Hum, Baby 

Anything goes at 21 Grand's musical "Found Objects Night" -- almost.

Don't bring your Uzi. Leave your pet ocelot at home. And forget about convincing any of the performers at 21 Grand's Found Objects Night to create a melody out of that old stockpile of plutonium you've been saving for a rainy day.

That's right -- hazardous or radioactive materials, wild animals, and firearms are the three kinds of items you should not bring to Saturday night's wacky concert by a group of four experimental musicians, who promise to play anything the audience brings in. But anything else is fair game. Anything. Let your imagination roam.

The concept is reminiscent of an elementary school project, but the talent lineup is grown-up. In fact, it's everything an avant-gardist could ask for: Splatter Trio percussionist Gino Robair, electronic musician; composer David Kendall from Cal Arts in Southern California, an expert on feedback; Stephen Ruiz of San Francisco's "Under the Radar" series; and "sonic maverick" Andre Custodio, who specializes in ambient noise. Each musician will perform a solo set, says curator and organizer Matt Davignon, who put on a similar concert last October in SF, for which the audience brought lots of kitchenware. Because the musicians are allowed to electronically sample, manipulate, and distort the natural sounds of the found objects, the result isn't always as rat-a-tat-tat percussive as you might imagine. "If you hold a glass bottle up and cup your hand around the mouth," explains Oakland resident Davignon, "you can get nice feedback from it." An electric neck massager, for instance, produced a multitextured electronic hum when doctored electronically in the October show. "This time I'm going to bring a Sony PlayStation," he declares.

"Found Objects Night" takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at 21 Grand arts space, 449-B 23rd St., Oakland. Tickets are $6-$10. For more info: 510-444-7263 or And don't worry -- everyone will get their objects back at the end of the evening.


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