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Friday, February 21, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Eldad Tarmu & Glenda Bates: Winter Migrant

Dr. Tarmu and Dr. Bates perform an evening of chamber music duets written by Eldad Tarmu. Exploring the roles of classical and jazz performance practices, and the hybridization of the two, Dr. Tarmu’s compositions entrance the listener with jazz harmonies and grooving rhythms, while singing with classical phrasing and formal structure. This concert features the premiere of Winter Migrant, a through-composed suite for oboe/English horn and vibraphone, alongside compositions that leave plenty of room for improvisation and surprise. [More]

Saturday, February 22, 2020 — 4:00 PM

The Walden School Alumni Composers Forum – Offsite –

Featuring performances by Del Sol String Quartet as well as other guest performers, alumni of The Walden School's program will present new works in a range of styles. Immediately following the performance of each piece, there will be a dialogue with a guest composer. Co-presented by C4NM. [More]

Monday, February 24, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Composer Meetup

A meetup for composers and music creators of all types. Present what you’ve been working on, ask for feedback, hear what others are up to, discuss relevant new music topics, and spend time with colleagues and good company! [More]

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Jared Redmond: Contemporary Piano Recital

Pianist-composer Jared Redmond returns to the Bay Area, performing a recital of piano works by himself and other contemporary composers. Program includes world premieres by composers Park Jung-eun and Noh Ji-ye, pieces by Michael Finnissy, Kurt Rohde, and Wolfgang Rihm, and Redmond's own new work for solo piano, "Doth". [More]

Saturday, February 29, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Trio Electrique + Glenda Bates/OboeTronics

Trio Electrique features Michele Walther on electric violin, Edo Castro Woodhouse on 7 string bass, and E. "Doc" Smith on zendrum. OboeTronics is an ongoing performance project performed by Glenda Bates on oboe and tape. [More]

Friday, March 6, 2020 — 7:00 PM

RGB Arts Festival presents: Songfest

Songfest is a cross-department collaboration at San Francisco State University, featuring new music written by student composers, in collaboration with student poets and singers. [More]

Sunday, March 8, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Music by Ric Louchard and Michael Rothkopf

Music by Bay Area Composer/Pianist Ric Louchard and Michael Rothkopf, professor of composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. [More]

Friday, March 13, 2020 — 7:30 PM

OboeTronics: Direction of Disturbance

Oboist and Center for New Music Curator, Dr. Glenda Bates, performs a concert of solo works for oboe and electronics, interwoven with visual projections. Electroacoustic works for oboe/English horn by Diana Syrse, Daria Semegen, and Thea Musgrave with projections of artwork by Julia Marquis tell the story of humanity's descent into darkness, and our will to create a brighter future. [More]

Saturday, March 14, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Desert Magic and Meg Baird

Desert Magic will be premiering "The Valley Spirit," a new song cycle that primarily uses Ursula Le Guin's version of the Tao Te Ching as text. Bay Area folk musician Meg Baird will also present a solo set. [More]

Sunday, March 15, 2020 — 4:00 PM

SSSS: Surround Sound Salon Series #3

The third edition of SSSS, an informal series at C4NM presenting electronic artists in surround sound. This month features Maggi Payne, Michelle Moeller, Léa Boudreau, David Michalak, and Tom Nunn. [More]

Monday, March 16, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Taylor Ho Bynum Quartet

Cornettist and composer Taylor Ho Bynum makes a rare visit to the Bay Area, performing with a quartet featuring Hafez Modirzadeh (tenor sax), Tomeka Reid (cello), and Keshav Batish (drums, tabla). [More]

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Luciano Chessa + Tyrel Williams & Joshua Howes

The concert features three sets: Chessa + Howes (piano, voice, EMS Hi-FLI Signal Processing, SOMA Ether wide-band radio-wave frequency detection); Tenderloin Noise (Chessa + Williams on amplified piano and turntables); and Chessa's solo set (Voice, Piano, Micro-feedback). * Photo by Melesio Núñez [More]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Pauline Kim Harris: HEROINE the Album

"In reimagining the Bach Chaconne and Ockeghem’s Deo Gratias, I searched for meaning and connection to the greater, mysterious universe. My collaborator Spencer Topel, and I created an expansive sonic experience. It is as close to stopping time as I can imagine.” - Pauline Kim [More]

Friday, March 20, 2020 — 7:30 PM

String Noise: The Decline of Western Civilization w/ Live Score

String Noise (Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, violins) plays the score for The Decline of Western Civilization featuring music by BLACK FLAG, GERMS, CATHOLIC DISCIPLINE, X, CIRCLE JERKS, ALICE BAG BAND and FEAR. [More]

Saturday, March 21, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Cloud About Mercury Revisited with Feat of Clay

Cloud About Mercury Revisited” with Feat of Clay, featuring Eric Dahlman, E. Doc Smith, Edo Castro Woodhouse and Peter McKibben. The quartet will present new arrangements of the music from guitarist David Torn's "Cloud About Mercury" album, music from Bill Bruford and Tony Levin’s subsequent “Upper Extremities” album, and original compositions by McKibben, Castro Woodhouse, Dahlman and Smith. [More]

Thursday, March 26, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Composer Meetup

A meetup for composers and music creators of all types. Present what you’ve been working on, ask for feedback, hear what others are up to, discuss relevant new music topics, and spend time with colleagues and good company! [More]

Friday, March 27, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Technology and the Post Human

A multimedia concert with musical works addressing philosophical questions of our Internet age. [More]

Saturday, March 28, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Rory Cowal plays George Lewis, Kris Davis, and Anthony Davis

As a classical pianist, Rory Cowal’s repertoire spans the breadth of the American avant-garde. This program of solo music features contemporary composers who draw from avant-garde jazz traditions in their work. [More]

Sunday, March 29, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Rova 2020: The Music Revealed Take 1

Rova Sax Quartet - an icon of the San Francisco improvised music scene since 1978 - performs works devised or brought to a place of revelations in this 2019 -20 season, including at least one world premiere tbd. (Take 2 coming up in April.) [More]

Friday, April 3, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Berg/ Lehar/ Brown Trio

This concert features a trio of three improvisers who specialize in improvisation with electroacoustic instruments: Teodora Berg on violin, Thomas Lehar on analogue synthesizer, and Chris Brown on piano and computer. Teodora Berg and Thomas Lehar have been collaborating as a duo in Europe since 2002. Chris Brown met Lehar about twenty years ago while on tour in Cologne. This will be their first collaborative performance. [More]

Saturday, April 4, 2020 — 3:00 PM

Thomas Schultz Plays Na, Rzewski, and Ustvolskaya

Piano Solo works by Hyo-shin Na, Galina Ustvolskaya, and Frederic Rzewski. [More]

Monday, April 6, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Directions – Guitar, Electronics, Cage – Aaron Larget-Caplan

Guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan returns to C4NM to premiere works for guitar and electronics by Tom Flaherty and Lou Bunk, and perform his new arrangements of the music of John Cage for guitar and prepared guitar duo. [More]

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Latitudes: Nadah El Shazly & Las Sucias

For this installment of Latitudes, Other Minds presents Cairo-based musician and singer Nadah El Shazly. El Shazly’s recent album titled Ahwar, an Arabic word referring to marshlands, is a metaphor for the disorienting eco-system of musical resources she has masterfully sewn into a collection of refreshing and unrestricted songs. The Bay Area’s own Las Sucias join the bill to capsize techno tropes with industrial-strength tropicalia, noise, and antipatriarchal spirit. [More]

Thursday, April 9, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Gregory Oakes, Clarinet

Clarinet soloist Gregory Oakes performs adventurous works for clarinet that expand the traditional palette of sounds and techniques, from subtle, barely audible sounds to impassioned wailing. Works by Lisa Atkinson, Viet Cuong, Suzanne Farrin, Helmut Lachenmann, Eric Mandat, Ken Thomson, and Ken Ueno. With special guest Jeff Anderle of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. [More]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Latitudes: Marisa Anderson | Tara Jane O’Neil

Marisa Anderson is a wanderer, creatively as curious as she is proficient. Rooted in American folk music, her pieces are inspired by 20th century classical and West African guitar techniques. The results of which are revelatory. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane O’Neil’s work ranges from noise blitz to ambient dreamscape to bittersweet folk dirge. Present among all of it is her uncanny ability to traverse a far-ranging suite of psychic states. [More]

Saturday, April 25, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Departure Duo: Stories and Sounds

Departure Duo (soprano+double bass) presents the world premiere of a new work by Sarah Gibson using text by Dorothy Parker, made possible by a Chamber Music Classical Commissioning Grant, with generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Their virtuosic and varied program also includes recently commissioned works by Mikhail Johnson, Emily Koh, and Emily Praetorius, showcasing the wide range of colors possible with soprano and double bass. [More]

Monday, April 27, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Composer Meetup

A meetup for composers and music creators of all types. Present what you’ve been working on, ask for feedback, hear what others are up to, discuss relevant new music topics, and spend time with colleagues and good company! [More]

Thursday, May 7, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Ensemble in Process: Light of Strings

Ensemble in Process… "Light of Strings" is a special concert that will take the audience on an intimate journey of faith, spirituality, catharsis, grief, redemption, and light. [More]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Michael Foster + Ben Bennett Duo

Michael Foster (saxophones) and Ben Bennett (percussion) are an improvising duo from NYC and Philadelphia. [More]

Thursday, May 14, 2020 — 7:00 PM

Slice n Dice: Piano & Percussion

Slice n Dice is a musical duo made up of pianist Phoebe Wu and percussionist Andrew Grossman. Striving to expand piano-percussion repertoire and broaden the definition of a chamber duo, Slice n Dice continuously aspires to live up to their name: playful, creative, and uncompromised in the quality of their work. This concert features works by Ivan Trevino, Lansing McCloskey, and a premiere of a new work by Canadian/Icelandic composer Fjóla Evans. [More]

Saturday, May 16, 2020 — 8:00 PM

Chapter 2: Lost, performed by raising lilith

raising lilith is an interdisciplinary performance art duo that explores and provokes people’s relationships to their bodies, boundaries, and gender roles and obligations. [More]

Saturday, June 27, 2020 — 7:30 PM

New Music with the Friction String Quartet Part 1

Nine Bay Area composers join forces to present new string quartets in a cycle of two concerts. A showcase of the Bay Area composition scene performed by the acclaimed Friction String Quartet and guest artists. [More]

Saturday, October 17, 2020 — 7:30 PM

New Music with the Friction String Quartet Part 2

Nine Bay Area composers join forces to present new string quartets in a cycle of two concerts. A showcase of the Bay Area composition scene performed by the acclaimed Friction String Quartet and guest artists. [More]