This past Monday this site reported that one of the very large number of options for this coming Sunday would be the beginning of Viv Corringham’s New Rebetika tour in the Bay Area. The announcement failed to mention, however, that rebetika is the plural of rebetiko, a genre that synthesizes European music, Greek Orthodox ecclesiastical chant, modal Ottoman art music, and café music. The plural form is also sometimes loosely translated as “Greek blues.” The program title for the tour is Life Is Clearer Seen Through Smoke; and, as has already been mentioned, it begins this Sunday at the Nunnery. However, Corringham has also committed to two additional engagements in San Francisco, both of which will be the second set of a two-set program with details as follows:
Tuesday, November 24, 8 p.m., Center for New Music (C4NM): Tania Chen will curate a program entitled Double Divas of Multimedia Voice. Corringham will be the second diva, and she will be preceded in the first set by Pamela Z. For this occasion Pamela has compiled a multimedia suite of her electronically enhanced vocal work. The suite will draw upon excerpts from two of her recent works, Memory Trace and Closed Loop.
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. General admission will be $12 with an $8 rate for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Wednesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m., Canessa Gallery: This will be the latest show in the 2015–2016 season for Meridian Music: Composers in Performance. At this concert Corringham will be preceded by the duo of composers Romain Michon and Eoin Callery, both of whom are currently based at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University. Their set will present selections ranging from Klingon Opera played on mutant mandolins (their own invented instruments) to psychedelic folk computer music, played on both invented and traditional instruments and enhanced with considerable digital processing.
The concerts in this series are organized by the Meridian Gallery; but they take place at the Canessa Gallery, which is located at 708 Montgomery Street in the Financial District. Admission is $15 with a $10 rate for students and seniors, payable at the door. Reader should note, however, that, as of this writing, the Meridian Web site has gone dark; and the Calendar page on the Web site for the Canessa Gallery provides no information about this concert. Caveat lector!
Finally, just to repeat the fundamentals, Corringham will be performing rebetika as a vocalist; and her backup group will consist of Nancy Beckman on shakuhachi, Tom Bickley on winds (some electronic), Nan Busse on didgeridoo (also dancing), and Joe Lasqo playing piano, synthesizer, objects, and software on his laptop.