IF YOU KNEW LINDA . .

IF YOU KNEW LINDA . .

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