This is one of those weeks when the number of events that have not already been reported is relatively modest, but there are two days on which two things will be happening at the same time. Fortunately, neither of those days conflicts with two of the major events at the Center for New Music (C4NM), the Guerrilla Composers Guild’s latest collaboration, this time with the Ignition Duo, and the Darkness and Light concert by Wild Rumpus. Here are the specifics for the other events of the week:
Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.: This will be the next concert in the Meridian Music: Composer in Performance series, founded in 1998 by Anne Trueblood Brodzky, Anthony Williams, and Philip Gelb. Originally hosted by the Meridian Gallery, the series has now moved to the Canessa Gallery in the Canessa Building, built at the end of the nineteenth century and now an official San Francisco landmark. This week’s performance will be a memorial tribute by trombonist Andy Strain for his mentor Toyoji Tomita. Strain’s performance will include a telling of one of the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, “The Bremen Town Musicians.”
The Canessa Gallery is located at 708 Montgomery Street in the Financial District. Admission is $15 with a $10 rate for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page and will also be available at the door.
Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.: At exactly the same time C4NM will be hosting PFL Traject. This is an improvisation trio based in France that has been spending most of this month on a United States tour. The initials are those of the three performers: Pascal Pariaud (a wide variety of wind instruments from different historical periods), Jean-Charles François (percussion), and Gilles Laval (electric guitar).
C4NM is located at 55 Taylor Street, half a block north of the corner of Market Street. Admission will be $15 with a $10 rate for C4NM members. Tickets will only be on sale at the door.
Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m.: The Luggage Store New Music Series continues at its new location with another concert in its Sound-Speak series exploring the interplay of experimental sounds with the spoken word. The first set will be given by saxophonist Nick Obando performing with other musicians yet to be announced. The 9 p.m. set will be taken by Pitta of the Mind, the duo of electronic music specialist Amanda Chaudhary and poet Maw Shein Win. The new venue is 998 Market Street, right at the corner of Taylor Street. As usual admission will be on a sliding scale between $6 and $10.
Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m.: Oddball Films will host David Michalak, who plays both lap steel guitar and skatchboxes with his cousin Tom Nunn in the duo T.D. Skatchit. Michalak is also interested in providing live scores for films and has formed the group Reel Change for such performances. This includes Nunn with his invented instruments, Doug Carroll on cello, and Andrew Voigt on winds. In Sonic Cinema Reel Change will perform live with projections of four experimental films, including Maya Deren’s groundbreaking “Meshes in the Afternoon.” Oddball Films is located at 275 Capp Street in the Mission, and admission will be $10.
Monday, March 2, 8 p.m.: As usual the Make Out Room will host their monthly Make Out First Mondays concert. This will be the usual three-set evening of cutting-edge jazz improvisation with the first set beginning at 8:30 p.m. That opening set will present Dave Slusser’s Lost Planet, led by David Slusser on reeds and keyboard instruments with rhythm provided by guitarists Len Paterson and Steve Clarke and drummer Thomas Scandura. Slusser’s group will be following by the Portland-based nuclear rock group Electro Kraken. The evening will conclude with another Make Out “first encounter” gig, bringing a quintet of improvisers together for the first time. This set will be curated by pianist Eli Wallace, who will perform with Theo Padouvas on trumpet, Jake K. Leckie on bass, and percussionists Bob LaDue and Hamir Atwal. Make Out First Mondays concerts are free, but only those 21 or older will be admitted. The Make Out Room is located in the Mission at 3225 22nd Street, just west of Mission Street.