ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, High
Mayhem Emerging Arts unveils its fall series of concerts at the not-forprofit organization’s southside space (2811 Siler Lane) — performers include David Dunn, Roland, and the Thollem McDonas Duo. The series — with nearly 20 acts performing each Saturday night at 7 p.m. through Oct. 16 — combines lights, video projection, live instrumental performance, and live improvisational electronic music. Guest hosts present international and national touring acts such as Philadelphia’s Ryat (left) and Chinese saxophonist/composer Li Tieqiao, and local and regional performers including Out of Context and iNK oN pAPER. The concerts are $10 at the door. For a full schedule, visit www.highmayhem.org.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, pianist John Rangel takes on the masterful Oscar Peterson (right) in the latest of the Cal Haines Tribute Trio series. Last May, the trio — Rangel, drummer Haines, and bassist Michael Glynn — began the series of 11 monthly concerts focusing on the music of jazz-piano luminaries. Canadian pianist Peterson, who died in 2007, was prolific and virtuosic, known for his preternatural speed and technique. The Sunday concert begins at 6 p.m. at La Casa Sena Cantina, 125 E. Palace Avenue. The cover charge is $20; call 988-9232. Inspired by ambient techno, 8-bit Amiga programs, and weather pattern data, Jason Corder (aka offthesky) creates a rhythmic strain of electronic music. Denver-based Corder is known for his “painting sound” set-ups. It is an interactive performance art in which the audience simultaneously paints and creates music via microphones and sensors attached to their canvases. He appears in a live videocast at Little Wing, The Candyman (851 St. Michael’s Drive), along with Pillars and Tongues, Aaron Martin, and Simple Spells playing live on Sunday, Sept. 26. The show starts at 8 p.m., admission is $5; call 603-8321 or visit www.candymanlittlewing.com. Few international musical stars tailor a recital for a specific booking, but that is precisely what mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer has done for her concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, presented by the Santa Fe Concert Association at the United Church of Santa Fe (1804 Arroyo Chamiso Road). There’s a reason: Mentzer went to St. Michael’s High School in the 1970s and took her first steps as a musician here. For this visit home, she sings classic songs by Schubert, Strauss, and Falla as well as a set composed by Stephen Bachicha to poems by Valerie Martínez — New Mexicans both. Tickets, $30, are available from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www. ticketssantafe.org) and from the SFCA office at 984-8759.