Those who follow this site regularly know that last week concluded with an end-of-month wrap-up account of activities at the Center for New Music. This week will also mark the final concert of Ellen Fullman’s residency at The Lab, as well as the latest venture out on the bleeding edge by the Old First Concerts series. That leaves only a few more bases to cover for the coming week.
Thursday, January 28, will see the latest weekly installment in the Luggage Store Creative Music Series. Both of this week’s sets will dwell on live electronic music and approaches to improvised real-time synthesis. In the first set Sharmi Basu will present her primary performing project, Beast Nest, based entirely on her work with electronic gear. She will be followed by the Bloop-Quack duo of Doug Lynner and R Duck, performing on an acoustic guitar whose sounds are then electronically processed. Their name comes from two sounds of the Antarctic, the bloops of icebergs calving and the quacks of minke whales calling one another.
As is the case every week, this concert will begin at 8 p.m. (again on Thursday, January 28). It will take place at 1007 Market Street. As always, admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
In addition, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra will return for another Sunday evening gig at Doc’s Lab in North Beach. This should be one of the best ways to put a fair chunk of distance from Justin Herman Plaza, where Verizon’s Super Bowl City will be kicking in the preceding Saturday. This week San Francisco’s own big band will probably be celebrating the release of their debut CD Cheap Rent by playing tracks from it.
The band will again be led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson. He will be joined by Henry Hung, Darren Johnston, Doug Morton and Dave Scott on trumpets, Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo and Richard Lee on trombones, Sheldon Brown and Larry Delacruz on alto saxophones, Mike Zilber and Marcus Stephens on tenor saxophones, Charlie Gurke on baritone saxophone, and the rhythm section of Dan Zemelman on piano, Jordan Samuels on guitar, Tommy Folen on bass, and Hamir Atwal, Alan Hall and Eric Garland rotating on drums. All members contribute to the composition and/or arrangement of the selections that get performed.
This performance will take place on Sunday, January 31. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. Doc’s Lab is located at 124 Columbus Avenue in North Beach. Admission will be $10, and tickets may be purchased in advance through a Ticketfly event page.
Finally, Monday will be the first Monday of a new month. That means that it will be time for the next Make Out First Mondays concert at the Make Out Room. As usual, this will be a three-set evening of cutting-edge jazz improvisation with the first set beginning at 8:30 p.m. That set will present the Two Aerials duo of Crystal Pascucci on cello and Mark Clifford on vibraphone. They will be followed by the electroacoustic trio that brings drummer Jordan Glenn together with whatever electronic gear Tom Djll and Tim Perkis decided to bring for the occasion. The final set will be called Reggae On the Radio, describing its music as “avant dub.” A rhythm section of Rob Ewing on bass and Jason Levis on drums will back up a front line of Hung (from Electronic Squeezebox) with Adam Theis and Ely Strauss on horns.
This concert will take place next Monday, February 1; and the house opens at 8 p.m. Make Out First Mondays concerts are free, but only those 21 or older will be admitted. The bar will be open for service for the duration of the entire concert. Donations will be collected; and, since they are strictly for the performers, they are strongly encouraged. The Make Out Room is located in the Mission at 3225 22nd Street, just west of Mission Street.