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Welcome to Other Minds ®, a global New Music community where composers, students, and listeners discover and learn about innovative music by composers from all over the world.

Other Minds is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco. We thank our many loyal supporters for their commitment to encouraging and propagating new and unusual music.

– Charles Amirkhanian, Executive & Artistic Director

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OM 22: Lou Harrison Centennial

Now in its 22nd year, Other Minds presents a special edition of its annual festival by celebrating the life and work of quintessential American Maverick composer Lou Harrison on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary. Other Minds will stage two evening-length concerts featuring more than 100 musicians in total at the Mission Dolores Basilica on Saturday, February 18th and Saturday, May 20th 2017. Both concerts begin at 7:30 PM. Read more... 

Concert Schedule     |    Buy Tickets:  Concert 2, May 20, 2017 

Press: SF Chronicle on OM 22   |   Video: Jahla: Celebrating Lou @ 100

Lou Harrison, photo by John Fago
 Lou in Telluride, CO ©1989 John Fago

Andrew Roth © Drew Kelly

Lou Harrison Centennial Website

Other Minds has launched a group-sourced calendar featuring events honoring the legendary American composer.

We invite you to list your events taking place between now and the end of 2017, learn more about Harrison's work, find other events celebrating his life and identify opportunities for collaboration. 

Lou Harrison discussion group on FacebookHave something to say about Lou? Join our discussion group on Facebook.

NEXT on The Nature of Music: Andrew Roth

Thursday, April 13, 2017
David Brower Center, Berkeley

Join Us for this year's first installment of our Nature of Music series in collaboration with the David Brower Center. 

Andrew Roth is an audio engineer and sound designer. He has produced two albums of music created out of natural sounds, one recorded in Costa Rica and the other in Japan. Roth goes into natural (and sometimes man-made) environments to record sound and then recombines the recorded sound to create original compositions.

Post-performance Q& A with Charles Amirkhanian.



Charles Amirkhanian's Lexical Music now available on CD for the first time

The new edition of Lexical Music will be released on February 3rd, the birthday of Gertrude Stein. One of the selections, she she and she, was composed for performance on her 100th birthday in 1974. The audio has been remastered by Andrew Weathers for CD from the original tape and includes the liner notes by Larry Wendt and Stephen Ruppenthal for the 1750 Arch edition. Designer Gretchen Korsmo modeled the new artwork as closely as possible after the original LP. In addition to digging up new color photographs by Carol Law, Other Minds has commissioned a new introductory essay by Julian Cowley (The Wire, Musicworks) in which Cowley traces the continuing legacy of Amirkhanian's work since the initial release of Lexical Music


Alvin Curran: November 20, 2016

Alvin Curran, interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian, introduced previously unseen video of his environmental performance pieces played in various countries, including an amazing multi-musician event near the mouth of Mt. Etna in Sicily. The event took place on our series, The Nature of Music, in collaboration with The David Brower Center at their Goldman Theatre in Berkeley on Sunday November 20th, before a star-studded audience of new music practitioners and fans.

Read a review by Allan Cronin of the evening's happenings on New Music Buff.

Photo by Richard Friedman.


Other Minds is on KALW with a series: "Music from Other Minds" - curated & hosted by Dennis Aman, Dan Becker and Richard Friedman every Friday night (Pacific time) at 11pm-12 Midnight. With a minimum of talk, hear the latest releases of contemporary music, sent to us from around the world by composers and record companies widening the continuum of modern music.

Listen live in the San Francisco Bay Area at 91.7 FM or hear the stream from their website. Our playlist is available at the "Music from Other Minds" website. You can also stream many of our 400+ past programs.

Visit our site to hear hundreds of hours of music & interviews from the archives of Other Minds. OM has been preserving recordings from the analog (and digital) eras and making them available for free streaming on radiOM. Listen to the work and words of maverick composers of the past such as Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, and Conlon Nancarrow. Hear performances of present day composers from Other Minds Festivals and events. Checkout the homepage for several highlighted listenings...

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