For the first of two "Experimental Musical Instruments" showcases at Clarion (the second is March 12), Hopkin MC's a bill including Alan Tower playing various types of "huacas," a resonant, multichambered flute; Peter Whitehead performing on a variety of string creations including the "lawn lyre" and "spoon harp"; and San Franciscan Tom Nunn playing his infamous "bug," a table with an arrangement of "antennae," which when struck or bowed result in an ambient sound -- soothing in its own way, yet also oddly jarring in its unfamiliarity. But when you're in Hopkin's world, unfamiliarity's the whole point.
-- Mark Athitakis
Alan Tower, Peter Whitehead, and Tom Nunn perform "Experimental Musical Instruments" Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Clarion Music Center, 816 Sacramento (at Grant), S.F. Tickets are $10; call 391-1317.