Susan Alcorn began playing the pedal steel guitar in the traditional way, learning from blues masters and apprenticing on honky-tonk stages in country-western bands. But an encounter with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros sent her down a different path, away from weeping over lost loves and old trucks behind chicken-wire fencing. She’s since become a strongly individual improviser and composer, translating free-jazz and world-music idioms through the pedal steel. She’s now venturing into even more alien territory with a new project teaming her with ex-Philadelphian Erik Ruin’s live-projector paper-cut puppetry and the spare, haunting folk sound of Brooklyn-based singer/guitarist Ember Schrag. The trio have collaborated on a new project inspired by landai, two-line poems written anonymously by Pashtun women and passed down through oral tradition.
Sat., Sept. 14, 8 p.m., $6-$8, Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., museumfire.com/events2.