Among the most popular names in my generation, the '50s, Linda was certainly in the Top 10. I had about 10 friends named Linda. Linda Bauman, Linda Schwartz, Linda Casini, Linda Everhoff you get the picture. Or maybe you don't. So why am I talking about Lindas? Because this week, those fun-loving "wizards of new music," a.k.a, the California E.A.R. Unit, have decided to present a program of world premieres by composers whose first name is yup Linda. The Lindas includes Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith's Wanderer and her compatriot Linda Bouchard's "sensuous" multimedia work, Forecast, along with Dublin-based Linda Buckley's eerie, evocative Moonsick, an acoustic-electronic elegy of sorts for clarinet and cello. But there will be some Linda relief. As the Unit admits, they will "extend fearlessly into non-Linda territory" with Keeril Makan's "sizzling" After Forgetting, and Generator (urban-speed time out), by that hot young Australian composer Daniel Salecich, who says about the work, "Like stepping into a massive cathedral where one is overwhelmed by its awesome defiance of nature, Generator demonstrates the stepping into a time-space that is both necessary and time-less."
Sat., Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m., 2009