San Diego, God bless it, couldnt handle his heat, but New York has gladly claimed him for almost four decades now. Experimental composer/saxophonist Peter Gordon, a UCSD graduate, first earned downtown acclaim with his Love of Life Orchestra (LOLO) in 1977, in which he assembles anywhere from a few to a dozen of avant-garde instrumentalists to hopscotch across acid jazz, world, post-punk, and opera; the ensembles (fervently) rotating roster has included Laurie Anderson on electric violin, Rhys Chatham on flute, and the late Arthur Russell on cello. LOLO promises friends tonight, which means theyll surely have enough bodies onstage to start a softball team; a betting man might hope for cameos from David Byrne, a collaborator on 1980s searing Extended Niceties, or LCD Soundsystems James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, who sampled Gordons Beginning of the Heartbreak and Dont Dont on their ubiquitous 2007 dance mix Fabriclive 36. Anticipate anyone, but count on spry, jarring innovation, Gordons endlessly renewable resource.
Thu., Jan. 6, 8 p.m., 2011