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For 25 years, Other Minds has brought the Bay Area revolutionary new music with our annual Other Minds Festival and our environmental concert series The Nature of Music. We also produce Special Events focusing on a variety of unique musical presentations, including Latitudes, focusing on indie rock & other experimental forms. On this page you’ll find a chronological list of our upcoming extravaganzas, along with ticket links plus audio and video links so you can preview our artists.

Join us as to discover more about fine innovative composers spanning the globe.

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Latitudes 15: Henry Birdsey & Angel Archer
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

On the next installment of Latitudes, Angel Archer indulges us in 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.

Latitudes focuses on a contingent of composers, improvisers, and musicians working in underground forms of contemporary music. It was started in response to the dwindling number of venues in San Francisco presenting artists operating in the liminal space between serious avant-garde music and rock and roll. Precious few venues regularly present music that falls in between these cracks. That in mind, the hope for this series is to help fill a gap that’s glaringly obvious in San Francisco music scene—and do so with the input of the community of music makers and enthusiasts living in the Bay Area.

Hutong

Scenes from Hutong, an opera-in-progress
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 8:00pm @ Cinnabar Theater
3333 Petaluma Blvd North Petaluma, CA 94952

Other Minds, in collaboration with Cinnabar Theater and Dartmouth College is presenting scenes in workshop from the opera-in-progress, Hutong, by award-winning Chinese American composer, Kui Dong.

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.

Beijing, the capital city of China has over 3,000 years of history. Unfortunately, the quest for modern high-rise apartment buildings, offices and shopping malls has destroyed many authentic hutongs located in prime areas of Beijing’s city center.

The opera is a day in the fantasy life of a hutong, peopled by a disparate array of characters: a blind Norwegian sailor, the Beijing police department, assorted international architects, some children, a frog, all presided over by the Fenghuang, or phoenix.

You can RSVP to this event by clicking the button market “free event”.

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Other Minds Festival 25: Moment’s Notice
Festival Pass, April 2-5, 2020 @ Taube Atrium Theater

Other Minds marks its milestone 25th festival with 4 nights honoring the art of improvisation, presenting an astonishing convergence of the world’s leading contributors to the history of creative music.

Running from April 2 through April 5 at the Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco, Moment’s Notice will feature such lauded icons of spontaneous composition as Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker and Wadada Leo Smith alongside trailblazing artists including Myra Melford, Darius Jones, Elliott Sharp, Mary Halvorson, and Jen Shyu.

Limited number available! By purchasing a festival pass you save $25 compared to buying individual tickets.

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Other Minds Festival 25: Moment’s Notice
Concert 1, April 2, 2020, 8PM @ Taube Atrium Theater

Concert 1 Program:

Myra Melford, piano
Mark Dresser, bass
Oguri, dance
Improv Set

William Winant, percussion
Zeena Parkins, harp
Ikue Mori, vocals and electronics
Improv Set

William Parker, bass flutes and brass;
Hamid Drake, percussion and voice;
Patricia Nicolson, dance and voice
The Sky is Trembling

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Other Minds Festival 25: Moment’s Notice
Concert 2, April 3, 2020, 8PM @ Taube Atrium Theater

Concert 2 Program:

Roscoe Mitchell, woodwinds, percussion
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Junius Paul, bass
Vincent Davis, drums
Improv Set

Mats Gustafsson, sax
Joe McPhee, sax
Improv Set

Jen Shyu, Compositions, vocals, Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum and soribuk drum, Japanese biwa, piano, dance, sound design, choreography, Timorese gong and Korean gong (ggwaenggwari)
Nine Doors

(Kristen Robinson, Visuals; Alexandru Mihail, Director; Kristen Robinson, Set & Props Designer; Solomon Weisbard, Original Lighting Designer; Naoko Nagata, Costume designer; Danang Pamungkas, Javanese “Bedhaya Pangkur Tunggal” choreography; Lianne Arnold, Original Projection Programmer; Satoshi Haga, Co-director with Shyu of “Song of Silver Geese” (2016), which inspired much of “Nine Doors”)

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Other Minds Festival 25: Moment’s Notice
Concert 3, April 4, 2020, 8PM @ Taube Atrium Theater

Concert 3 Program:

Joelle Leandre, bass
Lauren Newton, voice
Improv Set

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet
Jesse Gilbert, video
Reflections and Meditations on Monk

Darius Jones, alto sax
Amirtha Kidambi, voice
Angels and Demons (based off the poetry of Sun Ra)

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Other Minds Festival 25: Moment’s Notice
Concert 4, April 5, 2020, 4PM @ Taube Atrium Theater

Concert 4 Program:

Mary Halvorson, guitar
Sylvie Courvoisier, piano
Improv Set

Elliot Sharp, 8-string guitar
Improv Set

Anthony Braxton, sax
Jacqueline Kerrod, harp
Improv Set

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Nadah El Shazly / Las Sucias
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ Center for New Music

For this installment of Latitudes, Other Minds presents Cairo-based musician and singer Nadah El Shazly. El Shazly’s recent album titled Ahwar, an Arabic word referring to marshlands, is a metaphor for the disorienting eco-system of musical resources she has masterfully sewn into a collection of refreshing and unrestricted songs. The Bay Area’s own Las Sucias join the bill to capsize techno tropes with industrial-strength tropicalia, noise, and antipatriarchal spirit.

Latitudes focuses on a contingent of composers, improvisers, and musicians working in underground forms of contemporary music. It was started in response to the dwindling number of venues in San Francisco presenting artists operating in the liminal space between serious avant-garde music and rock and roll. Precious few venues regularly present music that falls in between these cracks.

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Marisa Anderson / Tara Jane O’Neil
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ Center for New Music

Marisa Anderson is a wanderer, creatively as curious as she is proficient. Rooted in American folk music, her pieces are inspired by 20th century classical and West African guitar techniques. The results of which are revelatory. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane O’Neil’s work ranges from noise blitz to ambient dreamscape to bittersweet folk dirge. Present among all of it is her uncanny ability to traverse a far-ranging suite of psychic states.

Latitudes focuses on a contingent of composers, improvisers, and musicians working in underground forms of contemporary music. It was started in response to the dwindling number of venues in San Francisco presenting artists operating in the liminal space between serious avant-garde music and rock and roll. Precious few venues regularly present music that falls in between these cracks.

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