Yesterday afternoon the Center for New Music (C4NM) sent out a newsletter previewing events for the first two weeks in November. There is enough activity at this one venue that I decided it would be useful to get the jump on the schedule, rather that waiting for the regular “bleeding edge” dispatches at the beginning of each week. All of these concerts will take place at C4NM, located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of the corner of Market Street.
(Those reading this who happen to be near this corner for watching the Giants’ parade are welcome to orient themselves, but C4NM is closed today because of parade traffic.)
Specifics for the next two weeks of activity are as follows:
Tuesday. November 4, 7:30 p.m.: In conjunction with a short residency at Stanford University, creative flutist Nicole Mitchell will lead a collaborative evening. The program will begin with a short conversation with contemporary dancer Aleta Hayes, currently a member of the Stanford Faculty. Mitchell will then perform a solo set. The program will conclude with her leading and performing with Stanford’s Chocolate Heads Ensemble. Tickets will only be available at the door. General admission will be $10, and members will be admitted at no charge.
Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.: Lisa Mezzacappa will curate a program called Oklnd-Bklyn Dble Bill (yes, that’s how it’s spelled). It will begin with the Bay Area debut of Battle Trance, a quartet of four tenor saxophones led by Travis LaPlante. The other three members are Pat Breiner, Matt Nelson, and Jeremy Viner. They will be followed by the Dirty Snacks Ensemble, let by Oakland composer Mark Clifford, who also plays vibraphone in the group. The other members are Kristina Dutton on violin, Steven Lugener on reeds, Martin Mcginn on piano, Scott Brown on bass, and Geneva Harrison on drums. Tickets at $15 for general admission and $12 for members will be available only at the door.
Saturday, November 8, 7:51 p.m.: Matt Ingalls will curate the next sfSoundSalonSeries event. Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley will give American and world premiere performances of music by two iconoclastic French composers. The program will begin with “Cinq forms d’appel” (five forms of address), a duo for bass clarinet and trumpet by Denis Dufour. This will be followed by three of Eliane Radigue’s OCCAM pieces, the sixteenth for solo bass clarinet, the tenth for solo trumpet, and the third of the “River” pieces in the OCCAM collection, a duet for trumpet and birbynė, the keyless Lithuanian folk clarinet. Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $10 for members and the underemployed, available only at the door.
Sunday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.: Jen Wang will curate a visit from New York by the contemporary music quartet loadbang. The program will include “Alphabetical Ashbery,” a new work by Charles Wuorinen, as well as David Lang’s “Waiting for the man,” Alex Minek’s “Number May Be Defined,” Evan Johnson’s ‘my pouert and goyng ouer,” and Scott Wollschleger’s “What Is The Word.” The program will also include new works by members of the ensemble, which will be making its first visit to San Francisco. Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $10 for members, available only at the door.
Tuesday, November 11, 7:54 p.m. The sfSoundSalonSeries, curated by Matt Ingalls, will continue with a visit from Tim Hodgkinson, who plays both clarinet and lap steel guitar. Visiting from the United Kingdom, Hodgkinson will be joined by local pianist Chris Brown. Hodgkinson will give both solo and duo performances of composed and improvised music. Like other sfSoundSalonSeries events, admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for members and the underemployed. Tickets will be available only at the door.