As was observed at the beginning of this week, the Center for New Music (C4NM) will launch the month of October by hosting the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival between October 1 and October 4. This will be followed almost immediately by the launch of the eleventh season by New Keys, whose motto is “newfangled music for piano.” However, these events are just the tip of a veritable iceberg of activity at C4NM during the first three full weeks in October, which is best reviewed in the chronological ordering of the Events Calendar.
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. Unless otherwise noted, general admission for all concerts in $15, with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Tickets are available only at the door.
Tuesday, October 6, 7:41 p.m.: This is the date for the next event in the sfSoundSalonSeries, curated by Kyle Bruckmann, exactly one week after the last event in this series. The featured artist will be clarinetist and composer Eric Mandat. For more than 35 years he has advanced the state of the art of clarinet performance through inventive techniques for multiphonics, microtones, and modulations based on timbre, rather than chord progressions. He will perform both his own compositions and improvisations. He will be joined by Tom Djll, John McCowen, and members of the sfSoundGroup.
Friday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.: This will be the next Switchboard Presents concert in the usual double-bill format. The opening act will be a solo recital by Matt Linder, one of the three guitarists in the Mobius Trio. He will perform a new solo work for electric and acoustic guitar developed in collaboration with Danny Clay. He will be followed by the debut of HK&tCS, which stands for “Hella Khords & the Consonant toneS.” This is a rather unique quartet consisting of trombone (Weston Olencki), cello (Helen Newby), flute (Bethanne Walker), and electronics (Chris Wood).
Tuesday, October 13, 7:43 p.m.: Once again Tuesday will be sfSoundSalonSeries day, curated again by Kyle Bruckmann. This will be a two-set program, opening with sfSoundGroup trombonist Brendan Lai-Tong. Lai-Tong will perform two frenetically virtuosic solo works. These will be “Doolallynastics,” described as a “brief torture for trombone” by its composer, Brian Lynn, followed by “Kokakoka,” a three-part invention for trombone, voice, and foot by Christian Lindberg. The second set will feature a visit by Los Angeles-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Corral, whose work combines just-tuned harmonies, driving minimalist rhythms, noisy ambiance, and electronic timbres.
Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m.: This will be the third event in the Optical Sound series, curated by Tania Chen with film curator Benjamin Tinker. As previously observed, these performances involve live instrumental accompaniment for a projected film. This month’s film will be Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic, Metropolis. Vocalist Josephine Torio will be accompanied by an all electronic ensemble consisting of Chen, Djll, Tinker, Laetitia Sonami, Daniel Steffey, Jeanie Aprille Tang, and Nick Wang.
Friday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.: Chen will return to curate the second concert in her other series, Vernacular Visions. This is a partnership with Justin Clifford Rhody, who maintains a curated collection of found color photo slides. Performance involves live improvisation in response to the projection of a selection of those slides. The evening will be structured in three sets. The first set will be a duo improvisation by Bryan Day and Jay Kreimer, both playing on invented instruments. For the second set, Jon Raskin will play saxophone and electronics in a duo with Matt Davignon on warped drum machines. All four musicians will then jam as a quartet for the final set. This is the one event with a different fee for tickets: $10 for general admission and $5 for C4NM members.
Sunday, October 18, 8 p.m.: Meerenai Shim will curate a visit by Chamber Cartel, making their first cross-country tour. The title of the tour is Play, and the members of the group will be performing works by seven performers selected for finding their respective inner children. One of the works on the program was composed for the tour by Christopher Adler. The other composers are Aaron Jay Meyers, Andy Akiho, Fabian Svensson, Aaron Michael Butler, Philippe Hurel, and Sean Griffin.
Finally, as a news item, C4NM has announced that the Friction Quartet of violinists Kevin Rogers and Otis Harriel, violist Taija Warbelow, and cellist Doug Machiz has been named the Inaugural C4NM Ensemble in Residence, which will involve an ongoing evolving partnership with the new music community over the course of the 2-15–16 season.