This site has already made it clear that music lovers will have to be making hard choices on the final Sunday of this month. Those seeking out more adventurous programming will find out that they will also be confronted by choices, not only on Sunday but also on several earlier days of this week. Because the options all take place at familiar venues, making those choices is likely to be difficult. As in the past, the “bleeding edge” options will be presented in chronological order as follows:
Wednesday, April 20, 7:45 p.m.: This is the week of the latest installment of the Experimental Music Showcase at Second Act. This is a program that is planning to start at 7:45 p.m. and run through to 10 p.m.; and it will follow the usual Second Act format of presenting four sets. The sets will be taken by Neha Spellfish, Demonsleeper, Thoabath, and Malocculsion (which seems to be the proper spelling). Each act has provided its own arcane description on the event page for this gig, but none of those descriptions are likely to have much impact on the expectations of the curious listener. 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.
Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m.: The Center for New Music (C4NM) will host a visit by jazz pianist Joel Futterman leading the Joel Futterman New Alchemy Trio, whose other members are reed player Ike Levin and drummer Donald Robinson. They will give a performance of collectively composed and improvised music, much of which has its roots in the avant-garde jazz practices of the early Sixties. C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of where Golden Gate Avenue meets Market Street. General admission will be $20 with a $15 rate for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Thursday, April 21, 8 p.m.: This will be the weekly offering by Outsound Presents in the Luggage Store Creative (LSC) Music Series. It will follow the usual format of two sets, each slightly less than an hour in duration. The first set will be taken by Offing (Chris Duncan improvising with video and audio electronic gear). He will be followed by Jorge Bachman improvising on synthesizer. The Luggage Store Gallery is located at 1007 Market Street. As always, admission is on a sliding scale between $6 and $15.
Thursday, April 21, 8 p.m.: At the same time the Turquoise Yantra Grotto (TYG) will be opening its doors for its next “public house concert.” The title of the event will be Poetry in Motion/Words on Music. Performance artist Muyassar Kurdi will join forces with David Samas, playing on invented instruments, for a set of new works for mouth and movement composed by Luciano Chessa. Samas will then team up with percussionist Ian Saxton performing as the improvising duo Brother’s Quarrel. They will be joined by the disembodied voice of poet Tom Clark for a performance of “Philandering Moon.” They will then join burlesque legend Isis Starr for a performance of “As I Lie Naked.” TYG is located at 32 Turquoise Way near Glen Canyon. Admission is between $10 and $15.
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m.: C4NM will host the first of two two-set concerts that will feature the members of the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Each set will involve a duo performance by one of the Rova members and a guest artist. For this particular concert Jon Raskin will partner with saxophonist Aram Shelton to perform two pieces inspired by a visit to Canyonlands, “Island in the Sky” and “The Needles.” In the second set Ackley will partner with “instigator” Gino Robair. General admission for this concert will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.: David Leikam’s zBug will present the latest installment in the Afternoon once-a-month concert series presented by ArtsEarth. At this performance the zBug quartet will be led by Leikam on NS Design CR6 cello, piano, and Moog synthesizer equipment. He will be joined by percussionist Timothy Orr, Sheila Bosco on both drums and keyboards, and Sean Price on his own synthesizing gear. As always, the performance will take place at the Musicians Union Hall for Local 6 is located at 116 9th Street, near the corner of Mission Street. Tickets are $11.24; and they may be purchased in advance through an Eventbrite event page, which allows the user to supplement the admission fee with a donation amount.
Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.: The Canessa Gallery will host an evening of excursions into sight and sound entitled S(eye)LENCE. Sounds will be provided by quadrophonic synthesis technology operated by Jack Hertz. At the same time Bill Thibault will provide immersive video projections. The Canessa Gallery is located where the Financial District bumps into North Beach at 708 Montgomery Street. The poster for this event provides no information about a fee for admission. Presumably, admission will be by donation.
Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.: C4NM will host a two-set “inventive” evening. John Bischoff will perform a set of solo electronic works based on a custom analog circuit of his own design. He will be followed by the Vorticella quartet of Krys Bobrowski, Erin Espeland, Brenda Hutchinson, and Karen Stackpole improvising on French horn, kelp horns, gongs, metal bits, wooden bits, exotic sound makers, household objects, cello, voice, Gliss Glass, and the Long Tube. This C4NM concert will again have general admission for $15 with a $10 rate for members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m.: This will be the next performance at The Nunnery, the garage of Tom Nunn’s house, where he does all of his work on inventing instruments. Nunn will host two sets, each somewhat less than an hour in duration. The first set is the electronics duo that brings drummer John Hanes together with Rova saxophonist Steve Adams. The second set will be a solo performance by guitarist Ross Hammond. The Nunnery is located in the Mission at 3016 25th Street. Admission is by a $10 donation. Refreshments will be available.
Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m.: New York pianist Adam Marks will launch his term as a C4NM curator with a solo recital. The major work on the program will be Frederic Rzewski’s epic oratorio “De Profundis,” which requires the pianist also to recite text from Oscar Wilde’s “De Profundis.” Other works on the program will be Jason Charney’s “Compass,” Andy Akiho’s “Karakurenai,” selections from Ted Hearne’s Parlor Diplomacy, and Lia Cimaglia’s “Tango 70.” General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Tickets will be available only at the door.
Sunday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.: This is a doubleheader week for Outsound Presents with Sunday devoted to the next Static Illusion Methodical Madness (SIMM) Series concert. This will be an evening of two sets roughly one hour in duration. The first set will be taken by the EGW Trio, whose initials stand for the three members, Karl Evangelista on guitar, Jordan Glenn on drums, and Francis Wong on tenor saxophone. They will be followed by another trio, the Recycling Club, whose members are Joshua Allen on tenor saxophone, Philip Everett on drums, and Ray Schaeffer on bass. As usual, the venue will be the Musicians Union Hall at 116 Ninth Street, near the corner of Mission Street. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $10 and $15.