Last week this site announced that Second Act would be giving two weeks’ worth of programs under the title Experimental Music Showcase. This week’s program for the second round of performances will again start earlier than usual, at 7:45 p.m.; but it is still expected to run for about two hours. This week’s portion of the programming will return to the familiar four-set programing. Those sets will be as follows:
- Scott Arford has presented exhibits of film and sound on five continents. He also founded the 7hz venue in 1995. The description of his set is as follows: “Bare, stoic, genuinely fearsome, and charged with a political undertow that sweeps away all safe shores, Arford translates sound into physical force resuscitating our loving nausea with a fresh breath of black air into lungs pumping with actual blood. He shatters the lucite ant maze of dualism, trusting us to crawl the shards.”
- Performing as Tonal Masher, Aram Shelton will present “multiphonic dimensions of complex harmonic feedback using a 1927 Conn alto saxophone, a 1976 esophageal chamber, non-vintage cerebrospinal fluid, and bleeding edge electronics.”
- Las Sucias is the duo of Danishta and Alexandra, who take a bleeding edge approach to reggaeton.
- Fistortion is a jazz combo improvising with ceramicist and sculptor Sung Kim, playing on original stringed instruments.
This performance will take place on Wednesday, August 19, beginning at 7:45 p.m. Second Act is located at 1727 Haight Street. It combines its performing area with a marketplace, all under the roof of what used to be a movie house. Admission will be $5, payable at the door. Only those aged 21 or older will be admitted.
This will also be the next “double header” week for Outsound Presents with concerts in both the Luggage Store Creative (LSC) Music Series (still displaced) and the Static Illusion Methodical Madness (SIMM) Series.
The LSC concert will take place on Thursday, August 20, beginning at 8 p.m. This will be the usual two-hour concert; but the sets will be slightly shorter, because there will be three of them. The first set will be a cappella vocal improvisation, featuring the return of David Katz, who will be performing with Amy Foote and Marissa Deitz Wall. This will be followed by the vocal improvisations of Rachel Austin, who will perform with dancer Kim Ip. The final set will be taken by David Leikam’s zBug, the combo that performs monthly in the Afternoon concert series at the Musicians Union Hall. Leikam plays piano, electric bass-cello, and Moog synthesizer; and he will be joined by saxophonist Patrick Cress, percussionist Sheila Bosco, and Fred Malouf on electric guitar and other electronic gear. LSC concerts are still being presented in their temporary quarters at the 509 Cultural Gallery, located at 509 Ellis Street. As always, admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
The SIMM Series concert will take place on Sunday, August 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This will be a two-set gig with the first set taken by the Out of Time trio, whose members are saxophonist Joshua Marshall, pianist Bob Marsh, and percussionist Sandra Yolles. They will be followed by Andrew Jamieson, whose work has involved a dialogue between African-American spirituals and the dissonance and creativity of experimental music. Jamieson will perform both as a soloist and in collaboration with gospel singer Ernest Larkins. As usual, the venue will be the Musicians Union Hall at 116 Ninth Street, near the corner of Mission Street. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $10 and $15.
There will also be two significant concerts at the Center for New Music (C4NM). The first will mark the beginning of a new monthly series called OPTICAL SOUND. Benjamin Ethan Tinker is curating the first show in this series at C4NM with curator Tania Chen. Each performance in the series will involve a film with live accompaniment. While the films will generally be early silents, sound films may also be involved in the series. The movie for the first concert will be Ménilmontant, a 1926 film written and directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff that deals with the axe murder of a married couple and its impact on their two daughters. Chen will perform on piano along with her assortment of found toys, lo-fi electronics, and other keyboards. She will be joined by Bruce Ackley on reeds, Andy Strain on trombone, and Nava Dunkelman on percussion.
This concert will take place on Thursday, August 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $10 for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street.
The second C4NM concert will feature a visit by members of the Cadenza Orchestra, who will give a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Opus 21 cycle of 21 poems from the collection Pierrot Lunaire, written in French by Albert Giraud and translated into German by Otto Erich Hartleben. The conductor will be Maya Barsacq. The poems are presented in the Sprechgesang synthesis of speaking and singing. They will be performed by soprano Ronit Windmann Levy. The score calls for five instrumentalists playing piano (Christine McLeavey Payne), flute doubling on piccolo (Teresa Orozsco), clarinet doubling on bass clarinet (Justine Hamlin), violin doubling on viola (Valerie Tisdel), and cellos (Adelle Akiko Kearns).
This concert will take place on Sunday, August 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $35 for general admission, and they may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page. Tickets for C4NM members will be $30, but they will be sold only at the door.
In addition SFJAZZ is hosting a series of film screenings this week. Three of those films will include live accompaniment. Dates, screening times, and films will be as follows:
- Saturday, August 22, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Birdman: Antonio Sánchez will perform a live drum score in conjunction with the winner of the 2015 Best Picture Academy Award.
- Sunday, August 23, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Go West: The Club Foot Orchestra will provide live accompaniment for this silent Buster Keaton classic made in 1925.
- Sunday, August 23, 9:30 p.m., The Maltese Falcon: Bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa will perform with her colleagues for her avantNOIR project, which has resulted in a series of compositions inspired by the writings of Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster. This music was given a concert performance at the end of last month during the Comprovisation program at the Outsound New Music Summit. The same performers will play at SFJAZZ. These include Mezzacappa’s Bait & Switch colleagues, Aaron Bennett on tenor saxophone, John Finkbeiner on guitar, and Jordan Glenn on drums, along with computer-based electronics by Tim Perkis and sound effects and vibraphone work from William Winant.
All screenings will take place in the Miner Auditorium of the SFJAZZ Center. This is located at 201 Franklin Street, on the northwest corner of Fell Street. Ticket prices are $15 and $20. Tickets may be purchased in advance online by following the hyperlinks above attached to the names of the films.
Finally, Mezzacappa will return to the de Young Museum for another Friday Nights at the de Young gig. This time the title of the event will be A Night of Contemporary Creative Jazz. Mezzacappa will provide another preview of her score for the new film “Glorious Ravage.” This second performance will involve a smaller group consisting of Kyle Bruckmann on oboe, Cory Wright on clarinet and saxophone, Vinny Golia on flutes, clarinets, and saxophones, and Darren Johnson on trumpet. This group will perform on the ninth floor of the Hamon Education Tower beginning at 7 p.m. At addition, at 6:30 p.m. there will be Brazilian music performed by the Chico Pinheiro Trio in Wilsey Court. These events will take place on Friday, August 21. The de Young Museum is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park. Both the performances and general admission to the permanent collection galleries are free of charge. Admission to the special exhibition galleries requires a discounted $15 ticket.