Con­duct your­self ac­cord­ingly

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of ex­per­i­men­tal and im­pro­vi­sa­tional mu­sic con­tin­ues at

at its south-side stu­dio (2811 Siler Lane) with per­for­mances by and Af­ter this per­for­mance, there’s only one night left in the se­ries (Satur­day, Oct. 16).

High May­hem is pop­u­lar with lo­cal mu­sic fans for its di­verse and unique pro­gram­ming, and this year’s se­ries is one of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s rich­est fes­ti­val of­fer­ings since its in­cep­tion in 2001.

Con­sider, for ex­am­ple, the in­clu­sion in the Oct. 9 lineup (hosted by Rod Har­ri­son) of Out of Con­text, which was founded by J.A. “Dino” Deane in 1997. His back­ground as a long­time stu­dent of Amer­i­can jazz mu­si­cian, com­poser, and “con­duc­tion” pi­o­neer Lawrence D. “Butch” Mor­ris has heav­ily in­flu­enced Deane’s use of ges­ture in the en­sem­ble’s guided im­pro­vi­sa­tions. Con­duc­tion com­bines graph­ics and phys­i­cal move­ments to help de­velop melodies and other mu­si­cal as­pects in real time; it al­lows a con­duc­tor to com­pose live. Prac­tic­ing con­duc­tion could be com­pared to learn­ing to speak Ja­panese prop­erly: ges­ture and nu­ance have as much to do with the proper trans­mis­sion of lan­guage as does the mak­ing of sound, and many words — like many notes and pieces of mu­sic — can have mul­ti­ple mean­ings and in­ter­pre­ta­tions.

Don’t dare call Deane’s mu­sic ex­per­i­men­tal! To quote Mor­ris, “To call con­duc­tion an ex­per­i­ment is a grave er­ror. Any time you syn­chro­nize the spirit and still give it lib­erty, you open many doors to the primus. Here the in­ti­mate ne­ces­sity of pos­si­bil­ity reigns. Here we find and re­al­ize our in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive free­doms.” In­clud­ing Deane, Out of Con­text can grow to more than 11 peo­ple. That’s a lot of pos­si­bil­ity. Tick­ets for the High May­hem Fall Se­ries are $10 to $20 at the door. Visit www.high­may­hem.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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