This will be a week of “usual suspects” gigs featuring venues that have established themselves for offering adventurous programming. Regular readers know that tonight Second Act will offer an “appendix” to both their monthly showcase of adventurous programming and last week’s tribute to Ornette Coleman at the Center for New Music (C4NM) in the form of a program entitled ORNETTE, LACY, & POINTS BEYOND…. After that things will get relatively quiet until they pick up with a burst of activity on Thursday. Specifics are as follows:
Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., Center for New Music: Once again C4NM will host the Soundings project presented by the Del Sol String Quartet, consisting of violinists Benjamin Kreith and Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee, and cellist Kathryn Bates. This is the concert series in which they explore a single work from a contemporary composer by pairing it with the work of local visual artists. This season Soundings 3.1 will launch the series with a performance of Terry Riley’s “Mythic Birds Waltz,” selected in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday year. This will serve as a prelude for their December 5 concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, at which they will perform the world premiere of Riley’s quintet for guitar and string quartet, joined by Riley’s son Gyan on guitar. The art to be coupled with “Mythic Birds Waltz” will be provided by Oakland-based Kate Rannells, who participated in Soundings 2.2 this past March.
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of the corner of Market Street. General admission will be $20 with a $15 rate for C4NM members. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page and will also be available at the door.
Thursday, October 29, 8 p.m., Luggage Store Gallery: This week’s installment in the Luggage Store Creative Music Series offered by Outsound Presents will consist of two sets. The opening will feature a duo from Berlin that calls itself SLOW slow LORIS. They describe themselves as “experimental/avant-garde melodic noise-music.” Their work involves the processing of voice through electronic devices through which, in their words, they “reveal the melody within the discord.” They will be followed by Instagon, an ad hoc group led by the “audio deamon” Lob with whomever he can recruit for the occasion. The Luggage Store Gallery is located at 1007 Market Street; and, as always, admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
Friday, October 30, 8 p.m., Center for New Music: Next week the Rova Saxophone Quartet (Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, and Jon Raskin) will leave for a fifteen-city European tour with stops in Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Italy. Rova will come to C4NM to rev up for this tour, playing new works from 2015 along with older pieces they have commissioned over the past 25 years, which have not been heard in the Bay Area this decade. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Once again tickets will be available only at the door.
Saturday, October 31, 8:30 p.m., The Lab: The Lab will take its own unique approach to celebrating Halloween with a performance by avant-garde vocal and sound artist Jaap Blonk. He will perform Antonin Artaud’s Pour en Finir avec le Jugement de dieu (to have done with the judgment of god). Artaud recorded this work for performance on French Radio between November 22 and November 29 in 1947. Scheduled for broadcast on February 2, 1948, it was shelved by French Radio Director Wladimir Porché on February 1. The author of Artaud’s Wikipedia page states:
The performance was prohibited partially as a result of its scatological, anti-American, and anti-religious references and pronouncements, but also because of its general randomness, with a cacophony of xylophonic sounds mixed with various percussive elements. While remaining true to his Theatre of Cruelty and reducing powerful emotions and expressions into audible sounds, Artaud had utilized various, somewhat alarming cries, screams, grunts, onomatopoeia, and glossolalia.
Blonk will reconstruct Artaud’s work using live electronics. He will also perform his own “Songs of Little Sleep.”
Blonk will be preceded by an opening act presented by CORAL REMAINS, an experimental group previously known as Styrofoam Sanchez because they would perform in elaborate styrofoam headpieces and suits. They structure every set they perform as a single uninterrupted piece. They draw upon musique concrète techniques of manipulating sampled sounds, computer synthesis, and live electronic manipulations. Sam Lefebvre has described their results as “harsh, arrhythmic, and conceptual, but not pedantically so.”
The Lab is located in the Mission at 2948 16th Street, between South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street. Because it is only half a block from Mission Street, it is convenient to both the 16th Street BART station and the bus stop at that corner. Tickets are $21.97 for general admission and $16.73 for members of The Lab. They may be purchased online at the Web page for this event on The Lab’s Web site. Doors will open at 8 p.m., and the performance will begin at 8:30 p.m. Demand for concerts at The Lab tend to be heavy, so advance purchase is highly recommended.
Sunday, November 1, 7 p.m., Canessa Gallery: This will be the opening reception for Bryan Day’s exhibit of new and old works on wood and paper entitled Ventilated Overflows. Two groups will provide music for the occasion. The first group is Seeded Plain, which involves Day performing with instrument inventors Jay Kreimer and David Michalak. Day will also perform with the post-industrial ensemble Collision Stories, whose other members are Jorge Bachmann, Michael Gendreau, and Mason Jones. This latter performance will also feature painted and collaged films by Lori Varga. The Canessa Gallery is located at 708 Montgomery Street in the Financial District; and, because this is an exhibit opening, which will run until 10 p.m., there will be no charge.
Sunday, November 1, 7:49 p.m., Center for New Music: Kyle Bruckmann will curate the latest installment in the sfSoundSalonSeries. The program will present free improvisation by the quartet of Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Bryan Eubanks (saxophone and electronics), Jason Kahn (percussion), and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board). This is the first time these musicians will be playing together, and they are beginning a sixteen-date tour of the United States. Nakamura’s rather unconventional instrument is driven by a chaotic feedback system, yielding a wide range of sonic possibilities. General admission will again be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Once again tickets will be available only at the door.