No sooner did I review the October calendar for performances at the Center of New Music (C4NM) than the Web site was updated to include November events. Currently, there are only two of these events; but the Web pages are more explicit about the fact that the performances may be attended either physically, through the purchase of tickets, or virtually, through live-streams of the events. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of the Golden Gate Theater, which is where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. All tickets may be processed in advance through the C4NM Events page. Both of the concerts will take place on successive Saturday evenings, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Specifics are as follows with hyperlinks for the respective event pages, each of which has a “Buy Tickets Online” hyperlink to the appropriate Eventbrite event page: [added 10/22, 12:55 p.m.:
November 5, 7 p.m.: This program will present two sets of adventurous improvisations. One will be by the Bjll Dingalls trio, whose name is a synthesis of the names of the three performers: Tom Djll, Bill Hsu, and Matt Ingalls. The other set with be a duo improvisation by percussionist Jacob Felix Heule and sound artist Danishta Rivero. This performance will not be live-streamed. Only those attending C4NM will be able to experience the results of the improvisations. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Note the departure from the usual start time of 7:30 p.m.]
November 6: Last year the Del Sol Quartet initiated the Del Sol Composer Incubator. The objective was to offer early career composers the chance to work in-depth with the members of the quartet over the course of 6 months on unique musical projects. This program will present the results of these engagements with three composers: Adeliia Faizullina, Marguerite Brown, and deVon Russell Gray. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. The event page provides separate hyperlinks for attending the concert or viewing the live-stream. [added 10/22, 1:05 p.m.:
November 7, 4 p.m.: Full Circle is a free improvisation project between Anita Chandavarkar on bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) and Gabby Wen on guqin (Chinese seven-string zither). The title of their program is New Sonorities on Ancient Instruments. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members.
November 12, 8 p.m.: The next concert presented by NACUSAsf will feature the wind quintet known as The Avenue Winds, which will perform seven new works composed under NACUSAsf auspices. As usual, there will be no charge for admission. Donations will be applied to support NACUSAsf activities.]
November 13: This will be the first of two programs prepared by the Ensemble for These Times to be hosted by C4NM. It will be a solo recital by pianist Tin Yi Chelsea Wong, who is one of the guest performers for the E4TT 2021/22 season. The program will contrast three renowned composers from the twentieth century with four currently active composers. The program will begin with a selection of études composed by György Ligeti and Grażyna Bacewicz. These will be followed by the “Choral Variations” movement from Henri Dutilleux’ second piano sonata. Three of the 21st-century compositions were written in 2013: “Intimacy of Harmony” by Johnathan Bailey Holland, the first of the “Karnavalito” compositions by Gabriela Lena Frank, and Viet Cuong’s “Veil.” The fourth offering will be Zosha di Castri’s “Thinking Eye,” which she composed in 2006. It is probably worth noting that, while Frank is Andean, she herself has acknowledged “stylistic nods to the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, a music hero of mine” in her own description of her creation of “Karnavalito.” Admission will be the same prices for those attending the concert, but there will be no charge for online viewing. [added 10/22, 1:10 p.m.:
November 20, 7 p.m.: This will be the other performance of the month that will not be live-streamed. It will be a duo of jamming by multi-instrumentalist Fred Frith and percussionist++ Moe Staiano. General admission will be $14 with a $9 rate for C4NM members and students.]