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

oct 14, 2016 - volcano radar & john ingle/kjell nordeson
nov 9, 2016 - fausto bongelli
nov 15, 2016 - sfsound & martha & monica
dec 4, 2016 - michael thieke & biliana voutchkova

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


sfSound's saxophonist JOHN INGLE and percussionist KJELL NORDESON perform duo improvisations.

From Chicago, the freejazz/noise/avant guitar duo VOLCANO RADAR perform in a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms.

VOLCANO RADAR is a fusion of ecstatic improvisational energy and Apollonian intellect. 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.

KJELL NORDESON divides his time between Stockholm and San Francisco. He has a BA from Stockholm University, and has studied classical percussion at Ingesund School of Music with Björn Liljeqvist, former principal percussionist of the Stockholm Philharmonic. Together with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, he formed AALY Trio in 1986. AALY Trio became one of the leading groups in the Swedish experimental scene in the 90’s. Nordeson has toured extensively in North America, Europe, North Africa and Japan with various groups. He has performed with Peter Brötzmann, Barry Guy, Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, William Parker, Paul Rutherford, Gerry Hemingway, Frank Gratkowski, Stefano Scodanibbio, and many others.

Nordeson is a regular member of several musical groups. He performs most frequently with Katzen Kapell, Exploding Customer, School Days, Angles, Alberto Pinton Quintet, sfSoundGroup, and Torbjörn Zetterberg Octet. He has appeared on over 40 CDs with these and other groups. Since 2004, Nordeson has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving community of free-improvised, experimental and new music. He regularly plays with musicians Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Greg Goodman, George Cremaschi, Scott Looney, Damon Smith, John Ingle, sfSoundGroup, Aram Shelton, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa and many others. In 2008, he collaborated with multimedia artist Katharine Gin to create This Place Called Poetry, a three-month exhibition at San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, in which Gin and Nordeson directed and produced a series of 11 short films portraying young San Francisco poets.

 Wednesday November 9 2016 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 underemployed/members] :: 8:00p


The Italian pianist FAUSTO BONGELLI has performed at major festivals in Germany, Austria, Spain, France Hungary and Croatia and has given more than 200 world and Italian premières of works by composers including Earle Brown, Luis de Pablo, James Dillon, Julio Estrada, Morton Feldman, Lou Harrison, Conlon Nancarrow, Frederic Rzewski and Salvatore Sciarrino. He has made several recordings for New Albion, Col legno, RCA, Wergo, Ricordi-Stradivarius and RAI-Trade.

This concert is made possible with support from the Italian Cultural Institute.

 Tuesday November 15 2016 
sfSoundSalonSeries :: center for new music :: 55 taylor :: san francisco :: $15 [$10 underemployed/members] :: 8:00p


sfSound plays it closer to the vest for a change, presenting themselves and subtle variants thereof. The cello/piano duet martha & monica performs compositions by Matt Ingalls and Monica Scott; sfSoundGroup proper performs a delightful bouquet of small ensemble works by Salvatore Sciarrino, David Rosenboom, and Heather Frasch.

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