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Other Minds Festival 23: Sound Poetry
April 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
One event on April 11, 2018 at 7:30pm
One event on April 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
One event on April 13, 2018 at 8:00pm
One event on April 14, 2018 at 8:00pm
The major event of our season will be Other Minds Festival 23 (performances April 9-14, 2018), 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 involves aspects of electronic manipulation in live performance. Works by Amy X Neuburg, Pamela Z, Clark Coolidge, Alvin Curran, Anne Waldman, Sheila Davies Sumner, Susan Stone, and Mark Applebaum will receive their OM debuts. OM will also present Austrian-born American composer Ernst Toch’s complete Gesprochene Musik (including its two rediscovered “lost” movements which accompany the better known “Geographical Fugue”), Kurt Schwitters’ notorious Ursonate (“Primeval Sonata”), and Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein’s delightful Capital Capitals.
We’re inviting back to San Francisco some of the superstars — Anne Waldman, Clark Coolidge, Michael McClure and others — and we’re bringing Enzo Minarelli from Italy, Jaap Blonk from Holland, Sten Sandell from Sweden, Tone Åse and Ottar Ormstad from Norway, and Taras Mashtalir from Russia by way of New York to make a joyful noise for all to celebrate. We’ll also pay tribute to departed masters, with rare performances of Bernard Heidsieck’s La Poinçonneuse and Åke Hodell’s presciently political classic Mr. Smith in Rhodesia.