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Two adventurous programs will take place within a block of each other

An example of Bill Hsu's real-time generated graphics
An example of Bill Hsu's real-time generated graphics
courtesy of the Center for New Music

This coming Thursday those interested in the more the adventurous approaches to new music will have to deal with the difficult question of whether to face north or south.

Facing north at the corner of Market Street and Taylor Street leads one to the Center for New Music (C4NM), which will present an evening of improvisations on acoustic and electronic instruments, along with interactive video. The acoustic side will be taken by James Fei on reeds and Gino Robair on percussion, along with a special guest percussionist from Israel. Robair will also be working with electronic gear, as will Bill Hsu, who will also be generating the interactive animations.

This session will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, about half a block north of the corner with Market Street. Tickets will be $10 for general admission and $7 for members. They will be available only at the door.

However, if one turns around to face the opposite direction at that corner, then the Luggage Store Gallery is in line of sight. This will be the venue for a two-set evening of improvisations hosted by Outsound Presents. The first set, which begins at 8 p.m., will feature Scott Stobbe on both guitar and percussion, Elizabeth Torres on saxophones, and Scott Braziel on keyboards. They will be followed at 9 p.m. by the Len Petterson Quartet, consisting of Petterson on guitar and electronics, Randy Odell on drums, Ralph Carney on reeds, and Ellen Schoenwetter on bass.

The Luggage Store Gallery is located at 1007 Market Street. Admission is on a sliding scale from $6 to $10. Here tickets are also only available at the door.

Those interested in C4NM activities may also wish to know that there will be a Young Artist Workshop run by the three guitarists of the Mobius Trio this coming Sunday. This is an all-day affair beginning at 9:30 a.m. that will address a variety of different aspects of the performance of contemporary music:

  • There will be three one-hour workshops, each focused on a single composer. One will address the general repertoire of Leo Brouwer. Another will deal with the indeterminacy in the interpretation of Terry Riley’s “In C.” The most ambitious will focus on interpreting the abstract graphic notation in Earle Brown’s “December 1952.”
  • There will be four master classes.
  • There will be a repertoire discussion session that will focus on works by Alberto Ginastera and Brendan Randall-Myers.
  • The workshop will conclude with a collaborative performance in which the participants will join Mobius Trio; this will be followed by a potluck reception with C4NM members.

This event will take place on Sunday, September 7, at C4NM (55 Taylor Street). Participants should plan on arriving at 9:30 a.m., and the first workshop will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a one-hour break for lunch at 1 p.m.; and the closing performance will take place at 5 p.m. The workshop is free, but it is limited to twelve participants. Those interested can sign up online through a Google Docs Web page.

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