Ran­dom Acts

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Alfa Valova cel­e­brates an al­bum re­lease, Twelfth Night takes over Meow Wolf, sax player Doug Lawrence leads a quar­tet at Mu­seum Hill Café, and The Mac­cabeats sing at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter

Is Alfa Valova a band or a tiny planet in the Sun­flower Galaxy? The web­site www.al­faval­ova.com in­di­cates that it is both, as well as the name of an al­bum. The site is home to a lengthy ori­gin story about the denizens of a planet for whom mu­sic is ele­men­tal to life, like air or wa­ter, but who over time for­got to teach their chil­dren how to cre­ate mu­sic with in­stru­ments, and now only mu­sic­nauts — a group of mu­sic mys­tics — re­tain that all-im­por­tant power. If the al­bum is any in­di­ca­tion, the mu­sic they make is hyp­notic and free of lyrics, call­ing to mind na­ture and me­mory and all other forms of mu­sic at once. Many fa­mil­iar Santa Fe mu­si­cians play on the al­bum, in­clud­ing Mark Clark, Hi­lary Schacht, Eric Hei­thaus, and Brian Win­gard. Ex­plore the mys­ter­ies of this or­ches­tral of­fer­ing at the al­bum re­lease party at 5 p.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 26, at Wy­land Gal­leries of Santa Fe (202 Canyon Road, 505-795-7300). Michael Che­val, the artist who cre­ated the al­bum’s cover im­age, paints in the gallery, and mu­si­cians from the al­bum per­form live. — Jen­nifer Levin

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