Since becoming a curator at the Center for New Music (C4NM), composer Danny Clay has produced a series of concerts under the general title don’t be a stranger. His mission has been to invite performers likely to be new to most Bay Area audiences. He selects them “to share the weird and wonderful things they’re doing for the world of music” (in Clay’s own words).
As was announced at the beginning of this week, the next concert in this series will be taking place tonight (Saturday. November 28). The title of the program is Endangered Temperaments; and the “wonderful weirdness” of the occasion will consist in an entire evening of music performed in meantone temperament. The performers will be the BERTAMO trio, named after its three members, Letitia BErlin (recorder), Yuko TAnaka (harpsichord), and David MOrris (gamba).
The don’t be a stranger series will continue into the first two Saturdays in December. Tickets for all concerts in the series are $15 for general admission and $10 for C4NM members. Starting time is 8 p.m. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. Specifics for the next two concerts are as follows:
December 5: This program will probably be a little less “strange” than others in the series, since the first set will feature the Friction Quartet, which has performed at a variety of venues in the Bay Area and is currently C4NM’s ensemble-in-residence. This past April they performed the world premiere of Max Stoffregen’s suite The California Crest: a north-bound mental map in the Old First Concerts series at Old First Church. Since that time Stoffregen has added to the suite, and Friction’s set will include his latest addition. They will also perform music by Andy Akiho and Davide Verotta. The second set is likely to be far “stranger” with a performance by the Oakland experimental pop band that calls itself Religious Girls and currently consists of Nicholas Cowman, Christopher Danko, and Luis Gutiérrez.
December 12: This will be an evening of live electronic music performed by the duo of Aria Rostami and Daniel Blomquist. Their work involves the manipulation of tapes, prerecorded media, and analog processing modules. The logic behind their performance is based on using search and data mining technologies to create (in their words) “information-based music that sounds familiar while hiding its origins.” The performance will also include video projections provided by artist Ryan Page.