With almost three weeks of shopping days before Christmas, some might think they are too busy to set aside time for concerts. However, this is shaping up to be a busy week out on the bleeding edge. Because this is the first Monday of the month, the action will begin tonight at the Make Out Room in the series now known as “The Monday Make-Out.” As usual, tonight’s program will offer three sets of cutting-edge jazz improvisation. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the first set begins at 8:30 p.m. That set will be solo guitar performed by Ross Hammond. He will be followed by the jazz improvisation quartet Bristle, whose members are Randy McKean and Cory Wright on reeds, Murray Campbell alternating between violin and oboes, and Lisa Mezzacappa on bass. The final set will be virtuoso free improvisation led by Darren Johnston on trumpet. His trio is called Play That Thing or Throw It Away; and the other members are Larry Ochs, alternating between tenor and sopranino saxophone, and percussionist Gino Robair.
This concert will take place this evening, December 7. The concerts in this series are free, but only those 21 or older will be admitted. Donations are, of course, encouraged. The Make Out Room is located in the Mission at 3225 22nd Street, just west of Mission Street.
Several events at the Center for New Music (C4NM) have already been announced. These include the latest installment in Danny Clay’s don’t be a stranger series on Saturday, December 12 and the concert “pairing” of pianist Susan Chan in the afternoon and Prismatic Percussion ++! in the evening on Sunday, December 13. There will be two other events of interest prior to the weekend.
The first of these is a showcase for students from The Art Institute of California San Francisco entitled SF Remixed. Styles include electronic music, hip hop, and ambient music. There will be three sets featuring Vice Verza, Ebb & Flow, and Jai Swift.
This performance will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. General admission will be only $5. Admission will be free for C4NM members, as well as Art Institute students and faculty. Tickets will be sold only at the door. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street.
While tonight is the first Monday of the month, Friday will be the second Friday. That makes it the date for the next split bill of two sets offered by the Switchboard Presents series at C4NM. The first set will be a performance of “Music for Shuffle,” a project developed by Matt Brown performed by four instrumentalists, each reading from his/her own iPad. The displays will be based on a shuffle technology similar to that used to make selections on a digital music player. The second set will consist of live film accompaniment performed by a trio let by Rob Reich.
General admission will be the usual $15 rate. C4NM members will be admitted for $10. Again, tickets will be available only at the door.
Wright will also be performing in the latest show in the 2015–2016 season for Meridian Music: Composers in Performance. He will perform in a quartet whose other members are Aram Shelton on reeds and live electronics, Kristina Dutton on violin, and Teddy Rankin-Parker on cello. The title of their program will be Trails and Space.
This concert will take place on Wednesday, December 9, beginning at 8 p.m. The performances in this series are organized by the Meridian Gallery; but they take place at the Canessa Gallery, which is located at 708 Montgomery Street in the Financial District. Admission is $15 with a $10 rate for students and seniors, payable at the door.
The following evening the Kanbar Forum in the Exploratorium will host the next event in the Resonance new music series. Curated by Wayne Grim, these events take place on Thursday evenings, the day of the week when the Exploratorium is open to adults aged eighteen and over beginning at 6 p.m. Performances start at 7 p.m., giving visitors a generous amount of time to explore the exhibits before heading to the Kanbar Forum, where cocktails are served. The resulting atmosphere occupies that middle ground between club and concert hall, and the overall ambience is relaxed.
The next event in this series will provide an introduction to music from the Arab world. The performance will be given by composer and ethnomusicologist Ali Jihad Racy, a faculty member of the Department of Ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles. His instruments include a reed flute known as the nay, a lute called the buzuq, and violin.
This performance will take place on Thursday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. The Kanbar Forum is located near the entrance to the exhibit space in the Exploratorium on Pier 15, where Green Street meets the Embarcadero. General admission is $25 with a $20 rate for Exploratorium members. Since this is the first concert in the third season, season tickets for all four concerts are still being sold for $75 for general admission and $60 for members. All categories of tickets may be purchased online through an event page on the Exploratorium Web site; and, because of the limited seating in the Kanbar Forum, advance purchase is highly recommended. Finally, because this is a Thursday evening, admission will be limited only to those aged eighteen or older.
Finally, Thursday will also offer the next concert in the Luggage Store Creative Music Series. This will be an evening of two sets of duo improvisations. The first set will be taken by David Michalak and Philip Everett. The second will be a saxophone and drum duo called Klondike & York.
This concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. The venue will be back at the usual 1007 Market Street. As always, admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.