Outsound’s original public event Touch the Gear is a hands-on, family-friendly exposition open to the public. During the evening attendees get to roam among inventors and musicians while experiencing sound producing gear, computers, instruments and inventors with their various different configurations of “gear”–everything from oscillators and electronics, to planks of wood with strings attached. All attendees get to ask questions, make sound and experience how the instruments work, in an environment that demystifies technology while inspiring creativity.
Community Music Center
544 Capp Street @ 20th, San Francisco, CA
Expo Hours 5:00 – 8:00 pm
All concerts Q&A 7:30 pm
Max Kutner – guitar; Stefan Kac – tuba;
Michael “Bonepocket” Lockwood – drums
Evil Genius (Portland/Los Angeles) is a forward-marching experimental jazz trio formed in 2012. The band is made up of Max Kutner on guitars (Grandmothers of Invention, Magic Band, Alphonso Johnson), Stefan Kac on tuba (Milo Fine, Jon Armstong, Hammerstein) and Michael “Bonepocket” Lockwood on drums and percussion (Atomic Ape, Deradoorian, Matt Kivel). The band’s unique sound has drawn comparisons to groups as wide-ranging as the Minutemen, This Heat and Captain Beefheart to jazz figures like John McLaughlin, Steve Lacy, Henry Threadgill and many more. They have received acclaim from the New York City Jazz Record, Bad Alchemy, Los Angeles Jazz Station, Downtown Music Gallery, El Intruso and more. In the words of Larry Koonse, “this band can do it all–whether its in your face rock, free wheeling open improvisation, 20th century classical music, or jazz–they can pull it off and upend all of your expectations.” Their debut album, “Bitter Human” was released in late 2015 and available through Orenda Records in Los Angeles.
Polly Moller – flutes, voice; Tim Walters – electronics
Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials in the public domain.
Both members are based in Oakland and members of the art-rock band Reconnaissance Fly. Polly plays bass flute in Ghost in the House, and can be heard in their many concerts supporting their 2017 album, Second Sight. She has performed and recorded extensively with other musicians on their projects and as an improviser, including Amanda Chaudhary, Marielle Jakobsens, Tom Djll, Scott Rosenberg, Gino Robair, and John Shiurba. Tim has performed and recorded with Circular Firing Squad and Slaw, researched artificial stupidity with Shalmaneser, and recently released his second solo album, The Difficult Third Wish.
All concerts Q&A 7:30 pm
Eveyln Davis – piano; Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Aurora Josephson – voice; Claudia La Rocco – voice/text; John Shiurba – guitar
Animals and Giraffes is an ongoing collaboration between writer/performer Claudia La Rocco and saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief. The project explores the intersection of text and sound, and features a changing roster featuring some of the finest bay area improvisers. The group is currently celebrating the upcoming release of JULY, their first album, featuring collaborations with Evelyn Davis, Tim Perkis, John Shiurba, Phillip Greenlief & Jon Raskin’s 2+2, David Boyce and Dapplegray.
Claudia La Rocco is a writer whose work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary projects and collaborations. She is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism; and the novel petit cadeau, published by The Chocolate Factory Theater as a print edition of one and a four-day, interdisciplinary live edition. She edited I Donʼt Poem: An Anthology of Painters (Off the Park Press) and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Projectʼs PLATFORM 2015, for which she was guest artist curator. She has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al; received grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation; and had residencies at such places as Headlands Center for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and On the Boards theater. Her collaborators include the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, and the musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, with whom she is animals & giraffes. Her poetry and prose have been published in such anthologies and chapbooks as 6X6 #34: I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse), Imagined Theatres: Writing for a theoretical stage (Daniel Sack, ed; Routledge), and On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed; Triple Canopy). She teaches and lectures widely, including at Princeton University, the School of Visual Arts, San Francisco Ballet, and Tokyo’s Dance New Air festival; and has bylines in numerous publications, including BOMB, ARTFORUM, The New York Times, and East of Borneo. La Rocco is editor-in-chief of SFMOMA’s art and culture platform Open Space.
Collette McCaslin – trumpet/soprano saxophone, percussion; Amy Reed – guitar, voice
Amy and Collette are are two women with very integrated approaches to music, especially improvisation. Their duo corresponds to a logic of magical thinking that is formed by deeper subconscious stirrings. Together, their percussive and subtle sounds wind in and out of synergy, sometimes clashing, sometimes relating in sublime synchronicity.
Amy Reed is a visual artist, songwriter, and composer. Amy lives and works in Sacramento’s diverse communities hit hardest by unemployment and recession. She teaches and advocates for free—open to all—art and music programs in public schools and community spaces, building space and materials for students and nurturing relationships with artists and under-served communities. Recently, her students’ work was exhibited at Sacramento State University. She is the founder of Ma, a creative music series presenting collaborations and solo performance by women: improvisers, composers, educators, and performing artists.
Collette McCaslin is a San Francisco Bay Area based player of the Cornet, noisician,abstract artist, and writer. In her youth she explored plunder-phonics as a means of expression “composing” tape works comprised of snippets of radio static, college radio and death metal. As a teenager she was heavily influenced by her family to explore the realms of jazz, she played the saxophone at Cabrillo College. Her own interests diverged however, when she began working with guitar.Her first album “Machine” is a layered work of looping… At some point in the last ten years she started working with analogue FX boxes and doing feedback based electronics. With that setup she has played in numerous situations. Including “Lords of Outland” where she interacts with other musicians, live, with a feedback based instrument. As well as headlining at NorCal Noise Fest many years in a row…
All concerts Q&A 7:30 pm
Sheldon Brown – composer, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Darren Johnston – trumpet; Lorin Benedict – voice; Andrew Joron – theremin; Dave MacNab – guitar; John Finkbeiner – guitar; Jonathan Alford – Piano; Vijay Anderson – drums; Alan Hall – drums
Blood of the Air is a suite of pieces based on the poetry and speech melodies of Beat-era Surrealist poet Philip Lamantia. This exciting new composition features a greatly expanded version of Brown’s working band and utilizes recordings of Lamantia reading his own work, with the pitches and cadence of the poet’s voice providing the raw melodic and rhythmic material, in addition to live readings by poet Andrew Joron and interpretations of Lamantia’s speech melodies by vocalist Lorin Benedict. A 20-year veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene, Brown has led the Sheldon Brown Group since 1994, and recently assembled a quintet devoted to the music of the criminally overlooked piano genius Herbie Nichols. He has performed worldwide with Cuban piano master Omar Sosa, appearing on five of Sosa’s albums, and is in constant demand as a performer in the Bay Area, working extensively with Club Foot Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra and Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane.
Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on 5 of Sosaʼs albums. As a composer, Brown has written music for his own groups and many of the other groups he performs with. For Club Foot Orchestra he composed music for the silent ﬁlms, Metropolis, Sherlock Jr., Pandoraʼs Box, and The Hands of Orlac. He also wrote music for Club Footʼs scores for the cartoon series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, which aired on CBS.
Gabby Fluke-Mogul – violin, Kelley Kipperman – double bass
Gabby Fluke-Mogul is a performing, teaching, composing & collaborating-improviser based out of the bay area. they have existed as a violin-body//body in south florida, western massachusetts, & the wider new england area. She performs in & with a variety of projects, installations, bodies, & instrument bodies in addition to facilitating community-based workshops, & teaching in public, private, & non-profit learning spaces. their compositions//text-scores take up issues of the politics & poetics of bodies & instrument-bodies. Gabby studied with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, India Cooke, & the late Pauline Oliveros at Mills College MFA program for performance & literature with improvisation specialization.
Kelley Kipperman is a queer & vegan multi-media artist, who has spent time living, breathing, & collaborating in the western massachusetts & greater new england areas, berlin, & most recently the bay area. Inspired by something, everything, & sometimes even nothing, k is always thinking about what it means to be connected to & critical of one’s own body, identity, & privilege within music, sound, noise, silence, composition, art, communities, & everything else in the entire world (also outer space).
Bill Wolter – guitar; Melne -guitar/vocals; Mark Pino – drums; HL Nelly -bass; Moe! Staiano – percussion/vocals
Surplus 1980 is a San Francisco Bay Area-based post-punk band founded in 2009 by former Sleepytime Gorilla Museum multi-instrumentalist Moe! Staiano. As alluded to in its name, Surplus 1980’s music takes cues from the angular bands of the 1980s such as Dog Faced Hermans and Diagram Brothers and fuses it with the heavy, fierce attack pioneered by The Ex and The Fall to create their own blend of modern no-wave angst. Combined with Staiano’s playful lyrics, Surplus 1980’s music is a thick slab of out-jazz, with more than a dash of punk ferocity. Since 2011, Surplus 1980 has played shows all over the region with some of the Bay Area’s most notable creative music luminaries, including Fred Frith Trio, miRthkon, Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack O’ the Clock, Moetar, Dominique Leone Band and Grex. In 2012, Surplus 1980 was one of the 8 bands chosen to participate in Undercover Presents’ “Black Sabbath Paranoid,” a unique show in which an influential album is chosen to have its songs reinterpreted with the personal vision of different artists.
Alex Yeung- guitar; Tim Sullivan- drums; Josh Martin- bass
Voco strives to push the edges of music and the conventional expectations of the power trio. Drawing on an extensive wealth of musical and thematic influences stretching deep into the past, and far into the imagined future, VOCO puts forth 10 original compositions that contort conventional riff-based instrumental rock as they shift genre, tempo, time signature, and dynamics. Listeners will find themselves entrapped in Zappa-esqe guitar solos, beaten by Norwegian Black Metal influenced blast beats, and stimulated with sounds spanning from delicate soft passages to atmospheric re-entry. VOCO is comprised of guitar, bass and drums but frequently enlist guests from the local experimental jazz scene, and modular synthesis sound laboratories. Improvisation is a core element of the band’s composition process, as well as live performance. VOCO’s music is written to challenge, expand, and develop the artists’ vision of instrumental and cinematic music.
Karen Borca – bassoon, Lisa Mezzacappa – double bass,
Donald Robinson- drums
Karen Borca is the only Bassoonist who has made a mark in Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz. Her bands have played The Berlin Jazz Festival, Taklos Festival in Switzerland, Jazz Happening in Finland, The Vision Festivals in USA and many other concerts, clubs and venues. Her Quartet and 10 peice ensemble “Tentet” played in the Newport Jazz Salute to Women in Jazz Festivals in ’78 & ’79. She was a representative of the US as a member of Canaille, an international group of women composers, which played at the Gulhbenkian Art Center in Lisbon, Potugal in 1990.
She has played and recorded with some of the most important pioneers of Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz including Cecil Taylor, both as a member of his large ensembles and Unit from ’70-’89, Jimmy Lyons, for 12 years , Bill Dixon, Andrew Cyrille, William Parker and more.
Lisa Mezzacappa is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer. An active collaborator in the Bay Area music community for more than a dozen years, she leads her own groups Bait & Switch, the Interlopers, Nightshade, Eartheaters and the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, and co-leads the ensembles BODABODA, duo B., Cylinder, the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo, and the Caribbean folk band Les Gwan Jupons. Lisa has released her music on the Clean Feed, NoBusiness, Leo, NotTwo, Evander, Odd Shaped Case and Edgetone record labels, and has recorded as a sideperson for the Tzadik, Kadima and Porto Franco labels. She collaborates frequently on cross-disciplinary projects in sound installation, film/video, sculpture and public music/art.
Described as a ‘percussive dervish’ (Coda) Donald Robinson is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area’s improvisational players, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, trumpeter Raphe Malik and Canadian pianist Paul Plimley. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: ‘the best bass-drums tag team on the scene’ (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970’s, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman. Born is Boston, Massachusetts in 1953, Robinson first studied classical percussion at the New England Conservatory. During the early 1970’s he served his musical apprenticeship in the jazz world of Paris, studying with Kenny Clarke and playing with Alan Silva, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake and Bobby Few among many others. He first played with Spearman as a duet partner during this period in Paris, an association which continued through various configurations and many recordings until the saxophonist’s death in 1998. Robinson is currently playing in many configurations with a broad range of musicians throughout Europe and the US.
Oluyemi Thomas – bass clarinet; Ijeoma Thomas – voice;
Hamir Atwal- drums
Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas of Positive Knowledge have recorded and performed together for the past two decades, composing and sharing their joyful Creative World Music Systems with lovers of music and poetry around the world. Ijeoma Thomas – Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet vocalist and teacher believes “all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit.” Once quoted in the British magazine ‘The Wire’ as being “one of North America’s preeminent bass clarinetists”, composer, teacher & multi-reed musician (bass clarinet, saxophones) Oluyemi Thomas brings elements of life and work to the flow & he believes: “The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise…” As a great enhancement to their compositional approaches, Positive Knowledge continues to perform throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Israel, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands which has resulted in a rich multifaceted vocabulary to date. They have recorded or performed with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Alan Silva, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser,William Parker, Miya Masaoka & Gino Robair, “Kidd” Edward Jordan. They will be joined by drummer Hamir Atwal.
Every 2nd Saturday of the month, CMC and Tango dance faculty member Sonja Riket host a monthly Milonga (Argentine Tango social dance gathering) with a drop-in class and dancing to Tango music from the Golden Era and beyond. This Milonga series will include live music and dance performances by local and international Tango guests.
Enjoy dancing in the beautiful Victorian concert hall with smooth wooden floor and outdoor patio! Come to listen and watch or join in the dance. All ages are welcome!
Parking garage at 21st St & Bartlett and lot Capp St (b/w 19th& 20th). Also street parking at Folsom St., 2 blocks away