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Re: “Maggi Payne

Maggi Payne
Too seldom on the stage, Maggi Payne's presence is nonetheless felt deeply, far and wide by any lucky enough to encounter her boundless, truly singular sensibility. An interdisciplinary builder of timbre, light, movement, and objects that entice play, Payne's acoustic and electro-acoustic works often include video, dance, transparencies, and film. She has recordings on more than a dozen different labels and serves as Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College. Don’t miss this amazing chance to join Maggi Payne in the small sound chamber at Second Act.

Tania Chen
Toy pianist, experimental musician, and free improviser, Tania Chen, brings her found objects, lo-fi electronics, and pianoworks to Second Act. Acclaimed as a foremost performer of compositions by John Cage, Michael Parsons, and Cornelius Cardew, tale of Chen's full range must also include her improvisational duos with Steve Beresford on an album called "Ointment", with Jon Raskin and Bruce Ackley of the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Basically, the best way to grasp this virtuoso's mastery of musical chance and moment is to step directly inside the time space continuum with her. Your portal opens Wed 6.17.15

Extra Soft Earthquake
Who's to say if it's love lorn knees about to swoon, or the solar system tugging at tectonics just enough to tousle your hair, only the bubbles in your brain are precise enough to register disaster of these proportions. The question becomes, who else feels it and for that, you need something extra: a resonant frequency for detecting others. With two masters of tectonic touslings, Jon Leidecker (wobbly) and Jake Rodriguez (bran(...)pos) spinning the top, few will be left standing at this, their debut performance.

Earth Jerks
Christian Dixon knows humans, not only has he played with them as with his famed trio Death Sentence Panda! he defies their spiritual death by running a record shop, and it's even rumored he created a real human inside his house. But if you separate him from other humans, something strange happens, it's as if he can summon the personhood of machines. As documented on the Computer Tapes label, his solo project, Earth Jerks, demonstrates how to use gaffer's tape effectively and how to abide by the adage; "3 chords good, 2 chords better, 1 chord best". The audience will be asked to keep a safe and silent distance during this demonstration.

Posted by Jaems Daekenleper on 06/09/2015 at 4:25 PM

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Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

Bay Area politicians have had a decade and more to learn from NYC's example, this is what legislation to protect lives looks like:

Its not knee jerk evictions, not banning tent cities from our delicate eyesight or ass-covering for the powerful. The viable solutions are political and economic. Blame lies squarely with political leaders who wont lead, only fund-raise; banks with no incentive to develop non-profit communities only to extract fees. And, present journalist excepted, news organizations that dont report, just peddle ad impressions. Not least, major arts organizations that offer only freelance work to local artists, little or no thought given to funding and promoting local grass roots spaces. The big give has been SFMOMA deigning to publish a web page, the Open Space blog. Compare that with the $305M renovation of the Fisher family art barn.

Let's hope city officials throughout the Bay Area read this reporting, or that new political leaders who stand for more than profitability can take their place.

Posted by Porphyry Group on 11/29/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Experimental Rock Group Wolf Eyes Throws "Psycho Jazz Weekend"

Nice mention around the 15min mark of this podcast where these efforts are cited as a more ambitious alternative to what major galleries and museums attempt in the world of fine arts. It's welcome to see some reverberation between underground and ivory tower.

Posted by Jaems Daekenleper on 11/10/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Black Spirituals Probe Sound and Heritage

Black Spirituals will play Sat, July 25 at San Francisco's Center For New Music, 55 Taylor, 8pm

Posted by Jaems Daekenleper on 06/17/2015 at 10:45 AM

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