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
Ben Goldberg: 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

10/1/2018 8:00:00 PM

Make-Out Room
3225 22nd St

The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music--

Monday, October 1, 8pm (8:30pm start)
No Cover/Donations Accepted

Set #1: David Pate (modern/extended improvisation)
David Pate-saxophone
Steve Cohn-piano

Set #2: Manul Override (jazz/electronics)
Amanda Chaudhary-keyboards, electronics
Serena Toxicat-voice
Melne-guitar, electronics

Set #3: Ornettology (modern jazz, after Ornette Coleman)
John Hanes-drums
Safa Shokrai-acoustic bass
Myles Boisen-guitar
John Finkbeiner-guitar
Steve Adams-alto sax
Phillip Greenlief-tenor sax

10/1/2018 9:30:00 PM

Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave,

Jason Levis Trio

The Jason Levis Trio, originally formed in 2015 upon Jason's return from living in Berlin, features Rob Ewing on trombone, Cory Wright on B-flat and bass clarinets, and Levis on drums and compositions. The trio's unconventional instrumentation allows it to flow through Levis' compositions in an unorthodox manner; fraying the edges, deconstructing the framework, and super-imposing tone, timbre and time.


TRIO: Fluke-Mogul * Pascucci * Mezzacappa
The debut of a new improvising string trio featuring violinist Gabby Fluke-Mogul, cellist Crystal Pascucci, and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa. Who knows what will happen?!


10/3/2018 8:00:00 PM

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave

Scott Amendola’s Orchestra di Pazzi

Scott Amendola’s Orchestra di Pazzo featuring Aurora Josephson (voice), Crystal Pascucci (cello), Phillip Greenlief, Raffi Garabedian (saxophone) (saxophones), Jason Hoopes (electrical bass), Thomas Dimuzio (electronics), Mark Clifford (vibes), Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Zachary James Watkins (gtr/Elec.) Scott Amendola (director, drums/percussion/electronics)

10/4/2018 7:30:00 PM

Center for New Music
55 Taylor St

Animals and Giraffes – Final 2017/2018 EiR concert

To finish up their year-long residency at the Center for New Music, animals & giraffes presents two sets of interdisciplinary improvisation. The evening also celebrates LANDLOCKED BEACH, their new CD release on the Creative Sources label (Portugal).

set one
animals and giraffes
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet
Claudia La Rocco – voice, text
with special guests
Jesse Hewit – movement
Kip Kipperman – contrabass
Anne Walsh – text
Zachary James Watkins – electronics

set two
animals and giraffes
with special guests
Thomas Dimuzio – electronics
Wobbly – electronics

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief).

Claudia La Rocco is the author of the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited) and the novel petit cadeau (The Chocolate Factory Theater). Her poetry and prose have been published in 6X6 #34: I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse), Imagined Theatres: Writing for a theoretical stage (Daniel Sack, ed; Routledge), On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed; Triple Canopy), et al. She has received grants and residencies from such organizations as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and Headlands Center for the Arts. La Rocco has bylines in numerous publications, including ARTFORUM, BOMB, and The New York Times, where she was a critic from 2005-2015. claudialarocco.com.

Jesse Hewit is an artist and curator living in San Francisco. He has performed and taught his work internationally, and is currently working on a new dance about embodied protest, and on his first book, a collection of three longer essays about erotic memory, happiness, and family. He is supremely happy for the opportunity to go IN with animals and giraffes..

Kip Kipperman is a musician, composer, improviser, sounder, listener, and teacher currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. ?Interested in how personal aspects of oneself are negotiated and translated into improvisation of all kinds, they are focused on the possible healing qualities of embodying oneself and building community through sonic improvisation, body movement, dreamwork, mindfulness, radical education, and political activism.

Anne Walsh is a visual artist and writer. Her recent solo exhibitions have taken place at The Luggage Store gallery in SF and Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles. Her first book, Hello Leonora soy Anne Walsh, will be published by No Place Press in Spring 2019. Walsh is Associate Professor in Art Practice at UC Berkeley.

San Francisco-based Thomas Dimuzio is an unsung artistic figure whose influence and abilities have substantially outstripped his visibility. Composer, collaborator, experimental electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, sound designer and mastering engineer – Dimuzio has been doing his thing(s) since the late 1980’s, but is still known to a small circle of electronic music enthusiasts. A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, Dimuzio’s listed sound sources on his various releases include everything from “modified 10 speed bicycle” and “resonating water pipe” to short-wave radios, field recordings, loops, samplers and even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet.

WOBBLY / Jon Leidecker has been producing music under the name Wobbly since 1990, improvising with recordings to produce music which inherently resists the act of being captured. Wobbly’s live and studio collaborations include work with Negativland, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, Matmos, People Like Us, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Carl Stone, John Oswald, Thomas Dimuzio, Sue C., a quartet with Thurston Moore, David Toop &Tania Chen, The Freddy McGuire Show and Sagan. In 2015 he inherited Negativland’s long-running Over The Edge radio collage program, which continues to be broadcast twice a month on Berkeley’s KPFA FM.

Zachary James Watkins studied composition with Janice Giteck, Jarrad Powell, Robin Holcomb and Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College. In 2006, Zachary received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where he studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran and Pauline Oliveros. Zachary has received commissions from Cornish College of The Arts, The Microscores Project, the Beam Foundation, Somnubutone Radio Series free103point9.org, sfsound and the Seattle Chamber Players. His 2006 composition Suite for String Quartet was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition and has subsequently been performed at the Labs 25th Anniversary Celebration, the Labor Sonor Series at Kule in Berlin Germany and in Seattle Wa, as part of the 2nd Annual Town Hall New Music Marathon featuring violist Eyvind Kang. Zachary has performed in numerous festivals across the United States, Mexico and Europe and his band Black Spirituals opened for pioneering Drone Metal bandEarth during their 2015 European tour.

10/6/2018 8:00:00 PM

Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street

Opening set by Jason Hoopes - solo electric bass

The Jordan Glenn Party
Brett Carson- keyboard
Karl Evangelista- guitar
Joel Nelson- guitar
Bob Woods-LaDue- drums/percussion
Robert Lopez- drums/percussion
Alexandra Buschman- voice/electronics
Jon Arkin- electronic drums
Jason Hoopes- electric bass
Jordan Glenn- conductor

DO-OVER Music Series
A music composition/improvisation lab co-curated by Jordan Glenn and Lisa Mezzacappa
Every First Saturday at Temescal Art Center, Oakland
Series Launches January 2019
2018 Preview Events:
Saturday October 6, 8pm
Saturday December 1, 8pm
Every first Saturday, starting in 2019, East Bay musicians Jordan Glenn and Lisa Mezzacappa host a performance series featuring exploratory music for large(r) ensembles, alternating each month between two featured groups: Glenn’s The Jordan Glenn Party and Mezzacappa’s collaboration with drummer Jason Levis, the new duo B. Experimental Band. Each night also features a series of solo and duo sets by local and visiting artists, focusing on works-in-progress, new collaborations, and first forays into intermedia, installation and durational works. DO-OVER is a place for experimentation, impracticality, and glorious failure—not necessarily a series for pre-existing bands or established projects—that encourages members of the Bay Area music community to embrace discomfort and explore new practices in a supportive environment, holding on to the artistic values that have always made this scene so special.

10/9/2018 9:00:00 PM

Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph Ave

Active Music Series presents:
- PERFORMANCE with Cilla Vee (north carolina) and local improvisers
- Cordova/Burchett Duo
- alex cruse

PERFORMANCE with Cilla Vee (north carolina) and local improvisers

Cilla Vee / Claire Elizabeth Barratt - dance
kyle bruckmann - oboe, english horn
david boyce - electronics
angela edwards (sharkiface) - electronics
phillip greenlief - tenor saxophone
jacob felix heule - percussion
aurora josephson - voice
crystal pascucci - cello

Claire Elizabeth Barratt (aka Cilla Vee) is an interdisciplinary artist with a performing arts background. She is the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration. Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, music, text, media, visual and installation art. She has presented her work in venues as diverse as Jacob’s Pillow, the New York Botanical Gardens, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center and Art Basel Miami. She has performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Pakistan.


alex cruse
alex cruse is a writer, artist, and curator based in Oakland. cruse has performed and exhibited nationally and abroad, often as DROUGHT SPA (with Kevin CK Lo.) She is the author of CONTRAVERSE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017).

10/17/2018 8:00:00 PM

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St.

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

Myra Melford-piano
Jenny Scheinman-violin
Kirk Knuffke-cornet
Ben Goldberg-clarinet and contra-alto clarinet
Todd Sickafoose-bass
Allison Miller-drums and compositions

“Ms. Miller is a drummer, bandleader and composer with an
aesthetic of limber poise, drawn at once to brisk maneuvers and deep grooves.” –Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Hailed by Downbeat as one of the top 20 jazz drummers, Allison Miller marries her love of composition, drumming, and community in the form of her critically acclaimed band, Boom Tic Boom. Described as cinematic chamber jazz, this leading edge sextet’s music—featuring Jenny Scheinman on violin, Myra
Melford on piano, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Todd Sickafoose on bass, and Miller on drums- is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing, and always grooving. Miller’s compositions reflect her diverse musical upbringing and versatile palette and she aims to, in true collective spirit, highlight each member of the band.

This year marks Boom Tic Boom’s 10 year anniversary and they will be celebrating with the release of their 5th album on Royal Potato Family. The band has evolved over the years developing a truly unique sound. The current material is full of surprises and has been described as a celebratory genre-busting organic mash up of Bach, clave, klezmer, and the Jazz Messengers. Previous releases include Boom Tic Boom (2010), Live at Willisau (2012), No Morphine No Lilies (2013), and Otis was a Polar Bear (2016).

10/21/2018 7:30:00 PM

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission

An eclectic night of Freewheeling sonic mayhem, art-funk, and social commentary
7:30 pm Ode to Fall
Rent Romus - saxophones/flutes/percussion, Gabby Fluke-Mogul - violin, Lisa Mezzacappa - double bass, Golnaz Shariatzadeh - violin, Angela Roberts - cello, Tony Gennaro - percussion
8:30 Rightstarter
PC Muñoz - drums, vocals, electronics / MC DEM ONE - vocals, electronics / Danny Z - electronics

RIGHTSTARTER presents a guttural sonic response to this political moment, rendered via improvised vamps on hot-button issues, original material, unexpected covers, and curveball collaborations with artists of all disciplines. The RIGHTSTARTER aesthetic is the zen of the boom-bap, with echoes of free jazz, funk, performance art, and musique concréte. We transgress boundaries, subvert expectations, and assert denied identities in hostile times. Our musical ancestors include Gil Scott-Heron, Leonard Cohen, John Cage, and Chuck D. Our name comes straight from a 1987 Public Enemy song.

11/2/2018 8:00:00 PM

California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison Street

Bassist, composer and bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa premieres a new suite of music for jazz sextet, inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics stories on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos.
Lisa Mezzacappa Six features:
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Tim Perkis, electronics
Jordan Glenn, drums

The music will be premiered in two concerts: on Friday, November 2 at the CA Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley; and on Saturday, November 3 at Bird & Beckett Books in San Francisco.

11/3/2018 7:30:00 PM

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
653 Chenery St.

Bassist, composer and bandleader Lisa Mezzacappa premieres a new suite of music for jazz sextet, inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics stories on the origins of the universe, and the invisible forces at work in the cosmos.
Lisa Mezzacappa Six features:
Aaron Bennett, tenor sax
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Mark Clifford, vibraphone
Tim Perkis, electronics
Jordan Glenn, drums

The music will be premiered in two concerts: on Friday, November 2 at the CA Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley; and on Saturday, November 3 at Bird & Beckett Books in San Francisco.