Barn Owl scores a mesmerizing flight into another dimension
Now, with performances in the group's past at such disparate spots as Grace Cathedral ("Great in particular because there's six seconds of natural reverb, which is perfect for resonant sound," Porras says), sometime label Root Strata's On Land gathering, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and the Supersonic Festival in the United Kingdom, the Barn Owl experience might be characterized as more metaphysical than visceral.
"We aim to create an enveloping atmosphere where everyone is sucked away into an alternate dimension for 30 minutes," Caminiti observes. "Everything around you is just put on pause, and you're just living within the sound in the moment. You become engulfed in the sound. The sound becomes a living organism, which is also why there's a lot of room for improvisation in our set. For us, it leaves us centered and at peace — it's a meditative device in a way."
With Phil Manley Life Coach and Diego Andres Gonzalez
Tues/25, 9 p.m., $6
1131 Polk, SF