The reason I’m suddenly doing all these listings, by the way, is not only the preponderance of shows, but the fact that live music options usually dry up pretty severely in the weeks before Christmas. (Classical music is particularly depressing, because every show has to be a holiday show.) It gives me an itching to stock up on music shows before the drought. Luckily, there’s no treacly candy-cane lacing to be found in these entries:
Squid Inc. @ Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley), Mon. Dec. 12, 8:00 p.m.
….. It’s “classical night” at The Freight, although you could say Squid Inc. is only nominally classical, since they essentially play pop songs. Part of the idea is to become a gateway drug to classical, which I can appreciate. Also note that cellist Beth Vandervennet does some of the craziest solos for Amy X. Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet. About a dozen things on the Web call themselves Squid Inc., some of them music-related, even; to learn more about this Squid Inc. link, try: squidincstrings.com.
Citta di Vitti, Aram Shelton Quartet @ Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), Tues. Dec. 13, 9:00 p.m.
….. A couple of strong jazz entries for this month’s edition of Shelton’s Active Music Series at The Uptown. Citta di Vitti plays the music Phillip Greenlief composed while watching the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, creating his own soundtracks to the movies. The group has tended to be a trio, but they’ll be adding special guests for this show, where they’ll play the music while the film L’Avventura plays behind them. Preview the music here. Saxophonist Aram Shelton will bring a quartet with Mark Clifford (vibes), Anton Hatwich (bass), and Vijay Anderson (drums) for a free-jazz set with some chamber-music tendencies.
Tom Bickley and Adria Otte @ Meridian Gallery (535 Powell St., San Francisco), Wed. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
….. With recorder, violin, and both players adding electronics, this show will debut an hour-long piece “combining Gray Code and Fibonacci sequencing structures with improvisation.” The show is listed as 90 minutes, so they’ll probably add some smaller-scale improvising as well.
The Tiptons Sax Quartet/Real Vocal String Quartet @ Subterranean Art House (Berkeley), Thur. Dec. 15, 8:00 p.m.
….. Formerly the Billy Tipton Memorial Sax Quartet, the all-female Tiptons play spirited, melody-driven jazz — not free jazz, but still inventive stuff with elements of blues, gospel, rock … I think I even hear techno in “I Klaxon Della Norte.” Real Vocal is a string quartet with a folky bent, stuff that fits with the modern-folk movement (you know, stuff like Christine Lavin).