ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
At 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, High Mayhem Emerging
Arts (2811 Siler Lane, www.highmayhem.org) hosts an eclectic evening of experimental music. Osaka-born musician/composer Tatsuya Nakatani presents his fivepiece Nakatani Gong Orchestra (N.G.O.), which creates hypnotic percussive drone music with the help of 10 gongs and stands, bows, and mallets designed and built by Nakatani himself. Captain Ahab (above) presents its wild and wacky industrial-electro-clash-disco-hop, delivering naughty bits like “Girls Gone Wild” and “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Booty” to sweat-drenched audiences of all ages. Albuquerque’s Yellow Crystal Star, aka Mark Billings, creates dreamy sound collages, many of which teeter on the brink of creepy-yet-calming aural night terrors. There’s a requested $10 donation at the door.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee
All Stars rose out of the violent civil war in late-’90s Sierra Leone. The bloodshed that took the lives of so many people also resulted in a group of displaced musicians who continued to create music at the Sembakounya refugee camp in Guinea. The group’s incredible story — and its uplifting fusion of West African rhythms and guitar pop, reggae, and hip-hop — were documented in the 2005 film Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Southwest Roots Music presents the ensemble at
8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the former Santa Fe Brewing Company Pub & Grill (27 Fire Place) to celebrate the grand reopening of the venue’s outdoor stage. Tickets are $25 in advance (from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic, 988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org) or $29 at the door.
Serenata of Santa Fe offers chamber works by Nielsen, Martinu˚, Brahms, and the contemporary composer Kenji Bunch (left). Though principally trained as a pianist, Brahms also grew adept on the horn, an instrument his father had played professionally. Its shrouded tone is used evocatively in his Horn Trio of 1865, which hornist Scott Temple plays here with violinist Elena Sopoci and pianist Debra Ayers. Tickets ($25, discounts available) are sold at the door at the Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta, prior to the performance, which begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Call 989-7988.