Next week at the Center for New Music, Karen Gottlieb, harpist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), will present a program entitled Breaking Boundaries and Pushing the Envelope, which will feature the contemporary perspectives of three harpists. Gottlieb’s own contribution will present the rarely-performed “Music for Harp,” which Lou Harrison scored for one harp and two percussionists. At this performance Gottlieb will be joined by SFCMP Artistic Director Steven Schick and Andrew Myerson, the percussionist of The Living Earth Show duo. Gottlieb will be followed by Stephan Haluska, an MFA student at Mills College who seeks to (in his words) “push the harp into new territories by extending the harp’s vocabulary through effects, amplification, and electronics.” Haluska’s performance will be a solo improvisation in these “new territories.” The program will then conclude with the Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio, whose leader, Oakland harpist Muhammad, calls herself “The Harpist from the Hood.” Her rhythm section consists of Mark “Heshima” Williams on bass and drummer Ranzel Merritt, Sr. Muhammad describes her approach to jazz as “Celtic to Coltrane.”
This performance will take place at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17. Tickets are $15 with a $10 rate for members of the Center. Information about membership may be found on the Membership Web page of the Center’s Web site.