Earlier this week the schedule was announced for the seventeenth annual season of the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF). Once again the festival will run for four days, featuring three evening concerts at the Brava Theater Center and a special opening event utilizing the immersive Meyer Sound Constellation system of the Kanbar Forum of the Exploratorium. While last year’s festival reflected a revived interest in analog synthesis, this year’s programs will feature a wide range of diversity in the use of electronic media, some of which involve the use of electronics with instruments and/or voice.
All concerts at the Brava Theater Center will begin at 8 p.m. and will consist of three sets. Performers for each of the three dates have been planned as follows:
Friday, September 9: Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa), Irene Moon
Saturday, September 10: Arcane Device (David Lee Myers), Thea Farhadian, Alessandro Bosetti
Sunday, September 11: clipping (the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and electronic musicians William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes), Tujurikkuja (Joshua Kit Clayton and Chris Dixon), Madalyn Merkey
The first SFEMF event is presented as one of the Thursday Nights offerings at the Exploratorium. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 8; but admission begins at 6 p.m., allowing time for visitors to check out some of the museum’s exhibits. As was the case last year, the SFEMF concert will present site-specific works based on the Meyer Sound Constellation system built for the Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum, located at the entrance to the museum. For the opening selection, Gen Ken Montgomery will perform one of Conrad Schnitzler’s Cassette CONcerts, based on the live mixing of octophonic cassette tapes. He will be followed by IMA, the electro-percussion duo of electroacoustic composer Amma Ateria (Jeanie Aprille Tang) and virtuoso percussionist and improviser Nava Dunkelman.
The Brava Theater Center is located at 2781 24th Street at the corner of York Street. Single tickets for each of the three concerts are on a sliding scale between $16 and $25 with a $12 student rate. All single tickets will be available for purchase online from Brown Paper Tickets; but the event page(s) have not yet been created. When they are ready to process orders, a hyperlink will be set up on the SFEMF home page.
Tickets for Thursday Nights events at the Exploratorium, located at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero (across from the intersection with Green Street), are $15 for general admission and $10 for members. Exploratorium Lab Members are admitted free of charge. Admission is only for those age 18 or over. Tickets may be purchased in advance from a special Web page for Thursday Nights admission on the Exploratorium Web site, which has a calendar for selecting the specific date.