Other Minds has produced numerous events over the years, released dozens of recordings and has made acquisitions of archival materials that otherwise would be unavailable to the New Music community. Here we present a graphic summary of our activities in the form of a timeline, which gives a visual representation of our activities over the years, and adds relevant dates and milestones in recent new music history.
December 3, 2020
Jim Nollman is a composer of music for theater, a conceptual artist, an environmental activist, an author, and a pioneer of in the field of interspecies music and communication. He has recorded interspecies music with various other animals. He released several albums on Folkways Records, including Playing Music with Animals: Interspecies Communication of Jim Nollman with 300 Turkeys, 12 Wolves and 20 Orcas.
March 12, 2020
Definition: 1) Hutong (simplified Chinese: 胡同; traditional Chinese: 衚衕 or 胡同; pinyin: hútòng) are a type of narrow lane or alleyway in a traditional residential area of a Chinese city, especially Beijing. 2) Hutong, an opera by Kui Dong, Libretto by Monica Datta and dramaturg Paul Schick, Story by Monica Datta. Hutong is a comic opera in fifteen parts about the whimsical nature of urban coincidence and the white space between vignettes. Set during a late summer in Beijing.
February 19, 2020
On this installment of Latitudes, Angel Archer indulged us with extended rituals from a dimly lit corner of kosmische psychedelia and ambient soundscape. Henry Birdsey visits from the East Coast to perform microtonal drone hymns for lap steel guitar.
January 19, 2020
Composer Charles Amirkhanian began incorporating ambient sounds in his music in the 1970s and long has championed others who share his interest. On the 75th anniversary of his birthday (January 19, 1945, 4:37pm, Fresno, California) his music was featured on the 13th installment of our series “The Nature of Music,” in a special benefit concert that doubles as a record release party for his new 2-CD set Loudspeakers on the New World Records label.
November 8, 2019
Armed with a battery of consumer-grade electronics and an unwholesome passion for sci-fi and AM radio, audio plunderer Joseph Hammer assembles found sound detritus into a palace of labyrinthine referents. Kaori Suzuki rewards endurance with transcendence in a set featuring modified melodica and oscillators.
August 16, 2019
For Latitudes 13, the duo of Marcia Bassett and Samara Lubelski combine violin and e-bowed guitar in a thick tranquilizing compound. Like a viscous syrup, the slow-moving drones ooze chromatically across their instruments. John Krausbauer and Kaori Suzuki’s existential and ecstatic free drone music emanates an intense ritualistic vibe—the kind of music that would make a suitably ominous soundtrack to one of Hermann Nitsch’s notorious aktions.
July 20, 2019
On this installment of Latitudes, Other Minds teamed up with the San Francisco Art Book Fair to present vocalist/composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, sound artist Chris Duncan, and the electronics and percussion duo IMA at Center for New Music.
July 10, 2019
Utopic folk dreamer Andrew Weathers visits the Bay Area from his hideaway in rural West Texas with a set of guitar-driven ambient folk works that drift seamlessly between rigor and flexibility to deliver a message that’s at turns weary and optimistic. AMMA ATERIA presents a dense sonic menagerie of distant and closely mic’d subjects forming an unsteady equilibrium hovering above a bed of luxuriant drones.
June 15, 2019
OM 24, CONCERTS 2 & 3: Brian Baumbusch- “The Pressure” & Ivan Wyschnegradsky, music for 4 quarter-tone pianos
Single-minded and visionary composers are so often the ones most easily ignored by the changing currents of music taste. Ivan Wyschnegradsky (1893-1979) led a life characterized by exile and cultural exclusion; he was never part of any school, and the individuality of his work reflects his personal and lifelong determination to honor his deeply idiosyncratic muse. He was a founding father of microtonal composition but never compromised his artistic principles to gain the public ear. A mystical belief in the value of his work sustained him through these decades of neglect, affording his music surety and conviction. Other Minds Festival 24 will include the first ever American retrospective of the works of Ivan Wyschnegradsky and a newly commissioned work, "The Pressure"– a tale of gothic horror, for narrator and ensemble by the California based composer Brain Baumbusch.
June 13, 2019
What if Captain Beefheart had cut his teeth listening to The Fall instead of Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley? The result might have sounded like Receptacles—a joyfully shambolic deconstructionist collision of rhythms and riffs. Kyle Bruckmann’s DEGRADIENT gleefully collides elements of skronk, fried analog noise and dark prog, adding significant heaviness to his signature polyrhythmic clatter, formal complexity, and black humor.
May 2, 2019
The New Haven, CT duo Tongue Depressor perform trance-inducing fiddle music that seethes with beating overtones and a high lonesome sound. The unlikely pairing of lap steel dobro and koto makes up the L.A.-based duo of Caspar Sonnet and Kozue Matsumoto. Together they scrape, bow and pluck their way through an investigation of the versatile sound palette and extended possibilities of their instruments.
April 24, 2019
Other Minds’ Latitudes series continued with The Master and Enigma: Paul Metzger, a bonafide American folk outsider, performs his entrancing hymnprovisations for modified 23 string banjo. Minneapolis’ mercurial mystery man John Saint Pelvyn makes an ultra-rare Bay Area appearance performing on solo electric guitar—barely harnessed feedback, f-hole howling, mid-jam retunings and whammy bar abuse all-included.
April 13, 2019
Composer Matthew Burtner makes music with glaciers, a business fraught with the hazards of calving, melting and, on occasion, over-modulating. His recent impressive CD release, Glacier Music, was the subject of his interview concert with OM Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian.
March 23, 2019
Single-minded and visionary composers are so often the ones most easily ignored by the changing currents of music taste. Ivan Wyschnegradsky (1893-1979) led a life characterized by exile and cultural exclusion; the individuality of his work reflects his personal and lifelong determination to honor his deeply idiosyncratic muse. He was a founding father of microtonal composition and theory. He never compromised his artistic principles to gain the public ear. A mystical belief in the value of his work sustained him through these decades of neglect, affording his music surety and conviction.
March 8, 2019
Gabriel Mindel Saloman, known widely for his work in seminal noise band Yellow Swans, joins Latitudes to present his ongoing investigations into music of the liberated body. Composer and instrument-builder Ashley Bellouin is joined by guitarist Ben Bracken to conjure a sound equal parts spiritual, mental, and physical—minimal by design, maximal in spirit.
February 12, 2019
William Fowler Collins gives voice to a spectacular chroma of dread with a performance of works from his most recent full-length record Field Music—a seething, pulsing soundtrack in honor of the landscape in which the world’s first atomic bomb was assembled. “Geneva Skeen evokes Californian vistas and the corruption festering behind them with the same uneasiness as Lana Del Rey’s West Coast or Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. Her genuinely evocative music fully communicates its ideas and intentions even without accompanying data.” — Wire Magazine
February 10, 2019
Duo pianists Maki Namakawa and Dennis Russell Davies present an evening of works for two pianos: Shostakovich's arrangement of his Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.
January 25, 2019
Arrington de Dionyso conjures utopic zones through ritual trance and the high spirits of electrified rock and roll. The iconoclastic duo DunkelpeK transmits an amalgamated soundworld through percussion and electric guitar, chopping their many influences to bits and reassembling them in a quest for new musical possibilities.
January 10, 2019
Anne Guthrie is an acoustician, composer, and French horn player based in San Francisco, CA. She studied music composition at University of Iowa, and architectural acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Insitute. Her music combines processed field recordings and instrumental improvisation while exploiting architectural and psycho-acoustic phenomena to distort and obscure sonic identities. Along with her solo work, she often performs and records with Billy Gomberg as FrauFraulein, and with Gomberg and Richard Kamerman as Delicate Sen.
December 20, 2018
Pedal steel guitar player Chuck Johnson’s western-tinged ambient works drawl out slow and stately, like disappearing shadows on the desert floor while the sun rises overhead. Again, the light changes with trumpet player and vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf whose blurred melancholic songs obscure the day’s memories in a mesmeric haze.
December 5, 2018
Grammy Award winning pianist Gloria Cheng teams up with the father of minimalism, Terry Riley, for a recital of Riley’s music. Gloria Cheng has a decades long relationship with Terry Riley’s music.
November 15, 2018
Bill Orcutt weaves looping melodic lines and angular attack into a dense, fissured landscape of American primitivism, outsider jazz, and a stripped-down re-envisioning of the possibilities of the guitar. Zachary James Watkins studied composition with Janice Giteck, Jarrad Powell, Robin Holcomb and Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College. In 2006, Zachary received an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College where he studied with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran and Pauline Oliveros.
October 16, 2018
Linda Bouchard’s works are defined by the importance of color and textures, and the structures of her compositions are intimately linked to the orchestral choices she makes for each composition, be it a solo piece or a composition for full orchestra.
October 10, 2018
From Tokyo, Japan, guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama brings his motorik “infinite boogie” and graveside blues minimalism to the Center for New Music. Ecstatic music aesthete John Krausbauer opens with a trance-inducing exploration of amplified violin and stroboscopic lighting.
July 12, 2018
Joshua Churchill and John Davis operate spontaneously to create densely layered organic and atmospheric works, combining Churchill’s dynamic soundscapes with Davis’s handmade, and often hand processed, 16mm and Super 8 films. For Other Minds, Joshua Churchill and John Davis presented a collaborative performance that engaged viewers in meditative and abstract environments, using imagery and sounds rooted in the environment and its natural rhythms.
July 5, 2018
The records of Other Minds are now processed and available for research in the UCSC Special Collections & Archives reading room. The completed finding aid is available here: Other Minds: The Cultivation of Experimental Music in the Bay Area and Beyond
May 22, 2018
Michael Pisaro is a composer, guitarist, and a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. Hi is also a member of the composition faculty at CalArts in Valencia, CA. He has written over 80 works for a wide variety of instrumental combinations, including several pieces for variable instrumentation. Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Brussels, Curitiba (Brazil), Berlin, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Zürich, and Cologne.
April 9, 2018
Other Minds Festival 23 (performances April 9-14, 2018), was devoted to text-sound compositional work utilizing “speech” as a musical medium–text, isolated phonemes, and other vocal utterances as sound material and structural elements. Much of this repertoire also involved aspects of electronic manipulation in live performance.
February 15, 2018
Internationally-renowned sound artist Bill Fontana uses sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of natural and architectural spaces. He often uses a rich orchestration of live sounds from numerous locations in a landscape, collapsing the experience of square miles of geography to the space of a room.
December 6, 2017
When conductor/pianist Dennis Russell Davies directed our Lou Harrison concert in February he said, “And now I’d like to do a benefit for Other Minds.” He and his partner Maki Namekawa flew back from Austria to perform a special concert of Philip Glass’ music for two pianos in a very intimate setting for our fans.
November 9, 2017
We were thrilled to have one of the world’s leading figures in this genre, New Zealand-born New Yorker Annea Lockwood, with us to present and discuss her music of the world’s rivers. Annea’s work is far-reaching in scope, ranging from works for conventional voices and instruments to graphic scores, electronics, and manipulated sounds.
June 11, 2017
Marielle V Jakobsons is a composer and intermedia artist based in Oakland, CA. Her compositions evoke minimalism with melodic drone and enveloping polyrhythmic soundscapes of synthesizers, strings, and voice. She builds installations and instruments which bring focus to visceral experience of sound and light, most recently with her “Macro-Cymatic Visual Music Instrument.”
April 13, 2017
Andrew Roth, one of America’s most creative and versatile sound designers presented a program and retrospective of his work, in particular his most recent cd, Natural Sounds of Japan. His creative mediums span the gamut from audio cds to creating sound environments for amusement parks, radio, television, film, and video games.
February 18, 2017
FEBRUARY 18, 19, & MAY 20, 2017. Lou Silver Harrison (1917-2003) was a pioneering environmentalist, early advocate of gay rights, but most of all, one of America’s most original and maverick composers. He has been an inspiration to a generation of younger composers and world musicians, and his works have been celebrated worldwide in honor of his one hundredth birthday. Works by Korean composer Isang Yun (1917-1995) were also featured on the occasion of his centennial.
November 20, 2016
Alvin Curran has been a leader in many areas of experimental music since the Sixties. In keeping with the theme THE NATURE OF MUSIC, the composer screened some of his private videos of the major environmental performance works he’s created. As a pioneer in this genre (also practiced by John Cage, R. Murray Schafer, Charlie Morrow, Pauline Oliveros, and later John Luther Adams, among many others), Curran’s work is distinguished by a heightened sensitivity to overall formal construction but without reference to mathematics or music theory.
September 7, 2016
Raven Chacon (born Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA) is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, an installation artist, and is recognized as one of the few Native Americans working in these multiple genres. He performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with numerous ensembles in the American Southwest.
May 11, 2016
Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder. Over the last decade she has focused on investigating sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments. Leonard is fascinated by the subtle intricacies of sounds.
March 4, 2016
OM 21’s large roster of composers came from an eclectic range of musical backgrounds and styles, in works ranging from Gavin Bryars' post-Renaissance inspired and labyrinthine harmonies of his Second Book of Madrigals to the eloquent and emotionally direct works of Meredith Monk. The recipient of numerous international awards and honors, she was presented a 2014 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Also on the bill was Michael Gordon, who, in the words of the New Yorker merges “subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power in his music, embodying the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.”
January 25, 2016
Modern Hits (an anagram for Other Minds), a new series of digital-only recordings of works by under-recognized Bay Area electronic music composers is released. The series features unreleased recordings as well as reissues of previously released material. The series will shed a new light on the oft-lauded and vibrant electronic music community of the Bay Area.
March 6, 2015
In the words of Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian, “As we look back at the nearly 200 composers we’ve brought to San Francisco for these gatherings, it seemed a good time to tip our hat to some of our most surprising discoveries who have gone on to make signal contributions to international concert life.”
October 10, 2014
Morton Feldman's "For Bunita Marcus" (1985), a special salon concert. Canadian-born pianist Marc-André Hamelin crosses into the twilight zone of modern piano repertoire in a hypnotic 70-minute work by Morton Feldman. In the composer’s words, "For Bunita Marcus" was untypical of my music, but I’ll tell you exactly how I wrote it, formally speaking. Not the notes; the notes didn’t write the piece. I have a talent for notes, the way some people have a talent for catching fish…I just pull them back out of my ear – no problem at all."
February 28, 2014
In celebration of the Bay Area’s heritage as a pioneering stronghold of arts and culture, for the first time the OM 19 Festival presented an entirely Northern California cast of composers, including Mark Applebaum, John Bischoff, Joseph Byrd, Charles Céleste Hutchins, Myra Melford, Roscoe Mitchell, Wendy Reid, and John Schott. The disparate experimental worlds of jazz, laptops, DJs, and improvisation were gathered together in one place.
November 17, 2013
In the first West Coast performance of A Secret Rose, written for an orchestra of 100 electric guitars, Rhys Chatham performed and conducted this groundbreaking work at the historic Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA on Sunday, November 17th.
September 22, 2013
CD release concert for OM Records, A Sweeter Music. Sarah Cahill, piano. Berkeley Festival Storefront, University Avenue, Berkeley CA
April 14, 2013
Calefax Reed Quintet, home of Jim Newman and Jane Ivory, San Francisco. Amsterdam-based wind ensemble performed the world premiere of Conlon Nancarrow's Study No. 44 in a new arrangement, along with works by Michelangelo Rossi, and Frederic Rzewski. Calefax films of Nancarrow's Studies 2, 3c, and 18.
February 28, 2013
World music offerings took center stage at OM 18 including a remarkable array of woodwinds, from the soprano recorder of the world’s most widely-hailed Baroque recorder player, Michala Petri, and Anna Petrini’s rare Paetzold contrabass recorder, to the ultra-long Indian low-registered flute, the bansuri, by the great Indian classical music master, G.S. Sachdev.
November 2, 2012
Conlon Nancarrow was not big on celebrating birthdays. Nevertheless, a centennial is an occasion for paying tribute to his life and music, and a good reason to reunite and reminisce. The ingenious complexity of Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Piano, giving composers a way to activate several melodies at simultaneously different tempi, has been one of the most pivotal achievements in music’s last century.
March 1, 2012
In Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland, a distinctive musical style has developed–a rich vein of experimentalism that has a personality and musical vocabulary all its own. Scandinavia was well represented at Other Minds Festival 17 by the composers Øyvind Torvund, Norway; Simon Steen-Andersen, Denmark; and Lotta Wennäkoski, Finland. OM 17 opened with the American debut of the featured Norwegian sextet, palindromically named asamisimasa. Newly invented instruments, aerosol cans and bullhorns, alongside conventional orchestral instruments, mirror the diversity of musical influences and quotations.
October 1, 2011
Other Minds New Music Tour of Iceland, October 1-10, 2011. Attending the opening of the futuristic new concert complex Harpa and the Nordic Music Days Festival in Reykjavik. Charles Amirkhanian and Carol Law led a group of 15 through the natural wonders of rugged Iceland, concluding with the lighting by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon of the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, with a last-second emergence of the Northern Lights in the background.
September 15, 2011
Inevitably, the question is asked, “What is Fluxus?” According to Webster’s dictionary, a state of flux is "a state of constant and continuous change." Simply stated, a Fluxus performance is one in which attention is paid to something simultaneously both ordinary and extraordinary.
March 13, 2011
When classical composer Alan Hovhaness died in 2000, he left a legacy that reflected both his prodigious composing abilities as well as his trailblazing interest in music from around the world. Having written over 400 works that included operas, symphonies, concertos, oratorios, chamber works, and orchestral pieces, Hovhaness incorporated Indian, Korean, Japanese, and Armenian influences into his repertoire, forming a canon that is best described as world classical music.
March 3, 2011
Other Minds Festival 16 cast its nets very broadly and brought together an eclectic group of composers from all over the world: Southeast Asia, Europe, and the US. Not only geographically diverse, but style-wise and age-wise; they couldn't have been more widely varied. From Balinese electric guitar, to work developed from Hopi, Zuni, and Pueblo Indian musics, to classical string quartet, OM 16 was rich with variety.
March 2, 2011
Composers Fellowship Concert, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco. Winners of OM's Young Composers Competition. Nicholas Chase, Lisa Coons, Ben Hjertmann, and Zibuokle Martinaityte had their work performed one day prior to OM 16 and spent a day at the Djerassi Program with the featured guest composers.
January 16, 2011
Trimpin is a German born kinetic sculptor, sound artist, and musician currently living in Seattle, Washington. Trimpin’s work integrates sculpture and sound across a variety of media including fixed installation and live music, theater, and dance performance. His works are known to be electro-mechanically actuated by embedded microcontrollers that communicate digitally through MIDI.
September 27, 2010
Music by Dane Rudhyar performed by the Ives String Quartet; Sarah Cahill, piano; and David Abel and Julie Steinberg, violin and piano. Panel with Leyla Rudhyar and biographer Deniz Ertan. Exhibits of painting, manuscripts, and correspondence. Rudhyar: "My purpose in composing is to attempt to induce in both performers and listeners the capacity to live more intensely and feel more deeply."
April 19, 2010
The American premiere of Edgard Varèse: The One Alone, a film by Dutch producer Frank Scheffer, presented by Other Minds. Including interviews with Pierre Boulez, John Cage, and Elliott Carter. Kabuki Sundance Theatre, San Francisco; selected for the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
March 4, 2010
In 2010, to celebrate its crystal anniversary, the Other Minds Festival invited composer/performers from across the musical spectrum, the fifteenth year of the annual series. In retrospect, one might think OM has all along been employing a crystal ball to find our composer participants because so many have gone from scant name recognition to increasing prominence in the music scene. OM 15 presented a number of genre defying performers. From the world of new jazz, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, to the acclaimed Chinese-American composer Chou Wen Chung, "triple threat" violinist/vocalist/composer Carla Kihlstedt, Lisa Bielawa, winner of the 2010 Rome Prize, to the radically spare post-minimalism of Tom Johnson, and the American premiere of Dutch filmmaker's documentary on Edgard Varèse, OM 15 had it all (and then some).
November 13, 2009
Henry Cowell: the Whole World of Music, Presidio Chapel, San Francisco. Panel with John Duffy, Anahid Ajemian, George Avakian, moderated by Charles Amirkhanian. Sandra Soderland, organ; Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio, et al. Exhibition of manuscripts and memorabilia.
November 12, 2009
Harold Bloom, the writer and literary critic, would have us believe that great poets necessarily struggle to overcome the influences of their predecessors: that 19th-Century Romantic poets worked under the constant shadow of John Milton, and, perhaps (by interpolation), that mid-20th Century composers had always to deal with the music of Arnold Schoenberg…or that contemporary composers might critique themselves with Pierre Boulez or György Ligeti in mind. Fortunately, for those of us who prefer not to constantly bear the weight of music history upon our shoulders, a spirit of exploration and experiment has come to define a musical tradition in America. For that, we believe we are most indebted to Henry Cowell.
October 9, 2009
The Lester Bowie Tribute Concert at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, presented by Other Minds. This benefit event for Jazz in Flight was in honor of the late jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, with performances by Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, James Carter Quartet, and Fred Ho in a rare solo appearance.
June 15, 2009
Revenge of the Dead Indians (In Memoriam John Cage), film by Henning Lohner. Kabuki Sundance Cinema, San Francisco, presented by Other Minds. This was a full-length documentary honoring the life and work of American composer and artist John Cage. Cage is considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. This documentary features interviews with various personalities from different fields as they introduce us to the life and work of this great American artist.
March 5, 2009
For the 14th festival, Other Minds brought together a veritable United Nations of composers—Cambodia, Denmark, Canada, Poland, Brazil/Germany, and the U.S—a most geographically and genre-wise diverse group of artists. In a bit of a departure, we paid tribute to two late monumental composers: the late Argentinian-born Cologne-based Mauricio Kagel, and Estonian Arvo Pärt. In addition to our complement of great instrumentalists and ensembles, this was the first festival in which an octet of cellos and whistling were an integral component.
December 6, 2008
In contrast to the Other Minds Festival, created for living composers, the New Music Séance events juxtaposed music of the living with the creations of departed composers. The elegant tag line for the events, coined by Molly Mitoma of the OM Staff, said it best: “Summoning the specters of musical forbears, channeling the spirits of their successors.” The historic Swedenborgian Church was the perfect venue to experience the co-mingling of past and present.
March 6, 2008
Our unusual format, combining four days in residence for nine composers in the isolated scenic beauty of the famed Djerassi Resident Artists Program preceded these public performances and providing a welcome opportunity to commune in depth with colleagues and recharge creative juices. The guest performers ranged from avant-garde jazz composer/improviser/world musician Wadada Leo Smith to the deep-thinking composer/theologian Dieter Schnebel's vocal and silent-visual work, the "extended technique" cello work of Frances-Marie Uitti and Michael Bach, and Morton Subotnick, a pioneer of work with electronic sound.
October 11, 2007
Other Minds favorites Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa in a benefit concert for Other Minds at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco. Duo piano works of Philip Glass, Balduin Sulker, Adam Fong, Chen Yi, and arrangements of J.S. Bach by György Kurtág.
May 14, 2007
On the 90th anniversary of the birth of composer Lou Harrison, Other Minds launches a completely updated and redesigned RadiOM website, enabling listeners in 165 countries and territories to access thousands of hours of recordings of digitized programs from the KPFA Music Department archives, given to Other Minds in 1999. The files are hosted by the Internet Archive in San Francisco.
February 24, 2007
The New Music Séance series (2005, 2007, 2008) each featured five hours of otherworldly music in San Francisco’s historic Swedenborgian Church, a fitting venue. Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a scientist who became a mystic philosopher after having strange visions and dreams when he was almost sixty. Emerson, Blake, and Coleridge were among his devotees, along with composer Arnold Schoenberg, who derived aspects of his twelve-tone system from Swedenborg’s teachings.
December 8, 2006
Together, the experience of such renowned composers as Per Nørgård and Peter Sculthorpe represents over 100 years of composing. When we include the time contributed by the other guest composers, performers, and our most dedicated concert-going audience members, literally thousands of years of new music mindfulness animated this community for this special weekend in San Francisco. In addition to “established” new music composers/performers, a slightly younger generation–Maya Rakjke (Norway), Ronald Bruce Smith (Canada), Joëlle Léandre (France), Markus Stockhausen (Germany), Tara Bouman (Netherlands), and Daniel David Feinsmith (U.S.)–were presented.
March 6, 2006
Full of energy and passion, the spirited Del Sol String Quartet reunite with Daniel Bernard Roumain (whose String Quartet No. 4 they premiered at Other Minds 11 in March 2005) for an evening of cutting edge music-making. Daniel Bernard Roumain is a pioneer in new forms, as he marries the instrumentation of string quartet with electric violin, laptop, and Hip Hop turntablist. This first-ever presentation of all four of his works for the quartet medium celebrates iconic figures of American Civil Rights who are the dedicatees of each piece: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Maya Angelou.
December 3, 2005
Webster’s Dictionary defines séance as “a meeting of people to receive spiritualistic messages,” and the Other Minds New Music Séance was envisioned to do just that, in the intimate candlelit surroundings of Bernard Maybeck’s 1895 Arts and Crafts-style Swedenborgian Church. The New Music Séances featured hypnotic, spiritual, and rarely-heard musical gems spanning the past 100 years, as noted pianist Sarah Cahill and the violin-piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann channeled new music's progenitors alongside composers working today.
April 26, 2005
April 26–December 28, 2005, Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco. Monthly concerts (9) of selected artists in a club setting, including Vytautus Germanivicius, Tolga, Belvan Blectum, The Blobettes, Crank, Charles Céleste Hutchins, Matt Ingalls, Bonnie Barnett, Brain Sacawa, Dorsey Dunn, and Christopher Willis. Bernard Francis Kyle, curator.
April 15, 2005
This CD represents the first-ever complete compilation of George Antheil’s string quartet works, each of which was composed during a different stylistic era in Antheil’s development. The result is a tour through a variety of familiar 20th Century styles now inhabited by the ghosts of five “new” very provocative pieces that comprise a missing link in the repertoire of American 20th Century music.
February 24, 2005
The annual OM festival is known for featuring unconventional programs that are cross-cultural, multigenerational, and reflect the most creative voices in contemporary music. In addition to four World premieres and other important new works, the 2005 festival offered a centennial tribute to the gifted but nearly forgotten American composer, Marc Blitzstein, best known for his legendary 1937 WPA musical "The Cradle Will Rock." His other major theater works include the opera, "Regina," based upon Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes and Seán O’Casey’s "Juno and the Paycock."
January 6, 2005
Early in his career, John Cage turned to Indian thought and philosophy in his search for understanding of his life and the nature of the musical art in which he was engaged. His adoption in his prepared piano studies of the time divisions of the Indian tala, so different from the 4/4 of Western music based on marching and dancing, led him to create a new world of rhythmic patterns and break the shackles of Western Europe, musically speaking. Other Minds discovered the ideal interpreter of Cage's vision in his raga compositions, Amelia Cuni. Originally from Milan, Cuni studied classical Indian music and dance from renowned masters in North India, following the traditional system based upon oral transmission.
December 12, 2004
The California Symphony and Gamelan Sekar Jaya perform a studio recording of “Bali Symphony,” jointly composed by José Evangelista and I Nyoman Windha, commissioned by Other Minds with funds from the James Irvine Foundation, Barry Jekowsky, conductor. Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University
March 4, 2004
A co-presentation of Other Minds and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Festival 10 featured the world premiere of works commissioned by Other Minds from composers Jon Raskin and Joan Jeanrenaud, an afternoon of film with a screening of "My Cinema for the Ears," featuring master of “acousmatics” Francis Dhomont, the new documentary "Khachaturian," a centennial film tribute to Aram Khachaturian, named Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival (2003), and a special performance for Other Minds 10 by composer Stan Shaff at his Audium, “A Theatre of Sound-Sculptured Space.”
March 5, 2003
At Other Minds Festival 9 we honored the life and work of Ned Rorem, a composer who dared to go against the current and compose in favor of a style that valued beauty and emotionality. Also appearing was virtuoso solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie, composers Stephan Micus and Jack Body, who’s interest in the music of non-Western cultures results in a powerful cultural musical synthesis, and Chinese born composer Ge Gan-ru, a survivor of the Cultural Revolution. Oakland’s virtuoso singer-composer Amy X Neuburg performed her powerhouse work Six Little Stains, bassist William Parker led his work Spirit Catcher,, Daniel Lentz gave the San Francisco premiere of his Café Desire, and Stephen Scott rounded out the backend of the festival with his Bowed Piano Ensemble.
March 7, 2002
The Bay Area’s many hybrid styles reflect the diversity of global cultural innovation. OM 8 saluted Lou Harrison’s 85th birthday with premieres of works for National steel guitar solo and two major new keyboard works. Other ground-breaking figures honored were “Deep Listening” icon Pauline Oliveros and virtuoso jazz pianist-composer Randy Weston. Featured instruments included the Ondes Martenot, the early French electronic instrument, Linda Burman-Hall performing Lou Harrison’s works for tack piano (with thumbtacks inserted into the hammers) and harpsichord, and Seattle composer, and Ellen Fullman’s 90 foot “Long String Instrument.” Others on this international roster included Tania León, Annea Lockwood, Takashi Harada, Ricardo Tacuchian, and Richard Teitelbaum.
December 12, 2001
Henry Brant, America’s pioneer explorer and practitioner of 20th Century spatial music, was born in Montreal in 1913 of American parents and began to compose at the age of eight. In 1929 he moved to New York where for the next 20 years he composed and conducted for radio, films, ballet and jazz groups, at the same time composing experimentally for the concert hall.
March 8, 2001
Other Minds brings the latest ideas and trends in new music to the Bay Area. Festival 7 was a rare opportunity to hear works by great musical innovators from around the world and the Bay Area. The 2001 festival program spanned nearly a century of musical invention, highlighting some early roots of new music and presenting four World premieres. In addition to eight featured participant composers, the festival also presented musical works by controversial poet Ezra Pound, based upon the rhythmic patterns and cadences of poetry; a work by the “Bad Boy of Music,” George Antheil, and a memorial birthday tribute to composer Alan Hovhaness, who passed away early in 2001 in Seattle.
June 11, 2000
American Mavericks Festival, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. George Antheil concert by the San Francisco Symphony in association with Other Minds. Slide lecture by Charles Amirkhanian and world premiere of Ballet Mécanique in its original version for 16 player pianos, sirens, airplane propellers, doorbells, and percussion. Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor.
March 16, 2000
Other Minds Festival 6 (2000), Project Artaud, San Francisco. Guest composers: Hamza el Din, Peter Garland, Annie Gosfield, Leroy Jenkins, David Lang, Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky, Hyo-Shin Na, Robin Rimbaud/Scanner, Aki Takahashi, Jacob ter Veldhuis/ Jake TV, Christian Wolff. Carl Stone, Guest Artistic Director.
November 10, 1997
Other Minds Festival 4 (1997), Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco. Guest composers: Henry Brant, Paul Dresher, Momoru Fujieda, Hafez Modirzadeh, Laetitia Sonami, Carl Stone, Donald Swearingen, Visual Brains (Sei Kazama and Hatsune Ohtsu), Pamela Z
November 21, 1996
Other Minds Festival 3 (1996), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley. Guest composers: Laurie Anderson, Kui Dong, Henry Kaiser, George Lewis, Lukas Ligeti, Miya Masaoka, Ionel Petroi, David Raksin, Frederic Rzewski, Charles Shere, Olly Wilson, La Monte Young
November 4, 1993
Other Minds Festival 1 (1993), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Guest composers: Robert Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Philip Glass, Jon Jang, Barbara Monk Feldman, Meredith Monk, Foday Musa Suso, Conlon Nancarrow, Trimpin, Jai Uttal, Julia Wolfe
January 29, 1993
Pianist Volker Banfield performs the the American premiere of Études for Piano, Books 1 & 2. Hosted by Charles Amirkhanian, with spoken introduction and talk by the composer. Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley (in collaboration with Cal Performances).