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The only SIMM Series concert in December promises to be an exciting one

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As I have written in the past, the SIMM Music Series is one of two major platforms from truly adventurous programming curated by Outsound Presents. The abbreviation stands for “Static Illusion Methodical Madness,” which should give some idea of just how adventurous things can get. Concerts are given bimonthly at the Musicians Union Hall; but, because of the holiday season, there will be only one concert has been announced for this month, which will be this coming Sunday. Two improvisatory groups will be featured.

The first will bring pianist and laptop virtuoso Joe Lasqo together with saxophone masters Steve Adams and Aaron Bennett. Each performer has his own way of structuring improvisation. Both Adams and Bennett work with graphic scores. The set will begin with Adams’ “#30,” whose score combines music notation with the state transition graphs used in automata theory. This will be followed by Bennett’s “Whale Form,” whose score combines music notation with geometric shapes. The set will conclude with Lasqo’s software-based improvisation “Emergent 2,” which combines the techniques behind musique concrète with laptop synthesis and live acoustic instruments.

The second set will present the duo of cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker and drummer Daniel Pearce. Rankin-Parker has been called (on Lasqo’s blog) a “Jimi Hendrix of the cello.” Pearce’s approach to drumming, on the other hand, is one of (again quoting Lasqo) “primal grammatical acts that do not so much keep time as create time.” This promises to be a duo performance that will both honor the traditions of free jazz and push it to new limits.

The first set of this SIMM Music concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. The full program will run until 10 p.m. The performance will take place on December 8 in the Musicians Union Hall at 116 Ninth Street, near the corner of Mission Street. General admission is $10 with an $8 rate for students and seniors.

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