Outsound New Music Summit: July 17-23

The Outsound New Music Summit begins next weekend — Sunday, July 17 — and I thought I’d preview this annual event with a series of posts rather than one ineffective blast.

The Summit starts, as always with Touch the Gear, on Sunday, July 17. It’s a free interactive exhibit where you get to talk with musicians and see how some of these electronic noises get made. There are exotic instruments (some of them acoustic!), computer programs, and lots and lots of pedals.

That’s followed on Monday, July 18, with a free panel discussion that we’ll discuss later. (It relates to concert #3.)

What I’m going to do is concentrate on the four concerts that follow, one post per concert. As in previous years, the concerts run in themes. This time, it’s vocals, improvisation, composition, and newly invented instruments.

The whole summit takes place at the San Francisco Community Music Center, 544 Capp St. (near Mission & 20th). The concerts open with a 7:15 p.m. Q&A with artists and composers, followed by music at 8:15 p.m. Admission $12.

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