The month will close with a busy week. Most likely it will involve the need to negotiate overlapping events. So let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of the specifics:
Wednesday–Sunday, September 28–October 2, Gray Area Art & Technology Theater: The RECOMBINANT festival will be a five-evening showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and sound, featuring live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs over the last twenty years. Performances will take place in the newly revived ten-screen CineChamber in the Gray Area Theater building. The first three nights will consist of screenings in the CineChamber. There will be two alternating series of programs, CineChamber Classics and Panorama Paranormal. Each program will be screened twice a night, and tickets will be sold separately for each screening. Saturday and Sunday will present full-evening programs of wraparound audio-visual performances with a single ticket for the entire program. The Sunday program will be preceded by a two-hour Re-cog-ignition Symposium, for which tickets will be sold separately. All tickets may be purchased through hyperlinks on the RECOMBINANT festival home page. The Gray Area Art & Technology Theater is located in the Mission at 2665 Mission Street.
Wednesday–Thursday, September 28–29, 7:30 p.m., SAFEhouse Arts: RAW (the resident artist workshop) will showcase the work of four SAFEhouse Arts residents. The first piece will be Katrina Countiss’ “ASMR with Katarina,” 30 minutes of sound art, improvisation, poetry, and experiments all based on ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) experiences. Estefano Romani’s “LINE” is “a joyful attempt to use form in order to get closer to people.” “Freedom’s Fancy” is a narrative theater piece by Ariel Daly about what happens in a city after the bars close. Finally, Nasina Shastri will give a Bharatanatyam performance of “Waiting - the game of Love” with music by Charlie Mariano and the Karnataka College of Percussion.
SAFEhouse Arts is located in the Civic Center at 1 Grove Street, where Grove Street meets Market Street. Admission at the door will be on a sliding scale between $10 and $20. However, tickets may be purchased online in advance for $15. Ticketfly has created separate event pages for the Wednesday and Thursday performances.
Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., Canessa Gallery: The September installment of the Composers in Performance Series will be another two-set offering. The first set will be between 40 and 60 minutes of structured duo improvisations bringing bassist Steuart Liebig together with Emily Hay, a vocalist who also plays all sizes of instruments in the flute family. Both improvisers will also be contributing electronic effects. The second set will be a multimedia partnership, bringing the real-time video creations of Bill Wiatroski together with Tom Djll on trumpet and electronics. The Canessa Gallery is located at 708 Montgomery Street, right on the “border” between the Financial District and North Beach. Admission will be between $10 and $20, payable at the door.
Thursday, September 29, 8 p.m., Luggage Store Gallery: This week the Luggage Store Creative (LSC) Music Series will host this year’s NorCal Noise Fest. The performers will be Scot Jenerik and Aleph (from F-Space/Chrome) performing as the duo Aume, vocalist Cher Von, violinist Mia Zabelka, noise artist Phog Masheeen, and a special appearance by the duo of Tatsuya Nakatani and Phillip Greenlief. 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 with all LSC concerts, admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
Friday, September 30, 5:30 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records: The following evening Greenlief will take his tenor saxophone over to Bird and Beckett Books and Records. He will lead The Lost Trio, in which he will be joined by Dan Seamans on bass and Tom Hassett on drums. The trio will be playing mostly original compositions by Greenlief and Seamans. They will be there until 8 p.m., probably offering an early evening of two sets.
Bird and Beckett Books and Records is located at 653 Chenery Street, a short walk from the Glen Park station for both Muni and BART. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated. The collections of both books and records are pretty impressive, so making a purchase will also be looked upon with great favor!
Saturday, October 1, 7:30 p.m., Center for New Music (C4NM): San Francisco flutist Jessie Nucho will present a program for electroacoustic music for flute. The major work on her program will be Adam Shield’s new work, “The Uncertainty Principle.” It will be preceded by Kaija Saariaho’s “NoaNoa” and Benjamin Broening’s “Trembling Air.”
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members and students. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Vendini event page, as well as at the door.
Saturday, October 1, 8 p.m., Turquoise Yantra Grotto (TYG): The theme of the next house concert hosted by the Turquoise Yantra Grotto will be Butoh. Having contributed to NorCal Noise Fest, Nakatani will come over with his percussion to perform with fellow percussionists Jacob Felix Heule and Kevin Corcoran. The three of them will provide the auditory environment for a performance by Butoh dancer Ronie Baker. They will be preceded by an opening set in which another Butoh dancer, Chel Sea, will be accompanied by Kanoko Nishi-Smith on koto and Soo Yeon Lyuh on haegeum. TYG is located at 32 Turquoise Way. Admission is between $10 and $15.