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Reflection: Anti-Social Music, review-ettes.

March 11, 2011

Last week I checked in at Zora Space to catch Anti-Social Music’s Slumming in the Slope all-premiere’s concert.  They also asked me to write about it.  I gave it to them, and they posted it on myspace.  Yes, it still exists.  I really hope you can take the time to read it.  I put a lot of time into making it coherent as possible, and I hope I succeeded.  If I didn’t, there’s another 500 words on the cutting room floor you might as well read, as well.  Massive thanks to Cory Tiffin and Erica Mandell for editing down the nonsense.  Related: I need an editor for life.

I also caught Paul Pinto’s FOR STEFANOS TSIGRIMANIS the following night, and it was excellent.  I loved the honesty about it, which at first might seem like a made up idea, but it’s not. In honor of his co-conspirator and friend, Paul essentially put together an improvised accompaniment for an experimental duo performance, with the other part, being the lead, absent.  It worked, and felt natural, and was really moving.  He suggested that the piece was also designed to be a basis for other improvisation, but I could never see anyone stepping in those spaces. Definitely get your hands on the recorded version once it becomes available.

The week before, I saw ThingNY perform their Spam 2.0 concert.  I didn’t want to do a proper review since my name is in the program, but I do want to say it was a lot of fun.  It was an intense sort of fun, even for a passive experience like taking in a concert.  It was long and more varied than you could imagine.  Previous feature on the show, Alexandra Fol had a gorgeous piece of music.  Daniel Lukes/Gelsey Bel’s Anxiety Aria was a highlight.  I thought Andrea La Rose’s piece was exciting.  Pumpin’ Oil was by James Klopfleisch was the work of genius. I forget what the long stage piece near the end was called but it was excellent (What?  It was three and a half hours into the concert.  I can’t remember everything). Years from now, I will probably only remember Barry Seroff barking commands at the group from the stage, which was his piece Do Whatever Barry Tells You. I will let you know when I can get my hands on some audio/video, but next time, just go yourself.

Also, if you haven’t purchased Bigo and Twigetti’s Grains yet, you should.  I also have a few free download codes left, which you can have if you walk, don’t run, to my e-mail address.  It’s pleasant piano music that somehow fell into the hands of an evil mixer.

Finally, I hope you’ve gotten the Paul Bailey Ensemble album alt-classical by now.  It has a frakkin Weezer cover.  What’s taking you so long? There are many good things about this album, but as anything can only have one “Best” thing, I would have to say the best thing about this album is that its recorded in such a clean, crisp, invigorating way.  It just feels present inside your ears.

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