Activities are picking up again. This will be a “transitional” week at the Center for New Music (C4NM), concluding the events for the month of November and beginning those for the month of December. It will also be the next “double header” week from Outsound Presents with concerts in both the Luggage Store Creative (LSC) Music series and the Static Illusion Methodical Madness (SIMM) Series. Neither of these gigs will involve any conflict of interest, but several of the C4NM dates will be facing competition. Here are the specifics:
Wednesday, November 30, 7 p.m., Adobe Books: This will be the next event in Adobe’s monthly music series. This will be a three-set program beginning with the Key West group of strings, “brassy” horns, and an abundance of percussion, all led by Brian Pedersen. They will be followed by the duo of Kanoko Nishi-Smith and Wobbly. The program will conclude with percussionist Jacob Felix Heule performing with his Norwegian Sult colleagues, Håvard Skaset on acoustic guitar and bassists Tony Dryer and Guro Skumsnes Moe.
Adobe Books is now located at 3130 24th Street (still in the Mission). The gig is free. However, donations will go directly to the performing artists and are strongly encouraged. In addition, free refreshments will be provided for a book purchase of at least $6.
Thursday, December 1, 8 p.m., Luggage Store Gallery: This week’s LSC program will offer two sets of improvisations, each about an hour’s duration. The first will be a duo improvisation by guitarists Andrew Weathers and JR De Wood. They will be followed by a “completely different” plucked-string performance by Sophia Shen on pipa. The Luggage Store Gallery is at 1007 Market Street, directly across from the Golden Gate Theatre at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Taylor Street. As always admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
Friday, December 2, 7 p.m., Charlie’s Deli Cafe: Charlie’s Deli Cafe is inviting the Trance Mission Duo “for a bit of merriment in yet another holiday season.” The members of the duo are Beth Custer, who plays all sizes of clarinet and often adds vocals, and Stephen Kent, whose specialty is the didjeridu, but who also plays percussion and a string instrument that is a hybrid of the cello and the sintir. Charlie’s Deli Cafe is located in Bernal Heights at 3202 Folsom Street, one block south of Cesar Chavez Street. Apparently, music is provided to enhance the pleasure of evening diners; but donations will probably be greatly appreciated.
Saturday, December 3, 8 p.m., St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church: The SF Live Arts performance series will be celebrating its 35th anniversary by bringing together two of the Bay Area’s most adventurous ensembles. The first of these is the Rova Saxophone Quartet of Jon Raskin, Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, and Steve Adams. The second will be a trio led by electric guitarist Fred Frith, performing with Jason Hoopes on bass and Jordan Glenn on drums. The group is currently celebrating Intakt Records’ recent release of their album Another Day in [expletive deleted] Paradise. Each of these two groups will take its own short set, after which they will join forces for a “culminating mashup.”
St. Cyprian’s is located at 2097 Turk Street, just east of the corner of Lyon Street. Tickets will be $20 at the door and $16 if purchased in advance. Advance purchase is available online from a Brown Paper Tickets event page, which also includes a $14 admission price for students with identification, seniors over the age of 65, and kids under the age of twelve.
Sunday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., The Musicians Union Hall: Like the LSC program, the next SIMM Series concert will consist of two sets. The first will be a solo piano performance by Eric Glick Rieman. He will be followed by a trio of “seasoned improvisers,” which will bring Glenn together with two trumpeters, Dan Clucas and Tom Djll. The Musicians Union Hall is located at 116 9th Street, near the corner of Mission Street. Admission is on a sliding scale between $10 and $15.
Monday, December 5, 8 p.m., Gray Area: The next event to be presented by Recombinant Media Labs at Gray Area will be a performance by the Matmos duo of Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt based on their new album Ultimate Care II. This album was constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II washing machine. The duration is 38 minutes, beginning with the sound of the wash size selection wheel and concluding with the alert noise that signals the completion of the cycle. The “normal” sounds of the washing machine are enhanced by the performers treating it as an instrument, rubbing it, stroking it, and drumming on it. The full panoply of sounds are then sampled, sequenced, and processed electronically. The Matmos performers describe the results as “a suite of rhythmic, melodic and drone-based compositions that morph dramatically, but remain fanatically centered upon their single, original sound source.”
The Gray Area Art And Technology Theater is located in the Mission at 2665 Mission Street. Admission is $20 at the door. Tickets purchased in advance are only $15 or $18 on the day of the show. Doors open at 8 p.m., but the performance will not begin until 8:30 p.m. Admission will be restricted to those aged 21 or older. Resident Advisor has created an event page for advance purchase of tickets.