rocking chamber music quartet to perform
A group that has been called the "hardest rocking chamber-music
quartet" by some advocates will be performing at Emory this month.
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic blend classical, rock, minimalist, jazz
and free-form improvisational sounds to achieve their unique style.
Their eclectic aesthetic has a broad appeal; at a typical Birdsong's
concert, ages range from eight to 80. Billboard magazine
has described their sound as "a mesmerizing instrumental venture
into the space-age jungle." The Roanoke Times and World News
wrote that "if Beethoven were alive today he might even want to
sit in with these guys." The group will present a lecture demonstration
at 2:30 p.m., March 16, in 208 White Hall and a concert at 8:15
p.m. on March 17 in Cannon Chapel.
Their repertory consists primarily of original compositions, with
all four band members contributing. Their choice of non-original
pieces, such as Brian Eno's "Somber Reptiles," Terry Riley's In
C and the theme from "The Simpsons" perhaps best defines the group's
Instrumentation consists of piano, two synthesizers, guitar and
saxophone with electronic and acoustic percussion. The group's
creative use of sound incorporates such unusual "instruments"
as an abbreviated clarinet, a five-gallon paint can, a Mercury
Cougar hubcap and a washboard.
Founded in 1980, Birdsongs has released material on the Ryodisc,
Cuneiform and Ace of Hearts labels. Members include Ken
Field, saxophones/flute/synthesizer/percussion; Erik
Lindgren, piano/acoustic and electronic percussion/trumpet;
Rick Scott, synthesizer/percussion/abbreviated
clarinet; and Michael Bierylo, guitar
The lecture/demonstration is free; tickets for the concert are
$10 and are available by calling 727-6187.
-- Joyce Bell