The Albany Bulb Event Series & Beyond
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Alternating Currents – The Albany Bulb Event Series was conceived and designed in spring 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting severe limiting of safe performance venues for Bay Area artists and audiences.
Alternating Currents celebrates both the rich and diverse creativity of Bay Area artists and musicians working in all media and genres and the extraordinary beauty and uniqueness of the Albany Bulb. Alternating Currents is directed by Debra Pughe and Jon Winet, and is a project of the community-arts organization Love the Bulb.
Below is a list of previous events.
The duo of Shakuhachi musician Nancy Beckman and Recorder and woodwinds musician Tom Bickley of "Gusty Winds May Exist." The duo describes the performance: "'WIND, WATER, BIRDS’ offers a respite both literal and figurative from the chances and changes we all encounter day to day.”
Led by the inimitable Randy Porter, music director, composer, musician and educator – with guest artists-teachers Dan Plonsey and Christopher Lowell Clarke – featuring an eclectic range of contemporary tunes, jazz standards and original compositions in a convivial outdoor setting
"Sonic Dogness," a collaborative installation and performance event by artists Olivia Ting and Annette Jannotta debuted on July 17. 2022 Visit the project page, or artists' website and Eventbrite page for additional information.
"IN C," our spring Equinox event (March 20, 2022) brought together over 50 musicians in a community performance of Terry Riley's seminal 1964 composition. Over 100 people - and nearly that many dogs attended the dusk into twilight concert.
2021 events included: Second Valve slide - The Christopher Lowell Clarke Quartet a jazz performance featured Howard Wiley - Tenor sax, Michael Jones - bass, and Greg German - drums and composer | band leader Christopher Lowell Clarke on trumpet.
"High Tide Bulb Chorale," was an experimental jazz concert directed by Musician | Composer Randy Porter with colleagues Christopher Lowell Clarke, Ben Green and Dan Plonsey that took place on Saturday. August 14 at the Amphitheater.
"HEAR | TOGETHER," our Mother's Day event was a collaboration with New Music Bay Area, Contemporaneous, the Crowden Music Center and the Ross McKee Foundation The all-day event took place offsite at the Crowden School in Berkeley.
"Remnants & Rudiments," a performance featuring poet Maw Shein Win and musicians Dan Plonsey and Thomas Scandura. (Saturday, April 3, 2021).
In 2020 we presented two events: “Spinet Farewell” featuring Sarah Cahill; and “11 11 Caution 20 20 Veterans Day,” an Intermedia project by musician Dan Plonsey & artist Randy Hussong.
All Alternating Currents shows are free. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and a commitment to ensuring the health and safety of performers and audience members, social distancing and masking are encouraged.
It can get chilly and/or hot out at the bulb. Bring layers & sunscreen
AND Wear comfortable shoes!
All events are free although some require registration. Donations are welcome.
Free parking is available on site
however space is limited.
WEAR a MASK
Practice Social Distance
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HELP make it happen! Your donations in any amount to the series will support honoraria to artists and production and administration costs.
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Alternating Currents is grateful to the following organizations for recent support: