As was the case last week, there will be four days in the coming week likely to be of interest for those with adventurous listening tastes. However, one of those days will provide four alternatives, while another offers three. In other words “business as usual” continues to be intense, requiring that hard choices be made. Here is a summary of the four days in question:
Tuesday, September 30: Trumpeter Birgit Ulher is continuing to make the rounds of Bay Area venues. For her next appearance in San Francisco, she will perform with percussionist Jacob Felix Heule along with Bill Hsu providing real-time video. All three of these performers participated in the latest sfSoundSalonSeries event at the Center for New Music (C4NM) this past Saturday. This week’s gig will be held at Artists’ Television Access, which should provide a conducive venue for Hsu’s video work. The performance will begin at 8 p.m., and Artists Television Access is located at 922 Valencia Street in the Mission. This concert will be co-sponsored by the Goethe Institute, and admission will be on a sliding scale between $7 and $10.
Thursday, October 2: This will be another evening when events at C4NM will complement the Luggage Store New Music Series. This time, however, the scheduling will be such that the eager listener will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, taking the brisk walk down to the Luggage Store Gallery (LSG) around the time that things wrap up at C4NM. Specifics are as follows:
- Those who have visited C4NM recently have probably had a chance to take in the exhibit of Skatchboxes and Skatchplates, a selection of instruments invented by Tom Nunn, which can be seen through the large plate glass window on Taylor Street. This exhibit has been curated by Bart Hopkin, who will interview Nunn about his work. There will also be two short sets by two of the groups in which Nunn performs. The first is T.D. Skatchit, his duo with David Michalak, in which both of them play on skatchboxes. The second is his RTD3 trio with cellist Doug Carroll (D) and trombonists Ron Heglin (R), who also does vocals. This event will begin at 6 p.m. C4NM is a 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of the corner with Market Street; and admission will be free and open to the general public.
- The end of the second set at C4NM should probably allow time to get down to LSG for the three sets in this week’s Luggage Store New Music Series arranged by Outsound Presents. The title of the full evening is Synthesizer Madness, suggesting that all sounds will be synthesized. The first set will be taken by Lx Rudis, whose work is software-based and has emerged through his activities in Virtual Reality technology. He will be followed by Madalyn Merkey, whose work is also software-based and may include selections from her Valley Girl recording. The final set will be taken by Doug Lynner, who works with analog modules and traditional instruments, as well as digital technology. LSG is located at 1007 Market Street, and admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $10.
- The remaining events for this evening take place at some distance from the other two. While the first of these does not involve improvisation, it does involve a rather adventurous approach to chamber music. The Del Sol String Quartet will be holding a party to celebrate tomorrow’s release of their recording of the four string quartets that Peter Sculthorpe composed with an obbligato part for didgeridoo (played by Stephen Kent on the recording). This will include music and conversation along with food and drink. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Forte House, located at 1498 24th Avenue, about a block south of Judah Street and easily accessible by the Muni N trolley line. Admission will be $40 at the door or $35 if purchased in advance, and the price of admission will include a copy of the CD. Online purchase also includes a $25 rate for students. Tickets may be purchased online through an Eventbrite event page, which also states the number of tickets remaining. (Seating in Forte House is very limited.)
- Finally, in yet another part of town, the Hemlock Tavern will be offering three sets of the sort of music that will probably melt any wax lingering in the ears. The first two sets will be taken by groups from Oakland, the post-punk safeword and Perfect Loss, a new deathrock band formed by Jason Hoopes. The final set will feature the San Francisco-based punk group The Porno Riots. The Hemlock Tavern is located at 1131 Polk Street. Doors will open and 8:30 p.m., and admission will be $7.
Saturday, October 4: The events for this evening will again involve venues distributed across town:
- The Eureka ferryboat will host a two-hour concert of live music and dance improvisation entitled Vessels for Improvisation. This will involve a collaboration between the Rova Saxophone Quartet and inkBoat dancers Dana Iova-Koga, Shinichi Iova-Koga, and Dohee Lee. The Eureka is docked at the Hyde Street Pier (as far north as you can go on Hyde Street before falling into the Bay), whose gates will open at 5:30 p.m. The performance itself will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a light reception. General admission is $20 with a $12 rate for students, seniors, and any others who cannot afford the full-price rate. Tickets may be purchased online through an Eventbrite event page.
- Back at C4NM Hoopes will give his second extreme rock performance of the week, this time playing his electric bass with a second bass player, Bill Baird, who also works with electronic gear, Jeanie-Aprille Tang, who has her own configuration of electronics, and percussionist Nava Dunkelman. The Jason Hoopes Ensemble will be preceded by Brandon Seabrook, whose performances on guitar and banjo prompted The New York Times to describe him as “a man apparently hellbent on earning the title of World’s Least Rustic Banjo Player.” Those who think that there is no place in punk for the four-string banjo should prepare to witness the defeat of that proposition.
- Finally, APAture, a multi-day festival presented by the Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts event will be holding the Performing Arts Showcase event of the festival. The featured artist will be dancer Natalia Duong, and improvised electro-acoustic music will be provided by Amanda Chaudhary. The entire event will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Garage, located at 715 Bryant Street. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $10 and $15, payable at the door.
Sunday, October 5: The week will conclude with the next SIMM Series concert arranged by Outsound Presents. This will feature the return of tenor saxophonist Joshua Allen leading his 25-piece Deconstruction Orchestra, which performed this past summer at the 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit. This will be Hoopes’ third electric bas gig of the week. Other performers include Kurt Ribak (bass), Mark Miller (drums), Timothy Orr (drums), Roger Reidlbaur (guitar), John Finkbeiner (guitar), Nick Obando (alto saxophone), Rent Romus (alto saxophone), Rory Snyder (alto saxophone), Steve Adams (tenor saxophone), Sam Flores (tenor saxophone), Joshua Marshall (tenor saxophone), John Vaughn (baritone saxophone), David Slusser (baritone saxophone), Matt Streich (trombone), Matt Gaspari (flugelhorn), George Moore (trumpet), Collette McCaslin (cornet), and Jeff Hobbs (trumpet). SIMM Series concerts are presented at the Musicians Union Hall, located at 116 Ninth Street at the corner of Mission Street. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $10.