As was observed this past Saturday, March is shaping up to be a very busy month for serious listeners of all stripes. Thus, it should be no surprise that those out on the bleeding edge are also likely going to have their hands (not to mention their ears) full. The month will begin with a modest supply of events at the Center for New Music (C4NM), a doubleheader from Outsound Presents, and a few other options at “usual suspects” venues.
C4NM will launch the month with the first of three concerts taking place during the week. These will all be curated events with curating shared by Danny Clay and Ken Ueno. All of these will have the same admission policy: $15 for general admission, $10 for C4NM members, and tickets available only at the door. For those who need reminding, C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. Specifics are as follows:
Tuesday, March 1, 8 p.m.: The first concert curated by Clay will feature the return of guitarist Seth Josel to C4NM. He last performed there in February of 2015 when C4NM hosted the second concert in the Tangents Contemporary Guitar Series of recitals organized by Giacomo Fiore. For this year’s visit Josel will perform “point/wave,” an immersive evening-length new work written for him by Catherine Lamb. Lamb was in San Francisco in March of 2009 for Other Minds Festival 14; and the performance of her uninterrupted 37-minute “Dilations” is now in the Other Minds Live library of digital downloads. “point/wave” is scored for steel string guitar and environmental sounds captured in real time from the performance space, establishing a sense of tonality based on the guitar’s resonating frequencies.
Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m.: Ken Ueno will curate a recital by String Noise, the husband/wife violin duo of Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris. They will perform the world premiere of an arrangement for two violins of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Tierkreis” (zodiac) by Eric Lyon. They will also perform selections from their debut album The Book of Strange Positions, currently available for digital download from Amazon.com; and Ueno will join them for a trio improvisation.
Sunday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.: This will be the seventh installation in the don’t be a stranger series that Clay has been curating. The program might be called a double bill of music by adventurous women. The first half will be taken by the four women of the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. They will present works by Giancinto Scelsi and local composers, one of whom will probably be Clay himself. They will be followed by the “tri-coastal” string trio Chartreuse, whose members are violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). They will perform West Coast premieres of works by Bethany Younge, Kurt Isaacson, and Scott Rubin.
As was the case last week, Outsound Presents will again offer concerts in both the Luggage Store Creative (LSC) Music Series and the Static Illusion Methodical Madness (SIMM) series. Each of these will take place at the usual time and place. Specifics are as follows:
LSC, Thursday, March 3, 8 p.m.: This will be the usual evening of two sets of free improvisation, each somewhat less than an hour. The first set will present the Jeffrey Alexander Trio with Alexander playing a variety of instruments and working with electronic gear. He will be joined by Arjun Boehner Mangelworzel on violin and Aaron Levin on drums. This group will be followed by another trio featuring two tenor saxophonists named Joshua, Joshua Allen and Joshua Marshall, performing with Spirit on drums. They will be joined by guest artist Max Johnson on bass. As always the venue will be 1007 Market Street, and admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
SIMM, Sunday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.: This will also be an evening of two sets, each slightly less than an hour. The opening set will be the Herndon/Katz Duo, consisting of vocalist David Katz accompanied by Julie Herndon on piano, harmonium, and harmonica. They will be followed by the latest incarnation of Noertker’s Moxie performing the latest round of Bill Noertker’s compositions. Noertker himself plays bass; and he will be joined by Annelise Zamula on both alto saxophone and flute, Theo Padouvas on trumpet, and Jason Levis on drums. SIMM concerts take place at the Musicians Union Hall, located at 116 Ninth Street near the corner of Mission Street. Admission is again on a sliding scale, this time between $10 and $15.
Readers of last week’s column may recall that this month will conclude with Lithuanian performance artist Arma Agharta presenting the February installment of the Meridian Composers in Performance series at the Canessa Gallery. Those unable to attend this concert will be happy to know that Agharta will take the final set in the March Madness Experimental Music concert, taking place two weeks earlier than usual this month at Second Act. He will be preceded by the Collision Stories quartet of Mason Jones, Michael Gendreau, Jorge Bachmann, and Bryan Day improvising on acoustic and electronic instruments. The next set will be taken by the Tender Buttons trio of Tania Chen (piano, electronics, and toys), Gino Robair (modular electronics), and Tom Djll (modular and circuit-bent electronics). The evening will conclude with a solo set by BLEIE, the performing name for Sarah Bly, who describes herself as an “explorist of physical and metaphysical topographies.”
This performance will take place on Wednesday, March 2. Doors open at 7:45 p.m.; and the music starts at 8 p.m. Second Act is located at 1727 Haight Street. It combines its performing area with a marketplace, all under the roof of what used to be a movie house. Admission will be $5, payable at the door. Only those aged 21 or older will be admitted.
Finally, the next concert at The Lab will take place one week from tonight. It will be a duo performance by trumpeter Greg Kelley and electric guitarist Bill Nace, both of whom extend their instrumental capabilities with effects pedals. They have been playing as a duo since 2011.
This performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7. The Lab is located in the Mission at 2948 16th Street, between South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street. Because it is only half a block from Mission Street, it is convenient to both the 16th Street BART station and the bus stop at that corner. Tickets for this concert are $15 for general admission and free for members of The Lab. Online purchase of general admission tickets is being handled an event page on the Web site for The Lab. Doors usually open about half an hour before the event begins. Demand for concerts at The Lab tend to be heavy, so advance purchase is highly recommended.