Thursday, May 7, 2015

Recording: Barnyard Drama

Artist: Barnyard Drama

Song: Miss Otis Regrets [Cole Porter cover]

Recorded at Array Space ("The Music Gallery's Departures Series"), April 29, 2015.

Barnyard Drama - Miss Otis Regrets

The most exciting moments at this offsite Music Gallery show came in the night's middle set, with a too-rare chance to see Barnyard Drama in action. This longtime pairing of Christine Duncan (voice) and Jean Martin (percussion, electronics) hasn't been performing much of late, doubtless because of the many external projects (including Element Choir for Duncan and Tanya Tagaq for Martin) the pair have on the go. Their set comprised of a pair of long pieces, each building from quiet to raucous — the second was this rendition of a Cole Porter classic (that the pair tackled back on their first album) that would eventually tear the song's structure into tiny bits and reassemble them in a tower of noise, with Duncan dropping the mic to her side to see if her unamplified voice could compete with the drumkit behind her. (It could.)

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