|December 6, 2009|
Grey Box Theatre
3595 Butler Street, Lawrencville
Tickets: $5 students & artists $10 all other
Ticket sales are cash only at the door the evening of the performance.
The ever-provocative Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra is backwith another genre-bending program. This time ELCO blurs the lines between composer and performer, between composition and improvisation, and between “classical” and “popular” with three exciting, grooving modern classics: Terry Riley’s In C, Frederic Rzewski’s Les moutons de Panurge, and Elliott Sharp’s SyndaKit. Meridian Dreams, an ambient/trip-hop electronica project spearheaded by well-known producer/engineer Rae DiLeo, will provide a unique opening set.
The three pieces on ELCO’s set showcase noted American master composers whose work represents three distinct approaches to combining composed music with the influences of rock and jazz. In C, by Terry Riley, inaugurated the genre known as minimalism with its unabashed tunefulness and relentless pulse. Les moutons de Panurge, by Frederic Rzewski, takes its title from a novel by the French satirist Rabelais, and is a witty exploration of the limits of virtuosity. SyndaKit, by Elliott Sharp, explores the relation between the group and the individual musician in a piece that nods equally to the composers studies with Morton Feldman and his days in the punk clubs of New York.
Rae DiLeo, who performs as Meridian Dreams, will be perform an opening set with video artist Hans Jensen. Rae has performed throughout California and the southwest and has been a studio engineer for artists from Henry Rollins to Filter to Grandmaster Flash.