Those who follow this site regularly should know by now that I am deep in the throes of following the activities of the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy. This makes for a perfect balancing out following a week of enjoying the Outsound New Music Summit; but it will keep me from venturing out to the bleeding edge (or at least the one for the 21st century) for the rest of the week. Fortunately, this is not a very busy week for the adventurous. Beyond the return of Transient Canvas to the Center for New Music (C4NM) at the end of the week, which was given a special preview article, there are only four events on this week’s list, each on a different date and none conflicting Transient Canvas. The agenda for the week is as follows:
Wednesday, August 12, 7:45 p.m., Second Act: This month Second Act will be presenting two Experimental Music Showcase programs on successive weeks. This week’s program will begin earlier than usual but still run for about two hours. However, there will only be three, rather than the usual four, sets. Those sets will be as follows:
- Nate Young describes himself as a “Michigan carpenter specializing in pole barn framing” and a “confirmed shapeshifter;” how this relates to what he does as a musician remains to be seen.
- Three Legged Race is a solo project by Kentucky composer Robert Beatty that appears to be a minimalist approach to relatively spare sonorities.
- Group Rhoda is a solo project recently returned to San Francisco from a European tour, which also takes a relatively (a somewhat qualified adverb) calm and meditative approach to its sound sources.
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.
Thursday, August 13, 8 p.m., 509 Cultural Gallery: The Thursday evening Outsound Presents gigs that used to take place at the Luggage Store Gallery continue to be relocated into the Tenderloin. This will be the usual evening of two sets, each somewhat less than an hour in duration. The first set will see the return of gabby fluke-mogul on violin and k. kipperman on bass, whose last improvisational gig for Outsound was given in a Static Illusion Methodical Madness (SIMM) Series concert this past July. They will be followed by a solo improvisation by trombonist Zachary Mariano working with electronic gear. The 509 Cultural Gallery is located at 509 Ellis Street. As always, admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
Friday, August 14, 7 p.m., C4NM: Scott Worthington has prepared a recital of new and recent music for bass and electronics. This concert kicks off a West Coast tour to promote the release of his second CD on Populist Records. His program will include the premiere of a recent work by Brenna Noon, Julia Wolfe’s “Stronghold,” and his own compositions for bass and electronics. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of where it meets both Golden Gate Avenue and Market Street. Admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Sunday, August 16, 3 p.m., Musicians Union Hall: This is the latest installment in the Afternoon once-a-month concert series presented by ArtsEarth. The program will again consist of two 45-minute sets (with a fifteen-minute intermission) by David Leikam’s zBug. This is his combo in which he plays piano, electric bass-cello, and Moog synthesizer. Once again he will be joined by Sheila Bosco, alternating between drums and keyboards, and Sean Price on a variety of electronic gear. This time the group will be joined by drummer Timothy Orr. The Musicians Union Hall for Local 6 is located at 116 9th Street, near the corner of Mission Street. Admission is by donation with a recommend amount between $5 and $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance through an Eventbrite event page, which allows the user to fill in the donation amount.