9/13/2018 7:30:00 PM

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery St.

Lisa Mezzacappa Six : COSMICOMICS 2018 
Bookstore Residency!

New music for jazz sextet inspired by Italo Calvino’s stories on the origins of the universe - developed in a series of salon performances at Bird & Beckett this year

Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibes
Tim Perkis, electronics
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums

Bookstore Residency & Work-in-Progress Salons
Thursdays at 7:30pm //$5 Suggested Donation
Two more left! 
July 5
Sept 13

Concert Finale
Sat Nov 3 7:30pm //$20 Suggested Donation

Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa visits with her sextet for a five-concert residency this year, to develop a new suite of music inspired by Italo Calvino’s extraordinary Cosmicomics stories. Over a series of Thursday evening salons, she and her band will explore new musical material drawn from Calvino’s supremely imaginative musings on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos. The salon series, which runs from April through September, concludes with a premiere of the complete work on Saturday November 3. 

Mezzacappa’s sensibility as a composer embraces the full panorama of jazz sound and feeling, from bluesy grooves to abstract soundscapes, playful collective improvisation and richly layered melodies that blend electric and acoustic textures. Her last suite of music for this ensemble, avantNOIR, was drawn from crime novels by Hammett and Auster - and earned a 4 1/2 star review in Downbeat Magazine last year. 

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9/26/2018 8:00:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St

Live Cinema: Thingamajigs Performance Group + viDEO sAVant/duo B.

A two-part evening of visual and sonic experiments and environments, featuring Thingamajigs Performance Group, and viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman + duo B.). Both ensembles explore the intersection of improvised music with live video performance, and will transform the Center for New Music into an immersive sensory environment.


Thingamajigs Performance Group 
Dylan Bolles, flutes, strings, vox 
Keith Evans, performative projection
Suki O’Kane, percussion, strings, electronics
Edward Schocker, reeds, strings, glass
Thingamajigs Performance Group blurs the boundaries between performance and installation, working a subtle harmonic seam, and holding song in a patient gaze. The ensemble was recently commissioned to score “Stations,” a monumental piece of movement theater conceived by Jubilith Moore.

Charles Woodman, a recent addition to the Bay Area film community, is a visual artist working in expanded media and the integration of video with live performance. A pioneer in the development of live cinema (real time video editing as live performance), he has performed throughout the US and abroad as viDEO sAVant, an evolving live video performance project with musician and dancer collaborators. Recent performances include Spazio Contemporanea in Brescia, Italy; ISEA, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Villa Douce, Reims, France; and San Francisco Cinematheque.

duo B., the San Francisco Bay Area improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. For more than a dozen years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, study of repertoire by like-minded composer-improvisers, and immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, and others. 

9/30/2018 12:00:00 PM

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave

Listen local at the eleventh annual SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free daylong music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. SF Music Day showcases the dynamism and diversity of Bay Area music, from string quartets to jazz combos, new music pioneers to chamber groups steeped in musical sounds from across the globe.

Bay Area improvisers and jazz artists performing include:

Anne Sajdera Ensemble
Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo
BenGoldberg: In Memory Of John Shifflett
Brenda Wong Aoki & Mark Izu
Brian Ho Trio
David James’ GPS
Edgar Pantoja & the Afro-Cuban Tribe
George Brooks‘ Aspada
Jeremy Cohen’s Violinjazz
Jon Jangtet
Lisa Mezzacappa Six
Motoko Honda’s Simple Excesses
Myra Melford & Ian Winters
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo
Tiffany Austin

Contemporary Music:

Ensemble for These Times
Luminance Ensemble
The Musical Art Quintet with Lara Downes
Nomad Session
Quinteto Latino
Redwood Tango Ensemble
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble
Splinter Reeds

10/9/2018 9:00:00 PM

Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph Ave

Active Music Series presents:
- Phillip Greenlief large group
- Evelyn Davis & Gabby Fluke-Mogul