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Welcome to Other Minds ®, a global New Music community where composers, students, and listeners discover and learn about innovative music by composers from all over the world.

Other Minds is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco. We thank our many loyal supporters for their commitment to encouraging and propagating new and unusual music.

– Charles Amirkhanian, Executive & Artistic Director


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OM 22: Lou Harrison Centennial

Now in its 22nd year, Other Minds presents a special edition of its annual festival by celebrating the life and work of quintessential American Maverick composer Lou Harrison on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary. Other Minds will stage two evening-length concerts featuring more than 100 musicians in total at the Mission Dolores Basilica on Saturday, February 18th and Saturday, May 20th 2017. Both concerts begin at 7:30 PM. Read more...

Get tickets for Concert 1, February 18, 2017

Get tickets for Concert 2, May 10, 2017

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Lou Harrison, photo by John Fago
 Lou in Telluride, CO ©1989 John Fago

Lou and Bill, circa 1998

Lou and Bill at home in Aptos, CA ©1988 Charles Amirkhanian

Other Minds is launching a new Lou Harrison Centennial website with a group-sourced calendar featuring events honoring the legendary American composer. 

We invite you to list your events taking place between now and the end of 2017, learn more about Harrison's work, find other events celebrating his life and identify opportunities for collaboration. 

Lou Harrison on radiOM: 

Listen to Lou Harrison and his partner Bill Colvig discuss and demonstrate their original gamelan inspired instruments on this Speaking of Music program recorded February 16, 1989.

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Alvin Curran: November 20, 2016

Other Minds, in conjunction with the ​David ​Brower Center’s 2016 Art Act: The Canary Project Exhibition, presents American composer Alvin Curran in conversation with Charles Amirkhanian. Curran will be on hand playing for us​,​ in a tape music style concert​,​ select works demonstrating his long-used technique of incorporating field recordings into his works. We will also screen films of his major outdoor performances, some of which involve entire lakes and portions of cities​.


Listen to these archived programs with Alvin on

Ode To Gravity: Alvin Curran in Italy (1973)
Words Program No. 7: Alvin Curran​​​​​​ (1969)​

Alvin Curran

Raven Chacon: September 7, 2016

Thanks to Raven Chacon for an excellent evening of music and discussion in the second installment of Other Minds' collaborative series with the David Brower Center: The Nature of Music. We will be posting video of the event on our archives site so stay tuned.

Pictured: (l to r) Charles Amirkhanian and Raven Chacon during the Q & A session. Photo by Andy Gold.

Charles Amirkhanian with Raven Chacon


Other Minds is on KALW with a series: "Music from Other Minds" - curated & hosted by Dennis Aman, Dan Becker and Richard Friedman every Friday night (Pacific time) at 11pm-12 Midnight. With a minimum of talk, hear the latest releases of contemporary music, sent to us from around the world by composers and record companies widening the continuum of modern music.

Listen live in the San Francisco Bay Area at 91.7 FM or hear the stream from their website. Our playlist is available at the "Music from Other Minds" website. You can also stream many of our 400+ past programs.

Visit our site to hear hundreds of hours of music & interviews from the archives of Other Minds. OM has been preserving recordings from the analog (and digital) eras and making them available for free streaming on radiOM. Listen to the work and words of maverick composers of the past such as Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, and Conlon Nancarrow. Hear performances of present day composers from Other Minds Festivals and events. Checkout the homepage for several highlighted listenings...

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