Reflecting on past performances of the piece, Watson remarks that he is continually surprised by how audiences react: "It literally has a powerful, moving effect on people. People have said to me that they put their coats back on because they were cold or found themselves shivering." Certainly, many more of us have heard if not experienced a powerful storm than could identify a recording of or have witnessed firsthand, say, giant sea turtles mating.
I jokingly ask Watson if he has ever visited the Tonga Room, the famed Polynesian-themed bar in the basement of the Fairmont Hotel, in which a tropical storm lets loose at 20-minute intervals over an indoor grotto. He laughs at the idea of the place and says that, regrettably, he hasn't been. "But wouldn't that be an amazing venue in which to perform Storm?" he suggests excitedly. The Fairmont's guests would never know what hit them.
With Florian Hecker
Fri/30, 8 and 11 p.m., $20 suggested donation (sold out)
Recombinant Media Labs
763 Brannan, SF