There is not much to add to the calendar of events for the final week of August. However, if the numbers are small, the interest level of the content is still very notable. Two of the events at the Center for New Music (C4NM) have already been mentioned but will be briefly reviewed for the sake of a chronological account of the week. “These are theiidays mmy friends” (as Christopher Knowles wrote for “Knee Play 1” from Philip Glass’ score for Einstein on the Beach):
Wednesday, August 26, C4NM, 8 p.m.: Members of the Cadenza Orchestra, currently on a visit to San Francisco, will give a second performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. The six musical parts are soprano (Ronit Windmann Levy), piano (Christine McLeavey Payne), flute doubling on piccolo (Teresa Orozsco), clarinet doubling on bass clarinet (Justine Hamlin), violin doubling on viola (Valerie Tisdel), and cello (Adelle Akiko Kearns). Maya Barsacq will conduct. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. 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.
Wednesday, August 26, El Rio, 9 p.m.: According to my records, the El Rio bar in the Mission goes out on the bleeding edge about twice a year. Their last venture was at the end of April; and this week’s will again be a three-set program with doors opening at 8 p.m. The opening set will be by Reconnaissance Fly, whose members are Amanda Chaudhary (keyboards and electronics), Richard Lesnik (reeds), Polly Moller (vocals, flute, and guitar), Larry The-o (drums), and Tim Walters (bass). The Imager band, which features “vintage” analog Moog synthesizers, will take over at 10 p.m., performing with vocalist JoJo Razor. The final set, at 11 p.m., will be taken by the heavy progressive rock band Season of the Crow. El Rio is located at 3158 Mission Street, and admission is still on a sliding scale between $5 and $10.
Thursday, August 27, Luggage Store Creative (LSC) Music Series, 8 p.m.: This will be the usual two-set evening. The first set will be a visit from the Berkeley Arts Lab Band, led by drummer Donald Robinson. He will be joined by Outsound “regulars,” Collette McCaslin, Ron Heglin, and Rent Romus. The second set will also involve a visit, this time from Los Angeles, to present the hybrid forms of electronic dance music created by Matthew Dotson. 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.
Friday, August 28, C4NM, 8 p.m.: As has already been mentioned, the August concert schedule at C4NM will wrap up with a two-set evening curated by saxophonist Jon Raskin. Performing as Bari Blaster, Raskin will take the first set in a duo performance with Tonal Masher (Aram Shelton). Both of them will “play” their instruments through advanced technology designed to highlight qualities of resonance. The second set will consist of solo electronic pieces by John Bischoff. 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.
Sunday, August 30, Old First Concerts, 4 p.m.: This will definitely be the major event of the week, if not of the entire month. It will be a concert dedicated to the memory of Italian composer Stefano Scodanibbio, who died at the early age of 55 from a form of motor neurone disease in 2012. The concert will be the joint effort of sfSound and the Italian Cultural Institute, and it will combine a review of Scodanibbio’s compositions with new works by local musicians created especially for this occasion. These latter will be “COHIBA” by Luciano Chessa and “Omaggio,” a structured improvisation developed jointly by Lisa Mezzacappa on bass and Matt Ingalls on bass clarinet. For the Scodanibbio pieces, the sfSound musicians will be joined by the Tom Dambly Trumpet Quartet, the Del Sol String Quartet, and violinist Benjamin Kreith. The performance will take place at Old First Church which is located at 1751 Sacramento Street, on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue. General admission is $18 with a special $15 rate for seniors aged 65 and older and $5 for full-time students. These may be purchased through the event page on the Old First Concerts Web site. Further information may be obtained by calling 415-474-1608.