Having established myself on this venue following the demise of Examiner.com, it is time to resume this usually weekly series of notifications of particularly adventurous efforts. As can be seen above, the headlines will be less “imaginative” and more specific, at least for the weekly announcements. Also, there will probably be fewer hyperlinks to past activities, since those Web pages no longer exist. Because this is a busy week, however, I shall not try to reconstruct previously written material about the Fifteenth Annual Outsound New Music Summit, referring to it, instead, by the hyperlink in this sentence. On the other hand the advance announcement of Ari Micich’s trumpet recital appeared on this site on July 13. Beyond those two events, however, the week is offering a generous share of departures from the mainstream as follows:
Tuesday, July 19, 7:45 p.m., Center for New Music (C4NM): The sfSoundSalonSeries, curated by Kyle Bruckmann, will present the return of tenor saxophonist and composer Jason Robinson. Robinson has prepared a two-set program. The first set will present a selection of his compositions and feature his reunion with his long-time collaborator, bassist Scott Walton. The other performers for this set will be Steve Adams on alto saxophone, Darren Johnston on trumpet, and John Haynes on drums. The second set will consist entirely of improvised explorations emerging from a duo performance by Robinson with Tim Perkis on electronic gear.
General admission for this concert will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members, students, and the underemployed. 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.
Wednesday, July 20, 7:45 p.m., Second Act: This service was “transplanted” just in time for this month’s Experimental Music Showcase at Second Act. This month’s offering will be slightly different, since it will consist of only three sets, rather than the usual four. In addition the main attraction will be the second installment in a “moveable feast,” whose third installment will take place at C4NM on Friday (see below). The title of the overall project is Economimesis, inspired by a mimetic relationship to nature in the production of art. The project is the brainchild of Music Research Strategies chief investigator Marshall Trammel, a percussionist who will perform as part of a percussion quartet called Drummer’s Secret Handshake. The other members are Jacob Felix Heule, Jay Korber, and Mark Small. The program will also include a performance of “PDRM” by John Krausbauer and David Kendall, composed for a three-string electric guitar with just-intonation tuning and real-time software for delay and spatialization. The remaining set will be a solo performance by Danishta Rivero based on the brain-in-a-vat thought experiments of cognitive science.
While there will be only three sets, the program is still expected to last until 10 p.m. Second Act is located in Haight-Ashbury at 1727 Haight Street, between Cole Street and Parker Avenue. Admission is only $5, but only those aged 21 or older may attend.
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences: This will be one of the performances held as part of the Soundwave ((7)) Biennial. Three artists were invited to activate locations in the Academy with performances and installations to reinterpret the rapidly shifting cityscape of San Francisco. The participants will be Yagiz Mungan, Jason Marsh, and Christopher Willits. The result, Subliminal Cities, will allow the audience to wander at will through three of the exhibit areas, the main entrance (Willits), Demos & Discovery (Marsh), and Philippine Coral Reef (Mungan). Willits’ performance will take place between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., after which the entry will be taken over by DJ Manitous. The installations by Mungan and Marsh will be available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The California Academy of Sciences is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park. General admission will be $15 with a $12 rate for Academy members. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Web page on the Academy Web site, but visitors to that page may have to select the date and time prior to requesting tickets.
Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m., NOOK: NOOK is a cafe during the day and a wine bar in the evenings. On this particularly evening music will be provided by the Poncho Poncho quintet of Saki Minamimoto (vocals), Karl Evangelista (guitar), Andrew Maguire (vibraphone), Bob LaDue (bass), and Robert Lopez (drums). Donations of between $10 and $20 will be recommended. NOOK is located on Russian Hill at the corner of Hyde Street and Jackson Street (1500 Hyde Street).
Thursday, July 21, 8 p.m., Luggage Store Gallery: This week’s installment of the Luggage Store Creative Music Series will follow the usual format of two sets of free improvisation. For this particular evening both improvisations will be duets. The first duo will bring trumpeter Ian Carey together with vocalist Lorin Benedict. They will be followed by guitarist Alex Cohen jamming with Rent Romus on both reeds and flutes. The Luggage Store Gallery is at 1007 Market Street, directly across from the Golden Gate Theatre at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Taylor Street. As always admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., Red Poppy Art House: Once again the Red Poppy will present a jazz program of “Original Music & Sonic Soundscapes.” The performers will be the members of the Scott Amendola Trio, with Amendola on drums and electronics joined by Evangelista on guitar (keeping active this week) and Jason Hoopes on electric bass. The program should run through 10 p.m.
The Red Poppy is located in the Mission at 2698 Folsom Street. Tickets will be sold for $15 and $20 and will be available only at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., and those who have not previously been there need to know that the Red Poppy is a small space. Thus, those wishing to attend should be ready to purchase tickets as soon as the doors have been opened.
Friday, July 22, 8 p.m., C4NM: As mentioned above, Zachary Watkins will curate the third installment of Economimesis performed by Drummer’s Secret Handshake. However, for this installment Trammel will perform with three different percussionists. These will include Lopez (keeping himself busy like Evangelista), Nava Dunkelman, and Jordan Glenn. Admission will again by $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members.
Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m., Gray Area Art & Technology Theater: This is the latest installment in Gray Area’s UNSEEN series of site-specific collaborative performance by Bay Area artists. The series is curated by Matt Fisher and involves the use of an eight-channel surround sound system based on audio engineering by Recombinant Media Labs’ Alaric Burns. Participating artists for this performance will be Wobbly, Bill Thibault, Kerry Laitala, and Cyrus Tabar.
The Gray Area Art & Technology Theater is located in the Mission at 2665 Mission Street. Admission is $15 at the door. Tickets purchased in advance on the day of the show will be $13 and those purchased earlier are only $8. Doors open at 8 p.m., but the performance will not begin until 9 p.m. A cash bar will be available for those aged 21 or older. Ticketfly has created an event page for advance purchase of tickets.