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Other Minds Festival 25: “Moment’s Notice” October 14-17


Heralded by NPR as a “Who’s Who of the avant-garde” and The Wire as “a forum for forward-thinking composers and an opportunity to hear performances of a uniformly challenging and rigorous nature,” San Francisco’s only international festival of avant-garde music returned to celebrate its milestone 25th anniversary! Other Minds Festival 25: “Moment’s Notice” brought to the stage twenty-six of the greatest living artists working in the field of improvised music. Across four nights, OM 25 featured a rare convergence of pioneering icons of free improvised music side-by-side with  emerging artists whose work is at once a continuance and an expansion of the jazz avant-garde.

Festival artists included MacArthur Genius Award winners Mary Halvorson and Tyshawn Sorey; Guggenheim Fellows Jen Shyu and Zeena Parkins; Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winners William Parker and Myra Melford; NEA Jazz Masters Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell; Berlin Prize Awardee Elliott Sharp; and several additional performers whose music is a vital expression of the traditions of improvisation. Performances crossed disciplines to include dance, theater, and video including pianist/composer Myra Melford who partnered with Butoh dancer Oguri; William Parker’s dance/theater work, The Sky is Trembling featuring dancer Patricia Nicholson; and Jen Shyu’s luminous Nine Doors, a theatrical work heralded by the New York Times as a “dizzying,” “imaginative ritual” sung in multiple languages and performed by Shyu on a variety of instruments.

Click here to visit the OM 25 webpage.

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