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In this August 2011 issue:
1. Something Else: Rare Fluxus Films on September 15
2. Something Else: Yoshi Wada added to September 17 Fluxus Performance
3. Setting Moon, Rising Mei and the New Miller
4. Charlotte Moorman on radiOM.org
5. Eventwire: San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
6. Eventwire: Ikue Mori at Mills College


1. Something Else: Rare Fluxus Films on September 15


Other Minds presents

Something Else // onscreen
Thursday, September 15, 7:30pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street, San Francisco
$20 general / $15 student / $50 benefit
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Join us for a special screening of rare performance footage featuring Fluxus artists Nam June Paik (pictured), Dick Higgins, Philip Corner, Yoshi Wada, Charlotte Moorman (pictured), Ben Vautier, Alison Knowles, and more. Curated by filmmaker Peter Esmonde and Other Minds, Something Else // onscreen offers a rare glimpse of historical footage of radical Fluxus performances in all their hilarity, profundity, and fecundity. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion with Knowles and Fluxus scholar Hannah Higgins, and a no-host reception in the Balcony Bar.


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2. Something Else: Yoshi Wada added to September 17 Fluxus Performance


Other Minds presents

Something Else // in performance
Saturday, September 17, 8pm
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
$20 general / $15 student / $50 benefit
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Other Minds is pleased to announce that its Fluxus Semicentenary will feature the world premiere of Yoshi's Sound Store, featuring Yoshi Wada. After meeting George Maciunas in 1968, Yoshi Wada became deeply involved in performances with Fluxus artists, while also studying with North Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath (who also mentored Terry Riley and La Monte Young). His works have ranged from pure performance to sound installation, and he will be joined by his son, the accomplished composer/performer Tashi Wada.

The evening, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fluxus, will also feature Alison Knowles in performances of her works Loose Pages and Fluxus With Tools. Other Fluxus classics by Yoko Ono, La Monte Young, Dick Higgins and others will receive new realizations. The evening begins with a "panel discussion" at 7pm and will include an exhibition and Fluxus store. Be sure to arrive ready for... Something Else!

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3. Setting Moon, Rising Mei and the New Miller


Other Minds is pleased to welcome two new staff members to its team: Cynthia Mei and Brent Miller.

Cynthia (pictured) is a veteran of the new music scene in the Bay Area, and was in fact on the Other Minds stage in 2008 as the leader and violinist for the Adorno Ensemble, which she founded and directed. Their world premiere performance of Dan Becker's Keeping Time was one of the highlights of Other Minds 13, and we're excited to welcome Cynthia as Development Director.

At the same time we're sorry to be losing Emma Moon, who was an incredible team member at Other Minds for more than five years. She guided the organization's Development efforts through times robust and challenging, and we'll miss her tireless energy and heartfelt dedication to OM. Emma has accepted a prestigious position as flutist for the Utah Symphony, so though we'll miss her, we know she'll love her new life as a full-time musician!

We're also glad to welcome Brent Miller to the team, as Program Assistant. Born in Arkansas, Brent studied composition at the University of Arkansas, University of Missouri - Kansas City, and SUNY Stony Brook. He's been supporting the OM Festival for a years as a volunteer and Production Coordinator, and we're thrilled he's joined the team in an expanded role, supporting all the programs of OM.

With our new team members in place, we're thrilled to embark on another year of innovative new music programs, and hope to see you all at our Fluxus events next month, at the OM Festival in March of next year, and on our Facebook page.



4. Charlotte Moorman on radiOM.org

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Interview with Charlotte Moorman (1970)

Harvey Matusow interviews cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman in New York City. Recorded in 1970, Moorman discusses the history of her Festival of Avant-Garde Arts.

Charlotte Moorman became famous in New York City in the 1960's for playing avant-garde music, occasionally in the nude. She was also closely associated with Nam June Paik, who created many works for her, including the famous TV Bra for Living Sculpture (1969; see above photo) with two small television receivers in place of a bra. Moorman performed at many Fluxus events in NYC in the 1960's, and became a spokesperson for experimental art practices.

Harvey Matusow, on the other hand, was a charlatan, superb con man, sometimes art dealer, and new music producer. He is perhaps more famous for his dealings with the McCarthy era, House Commitee on Un-American Activities hearings in the 1950's (see his book "False Witness") for which he spent some time in jail. As you could expect, this interview is very, very interesting, and gives one an excellent sense of the avant-garde scene in NYC in the late 1960's.


5. Eventwire: San Francisco Electronic Music Festival


San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday, September 8-11, 8pm
Brava Theater Center and
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Now in its 12th year, the artist-run San Francisco Electronic Music Festival offers four nights of immersion in the world of fixed media. This year's event pays tribute to two electro-legends who passed in 2011: Milton Babbitt's Philomel will be performed by Dina Emerson, and Marielle Jakobsons will help honor Max Mathews. Their works highlight a roster packed with local talent, including Tim Perkis with Tom Djil, the 0th Collective, Kadet Kuhne, and Zachary Watkins. The international roster also features Christian Marclay with Shelley Hirsch, and electro-minimalist JD Emmanuel.


6. Eventwire: Ikue Mori at Mills College

Ikue Mori
Saturday, September 10, 8pm
Littlefield Concert Hall
Mills College, Oakland

Tokyo-born Ikue Mori appears at Mills for an evening of improvisations and multimedia compositions. Mori, known today as a central figure in New York's experimental and improvised music scene, began her career as the drummer for no wave band DNA, alongside guitarist Arto Lindsay. She's toured with John Zorn's Electric Masada, and recorded numerous albums as soloist and with collaborators like Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, and Kim Gordon. At Mills, Mori will premiere her new work Puppetry, and be joined by Fred Frith (OM 10) and William Winant (OM 11) for pieces from Kibyoshi, for live animation and music.

 

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