Ran­dom Acts

Chat­ter per­forms at SITE Santa Fe; Too Many Zooz plays Meow Wolf; Fi­esta Fela takes over the Rai­l­yard; and the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema fea­tures singer Tom Rus­sell

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Cham­ber mu­sic, ad­justed: Chat­ter

Chat­ter, an Al­bu­querque-based mu­si­cal en­sem­ble, gives a 90-minute per­for­mance at SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Per­alta) at 10:30 a.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 13. On the docket are vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal works by David Lang (his Death Speaks, in which the com­poser “trans­lates and ad­justs” ex­cerpts from 32 Schu­bert songs in which the char­ac­ter of Death ad­dresses the lis­tener), Leo Brouwer, Alvin Lucier, Bu­nita Mar­cus, and Dai Fu­jikura (his Prism Spec­tra, in which the solo vi­o­list ex­erts con­trol over the sur­round­ing elec­tronic sounds). The event in­cludes a read­ing by poet Don McIver. Tick­ets ($15, with dis­counts for the young) can be re­served through chat­ter­abq.org. — James M. Keller

Back in the sad­dle: Tom Rus­sell

Tom Rus­sell has been play­ing his folksy Amer­i­cana mix since the 1970s, first in Canada, then in Texas, San Fran­cisco, and New York — where he met his long­time side­man, An­drew Hardin. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, k.d. lang, Iris De­ment, and oth­ers, and he had an ex­tended cor­re­spon­dence with the poet Charles Bukowski that be­came a se­ries of con­cept al­bums, in­clud­ing 2005’s Hot­walker: A Bal­lad

for Gone Amer­ica. Rus­sell, who in re­cent years has fo­cused his lyrics on the Amer­i­can South­west, plays at the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema (418 Mon­tezuma Ave.) at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 13. Visit jean­cocteaucin­ema .com or call 505-466-5528 for ticket avail­abil­ity. — J.L.

Life in a brass house: Too Many Zooz

Buskers come to the au­ral res­cue of New York City com­muters — fill­ing sub­way tun­nels with mu­sic that ranges from the melan­choly to the bois­ter­ous. Too Many Zooz, a trio that got its start at Union Square, is on the loud, funky end of the spec­trum. Their “brasshouse” style and dance moves went vi­ral a few years ago, and in 2016 they played backup for Bey­oncé and the Dixie Chicks at the Coun­try Mu­sic Awards. Too Many Zooz play Meow Wolf (1352 Ru­fina Circle) at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, with spe­cial guest Hon­ey­comb. Tick­ets to the all-ages show are $17 in ad­vance and $20 on the day of the show, me­ow­wolf.com. — Jen­nifer Levin

Africa dream­ing: Fi­esta Fela!

African mu­sic, art, and cul­ture are cel­e­brated an­nu­ally in Santa Fe at Fi­esta Fela!, an all-day fes­ti­val in Rai­l­yard Park (740 Cer­ril­los Road), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 13. Named for Nige­rian mu­si­cian and hu­man rights ac­tivist Fela Kuti (1938-1997), the event fea­tures tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic and dance, as well as chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties like pot­tery, paint­ing, and drum mak­ing. Bands in­clude The Swank Brother, Terra Watts, and Jaka. There is no charge for ad­mis­sion to Fi­esta Fela! For a com­plete sched­ule, go to afreekas­antafe.org or call 505-919-9194.

— J.L.

Fela Kuti

David Lang

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