Friday, December 13, 2013

Recording: Strange Strings Ensemble

Artist: Strange Strings Ensemble

Song: Famous Wildlife Movies I [excerpt] (Composer: Mike Smith)

Recorded at The Music Gallery ("Emergents I: Strange Strings"), December 12, 2013.

Strange Strings Ensemble - Famous Wildlife Movies I [excerpt]

Full review to follow. I don't normally tend to post two versions of the same song, but what we have here just happens to be a little bit different than the last time I saw this performed, so having a chance to hear 'em back-to-back may well be instructive. Here, Mike Smith is on synth, and joined by Ilana Waniuk (violin) and Amanda Penner (viola), two members of the ad hoc ensemble put together for this show, exploring new textures and new musical partners for traditional "classical" strings.

This exciting night was just the first of this season's Emergents series at the Music Gallery, each of which is going to be curated by a past graduate of the series. Next month's programme (on Friday, January 17, 2014), curated by Adam Scime, was just announced, and will feature Christopher Willes and the Montréal-based Ensemble Paramirabo.

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