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Second Act will host another evening of experimental music

The Names duo of Gerritt Wittmer and Jesse Jackson
The Names duo of Gerritt Wittmer and Jesse Jackson
from their Web site

At the beginning of this month, I wrote about Second Act, a neighborhood public space that combines a performing area and a marketplace under one roof. At that time I was writing about their hosting an Exciting, Unforgettable Night of Experimental Music involving four different groups. This week lightning will strike again at the same venue. Once again, there will be four sets over the course of the evening. This time the hyperbole of the title has been tamed down to An Evening of Experimental Music. However, the names of the groups are likely to be as interesting as the music they make:

  1. Bled Sorghum: This will be the public debut of a new trio. The members are Jake Rodriguez, Matt Ingalls, and Tom Djll. Their skills cover the winds, brass, and strings families of instruments, supplemented by diverse electronic circuits and the occasional use of the human anatomy as a sound source.
  2. Omnivorous Sensillium: This one deserves reproduction (without comment or spelling correction) of the summary on the Second Act Web page for this event: “Sporadic reports of the mysterious appearances of two impeccably groomed arachnids date back to the San Francisco of the 1990s. With the help of spider baiting, we hope to lure them out once more. Audiences are forewarned: more alarming than the sharp fangs curving beneath their compound eyes is the silver case each creature lays open revealing a horrid nest of patch cables and synth circuits that being transmitting their abstract rasping song across the Wittgensteinian chasm of anatomicaly-bound consciousness that heretofor separated bug from man. Until you’ve had a spider perched at each ear, you’ve never experienced true stereo.”
  3. Sharon Tate Fetus Explosion: As might be guessed from the name, this is a noise group with an ideological commitment to provocation.
  4. Names: This is the duo of Gerritt Wittmer and Jesse Jackson. Both specialize in working with electronic synthesis equipment in real time. They describe the rhetorical approach to their performances as “embracing a voice of depravity and austerity.”

This event will take place on Wednesday, August 20. As was the case with the last concert, the first set will begin at 7:30 p.m.; and the program should run until about 10 p.m. Second Act is located at 1727 Haight Street. Admission will be $5, payable at the door.

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