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.

for 2013-2014, we also present the bi-weekly sfSoundSalonSeries at the center for new music in san francisco!
upcoming concerts

aug 8, 2014 - sfSound @ yerba buena bay area now festival
aug 24, 2014 - sfSound @ sfcm - STOCKHAUSEN/GRISEY/SMALL PACKAGES
sep 27, 2014 - birgit ulher with grosse abfahrt
oct 14, 2014 - jonathan zorn
oct 21, 2014 - MUSIC & FILM: a. lewandowski/t. feeney/c. shepard/l. polansky/d. kant & m. ashkin/b. o'brien
nov 8, 2014 - nate wooly & carol robinson play eliane radigue
nov 11, 2014 - tim hodgkinson
nov 18, 2014 - bhob rainey
jan 9-11, 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO TAPE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015
mar 9, 2015 - marco fusi
apr, 2015 - james tenney's "spectrum iv"

:: view previous 2014 concerts here ::




 August 8 2014 
ybca bay area now festival :: yerba buena center for the arts forum :: san francisco



sfSound presents Tinnitus Insect Volume Knobs


Bay Area Now 7's core concept is to experiment with new approaches to traditional curatorial structures that highlight collaboration within our region's cultural eco-system and which push beyond the boundaries of the performance stage towards a multidisciplinary celebration of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the Bay Area today.

For this event, sfSound presents a new sonic work for amplified acoustic instruments as a continuation of their Tinnitus Insect Volume Knobs project that explores the psychoacoustic phenomena of “difference tones”. When two tones are played simultaneously, listeners can perceive an additional tone whose frequency is a sum or difference of the two frequencies. By performing only closely-tuned pitches above 1000Hz, the resulting synthesized difference tones are in a clearly lower audio range. In a reverberant space such as the Center for New Music, the acoustics only contribute to this effect. Hard to reproduce over recordings, listeners often perceive the (harmless!) difference tones as strangely originating from inside the ear.

M U S I C I A N S
Monica Scott, cello
Benjamin Kreith, violin
John Ingle, saxophone
Matt Ingalls, clarinet









 August 24 2014 
san francisco conservatory of music concert hall :: 50 oak st :: san francisco :: $15 [$8 underemployed] :: 8p
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sfSound's small packages


sfSound presents a new installment of “small packages,” a series of musical performances featuring Avant-Garde classics programmed alongside a group of new, shorter musical responses by living composers. Drawing large audiences, our previous "packages" combined established masterworks by György Ligeti, Earle Brown, and Anton Webern, alongside new contributions by Pauline Oliveros, Mark Applebaum, Greg Saunier, Dan Becker and Maggi Payne, among many others.

This "small packages" features two classic works: Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kontra-Punkte, the quintessential post-war serial masterpiece, and Gérard Grisey's atmospheric Périodes , a touchstone of spectral music. The two seemingly opposed classic works of modern concert music are iconic examples of two main threads in modern 20th century music -- yet both are rarely performed in the United States today.

Not only is sfSound an ensemble and concert presenter, but it is also a composer's collective! So, for this year we have asked these composer-performers within sfSound to write new short works to respond - in their own unique way - to one or both of the classic compositions on the program.

“Small packages” is an ideal way for audiences to experience each member’s unique music in a single concert. Although we can't predict what will inspire each composer, expect a diverse combination of techniques sfSound is known for: complex notation, extended instrumental techniques, graphic notation, and improvisation. Taken as a whole, this collection of five new works should be an excellent pairing to the stylistic range of Stockhausen and Grisey!

This exciting concert will be a great opportunity for San Franciscans to hear such diverse styles of contemporary music - from our reviving Stockhausen's “forgotten classic” to our performance of Grisey's touchstone of spectral music, to brand-new works written by living composers, all performed by one of the region’s most creative new music ensembles. This project is sfSound's highest-profile, most ambitious, and most costly undertaking of its 2014 concert season.

P R O G R A M
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kontra-Punkte (1953)
Gérard Grisey - Périodes (1974)
Monica Scott - small package (2014)
John Ingle - small package (2014)
Matt Ingalls - small package (2014)
Christopher Burns - small package (2014)
Kyle Bruckmann - small package (2014)


M U S I C I A N S
Richard Worn, bass
Monica Scott, cello
Ellen Ruth Rose, viola
Theodore Padouvas, trumpet
Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
Emily Laurance, harp
Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone
Benjamin Kreith, violin
Erin Irvine, bassoon
John Ingle, saxophone/conductor
Matt Ingalls, clarinet
Diane Grubbe, flute
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/english horn
Rob Bailis, bass clarinet


this concert is funded, in part by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and individual contributions.






 September 27 2014 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 members/underemployed] :: 7:49p



Birgit Ulher with Grosse Abfahrt


M U S I C I A N S
Birgit Ulher, trumpet
John Shiurba, guitar
Gino Robair, percussion/electronics
Tim Perkis, electronics
Kanoko Nishi, koto/piano
Bill Hsu, video
Jacob Felix Heule, percussion
Tom Djll, trumpet/electronics
Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/english horn

Birgit Ulher's appearance is made possible by
The Goethe Institut










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