Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Studio Mixer (with subtitles)

The subordinate title for the upcoming show didn't make it into the promo materials for political reasons. Management felt it overbearing to follow the requisite supertitle, "Mission Creek & IHearIC present:" with a title and a subtitle, so while I agree with them, I came up with it and believe it worth at least a smile/eye-roll; it shall be aired here.

Anyone who receives the OUP catalog of forthcoming music books, or who is into this Fiona Apple album
will agree that, when it comes to titles, more is more. 

The Full Uncut name of this show, occurring on Friday April 1st from 6-9PM at Studio 13, is:
Mission Creek & IHearIC present: A Studio Mixer: 13 Ways of Standing on a Dancefloor

What will be happening is short sets, IHearIC style, with as varied of a lineup as ever. 
Jeff Ray, a San Francisco-based musician and the originator of the original Mission Creek festival--the Iowa City one is a spinoff, not less or fewer in badassery, but the Frasier to SF's Cheers-- will be performing music with acoustic guitar and a computer along with sundry electronic things. 

A Quartet of Double Basses will perform what is essentially a prolonged crescendo that erupts into a shimmering mobile of glassy harmonics. It's Canon by James Tenney. 

There'll be an appearance by the elusive Wind Farm, evading genre classification as well as those seeking representative media on the Internet: 

There will be music by a string quartet, Zodiac, and Dana Telsrow, all making their debut on the IHearIC platform.
Chris Reichmaier and Stephaie Patterson, both leathery IHearIC veterns and also life-partners will perform music for solo percussion and a burly piece for bassoon and electronics, respectively. 

There will be a raffle and door prize(s), and the whole (s)he-bang will closed out with the infamous Studio 13 Drag Show. 

Details are: 
Friday April 1st, 6-9PM 
Studio 13 

Lastly, I'm excited to say that IHearIC has been awarded an Iowa Arts Council grant. Thanks to those of you who helped make it happen. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Tuesday High in Calories

In trying to toss together a theme that encompassed a tremendously disparate lineup and the final day before Lent I took inspiration from this Olson twins meme:

For those of you who were not in attendance, last week's show fell on Shrove/Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras. It was also a make-up date for several performers that got snowed out of the February show.

The roster was weirder than usual: two solo string performances, some laptop, a Cro Magnon synth, a folk singer, and a thrash jazz band. But the show started to make sense when I thought of it in terms of pizza.
Like the Olson twins' whip cream-chicken tongue-hot dog pizza, the audience received an extra large ConcertPizza topped with beauty, pain, icicles, and thrashing inaudible saxophone.

Olivia Rose Muzzy was the first ingredient: OliviaRoseMuzzy-David Anderson by ihearic

Chaircrusher brought some pain and amazement: (hint: dial down your volume button a smidge)
Chaircrushed by ihearic

To put image to this audio check out some beautiful pics snapped by Adrianne Behning at Little Village

Upcoming shows not directly related to IHearIC but very worthy of consideration are:
-Tomorrow Saturday March 19th, Englert Theatre 9PM FREE! Read more about it here. I'll be experimenting in it!
-ALL of the Mission Creek shows.

Stay tuned for news on the next IHearIC set to be released by Sunday with an arguably witty title.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Lighter Shade of Paleo

About half of the music I hear in a given day comes at me through these computer speakers. I'm in the habit of starting a song as my Internet soundtrack and allowing it to color, emphasize, or detract my hyperactive websurfing. Try listening to the "Agnus Dei" from Victoria's Requiem the next time you're reading a touching human interest story, or really anything. 
Do the same with Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" (at least until the last verse) when reading another email entreating you to do something that you don't have the time or inclination to do, but that you will inevitably agree to. 

Here's a soundtrack for this blog post which, if nothing else, somewhat justifies the weak pun for this entry's title. 

The I Hear IC concert series is pleased to announce that Paleo will be performing at the upcoming show (March 8th, Englert Theatre). 

Paleo is a Master RoadDog. He's played nearly 1000 shows in his career and  has logged almost as many road miles as that guy who's given up everything to walk around the world

Also on the docket is local favorite, Olivia Rose Muzzy

Read more about Mark Rushton, Chaircrusher, Chris Reichmeier, and Daniel Houglum in the posts below--they are picking up where we left off after the Great Blizzard of 2011. 

Tuesday March 8, 9PM, Englert Theatre onstage
5$, discounted for those who request the secret password.