When the history of new music and avant-garde jazz is written, two institutions will figure prominently: Cal Arts and the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. The former figures into the monthly offering of the Center’s Open Gate Theatre series in a fascinating way Sunday.
Produced by drummer Alex Cline and composer Will Salmon, Open Gate (which will observe its 15-year anniversary in March) is currently the longest-running showcase for left-of-center music in SoCal — maybe for all time. Everything from modern composition to sound environments to free improvisation — and beyond — is featured and celebrated.
Two local stalwarts of new music, Emily Hay and Vinny Golia, share the bill. Their paths have crossed many times before as their respective artistic trajectories have intertwined. Hay is a flutist, vocalist, composer/improviser and pioneer in the use of electronics in new music. Golia is a reed omnivore, composer/improviser and bandleader, who plays in configurations that range from solo recitals to orchestras that hold scores of players. At the Center for the Arts, Hay will duet with composer/multi instrumentalist Amy Denio, and Golia will lead his sextet.