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Other Minds Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Oct. 14-17 San Francisco event will feature Anthony Braxton, Myra Melford, William Parker, Mary Halvorson, and many more

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Anthony Braxton

Other Minds, San Francisco’s avant-garde improvised music festival, has announced that its 25th-anniversary edition will take place from October 14 to October 17 at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Subtitled “Moment’s Notice” (with a tip of the hat to improviser extraordinaire John Coltrane), Other Minds 25 will feature 26 artists across four nights. These will include saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton; guitarist Mary Halvorson; pianist Myra Melford with dancer/choreographer Oguri; saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire; bassist William Parker with dancer/choreographer Patricia Nicholson and percussionist Hamid Drake; harpist Zeena Parkins; saxophonist Darius Jones; trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith; guitarist Elliott Sharp; multi-instrumentalist and composer Jen Shyu; a trio consisting of clarinetist Ben Goldberg, guitarist Liberty Ellman, and drummer Gerald Cleaver; and percussionist/composer Tyshawn Sorey, among others.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and valveless face masks, will be required for entry. However, for patrons who are unable to attend or to fulfill COVID-19 safeguards, Other Minds 25 will be available to stream online.

OM 25 tickets can be purchased here. Purchase streaming tickets and see a full schedule for the festival at the Other Minds website.

Founded in 1993, the Other Minds organization not only presents festivals and concerts but also offers film screenings, hosts radio broadcasts, commissions new works, and produces albums. Its online archive has preserved thousands of interviews, radio shows, and concerts featuring makers of contemporary improvised music.