Monday, October 4, 2010

Post-show Rundown pt. 2

Here are some highlights from the last IHearIC. 

First, "Mittens" by Almost Circle: 

Due to a recording malfunction we lost the first half of his act and the entire preceding one. Luckily this little gem got caught on tape.

I particularly loved Zach Zubow's Answers from Nature, a song cycle set to text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written for and performed by Clara Osowski and Casey Rafn.

The music is tonal, ableit of the extended variety--in that it avoids loyalty to one pitch for long enough to label it a tonic--but doesn't leave the singer sounding, or for that matter the audience feeling unmoored. The voice gets these beautiful long lines that drape over and soften the piano's often thorny accompaniment. A lot of it sounds like it could have been part of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen, which is a truly incredible work that everyone should spend a cold Sunday afternoon with.

The October show is shaping up to be a good one. It's gonna be hella hi-tech with some cyborg violin & computer interaction and a piece done live from Appleton WI via Skype. I was worried that a show featuring a lot of electronic gizmos would end up being heavy on spectacular feats of technological prowess and light on good music making, but the woodshed bits of pieces I've heard so far prove me wrong.

October 25th @ the Englert. Be there.

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