The 802 Tour
Although this collective is rife with evidence of its base in New York's cutting-edge downtown music scene, the 802—as in area code—tag gives away the Vermont origins of most of the principles: composer/pianist Nico Muhly, keyboardist/singer Doveman (a.k.a. Thomas Bartlett), fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon, and violist Nadia Sirota, along with Minneapolis's Laurels String Quartet. Individually and in various combinations, the 802s explore the frontiers of classical, folk, and pop, flirting with the avant-garde and particularly attuned to fresh tangents when genres overlap and merge. Muhly's diverse interests run to Anglican chorale music, electronica, indie pop, and minimalism. He's written orchestral pieces, operas, for film and ballet, as well as collaborated with the likes of Philip Glass, Bjork, Rufus Wainwright, and Grizzly Bear. Bartlett's whispery vocals often float through a diaphanous ambient chamber folk context. He's classically trained, but also ventures far afield, including working with Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, and Yoko Ono. Amidon is known for his fractured perspective on Americana roots, twisting Appalachian ballads, for instance, in strikingly irregular modes. Juilliard grad Sirota is active in new music circles, playing regularly with contemporary groups like the Meredith Monk Ensemble, as well as sitting in with Grizzly Bear and Arcade Fire. The Laurels, who have worked locally with Jeremy Messersmith, Dessa, and the New Standards among many, will back Sirota here. Performances will range from solos to a variety of collaborations. (Photo by Matt Luem)
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 22. Continues through March 23, 2012
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