Ted Moore kicks off 416 Club Commissions Sunday at the Cedar

Ted Moore kicks off 416 Club Commissions Sunday at the Cedar
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For the third year running, the Cedar Cultural Center is providing local artists the opportunity to collaborate and experiment with new sounds and processes outside of their norm. This happens in the form of the Cedar's 416 Club Commissions--a weekly series funded by the Jerome Foundation and running every Sunday in January and February.

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The premise of the 416 Club Commissions is fairly straightforward: where the modern financial climate makes it hard for artists to support themselves and create new and thought-provoking work, the grant provides a stipend--$2,500--to each artist in exchange for a set including 30 minutes of brand new music. The series is kicked off this Sunday, January 6, with an evening curated by local composer Ted Moore.

Moore is a Twin Cities-based composer and sound designer who has worked locally with the Savage Umbrella Theater Company and Nautilus Music-Theater. Moore is often inspired by literature and philosophy in his works, and for his 416 Club night, he turned to the ancient epic poem The Epic Of Gilgamesh.

"I like this story because I think it really well describes an existential process that Gilgamesh has to come through to come to terms with... The reality being that his best friend has been put to death," says Moore, explaining inspiration behind the poem. "That story of confronting reality and then finding ways to deal with it and overcome it is a story that I think we, as humans, are constantly confronting in many ways throughout our lives."

Moore wanted to challenge himself--and audience members--by bridging together two forms of music that aren't often combined. His composition is for a string quartet and a device called SuperCollider.

"It's for string quartet and a live audio processor called SuperCollider," explains Moore. "A lot of times string quart is viewed as this 19th century ensemble and there's a lot of style associations that come with that, and audio processing is this new tool for music, so I'm trying to combine those two things and hopefully tell a really compelling story."

Check out this original tune of Moore's titled "fiery walls," inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum:

"The project specified that the piece had to be longer than thirty minutes, which is a long piece, and using SuperCollider is still relatively new to me, so those two things combined made for a real challenge," admits Moore. "I put a lot of time in, and I'm pleased with the results, and I'm really looking forward to it all coming together this Sunday."

You can catch what is sure to be a thought-provoking show by Ted Moore this Sunday, January 6, at the Cedar Cultural Center. 7 p.m. doors. $5 cover. All Ages.

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