After several very busy weeks out on the bleeding edge, things will get very quiet this week. Part of the problem is that one of the more ambitious undertakings at the Center for New Music (C4NM), Eine Kleine Henze Fest, a celebration of the chamber music of Hans Werner Henze, has been postposed. Nevertheless, there will still be two adventurous concerts leading up to Good Friday, which may prepare the devout for the meditative introspection required for that particular religious holiday.
The first of these will be the next sfSoundSalonSeries concert at C4NM, curated by Kyle Bruckmann. This will feature a visit by T.D. Skatchit, whose name comes from the initials of the duo’s two performers, Tom Nunn and David Michalak, and the instruments invented by Nunn that they both play, which are called Skatchboxes. Readers may recall that, in the fall of 2014, Bart Hopkin curated an exhibit of Nunn’s instruments, both Skatchboxes and Skatchplates, at C4NM, most of which could be seen through C4NM’s plate glass window at 55 Taylor Street. T.D. Skatchit performed at C4NM in conjunction with the opening of that exhibit.
For those unfamiliar with these instruments, Skatchboxes all tend to be based on a foundation of a cardboard box. Nunn then attaches small objects to the top surface of that box, usually going for a variety of different materials and textures. The result is then played as a single percussion instrument, usually involving further choice of the material used to stroke or strike the objects on the surface of the box. In the above photograph, the Skatchbox is being played with a pair of plastic knives. This week’s concert will also unveil two of Nunn’s latest inventions, the Bridgerodstrummer and the Coupled String Zither. For the performance itself Nunn and Michalak will be joined by Bruckmann on double reed instruments and John Ingle on alto saxophone.
This concert will begin at 7:48 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. The Center for New Music is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Market Street. General admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members, students, and the underemployed. Tickets will be available only at the door.
The second event will be this week’s installment of Outsound Presents’ Luggage Store Creative Music Series. The first set will feature the West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio, a group that was only recently formed at the end of the summer of last year. Its members are Andrea Centazzo (percussion, Mallet Kat, and sampling technology), Ellen Burr (all sizes of flute from piccolo to bass flute), and Jeff Schwartz (bass). All three are masters of free improvisation, but they have also been working on original compositions for the unique instrumentation of this ensemble. They will be followed in the second set by a free improvisation by the neem duo of Gabby Fluke-Mogul on violin and Kelley Kipperman on bass.
This concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. As usual, it will take place at the Luggage Store Gallery, located at 1007 Market Street. Admission will also be on the usual sliding scale between $6 and $15.