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

aug 30, 2015 - stefano scodanibbio, in memoriam @ o1c
sep 18, 2015 - sfSound @ presidio sessions
sep 22, 2015 - scott miller & pat o’keefe
sep 29, 2015 - rafael toral
oct 6, 2015 – eric mandat
oct 13, 2015 - daniel corral
nov 1, 2015 - nakamura/kahn/akiyama/eubanks
nov 22, 2015 — splinter reeds
jan 8-10, 2016 — san francisco tape music festival 2016

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 Sunday August 30 2015 
old first concerts :: 1751 sacramento :: san francisco :: $18/5 :: 4:00p



Celebrating Stefano Scodanibbio

A concert dedicated to the Italian composer/contrabassist, Stefano Scodanibbio (1956-2012). Peformances by sfSoundGroup, Del Sol String Quartet, The Tom Dambly Trumpet Quartet, Luciano Chessa, Benjamin Kreith, Lisa Mezzacappa, and Matt Ingalls.

Presented in conjuction with Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

P R O G R A M
Avvicinamenti (2007) - Stefano Scodanibbio
materials for improvisers, performed by sfSoundGroup
Monica Scott, cello; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Brendan Lai-Tong, trombone; Benjamin Kreith, violin; John Ingle, saxophone; Matt Ingalls, clarinets; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Luciano Chessa, piano; Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/english horn


My New Address (1986/1988) - Stefano Scodanibbio
Benjamin Krieth, solo violin

Mas lugares (on Monteverdi's Madrigali) (2003) - Stefano Scodanibbio
Del Sol String Quartet

Plaza (2002) - Stefano Scodanibbio
Tom Dambly, Scott Macomber, Doug Morton, and Lenny Ott, trumpets
John Ingle, conductor


COHIBA (2015) - Luciano Chessa
Luciano Chessa, solo dan bau

Omaggio (2015) - Lisa Mezzacappa & Matt Ingalls
a structured improvisation for contrabass and bass clarinet


In 2008, Old First Concerts, in conjunction with the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco and sfSound, hosted an outstanding and memorable concert of music by the composer and contemporary contrabass virtuoso Stefano Scodanibbio. Scodanibbio passed away in 2012 at the age of 55, after a battle with a form of motor neurone disease. Dedicated to his memory, sfSound and the Italian Cultural Institute present a concert of Scodanibbio's compositions and new work by local musicians created especially for this occasion.

Stefano Scodanibbio's name has been permanently linked to the contemporary renaissance of the double bass, creating new techniques extending the colors and range of the double bass never thought possible on this instrument. Over his career, he performed dozens of works written especially for him in major festivals throughout the world by composers such as Berio, Bussotti, Donatoni, Estrada, Ferneyhough, Frith, Globokar, Sciarrino, and Xenakis. He was also a frequent collaborator with Terry Riley, with whom he released Lazy Afternoon Among The Crocodiles.

Active as a composer, his catalogue consists of more than 50 works principally written for strings -- two of his best works are represented on this concert, performed by the Del Sol String Quartet and violin soloist, Benjamin Krieth. The 2008 concert featured Scodanibbio leading sfSound in the improvisational work, Avvicinamenti, which has been specially reconstructed for this event.









 Friday September 18 2015 
presidio sessions :: officers' club : 50 moraga, sf :: 6-7:30p : FREE



presidio sessions









 Tuesday September 22 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 members/underemployed] :: 8:00p



Willful Devices (Scott Miller & Pat O’Keefe)


WILLFUL DEVICES is an electroacoustic improv duo, born of the collaboration between composer/computer musician Scott Miller and clarinetist/bass clarinetist Pat O’Keefe. Their name refers to the willful nature of the tools they manipulate to produce sound, because despite their best efforts, these devices are never fully under their control. Willful Devices celebrates this, since within this unpredictability lies the potential for unimagined sonic discovery. Willful Devices develops most of their music during that unique time we all know as play, and the results are a vital, dynamic product of the connection between Scott and Pat and their unique musical identities.

SCOTT MILLER is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works described as 'inspir[ing] real hope & optimism for the future of electroacoustic music.' (5against4.com). Known for his interactive electroacoustic chamber music and experimental performance pieces, Miller has twice been named a McKnight Composer Fellow, he is a Fulbright Scholar, and his work has been recognized by numerous international arts organizations. Recordings are available on New Focus Recordings, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné. Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music and theory. He is currently President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS). He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

PAT O’KEEFE is a multifaceted performer who is endlessly active and in high demand in a wide variety of musical styles and genres. He has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras and wind ensembles, played for belly dancers, and rocked samba in the streets. He draws upon this multiplicity of experiences and interests in his performances, which employ a "superb control of extended techniques," and have been described as "passionate," "explosive," and "breath-stoppingly exquisite." He is currently the co-artistic director and woodwind player for new music ensemble Zeitgeist, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has also performed and recorded with such groups as ETHEL, California E.A.R. Unit, and Cleveland New Music Associates. Pat is also drawn to the music of other cultures, and performs regularly on both woodwinds and percussion with the groups Batucada do Norte, Choro Borealis, and Music Mundial in the Twin Cities. Pat holds a BM (with Performer’s Certificate) from Indiana University, an MM (with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance) from the New England Conservatory, and a DMA from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.








 Tuesday September 29 2015 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 members/underemployed] :: 8:00p



Rafael Toral + sfSoundGroup


RAFAEL TORAL is not an electronic musician, but an incendiary and idiosyncratic Lisbon-based musician who employs electronic instruments to perform music. Formerly known for his drone/ambient work with guitar and electronics and acclaimed records such as Wave Field (1994) or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (2000), he has radically renewed his approach to music, launching the jazz-inspired and alien-sounding Space Program in 2004.

Rafael Toral plays electronic music today as a jazz musician would play his instrument, applying jazz discipline and working practices to his abstract electronics. The result is truly evolutionary music, once described as "a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers". Melodic without notes, rhythmic without a beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free, it is riddled with interesting paradox. Toral has developed a musical system to physically play experimental electronic instruments and puts it to practice with large-scale project Space Program — a complex network of recordings and performances to deliver music that is full of clarity and space, articulating silence and sound in a thoughtful, yet physical way. Formerly known for his drone/ ambient work with guitar and electronics and acclaimed records such as Wave Field (1994) or Violence of Discovery and Calm of Acceptance (2000), he has radically renewed his approach to music, launching the jazz-inspired and alien-sounding Space Program in 2004, using experimental electronic instruments. Toral's long time connection with Sei Miguel is central to the development of the Space Program. Other collaborations include Jim O'Rourke, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Joe Morris, Tatsuya Nakatani, Chris Corsano, Manuel Mota, David Toop, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Phill Niblock, Christian Marclay, Sonic Youth, João Paulo Feliciano, Rhys Chatham, Lee Ranaldo, C Spencer Yeh, Dean Roberts... In 1998 he became a member of MIMEO electronic orchestra. Its other members are Keith Rowe, Thomas Lehn, Kaffe Matthews, Marcus Schmickler, Jérome Noetinger, Christian Fennesz, Peter Rehberg, Gert-Jan Prins, Cor Fuhler and Phil Durrant. Since 2008 he directs the Space Collective, a slowly developing orchestral group.

Also active in visual and spatial arts, Toral has produced video and several installations from 1994 to 2003. Rafael Toral has performed throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He has been active performing and giving workshops.










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