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Thursday will offer several new music choices (with an extra on Sunday)

Usually, my articles about making hard choices involve a review of activities taking place during a single weekend. However, those particularly interested in new and experimental music will have some equally difficult decisions to make this coming Thursday. The different approaches to performance will cover a considerable amount of ground and, in one case, water.

Saxophonist Josh Allen and drummer William Winant
from the Bay Improviser Web site

I have already written about that last option when I reviewed Pamela Z’s plans for the summer last June. She will be one of the contributors to a program entitled (sub)mersion at the Exploratorium, an immersive surround sound and cinema event presented by the MEDIATE Art Group and SF Weekly. Her piece is entitled “ACQUA” and is a suite of short works for voice, electronics, and video, incorporating live and sampled watery sounds and images, manipulated in real time with gesture-activated MIDI controllers. The program will also include “Condition of Form,” combining multi-channel playback of sounds recorded through hydrophones with multiple projections of commercial fishing boats at sea, all conceived and realized by the IN/S duo. Finally, sound artist Ashley Bellouin will provide a soundtrack examining the reflective, associative, and rhythmic qualities of water for a film by Paul Clipson.

(sub)mersion at the Exploratorium will take place in the Kanbar Forum of the new Exploratorium, located at Pier 15. The two-hour concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 21. Admission comes with the purchase of a Thursday night After Dark Ticket. Prices are $10 for Exploratorium members and $15 for general admission. (Thursday night hours are restricted to adults aged eighteen and over.) The Exploratorium has a Web page from which tickets may be purchased in advance. In addition MEDIATE has an Infoline at 415-484-6278.

At almost the same time, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music will be hosting one of their SFMusic Thursdays concerts at the Center for New Music (C4NM). The performers will be the Duo Camaraderie of flutist Laura Scarlata and pianist Sharon Lee Kim. The program will include a duo sonata by Ota Taktakishvili, a piccolo nocturne by Martin Rokeach, and a ballade by Frank Martin. Cellist Jane Lee will appear as special guest artist in a performance of Hilary Tann’s trio, “Gardens of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici.” Tickets will be $15 for general admission and $10 for members, payable at the door only at C4NM, located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of Market Street. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

On the other side of Market Street, the next concert in the New Music Series at the Luggage Store Gallery will be given by Outsound Presents. This will be a two-set program, beginning at 8 p.m. Dave Defilippo will improvise with a chaotic (in the nonlinear mathematics sense of the word) network of sound-synthesis modules, controlling them with gesture-based sensors. The second set, beginning at 9 p.m., will be the new composition “music for accordion(s)/harmonium(s)” by John Krausbauer. Lasting for about half an hour, this will be an extended study in phasing and detuning, likely to be in the spirit of similar studies composed by Alvin Lucier. Agnes Szelag will join Krausbauer in live performances of accordion and harmonium played against multi-tracked recordings.

The Luggage Store Gallery is located at 1007 Market Street. Admission is on a sliding scale between $6 and $10. Tickets are only available at the door.

In addition, for a second week this month, the Luggage Store Gallery concert will be followed by a SIMM (Static Illusion Methodical Madness) Music Series event on Sunday. This will also be a two-set program beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the Heikki Koskinen Ensemble with leader Koskinen performing on piano, recorder, and Morrison Digital Trumpet. The other members of the group will be Rent Romus on saxophones, Timothy Orr on drums, and Jason Hoopes on bass. The set will be series of improvisations on old Finnish music, along with a few of Koskinen’s own original melodies. The second set, beginning at 8:30 p.m., will present the trio of Josh Allen on tenor saxophone backed up by two drummers, Mark Miller and William Winant. Allen led his 25-piece Deconstruction Orchestra at the beginning of this month during the Annual Outsound New Music Summit; so this will be an opportunity to experience his improvisation work in a more intimate setting (if you can conceive of getting intimate with two drummers at once).

This performance will take place on Sunday, August 24. The venue for SIMM Series concerts is 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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