Shelley Hirsch Duo

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Fred Frith guitar and more - Shelley Hirsch Voice/text Our improvisations are never the same way twice and get better and better all the time. More Info
Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Amaranth Quartet and Ogni Suono

$15 General, $10 Members
Every second Friday of the month, Switchboard Presents a split bill of unique music creators from the Bay Artist and beyond. February's installment includes an up-and-coming string quartet performing new works followed by the wildly innovative sounds of two vocalizing saxophonists. More Info
Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:44 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents: People Making Sounds – Bromp Treb + Weston Olencki/Charlie Sdraulig

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, and Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Two sets of performative, sonic performances of sounds and performing. Actions shall be undertaken in varying degrees of excess and understatement, rigor and befuddlement. More Info
Tue Feb 9, 2016 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 3.2 – Ben Johnston & Jan Wurm

$20 General, $15 Members
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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 Ben Johnston’s mictrotonal String Quartet no. 10 paired with Jan Wurm (www.janwurm.com), a California artist who examines daily life and close encounters through her paintings, drawings and artists’ books. More Info
Fri Feb 5, 2016 7:30 PM

Super Healings! – Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

$20 General, $12 Members
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Founders' Series
Kahil El’zabar brings together the NEW Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Hamiet Bluiett / baritone sax / clarinet; Craig Harris / Trombone / Didgerideoo and Kahil El’zabar / multi-percussion / composition / voice. More Info
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8 PM

animalesque : Newby, Olencki, & Roy play Isaacson

$10 General, $5 Members
Bay Area-based musicians Helen Newby and Weston Olencki join forces with Los Angeles-based flutist Elise Roy to present a concert of Kurt Isaacson's recent bestial works for flute, euphonium, cello & piano. More Info
Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:00 PM

LA Signal Lab: Whisper and Howl

$15 General, $10 Members
L.A. Signal lab presents an evening of new works from their debut album, ""Whisper and Howl. Featuring music by Noah Meites, Dan Marschak, Hitomi Oba, and Nick DePinna. More Info
Fri Jan 29, 2016 8 PM

Guerrilla Composers Guild Presents: Transient Canvas

$15 General, $10 Members
Boston-based marimba and bass clarinet duo Transient Canvas performs new works by Bay Area composers Danny Clay, David Coll, Robert Nance, Brenna Noonan, Crystal Pascucci, and Jon Yu. More Info
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:37 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents ECTOPLASMIC VARIATIONS: Sam Ashley, John Krausbauer, Luciano Chessa

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, & Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Three highly singular electro-acoustic musical intermediums set phasers on "other." Strobes, trance, saws, and accordions will be deployed in the service of aesthetic emanations from aetheric realms. More Info
Tue Jan 26, 2016 8 PM

Wild Rumpus + Synchromy [don’t be a stranger #6]

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
The Bay Area’s own Wild Rumpus teams up with Los Angeles composer collective Synchromy to present a series of visceral works by LA and Bay Area composers. The program will include brand new pieces by Jason Barabba, Nick Norton, and Jen Wang, as well as works by Joshua Carro, Ursula Kwong-Brown, Richard Valitutto, Dan VanHassel, and Scott Worthington. More Info
Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:45 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
On our third New Music Open Mic, we will have a wide variety of performers and styles including solo instrumental works, fixed media pieces, and live multimedia pieces. If you are interested in performing, please email Meerenai Shim at flutemusic@gmail.com. The lineup for the January show will be posted at http://meerenai.com/nmom one week before the show. More Info
Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:33 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents: SPLINTER REEDS vs. Stanford Composers – Who Will Win?

$15 General, $10 Members, Students, & Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Splinter Reeds - the West Coast's only professional reed quintet - will perform hair-raising new works for reeds and/or electronics developed during the previous week's residency at Stanford University's CCRMA. More Info
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:00 PM

Ken Ueno & Matt Ingalls + sinecure

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
This concert will feature two noise improv duos: Ken Ueno and Matt Ingalls + sinecure (Luke Martin and Ben Levinson). More Info
Tue Jan 12, 2016 7-9 PM

Composer Meetup

FREE!
Workshop
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. More Info
Sat Jan 9, 2016 8 PM

A/B Duo: Building Premieres

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
A/B Duo premieres the their latest batch of commissions for flute and percussion by Ken Ueno, Brooks Frederickson, Brendon Randall-Myers, and Francisco Castillo Trigueros. More Info
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8 PM

Rova + Figure 8

$15 General, $10 Members
The quartet continues to unearth works from its repertoire to be performed in our New York retrospective in January. In December, Rova will join forces with 4 additional saxophonists Casey Knudsen, Cory Wright, Aram Shelton and Sheldon Brown to play Tracers from the Figure 8 book for sax octet. Plus pieces by Wadada Leo Smith, John Carter, and Rova. Another one-of-a-kind Rova+ show. More Info
Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:30 PM

Thomas Otten, pianist: The Piano Etudes of Leslie Adams + Masterclass with Bay Area pianists

$15 General, $10 Members
Dr. Otten will perform selections from Leslie Adams' Piano Etudes, Part II (2007), which he describes as "Rachmaninoff meets Burt Bacharach", an eclectic and attractive mix of classical and jazz/pop styles. After intermission, he will work in masterclass with selected pianists, offering musical and technical advice. Audience participation is encouraged in both parts of the evening! More Info
Sun Dec 13, 2015 2 PM

Susan Chan: Echoes of China Piano Recital

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
This recital features piano works by international award-winning contemporary Chinese composers Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Alexina Louie and Tan Dun, including two recently commissioned works by Zhou and Chen. The program with verbal program notes mixes old and new, and East and West. Information on Susan Chan can be found at susanchanpiano.com. More Info
Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:30 PM

Prismatic Percussion ++ ! with duo B. (Jason Levis & Lisa Mezzacappa) & Donald Robinson – Joe Lasqo duo

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
2 of the Bay Area’s most daring “percussion plus” duos team up for an evening of rhythmic space exploration among pitch and timbre nebulae shining in audible colors far beyond the visible spectrum: Set 1 - duo B. Jason Levis: percussion & Lisa Mezzacappa: bass; Set 2 – Donald Robinson: percussion & Joe Lasqo: laptop | piano | objects More Info
Sat Dec 12, 2015 8 PM

Aria Rostami + Daniel Blomquist [don’t be a stranger #6]

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
Aria Rostami and Daniel Blomquist re-interpret the current human-to-technology relationship of data-mining, Facebook, the NSA, Google, Youtube and cellphones to create information-based music that sounds familiar while hiding its origins. The show will feature the duo manipulating tapes, prerecorded media, and analogue processing accompanied by video projections from artist Ryan Page. More Info
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Music for Shuffle and Rob Reich

$15 General, $10 Members
Every second Friday of the month, Switchboard Presents a split bill of eclectic artists from the Bay Area and beyond. December's installment features Music for Shuffle, a project developed by Matt Brown, for four instrumentalists playing music displayed on iPad screens, randomly rotating independently of one another, creating a shifting ambient musical landscape. Second on the bill is Rob Reich and his trio performing live film scores. More Info
Wed Dec 9, 2015 7 PM

SF Remixed

$5 General, Free for C4NM members and students and faculty of AiC-SF
Students from The Art Institute of California ­ San Francisco will be showcasing their talents in this immersive exhibition of creativity. This eclectic event combines electronic, hip hop, and soulful ambient music, with Vice Verza, Ebb & Flow, and Jai Swift.

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Sun Dec 6, 2015 4 - 8 PM

Tritones We Have Heard On High! C4NM Holiday Party

$15 General, $10 Members, FREE for all staff and volunteers
Special Event
Join your fellow Center for New Music enthusiasts, members, staff, and volunteers for holiday fun! We’ll share tasty treats and an open bar, and entertain each other with another hilarious round of new music trivia plus the second annual collaborative performance of "Jingle Bells In C."

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Sat Dec 5, 2015 8 PM

Friction Quartet + Religious Girls [don’t be a stranger series #5]

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
Local chamber music heavyweights and C4NM Ensemble-In-Residence Friction Quartet will perform new works by Akiho, Stoffregen and Verotta, followed by a set from local experimental pop heroes Religious Girls. More Info
Fri Dec 4, 2015 8 PM

Van-Anh Nguyen & Julian Toha: 1 PIANO, 4 HANDS

$25 General, $20 Members
You’ve seen both artists execute solo piano repertoire. In the lead up to the festive season, concert pianists Van-Anh Nguyen (Australia) and Julian Toha (USA) collaborate in a vibrant, exciting and passionate concert of repertoire for 4 hands. Come see their electric playing light up the stage in Brahms Hungarian Dances and the complete Nutcracker Suite. Support act is Ryan Hickey, an extremely talented multi-genred pianist. More Info
Wed Dec 2, 2015 7:30 PM

Sara Cubarsi: solo violin recital – Ferneyhough, Berio, Bartók, and more

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Solo recital given by Catalan violinist Sara Cubarsi featuring 20thC./contemporary music by Ken Ueno, Ferneyhough, Berio, Bartók and the performer herself. More Info
Tue Dec 1, 2015 8 PM

BEARS REPEATING Music Improvisation Ensemble II Concert – Mills College

FREE!
The Mills Music Improvisation Ensemble II. (MIE II) class presents an evening of improvised music, that BEARS REPEATING. Under the direction of Fred Frith, MIE II has been cooking up a stew of ideas about contemporary group improvisation sounds, theory, and dynamics throughout the semester. They will be presenting a 2-part evening of varied improvised music for large and small ensembles. More Info
Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:00 PM

Endangered Temperaments: Bertamo Trio / Edward Schocker / Dennis Aman [don’t be a stranger #4]

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
A concert of works for baroque trio (harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba) using meantone tempearament, including two new commissioned pieces conceived for this tuning by Edward Schocker and Dennis Aman. More Info
Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:00 PM

Tessa Seymour and Jiyeon Kim: Five Faces of Modernity

$20 General, $15 Members
Tessa Seymour and Jiyeon Kim explore aesthetic modernity in a duo concert of contemporary cello and guitar works, including those by Reich, Vasks, Falla, and the premiere of a duo by award-winning acoustic and electronic composer William Gardiner. More Info
Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:00 PM

Double Divas of Mutimedia Voice: Pamela Z & Viv Corringham

$12 General, $8 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
An intense evening of vocal art with two amazing post-modern vocal divas: The Bay Area’s Pamela Z and London/New York vocal artist Viv Corringham. Set 1: Pamela Z presents a multimedia suite of solos for voice, electronics, including excerpts from recent works Memory Trace and Closed Loop. Set 2: Viv Corringham Multimedia Consort present "Ρεμπέτικα Νεα" ("New Rebetika"), an electronicized, multi-media radicalization of the Greek rebetika music as part of Viv’s Life Is Clearer Seen Through Smoke tour. Line-up: Viv Corringham, Nancy Beckman, Tom BIckley, Nan Busse, Anna Geyer, & Joe Lasqo. More Info
Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:33 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries presents: Splinter Reeds / sfSoundGroup dual CD release party (!)

$20 General, $15 Members (includes CD)
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Two of the Bay Area's scrappiest contemporary music ensembles join forces in the quixotic and anachronistic endeavor of simultaneously unleashing DEBUT CDs upon a public, and market, utterly starved for sufficient stimulation and product, respectively. Price of admission includes copies of both CDs. Part concert, all party. More Info
Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:30 PM

Vernacular Visions #22

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
The third and final installment in a series of screenings that Vernacular Visions* will be doing as part of a 3 month residency at the Center for New Music (September - November), co-curated by Justin Rhody and Tania Chen. At each performance a 35mm slideshow of found photographs will be projected while two small groupings of musical improvisers (from both Oakland and San Francisco) 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
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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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
Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:45 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
On our third New Music Open Mic, we will have a wide variety of performers and styles including solo instrumental works, fixed media pieces, and live multimedia pieces. If you are interested in performing, please email Meerenai Shim at flutemusic@gmail.com. The lineup for the November show will be posted at http://meerenai.com/nmom one week before the show. More Info
Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:00 PM

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

Free!
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
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: MaryClare Bryztwa and Aunt Rose

$15 General, $10 Members
Every second Friday of the month, Switchboard Presents a split bill of Festival artists past, present, and future, plus other members of the Bay Area music community. On November 13, MaryClare Brzytwa performs music for flute and electronic array, followed by Aunt Rose, a new trio from Jordan Glenn, Mark Clifford, and Crystal Pascucci performing composed & improvised music. More Info
Tue Nov 10, 2015 7 - 9 PM

Composer Meetup

FREE!
Workshop
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 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
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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Thu Nov 5, 2015 6-8 PM; Interview and demonstration 7 PM

Opening Reception: Sudhu Tewari

FREE
Sudhu Tewari: Tune for Minimum Smoke II Opening Reception Interview and demonstration with the artist at 7:00 pm. Food and drinks will be available. 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 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
Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 3.1 – Terry Riley & Kate Rannells

$20 General, $15 Members
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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 (http://katerannells.com/), 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
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
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 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
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
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, Jeanie Aprille Tang, Ryan Page & Benjamin Tinker w/ voice accompaniment: Josephine Torio perform a guided improvised soundtrack to Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927). 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
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
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
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)

See NewCo site for General Public; Free for Members
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Special Event
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.

Full information available from NewCo.
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
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
Fri Oct 2, 2015 8:00 PM

18th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

$15 General, $10 Members, Seniors & Students
Artists include Cheryl Leonard, Bart Hopkin and Tom Nunn. More Info
Thu Oct 1, 2015 6:00 PM

18th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

FREE
Festival opening reception at The Window Gallery featuring instruments and performance by Sung Kim. More Info
Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:30 PM

Silver Keys Trio – All American Music

$15 General, $10 Members
The Silver Keys Trio consists of flutist Christina Guenther, bassoonist Susan Nelson, and pianist Geneva Fung. Working together at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations, and the trio has been performing together ever since. We are very excited to be sharing a program that includes world premieres of new works by two American composers on our 2015 California tour! More Info
Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:29 PM

Not Electronic Music: sfSoundSalonSeries presents RAFAEL TORAL + ERIC GLICK RIEMAN, CHRIS COOPER, HORAFLORA

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Rafael Toral is not an electronic musician, but an incendiary and idiosyncratic Lisbon-based musician who employs electronic instruments to perform music. Formerly known for his drone/ambient work with guitar and electronics and acclaimed records such as Wave Field (1994) or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (2000), he has radically renewed his approach to music, launching the jazz-inspired and alien-sounding Space Program in 2004. http://rafaeltoral.net More Info
Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:00 PM

Optical Sound #2 ~ Dementia (1955) ~ Frith•Custer•Stanley

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
"The second in a monthly series of improv music to soundless films at The Center For New Music. Benjamin Ethan Tinker is curating this series with Center For New Music curator Tania Chen. This evening the film will be the dialouge-less "Dementia (aka Daughter of Horror)" (1955) by John Parker. "May be the strangest film ever offered for theatrical release." – Variety Come hear the ecstatic sounds of the trio of Fred Frith, Beth Custer, and Christina Stanley! More Info
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:00 PM

Christin Schillinger — Diaphonic: New Sounds for Bassoon

$15 General, $10 Members
New Music specialist Christin Schillinger performs new works for bassoon by California composers Kyle Hovatter, Jenni Brandon, John Steinmetz, Adrienne Albert, & Alex Shapiro. She is joined by collaborative pianist Jed Moss. More Info
Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:48 PM

Willful Devices: sfSoundSalonSeries presents Scott Miller & Pat O’Keefe

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Willful Devices is an electroacoustic improv duo, born of the collaboration between composer/computer musician Scott Miller and clarinetist/bass clarinetist Pat O’Keefe. Their name refers to the willful nature of the tools they manipulate to produce sound, because despite their best efforts, these devices are never fully under their control. More Info
Sun Sep 20, 2015 2 - 7 PM

Composer Meetup & Member Party

Free! Free! Free!
Special Event
C4NM hosts a two-part day of community fun: the monthly composer meetup runs from 2 to 4 PM, followed by a reception for current and prospective members.

C4NM staff and board will offer exciting announcements, and introduce the first Ensemble in Residence. There may be games as well!

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Fri Sep 18, 2015 4 - 8 PM

C4NM @ 2 Blocks of Art

Free!
Special Event
The Center for New Music will serve as host to a grand piano on San Francisco's Market Street, as part of the 2 BLOCKS OF ART event.

C4NM members Jason Rosenberg, Van-Anh Nguyen, and Mohan Sundararaj will perform and invite passersby to play on the temporarily-installed instrument in front of Showdogs, at the intersection of Market Street and 6th Street.

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Wed Sep 16, 2015 8 PM

Rova + Henry Kaiser + Kyle Bruckmann: Steve Lacy’s “Saxophone Special”

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Reprising their sextet show from July 2015 in Oakland, Rova and friends perform the classic 1974 recording by Steve Lacy called “Saxophone Special,” in preparation for a studio recording of same.

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Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:30 PM

I Sing Words: The Poetry Project – Jill Morgan Brenner & Anne Rainwater

$15 General, $10 Members
Jill Morgan Brenner (soprano) and Anne Rainwater (pianist) present a concert of world premier art songs and song cycles by local composers setting music to living poets. More Info
Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Ambient Happy Hour & In C ReDo

$15 General, $10 Members
Switchboard Presents launches their 2015-2016 concert season with an ambient happy hour curated by Danny Clay and an audience-participation performance of the In C ReDo. More Info
Fri Sep 4, 2015 7:30 PM

Vernacular Visions

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Tania Chen
A 35mm slideshow of found photographs from the Vernacular Visions archive featuring live improvised musical accompaniment by Jake Head, Jon Leidecker, Corey Hucks, Nick Wang, and Tania Chen. More Info
Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:00 PM

JThon’s EP Release Party

$5, Free for members
Ep Release Party for my first EP, with live performances, live DJ's, food and drinks. opportunity for networking and having a good night. More Info
Fri Aug 28, 2015 8 PM

Tonal Masher meets Bari Blaster: Aram Shelton & Jon Raskin + John Bischoff Solo Electronics

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Raskin’s Bari Blaster meets Shelton’s Tonal Masher in their first meeting as a duo. This set aspires to shed light on innovative ways in which the saxophone can be used. This will be a no rules event. John Bischoff will perform a set of solo electronic pieces built from intrinsic features of the electronic medium: high definition noise components, tonal edges, imperfections, transitions, digital shading, and non-linear motion. More Info
Wed Aug 26, 2015 8 PM

Cadenza: Pierrot Lunaire

$35 General, $30 Members
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Concert version of Pierrot Lunaire Op.21 of Arnold Schoenberg featuring members of Cadenza Orchestra. http://www.scmusic.org More Info
Mon Aug 24, 2015 7 -9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
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! More Info
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7 PM

Cadenza: Pierrot Lunaire

$35 General, $30 Members
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Concert version of Pierrot Lunaire Op.21 of Arnold Schoenberg featuring members of Cadenza Orchestra. http://www.scmusic.org More Info
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:45 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
A showcase for composers and performers who want to try something new or have a polished work to share but do not have enough material for an entire show. Expect a wide variety of styles, voices, and sounds! More Info
Thu Aug 20, 2015 8 PM

Optical Sound – DATE CHANGE

$15 General, $10 Member
Curator: Tania Chen
Ensemble; Bruce Ackley - reeds, Tania Chen - piano & other, Nava Dunkelman - percussion, Andy Strain - trombone Film; Ménilmontant (1926) dir. - Dimitri Kirsanoff, 40min More Info
Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:30 PM

Transient Canvas: East to West [don’t be a stranger #2]

$15 General, $10 Member
Curator: Danny Clay
The Boston-based marimba and bass clarinet duo Transient Canvas presents a bi-coastal program of new works from composers David Coll, Joseph Colombo, Brenna Noonan, Beau Kenyon, Adam Roberts, and Andy Vores. More Info
Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:00 PM

Scott Worthington

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Scott Worthington presents new and recent works for double bass and electronics on his CD release tour of the west coast. More Info
Sat Aug 8, 2015 7:30 PM

Alma Sangre w/ Plastic Persons

$10 General, $5 Members
Alma Sangre, from Boyle Heights in LA, will be performing their hybrid of Spanish rhythm and dance. This is their first performance in San Francisco. Plastic Persons will be supporting as a guitar/sax duo. More Info
Fri Aug 7, 2015 8:00 PM

Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna: A “Through the Looking Glass” Approach to Irish Music

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim
Brooklyn-based fiddler/violinist Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna bring their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional Irish music to the Center for New Music. Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Lyn and Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers and their deep admiration for traditional music. This concert will celebrate the release of their second album, “The Great Arc”. More Info
Tue Aug 4, 2015 7:30 PM

Vlatkovich Tryyo with special guest Jon Raskin

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Contemporary Improvised Music

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Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:00 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Séverine Ballon / Andrew C. Smith: resonance, order, and chaos

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
New and recent works exploring resonance, order, and chaos for solo cello and solo piano by Elizabeth Adams, David Kant, Andrew C. Smith, Ma'ayan Tsadka, and K.C.M. Walker, curated by Indexical. More Info
Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:45 PM

Black Spirituals, Charles Barabé, Black Givre, Jean-Sébastien Truchy

$5 General, FREE Members
The best of Montreal's experimental music and video scene descend on San Francisco as Charles Barabé, Black Givre, and Jean-Sébastien Truchy, are joined by very special guests making their San Francisco debut at the Center For New Music. Find out what CNM could be with a DJ between sets and a $5 door! Free to CNM members. More Info
Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:30 PM

Kate Campbell + Anne Rainwater [don’t be a stranger series #1]

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Danny Clay
Brilliant local pianists Kate Campbell and Anne Rainwater play game-based music by Rozalie Hirs, György Kurtág, John Zorn, and an immersive collaboration with Danny Clay. Pre-concert party with the artists begins at 7:30; music proper begins around 8. More Info
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3 - 10 PM

Thingamathon!!! Fundraiser for the Window Gallery

$10 General, $20 Donor; $5 Food or Drink (ea.)
Special Event
The First Annual THINGAMATHON!!!!

A festival celebrating the Bay Area instrument inventing community, with silent auction to benefit the Window Gallery in support of inventors.

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Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:52 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Cartilaginous Music: sfSoundGroup + Chris Burns and Weston Olencki

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
For sfSound's mid-summer freakout, they brazenly problematize instrumentalism, embodiment, and the piece-hood of a piece. Co-founder-made-good Chris Burns and post-trombone monster Weston Olencki join sfSoundGroup in a program of works by Burns, Pierluigi Billone, and Evan Johnson, culminating in an irresponsible evocation of John Cage's ghost for a free fantasia on Cartridge Music (1960). More Info
Sat Jul 11, 2015 8 PM

Punto G: Los dos Guillermos

$15 General
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Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Guillermo Galindo (gal*in_dog) present a rare evening of “real time” electronic music composition, wild spoken word & performance art.

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Thu Jul 9, 2015 6 - 8 PM

Opening Reception: New American Gamelan Instruments by Daniel Schmidt

Free!
Special Event
Opening reception for a new exhibit of American Gamelan instruments created by Daniel Schmidt in the last five years. The exhibit will be on display through August in The Window Gallery.

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Thu Jul 2, 2015 7:48 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: James Falzone: solo + RengaWest

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann
Multi-faceted clarinetist/composer James Falzone is an acclaimed member of Chicago's jazz and creative improvised music scene. His Renga Ensemble draws draws together some of the most diverse and adventurous clarinet and saxophone players working in jazz and improvised music today, including the Bay Area's own Ben Goldberg. This special West Coast edition will involve an all-star local cast including Goldberg and sfSound's Matt Ingalls. More Info
Sun Jun 28, 2015 8 PM

Matthew Goodheart : Works

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Blurring lines between composition and sound installation, this evening features works created by and written for Composer/Sound Artist Matthew Goodheart. With bassist George Cremaschi.

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Fri Jun 26, 2015 8 PM

Reed and Slide: François Houle & Samuel Blazer

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard

Houle & Blazer will perform Gérard Grisey's Solo pour deux, for clarinet and trombone, a new commission by Joëlle Léandre, and their own compositions.

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Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:30 PM

ZOFO: Rohde and Riley

$15 General, $10 Members

ZOFO - GRAMMY- nominated one-piano-four-hand Steinway Artist Ensemble - will perform the World Premiere of Kurt Rohde's new piano duet commissioned by them, "Altromondo". This piece involves innovative inside-piano techniques and additional instruments including triangles, harmonicas, melodicas and Chinese paper accordions. The second half will feature selections from ZOFO's newly-released album "ZOFO Plays Terry Riley".

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Wed Jun 24, 2015 7 - 9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
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! More Info
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8 PM

“Play that Thing or Throw It Away” (Larry Ochs – Darren Johnston – Gino Robair)

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Three Cats Making Magic Happen

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Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:45 PM

New Music Open Mic

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Meerenai Shim

A showcase for composers and performers who want to try something new or have a polished work to share but do not have enough material for an entire show.

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Wed Jun 17, 2015 7 PM

CANCELED — Diaphonic: 21st Century Music for Bassoon

$15 General, $10 Members
***THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED -- WE APOLOGIZE AND HOPE TO RESCHEDULE FOR THE FALL

New Music specialist Christin Schillinger performs new works for bassoon by California composers Kyle Hovatter, Jenni Brandon, John Steinmetz, Adrienne Albert, & Alex Shapiro. She is joined by collaborative pianist Jed Moss.

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Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:56 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Margaret Lancaster & Elliot Simpson perform solo works by Larry Polansky

$15 General, $10 Members & Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Margaret Lancaster performs Larry Polansky's "Piker" (1997–8), a set of five pieces for solo piccolo. Elliot Simpson performs Polansky's "Songs and Toods" (2005) a set of five pieces for the Lou Harrison National Just Intonation Resophonic guitar that explores various and extreme possibilities of the guitar’s tuning structure.

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Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Lady Band and surprise special guest

$15 General, $10 Members
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On Second Fridays at the Center for New Music, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, Festival artists, and other acts who fall between genre lines.

June's set features Lady Band, a new trio performing songs inspired by vintage sheet music, art song, sea chanties, and strophic tales. A nod to pre-digital home entertainment.

Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:30 PM

Ensemble San Francisco: Amor

$15 General, $10 Members

Ensemble San Francisco presents the world premiere of a new set of songs by composer Jose Gonzalez Granero, featuring SF Opera's Efrain Solis. Also on the program is music by Oakland-based Mark Ackerley, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Levante for piano solo.

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Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:30 PM

Rova Power Trio vs. Rova String Quartet vs. ROVA!!!

$15 General, $10 Members

Rova power trio: John Shiurba (el gtr.), Jason Hoopes (el. bass), Jordan Glenn (drums)
Rova String Quartet: Christina Stanley (violin), Tara Flandreau (viola), Alex Kelly (cello), Scott Walton (bass).
Rova Sax Quartet: Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley

In the run-up to Rova’s major show “Rovaté 2015” taking place on June 29 at ODC Theater, this is the second of two concerts at C4NM where Rova will introduce musical units of the June orchestra. All 3 units listed above will perform separately and mixed small units.

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Tue Jun 9, 2015 8 PM

DUOPO-J

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

An evening of new music for two clarinets and two cellos presented by a San Diego based ensemble of musicians from Japan, Australia, and the USA. The program will feature works by Liza Lim, Chikako Morishita, Olga Neuwirth, Ken Ueno, and Tashi Wada. Presented by Michiko Ogawa (Clarinet/Bass clarinet), Samuel Ekkerhardt Dunscombe (Clarinet/Bass clarinet), Tyler. J. Borden (Cello) and Judith Hamann (Cello). More Info

Sun Jun 7, 2015 5 PM

Claudia La Rocco, Tim Perkis, & Leyya Tawil/Dominic Cramp Duo

$15 General, $10 Members

Claudia and Tim in conversation/performance.
Tawil and Cramp in duo form for the first time.
Talk, Music, Dance and the likes of it.

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Sat Jun 6, 2015 8 PM

J​onah Parzen-­Johnson Solo & Steven Lugerner’s SLUGish

$10 General, $8 Members

​hicago­born/Brooklyn­based lofi experimental folk saxophonist, Jonah Parzen­Johnson, performs solo music for analog synthesizer and baritone saxophone in support of his new album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (6/2/15 Primary Records). He shares the bill with Bay Area composer & woodwind renaissance man Steven Lugerner’s SLUGish ensemble.

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Fri Jun 5, 2015 8 PM

Andrew Jamieson: Talking With Spirituals

$15 General, $10 Members

Solo piano arrangements by Andrew Jamieson that bring melodies of African American spirituals and rhythms and harmonies of black worship traditions into dialogue with avant-garde piano harmonies and passionate free improvisation.

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Thu Jun 4, 2015 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 2.3

$20 General, $15 Members
The third and final concert of this season’s Del Sol’s “Soundings” project features the imaginative and provocative quartet “Peradam” by UC Berkeley composer Ken Ueno. The performance will also include large­-scale visual improvisations by New York-­based visualist and software designer Joshue Ott.

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Wed Jun 3, 2015 8 PM

Philippe Brunet: New Music for Solo Trumpet

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

Canadian trumpet virtuoso, Philippe Brunet, brings an ambitious program for solo trumpet that explores the sonic and technical limits of his instrument. Masterpieces by Stockhausen and Berio are paired with pieces commissioned by Brunet (Chrysakis and Siu). Ending the program is Erickson’s technical showcase, Kryl. Kate Campbell, a local piano star, will assist him on piano resonance on Berio’s Sequenza X.

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Tue Jun 2, 2015 8 PM

T.D. Skatchit with Tom Dambly & Brendan Lai-Tong – New compositions for extra-large Skatchbox plus Chris Brown

$10-15 (sliding scale) General, $8 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

T.D. Skatchit with Tom Dambly & Brendan Lai-Tong plus Chris Brown solo

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Sun May 31, 2015 4 PM

Seasons Of Love – Broadway & Opera Favorites Album Launch

$45 VIP, $25 General/Concession, $20 Members

Australian concert pianist and composer Van-Anh Nguyen collaborates with American-Vietnamese singer Bich-Van Nguyen in an album of Broadway and Opera favorites, performing arranged works from Wicked, Carmen, Miss Saigon and many more. Concert pianist & composer Julian Toha will open the concert as the support act.

Tickets:
$45 VIP (includes reserved seating + signed CD)
$25 GA/Concession
$20 Members
All ticket pricing including wine & canapés

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Sat May 30, 2015 7 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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Fri May 29, 2015 8 PM

The Book of a Thousand Eyes

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Tania Chen and Jon Raskin perform a new work for music and poetry using Lyn Hejinians, “The Book of a Thousand Eyes”.

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Thu May 28, 2015 8 PM

3+4: Vidya Trio & Social Stutter

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

An evening of Trio and Quartet music that blurs the line between through composed chamber music and improvisation.

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Tue May 26, 2015 7:30 PM

Helen Newby: Hypersuite

$15 General, $10 Members

Hypersuite, a term coined by cellist Darrett Adkins, is a pairing of J.S. Bach’s fifth cello suite with correspondent contemporary works.

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Fri May 22, 2015 7:58 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Mooncake & The Happy Valley Band

$15 General, $8 Members & Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann

Mooncake (Biggi Vinkeloe, Emily Hay, and Motoko Honda) perform free improvisations.

The Happy Valley Band perform pop music covers transcribed by faulty and overly-complex computer sound analysis.

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Thu May 21, 2015 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Black Cedar (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Black Cedar presents new music for a new kind of ensemble of flute, cello, and guitar: Their 2015 commissions by composers Garrett Shatzer and David Smith, Durwynne Hsieh’s Four Duos for Cello and Guitar (2013), Chinary Ung’s powerful Luminous Spirals (1997) with echoes from the Khmer Rouge genocide, and Nathan Kolosko’s beautiful Hungarian Trio (2012).

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Wed May 20, 2015 7:30 PM

Now Hear Ensemble: Round and Round

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

Round and Round puts music in motion with a collection of pieces utilizing and inspired by the most basic form of transportation: the wheel.

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Tue May 19, 2015 8 PM

Il Prete Rosso

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

This concert features new music specialist Sarah Plum in an exciting program of music for violin alone and with electronics by Kurt Rohde, Mari Takano, Sidney Corbett, Jeff Herriot, Andrew List and Mark Engebretson. This program feautures Il Prete Rosso, a piece written for her by Charles Nichols for violin, live electronics and motion sensor was premiered in December at the Cube, a state of the art venue of the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology at Virginia Tech.

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Sat May 16, 2015 8 PM

Ensemble sic + Giacomo Fiore: Plucked Strings and Struck Bars

$15 General, $10 Members & Students

New pieces for refretted resonator guitar in just intonation, retuned Fender Rhodes, pipa, oud, percussion, and electronics. Composed and performed by graduate students from UC Santa Cruz, featuring Giacomo Fiore.

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Fri May 15, 2015 8 PM

Babes in Toy Land: A Night of Toys & Noise with Anna Homler, Tania Chen and Gino Robair

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Tania Chen

Anna Homler and Tania Chen met in London a few years ago and bonded over a love of toys and the unexpected. This premiere performance will be an exuberant exploration of sonic worlds created by toys, found objects, lo-fi electronics, and alien vocalese. They will be joined by the versatile electronics wizard and percussionist Gino Robair, for an evening of improvised duos and trios.

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Thu May 14, 2015 7 - 9 PM

Composer Meetup

Free!
Workshop
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; potluck contributions appreciated! More Info
Wed May 13, 2015 7 PM

Workshop: San Francisco SuperCollider Meeting

Free!
Workshop
Do you already use SuperCollider, or would you like to learn more about it? Are you a Pd or Max/MSP user considering to add SuperCollider to your sonic toolbox? This informal meet-up is free and open to anyone interested in SuperCollider. It’s a space for people to present their work, ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and anything else SC-related. The meeting starts at 7pm, but at 6:30pm we will have a short “get-started” tutorial for total beginners. For more info, contact Bruno Ruviaro (bruviaro at scu dot edu). More Info
Tue May 12, 2015 7:30 PM

City College of San Francisco Electronic Music: UL_Unlisted

$10 General, $7 Members & Students
CCSF intermediate and advanced electronic music students perform their pieces for multichannel playback as well as ensembles of hacked electronics. Resourcefully executed and traditionally adventurous, these students represent the Bay Area’s next generation of electronic musicians.

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Sat May 9, 2015 8:01 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: David Bithell plus sfSoundGroup performs Erik Satie’s silent film score, Entr’Acte

$15 General, $8 Underemployed
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann

DAVID BITHELL returns to the Bay Area to perform a set of original works combining theater, performance art, and interactive electronic music. With works described "like a wordless Samuel Beckett play with a score by John Cage”, Bithell’s artistic language makes meaning out of the relationships between sound, image, and action. PLUS: sfSoundGroup performs Erik Satie’s silent film score, Entr’Acte.

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Fri May 8, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Meerenai Shim and New Match Arc

$15 General, $10 Members

On Second Fridays at the Center for New Music, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, Festival artists, and other acts who fall between genre lines.

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Thu May 7, 2015 6- 8 PM

Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Instruments from the Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley collections – Opening Reception

Free!
Special Event
Kronos Quartet and Terry Riley began their decades-long friendship at Mills College in the late 1970s. Since then, Kronos has commissioned 28 works from Riley, more than from any other composer in the group’s history. This exhibit offers a peek into the sound worlds composer and quartet continue to create together, including original instruments by Walter Kitundu, vintage synthesizers, and shamanic plants.

Join members of Kronos Quartet to celebrate the installation of this unique instrument exhibit.

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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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Fri May 1, 2015 7 PM (Films), 8 PM (Concert)

Amy X Neuburg: Jerry Hunt’s “Song Drapes”

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

Amy X Neuburg performs a new commissioned interpretation of Jerry Hunt’s “Song Drapes” — Jerry’s electronic textures, Amy’s lyrics, vocals and electronic percussion. Preceding the concert will be excerpts of films by and about Jerry, and a brief discussion of his work and life.

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Sun Apr 26, 2015 7 PM

The Plath Project

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

The Plath Project is the debut concert of the Firesong ensemble’s commission project supported by the 2014 SFFCM Musical Grant Program. The concert presents the work of five living composers whose music features the poetry of Sylvia Plath.

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Sun Apr 26, 2015 2 PM

Christopher Coppola presents SFAI Chance Ensemble

Free!
Consisting of MFA students from Christopher Coppola’s Chance Music and Film Poetry class, SFAI Chance Ensemble performs a live musical interpretation of randomly shot and edited celluloid and digital moving images. With handmade original instruments they experiment with indeterminacy and improvisation to create a “seeing music, hearing film” composition.

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Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:30 PM

Songs for the Ancestors: Poetry & Music in Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide

$15 General, $10 Members
Jewlia Eisenberg's Charming Hostess has been a groundbreaking mainstay of the avant-ethnic music scene for over two decades. The group is known to feature "voices and vocal percussion, handclaps and heartbeats, sex-breath and silence."

They'll be followed by the Bay Area's own Kugelplex, who specialize in their own original brand of Klezmer, East European, Mid East, and Modern Chamber music. In honor of the April 24th Armenian Martyrs Day, they have teamed up with the spoken word of James Baloian for a brand new collaboration

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Wed Apr 22, 2015 8 PM

Karl Cronin & the Americana Orchestra

$10 General, FREE for Members!

Karl Cronin presents an evening of stories, quiet love songs, and sonic landscapes with the Americana Orchestra.

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Tue Apr 21, 2015 7 PM

Rituals, Wires, and Magic

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Curt Brown opens with a set on modular synth; members of the RITUAL 1: thicket ensemble (Suki O’Kane, Tim Kim, and Katherine McDonald) perform on voice, guitar, violin, processed water, and objects; Jeffrey Young (NYC) performs a quirky selection of his own music for solo violin and live electronics; Phillip Greenlief, Elżbieta Polak, and Lisa Mezzacappa perform new graphic scores by Greenlief, collectively entitled BARBED WIRE.

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Sun Apr 19, 2015 3 PM

My Blue Piano and Beautiful Wonders (New Music with the Jewish Music & Poetry Project)

$15 General, $10 Members

World premieres of newly-commissioned works by David Garner (Mein Blaues Klavier—My Blue Piano) to texts by Elsa Lasker-Schueler and by Kurt Erickson (Die Schoenen Wunder—Beautiful Wonders) to poetry by Gertrud Kolmar, plus the American premiere of Lajos Delej’s lost Scherzo for cello. More Info

Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:30 PM

Tenney Project @ Tangents Guitar Series

$15 General, $10 Members

A retrospective of the complete guitar works of James Tenney: Harmonium II, Septet, Water on the mountain…Fire in heaven, and Spectrum 4

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Fri Apr 17, 2015 8 PM

Rova Quartet NOW (New Original Wow)

$15 General, $10 Members

Premieres of pieces composed in the last few months by members of the band, written for Rova.

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Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Gestaltish (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Please join Gestaltish for an evening of sonic exploration in celebration of their newly released EP. Embracing tonality, rhythmic integrity or the absence of either, this free-improvising ensemble traipses deftly through space and time offering audience unique listening experiences.

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Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:42 PM

Wired Breath/Strung Waves: Christian Pincock & Florent Collautti (sfSoundSalonSeries)

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Kyle Bruckmann

sfSound presents two perspectives on electroacoustic solo instrumental hyperextension. Christian Pincock (Albuquerque) is a composer/performer on trombone and electronics who uses custom-made controllers and software to play multiple parts simultaneously and create orchestral textures unaccompanied. Florent Coulautti composes and plays using a homebuilt instrument with electromagnetic bows piloted by computer and strings subsequently amplified and processed with Max/MSP.

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Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:30 PM

Topographies: Tenor Saxophone solo recital

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

This recital presents some of the major existing works for tenor saxophone. They both develop a coherent and deep musical discourse and push the instrumental limitations of the instrument, helped by the use of extended playing techniques.

Program:
Tre pezzi by Giacinto Scelsi (1956) (10')
Périple by Paul Méfano (1978) (10')
Hard by Christian Lauba (1988) (9')
Alter ego by Georges Aperghis (2001) (7')
Charon Schläft (...kein notturno) by Valentin Marti (2007) (12')

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Sat Apr 11, 2015 3 - 8 PM

Composer Meetup & Member Party

Free!
Special Event
C4NM hosts a two-part day of community fun: the kick-off of a new series of composer meetups from 3 to 5 PM, followed by a reception for current and prospective members.

C4NM staff and board will offer exciting announcements, and we'll have special prizes for anyone who renews their membership or joins at the party!

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Fri Apr 10, 2015 8 PM

Rova String Quartet + Rova Sax Quartet

$15 General, $10 Members

In the run-up to Rova’s major show “Rovaté 2015” taking place in late June at ODC Theater, this is the first of two concerts at C4NM where Rova will introduce musical units of the June orchestra. Tonight in set, we introduce Rova String Quartet, one-third of the Rovaté orchestra: Christina Stanley (violin), Tara Flandreau (viola), Alex Kelly (cello), Scott Walton (bass). Set 2: Rova itself, improvising on themes and ideas that will be fleshed out during Rovaté.

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Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:30 - 1 PM

C4NM @ Market Street Prototyping Festival: Helen Newby

Free!
Special Event
On April 9 and 10, C4NM curates special free outdoor performances on Market Street, in front of The Hall (between 6th Street and 7th Street).

Friday's 1pm show features up and coming cellist Helen Newby, who will offer a sneak preview of her upcoming concert at C4NM. Newby will perform streetside in a special "Show Box," designed and built by CounterPULSE and Jensen Architects as part of the Market Street Protoyping Festival.

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Thu Apr 9, 2015 12:30 - 1 PM

C4NM @ Market Street Prototyping Festival: Mark Helias’s Open Loose

Free!
Special Event
On April 9 and 10, C4NM curates special free outdoor performances on Market Street, in front of The Hall (between 6th Street and 7th Street).

Thursday's 1pm show features Mark Helias's Open Loose Trio, who will also be performing a full program in the evening at C4NM. Open Loose will perform streetside in a special "Show Box," designed and built by CounterPULSE and Jensen Architects as part of the Market Street Protoyping Festival.

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Thu Apr 9, 2015 7:30 PM

Mark Helias’ Open Loose

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Consummate improvising trio from NY.

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Thu Apr 2, 2015 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Sheldon Brown/Lorin Benedict/Jonathan Alford/Eric Vogler – Solos, Duos, Trios . . . (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Sheldon Brown, Lorin Benedict, Jonathan Alford and Eric Vogler will be performing original solo, duo and trio pieces.

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Wed Apr 1, 2015 7:30 PM

Weston Olencki and Athletics: [HEAVY MATTER]

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

SF-based trombonist Weston Olencki will present [HEAVY MATTER], a program of radical solo and chamber works featuring world premieres by Peter Ablinger (Austria), Joan Arnau Pàmies (Catalonia), and Pablo Santiago Chin (Costa Rica), with North American premieres from Bernhard Lang (Austria) and Ann Cleare (Ireland). Olencki will also be joined by Eric Wubbels (piano), and Jessie Marino (cello).

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Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 2.2

$20 General, $15 Members

The second concert of this season’s Del Sol Quartet’s “Soundings” project features the soulful but fiery music of composer Huang Ruo. The evening focuses on the creative exploration of his quartet “Calligraffiti” in conjunction with new artwork by visual artist Kate Rannells. Read about this special concert format in a review of Soundings 2.1 in San Francisco Classical Voice.

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Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:30 PM

Ritual #1: FluxGathering

$15 General, $10 Members
Drawing from her experience in Fluxus and religious ceremonies, Amy Foote curates and performs a concert ritual of Flux events and chance based refrains, culminating in a sermon: John Cage's Lecture on Nothing. This is the first performance in Miss Foote's Human Works series and is curated in part by SF based composer, Danny Clay. Please bring your own mug for various communal offerings throughout the performance.
Sat Mar 28, 2015 8 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: A Tribute To Robert Ashley

Free!
Curator: Matt Ingalls

A Tribute To Robert Ashley, presented by New York based baritone Thomas Buckner.

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Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:30-10:30 PM

Open Salon with Wild Rumpus

Free!

Wild Rumpus and the Center for New Music are partnering to offer a free, open reading session and salon! Composers can sign up for spots to have their works read by the ensemble, and Wild Rumpus will also share works-in-progress, including new commissions! Have a drink and some snacks and hear some new music get made!

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Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Vocallective (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Vocallective performs contemporary vocal chamber music in this concert featuring Unwritten by Mohammed Fairouz and Far Away Songs by Nico Muhly, as well as music by Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel. These pieces were chosen specifically for their ethereal character and because all of the instruments, including the voice, play as equals. Joining Vocallective founder and director Indre Viskontas, flutist Meerenai Shim, and the Town Quartet.

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Sun Mar 22, 2015 8 PM

Rova:Arts Presents Matches, Night 2: Ochs-Glenn Duo // Bruce Ackley – Tania Chen Duo

$15 General, $10 Members

Over two nights, Rova members will team up with long-time associates and first-time co-conspirators to present 4 sets of duo performances. Hear the Rovas work outside their ‘comfort’ zones to investigate new possibilities with their fellow travelers.

 

Larry Ochs, with Jordan Glenn, drums
Bruce Ackley, with Tania Chen, piano, keyboards, electronics + objects

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Sat Mar 21, 2015 8 PM

Rova:Arts Presents Matches, Night 1: Steve Adams with Vinny Golia, woodwinds // Jon Raskin with Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello

$15 General, $10 Members

Over two nights, Rova members will team up with long-time associates and first-time co-conspirators to present 4 sets of duo performances. Hear the Rovas work outside their ‘comfort’ zones to investigate new possibilities with their fellow travelers.

Steve Adams with Vinny Golia, woodwinds
Jon Raskin with Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello

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Fri Mar 20, 2015 8 PM

Eyvind Kang

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Eyvind Kang will present recent research into the dynamics of thoughts, time, and sound in the context of solo viola improvisations.

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Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:26 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Carl Ludwig Hübsch & Radical 2

Donations accepted
Curator: Matt Ingalls

German composer/tubist Carl Ludwig Hübsch performs a duo with clarinetist Matt Ingalls and a selction of his compositions for improvisers with members of sfSoundGroup.  Brooklyn-based percussion duo RADICAL 2 performs a program of theatrical compositions for percussion and electronics.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8 PM

One Great City: Impulses

$15 General, $10 Members, Students free

San Francisco based two guitar and voice duo One Great City premieres pieces by Eric Choate and Shahab Paranj, as well as a work by Judah Adashi. 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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Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Elyse Weakley & Tamalpais Brass

$15 General, $10 Members
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On Second Fridays at the Center for New Music, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, Festival artists, and other acts who fall between genre lines.

Pianist Elyse Weakly performs music by George Hurd, Mason Bates, and Anna Clyne. Tamalpais Brass performs quintet & brass ensemble music led by Aaron Priskorn and Graham Taylor.

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Mon Mar 9, 2015 8:07 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Marco Fusi

$15 General, $8 Members and Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Italian new music specialist Marco Fusi visits the bay area with a program of contemporary violin and viola works by some of the most innovative Italian composers working today: Billone, Perocco, and Sciarrino.

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Thu Mar 5, 2015 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Salon Classique (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

This concert features works for string quartet by Mendelssohn, Milhaud and Bloch and portrays Jewish classical music in Europe and its way to America.

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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 our take on Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union 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 modern-day classic Fratres. Delicately poised between these two extremes is Balance of Power by artistic director Dan VanHassel, which is receiving its West Coast premiere. Rounding out the program are world premieres of three new works written for Wild Rumpus by David Bird, Ben Richter, and Ioannis Angelakis, composers who make exquisite use of color and contrast in their work.

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Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:30 PM

The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents: Ignition Duo

$15 General, $10 Members
The Guerrilla Composers Guild is joining forces with the Ignition Duo to explore, examine, and exponentially expand the repertoire for two electric guitars at the Center for New Music. Forged in 2011 by David Gonzales and Ramon Fermin, Ignition Duo has set out to create a new and vital repertoire for two guitars. The show will feature new works by Bay Area composers Nick Bacchetto, Julie Barwick, Nick Benavides, Danny Clay, Anthony Porter, Kyle Randall, Dan VanHassel, and Chace Wall. Each composer will write a work specifically for Ignition Duo in an intensely collaborative series of workshops, culminating in a genre-bending evening of music. More Info
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8 PM

Double or Nothing: Double Reeds of the Bay

$15 General, $10 Members

Featuring double reeds in solo and chamber contexts, this concert includes new music on all four primary double reed instruments: oboe, English horn, bassoon, and contrabassoon. With a wide variety of instrumentations, the program includes a bassoon trio, a contrabassoon duet, a woodwind quintet, and additional pieces with viola, harp, singers, and guitar.

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Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:30 PM

PFL Traject

$15 General, $10 Members

PFL Traject, an improvisation trio based in France, is on tour performing, presenting workshops, and giving lectures through the United States.

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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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Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Sierra Ensemble: Persian Premier and European Gems (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members
In the grant-winning Turkish American Composer’s Project of 2013, Sierra Ensemble collaborated with 12 Turkish composers, and Persian composer Aida Shirazi, whose “Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano,” will receive its North American premier this evening. In addition, Brahms’ “Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano,” in Eb Major, Opus 40, will be performed. More Info
Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:30 PM

CANCELLED: Duck Baker

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

*Unfortunately Mr. Baker has been forced to cancel this performance. We hope to host him at a later date.

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Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:43 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Joana Holanda & Ignaz Schick

$15 General, $8 Members & Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls
sfSoundSalonSeries Joana Holanda performs new piano music from Brazil. Berlin improviser Ignaz Schick presents compositions for improvisers. More Info
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: David Wegehaupt & The Athletics and Big Butter & the Eggmen

$15 General, $10 Members
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On Second Fridays at the Center for New Music, the Switchboard Presents concert series features split bills drawn from a roster of Switchboard alumni, Festival artists, and other acts who fall between genre lines.

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Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:57 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Mazen Kerbaj

$15 General, $8 Members & Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls
sfSoundSalonSeries: Beirut improviser Mazen Kerbaj performs a extended trumpet improvisations with local improvisers. More Info
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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Sun Feb 8, 2015 7:30 PM

Seth Josel @ Tangents Guitar Series

$15 General, $10 Members

Guitarist Seth Josel presents a program of music by Berlin-based composers celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Sat Feb 7, 2015 8 PM

Premiere of All Caps No Space by Linda Bouchard in collaboration with Addleds

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard

Come hear the culmination of a two-week collaboration and residency at The MilkBar between composer Linda Bouchard and the talented and unique Addleds musicians Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/english horn; Tony Dryer, double bass; and Jacob Felix Heule, percussion, in an unusual trio combination.

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Fri Feb 6, 2015 7:30 PM

Fred Frith and Sudhu Tewari @ Tangents Guitar Series

$15 General, $10 Members

Join improvisation mavens Fred Frith and Sudhu Tewari in a perfomance on homemades and guitar-like objects.

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Thu Feb 5, 2015 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Duo Camaraderie (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Duo Camaraderie, along with guest artist clarinetist Rebecca D’Alessio, collaborate in Liebermann’s “Night Music” and Larsen’s “Barn Dances”. Local award-winning composer Omid Zoufonoun’s piece “By Shadow, By Light” will be premiered by the group as well. Enjoy an evening of exciting new music!

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Wed Feb 4, 2015 7:30 PM

Orlando Cela: Flute Classics of the 20th Century

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

An evening of unaccompanied flute works that have redefined the sonic possibilities of the instrument. From the standard repertoire by Berio and Hosokawa, to subsonic, and nearly silent techniques of Sciarrino and Holliger. A representation of the different styles and trends from different parts of the world, explained by the performer himself.

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Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: Soundings 2.1

$20 General, $15 Members

The Del Sol String Quartet will present the second season of its “Soundings” Project, a series of three innovative performances that will explore the interface between new music and visual art. Each concert will focus on music by a contemporary composer—Pierre Jalbert (Concert 1), Huang Ruo (Concert 2), and Ken Ueno (Concert 3)—paired with artworks commissioned from three visual artists in various media.

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:30 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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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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Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:52 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Séverine Ballon

Free!
Curator: Matt Ingalls

French cellist Séverine Ballon performs new solo works written by local composers Franck Bedrossian, Erik Ulman, and Stanford Graduate Composers.

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Mon Jan 19, 2015 8 PM

Autoduplicity

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

Autoduplicity is an exploration of music for bodies and speech - our shared instruments - and investigates how these ordinary sounds can be transformed into powerful musical ideas reflective of the human experience. The program also probes themes of blurred identities and realities, questions of sanity, the movements of our bodies, and the rhythms of our speech.

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Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:30 PM

Weston Olencki/Katherine Young/Architeuthis Walks On Land

$15 General, $10 Members

SF trombonist Weston Olencki and Chicago-based composer/bassoonist Katherine Young will present a concert featuring the results of over a year of collaboration with a new work for trombone and electronics. Young will also perform a set as a part of Architeuthis Walks On Land, with violist Amy Cimini.

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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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Sat Jan 17, 2015 10 AM - 4:30 PM

New Music Gathering

$30 Day Pass; $75 Conference Pass; Free for C4NM Members (RSVP by 12/31)
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C4NM hosts a full day of events as part of the New Music Gathering, a three-day conference for contemporary classical musicians.

Events include panel discussions on community and scene building (10 AM), technology in new music (11 AM), a curated noontime concert featuring Isaac Schankler, and an open rehearsal plus discussion with Kronos Quartet and pipa virtuoso Wu Man (2 PM).
Sat Jan 10, 2015 6 - 8 PM

Reception & Artist Talk: “Felt Has Feelings” by Bryan Day

Free!
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Please join us to celebrate a pop-up installation by Bryan Day, "Felt Has Feelings." The evening will include a brief presentation and discussion by Day.

The exhibit is on display January 10-15. 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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Mon Dec 22, 2014 6- 8 PM

Reception & Artist Talk with Instrument Inventor Dan Gottwald

Free!
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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.

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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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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Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Aaron Bennett’s “Horn of Plenty” (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

3 saxophones reimagine music from 3 continents, from a multitude of traditions to create their own.

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Wed Dec 17, 2014 8 PM

The Double Negative Ensemble

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

The Double Negative Ensemble is made up the following stellar musicians and master improvisers: John Bischoff - electronics, Matthew Goodheart - piano, Frank Gradkowski - clarinet/sax, Shoko Hikage - koto, Aurora Josephson - vocal, Elzbieta Potak - violin, Jon Raskin - clarinet/sax, Nava Dunkelman - percussion. The non-narrative music is organized by Jon Raskin with an ear to turning the know’s into great music in a variety of combinations with some proscribed sources to be utilized as needed.

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Tue Dec 16, 2014 7-9:30 PM

AI OutLoud: an audio showcase

$5 General, $3 Members

AI Out Loud is an evening of live music, interactive sound, bands, DJs, hand-made instruments, a projection room and more created by the students and alumni of AiCA-SF's audio production program.

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Mon Dec 15, 2014 8 PM

Pamela Z and Shinichi Iova Koga: Sound | Silence | Motion | Stillness

$15 General, $10 Members
Pamela Z and Shinichi Iova-Koga in a duo evening of improvisatory explorations of sound, movement, and image. The artists will engage in sonic and visual conversations combining movement (Iova-Koga) with voice, electronics, and video (Z).

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Sun Dec 14, 2014 4 - 8 PM

The Immaculate Reception: C4NM Holiday Party

$15 General, $10 Members, Free for all C4NM staff and volunteers
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Celebrate the holidays with your fellow members, staff, and volunteers of the Center for New Music! We’ll enjoy performances by C4NM staff and DJ Sinned, and savor tasty treats and cheerful drinks. Relax with complimentary chair massages, show us your best pose on our holiday photobooth and enjoy Matt Linder’s new music games, based on “Wait wait… Don’t Tell me!”

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Sat Dec 13, 2014 8 PM

Rova Sax Quartet: Rova meets Ryan Page

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

The Rova Sax Quartet has its first meeting with Ryan Page, a live video performer who uses circuit bent laserdisc players, prepared discs, and custom video mixing circuits to create a vibrant, mysterious visual language.

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Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Splinter Reeds + Wiener Kids

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Switchboard continues its monthly series with Splinter Reeds and the Wiener Kids.

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Tue Dec 9, 2014 7:30 PM

CMASH: “Between Appear and Disappear” CD/Book Release Event

Free!

A collaborative presentation, reading and discussion of Between Appear and Disappear - a new hybrid of photographs and poetic texts on beauty and love by Author/Photographer Doug Rice with accompanying music by Soprano/Composer Ann Moss.

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Sun Dec 7, 2014 7:30 PM

Michael Mizrahi’s The Bright Motion: New Piano Works for the 21st Century

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

Michael Mizrahi presents new works for acoustic solo piano, many of which he commissioned. These new works are programmed alongside older classics, showcasing the continued vitality of an instrument that evokes an exceptionally rich musical heritage yet still is capable of expressing the most contemporary of musical ideas.

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Sat Dec 6, 2014 8 PM

Spontaneous Music by Performer-Composers from The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts

$15 General, $10 Members

A trio of performer-composers from The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts will present an evening of improvisatory music at the San Francisco Center for New Music on Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8 PM. Michael Jon Fink, Ulrich Krieger, and David Rosenboom, with Joshua Carro and Derek Stein, will explore timbral possibilities and systems of evolution and transformation through both scored and spontaneous music. This performance celebrates a new affiliation joining San Francisco’s Center for New Music with CalArts in our mutual mission to provide supportive homes and platforms for experimentation and new forms emerging in music and its allied arts.

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Fri Dec 5, 2014 7:30 PM

Friction Quartet

$15 General, $10 Members
World premieres of newly commissioned works by Brendon Randall-Myers and Adam Cuthbert and west coast premieres of Bruce Hobson’s String Quartet and Static Motion by Belinda Reynolds. Also on the program is Missy Mazzoli’s Harp and Altar for quartet and electronics.

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Wed Dec 3, 2014 7:30 PM

Teleformation

$15 General, $10 Members & Students

The Guerrilla Composers Guild presents Teleformation: the symbiosis of early and new musical styles and ideas. The composers are collaborating with dynamic Bay Area performers to produce a show that intertwines the forms of the vintage masters with the styles of rising local talent. The pieces range from solo viola to string trio, and audience members will be treated to the perfect pairing of early and new in an intimate and relaxed setting.

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Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:30 PM

Ted Allen and The Incendiary Cycle

$15 General, $10 Members

In The Incendiary Cycle, vigorous horn lines contend with a profusion of guitar, electronics and percussion. The instrumental dynamic evokes the natural and industrial processes that cyclically renew the California landscape. More Info

Sun Nov 23, 2014 3 PM

Erik Jekabson String­tet

$15 General, $10 Members

Trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson brings his chamber­jazz group to play music from his recording “Anti­Mass”, which was inspired by artwork from the DeYoung Museum. The “String­tet” consists of Trumpet, saxophone, violin, viola, bass and drums doubling on vibraphone.

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Sat Nov 22, 2014 2 PM

Open Salon With Wild Rumpus

Free!

Wild Rumpus and the Center for New Music are partnering to offer a free, open reading session and salon! Composers can sign up for spots to have their works read by the ensemble, and Wild Rumpus will also share works-in-progress, including new commissions! Have a drink and some snacks and hear some new music get made! [SIGN UP]

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Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:30 PM

Anne Rainwater: Voice and Piano Works of the Past 10 Years

$20 General, $15 Members

Pianist Anne Rainwater presents an evening of vocal and piano music by three friends including Ian Power’s hauntingly beautiful Ave Maria, based on a Scelsi theme, and Jude Traxler’s setting of Theodore Roethke’s poem The Waking. Also on the program is a world premiere by Danny Clay, a setting of the poetry by local writer Roy Doughty.

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Fri Nov 21, 2014 7 PM

Echo Wild with Geneva Jacuzzi – Live in the Tenderloin

$15 General, $10 Members

A spectacular bridge into the surreal and time travel. Noise piano pop jazz ensemble Echo Wild plays in collaboration with Geneva Jacuzzi in a Dadaist Thanksgiving Day prayer, to the dead... Come to a night of wonder and watch a live Bauhaus-jive performance, a hot jazz fusion function wildly oscillating into the dark mysticism of Tropicalia Neo Concretist sounds. We're taking music to make drugs to.

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Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Jewish Music & Poetry Project (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

World premieres of newly commissioned works by Laura Schwendinger (Kay Ryan Songs), Kurt Erickson (The Beautiful Wonders: Songs to Poems by Gertrud Kolmar) and David Garner’s Capriccio; music by Elena Ruehr, James Primosch, Sandor Vandor, and Dallapiccola.

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Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:50 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Quadraphonic Compositions by Bhob Rainey/Chris Cooper & Karlheinz Stockhausen

$15 General, $10 Members & the Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

A concert of quadraphonic compositions by Bhob Rainey/Chris Cooper & Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Solo Cellists

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Switchboard Presents: Solo Cellists, featuring three different treatments of the same instrumentation: Crystal Pascucci - original improvised music for solo cello and electronics Theresa Wong – original music for cello, voice, and electronics Shawn Alpay - original songs for solo cello, electronics, and voice More Info
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Firesong (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Mad Queenes: Women on the Verge explores the maddening highs and lows of women in the throes of passion through the music of Schoenberg, Messiaen and Ned Rorem. Firesong is a Bay-Area based ensemble dedicated to innovative programming of the 20th-century vocal chamber repertoire and to the commissioning of the next generation of vocal chamber works.

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Wed Nov 12, 2014 7 PM

Friendly Galaxies: An Evening of Celebrating Sun Ra at 100

$10 General, $7 Members

— Set 1: Reconnaissance Fly (Amanda Chaudhary: keyboard/electronics; Rich Lesnik: reeds; Polly Moller: voice, flutes, guitar; Larry the O: drums, and Tim Walters: bass/electronics) perform a mixture of Sun Ra tunes & originals

— Set 2: Techno-griots Electropoetic Coffee (poet NSAA + guitarist Ross Hammond) continue and extend Sun Ra's tradition of Afro-Futurist poetry+music madness

— Set 3: UBU RA BIG BAND, assembled by laptopist/pianist Joe Lasqo from the luminous gas remnants of the Beanbenders supernova & other far corners of the universe, travels through the sonic space of Sun Ra's repertoire, w/video by Warren Stringer

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Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:54 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Tim Hodgkinson

$15 General, $10 Members & the Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Visiting from the UK, clarinetist and lap steel guitarist Tim Hodgkinson performs solo and in a duo with local pianist Chris Brown.

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Mon Nov 10, 2014 8 PM

Experimental Music from Mills College

$15 General, $10 Members

Graduate students in electronic and instrumental composition at Mills College present new pieces employing a diverse array of sonic resources. Both solo and ensemble works will be featured.

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Sun Nov 9, 2014 7:30 PM

loadbang presents ‘LUNGPOWERED’

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

New York City based contemporary music quartet loadbang will perform a program titled ‘LUNGPOWERED’ at The Center for New Music that will feature music for the ensemble by composers including Charles Wuorinen, Evan Johnson, Alex MIncek, David Lang and others. Loadbang has been called ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, 'inventive' by the New York Times, ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun and 'a formidable new music force' by TimeOutNY.

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Sat Nov 8, 2014 7:51 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Nate Wooley & Carol Robinson Premiere Eliane Radigue & Denis Doufour

$15 General, $10 Members & the Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Nate Wooley and Carol Robinson premiere new works by Eliane Radigue and Denis Doufour

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Fri Nov 7, 2014 7 PM

Enchanted by Grof

$15 General, $10 Members
Katya Nikonorova extends her “2nd biennale” project with a performance of improvised psychedelic piano at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. The concert is inspired by the work of Stanislav Grof, currently honored as the subject of the CIIS conference “Expanding and Re-enchanting the Psyche: The Pioneering Thought of Stanislav Grof.”  Katya Nikonorova is a 2014 CEC ArtsLink Fellow in residency from her native Kazakhstan.

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Wed Nov 5, 2014 7:30 PM

Oklnd-Bklyn Dble Bill: Battle Trance Sax Quartet (NYC) + Mark Clifford’s Dirty Snacks Ensemble

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Extreme New York tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance, led by virtuoso sax experimentalist Travis LaPlante and including longtime Bay Area resident Matt Nelson, makes its Bay Area debut with a complete performance of its acclaimed new recording, Palace of Wind, out on New Amsterdam Records. Battle Trance explores densely layered sound worlds with extended techniques and circular breathing, creating “a floating tapestry of fascinating textures made up of tiny musical motifs, and a music that throbs with tension between stillness and agitation, density and light” (The New York Times). The Dirty Snacks Ensemble, led by Oakland composer and vibraphonist Mark Clifford, opens the evening, with lush pop-inflected chamber music that combines thoughtfully-constructed long form compositions with far-ranging improvisational possibility, informed by influences ranging from Kool Keith to Bela Bartok.

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Tue Nov 4, 2014 7:30 PM

Stanford’s Chocolate Heads Ensemble + Nicole Mitchell

$10 General, Members Free!
Creative flutist Nicole Mitchell will lead a collaborative evening with the Chocolate Heads Ensemble, as part of a week-long residency at Stanford University. A short conversation with contemporary dancer and Stanford faculty member Aleta Hayes will be followed by a solo set with Mitchell. The performance concludes with Mitchell leading the Chocolate Heads in a full ensemble performance.

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Sun Nov 2, 2014 7:30 PM

Citywater

$15 General, $10 Members

Sacramento’s modern chamber ensemble Citywater is excited to be making their C4NM debut! Currently Ensemble-in-Residence at CSU-Sacramento, Citywater has been hailed as “a top-flight interpreter of contemporary classical music” (Sacramento Bee) and is in their 7th year of performance. This concert will feature a series of world premieres for sextet, including works by Garrett Shatzer and Nick Deyoe.

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Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:30 PM

Irregular Resolutions Tenth New Music Concert

$10 General, $5 Members, Students & Seniors
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This concert presents an eclectic variety of new chamber music, composed variously for strings, strings and electronics, woodwind ensemble, and solo piano. It features two locally renowned string quartets -- Friction Quartet and Telegraph Quartet -- and a number of guest artists.

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Fri Oct 24, 2014 8 PM

Rova Sax Quartet: “Garden of Memory Redux”

$15 General, $10 Members

Rova Sax Quartet (Steve Adams, Bruce Ackley, Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs) returns to CNM reprising and evolving its 3+ hours of music performed at the Garden of Memory in Oakland from June 21, 2014.

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Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Alcyone Ensemble (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Alcyone Ensemble is excited to be a part of the Thursday night series at the Center for New Music. Their program will showcase 4 dynamic works for two flutes and piano by Ian Clarke, Yuko Uebayashi, Carol Barnett, and Daniel Felsenfeld.

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Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:30 PM

Satoko Inoue: New Piano Music from Tokyo

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard

Since 1990 Satoko Inoue has been commissioning new piano music and performing new works to sold out audiences in Japan and throughout Europe. Her playing brings a sensitive and evocative form of expression to new music, sometimes surprising listeners with its beauty. Now she makes her first trip to the west coast bringing new compositions by Jo Kondo, Yuji Itoh, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Satoshi Tanaka, and Robert Coburn, as well as works by John Cage and others. Her annual concert series in Tokyo, "Music Documents - nothing but music", and her featured performances at the Tokyo Opera City play to enthusiastic audiences and her recordings of music by Feldman, Ferrari, and Kondo are highly regarded.

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Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:47 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: An evening of Experimental Music and Film

$15 General, $10 Members & the Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

An evening of Experimental Music and Film:
Annie Lewandowski and Tim Feeney with films by Michael Ashkin & Craig Shepard, Larry Polansky, and David Kant with a film by Beth O'Brien

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Sun Oct 19, 2014 4 - 7 PM

Piano Fitness Fundraiser

$25 General, $75 Sponsor (includes priority seating and two drink tickets)
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We’re kicking off our second full year of exciting new music performances at the Center and are looking for your help to keep our pianos in shape.

Enjoy drinks and sweet treats along with performances by local artists Chris Brown, Sarah Cahill, Luciano Chessa, and Joseph M. Colombo. Proceeds from the event will go towards maintaining the Center’s pianos over the next year. More Info
Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:30 PM

THE ARTIST SESSIONS presents Pianist Kathleen Supové: DIGITAL DEBUSSY

$15 General, $10 Members
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Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today's world. Ms. Supové will offer her DIGITAL DEBUSSY PROJECT, along with electroacoustic piano works in joint appearances with composer Neil Rolnick.

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Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:30 PM

Neil Rolnick & Kathleen Supové: Laptop & Piano Music

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

Composer and laptop performer Neil Rolnick will play some of his recent solo work, as well as a new piece for piano and computer, featuring New York piano Diva Kathleen Supové.

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Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:53 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Jonathan Zorn

$15 General, $10 Members & the Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Jonathan Zorn presents two compositions for speech and electronics.

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Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:30 PM

Jenny Q Chai: Piano Steampunk

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard

Jenny Q Chai's “Piano Steampunk” program explores the relationships between piano and electronics, beginning with the earliest development of music for this pairing. Computers and electronics have interested and influenced composers for as long as they have existed, and have changed many composers’ approach to writing solo piano music, even those who have not worked with electronics, leading them to open new dimensions of the piano’s sound. This program traces the pre-history and development of music for piano and electronics across an international arena, with antennae tuned both to the past and the future.

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Sun Oct 12, 2014 5 PM

Mobius Trio

$15 General, $10 Members

Mobius Trio's program will represent some of the most exciting contemporary Bay Area composers as it unveils the incredible possibilities of what a guitar trio is capable of. This beautiful and wild music is pleasantly difficult to anticipate as it flows from lyrical bluegrass-classical fusion to post-minimalist mayhem on both acoustic AND electric guitars.

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Sat Oct 11, 2014 5 PM

A/B Duo presents “Ricochet”

$15 General, $10 Members
A/B Duo brings more "bouncy, strange, interesting, and fun" music to the Center for New Music. This time, the flute and percussion duo will premiere new works for contrabass flute and percussion by Andrea La Rose and Ned McGowan. More Info
Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Redshift and Aaron Novik’s Cosimo Lissy

$15 General, $10 Members
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Switchboard Presents, a monthly concert series that features split bills of innovative and eclectic music from the Bay Area and beyond, continues its fall season with Redshift and Aaron Novik’s Cosimo Lissy at 7:30 pm on October 10. Redshift, a bicoastal chamber quintet, is Jeff Anderle, Kate Campbell, Rose Bellini, Andi Springer, and Jill Heinke. Cosimo Lissy performs new music by Aaron Novik about parallel universe comic book realities, using Spam lyrics and constantly shifting meters. More Info
Thu Oct 9, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Ignition Duo (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Ignition Duo performs a program of works recently composed for the group. The program features a world premiere performance of Heena Yoon's Voice and a Fountain Pen as well as works by Ryan Brown, Nick Norton, Ori Barel and others.

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Sat Oct 4, 2014 7:30 PM

Brandon Seabrook (NYC) SOLO + Jason Hoopes Ensemble

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Shredding NYC improvising guitarist and banjo player Brandon Seabrook visits the Bay Area for a special solo concert bridging the sonic realms of extreme rock, improvised music and the classical avant-garde. Recognized by the New York Times as "a man apparently hellbent on earning the title of World's Least Rustic Banjo Player," Seabrook aggressively appropriates the four-stringed banjo with blistering punk attitude balanced with art music dexterity and precision. Bay Area bassist and composer Jason Hoopes assembles the first meeting of an electro-acoustic improvising ensemble that will navigate a series of his original "song-scores."

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Thu Oct 2, 2014 6 - 8 PM

Skatchboxes and Skatchplates by Tom Nunn — Reception

Free!
This reception will feature a brief performance at 7 PM by Tom Nunn, followed by an interview hosted by instrument builder and window gallery curator Bart Hopkin. Visitors will be welcomed to an up close look at Nunn's work, which will be on display in C4NM's window gallery throughout September and October. More Info
Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:48 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Birgit Ulher mit Grosse Abfahrt

$15 General, $10 Members & the Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls

German trumpet improviser, Birgit Ulher, performs solo and group improvisations with Grosse Abfahrt — a San Francisco freely-improvising music continuum/community whose name means “great departure”. From out this departure of de-parts comes a salute to epic failure, a disaster in full-dress uniform, gold epaulets dangling off the corpse of Western culture.

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Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Duo Revirado (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members
Duo Revirado present works for violin and guitar in a program that comprises new, folk, and classical music. More Info
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:30 PM

Chamber Jazz Double Bill: Hear in Now + Bristle

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Hear in Now, the international improvising trio of Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid, New York violinist Mazz Swift and Italian bassist Sylvia Bolognesi, makes its Bay Area debut in a shared bill with Grass Valley reeds player Randy McKean’s inventive chamber jazz ensemble Bristle.

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Mon Sep 22, 2014 5 PM

SFCMP Presents: Film Screening of I Live 4 Art

$9 General
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San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents an exclusive Bay Area screening of the award-winning documentary film I Live 4 Art, exploring the angst, thrills, purpose and methods of the creative process, with filmmakers and composer Mark Applebaum. Free popcorn!

Sun Sep 21, 2014 12 PM - 2 PM

“Field Report” from C4NM @ SFMusic Day – Live + Free

Free!
Special Event
C4NM offers a special "Field Report" as part of SFMusic Day, an annual marathon featuring approximately 40 different Bay Area music groups across genres. The set takes place at the SF Conservatory of Music, offering a pop-up showcase of highlights from the Center's first 1.5 years as the new music hub of SF. The Field Report program features Rova Saxophone Quartet, Dohee Lee with Donald Swearingen, Karl Evangelista's Taglish, Bob Marsh, Mobius Trio, Common Ground with Luis Escareño and Anne Rainwater, a performance + installation by Chris Kallmyer, and a special video presentation.

Please note that this performance takes place at the SF Conservatory of Music at 50 Oak Street.

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Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:45 PM

C4NM @ Fridays in the Grove: Pet the Tiger

Free!
Special Event
This summer, the Center for New Music partners with Cal Shakes’ The Triangle Lab to present three special concerts at Fridays in the Grove: performances by the Bay Area’s best poets, musicians, comics, and more.

Please note: this performance takes place in the Main Grove at the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda.

The third and final show features Pet the Tiger, an improvised acoustic collective for invented instruments with David Samas (composer/inventor/extended technique vocalist), Ian Saxton (programer/percussionist), Peter Bonos (horns/explosives). Pet the Tiger will play Music for Fairies and Elves in anticipation of the evening's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream -- a work that seeks to enchant the listener with exotic "sounds and sweet airs that give delight, but hurt not".

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Fri Sep 19, 2014 8 PM

Taylor Ho Bynum’s Acoustic Bicycle Tour: Duos with Myra Melford

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

As part of his ambitious and expansive Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Connecticut-based composer and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum passes through the Bay Area (on wheels) for a concert of duets with acclaimed pianist Myra Melford. Bynum is one of the most energetic, prolific and community-minded artists of his generation, working closely as both an instrumentalist and arts organizer with veterans like Anthony Braxton and the late Bill Dixon, and touring the world with his ensembles featuring stellar improvising contemporaries such as Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and John Hebert. In this first-time duo meeting, Bynum and Melford will perform a mix of improvisations and compositions.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014 7 PM

JUL: Old Instrument, New Sound

Free!
Curator: Jen Wang

Soloist Gayageum Ensemble JUL comes from Korea to perform Bay Area composer Jean Ahn’s work.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Bass Clarinets

$15 General, $10 Members
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Switchboard launches its 2014-2015 season on September 12 at the Center for New Music with Switchboard Presents, a monthly concert series that features split bills of innovative and eclectic music from the Bay Area and beyond. SBP features the raucous bass clarinet duo Sqwonk, heavy bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles, and an appearance by a rare assembly of nine of the Bay Area's best bass clarinetists performing a nonet by Jonathan Russell.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: An evening of scattered thoughts with the Darren Johnston/Kyle Bruckmann Duo and Darren Johnston’s Troubled Trio (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston returns to CNM with both a duo and trio project. The focus of the evening will be on collective, spontaneous compositions, some of which to be based on a collection of short musical ideas that have occurred to Darren over the last several months.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014 5 - 8 PM

Computer Music Meetup: Presentations + Open Hack

Free!
Workshop
This special workshop offers a brief introduction to each of the most prevalent computer music programming languages: Max, Supercollider, ChucK and PureData.

Lighting presentations will demonstrate the basics, plus a handful of cool tricks, tailored to beginners or users of other languages. These intros will be followed by open discussion, and an open hack session for participants to actively work on their patches and compositions alongside each other.

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Sun Sep 7, 2014 10 AM - 5 PM

Young Artist Workshop: New Music for Guitar

Free!
Workshop
Center for New Music’s Young Artist Workshop launches this year with acclaimed guitar group Mobius Trio.

This one-day intensive workshop aims to develop a technical and artistic understanding of contemporary guitar performance for emerging musicians. The activity-packed day will include workshops on specific pieces utilizing contemporary techniques for guitar, four master class slots, discussion on the evolution of music for guitar through analysis of selected works from Mobius Trio’s repertoire, and a collaborative performance with participants and Mobius Trio.

Enrollment is free, but space is limited to 12 participants.

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Fri Sep 5, 2014 7:30 PM

“As a Fowl” featuring Jarring Sounds, Amy Foote + Alexis Luque with music by Kyle Hovatter

$15 General, $10 Members

Jarring Sounds, Amy Foote and Alexis Luque are partnering together to present music by San Francisco based composer Kyle Hovatter.

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Thu Sep 4, 2014 7:30 PM

James Fei, Bill Hsu, & Gino Robair

$10+ General, $7+ Members

Bay area improvisers James Fei (reeds), Bill Hsu (electronics, interactive animations), Gino Robair (electronics, percussion), joined by a special guest percussionist from Israel, present an evening of improvisations on acoustic and electronic instruments, and interactive video.

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Sun Aug 24, 2014 8 PM

The First Six – International Low Brass Trio EP Release Party

$15 General, $10 Members; OR $20 General, $15 Members with EP purchase (download code to be emailed)
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The International Low Brass Trio leaves classical arrangements behind and immerses audiences in new music inspired by the resonance and versatility of brass instruments. Come celebrate the release of our first studio recording! Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, as well as a performance of selections from the EP.

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Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:30 PM

Steven Lugerner SOLO & The Westerlies

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

The Westerlies are a collectively run ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. Steven Lugerner is a San Francisco-based composer, woodwind doubler and solo performer. Join these two groups for a memorable night of acoustic music.

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Fri Aug 22, 2014 8 PM

Jones Jones

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Jones Jones is the great Mark Dresser on bass, Lithuanian Vladimir Tarasov on percussion and Rova sax member Larry Ochs. The trio has played intermittently on tours in Europe and USA since 2008. Expect sublime and detailed music from this stellar group of veteran improvisers.

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Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Duo Camaraderie (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Flutist Laura Scarlata and Pianist Sharon Lee Kim will present an exciting selection of chamber music, including a trio featuring special guest, cellist Jane Lee. Hear a few of Duo Camaraderie’s favorites, and some new collaborations as well!

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Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:30 PM

Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Pianists and Composers Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz present an evening of improvised and composed music for solo piano, two pianos, and piano and voice. This evening will be a rare opportunity to hear the longtime musical and life partners perform on 2 beautiful grand pianos. Horvitz and Holcomb will also each perform solo and songs by Robin Holcomb with Horvitz on piano and Holcomb singing.

Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #10: Cory Wright Outfit

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

The music of Oakland-based reed player and composer Cory Wright encompasses an astonishingly broad range of sounds anyone would call jazz - fiery swing, beautifully intricate horn writing, and a sensitivity to both fun and brainy ways of driving the music foreword with collective improvisation, asymmetric grooves and dazzlingly virtuosic soloing. At times playfully irreverent and at others lovingly sympathetic to jazz traditions past and present, Wright’s music also embraces texture and abstraction and formal experimentation, and he is truly an innovator in creating novel ways for improvising musicians to interact in the moment. Among the Bay Area’s first-call musicians on saxophones and clarinets, here Wright is joined by his stellar ensemble, performing selections from his latest release “Apples and Oranges” and new compositions for duo, trio and quintet configurations.

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Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #9: Sam Boshnack (Seattle) and Darren Johnston—Two ensembles led by next-generation West Coast trumpeters

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

The Darren Johnston Trio includes violin virtuoso Matt Szemela (Quartet San Francisco), bass powerhouse Doug Stuart (Bell's Atlas) and Darren Johnston on trumpet. As part of an ongoing residency with the Oakland Freedom Jazz Society, the trio has presented many concerts featuring guest improvisers in the "plus one" format, including William Winant, Steven Lugener, and Jordan Glenn. For this evening's concert, the trio reunites with one of their favorite guests, pianist and koto player Kanoko Nishi. The music can move from sparse and textural to dense and driving, from intricate melodies to static sonic clouds.

Seattle trumpeter and bandleader Samantha Boshnack synthesizes a dazzling array of musical influences in her sophisticated yet fun, highly original compositions – from intricate chamber writing to lush jazz panoramas and funky brass band-inspired grooves. Her quintet features some of Seattle’s most accomplished improvisers, and makes its Bay Area debut hot on the heels of an acclaimed new CD.

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Tue Aug 12, 2014 8 PM

Unaccompanied: The Art of Solo Performance

$15 General, $10 Members
A program featuring a series of 20th and 21st Century works for unaccompanied performers of various instruments.

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Sat Aug 9, 2014 8 PM

“Our love runneth over: a summer’s eve most dearly spent” with Laura Bohn and Erling Wold

$15 General, $10 Members

The formidable Laura Bohn returns to the Bay Area for this special evening with Erling Wold, performing his songs old and new, prayers from A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, and the “long and gorgeous monologue of Wagnerian intensity” (San Francisco Chronicle) from Certitude and Joy. Erling will also be premiering, for solo piano, The Knife Thrower, a piece celebrating truth both intimate and penetrative.

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Fri Aug 8, 2014 6:45 PM

C4NM @ Fridays in the Grove: Les Gwan Jupons

Free!
Special Event
This summer, the Center for New Music partners with Cal Shakes’ The Triangle Lab to present three special concerts at Fridays in the Grove: performances by the Bay Area’s best poets, musicians, comics, and more.

Please note: this performance takes place in the Main Grove at the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda.

This second show will feature Les Gwan Jupons performing vintage party music from the French, Spanish and English-speaking Caribbean.

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Fri Aug 8, 2014 8 PM

Wet Invention: an evening exploring aquatic sound

$10 General, $8 Members
Music for invented instruments, created by Cheryl Leonard, Krys Bobrowski, Brenda Huchinson, David Samas and Tom Nunn. Co-presented by Thingamajigs and Soundwave, in partnership with the C4NM Window Gallery. More Info
Thu Aug 7, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Trio 180 (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Trio 180 (formerly New Pacific Trio), in residence at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, is quickly gaining recognition throughout the United States. This talented ensemble is made up of celebrated concert violinist Ann Miller, Grammy-nominated cellist Nina Flyer, and award-winning pianist Sonia Leong. www.trio180.com

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Tue Aug 5, 2014 7:30 PM

Scott Walton/Tim Perkis Duo + Eli Wallace solo piano

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Tim Perkis and Scott Walton comprise an improvising duo that’s sonically adventurous yet remarkably compatible with one another. Atonal flourishes, pops, smashes, sudden surprising torrid excursions, and low rumbles are tossed around between piano and electronics. Eli Wallace performs a set of compositions that juxtapose divergent yet complimentary musical elements: 20th century classical compositional devices, idiomatic jazz vocabulary, and free improvisation. Specifically, he will debut a three movement piece entitled “Water Row,” and select other pieces from his repertoire.

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Sat Aug 2, 2014 7:30 PM

Suite Talk with Pianist Van-Anh Nguyen

$25 at door, $20 presale (to public) and $15 member price
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Australian concert pianist and composer Van-Anh Nguyen’s debut in San Francisco, performing selections of Tchaikovsky/Pletnev’s The Nutcracker Suite, her own compositions as well as works by Chopin, Mozart, Swedish House Mafia, Sam Smith, Katy Perry and more for piano and electronica.

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Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:30 PM

IV: American Electric Guitars Album Release Party

$20 Album & Admission, $10 General, $7 Members
A live performance and release party for guitarist Giacomo Fiore’s iv: american electric guitars, featuring music by Christian Wolff, Larry Polansky, Eve Beglarian, and Anthony Porter.
Sun Jul 27, 2014 3 PM

Waffle Opera Presents: Così fan tutte in Concert

$25 General, $15 Members, Seniors, & Under 30
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This intimate, one night only event, will be a wonderful time. Bring your friends and experience the fun of Mozart’s classic comedy, while chomping down on our famous Waffle Opera reception of fresh baked waffles. All proceeds will support the young artists of Waffle Opera for their exciting upcoming full production of Don Giovanni in October. There will be raffles, and fun for all!

Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Composers Series #8: Aaron Novik

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Aaron Novik is among the most prolific and startlingly original voices to emerge from the Bay Area's independent/underground music scene in the past decade. With influences ranging from klezmer and Balkan music to chamber minimalism to heavy metal, Tropicalia and indie rock, Novik has developed a cohesive, expansive and extremely personal body of work for a variety of ensembles, working with avant-music heroes like Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, Fred Frith, William Winant, Cornelius Boots, Ches Smith and many others.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Gojogo (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Gojogo is an unusual quartet that combines the Western sounds of classical and jazz with the rhythmic traditions of India. Founded in 2003, they are dedicated to creating innovative music that is accessible and captivating. Gojogo performs original music composed collaboratively by the four performers, each drawing upon a different musical tradition and training. Compositions feature improvisation over structured forms, creating opportunities for spontaneity and a medium to present each unique instrument. The result is a sound that defies the borders of any specific genre.

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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, Gardiner, 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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Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Composers Series #7: Nathan Clevenger

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

East Bay guitarist, composer and bandleader Nathan Clevenger creates smart, dreamily layered and extremely ambitious music that grooves and floats, expands and contracts to accommodate the stellar musical personalities in his ensembles. For this performance, Clevenger presents a wide range of new and recent works, including a series of pieces for solo wind instruments, performed by Cory Wright; an extended work for a new quartet, Book of Exits; and new music for his signature ensemble, the Nathan Clevenger Group.

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Fri Jul 11, 2014 8 PM

Import/Export: electro-acoustic music for flute and piano

$15 General, $10 Members

Australian pianist Jacob Abela and Bay Area flutist Meerenai Shim perform a concert of new electro-acoustic works. Program includes world premieres by Emma O’Halloran (Ireland), Isaac Schankler (USA), and Lachlan Hughes (Australia).

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Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:45 PM

C4NM @ Fridays in the Grove: The Living Earth Show

Free!
Special Event
This summer, the Center for New Music partners with Cal Shakes’ The Triangle Lab to present three special concerts at Fridays in the Grove: performances by the Bay Area’s best poets, musicians, comics, and more.

Please note: this performance takes place in the Main Grove at the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda.

The first show will feature The Living Earth Show, electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson, one of the Bay Area's most versatile and virtuosic contemporary chamber groups. They'll perform works by Timo Andres and Chris Cerrone.

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Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Ben Goldberg’s Heebie Jeebies (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members

Another wonderful day in Ben Goldberg’s ongoing sonic exploration into the fundamentals of beauty, harmony, and human expression.

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Thu Jul 3, 2014 6 - 8 PM

Of Land and Sea: Natural-Object Instruments by Cheryl Leonard

Free!
This opening reception will feature a brief performance at 7 PM by Cheryl E. Leonard, followed by an interview hosted by instrument builder and window gallery curator Bart Hopkin. Visitors will be welcomed to an up close look at Leonard's work, which will be on display in C4NM's window gallery throughout July and August.

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Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Bella Piano Trio (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members
BELLA was founded in 2009 and has become one of San Francisco’s most exciting emerging ensembles. The members have studied Juilliard, Yale, Harvard, and the prestigious Indiana Jacobs School of Music. BELLA's MISSION is to connect people to themselves, each other, and their communities, through live professional music performance of the highest standards, reflecting shared human experiences and emotions. The ensemble strives to fulfill their roles as artists by inspiring those around them to cherish the beauty in themselves and others. They pave multiple paths on this journey: lectures and performances in traditional and nontraditional concert venues, house salons, rush hour concerts, outreach community events and collaborations, and interactive learning through their website, links and social platforms.

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Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSound’s Microfestival of Contemporary Piano Music: Irene Russo, solo piano, and Tom Djll’s HackMIDI

$15 General, $10 Members & under-employed
Curator: Matt Ingalls
In conjunction with the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, sfSoundSalonSeries is pleased to present Italian virtuoso Irene Russo in a program of solo works for piano spanning the entire 20th century to the present, with works by Debussy, Malipiero, Takemitsu, Procaccini, and Widmann.

She'll be followed by Tom Djll's HackMIDI, piano music that unplayable by any physical piano: wildly out-of-range pitches, instantly shifting ambiances and attacks, long strings of repeated hammerings whose frequencies traipse into the audio range, competing melodic and rhythmic lines.

Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSound’s Microfestival of Contemporary Piano Music: Chris Brown’s 6Primes

$15 General, $10 Members & the Underemployed
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Chris Brown performs 6Primes, his new suite for piano solo in 13-limit just intonation. sfSound members perform Brown's Ragamala Chiaroscuro (2004), a tuning-based trio based on an evolving chord. More Info
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.
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 13, 2014 8 PM

Camilla Hannan / Van Sowerwine / Martine Corompt + Private Language, presented by 23five Incorporated

$15 General, $10 Members & Underemployed
23five Incorporated presents two performances of field-recording based dissonance, disruption, and electro-acoustics from the Australian multi-media trio of Camilla Hannan, Van Sowerwine, and Martine Corompt, and from the Private Language, the NYC-based duo of Melissa F. Clarke and Nat Roe. More Info
Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:30 PM

SFMusic Thursdays: Trinity Alps Chamber Players (sponsored by SFFCM)

$15 General, $10 Members
The Trinity Alps Chamber Players are an ensemble of musicians associated with the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, an organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in Northern California. Now in its fourth year, this festival has presented well over 100 concerts and outreach events across California, with an emphasis on remote and scenic Trinity County, home of the Trinity Alps Wilderness and this organization’s summer retreat for classical musicians.

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Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:30 PM

Steven Lugerner / Jonah Parzen-Johnson (Solo Sets)

$10 General, $5 Members
Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY - Steven Lugerner is a multi-reedist living in San Francisco, CA. They first met as interns working for Pi Recordings in New York City and have stayed close musical comrades ever since. Join them as they perform their respective solo woodwind sets. More Info
Sat Jun 7, 2014 7:30 PM

Trading Spaces: An Evening in the Sensory-Saturation Tank

$10 General, $8 Members
SmellLab (Theresa Wong: cello, electronics, and voice; Motoko Honda: piano and electronics) / The Broken-Trap Ensemble (Teddy Rankin-Parker: cello; Kristina Dutton: violin; Aram Shelton: reeds; Daniel Pearce: drums) More Info
Wed Jun 4, 2014 8 PM

Thollem McDonas: Presently living peripatetic pianist

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
Thollem will perform Nomads Of Infinity and Howled Ground, two uniquely original approaches to solo piano performance. More Info
Thu May 29, 2014 8 PM

Phonochromaticism: A sonic journey through the visible light spectrum

$15 General (suggested), $10 Members & Students
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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Wed May 28, 2014 7:30 PM

shudder + Mimmo/Blunt Duo

$12 General, $10 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
An evening of acoustic and electro-acoustic improvised music from the Bay Area, Italy and the UK More Info
Tue May 27, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Larry Polansky and Paul Hoskin

$15 ($10 members and the underemployed)
Curator: Matt Ingalls
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
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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Fri May 23, 2014 8 PM

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

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELED

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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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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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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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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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.
Thu May 15, 2014 6:30 PM

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

Free!
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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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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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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
Sat May 10, 2014 8 PM

David Leikam / zBug | Splitting Glass

$15 General, $10 Members
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:49 PM

CANCELED — sfSoundSalonSeries: Stephane Ginsburg

$15 General, $10 Members & under-employed
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Belgian pianist Stephane Ginsburgh presents an evening of works for a solo pianist that subtly combines music, speaking, electronics, actions and percussion into a unique musical experience. "A pianist speaking, a speaker playing the piano... Let’s invert the roles, mix them, create ambiguity : music and text are not superimposed anymore but they are tangled up, intimately mingling…"

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Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Lanacane & Green Alembic

$15 General, $10 Members & under-employed
Curator: Matt Ingalls
LANACANE is the solo electronic music project of Lana Voronina, multi-media visual artist, performer, and event producer. Expect to hear piano improvisation, samples, effects, and beats.

GREEN ALEMBIC is an eight piece improvisational chamber super-group of accomplished bay area musicians performing to original images and spoken word.

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Sun Apr 13, 2014 2 PM

FILM @ C4NM: sonic experimenters double bill

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
Two docs on sonic pioneers Jon Rose, Miya Masaoka, Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, and more.

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Sun Apr 13, 2014 7 PM

Thomas Miley: Visual Music, with Silvia Matheus and Bill Hsu

$15 General, $10 Members
Dynamic visual worlds create sound and music. A set of visual programs controlled by electronic wind instruments and Wii and Leap Motion controllers create graphics and audio worlds. Also, extended analog improvisation with reactive computer graphics. More Info
Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:30 PM

Ned Rothenberg w/ Chris Brown

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi - an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla, works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.

Rothenberg's April 12 performance will include a solo set, plus duos with local electronic music luminary, Chris Brown.

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Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:30 PM

Ned Rothenberg w/ Gino Robair

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi - an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla, works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.

Rothenberg's April 11 performance will include a solo set, plus duos with Bay Area percussion wizard Gino Robair.

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Wed Apr 9, 2014 8 PM

Doug Wieselman

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Doug Wieselman will be performing solo clarinet with live looping – playing mainly material from his new record – From Water – music based on what he has been hearing from bodies of water.

A second set will be the debut of Clarinets ON – a quartet of clarinetists - all consummate composers and improvisers collaborating on creating new sonic explorations: Doug Wieselman, Beth Custer, Ralph Carney and Ben Goldberg.

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Sun Apr 6, 2014 2 PM

FILM @ C4NM: avant rock

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
The rarely screened doc Frank Zappa: Phase II - The Big Note, with appearances by Captain Beefheart, Edgard Varese, Pierre Boulez, the Zappa kids, and more. Plus Approximately Nels Cline and The Art of the Stompbox with Cline and Henry Kaiser.

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Sat Apr 5, 2014 7:30 PM

Shackle: Anne La Berge, flute/electronics + Deckard, laptop, plus Alex Christie

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Shackle is Anne LaBerge on flute and electronics and Deckard on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material. Working with a computerized communication system that proposes various compositional elements to each player, they can then choose whether or not to cooperate with the proposed material. Shackle’s performances explode the line between improvisation without borders and tightly controlled forms that are both playful and daring.

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Sat Apr 5, 2014 2 PM

Discussion Forum: Commissioning

Free!
Workshop
Let's talk about commissioning! Join C4NM members in a critical discussion where we will share knowledge about best practices, identify challenges, and help each other understand what's possible.
Fri Apr 4, 2014 8 PM

Erica Hunt, Marty Ehrlich

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
New York-based duo Erica Hunt (poetry) and Marty Ehrlich (saxophone, clarinet, flute) present an evening of poetry and sound. The two will collaborate in a suite of poetry/music improvisations/variations, vocalized word, sound and site sensitive, simmered on the spot. Hunt will read from new work, including the recently published “A day and its approximates.” Ehrlich will also perform an evolving work for solo clarinet, “Lay Down Your Weary Tune.”

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Thu Apr 3, 2014 7:30 PM

Shapeshifting Flute: Robert Dick Solo

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard
World renowned flutist and composer Robert Dick plays his extraordinary music for flutes large and small.

Whatever you may think of the flute and flute music, be prepared for dimensions you didn’t know existed. Robert plays the flute like a human powered synthesizer, and his intensely emotional music has got a lot to say.

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Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:30 PM

From Messiaen to Mattingly—Sounds and Images for Flute and Piano with Percussion, with Jane Lenoir (flute), Anne Rainwater (piano), Brian Rice (percussion)

$15 General, $10 Members
This program will travel through Eastern Europe, France, Cuba and to the music of Dylan Mattingly, a Bard student from Berkeley who has just received a commission from the LA Philharmonic. Also including works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Paquito D’Rivera, and Paul Schoenfield.

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Sun Mar 30, 2014 2 PM

FILM @ C4NM: improvapalooza!

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
Three hours of the legendary miniseries On the Edge: Improvisation, hosted by guitarist Derek Bailey.

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Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:30 PM

Alvin Curran: Endangered Species – Songs and Dances

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Duo concert featuring American expat composer Alvin Curran and "one of the best avant-garde percussionists working today" (LA Times), Willie Winant.

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Wed Mar 26, 2014 8 PM

David Katz: foreignfire

$15 General, $10 Members
Solo improvisations in voice, without any instruments or processing. The improvisations are often structured through movement.

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Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Benjamin Kreith / Travis Andrews Duo; Matt Ingalls Solo

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Benjamin Kreith / Travis Andrews Duo; Matt Ingalls Solo More Info
Sun Mar 23, 2014 4 PM

David Hatt, piano

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Mr. Hatt, who has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and is currently Assistant Cathedral Organist at San Francisco's St. Mary's Cathedral, presents two sets of solo piano music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The program includes the First Sonata of Charles E. Ives, academic works by Gregory Kosteck and Homer Keller, creative oddities by Barney Childs, Arthur Farwell and Jim Fox, and other pieces, including Mr. Hatt’s own The Continuous Life.

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Sat Mar 22, 2014 2 PM

FILM @ C4NM: musical culture gets funky

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
A funky double feature, with Fabricating Tom Zé, a 2007 film about the Brazilian iconoclast, and Brass Unbound, with musicians in Nepal, Suriname, Indonesia, and Ghana.

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Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: Americana Quartet + Danny Clay

$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 Mar 15, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #5: Karl Evangelista

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
"One of the most original instrumentalists and composers of his generation."
— Signal to Noise

Versatile guitarist and composer Karl Evangelista presents an evening of mixed ensembles showcasing his wide-ranging compositional voice and eclectic musical inclinations, influenced by the jazz avant-garde as well as experimental rock, alt-blues and contemporary chamber music. The concert includes a brief solo guitar set, a chamber set by his avant-jazz-rock band Grex, and a newly re-formed version of the two-guitar group Host Family, all featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest young improvisers and instrumentalists.

Evangelista, originally from Southern California, has studied and performed with many of the Bay Area’s heroes of improvised music, at Mills College (Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith), UC Berkeley (Myra Melford) and on the bandstand (Francis Wong, Phillip Greenlief).

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Sat Mar 15, 2014 2 PM

FILM @ C4NM: jazz masters

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
FILM @ C4NM kicks off with Jazz Masters, including a 60-minute documentary devoted to the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Who's Crazy featuring in-studio footage of Ornette Coleman from the 1960s.

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Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: “Soundings” No. 2

$20 General / $15 Member, Students, Seniors
The Del Sol String Quartet performs the second concert in their “Soundings” series, featuring the work Mas Lugares by the late Italian composer, Stefano Scodanibbio.

The Quartet will dive into the musical language of Scodanibbio, with interactive discussion and exploration of the piece, paired with the world premiere of a new work, inspired by Mas Lugares, by Grammy Award-winning Mads Tolling, followed by a post-concert reception.

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Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Joan La Barbara, solo and ensemble works

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
A program of solo voice, group improvisations, and a performance of Angels, Demons and Other Muses (2010) with sfSoundGroup.

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Mon Mar 10, 2014 8 PM

Thom Blum: Soundscraper – live crowdsourced soundscaping

$15 General, $10 Members
The Soundscraper project, the hair-brained brainchild of composer Thom Blum, will premiere its very first piece, Capsule 1 - inside/outside, in the first of an oncoming series of performances featuring live, improvised, crowdsourced soundscaping.

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Sat Mar 8, 2014 8 PM

Vardan Ovsepian – Live in San Francisco: Solo Jazz Piano

$15 General, $10 Members
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Emerging jazz great Vardan Ovsepian makes his San Francisco debut performing his acclaimed solo piano works, along with several world premieres. Hailed by the likes of Peter Erskine, Brad Mehldau, Mick Goodrick, and Frank Carlberg as a fresh and important voice within the modern jazz scene, Mr. Ovsepian’s brilliant synthesis of classical and jazz idioms reminds listeners of Keith Jarrett, thus evoking a style reminiscent of “third stream”. More Info
Fri Mar 7, 2014 7 PM

Waffle Opera: The Magic Flute

In advance: $20 General, $10 Students/Seniors/Members. Door: $25 General, $15 Students/Seniors/Members.
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The Magic Flute: A bold new vision of one of the most beloved operas of all time.

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Thu Mar 6, 2014 6 - 8 PM

Opening Reception: Experimental Musical Instruments by Peter Whitehead

Free!
Special Event
Opening reception for a new exhibit of instruments created by composer, songwriter and builder Peter Whitehead over a 20 year period.

The exhibit will be on display through April 30 in The Window Gallery, a collaboration of the Center for New Music and Thingamjigs, curated by Bart Hopkin and David Samas.

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Wed Mar 5, 2014 7:30 PM

Sten Sandell (piano) with guest Gino Robair (percussion/electronics)

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Composer and improviser Sten Sandel (stensandell.com) has been an influential force on the European and Scandinavian new music scene for three decades. His solo performances often combine piano with his own highly developed system of sound poetry.

For this performance he will do a solo set for piano and voice, and then invite Gino Robair onstage for the second set.

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Tue Mar 4, 2014 7:30 PM

Joseph Van Hassel – “New Music for Snare Drum”

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang
A concert of new music for solo snare drum by percussionist Joseph Van Hassel. Includes the world premiere of works by Janis Mercer and David Macbride.

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Mon Mar 3, 2014 7:30 PM

Triple Bill! mchtnchts (Bruckmann/Grabmiller) + John Shiurba’s 3-3 + Crystal Moon Cone

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
Triple Bill!
mchtnchts (Bruckmann/Grabmiller) + John Shiurba's 3-3 + Crystal Moon Cone

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Sun Mar 2, 2014 2 PM

Waffle Opera: The Magic Flute

In advance: $20 General, $10 Students/Seniors/Members. Door: $25 General, $15 Students/Seniors/Members.
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The Magic Flute: A bold new vision of one of the most beloved operas of all time.

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Sat Mar 1, 2014 7:30 PM

SF Cinematheque presents Choreographies of Creation and Destruction: The Live Cinemas of John Davis and Greg Pope

$10 General, $5 Cinematheque members
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SF Cinematheque presents Choreographies of Creation and Destruction: The Live Cinemas of John Davis and Greg Pope.
John Davis and Greg Pope In Person

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Thu Feb 27, 2014 7 PM

Waffle Opera: The Magic Flute

In advance: $20 General, $10 Students/Seniors/Members. Door: $25 General, $15 Students/Seniors/Members.
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The Magic Flute: A bold new vision of one of the most beloved operas of all time.

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Wed Feb 26, 2014 8 PM

Time-Machine_music , “Adventures and Reveries” featuring Loop 2.4.3 and Prism

$12 General, $8 Members, $5 Students
Curator: Ken Ueno
Loop 2.4.3’s Time-Machine_music integrates ancient instruments and the human voice with electronic manipulation to create music that explores concepts of time and personal and social catharsis.

“...it all sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition...Only the tradition has never existed until now” (NPR).

Alex Vittum’s Prism uses a modular synthesizer and drum kit to create vignettes of rhythm, voice, melody, and electro acoustic processing.

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Tue Feb 25, 2014 8 PM

Mohammed Fairouz: West Coast Premieres with pianist Lara Downes and the Del Sol String Quartet

$30 general, $25 members, $15 students
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THE ARTIST SESSIONS presents Composer MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: West Coast Premieres, with Lara Downes and the Del Sol

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Sat Feb 22, 2014 4 PM

Hyejin Jun: Dots and Lines

Free!
Dots and Lines: Simple elements in space and time. More Info
Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:30 PM

Switchboard Presents: The Living Earth Show, Mobius Trio, Friction Quartet

$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.
Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:30 PM

New Music from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College

$15 General, $10 Members
New works by current composers and performers at Mills College that incorporate acoustic and electronic instrumentation, scores, and improvisation.
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Natural Artefacts, Lucie Vítková, and Tim Perkis

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Two sets by visiting european artists:
Natural Artefacts (from Sweden) perform with Tim Perkis.
Lucie Vítková (from the Czech Republic) performs solo and group improvisations and compositions.

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Sun Feb 16, 2014 5 - 6:30 PM

Breaking Bread with… James Dillon

Free!
Special Event
In advance of his San Francisco premiere of New York Triptych, composer James Dillon will be the special guest for a laid-back talk about life and work as composers and musicians in our contemporary, classical world.

Hosted by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in partnership with C4NM.
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Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #4: Ben Goldberg

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
“ … an artist who now seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path.”
— NPR’s The California Report

One of the Bay Area’s most respected and singular musical voices, clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg presents a concert of music by his Bay Area ensemble Ben Goldberg School, including selections from “Come Back Elliott Smith,” a collection of original compositions named for, inspired by and based upon Goldberg’s study of the songs of indie songwriter Elliott Smith (1969 - 2003).

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Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Bonnie Jones & Andrea Neumann duo and Danishta Rivero solo

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
sfSound and 23five present Bonnie Jones & Andrea Neumann duo and Danishta Rivero solo

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Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:30 PM

Breaking the Sound: Aram Shelton + Philip White, Jessie Marino, Blood Wedding (Chuck Johnson + Danishta Rivero)

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
Breaking the Sound is a diverse and bi-coastal offering of contemporary musics featuring electro free jazz from Aram Shelton and Philip White, experimental performance/chamber music from Jessie Marino and the sonic architecture of Danishta Rivero and Chuck Johnson’s Blood Wedding.

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Sun Feb 9, 2014 5 PM

Dan Lippel @ Tangents Guitar Series

$15 General, $10 Members
NYC guitarist and ICE member Dan Lippel presents a program of recent electro/acoustic works for guitars.

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Fri Feb 7, 2014 8 PM

Jon Raskin 60th Birthday Concert

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Improvisations and compositions by Jon Raskin performed by Rova Saxophone Quartet, The Fab Lab (Gino Robair, Jon Raskin) and the Long Table Project (Phillip Greenlief, John Hanes, Jon Raskin, Dan Seamans and John Shiurba) .

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Sat Feb 1, 2014 7:30 PM

Alden Jenks: HAMMERED

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard
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Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:30 PM

Out of a Lyrical Darkness

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Acclaimed Postmodernist composer, pianist and multimedia visual artist, David Thomas Roberts, performs his most recent as well as earlier works for piano and synthesizer. With affinities for both Neo-romanticism and Minimalism, Roberts' music evinces an encompassing and overtly expressive, sensuous sound world.

"David Thomas Roberts brings a very special voice to American music -- as composer, as pianist, as historian and critic. I have long valued his work in all its various facets..." ~ Joshua Rifkin

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Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Jack Wright Large Ensemble

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Saxophonist Jack Wright (Easton, PA) performs large-group improvisations with local musicians.

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Tue Jan 28, 2014 7 - 9 PM

Kronos Quartet: Open rehearsal with Mary Kouyoumdjian

Free!
The singular Kronos Quartet is joined by Mary Kouyoumdjian, recipient of the most recent Kronos: Under 30 Project commision, for an open rehearsal at c4nm.

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Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:30 PM

c4nm Intern Show

Free!
Past and present interns from the Center present and perform their own works. This special event showcases the creativity and invention of the next generation of talented composer-performer-organizers, who are also the behind-the-scenes support system for the entire community at c4nm.
Thu Jan 23, 2014 6 - 8 PM

Discussion Forum: Touring

Free!
Workshop
One of the most important steps in a musical career is taking the show on the road. Come share wisdom and gain insights with c4nm members on the topic of touring, for composers, performers, and producers. Special guest TBA.
Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: George Cremaschi, Katherine Young, and sfSoundGroup

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
George Cremaschi, Katherine Young, and sfSoundGroup perform solo and group improvisations.

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Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:30 PM

Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Ryan Muncy: Personified Landscapes

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Jen Wang
In their San Francisco debut, soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and saxophonist Ryan Muncy of Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago based new music collective described as “supermusicians” by the Chicago Tribune, perform a program of music for voice, saxophone, and electronics based on the sonic personifications of various geographic locations – the sounds of rainy Scotland in the vocal music of James Dillon, Chicago’s Wicker Park in Marcos Balter’s energetic saxophone composition, and Philippe Leroux’s vision of a sublime, fictional green place in his duo for voice and saxophone.

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Fri Jan 17, 2014 8 PM

Within A Day—Thingamajigs Performance Group and sfSound perform works by Robert Moran

$15 General, $10 Members
Members of Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG) and sfSound join forces to perform works of Robert Moran. A new work entitled “Within A Day” will be created in a collaborative manner between Robert Moran and TPG premiered at the concert.

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Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:30 - 7:15 PM

c4nm @ The CJM: Larry Ochs & Dohee Lee

$5 entry after 5 PM
This performance is taking place at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco.

The Center for New Music is partnering with The Contemporary Jewish Museum to present four site-specific performances as part of the exhibition “Work In Progress: Considering Utopia.” The performances will be presented by improvising duos consisting of one musician and one dancer.

Occurring within the gallery, these performances will “activate” Ohad Meromi’s sculpture 1967 and the gallery itself. Meromi is an Israeli artist based out of New York whose work is being exhibited on the west coast for the first time. 1967 is an interactive installation inspired by the community stage in the kibbutz. The work explores the concept of utopia through the lens of the kibbutz across time.

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Wed Jan 15, 2014 8 PM

Bloom (Rent Romus & Thollem McDonas), Set 2: Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Nava Dunkelman, Joe Lasqo, Cheryl E. Leonard, Thollem McDonas + Nan Busse (dancer)

$12 General, $8 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
An evening of electro-acoustic free improv so pure it has a unique blue color…

Set 1: Long standing duo Bloom (Rent Romus & Thollem McDonas)

Set 2: Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Nava Dunkelman, Joe Lasqo, Cheryl E. Leonard, Thollem McDonas + Nan Busse (dancer)

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Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:30 PM

SFCMP Players Show: Splinter Reeds

$15 General, $10 Members
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Curated by SFCMP ensemble members Kyle BruckmannBill Kalinkos and Jeff Anderle, Splinter Reeds will present an evening of new music. The program will include works by Riley, Shlomowitz, and McGowan interspersed with arrangements from Tom Johnson’s Rational Melodies and Bach’s Art of the Fugue. More Info
Tue Jan 7, 2014 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Chris Newman

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Chamber and vocal music by English artist Chris Newman, performed by sfSoundGroup, Luciano Chessa, and Chris Newman.

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Sat Jan 4, 2014 7:30 PM

duo B: Music for Films, Humans

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
duo B., the improvising and composing ensemble of Berlin-based percussionist Jason Levis and Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, celebrates its 10-year anniversary in a special concert of mixed ensembles at the Center for New Music. The evening includes duos, trios and quintet chamber works by Mezzacappa and Levis, with superlative Bay Area instrumentalists Cory Wright (clarinets), Rob Ewing (trombone) and John Finkbeiner (guitar).

Levis and Mezzacappa are also joined by guitarist Noah Phillips for two live film scores, San Francisco filmmaker Mark Wilson's Postmark Tokyo, and Berlin filmmaker Sylvia Schedelbauer's Sounding Silence.

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Tue Dec 31, 2013 7 PM - 1 AM

RESOLUTIONS: New Year’s Eve 2014

$30 General, $25 Members, $50 Couples
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Special Event
Celebrate the new year with fun live music featuring members of the Center for New Music, heavy apps, and an open bar.

Featuring:
PC Muñoz art-funk schematics
Three Times Bad bluegrass string trio
Les Gwan Jupons vintage Caribbean party music
The Jon Raskin New Rhythm Plus Band avant-jazz trio

$30 general - $25 members - $50 couples

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Sat Dec 21, 2013 8 PM

Winter Comes

$10 General, $7 Members
RTD3 (Ron Heglin, Tom Nunn, Doug Carroll) presents an evening of improvised music for voice, trombone, cello, and invented instruments. RTD3 is a long-time member of the Bay Area improv community and has an intimate, highly interactive ensemble style.

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Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:30 PM

In from the Cold: Lessons and Carols for 2013

Free!
Come in from the cold and join us for a hot drink and music for a winter's night! Featuring the musicians’ own arrangements of traditional and eclectic holiday music, medieval tunes, modern compositions, improvisation, and poems and readings that will surely warm your heart!

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Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Christopher Jones performs Feldman’s “Triadic Memories” and a premiere

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Pianist/Composer Christopher Jones performs Morton Feldman's Triadic Memories (1981) and premieres his new work, Devil Tropes.

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Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:30 PM

Steve Adams – TrisKoTronica and Duo with Scott Walton

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Steve Adams does solo versions of pieces by Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz on sax, bass flute and electronics, from his new release on Sensitive Skin, followed by new works for his duo with bassist Scott Walton from the Imaginary Sciences Series.

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Fri Dec 13, 2013 8 PM

Steven Lugerner & Darren Johnston SOLO/DUO

$10 General, $5 Members
Multi-reedist Steven Lugerner and trumpeter Darren Johnston will each present new solo pieces and team up at the end of the night for a short improvised duo meeting. This night also celebrates the EP/cassette release of Lugerner’s new release, Gravitations Vol. 1.

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Thu Dec 12, 2013 6- 8 PM

Discussion Forum: Music Distribution in the 21st Century

Free!
Workshop
You’re making a recording, so what’s your distribution plan?

Come to share knowledge and discuss the pros and cons of all the different ways your fellow musicians and producers are getting their music out into the world. Bring your questions, concerns, and frank and open comments to this roundtable discussion about labels, digital distribution, licensing, royalties, and more!

Moderated by Steve Horowitz with special guest Larry Polansky. Light refreshments provided.

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Sun Dec 8, 2013 4 PM

Eliane Lust/Pinna Records: CD Release Party “Entangoed”

$10 General, $8 Members
Join pianist Eliane Lust and Pinna Records for the release of Entangoed, a new recording of tangos for solo piano written by composers both past (Dane Rudhyar, Erwin Schulhoff) and contemporary (Frederic Rzewski, William Schimmel, Scott Pender and Robert Elkjer), tracing 100 years of the form from 1914 to today. Admission includes CD, reception, and a performance by Eliane.

For more information about Entangoed, visit the Pinna Records website.
Sat Dec 7, 2013 7 PM

FESTIVUS 2013 — The Festival-of-Us: Night Two

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
FESTIVUS returns for its second year, offering eight Bay Area creative jazz bands covering the music of other Bay Area creative jazz bands. This year's two-day event will also have a cookie potluck, a bar at the Center for New Music for merriment, and an awesome merch table with great deals and free gift wrapping of your favorite Bay Area CDs.

Night Two of FESTIVUS features John Shiurba's 5x5, Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch, Noah Phillips, and Michael Coleman's Enjoyer.

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Fri Dec 6, 2013 7 PM

FESTIVUS 2013 — The Festival-of-Us: Night One

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
FESTIVUS returns for its second year, offering eight Bay Area creative jazz bands covering the music of other Bay Area creative jazz bands. This year's two-day event will also have a cookie potluck, a bar at the Center for New Music for merriment, and an awesome merch table with great deals and free gift wrapping of your favorite Bay Area CDs.

Night One of FESTIVUS features Rent Romus's Life Blood, Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, The Klaxon Mutant Allstars, and Patrick Cress's Telepathy.

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Thu Dec 5, 2013 6:30 - 7:15 PM

c4nm @ The CJM: Jon Raskin & Justin Morrison

$5 entry after 5 PM
This performance is taking place at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco.

The Center for New Music is partnering with The Contemporary Jewish Museum to present four site-specific performances as part of the exhibition “Work In Progress: Considering Utopia.” The performances will be presented by improvising duos consisting of one musician and one dancer.

Occurring within the gallery, these performances will “activate” Ohad Meromi’s sculpture 1967 and the gallery itself. Meromi is an Israeli artist based out of New York whose work is being exhibited on the west coast for the first time. 1967 is an interactive installation inspired by the community stage in the kibbutz. The work explores the concept of utopia through the lens of the kibbutz across time.

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Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:30 PM

Into the Thicket

$15 General, $10 Members
Into the Thicket explores the types of motion in contemporary piano works that lie beyond just slow and fast, existing in deeper layers of whimsy, dance and severity of expression. The program includes John Zorn’s rarely performed Carny and world premieres by acclaimed New England composer Stuart Saunders Smith and Bang on a Can’s newest member, Ken Thomson. Lansky’s Three Moves for Marimba (arr. for piano by the performer) has been described by the composer as “a dance that never quite finds its footing.”

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Fri Nov 22, 2013 8 PM

New Keys Fall Show: A Sum of Parts

$15 General, $10 Members & Under-employed
New Keys comes to C4NM for the first show in their 10th Anniversary Season. They'll employ the musical crafts of composers Danny Clay, Mark Clifford & Lucy Moore, Chad McKinney, Amanda Schoofs and Evan Ziporyn. You can expect more than a couple of special guests, including the fiercely gifted pianist Sarah Cahill! The pieces reflect each of the individual musical styles of the New Keys Players: from sweetness, to the radical, to the improvisational, to the minimal to the post-genre era-bending.

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Thu Nov 21, 2013 6 PM

Workshop: Music for Film, Video & Games

$10 General, Free for Members
Workshop
Panel discussion and mixer event on the art of successful collaborations between audio professionals and visual media artists More Info
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Alfonso Alberti, solo piano

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Italian pianist, Alfonso Alberti presents a program of solo works for piano that explores the varied and sometimes contradictory paths travelled by contemporary music in Italy. It showcases some of the ‘main players’ in the second half of the twentieth century: Giorgio Gaslini (of whose Sonata this is the world premiere) and his ‘total music’, Sylvano Bussotti and his physical, gestural rapport with the keyboard, and Paolo Castaldi with his ‘false obviousness’. It also displays the heterodox trajectory of Michele Dall’Ongaro and the originality of the new generation: Stefano Bulfon, Silvia Colasanti, Federico Gardella, Marco Momi, and Filippo Perocco. The resulting image is an almost labyrinthine intertwining of paths which, more often than not, lead us to unimagined and surprising realms.

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Mon Nov 18, 2013 7–9 PM

Free Workshop: Promoting Your Work, Old and New School, Pt. 2 — Social media, online advertising, and other web-based strategies

Free!
Workshop
Arts marketing professional Emily Cornwell, will focus on digital and web-based strategies for promoting your work and developing audiences for your music. Learn how to create a holistic strategy to make your concert, performance series or season, CD release, or tour a success.

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Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:30 PM

Ton Trio II

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
Ton Trio II with Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Scott Brown, bass; Alex Vittum, drums.

An avant/modern jazz trio focused on the group dynamic utilizing folksy melodies and wide open structures. The written parts serve as entry points for spacious improvisations, with all three members playing almost continuously, keeping the voices of melody, harmony and rhythm on an even level. Shelton’s angular but forward moving lines are supported by Brown’s earthy bass and Vittum’s focused rhythms.

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Thu Nov 14, 2013 6-8pm

Opening Reception: Walter Kitundu, We Are Everything We Are Not

Free!
Special Event
Artist Walter Kitundu brings his unique vision to the Center for New Music's window gallery with FOUR PIECES, presented by Thingamajigs. Please join us for the opening reception, which will include an artist talk and brief performance.

We Are Everything We Are Not is a reflection on the nature of our personal and collective meanderings. It is a response to the self-oriented lens through which we tend to view the world. Our actions often have implications far beyond the span of our attention and the reach of our vision. More Info
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:30 PM

DUO: Peter Broetzmann, reeds + Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

$25 General, $18 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
Peter Broetzmann, reeds
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

Two titans of European improvised music meet in an electrifying duo: the singular and hugely influential German reed player Peter Broetzmann; and the incredibly eclectic Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, known for his work with Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson.

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Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:30 PM

Artist-in-Residence Closing Concert: Nihan Devecioglu, voice & electronics, feat. Theresa Wong & Jon Raskin

$10 General, $7 Members
Special guest and artist-in-residence Nihan Devecioglu (Turkey) will perform solo and in collaboration with locals Theresa Wong and Jon Raskin.

Ms. Devecioglu has been in residence at the Center for New Music since October 11, with support from CEC ArtsLink. During her (first) visit to San Francisco, she has developed new performance techniques, explored the Bay Area experimental music scene, and gained exposure to the arts and cultural history of the area.

Nihan has invited two new collaborators to join her in this performance, to mark the end of her residency.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013 7 PM

Workshop: San Francisco SuperCollider Meeting

Free!
Workshop
Do you already use SuperCollider, or would you like to learn more about it? Are you a Pd or Max/MSP user considering to add SuperCollider to your sonic toolbox? This informal meet-up is free and open to anyone interested in SuperCollider. It’s a space for people to present their work, ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and anything else SC-related. The meeting starts at 7pm, but at 6:30pm we will have a short “get-started” tutorial for total beginners. For more info, contact Bruno Ruviaro (bruviaro at scu dot edu). More Info
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:30 PM

Film: Soldier of the Road: A Portrait of Peter Brötzmann

$10 General, $7 Members
Film Screening
In anticipation of the November 13 performance by Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love, the Center for New Music presents the San Francisco premiere of this feature-length film:

 

Soldier of the Road: A Portrait of Peter Brötzmann
with Paal Nilssen-Love, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Fred Van Hove, Joe McPhee
Produced and Directed by Bernard Josse
(2012; 93 minutes)

 

This compelling portrait of the legendary free jazz saxophonist features some of Europe's greatest improvisers in candid interviews and raw, take-no-prisoners music and performance footage.
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Sun Nov 10, 2013 2 - 4 PM

Free Workshop: Promoting Your Work, Old and New School, Pt. 1: Writing, Publicity, Advertising and Audience Development Strategies

Free!
Workshop
Bay Area bassist/bandleader and arts organizer Lisa Mezzacappa leads the first workshop in a two-part series on promoting your work and developing audiences for your music, via traditional marketing strategies (part 1) and online and social media platforms (part 2). Learn how to create a holistic strategy to make your concert, performance series or season, CD release, or tour a success. Topics addressed will include writing concert and series descriptions, communicating with the media, strategizing print and digital promotional materials, advertising, creating strategic partnerships and designing programs and events with an eye to audience development.

Sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and the Center for New Music.

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Sat Nov 9, 2013 7:30 PM

Addleds Sound Laboratory #3

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard
Addleds – the brutally minimal improvising quartet of Kyle Bruckmann (oboe/English horn), Tony Dryer (contrabass), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), and Kanoko Nishi (koto) – explores counterintuitive cross-genre collaboration in a mini-series supported by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program.

Night 3, the finale, features two varied chamber-jazz groupings: special out-of-town guests Douglas Detrick’s Anywhen Ensemble, and Lisa Mezzacappa’s String Band.

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Thu Nov 7, 2013 6:30 - 7:15 PM

c4nm @ The CJM: Steve Adams & Shinichi Iova-Koga

$5 entry after 5 PM
This performance is taking place at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco.

The Center for New Music is partnering with The Contemporary Jewish Museum to present four site-specific performances as part of the exhibition “Work In Progress: Considering Utopia.” The performances will be presented by improvising duos consisting of one musician and one dancer.

Occurring within the gallery, these performances will “activate” Ohad Meromi’s sculpture 1967 and the gallery itself. Meromi is an Israeli artist based out of New York whose work is being exhibited on the west coast for the first time. 1967 is an interactive installation inspired by the community stage in the kibbutz. The work explores the concept of utopia through the lens of the kibbutz across time.

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Thu Nov 7, 2013 7:30 PM

Del Sol String Quartet: “Soundings” Concert 1

$20 General, $15 Members
The award-winning Del Sol String Quartet performs a major work by American composer Robert Erickson (1917-1997), evoking the light of the Mediterranean, paired with the presentation of a new work of visual art by San Francisco painter Kimetha Vanderveen, inspired by Erickson’s music and commissioned by Del Sol. The concert, the first in Del Sol’s 3-concert 2013-14 Home Season, will include an interactive discussion with the musicians and Vanderveen and a post-concert reception.

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Tue Nov 5, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Helmut Lachenmann’s “Dal Niente” and Andrew Raffo Dewar’s “Ekphrasis Suite”

Free!
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Andrew Raffo Dewar presents the premiere of his Ekphrasis Suite, a set of compositions developed as sonic translations of the austere drawings of visual artist Pete Schulte. Dewar will perform with his Interactions Quartet, featuring the composer on soprano saxophone, Gino Robair (vibraphone, percussion), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe, english horn), and John Shiurba (acoustic and electric guitars).

sfSound clarinetist Matt Ingalls opens the concert with a performance of Helmut Lachenmann's Dal Niente (Interieur III) (1970). Like other Lachenmann compositions from this period, Dal niente is indebted from a technical perspective to the idea of a “musique concrète instrumentale”, in which all of the sounds point away from themselves to a certain extent toward the preconditions of their production, bringing the latter into the structural events as a kind of “corporal” experience. The “instrument” becomes a “device”: a characteristically manipulated filter for the player’s breath as controlled by the composition and its interpretation. The independent modification in finger positions, types of attack, and the forms of articulation in air pressure thus become discernible as a multi-level polyphony. Artificial structures of time and elementary perception of sound processes – which are more objects of observation than of the sort of “listening” which is directed at expressivity – condition each other and relocate the expressivity that was ousted from the single gesture to the emphatically concentrated experience of an awareness of their anatomy.

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Sat Nov 2, 2013 7:30 PM

Quartertone Incandescence

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard
The Los Angeles based Ray-Kallay duo expands the sonic possibilities of the multiple keyboard concert in a program featuring two icons of the genre, John Cage's 31'57.9864" for a pianist & 34'46.776" for a pianist. The program also features Enno Poppe's vertiginous masterpiece, Rad, for two continuously retuning keyboards and a new work by Jason Heath that takes advantage of the duo's unusual and special resources.

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Fri Nov 1, 2013 7:30 PM

Ouroboros/Distant Intervals

$15 General, $10 Members
Ouroboros, featuring poet/musicians Clark Coolidge, Andrew Joron and Joseph Noble and musician/non-poet, Sheldon Brown, will perform a set of improvised music, followed by Distant Intervals, performing music based on poetry and speech of Surrealist Poets, including works based on poetry of Joron, Ivan Arguelles, Philip Lamantia and Clark Coolidge.

Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:30 PM

Ueno/Feeney/Ingalls Trio Halloween Party!

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

Trio of Ken Ueno/Tim Feeney/Matt Ingalls bring their arsenal of vocal/percussive/woodwind extended techniques to C4NM for an evening of improvised music. Local improv mavens Ueno and Ingalls are joined by Feeney, a long-time collaborator of Ueno’s.

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Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:30 PM

Reciprocity with Nico Couck, guitar

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang
How can the possibilities of the back-and-forth motion be explored? Be it in sounding texture, or even in the performer's physical approach to the instrument. Instrument meets gesture meets voice.

Guitarist Nico Couck (Antwerp) performs music by Steen-Andersen, Kreidler, Applebaum, Gadenstaetter, and others.

This concert and tour by Nico Couck is made possible in large part by a grant from the Harry & Alice Eiler Foundation. More Info
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #3: ARAM SHELTON

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
Composer, bandleader and reed player Aram Shelton presents a concert of new music inspired by the canyonlands of southeastern Utah, for a quartet of accomplished Bay Area and Chicago-based improvisers.

Aram Shelton, reeds
James Fei, reeds
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Anton Hatwich, acoustic bass

With more than a dozen recordings to his credit, saxophonist and composer Aram Shelton is emerging as one of the shining lights of his generation, an energetic organizer and bandleader, prolific composer and compelling instrumentalist with close ties to both the Bay Area and Chicago creative jazz scenes. Shelton’s music draws inspiration from the rich history and language of free jazz and the African American avant-garde, and he brings a fresh, lean, focused compositional aesthetic to his many projects, including the quartet Marches, the Aram Shelton Group, These Are Our Hours, Stratic and Ton Trio II.

"[Shelton] brings to mind a young Anthony Braxton, with an acerbic asceticism, obliquely rooted in jazz, at work." - All About Jazz

*This is the third performance in the Best Coast Jazz Composers Series, a new monthly concert series showcasing the extraordinary and singular talents of some of the Bay Area’s most creative and prolific jazz artists. The series feature local composers in evening-length profile concerts that explore several aspects of their diverse musical personalities, and celebrates the emergence of an eclectic, innovative and wildly creative New West Coast Sound in jazz. Curated by Lisa Mezzacappa.
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Thu Oct 24, 2013 6 PM

Workshop: Recording on a Budget

$10 General, Free for Members
Workshop
Local industry pros provide useful strategies low- to mid-budget recording projects; panel discussion followed by personal coaching and consulting. More Info
Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:00 PM

New Music from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College

$15 General, $10 Members

New works by current composers and performers at Mills College that incorporate acoustic and electronic instrumentation, scores, and improvisation.

Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: An evening of music featuring closely-tuned frequencies

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
An evening of music featuring closely-tuned frequencies. sfSound's Matt Ingalls performs Alvin Lucier's "In Memoriam John Higgins" for clarinet and sweeping sine tone. sfSound reprising its realization of Phill Niblock's "Disseminate" for multi-tracked acoustic instruments. Los Angeles-based John Krausbauer (with Vicky Fong and Blaine Todd) performs his recent composition, "phased-glissando", for manually tuned and manually phased glissandi.

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Sat Oct 19, 2013 8 PM

Sarah Cahill/Adam Tendler: Modern Piano Lineages

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Pianists Sarah Cahill and Adam Tendler, who first collaborated together at Roulette in New York City, team up again for their first joint West Coast concert, tracing lineages of piano music from the last thirty years. More Info
Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:30 PM

Workshop: Anatolian Improvised Folk Music PLUS Welcome Reception

Free!
Workshop
Special guest and artist-in-residence Nihan Devecioglu (Turkey) will share her knowledge and experiences in a range of international music styles, focusing on Anatolian folk music and connections to the devotional music of the Sufis.

Nihan studied classical singing at the University of Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.This, for her, was the beginning of a journey of immense discovery within a vast space of sound.Since then she has been exploring different techniques of vocal improvisation, and searching for a common ground where different sorts of influences might interweave and merge. Freely exploring the vast boundaries of musical expression on these premises, Nihan seeks for inspiration in sources of distinct natures: the opera, the avant-garde, early music, world music, Turkish sufi and folk, and contemporary art of various forms.

Nihan is in residence at the Center for New Music from October 11 through November 13, with support from CEC ArtsLink. This free workshop will also include a welcome reception for Nihan. More Info
Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:30 PM

SFCMP Players Show: Harp+Percussion

$15 General, $10 Members
The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) presents the second SFCMP Players Show of the season, featuring SFCMP harpist Karen Gottlieb accompanied on percussion by SFCMP Artistic Director Steven Schick and Andrew Meyerson (of local duo The Living Earth Show). Also on the program: a solo performance by Mills College MFA student Stephan Haluska, who seeks to “push the harp into new territories by extending the harp’s vocabulary” and a performance by Oakland harpist Destiny Muhammad (a.k.a. The Harpist from the Hood) with bass and drums. Her self-described genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is “cool and eclectic with a touch of storytelling to round out the sonic experience.”

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Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:00 PM

Chen-Hui Jen and Jacob David Sudol – New Music for Piano and Electronics

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
Taiwanese composer/pianist Chen-Hui Jen and Miami-based composer/computer musician Jacob David Sudol present a concert of music for piano and electronics that explores, amplifies, and expands some of the poetic imagination and hidden acoustic beauty of the piano.

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen for piano and pre-recorded audio
Kee Yong Chong: Time Flows II for piano and live electronics
Georg Friedrich Haas: Ein Schattenspiel for piano and live electronics
Chen-Hui Jen: d'un songe for piano and live electronics
Jacob David Sudol: "…wash yourself of yourself" for piano and live electronics

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Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Quinteto Latino Latin American Chamber Music Festival

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Part of Quinteto Latino's first ever festival of Latin American Chamber Music, a concert featuring QL flutist Diane Grubbe, sfSound cellist Monica Scott, QL & sfSound oboist Kyle Bruckmann, Latin American composers/performersPatricia Martínez, Guillermo Galindo and Bruno Ruviaro, and other guests.

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Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:30 - 7:15 PM

c4nm @ The CJM: Jacob Felix Heule & Christine Bonansea

$5 entry after 5 PM
This performance is taking place at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco.

The Center for New Music is partnering with The Contemporary Jewish Museum to present four site-specific performances as part of the exhibition “Work In Progress: Considering Utopia.” The performances will be presented by improvising duos consisting of one musician and one dancer.

Occurring within the gallery, these performances will “activate” Ohad Meromi’s sculpture 1967 and the gallery itself. Meromi is an Israeli artist based out of New York whose work is being exhibited on the west coast for the first time. 1967 is an interactive installation inspired by the community stage in the kibbutz. The work explores the concept of utopia through the lens of the kibbutz across time.

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Tue Oct 8, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Hadley McCarroll/Janis Mercer & Kyle Bruckmann/James Fei

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Pianists Hadley McCarroll and Janis Mercer celebrate 100 years of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" while exploring connections in the music of Sever Tipei ("Lament"), Anthony Braxton ("Composition #5"), Peter Eötvos (Himmelklavier/Erdenklavier), Luciano Berio (wassermusik), and Claude Debussy (Preludes, Book II "Brouillards"). Mercer and McCarroll perform Part I of the exhilarating version of "Rite of Spring" for one piano/four-hands in addition to provocative and moving music for solo piano from the last century. Each piece on the concert reveals how these remarkable composers questioned preexisting styles and mores of the day, discarded previous techniques, and forged a new path, led by Igor Stravinsky.

Kyle Bruckmann and James Fei -- two dedicated praticioners of eccentric distended reed technique entwine single lines, repurposing overlapping electronic musical tendencies, into a thicket of psychoacoustic intrigue.

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Mon Oct 7, 2013 7:45 PM

Renga Games – Cage’d & UnCage’d

$12 General, $8 Members

A concert of pieces based on the Japanese renga poetic form with dances by Nan Busse.

John Cage’s piece Two² for 2 pianos, performed by Patti Deuter & Joe Lasqo
New piece Renga-kai, for electronics & acoustic instruments, performed by Renga-9 Ensemble

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Sun Oct 6, 2013 7:30 PM

Addleds Sound Laboratory #2

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard
Addleds – the brutally minimal improvising quartet of Kyle Bruckmann (oboe/English horn), Tony Dryer (contrabass), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), and Kanoko Nishi (koto) – explores counterintuitive cross-genre collaboration in a mini-series supported by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program.

Night 2 features the numinous electro-acoustic dronescapes of Ben Bracken and Ashley Bellouin.

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Fri Oct 4, 2013 6-8 PM

Opening Reception for Sound In Motion: the Sonic Clothing of Bob Marsh

Free!
Sound In Motion: the Sonic Clothing of Bob Marsh
September 5 - October 31, 2013
Center for New Music Window Gallery
Artist Reception & Presention: Friday, October 4

The work of Bob Marsh over the past two and a half years in the creation of “sonic clothing” brings together, in a uniquely dynamic way, his passion for making sculpture, avnat-garde music and dance. Beginning with materials from everyday life—plastic water bottles, tape, newspaper pictures—he transforms them to highlight various sound producing capacities, both obvious and latent, and places the materials in an intimate position with our primary instrument: the human body. The dormant sounds are wakened by movements large and small and announce the existence of a new being.

For the showing at the Center for New Music, Marsh will create a new work from the drawings and constructions he's made over the last three years following the dance classes with Anna Halprin. Anna frequently asks students to cast their movement experiences into another medium—drawing, or writing, or combinations thereof. Marsh will take his graphic and sculptural notes and turn them into an opportunity for movement.

Invented instruments curated by Bart Hopkin and David Samas, presented by Thingamjigs and Center for New Music.
Thu Oct 3, 2013 8 PM

Contemporary Italian Opera: The Sadomasochist and the Sublime

$15 General, $10 Members
Pianists Anthony Porter and Sarah Cahill, Soprano Amy Foote, and Bass Richard Mix perform a world premiere staged version of Ada Gentile's La giornata di un soprano isterico (A day in the life of a hysterical soprano; 2013), on a libretto by Sandro Cappelletto and a semi-staged version of Fabrizio de Rossi Re's King Kong, amore mio (King Kong, My Love; 2011), on a libretto by Luis Gabriel Santiago.

La giornata di un soprano isterico details the extreme power dynamic between a soprano (Foote) and her accompanist (Porter). Cappelletto's libretto is riddled with traditional Italian Opera (he is a well known opera critic in Italy) yet still focuses on the sadomasochist nature of this particular soprano/accompanist relationship. King Kong, amore mio begins in the same vein as the original 1933 film but quickly diverges through a Darwinian lens, forcing the characters of King Kong (Mix) and Viola (Foote) to navigate their budding love through the technologically and scientifically advanced twenty first century.

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Sat Sep 28, 2013 8 PM

Mobius Trio

$15 General, $10 Members
There's a new wave of energy and excitement thrumming through the San Francisco contemporary classical music scene and, whether you choose to call it Alt-Classical, Indie Classical, or Classi-Cool, Mobius Trio are at its forefront. Though at its core the Trio is a group of three classically-trained guitarists, their program is a cornucopia of the nontraditional, featuring amplification, electronics, various types of guitars, and a plethora of extended techniques. Every piece on the program, and indeed any Mobius program, is a recent commission, unique to the Trio — featured composers include Dan Becker, Samuel Carl Adams, Adrian Knight, and Anthony Porter.
Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:00 PM

Happy Hour with A/B Duo

$20 General, $10 Members
Join the A/B Duo for Happy Hour with genre-bending, face-melting, happy-making music and drinks at the Center for New Music. Let the flute and percussion duo of Meerenai Shim and Chris Jones bring your fun and intellectual sides together and start the weekend with a bang!

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Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Workshop: Entertainment law – Practical tips for Composers and Musicians

$20 General, $10 Members
Workshop
Composer and Professor of Law, Toni Lester, leads an informal discussion and Q & A for musicians and composers on entertainment law issues such as copyrights, contracts, branding, and other relevant issues. More Info
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:49 PM

CANCELED: sfSoundSalonSeries: The Hub

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED / POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The innovative "computer network music" band, The Hub, presents a concert of pieces performed by members from the Hub and sfSound.

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Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:00 PM

Free Workshop: San Francisco SuperCollider Meeting

Free!
Workshop
Do you already use SuperCollider, or would you like to learn more about it? Are you a Pd or Max/MSP user considering to add SuperCollider to your sonic toolbox? This informal meet-up is free and open to anyone interested in SuperCollider. It's a space for people to present their work, ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and anything else SC-related. In addition, one hour before the meeting starts there will be a short "get-started" tutorial for total beginners. More Info
Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:00 PM

The FIFTH FLOOR COLLECTIVE presents: The Friction Quartet

Free!
The FIFTH FLOOR COLLECTIVE presents the Friction quartet in the first transcontinental collaboration for the ensemble. Works include pieces by Collective members Jackson, Greene, Colombo and more. More Info
Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:30 PM

Rova Indoor BBQ

$15 General, $10 Members
Rova Sax Quartet welcomes guests Tim Perkis and John Hanes on electronics for a night of new works by Steve Adams. These will include “The Dark Forest Suite,” inspired by Georgian choral music, and “Provisional Star Atlas,” a response to Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars.”

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Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:30 PM

Double Bill: Fei-Perkis Duo + Looney-Robinson-Mezzacappa Trio

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
An evening of improvised music featuring a new duo that pairs the rapid-fire live electronics of Tim Perkis with the diverse sonic palette of wind player James Fei; followed by the free jazz piano trio of Scott Looney (piano), Lisa Mezzacappa, (acoustic bass) and Donald Robinson (drums). Expect a wide range of exploration on sound, from idiosyncratic textures to abstracted grooves and spontaneous composition.

"Fei, a brilliant and demanding technician, is never going to be confused with anyone but himself... (in his) work straddling jazz-based improvisation and new classical music. The instrumentalism is expansive and virtuosic... ” —Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

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Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: The San Francisco Tape Music Collective

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
The San Francisco Tape Music Collective presents a concert of fixed media (aka "tape") compositions, diffuses live over a multichannel speaker system set up throughout the space. More Info
Mon Sep 9, 2013 7-9 PM

Free Workshop: Beginner’s Guide to Grants for Independent Musicians

Free!
Workshop

Bay Area bassist/bandleader and arts organizer Lisa Mezzacappa leads an introductory workshop on grants for independent musicians. This is the pre-K, absolute beginner's guide to finding and writing grants to support your work. Learn what opportunities are available for musicians, composers and ensembles in the Bay Area; how to prepare your materials and navigate applications; how to assemble a basic project budget and write a project proposal; strategies for preparing work samples; and how to find funders that are a good match for the work you want to do. If you have applied for grants before, this is not the workshop for you! This workshop hopes to demystify the grant application process for the fearful/curious, and will address beginner questions and concerns. Come prepared with a laptop or pencil and notebook, this will be a hands-on session.

In a storied career as an academic, journalist and arts administrator, Lisa Mezzacappa has been communicating about the arts, in different formats, for about fifteen years. She was a critic and arts reporter for a daily newspaper in New York before pursing an academic degree in ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley. She subsequently worked as Communications Director at New Langton Arts, and Marketing Manager, then Campus Programs Manager at Stanford Lively Arts. She curates the annual Jazzpop series at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, is on the curatorial committee at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and has organized many independent music series throughout the years, including the Monday Makeout and Mission Eye & Ear. She's also been involved in strategic planning and communications strategy at Headlands Center for the Arts, has been part of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's Artist Forum, and works as a freelance copywriter and publicist for organizations like Cal Performances and Oakland Ballet.

Sat Sep 7, 2013 8 PM

The Memory Table

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard

Straddling the boundaries between installation, performance, and sound object, The Memory Table is an exploration of the permeable, uncertain and social nature of our own memories. Created by media artist Ian Winters, composer Evelyn Ficarra and choreographer Paige Starling Sorvillo, it is the premiere of the performance adaptation of Winters’ installation of the same name.

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Fri Sep 6, 2013 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composers Series #2: PHILLIP GREENLIEF

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
Fresh from a three-month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, saxophonist and composer Phillip Greenlief presents a concert of new music for improvising winds, featuring a series of solo and ensemble works performed by NORA STANLEY, STEVE ADAMS, JON RASKIN, KYLE BRUCKMANN, CORY WRIGHT, ELLEN BURR, and Greenlief himself, as well as movement by dancer LEYYA MONA TAWIL, and poetry by CLAUDIA LA ROCCO.

Greenlief, a lynchpin of the Bay Area’s creative improvised community for several decades, has an international reputation for his wide-ranging musicianship, generous collaborative spirit, and deep sense of artistic inquiry in his music making. He leads a staggeringly diverse array of ensembles, exploring pop music and jazz standards (the Lost Trio), abstract electro-acoustic soundscapes (shudder), noise-rock (PG13), psychedelic funk (Dirtier!), live film scores (Citta di Vitti), and gnarly structured improvisations (FPR Trio). His Best Coast concert reflects some of the diverse media that influence his music, from the writings of Thomas Pynchon, to contemporary poetry, visual art and dance.


*This is the second performance in the Best Coast Jazz Composers Series, a new monthly concert series showcasing the extraordinary and singular talents of some of the Bay Area’s most creative and prolific jazz artists. The series features local composers in evening-length profile concerts that explore several aspects of their diverse musical personalities, and celebrates the emergence of an eclectic, innovative and wildly creative New West Coast Sound in jazz. Curated by Lisa Mezzacappa.

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Thu Sep 5, 2013 8 PM

The Killer Squirrel and other Feral Airs

$15 General, $10 Members

Amy Foote (soprano) will present 6 new works from Bay Area composers for solo voice and self-accompaniment, blending classical vocals with performance art. These pieces, based on her personal interactions with and observations of the animal kingdom, guide our anthropomorphic view of animals towards a more zoomorphic perspective. In addition to these pieces, the event will feature an art installation of personified and realistic interpretations of the animal kingdom (curated by Miss Foote) and a world premiere performance of Garrett Ian Shatzer’s Winter Empties, Winter Fills by Bay Area guitarist Matt Holmes-Linder.

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Sun Sep 1, 2013 7:30 PM

Dances, Lullabies and Visions of the Sea

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

In his first appearance at CNM, Aaron Larget-Caplan performs guitar solos from the 20th and 21st century by American and Japanese composers, including three world premieres written for Aaron’s New Lullaby Project. San Francisco native Meghan Jacoby will join Aaron for Toru Takemitsu’s alto flute and guitar masterpiece, Towards the Sea.

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Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:30 PM

Ochs-Tarasov Duo & Michael Vlatkovich Quartet

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
Ochs-Tarasov Duo opens for Michael Vlatkovich Quartet. Larry Ochs of Rova and the great Lithuanian percussionist Vladimir Tarasov perform a rare duo set, preceding Los Angeles based Vlatkovich’s energetic quartet, featuring Tom McNalley – guitar, Scott Walton – double bass, and Garth Powell - drums-percussion, plus Vlatkovich on trombone.

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Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Free Workshop: Fridays with MAX

Free!
Workshop
FRIDAYS with MAX
August 30 - special guest TBA!

The Center for New Music, in association with the Manhattan Producers' Alliance, will host a series of free MAX workshops every Friday afternoon in August, from 2:30-5:30.

Composers and performers who apply this juggernaut of a software to their artistic practice are welcome to stop by to hear lectures from experts, troubleshoot patches, and participate in critical discussions. Present your own piece and get feedback from the lecturer or group, or just sit back and take in some inspiration.

These workshops are free and open to the public. Wifi access and coffee will be provided, so bring your laptop along with ideas and questions. RSVP appreciated but not required.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Invented Instruments by David Samas: Closing Reception & Artist Presentation

Free!
Closing reception for David Samas, whose installation features instruments fashioned from raw materials, for his chamber opera The Green Wood, a genre-bending sonic romp through the world's forests. The Green Wood seeks to uncover the voice, point of view, and inner life of the forest soundscape as it evolves from the silence before dawn, through the ornate dawn call of the songbirds and voices of the rivers and trees, into the defining evening choir of frogs and wolves, ending in the stillness and reflection of the witching hours.

Demonstration and conversation with David Samas at 7 PM.

David Samas is a composer, cosmologist, poet, painter, performer, philosopher, farmer and father of 4; he is a practitioner and professor of arcane healing technologies and traditional magics, a field which includes massage, herbalism, hypnotherapy, psychoacoustics and shamanism. He has a BFA from the SF Art Institute in conceptual art and studied poetics at the New College of California, Vassar, Bennington, and SF State. As a young man he performed with the SF Boys Chorus, the SF Opera, and the SF Symphony with which he won a GRAMMY for the “best classical recording” of 1994. He also makes sacred geometry amulets and talismans, is an excellent cook, and self publishes small editions of handbound art books.
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Seth Cluett & sfSoundGroup

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Visiting from New Jersey, Seth Cluett presents a live set using sung and electronically generated sine tones, room acoustic phenomena, and recorded sound exploring the boundary between personal and communal listening. sfSoundGroup performs a program with instruments and electronics featuring works by Johanna Beyer, James Tenney, Paul Dresher, and sfSoundGroup.

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Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:30 PM

Addleds Sound Laboratory #1

$10 General, $5 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard
Addleds – the brutally minimal improvising quartet of Kyle Bruckmann (oboe/English horn), Tony Dryer (contrabass), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion), and Kanoko Nishi (koto) – explores counterintuitive cross-genre collaboration in a mini-series supported by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program.

Night 1 features the theatrically surrealist noise of bran(…)pos and Horaflora.

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Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:00 PM

Shelley Hirsch and Fred Frith duo

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, and storyteller Shelley Hirsch teams up with guitarist/composer/improvisor Fred Frith.

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Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:30 PM

Miniatures for Reed Quintet and Electronics

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno
“Miniatures for Reed Quintet and electronics” is a suite of mini compositions by Dutch saxophonist/composer Jorrit Dijkstra. Composed for a unique group of five reed players based in the Bay Area, Boston and Berlin, this concert will mark the premiere of the suite, in which improvisational concepts will be interspersed with the compositions. In the second set the group will play a set of pieces composed especially for horns by legendary soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy.

Jorrit Dijkstra – alto saxophone, lyricon, analog electronics
Phillip Greenlief – alto, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Frank Gratkowski – alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, electronics
Jon Raskin - baritone, alto, sopranino saxophone, analog electronics
Kyle Bruckmann - oboe, english horn, analog electronics
Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Free Workshop: Fridays with MAX

Free!
Workshop
FRIDAYS with MAX
August 23 - Proof of Context — making your ideas come to life with Richard Warp

The Center for New Music, in association with the Manhattan Producers' Alliance, will host a series of free MAX workshops every Friday afternoon in August, from 2:30-5:30.

Composers and performers who apply this juggernaut of a software to their artistic practice are welcome to stop by to hear lectures from experts, troubleshoot patches, and participate in critical discussions. Present your own piece and get feedback from the lecturer or group, or just sit back and take in some inspiration.

These workshops are free and open to the public. Wifi access and coffee will be provided, so bring your laptop along with ideas and questions. RSVP appreciated but not required.

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Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:00 PM

cords/strings/wires: Josephson-Victor-Mezzacappa-Walton-Perkis-Looney

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Aurora Josephson, voice
Fay Victor (Bklyn), voice
Scott Walton, acoustic bass
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
Tim Perkis, electronics
Scott Looney, piano

The same, but different: a mix and match evening of improvised music featuring similar instruments and diverse musical personalities. The performance includes two sets of music that feature the full sextet, as well as smaller configurations of duos, trios and quartets that take advantage of this ensemble's unusual instrumentation.

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Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Free Workshop: Fridays with MAX

Free!
Workshop
FRIDAYS with MAX
August 16 - (n) ways to skin a cat or how to avoid the Max Hole with Richard Warp

The Center for New Music, in association with the Manhattan Producers' Alliance, will host a series of free MAX workshops every Friday afternoon in August, from 2:30-5:30.

Composers and performers who apply this juggernaut of a software to their artistic practice are welcome to stop by to hear lectures from experts, troubleshoot patches, and participate in critical discussions. Present your own piece and get feedback from the lecturer or group, or just sit back and take in some inspiration.

These workshops are free and open to the public. Wifi access and coffee will be provided, so bring your laptop along with ideas and questions. RSVP appreciated but not required.

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Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:30 PM

Chamber Jazz Double Bill: Erik Jekabson String-tet + Matt Renzi Cello Quartet

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Bay Area trumpet player Erik Jekabson and Rome-based reed player Matt Renzi present an evening of artful jazz composition featuring a cast of stellar local string players and one of the most creative, hard swinging rhythm sections around. Both bandleaders combine composition rooted in jazz and chamber music with collective improvisation, lyrical melodies and virtuosic soloing, exploiting the diverse palette of sounds available in a unique instrumentation that combines reeds with strings and rhythm section.

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Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Séverine Ballon and Dan Joseph & Andrea Williams Duo

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
French cello virtuoso Séverine Ballon presents solo works in her first visit to the West Coast. The program includes music by Australian composer and Stanford graduate Kristian Ireland; Bernd Alois Zimmermann's great Sonata from 1960; and the American premiere of Erik Ulman's L'Extase de M. Poher, after the poem by Jeremy Prynne. Brooklyn-based composer Dan Joseph and Oakland-based sound artist Andrea Williams will perform a collaborative electroacoustic soundscape with hammer dulcimer, field recordings, soundmakers and electronics.

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Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:30 PM

Zoco Ensemble in Concert

$15 General, $10 Members

Join Zoco Ensemble (Hannah Addario-Berry (cello), Jacob Cordover (guitar) and Laura Karney (oboe/English horn) for an evening of trios, duos and solos by contemporary America, Argentinean, Australian, British, Cuban, New Zealand and Russian composers, including the Bay Area’s own Belinda Reynolds and Durwynne Hsieh.

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Fri Aug 9, 2013 7:30 PM

Greg Johnson and Glass Brick Boulevard

$15 General, $10 Members
Greg Johnson-piano, Rob Fordyce-bass, Jimmie Sage-drums form an original contemporary jazz power trio with a delicate touch that will make you dance and make you cry all in the same night. More Info
Fri Aug 9, 2013 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Free Workshop: Fridays with MAX

Free!
Workshop
FRIDAYS with MAX
August 9 - Max and the Musical Mind with Richard Warp

The Center for New Music, in association with the Manhattan Producers' Alliance, will host a series of free MAX workshops every Friday afternoon in August, from 2:30-5:30.

Composers and performers who apply this juggernaut of a software to their artistic practice are welcome to stop by to hear lectures from experts, troubleshoot patches, and participate in critical discussions. Present your own piece and get feedback from the lecturer or group, or just sit back and take in some inspiration.

These workshops are free and open to the public. Wifi access and coffee will be provided, so bring your laptop along with ideas and questions. RSVP appreciated but not required.

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Tue Aug 6, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Goggle and John Ingle/Kjell Nordeson

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
Goggle consists of four accomplished composer/performers who have worked for years together, inspiring and challenging one another deeply in terms of innovation of compositional structure and instrumentalism. The resulting music is unique, heartfelt, quirky and complex, drawing from a wide array of musical styles and ideas. Goggle Quartet will be performing throughout the summer in California and New Mexico. sfSound members John Ingle and Kjell Nordeson open the concert with duo improvisations. More Info
Sun Aug 4, 2013 2-4 PM

Free Workshop: Publicity for Independent Musicians

Free!

Bay Area bassist/bandleader and arts organizer Lisa Mezzacappa leads an intensive workshop in publicity strategies for independent musicians. Learn how to write a professional press release, create concise descriptions for calendar listings, compile a press list and strategize the timing and tone of your communications with freelancer writers, newspaper editors, online bloggers and other members of the media. Come prepared with a laptop or pencil and notebook, this will be a hands-on session.

In a storied career as an academic, journalist and arts administrator, Lisa Mezzacappa has been communicating about the arts, in different formats, for about fifteen years. She was a critic and arts reporter for a daily newspaper in New York before pursing an academic degree in ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley. She subsequently worked as Communications Director at New Langton Arts, and Marketing Manager, then Campus Programs Manager at Stanford Lively Arts. She curates the annual Jazzpop series at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, is on the curatorial committee at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and has organized many independent music series throughout the years, including the Monday Makeout and Mission Eye & Ear. She's also been involved in strategic planning and communications strategy at Headlands Center for the Arts, has been part of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's Artist Forum, and works as a freelance copywriter and publicist for organizations like Cal Performances and Oakland Ballet.

Sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and the Center for New Music.

Fri Aug 2, 2013 7:30 PM

Best Coast Jazz Composer Series #1: Jordan Glenn

$15 General, $12 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Drummer/percussionist/composer Jordan Glenn presents works for his ensemble Mindless Thing, a unique chamber configuration that combines strings and percussion with the surreal, haunting spoken poetry and flute improvisations of fellow Oakland improviser Jim Ryan. Glenn’s music, for his stellar groups Wiener Kids, Mama Long Legs, Host Family, and most recently, the gloriously sprawling Wiener Kids Family Band, is some of the most fun (funny, even) and imaginative music anyone is writing for improvisers. It floats and grooves, explodes in frenetic rhythmic cartoon tirades, melts into chord progressions that glow with an innocent pop sweetness, and delivers an intangible feeling of nostalgia in its clarity and directness. It is that rare music that somehow manages to be truly entertaining while also conceptually compelling, quirky and substantial in just the right balance. The first set features Mindless Thing with spoken poetry; the second set is instrumental, with guest instrumentalists augmenting the group.

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Fri Aug 2, 2013 2:30 - 5:30 PM

Free Workshop: Fridays with MAX

Free!
Workshop
FRIDAYS with MAX
August 2 - (open work session)
Come work alongside your colleagues, share your latest patches, and get a little feedback.

The Center for New Music, in association with the Manhattan Producers' Alliance, will host a series of free MAX workshops every Friday afternoon in August, from 2:30-5:30.

Composers and performers who apply this juggernaut of a software to their artistic practice are welcome to stop by to hear lectures from experts, troubleshoot patches, and participate in critical discussions. Present your own piece and get feedback from the lecturer or group, or just sit back and take in some inspiration.

These workshops are free and open to the public. Wifi access and coffee will be provided, so bring your laptop along with ideas and questions. RSVP appreciated but not required.

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Sun Jul 28, 2013 6 PM

Music for Flute/Viola/Harp from the 20th/21st Century

$15 General, $10 Members
A set of chamber pieces written for flute/viola/harp trio and one arrangement by J.S. Bach. Featuring chamber works by Debussy, Bach and Bax. Samuel Adler and Winton White, two living American composers, are also featured in the program.
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:30 pm

LAByrinths: Audio-Visual-Kinetic I

$15 General, $10 Members
Join choreographer Erika Tsimbrovsky, visual artist/sculptor Vadim Puyandaev, video artist/lighting designer Lucas Krech, and composer Alexander Sigman for an immersive audio-visual-kinetic experience as an installment in their evolving multimedia Minotaur project. More Info
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: boris baltschun & serge baghdassarians: bodybuilding & Phill Niblock: Disseminate

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Berlin-based artists boris baltschun & serge baghdassarians present bodybuilding, an hour-length theatrical piece for electronics, texts, electric fan, radio, table, hotplate, espresso maker, and fried chicken. bodybuilding retraces mathematician and astronomer Charles-Marie de La Condamine's journey to South America, though instead of the tropical wilderness, it measures the urban jungle of Rio de Janeiro.

Opening the concert, sfSoundGroup performs Phil Niblock's Disseminate (1998) for 12 pre-recorded tracks and 4 live instrumentalists. Niblock's music creates sound differences by combining many simultaneous microtonal pitches / tones (by means of multitrack mixing) played on traditional instruments to make clouds of sum and difference tones.

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Sun Jul 21, 2013 5 PM

Panel Discussion: Crissy Broadcast, Participatory Music Making, and New Musical Collaborations

Free!
Performing arts in the Bay Area are in the midst of a renaissance, with collaboration and use of unconventional spaces creating new possibilities for artists, and engaging diverse communities. Discuss these new trends with the dynamic leaders who are making it possible:

Lisa Bielawa, composer & artistic director of San Francisco Girls Chorus
Livia Camperi, San Francisco Girls Chorus member & participant in Tempelhof Broadcast & Crissy Broadcast
Adam Fong, co-founder of Center for New Music
Marc Kasky, director for civic engagement of Crissy Broadcasts
Rozella Kennedy, executive director of San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
moderator: Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr, arts producer, KDFC Radio
Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:30 PM

SFCMP Salon Series: David Tanenbaum

$15 General, $10 Members
Esteemed classical guitarist David Tanenbaum is joined by members of CNM Ensembles in Residence Mobius Trio and Living Earth Show for a guitar salon presented by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. More Info
Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:30 PM

Festival of Contemporary Music

In Advance: $15 General & Members
At the Door: $20 General, $15 Members

The 11th season of the Festival of Contemporary Music (FCM) brings together more than 25 composers and holds its second concert at the Center for New Music, The program includes music by Heidi Jacob, Wilfredo Terrazas, Nicola Monopoli, Joshua Keeling, Paul Lombardi, Asher David Brown, Yen-Lin Goh, Branimir Krstic. FCM 2013 concerts: June 29, 2013 Trinity Chapel, Berkeley; July 20, 2013, Center for New Music, San Francisco; August 17, 2013 – Community Music Center, San Francisco.

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Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:30 PM

Light Traps: LONGLEASH performs piano trios from Germany, Austria and the US

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Ken Ueno

LONGLEASH, a New York-based piano trio, performs a program of SF premieres by Klaus Lang, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Reiko Füting; and a world premiere by Ken Ueno. Program texts by the composers, program photographs by Satoko Myodo.

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Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:30 PM

Shelton-Ochs Quartet with Mark Dresser and Kjell Nordeson

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Aram Shelton – alto sax; Larry Ochs – tenor sax; Mark Dresser – bass; Kjell Nordeson – drums. Bassist Mark Dresser joins Shelton-Ochs Quartet for the first time, performing compositions by Ochs and Shelton in preparation for the group’s initial recording.

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Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:30 PM

New Solo Piano Works composed and performed by Gino Robair and Matthew Goodheart

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

Gino Robair will perform a new prepared Piano piece “17 of the World’s Most Cherished Tone Rows”. Matthew Goodheart will perform a set of piano improvisations and short works involving sonified metal percussion and viola.

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Tue Jul 9, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Michal Rataj and Andy Claussen’s Wishbone Project

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls

From Prague, composer Michal Rataj presents a set of works for sound objects, writing desk, and live multi-channel electronics. From Seattle, Andy Claussen performs his Wishbone Suite, an extended work for improvising chamber ensemble.

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Sat Jul 6, 2013 7:30 PM

Josh Berman & Friends: Jazz and Improvised Music from Chicago and the Bay Area

$12 General, $8 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
Josh Berman visits San Francisco! Continuing their decade-long musical association, Chicago-based cornetist Josh Berman and Bay Area saxophonist Aram Shelton jointly lead a quintet featuring local heroes Mark Clifford (vibes), Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), and Sam Ospovat (drums); plus a duo set from Josh and Ben Goldberg (clarinet). More Info
Thu Jun 27, 2013 5-8 PM

Experimental Musical Instruments by Bart Hopkin: Closing Reception & Artist Talk

Free!

Installation in place until June 30.

Bart Hopkin is a designer and builder of unconventional musical instruments, and a student of musical instruments worldwide. For many years he was publisher and editor of the quarterly journal Experimental Musical Instruments, and he has written several books on musical instruments and their construction. In playing the instruments and performing with them, his focus most recently has been on semi-self-playing instruments ― constructions which, once gotten started, will keep going for a while with just occasional interventions, leaving the player free to layer in sounds from other sources.

The sounds that can be heard intermittently in the room are recordings of Bart’s instruments, including some that are included in this display.

Bart Hopkin: www.barthopkin.com
Experimental Musical Instruments: www.windworld.com
Thingamajigs: www.thingamajigs.org

Tue Jun 25, 2013 12 PM

CNM at United Nations Plaza: Goldberg, Brown & Anderson

Free!

The Center, in partnership with Summer of Art, presents a free one-hour outdoor performance in UN Plaza with Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Sheldon Brown (alto sax), and Vijay Anderson (drums). This performance is part of a free weekly series coordinated with the Off the Grid food truck services that come to UN Plaza each Tuesday from 11-2pm.

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Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Grosse Abfahrt with Alfred Harth and Torsten Müller

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Two German expatriates (Alfred Harth and Torsten Müller) living now in allies of America, adding to Grosse Abfahrt — a freely-improvising music continuum/community whose name means “great departure” — another departure of meaning. From out this departure of de-parts comes a salute to epic failure, a disaster in full-dress uniform, gold epaulets dangling off the corpse of Western culture. In solidarity the local American cultural-exile cohort of Grosse Abfahrt joins in.

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Wed Jun 19, 2013 8 PM

The East-West Collective

$10 General
Curator: Larry Ochs

The only Bay Area appearance of the East-West Collective on its premiere tour of North America. Miya Masaoka – Koto; Larry Ochs – Saxophones; Xu Fengxia – Guzheng, Voice; Sylvain Kassap – Clarinets; Didier Petit – Cello

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Tue Jun 18, 2013 12 PM

CNM at United Nations Plaza: The Living Earth Show

Free!

The Center, in partnership with Summer of Art, presents a free one-hour outdoor performance by The Living Earth Show (guitar and percussion duo). This performance is part of a free weekly series coordinated with the Off the Grid food truck services that come to UN Plaza each Tuesday from 11 AM-2 PM.

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Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:30 PM

Ackley/Coolidge/Mezzacappa Trio; Carla Harryman and Jon Raskin with Crystal Pascucci and Roham Shiekhani

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin
Writing sound/ playing poetry, new dialogues, improvisations with music, silent acting, and speaking and whispering voices, composed verse urgently ringing the bells. More Info
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Member Workshop: Works-In-Progress

Free!
Workshop

Have a piece you're working up for performance, or working on writing? Want to meet your fellow members and find our more about their work? Please join us for the next member workshop, dedicated to works-in-progress! BYOB, snacks provided, and an RSVP is optional, but very helpful. Hope to see you there!

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Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Luciano Chessa and Benjamin Kreith: Garrett — Confusing Salon Music and Noise since 2013

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Local New Music Champions Luciano Chessa and Benjamin Kreith perform Garrett — Confusing Salon Music and Noise since 2013 for violin, piano, bullhorn, saw, piano, Aardvark synth app, harmonica and voice. A concert-length program consisting of original pieces, Erik Satie transcriptions, Futurist noise poetry, Robert Schumann, a Fluxus piece, Carlo Prosperi's "Chant", delicate improvisations, and Albeniz/Kreisler.

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Tue Jun 11, 2013 12 PM

CNM at United Nations Plaza: Mobius Trio

Free!

The Center, in partnership with Summer of Art, presents a 30-minute set from the Mobius Trio, featuring three classical guitars. This performance is part of a free weekly series coordinated with the Off the Grid food truck services that come to UN Plaza each Tuesday from 11 AM-2 PM.

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Sun Jun 9, 2013 5 PM

ZOFO Duet — ZOFORBIT: A Space Odyssey

$15 General, $10 Members

ZOFO Duet presents excerpts from the four works below in a 60-minute program without intermission. The short movements from Urmas Sisask’s Spiral Symphony will serve as a rocket ship to help us get from one planet/star to the other. This is an imaginary journey through space – not a logical one…

Gustav Holst (1874-1934): The Planets (1914-1916)
Urmas Sisask (1960-): Spiral Symphony (1999)
George Crumb (1929-): Celestial Mechanics (1979)
David Lang (1957-): Before Gravity – Gravity – After Gravity (2012-2005-2007)

Tue May 28, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Maggi Payne, Varèse, John Ingle, and sfSound

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Maggi Payne performs works for flute, fixed media, video, and chamber ensemble, including Shh, a "spatialized" acoustic work commissioned and performed by sfSound. sfSound's John Ingle performs a new work for solo saxophone. Plus, sfSound performs their "radical transcription" of Edgard Varèse's Octandre.

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Sat May 25, 2013 7:30 PM

Voicehandler and Zeek Sheck

Sliding Scale: $0-$15
Curator: Linda Bouchard

Voicehandler performs their song cycle - open scores inspired by mythology and literature - on voice, percussion, electronics, and the Hydrophonium (an electroacoustic percussion instrument).

Zeek Sheck will be performing music from the fifth and final part of their musical narrative, JOINUS, about a young man trying to find his way out of a vast and complex underground maze.

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Fri May 24, 2013 7:30 PM

Dyadic Resonance: New Music by Zachary James Watkins

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Linda Bouchard

The Center For New Music presents new music for duos focusing on harmonic tunings and hybrid scores by composer Zachary James Watkins.

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Tue May 21, 2013 12 PM

CNM at United Nations Plaza: Rova Saxophone Quartet

Free!

The Center presents Rova Saxophone Quartet in a free 30-minute outdoor performance at United Nations Plaza. Their appearance is part of Summer of Art, a weekly series at that brings together dance, music, theatre and spoken word from the Tenderloin, SOMA, and Central Market. The series is coordinated with the Off the Grid food truck services that come to UN Plaza each Tuesday from 11-2pm. Enjoy an outdoor lunch while watching a free concert of music, dance, theater and spoken word. The second half-hour on this date will be a performance by our Taylor Street neighbors The Cutting Ball Theater.

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Sat May 18, 2013 11 AM

Beyond the MIDI Mock-Up (Workshop & Music Listening)

$60 General, $40 Members
Workshop

This workshop, created by composer and music producer Jerry Gerber, is offered to musicians with playing and writing skills who want to create the most artistic MIDI recordings possible with the technology they have available. All participants will bring a laptop with their respective Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) installed. The topics and techniques we will discuss are cross-platform and will enable musicians to create MIDI recordings with excellent performance values--music with expression, gesture, nuance, depth and subtlety. DAWs that have a notation editor are preferred, but those more familiar with the piano-roll style of editing will still learn valuable information and new skills. Techniques and concepts learned will help the participants use their digital tools in a way that goes beyond the MIDI mockup.

Prerequisites: All participants must play an instrument, read music, and have access to a DAW. DAWs with a notation editor include: Digital Performer (Mac/PC), Logic (Mac), Sonar (PC), Pro Tools (Mac/PC) and Cubase (PC). Reaper, Ableton Live and Presonus Studio One also have MIDI capabilities, but do not have notation capability.

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Sat May 18, 2013 7:30 PM

Wear? Hear!: Suitable Actions / Lost & Found / Exo-Skatch

$15 General, $10 Members

Wearable invented instruments star in this variety show for sonic butoh. 6 acts by 3 composer/performers: Bob Marsh, Tom Nunn & David Samas.

Fri May 17, 2013 8 PM

Mike Reed’s People Places and Things & Darren Johnston Ensemble

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa
A night of innovative original jazz from Chicago and the Bay Area

This concert brings together two leading voices in creative jazz: Bay Area trumpeter Darren Johnston and Chicago drummer Mike Reed, for a concert of original music and inventive arrangements by some of the most exciting players on the scene today. Reed and Johnston are at the forefront of a new generation of jazz composer/bandleaders who embrace groove and lyricism along with texture and collective group interplay. Both artists have earned national recognition (in Downbeat and elsewhere) for their original voices and superb musicianship, but the two are also strongly rooted in the regional music scenes where they have been leading their own groups and performing as first-call sidemen for more than fifteen years. The result is thrilling band chemistry and music that has been incubated slow and steady, to showcase the stellar improvising and distinctive musical personalities of their bandmembers.

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Wed May 15, 2013 6:30 PM

CNM Community Event: Performance Workshop

Free!

Have a piece you've played recently, and want some feedback? Discovered something about your instrument that you'd like to share with others? Join us for our first performance workshop! CNM members and their guests (performers, composers, or all-around music lovers) are all welcome to attend, whether to present or to listen. BYOB, with some light snacks provided. If you'd like to present, please RSVP:

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Tue May 14, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: Xenoglossia/Leishmania (Christopher Burns and Bill Hsu), Iannis Xenakis, Charles Boone, Monica Scott, and Matt Ingalls

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Christopher Burns and Bill Hsu perform structured electroacoustic+audiovisual improvisations. sfSound's Monica Scott premieres a new work for cello and electronics by Charles Boone and performs Iannis Xenakis's Charisma and a new collaborative work with clarinetist Matt Ingalls.

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Sun May 12, 2013 8 PM

Karl Larson: Morton Feldman’s “Triadic Memories”

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

Brooklyn based pianist Karl Larson will perform “Triadic Memories,” Morton Feldman's monumental solo piano work from 1981 at the Center for New Music. This work, composed late in the composer's career and in the midst of one of his most prolific periods, is definitive of Feldman's long-form works. A feat of concentration for the performer and a transcendental experience for the listener, the work moves slowly from one austere landscape to another, constantly toeing the line between sound and silence, consonance and dissonance.

Karl Larson is an avid interpreter of the music of his time and the recent past. He has concertized around the country, presenting programs that combine masterpieces of the twentieth century with exciting new compositions. Larson has worked closely with notable composers including David Lang, David Rakowski, Tristan Perich, Christopher Cerrone, and Ravi Kittappa. Larson is also a founding member of the Color Field Ensemble and concert currator for the Permutations series in New York.

Sat May 11, 2013 7:30 PM

Live Electricity Sculpture with Lance Grabmiller, Gino Robair, Jon Raskin, Scott Looney and Thomas Dimuzio

$15 General, $10 Members
Curator: Jon Raskin

A night of electronic music improvisations with Thomas Dimuzio, Gino Robair, Scott Looney, Lance Grabmiller, and Jon Raskin, including solos, mixed groupings and conducting by Maestro Robair. The focus is on electronic devices that are sculpting electricity so there will be knobs, patch cables and other physical objects in play to surprise, delight, annoy, entertain and hopefully turn on your switch.

Fri May 10, 2013 8 PM

Thingamajigs Presents: Pacific Exchange

$15 General; $10 Members, Students & Seniors

Thingamajigs presents the Pacific Exchange, which brings together composers and performers who live and work around the Pacific Rim in order to create music and exchange ideas on a single concert stage. Through concerts, workshops, and artist talks the Pacific Exchange connects Bay Area artists and audiences to music that has been mutually shaped by the migration of people and traditions around the Pacific Ocean. In the past five years Thingamajigs’ Pacific Exchange events have brought artists from Japan, Chile, Korea, and Australia to the Bay Area.

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Sun May 5, 2013 7:30 PM

Experimental Music Yearbook

$7 General, $5 Members

The Experimental Music Yearbook is pleased to present a concert featuring works from across the musical spectrum. Now entering its 5th year, the Experimental Music Yearbook (www.experimentalmusicyearbook.com) is a curated online repository of contemporary experimental music. Downloadable scores, along with audio from past performances, showcase the diversity of compositional techniques and performances practices that are in use today. This concert presentation will have a dual focus. The first half features work from 2012 guest editor Laura Steenberge and her colleagues at Stanford University. The second half will feature works from throughout the years of the Yearbook’s existence.

All of the pieces will be performed by the composers themselves and the EMY Players, a performance group dedicated to the realization of these works.

Program:
Laura Steenberge – Dante’s Inferno
John Granzow – TBD
Eoin Callery – TBD

Michael Winter – scene++
Manfred Werder — 20091
hans w. koch – e.t. (l.a.)

Roc Jiménez de Cisneros – tape installation

Sat May 4, 2013 8 PM

The Cardew Choir 12th Anniversary Concert

$10 General, $8 Members

Bay Area choir focusing on experimental music celebrates the 12th anniversary of its founding with a concert that includes world premieres of Bob Marsh’s Five-One, Philip Glass' Knee Play 3, Pauline Oliveros' The Tuning Meditation, and David Samas’ Wildwood Cantata.

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Fri May 3, 2013 8 PM

PRINCE de DAME

$20 General, $10 Members
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PRINCE de DAME announces the release of their latest EP ‘WILD BLOOD’, with an evening of neoclassical pop songs for voice and string quartet on May 3, 2013 at the Center for New Music (San Francisco, CA), starting at 8pm. The release party will include a live performance by PRINCE de DAME, an art installation by artist Theo Knox, and special guest performances. More Info
Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: The Art of One – An Evening of Solo Performances by Tom Nunn, bran(…)pos, and Matt Ingalls

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls
An evening of solos by by three wildly different, yet equally engaging bay area performers: Tom Nunn performs improvisations on his original instruments; bran(...)pos performs a piece for mouth, synth, face, and live video; and Matt Ingalls performs his decades-in-the-making clarinet solo that explores extended techniques that interact with the acoustic space. More Info
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:30 PM

NEXMAP Presents: Double Take on a Buddhist Thought

In Advance: $15 General, $10 Students
At the Door: $20 General, $15 Members, $10 Students
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Los Angeles pianist Vicki Ray performs five compositions inspired by Buddhists principles. John Cage, Somei Satoh, Sean Heim, Bruce Reiprich and Linda Bouchard each bring their own responses to Buddhism through their music. In a contemporary language that utilizes prepared piano, piano and live electronics and piano with delay, the music investigates ideas of reincarnation, the challenges of sitting and the bardo states in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

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Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:30 PM

Sonic Bodies #3

(In Advance) $10 General, $7 Students & Members; (At the door) $15 General, $10 Students & Members
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Three local and international groups of electro-acoustic and noise musicians meet dancer-performers for an evening of improvisation, creating spatial interactions and sonic abstractions in between the different bodies (body of sound and human body). Featuring: Matt Chandler (bass guitar), Tom Djll (trumpet and electronics), Jacob Felix Heule (percussion and electronics); Christine Bonansea and Jean Bender (dance and electronic noise); Alfred Genovesi (electric guitar), Katie Duck and Justin Morrison (dancers). More Info
Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:00 PM

Kyle Bruckmann, Aram Shelton, Anton Hatwich & Mark Clifford

$12 General, $8 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs
This first time collaboration between longtime friends on parallel paths, will feature music written and improvised by Kyle Bruckmann, oboe & English horn; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone & clarinet; Mark Clifford on vibraphone; and Anton Hatwich (visiting from Chicago) on bass. Both Bruckmann and Shelton moved to the Bay Area from Chicago in the early to mid 2000s. Since that time they have each continued their relationship to the Windy city while being highly active members of the Bay Area Creative music scene. This concert will feature them alongside frequent cohort Anton Hatwich (Bruckmann’s Wrack, Shelton’s Quartet) and young vibraphonist Mark Clifford.
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:30 PM

Guerrilla Composers Guild: Percussion Project

$15 General, $10 Student, $8 Members
The Guerrilla Composers Guild’s latest installment will feature performers from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s percussion department. The concert will showcase their talents with pieces from their repertory and then six new commissions by the Guerrillas. As is tradition, we will open up the floor for discussion, and your vote will help decide who gets the prize of a studio recording! More Info
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:49 PM

sfSoundSalonSeries: The High and Low – Tinnitus Insect Volume Knobs + Paul Hoskin and friends.

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Matt Ingalls

Tinnitus Insect Volume Knobs is a project that explores acoustic sounds limited to frequencies higher than 1000Hz. These tones are then combined in the room to create psychoacoustic "difference tones" that only heard in live performance—a fitting way to initiate our new series in a new space! The second set features improvised music by Seattle's resident contrabass clarinet virtuoso, Paul Hoskin, joined by locals Ken Ueno (extended vocals), Matthew Goodheart (extended piano), and Matt Ingalls (extended extensions).

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Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:30 PM

Ensemble Pamplemousse: BLOCKS

$10 General, $8 Members
Curator: Jen Wang
8 short pieces written for Ensemble Pamplemousse are dissected, shredded, smashed back together and glued into new constructs. Written by Andres Cremisini, Zosha di Castri, Amadeus Regucera, Lily Chen, Dan VanHassel, Bryan Jacobs, Ryan Pratt, and Lu Wang; recombined and performed by Ensemble Pamplemousse. More Info
Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:30 PM

Rova Indoor BBQ featuring the Collected, Zeena Parkins, Miya Masaoka, Matt Small, and Mike Lockwood

$15 General, $10 Members

For the second Indoor BBQ concert of 2013 Rova Saxophone Quartet will be joined by four inventive musicians to play new works by the composers of The Collected, a highly original cooperative of groundbreaking young composers. Rova has invited Zeena Parkins on electric harp and electronics; Miya Masaoka on koto and computer electronics; Matt Small on bass; and Mike Lockwood on percussion to form a pool of players to perform in various combinations, as dictated by the pieces of the composers. Iconoclastic and genre-bending, each member of the Collected has a singular approach to creating works that both excite and challenge the listener. The myriad combined possibilities of this stellar performing ensemble will provide the composers a broad palette to work with, and will result in a stimulating interplay of the 12 musicians’ imaginations.

The Collected are Brent Miller, Adam Fong, Lisa Coons and Denise Gilson.

Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:30 PM

Living Earth Show & futurecities

$10 General, $8 Members
The Living Earth Show and futurecities present two completely different programs of music over two nights. The second evening will include works by SFCM student composers Danny Clay, Luis Escareño, Nick Benavides, Joseph Colombo, and Mario Godoy.
Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:30 PM

Living Earth Show & futurecities

$10 General, $8 Members
The Living Earth Show and futurecities present two completely different programs of music over two nights. The first evening will be the US premiere of Brian Ferneyhough's "Renvoi/Shards", the world premieres of Luciano Chessa's "The Captain's Testament" and Chris Cerrone's "Double Happiness", and Samuel Adams' "Tension Study".
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:00-8:00 PM

(OPEN HOUSE) 2nd Annual Midriff Microhood Party

Free!

The Center will be participating in the 2nd annual Mid Riff microhood party, presented by TheBoldItalic and Yammer. The event will showcase the great restaurants, bars, shops, and arts venues around Market Street between 6th and 7th. At the Center, ensemble-in-residence The Living Earth Show will preview their March 29/30 concerts/record release with selections from their debut album "White Blood Cells." Music by local and international composers for guitar and percussion and a special guest TBA! Wine by Thorny Rose. Our neighbors will be offering discounted eats, complimentary libations, special deals, art openings, and other live performances.

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Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:30 PM

Alejandro Acierto

$12 General, $7 Members
Curator: Jen Wang

Chicago-based composer, clarinetist, and interdisciplinary artist Alejandro T. Acierto showcases new improvisations off his newly released EP of works for contrabass clarinet as well as other works for clarinets and electronics. His works for contrabass clarinet, developed over a period of several months in Chicago, demonstrate the limits of the body in relationship to the instrument. Creating polyphonic textures and layers that feature shocking collisions between breath, instrument, and body, these works expand the performer into multiple levels of sonic abstraction. In his other works for clarinets and electronics, he utilizes field recordings, memories, and other recorded sounds to build and process complex sonic textures that further push the body's capabilities in relation to the digital soundscape.

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Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:00 PM

Eva Pfitzenmaier & Stephan Meidell

$15 General, $10 Members

By The Waterhole, the solo project of vocalist and composer Eva Pfitzenmaier can be described as contemporary singer-songwriter that moves from work song to conceptual improvisation, from contemporary music to good old fashioned blues. She recently played at the well-known international festivals Nattjazz (Bergen, Norway) and NuMusic (Stavanger, Norway).

The music of guitar player and composer Stephan Meidell heads into a more sonically experimental direction. In his solo project he walks on a thin line between composition and improvisation, with minimalistic structures and yet a maximalistic approach in sound. Stephan recently played at the international festival for contemporary music Borealis (Bergen, Norway) and the Museum for Modern Art in Oslo amongst others.

For sounds please visit soundcloud.com/bythewaterhole and soundcloud.com/stephanmeidell.

Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:30 PM

Lanier Sammons — Pieces for Audience: A Concert of Audience-Interactive Music

Free
Dana Jessen, Michael Straus, Kyle Bruckmann, and Giacomo Fiore (and you!) will perform a program of audience-interactive pieces composed by Lanier Sammons. The pieces, which emerged from Sammon's doctoral research, range in form from a set of event scores calling for audience improvisation to a work for computer-generated sound resulting from data produced by audience-directed sensors.
Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:30 PM

People Are Machines Too: A Meeting of Berkeley & Mills Improvisers, Including James Fei and Chris Brown

$10 General; $5 Members, Students, and Seniors

As part of UCB's Improvisation Symposium, in conjunction with George E. Lewis' Bloch lectureship, we feature an evening of ongoing collaborations between Berkeley and Mills improvisers. The evening's program consists of improvisatory works from composers as well as structured ensemble improvisation.

Performers Include:
James Fei - saxophone
Chris Brown - electronics
Andres Cremisini - percussion, feedback
Dan Van Hassel - guitar, piano
Ravi Kittappa - electric guitar
Ritwik Banerji - tenor saxophone
and members of the Mills Improvisation Ensemble

Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:30 PM

NEXMAP presents Binary City: François Houle and Zachary Watkins

In Advance: $15 General, $10 Students
At the Door: $20 General, $15 Members, $10 Students
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NEXMAP presents Canadian clarinet virtuoso François Houle performing Aerials. This set of improvisations, developed by Houle during a five-week residency in Umbria, Italy, examines the way the clarinet “reacts” to acoustical spaces, coupling virtuosity with stunning lyricism. Houle will be joined in the second half by local composer-performer Zachary Watkins (NEXMAP Education Coordinator), who will contribute DIY feedback systems and live signal processing to create an ensemble out of this dynamic duet.

François Houle Zachary Watkins
François HouleZachary Watkins

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Sun Mar 10, 2013 2 PM

William Parker and Lisa Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch

Sliding Scale: $15-25 General, $10-$20 Members
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Curator: Lisa Mezzacappa

Bass innovator, peerless improviser, prolific bandleader/composer and pillar of New York’s creative jazz community for decades, William Parker is an artistic force of nature and an inspiration to generations of musicians. A generous improviser with a warm tone and an artistic view that encompasses groove, sound, texture and song, Parker makes a rare West Coast performance in an intimate solo set of improvisations. Sharing the bill is Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa’s acclaimed quartet Bait & Switch, featuring her original compositions influenced by garage rock, free jazz, contemporary chamber music and Caribbean folk music. The concert is a special meeting of two improvising bassists, of different generations and working on opposite coasts, who are original voices and deeply rooted in their respective musical communities.

“[William Parker is] the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time." – The Village Voice

"Bassist-composer Lisa Mezzacappa is one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene.” – San Jose Mercury News

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Fri Mar 8, 2013 7:30 PM

Larry Ochs & Nate Wooley

$10 General, $7 Members
Curator: Larry Ochs

Larry Ochs will be joined by Nate Wooley, Sam Ospovat, and Jason Hoopes for an evening of improvisation. This will be Nate Wooley's only appearance in San Francisco.

Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:30 PM

Rova Indoor BBQ, featuring John Schott, John Schiurba, Myles Boisen, John Finkbeiner

$15 General, $10 Members

Indoor Barbecue is a Rova series where each member of the quartet comes up with the concept, writes the music and decides the participants for the evening. Jon Raskin's special sauce is an electric guitar quartet made up of John Finkbeiner, John Schott, John Shiurba and the not John, Myles Boisen. These gifted musicians and master guitarists will pair up with a saxophonist and there will be some funky grooves, phat chords and luscious melodies along with expanded language associated with much of our music. Jon's been working with a long form that unfolds like a great meal and hope this musical feast brings comforts, surprises and stretches your ears.

Rova: Website :: Youtube

Fri Feb 1, 2013 7:30 PM

Sqwonk

Sqwonk bass clarinet duo will be performing works by The Collected. New music from Lisa R. Coons, Denise Gilson, Adam Fong, and Brent Miller.

Sqwonk: Website :: Youtube

Sat Dec 1, 2012 7:30 PM

Ikue Mori & Ken Ueno