This morning I learned from Joe Lasqo’s blog that the avant-garde vocalist and sound artist Viv Corringham will be making a tour of Northern California next month. Corringham was born in Great Britain, but she is now based in New York. She has visited the “left coast” in the past, jamming with local musicians while adventurously exploring the boundary region between sound that communicates and sound that just is. Her tour has five dates in the Bay Area, three of which will be in San Francisco. Specifics for those three events are as follows:
Thursday, October 9, Luggage Store Gallery (LSG): Corringham will lead the second set in this evening’s Luggage Store New Music Series concert arranged by Outsound Presents. She will perform her vocal improvisations along with percussionist Jennifer Wilsey, Tom Bickley on woodwinds supplemented by digital signal processing, Nancy Beckman on shakuhachi, Joe Lasqo running software on his laptop, and second percussionist Suki O’Kane. The first set will be a group improvisation featuring instrument inventor Bryan Day, audio technologist Michael Gendreau, guitarist Mason Jones, and mixed-media sound artist ruidobello (Jorge Bachmann). The performance will begin at 8 p.m. LSG is located at 1007 Market Street, and admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $10.
Saturday, October 18, Second Act: Corringham will join in the celebration of a fundraising event for the San Francisco Fog Music Festival 2015, which will be held at Second Act, the neighborhood public space in the Haight. In the spirit of their Unforgettable Night of Experimental Music series, this will be a concert of four sets running from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The program schedule is as follows:
- Beginning at 7:30 p.m., multimedia artist Carolyn Fok will give a solo performance combining her electronic music mastery with the generation of visual artwork.
- A solo improvisation by composer and sound designer Matt Dean will begin at 8 p./m.
- At 8:30 p.m. Jack Hertz will create one of his ambient sound universes based primarily on real time control of synthesis software using John Chowning’s frequency modulation techniques.
- The remainder of the concert will involve a group improvisation led by Corringham joined by Wilsey, Bickley, Beckman, Lasqo, and O’Kane, as well as dancer Nan Busse and visual instrument inventor Bill Thibault.
Second Act is located at 1727 Haight Street, and admission will be by donation payable at the door.
Sunday, October 19, The Nunnery: Corringham will again perform with Beckman, Bickley, Busse, Lasqo, and Wilsey for the second set in the garage that Tom Nunn converted into his research laboratory space. This set will begin at 3 p.m. and will be preceded at 2 p.m. by trombonist and vocalist Ron Heglin in a duo improvisation with vocalist Katt Atchley. The Nunnery is located in the Mission at 3016 25th Street, between Florida Street and Alabama Street. Admission is by donation with a recommended amount of $10.