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In this December 2011 issue:
1. OM Fellowship Composers 2012
2. End-of-year treats from
3. Thank you for your support- we're almost there!
4. Eventwire: Culture of Chance
5. Eventwire: SF Tape Music Festival

1. OM Fellowship Composers 2012

After the success of the inaugural Composer Fellowship last March, where OM 16 audiences were treated to new works by four emerging "other minds," we were thrilled to receive applications from across the globe for this year's Fellowship.

In 2012, intrepid festival-goers will again enjoy a glimpse of music by four young innovators:

Other Minds Composer Fellowship Concert
featuring Rootstock Percussion (Chris Froh, Dan Kennedy, Loren Mach)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:30pm
THE LAB, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco
Reception to follow
Tickets go on sale in January

The program includes new and revised works by four composers:
D. Edward Davis, currently enrolled at Duke University
John P. Hastings, CalArts MFA '08, now living and working in Brooklyn
Peter Swendsen, Asst. Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts at Oberlin Conservatory
Jen Wang, currently enrolled at UC Berkeley

Don't miss this special program, and a chance to meet these four young composers as well as the OM Festival featured composers.

Listen to last year's Fellowship concert

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2. End-of-year treats from color_logo_442.jpg

A few holiday and new year's treats from the OM Archive:

San Francisco Chamber Music Society: 1973 Christmas Concert
Larry Jackson presents the first half of the San Francisco Chamber Music Society's 1973 Christmas Concert, which he recorded on December 9, 1973 at the Lone Mountain College Chapel in San Francisco. The music includes Christmas theme choral works by a wide variety of 19th- and 20th-Century composers, including Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms, David Kraehenbuehl, John Panyter, and Claude Debussy, and others, all performed by the Oakland Symphony Chamber Chorus under the direction of Joseph Liebling. In addition, organist Wyatt Insko plays a number of works. Taken all together this concert is a wonderful blend of modern and traditional Christmas music. Note: Unfortunately this is only the first half of the concert and some of the performers and pieces mentioned at the start are not included.

New Music Ensemble Christmas Concert, December 4, 1971
A Christmas Concert by the San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble held at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco on December 4, 1971. This program features works by Leland Smith, Erik Satie, Shin'ichi Matsushita, as well as the world premieres of Illuminatio Nocturna by Robert Moran and Noël by Arne Mellnäs. All performed by the New Music Ensemble under the direction of Howard Hersh. (from KPFA Folio)

World Ear Project:
New Year's Eve, College Avenue, Berkeley, California, Jan. 1, 1985

How would you like to lie down in a busy street (invisibly, of course), and take it all in? That could have been this recording's vantage point of sound. Thoughts are things at the crossroads in no man's land. Howling engines crank the emotions. But do they fill us with fear? Serendipity is one of nature's gifts. Even man made ones. These are the sounds I live with, I sleep by. They are the persistent aural backdrop of my home life. My one year old daughter stops to listen, to hear. It's not always New Year's Eve. The relentless flow of man and his creations, sounds abstracted, disembodied, become the seed, the experience. Become a unified thought field upon which we may hear our minds as they think. And when we think ourselves bored by spans of seeming inactivity on this street, let us remember the space between the breaths, and we shall acknowledge together, we stand (some of us lie) admonished for this missed opportunity. -Jack Adams

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3. Thank you for your support- we're almost there!

We are approaching our year-end fundraising goal of $48,000: we've already received $36,271 thanks to the wonderful generosity of folks like you, the Gathering of Other Minds.

Please consider a gift this year to Other Minds, if you've not yet done so. We simply cannot imagine a world without innovative, inspiring people, and captivating performances. If you're reading this e-mail, you likely feel the same.

Our variety of offerings, including the OM Festival and Fellowship,, "Music From Other Minds" radio program, and other special events, is only possible through the support of fearless and imaginative music lovers like you.

Please visit to make your donation.

Thank you!
The Board and Staff of Other Minds

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4. Eventwire: Culture of Chance

Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance
Now through January 26
Reception Friday, January 6, 2012, 6pm
Community Conversation Wednesday, January 18, 7pm
Closing Reception Thursday, January 26, 6pm
SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco

"Get Lucky" is a centennial birthday celebration of John Cage, curated by Justin Hoover and Hanna Regev. The show features a multimedia and multidimensional look at an array of investigations into the implications of chance operations in the arts and across cultural beliefs, values and practices. The closing reception includes a curatorial walk-through and a panel discussion hosted by international curator Jeff Kelley, with Kathleen Burch (founding member of the Center for the Book), Marks Lam (President of the I-Ching Science and Culture Association), and artists Jim Melchert, David Middlebrook, and Tom Marioni.

5. Eventwire: SF Tape Music Festival

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2012
Friday-Sunday, January 20-22, 2012
ODC Theater, San Francisco

The venerable SF Tape Music Festival returns with three evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media works by 25 composers from points near and far. This year's event honors John Cage and will include two new realizations of tape scores. The program also features works by Milton Babbitt, Raymond Scott, Jim Henson, Luc Ferrari (OM 5), Matthew Barnard (UK), Dan Joseph (NYC), Adam Basanta (Montréal) and locals Thom Blum, Cliff Caruthers, Jacob Felix Heule, Matt Ingalls, Kristin Miltner, Maggi Payne, and Rubber (O) Cement™.


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