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

feb 11, 2015 - mazen kerbaj
feb 17, 2015 - joana holanda & ignaz schick
mar 9, 2015 - marco fusi
mar 18, 2015 - carl ludwig hübsch & radical 2
mar 28, 2015 - robert ashley tribute
apr 10, 2015 - uc santa cruz festival
apr 18, 2015 - james tenney's "spectrum iv"
may 9, 2015 - david bithell
may 22, 2015 - happy valley band
jun 13, 2015 - larry polansky
nov 3, 2015 - nakamura/kahn/akiyama/eubanks

:: view previous 2015 concerts here ::

 Wednesday February 11 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 7:57p

Mazen Kerbaj

Beirut improviser Mazen Kerbaj performs a trumpet duo with local Tom Djll and ensemble improvisations with Gino Robair, Matt Ingalls, and Kyle Bruckmann.

MAZEN KERBAJ, born in 1975, lives and works in Beirut. His main activities are comics, paintings and music.

Kerbaj published more than 15 books and many short stories and drawings in anthologies, newspapers and magazines in Lebanon, Europe, and the USA, and exhibited his work both in solo and in collective exhibitions in Lebanon, France, England, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Dubai, Malaysia and the USA.

Mazen Kerbaj is also one of the founders of the Lebanese free improvisation scene, both as a trumpet player and as an active member in the MILL association that organizes the annual Irtijal festival in Beirut since 2001. In 2005 he launches Al Maslakh, the first label for this music in the region. In 2009, after fructuous collaborations with Lebanese cult punk rock band Scrambled Eggs he launches a new sub-label, Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu to produce alternative and experimental rock music from Lebanon.

Between 2000 and 2014, Mazen Kerbaj played in solo and with various groups in the Middle East, Europe and the USA. Regular and occasional partners includes: Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Raed Yassin, Franz Hautzinger, Lê Quan Ninh, Stéphane Rives, Mats Gustaffson, The Scrambled Eggs, Guillermo Gregorio, Gene Coleman, Michael Zerang, Jim Baker, Jack Wright, Michael Bullock, Vic Rawlings, David Stäckenas, Martin Küchen, Axel Dörner, Ricardo Arias, Jason Khan, The Ex, Thomas Lehn, Joe McPhee, Raymond Boni, John Butcher, Martin Blume, Tony Buck, Magda Mayas, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley…

 Tuesday February 17 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 7:43p

Ignaz Schick & Joana Holanda

Brazilian pianist Joana Holanda presents a program of new music for piano solo and with electronics by composers born in Brazil. Its music illustrates the diversity and richness of contemporary Brazilian music, encompassing a large variety of aesthetics and presenting composers of different generations.
Bruno Ruviaro (1974) - Instantânea (2005)
[ Electronics: Bruno Ruviaro ]
Gabriel Penido (1987) - Sora (2011)
Carlos Walter Soares (1970) - Calisto (2011)
Alexandre Lunsqui (1969) - Contours...distances... (2009)
Marisa Rezende (1944) - Contrastes (2001)
Tatiana Catanzaro (1976)- Kristallklavierexplosionsschattensplitter (2006)
João Pedro Oliveira (1959) - Mosaic (2010)
[ Electronics: Bruno Ruviaro ]
Electroacoustic composer/improviser from Berlin, Ignaz Schick performs his compositions for improvisers with members of sfSoundGroup and special guests.
Ignaz Schick, electronics
Scott Walton, bass
Tim Perkis, electronics
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
Benjamin Kreith, violin
John Ingle, alto saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Jacob Felix Heule, percussion
Tom Djll, trumpet

JOANA HOLANDA earned her bachelor degree in music from State University of Campinas- UNICAMP (1997), her Master in Arts from Iowa University (2000) in USA and her doctorate in Music from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2006). During the doctorate, she staged at City University,in London. She studied with Ney Fialkow, Ksenia Nosikova, Christian Tarla,Fúlvia Escobar and Jorge Gomes. Faculty member of the Federal University of Pelotas Art Center, she is also a member of NuMC- Núcleo de Música Contemporânea of the same institution. She researches and performs contemporary Brazilian music, having performed lecture-recitals in conferences in Brazil and abroad. In 2012 Holanda was one of the coordinators of the 1st Latin American Festival of Contemporary Music of Pelotas, and in 2013 released her first album, Piano Presente, by label SESC-SP. Music Critic Irineu Franco Perpétuo writes about Piano Presente:
“On approaching music that escape the traditional clichés for the instrument, Holanda demonstrates to master a varied repertoire of pianistic resources, which she makes use to characterize, in a peculiar and unique way, each peculiar and unique sound worlds of different composers."

Turntablist, sound artist, performer & composer IGNAZ SCHICK studied the saxophone and performed in free jazz and avant rock bands. At the same time he was getting obsessed with multitrack tape machines, record players and effect boxes and he started experimenting with many different instruments and sound making devices. After college he briefly studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and worked for several years as an assistent for contemporary composer Josef Anton Riedl. Since the late 1995 he works and lives in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of the so-called "Berlin Nouvelle Vague" and the blossoming "real time music" scene. From the middle of the nineties onwards his interest and activities almost completely shifted towards live-electronics and after testing various instrumentations (hard- & software samplers, signal processing, contact mics, field recordings, ...) he developed his own and quite unique electro-acoustic set-up which he calls "rotating surfaces". Various objects and materials (from wood, metal, plastic, paper or violin bows and cymbals) are played directly on the rotating metal plate of the turntable and the vibrations are simply amplified with a small condensator microphone. With this set-up he covers many different styles of contemporary experimental music - ranging from extreme reductionism via ambient, industrial, musique concrete, electronica to harsh noise. Besides his favorite setting, the direct duo-confrontation with the likes of Chris Abrahams (AUS), Alexei Borisov (RUS), Sebastian Buczek (PL), Phil Durrant (GB), Gunnar Geisse (D), GX Jupitter-Larsen/The Haters (USA), Dawid Szczesny (PL), Martin Tetreault (CAN) or Marcel Tuerkowsky (D) (...) he is member and founder of many different ensembles like Perlonex, Snake Figures Arkestra, Phosphor, Blind Snakes, Decollage, N.I.E., ....

 Monday March 9 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 8:07p

Marco Fusi

Italian new music specialist Marco Fusi visits the bay area with a program of contemporary violin and viola works by some of the most innovative Italian composers working today.
Pierluigi Billone - ITI.KE.MI. for solo viola (1995)
Filippo Perocco - Ruvida per violino con risonatore (2014)
Salvatore Sciarrino - 6 capricci per violino (1975)

MARCO FUSI, violinist, violist and composer, has studied with Dimitrios Polisoidis, Ernst Kovacic and Jeanne-Marie Conquer. Marco has performed with conductors and soloists including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Peter Eotvos, Beat Furrer, Susanna Malkki, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustav Kuhn, Jurg Wyttenbach, Jean Deroyer, and Marco Angius. He has premiered new works by Ferneyhough, Eotvos, Sciarrino, Billone, Scelsi, Cendo among others.

Marco has had the opportunity to perform concerts in renowned halls such as the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, KKL Konzertsaal in Lucerne, Royaumont abbey Paris, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome ,Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles, Experimental Intermedia in NYC, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, and the Bela Bartok Concert Hall in Budapest.

Marco has collaborated with Ensemble Linea (Srasbourg), Interface (Frankfurt), Proton (Bern), Phoenix (Basel), l’Arsenale (Treviso), MotoPerpetuo (NYC), Ecce (Boston), Algoritmo (Rome) and Handwerk (Koln) His complete recording of John Cage’s Freeman Etudes was released by Stradivarius; he has been invited to present this project, giving concerts, masterclasses and lectures at University of Southern California, Columbia University, Arizona State University, Basel Musikhochschule, and the Milan Conservatory.

During August 2012 he was part of the “Haas 3rd string quartet project”, working with the composer on his 3rd string quartet, performed in Lucerne and NYC. Incoming projects are devoted to Pierluigi Billone's ITI.KE.MI (concerts in Milano, Barcelona, Boston, London, Paris, Strasbourg, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York); a recording of Salvatore Sciarrino complete works for violin and viola and a recital in Milano Musica, featuring Romitelli's Ganimede, alongside with works by Scelsi and Xenakis.

Thanks to his collaboration with Pierluigi Billone, in 2015, November 15th, Marco will give the world premiere of a new work by Billone for solo violin; the concert, celebrating Helmut Lachenmann 80th birthday (in this occasion Marco will play as well Toccatina for solo violin), will be part of a special edition of Eclat Festival, Stuttgart. Marco was a member of Lucerne Festival Academy from 2007 to 2012, under the artistic and musical direction of Pierre Boulez.

 Wednesday March 18 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 7:26p

Carl Ludwig Hübsch & Radical 2

German composer/tubist Carl Ludwig Hübsch performs a duo with clarinetist Matt Ingalls and a selction of his compositions for improvisers with members of sfSoundGroup.
Carl Ludwig Hübsch, tuba
Monica Scott, cello
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
Benjamin Kreith, violin
John Ingle, alto saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinets
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe

Brooklyn-based percussion duo RADICAL 2 performs a program of theatrical compositions for percussion and electronics.
Alexander Schubert - Your Fox’s a Dirty Gold (for performer and voice with guitar and motion sensors)
Mark Applebaum - Aphasia (for solo peformer)
Radical 2 - Modified Attack (for two hacked logitech gaming joysticks)
Georges Aperghis - Le Corps á Corps (for solo zarb and voice)
Levy Lorenzo - Improvisation for Tea Cups and Light
Rick Burkhardt - Simulcast (for two speaking percussionists)

Born in Freiburg, CARL LUDWIG HÜBSCH grew up playing clarinet in the local brass band and drums in punk bands. Around 1983 he exchanged the clarinet for a tuba. Influenced by Frank Zappa, King Sunny Ade, and The Dead Kennedys, he has performed all kinds of music including a wonderfully-mediocre dance music trio. The discovery of jazz and improvisation led to studies in improvisation with M.A.Fataah. Hübsch received certification at the Pedagogic College in Freiburg in singing, theory, drums. He studied electronic music with Klaus Weinhold. In Cologne he studied as guest in the composition class with Johannes Fritsch. Since 1990, Carl Ludwig Hübsch has lived in Cologne where he finally awarded a livelong stipendium at his own university. Hübsch's work focuses on improvised music and conteporary music. He composes and performs in concert halls, studios and theatres lending his talents to ensembles and orchestras. He is well known for his unique solo concerts. He leads workshops for tuba or improvisation. Another most important focus on Hübsch's work is composition.

RADICAL 2 (Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan) is a performance duo based in Brooklyn, New York. Grounded in the tradition of contemporary classical percussion, Radical 2 extends this performance practice by exploring compositions that use theatrical vocal techniques and prototype electronics. By integrating the human voice via extended techniques and oddly contextualized speech, Radical 2 is actively blurring the lines between their vocal chords and percussion instruments. While also making use of physical theater, their performances range from whimsical and witty, to somber and nebulous, to farcical and just plain absurd. With electronics Radial 2 uses newly designed instruments that allow the use of live electronics into their performances which provide strong engagement between the audience and the electronic sound worlds. Radical 2 extends the role of classical percussionists into actors and electronic musicians, yet still relying on the percussionist’s sense of extended techniques and new music performance practice. The members of Radical 2 have had the pleasure of collaborating with and/or personally performing for luminaries such as Rick Burkhardt, Georges Aperghis, Alexander Schubert, and Thomas Meadowcroft while also fervently studying and realizing the music of Vinko Globokar, Cort Lippe, Mauricio Kagel, Martin Matalon and Herbert Brun among many others. Radical 2 has also presented their work at international institutes such as the Darmstadt Festival (DE), NIME (UK), Ensemble Moderne Festival (AT) and at STEIM (NE).

 Saturday March 28 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 8:00p

A Tribute To Robert Ashley
presented by Thomas Buckner & friends

One of the most original minds in new music, Robert Ashley reinvented opera and the relationship of words and music. Thomas Buckner will perform some of the many works composed especially for him to sing in a concert setting during the more than thirty years he sang in the operas.

ROBERT ASHLEY (1930-2014), one of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation, is particularly known for his work in new forms of opera. In the 1960s, during his tenure as its director, the ONCE Festival in Ann Arbor presented most of the decade’s pioneers of the performing arts. With the legendary ONCE Group, he developed his first large-scale operas. Along with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman, he formed the Sonic Arts Union, a group that turned conceptualism toward electronics. Throughout the 1970s, he directed the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, and produced his first opera for television, the 14-hour Music with Roots in the Aether, based on the work and ideas of seven influential American composers. In the early 1980s The Kitchen commissioned Ashley’s Perfect Lives, the opera for television that is widely considered the precursor of “music-television.” Stage versions of Perfect Lives, as well as his following operas, Atalanta (Acts of God), Improvement (Don Leaves Linda), Foreign Experiences, eL/Aficionado and Now Eleanor’s Idea toured throughout the US and Canada, Europe and Asia during the 1980s and 1990s. A new group of operas was begun in 1999 when Kanagawa Arts Foundation (Japan) commissioned Dust, which was quickly followed by Celestial Excursions and The Old Man Lives in Concrete. He wrote and recorded his performance-novel, Quicksand (released in novel form by Burning Books). And his final opera, Crash, was completed in December 2013 for premiere at the 2014 Whitney Biennial Exhibition.

Ashley’s book Outside of Time: Ideas About Music (2009), was published byMusikTexte (available from Lovely Music) and Kyle Gann’s biography of Ashley (2012) was published by the University of Illinois Press. Burning Books has published several of his librettos and a large part of his recorded work is available from Lovely Music.

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