Sunday, October 06, 2013

S&M, King Kong, and Thingamajigs at C4NM

The Center for New Music on Taylor near Market continues to hum with concerts and events on an almost nightly basis.

On Thursday evening, there was a presentation of two contemporary Italian one-act operas translated into English, starting with La Giornata di Un Soprano Isterico (A day in the life of a hysterical soprano) with music by Ada Gentile and a libretto by Sandro Cappelletto. It's a sly monodrama about an "hysterical" diva involved in an explicitly S/M relationship with her piano accompanist.

Amy Foote as the soprano pulled off the bravura role with style as the Dom who tortures her Sub pianist, Anthony Porter. She was insinuating, hysterical and the interplay between both players was sexy and funny.

This was followed by King Kong, Amore Mio with music by Fabrizio de Rossi Re and a libretto by Luis Gabriel Santiago. It's a philosophical look at capitalism and power relationships between the big ape and his tiny beloved, with Amy Foote returning as Viola and bass Richard Mix booming out forcefully as Kong. The drama was fairly nonexistent, but the music was lovely, enhanced by the luxurious piano accompaniment of Sarah Cahill. Luciano Chessa and Amy Foote were in charge of the stage direction for both pieces, and the performance was sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.

The following evening the Center was host to an opening reception for the week-long 16th annual People for Music and Thingamajigs Festival, featuring a display of "sonic suits" by composer and performer Bob Marsh above.

According to their website, the festival is dedicated to promoting experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems. Check out the link for a schedule.


Kristi said...

I love your blog, I just wanted to share the news that the 4th Ceramic Annual of America is coming to the Civic Center next weekend 10/19-20. It's free and will include work from over 50 artists and there will be ongoing hands-on artist demos throughout the weekend. Hope to see you there.

Michael Strickland said...

Dear Kristi: Thanks for the kind words. Where is the Ceramic Annual going to be held in the Civic Center? I'll come by and take some pics.

Kristi said...

That's fantastic. It's official title is the Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Plaza/Entire Plaza Hardscape. This venue was used by the San Francisco Art Fair for 40 years, and we are excited to bring artistic energy back to this great location.

Thank you