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So Percussion, the versatile quartet whose definition of “percussion” includes houseware items, electronics, and things that you or I would consider garbage, here joins forces with electric guitarist/vocalist Grey McMurray, half of the electric chamber group itsnotyouitsme. The result is simply one possible manifestation of a larger music-theater idea built around the theme of community and collaboration. Accordingly, the quartet sees Where (we) Live as a multi-media piece that can accommodate any number of different artists – dancers, visual artists, other musicians, etc.
This recording is essentially a song cycle, though unlike those of Schubert or Schumann, this one could easily come with a language advisory (for the song “Room and Board”). The opener, “This Place the Place,” stakes out the piece’s thematic territory – why do we call this place “the place”? – over a rhythmic, modular accompaniment comprised of live percussion and sound design. “Five Rooms Back” features some lovely Satie-esque piano, but the text early on mentions a panic attack and the piano is eventually overwhelmed by dissonant guitar and percussion, making for a convincing musical representation. That play of simple consonance and bruising dissonance also characterizes “Moat,” where McMurray’s wistful singing meets shattering bell-like sounds. “Strangers All… read more »