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The fi­nal Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val con­certs, Mu­sic from An­gel Fire, Ma­rina Abramović, Ex­plo­sions in the Sky, The Maya Spec­tra, and Mushroom Jazz

The artist is con­tro­ver­sial: Ma­rina Abramović

Ser­bian-born artist Ma­rina Abramovic´ , the “grand­mother of per­for­mance art,” comes to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) for My Life in Art: An Even­ing with Ma­rina Abramovic´. As re­ported by The At­lantic and many other me­dia out­lets, Abramovic´ re­cently stirred con­tro­versy for re­fer­ring to indige­nous Aus­tralians in an un­cor­rected proof of a forth­com­ing mem­oir as “re­ally strange and dif­fer­ent” peo­ple who “look ter­ri­ble” and “look like di­nosaurs.” She has since posted a state­ment on Face­book say­ing that her words, taken from a di­ary she wrote in 1979, do not re­flect her cur­rent “un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Abo­rig­ines.” Abramovic´ has gone to ex­treme lengths in her ca­reer, ex­plor­ing is­sues of iden­tity, phys­i­cal­ity, and rit­ual acts. Her works of­ten break the the fourth wall to in­clude the au­di­ence in her art. The event, pre­sented by SITE Santa Fe, takes place on Tues­day, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tick­ets, $19-$49, are avail­able through www.tick­etssantafe.org or by call­ing 505-988-1234. — Michael Abatemarco

Thurs­day night lights: Ex­plo­sions in the Sky

Orig­i­nally sched­uled to per­form in the Meow Wolf park­ing lot, post-rock phe­nom­e­non Ex­plo­sions in the Sky plays an all-ages con­cert at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brew­ing Com­pany (35 Fire Place, 505-424-3333) on Thurs­day, Aug. 25. Their sweep­ing lyric-free songs are the emo­tion­ally com­plex back­ground mu­sic for the movie and tele­vi­sion show Fri­day

Night Lights and are fea­tured on a di­verse ar­ray of other sound­tracks, in­clud­ing the film adap­ta­tion of The Kite Run­ner and Michael Moore’s doc­u­men­tary Cap­i­tal­ism: A

Love Story. Play­ing three elec­tric gui­tars and a drum kit, the Austin-based quar­tet pri­or­i­tizes nar­ra­tive crescendo, though that struc­ture is muted some­what on their most re­cent al­bum, The Wilder­ness, which has a more in­ti­mate, in­te­rior fo­cus; it’s less driv­ing than past ef­forts but still son­i­cally all-en­com­pass­ing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets — $22 in ad­vance, $27 at the door — are avail­able at www.am­p­con­certs.org.

— Jen­nifer Levin

High-al­ti­tude tunes: Mu­sic from An­gel Fire

The 33rd sea­son of Mu­sic from An­gel Fire be­gins on Fri­day even­ing, Aug. 19, with con­certs con­tin­u­ing through Sept. 3 at venues in An­gel Fire, Taos, Ea­gle Nest, Las Ve­gas, and Ra­ton. The fes­ti­val’s ros­ter this year sports mostly the same names it does ev­ery year and also in­cludes a large in­fu­sion of stu­dents and teach­ers from the Cur­tis In­sti­tute of Mu­sic in Philadel­phia, where artis­tic di­rec­tor Ida Kavafian has long Ida Kavafian served as a fac­ulty mem­ber. The most com­pelling con­cert this year may be the one that be­gins at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 24, at the An­gel Fire Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (71 Val­ley Road, An­gel Fire). It com­prises the world pre­miere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Ibe­rian Songs, which the fes­ti­val com­mis­sioned, fea­tur­ing the re­mark­able so­prano Tony Arnold; also on that con­cert are El­gar’s Piano Quin­tet and De­bussy’s Sonata for Flute, Vi­ola, and Harp. Another work by Frank, her

Mi­la­gros for String Quar­tet, will be in­cluded on a free con­cert on Sept. 1, which has the ex­tra in­duce­ment of be­ing at the his­toric Shuler Theater in Ra­ton. Pro­gram in­for­ma­tion can be found at w w w.mu­sicfro­man­gelfire.org, and tick­ets (rang­ing from $35 to $80, de­pend­ing on the event) can be or­dered through www.hold­myt­icket.com or by call­ing 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300. — James M. Keller

All night jazz: DJ Mark Fa­rina

Mark Fa­rina brings his Mushroom Jazz grooves to Meow Wolf at 9 p.m. Fri­day, Aug. 19. The Chicago na­tive grew up play­ing the trum­pet in a march­ing band and drums in a Nu Wave cover band be­fore dis­cov­er­ing the joys of turntabling. He hooked up with Der­rick Carter and Chris Nazuka for the band Sym­bols & In­stru­ments; their 1989 al­bum Mood is a classic. In 1996, Fa­rina pro­duced his first mixed-artist CD in the Mushroom Jazz se­ries; ear­lier this year, Mushroom Jazz 8 was re­leased, cel­e­brat­ing the project’s 25th year. Like its pre­de­ces­sors, the al­bum fea­tures an in­ter­est­ing panoply of down-tempo sounds and vo­cals set to dance­able synth-drum beats. Tick­ets are $20 at the door of Meow Wolf, which opens for the show at 8 p.m., 1352 Ru­fina Cir­cle, 505-395-6369. Call for ticket avail­abil­ity. — Paul Wei­de­man

Home­grown sound­scapes: The Maya Spec­tra

The mu­sic of The Maya Spec­tra can be de­scribed as in­tel­li­gent dance mu­sic or elec­tronic in­die pop, but the group’s cre­ativ­ity and its ca­sual, sum­mery sound­scapes give it an edge. Singer Janel Blanco and brothers Don­nie Peña, on gui­tar/synth, and Ju­lian Peña, on drums and per­cus­sion, play the Santa Fe Band­stand se­ries on the Santa Fe Plaza at 7:15 p.m. Thurs­day, Aug. 25. For a taste, check out the group’s de­but EP Mu­sic Box, fea­tured on the 2016 Amy West video of the same name (www.youtube.com) funded by Indiegogo. The love story is en­livened by Blanco’s beau­ti­ful, shiv­ery voice ex­panded with echo and multi-track­ing en­hance­ments. See www.santafeband­stand.org for more. — P.W.

At sum­mer’s end: Fi­nal Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic con­certs

In the fi­nal two con­certs of this sum­mer’s Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the Dover Quar­tet par­tic­i­pates in two quar­tet-plus-one mas­ter­works. At 6 p.m. on Sun­day, Aug. 21, the four­some is joined by cel­list Eric Kim for Schu­bert’s String Quin­tet, a tran­scen­dent work writ­ten in the com­poser’s fi­nal months. The piece shares the bill with a trio sonata by the Dres­den-based Baroque com­poser Jan Dis­mas Ze­lenka and the duopi­ano ver­sion of Bu­soni’s Fan­ta­sia con­trap­pun­tis­tica, the lat­ter played by Pe­ter Serkin (this sea­son’s artist-in-res­i­dence) and Ju­lia Hsu. At 6 p.m. on Mon­day, Aug. 22, Serkin as­sists the Dover Quar­tet in Dvoˇrák’s A-ma­jor Piano Quin­tet (Op. 81), in a pro­gram that also in­cludes Brit­ten’s Six Me­ta­mor­phoses af­ter Ovid (an un­ac­com­pa­nied suite played by oboist Liang Wang) and Beethoven’s D-ma­jor String Trio (Op. 9, No. 2). Both con­certs take place at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St. Tick­ets ($10-$82) are avail­able by call­ing 505-982-1890 or 888-221-9836 (ext. 102) or on­line at www.santafecham­ber­mu­sic.com. — J.M.K.

Franz Schu­bert

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