Gigs, dance, art

April 10th, 2008: Ensemble Dedalus

@instants chavirés

I had heard before of Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise, but apart from a short piece by Sonic Youth, I had never heard an interpretation of it. The score itself is interesting, and one of the good things to come out of this evening is that I got to see it spread out on the floor. It’s continuous, something that isn’t as striking seeing isolated pages, even in sequence.

This was a performance of the first 20 pages, after the Dedalus ensemble spent a few days spent working on it, according to the introduction. The venue is small, and with all the instruments the performers were using, they were taking up more than half of it. Flutes, guitars, percussions, cello, trombone, electronics and a long horn. In isolation, the electronics were my favorite, especially the mic being dragged along the wall.

It was often feeling drawn out to me, especially at first, but I’m a slow starter. It did pick up steam along the way — or rather I finally got into it — and reached peaks when more of them played at the same time. There were some engulfing sounds there and once surrounded I could enjoy the smaller changes within. Not often enough to think it was great, but often enough to enjoy it overall.


April 12, 2008 - Posted by | Music | , ,

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