Other Minds Festival 25 Previewed

Source: Datebook.

All of the last-minute decision-making was supposed to take place on stage when Other Minds programmed a remarkable roster of jazz-influenced improvisers for Moment’s Notice, the 25th edition of the San Francisco organization’s flagship new-music festival in 2020.

But instead of presenting master musicians creating spontaneous compositions, Harry Bernstein, the event’s guest artistic director, found himself caught in a “Groundhog Day” nightmare, rebooking the festival again and again as the pandemic waxed and waned.

He’s still monitoring every twitch in the COVID-19 transmission rate trackers, but the portents look favorable for the multigenerational concert series set to take place Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 14-17, at the War Memorial Veterans Building’s fourth-floor Taube Atrium Theater.