sfSoundSeries/sfSoundSalonSeries is a concert series in the san francisco bay area featuring contemporary and experimental music. our programs reach from the latest music of the european avant-garde to the grittiest sounds of the west coast improv-underground, encompassing recent trends in instrumental technique, conceptual art, music theater, and electronic sound.

we also present the sfSoundSalonSeries at the center for new music in san francisco!
upcoming concerts

sep 20, 2016 - jon raskin & scott looney
oct 14 & 15, 2016 - john ingle five o & volcano radar
nov 9, 2016 - fausto bongelli
nov 15, 2016 - sfsound & martha & monica
dec 4, 2016 - michael thieke & biliana voutchkova

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 Tuesday September 20 2016 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 underemployed/members] :: 8:01p



Scott Looney
in a duo with Jon Raskin


We are sorry to report that due to unforseen events Georg Graewe has had to cancel his trip to California. The sfSoundSalonSeriesShow at the Center for New Music on September 20th will still happen and pianist Scott Looney will be joining Jon Raskin. Jon and Scott have worked in several different groups together but this will be their first concert as a duo.


SCOTT R LOONEY has always been interested in the creation and performance of compelling sounds across a broad spectrum of contemporary, improvised, and experimental music. He has studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, David Rosenboom, and Frederic Rzewski, obtaining his MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts


Highlights of Rova founding member JON RASKIN'S early career include his '70s participation in new music ensembles directed by John Adams (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Dr. Barney Childs (University of Redlands). Before Rova, Raskin served as music director of the Tumbleweed Dance Company (1974-77), was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin Alternative Music Space and participated in the creation of the Farm- an art project that included a city farm, a community garden, Ecology Center, Dance and Theater companies and organized the creation of a city park. Highlights as a member of Rova include composing a collaborative work for SF Taiko Dojo/Rova, working with Howard Martin on the installation work “Occupancy”, composing music for Mr. Bungle/ Rova, organizing the 30 year Anniversary Concert of John Coltrane's Ascension, performing the music of Miles Davis at the Fillmore with Yo Miles! , the Glass Head Project with Inkboat and the ongoing Electric Ascension Project.

Raskin has received numerous grants and commissions to work on a variety of creative projects: NEA composer grant for Poison Hotel, a theater production by Soon 3 (1988); Reader's Digest/Meet the Composer (1992 & 2000); Berkeley Symphony commission (1995) and Headland Center for the Arts Residency 2009.

Besides over 30 recordings with Rova, Raskin's recording experience include Anthony Braxton, Eight (+3) Tristano Compositions 1989 For Warne Marsh (1989) and The Bass & the Bird Pond with Tim Berne (1996), Wavelength Infinity- A Sun Ra Tribute, Between Spaces with Phillip Gelb, Dana Reason & Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley's In C 25th Anniversary, and solo work on the Art Ship Series. His currents CD's include Let's go Juke Box Suite (Not Two) with the Rova Saxophone Quartet , JR Quartet (Rastascan) with Liz Allbee, George Cremaschi and Gino Robair, Music + One (Rastascan) a Improvisation compendium for improvisers to play along with and Kaolithic Music, Jaw Harp Music recorded in a 587 Gallon Vase (Evander Music) He is working on several new recordings, one with a JR Quartet for release in 2009, a Rova project of Graphic scores composed by Steve Adams and Jon Raskin, a compilation from the 2 + 2 series that Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin presented at the 21 Grand Performance Gallery in Oakland and a poetry and music project with Carla Harryman called "Open Box."

Other groups: The Jon Raskin Trio, Vijay Anderson – drums, Lisa Mezzacappa – bass and Jon Raskin – alto sax. The Long Table Project, Phillip Greenlief – alto sax, John Hanes – drums, Jon Raskin – bari sax, Dan Seamans – electric bass, John Shiurba – electric guitar.








 Tues/Wed October 14/15 2016 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 underemployed/members] :: 7:57p



John Ingle Five O
and Volcano Radar


On October 14th and 15th, saxophonist, composer, and founding member of sfSoundGroup JOHN INGLE celebrates the final evening of his 4th decade on earth and the first of his 5th, respectively. He will shepherd a cadre of friends from both within and without sfSoundGroup through "Babylon Lottery," a Borgesian framing for structured improvisation.

The concert on the 14th will begin with a set VOLCANO RADAR, esteemed guests from Chicago. Volcano Radar is a fusion of ecstatic improvisational energy and Apollonian intellect. Fueled by dual free jazz/noise/avant guitarists Elbio Barilari and Julia A. Miller, Volcano Radar moves fluently through a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms.

Uruguayan born multi-instrumentalist and composer Elbio Barilari and American guitarist and composer Julia Miller played together for the first time in 2012, and they made their first public appearance as Volcano Radar at the Empty Bottle shortly after. Their soundscapes have been described as: noise-funk, post-jazz, avant-rock, improvised experimental music, jazz-electronica and neo-psychedelia.


VOLCANO RADAR has been joined in recordings and performances by Fareed Haque and Mathgames!; Edward Wilkerson Jr., reeds; Jim Gailloreto, reeds; Guillermo Gregorio, reeds; Alejandro Acierto, reeds; Harrison Bankhead, bass/cello; Rollo Radford, electric bass; Yosef Ben Israel, bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums; Tim Davis, drums; Ernie Adams, drums; Lou Ciccotelli, drums & percussion; Frank Rosaly, percussion; Gustavo Leone, synthesizer; Andy Cohn, keyboards; and Axiom Brass quintet.

Saxophonist/composer/improviser JOHN INGLE is originally from Memphis, TN and now resides and works in San Francisco. His music is informed and influenced by contemporary concert music, improvised music, electronic music, jazz, various Asian folk music traditions, and the blues and gospel of his native Southeast US. He collaborates with electronics innovator Laetitia Sonami, and in duo with NYC-based composer/dulcimerist Dan Joseph and is a founding member of the sfSoundGroup. John's solo saxophone music emphasizes multiphonics, vocal harmonics and subtle control of extended saxophone techniques, while his chamber music explores such musical parameters as spiral time, linear pulse, and non-linear harmony, and indulges in both simple resonance as well as complex timbre and auditory sleights-of-hand.










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