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June TOUR Dates!

All shows are with CARNIVORES!!!

JUNE 3– Thursday- The EARL Atlanta, GA   w/ Adron

JUNE 8– Tuesday- The NIGHTLIGHTChapel Hill, NC   w/ Birds of Avalon

JUNE 9– Wednesday- KUNG-FU NECKTIEPhiladelphia, PA   w/ Grandchildren

JUNE 10– Thursday- LIVE WITH ANIMALS– Brooklyn, NY   w/ Tulipss, Haunted Boots

JUNE 12– Saturday- DEATH BY AUDIOBrooklyn, NY

JUNE 13– Sunday-  BRUAR FALLS Brooklyn, NY   w/ The Girls at Dawn

JUNE 14– Monday- THE ANNEX– Baltimore, MD

JUNE 15– Tuesday- SNUG HARBOR – Charlotte, NC


We’re heading out on a week-long tour with our friends and fellow Atlantans CARNIVORES! This time around we’ll be a five piece, augmented by the lovely vocals of ADRON. Hope to see ya there!

I Musici de Montreal presented by Musica Sacra Atlanta

On Sunday March 21, 2010, Adron, Mario, and I went to see I Musici de Montreal, a fifteen-piece chamber orchestra, perform two Tchaikovsky works and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

I don’t think I’ve been so moved by music since my formative years as a punk teen. Adron and I arrived a little late, in the middle of Tchaikovsky’s “Andante cantabile.” I Musici de Montreal consists of eight violins, three violas, two cellos, and one amazing doublebass, played by Alain Malo. The orchestra was conducted by Muscovite Yuli Turovsky, who is also the founder of the collective.

Allegedly, “Andante cantabile” was inspired by a popular folk song sung by a gardener in Kamenka, where Tchaikovsky was vacationing with his sister. First performed in 1871, this piece features sublime sweeping melodies and interwoven counterpoint harmonies. I had to exercise serious self-restraint during this performance. The vibrations and musicianship were so beautiful, I wanted to shake Adron.

The second Tchaikovsky piece “Souvenir de Florence” Op. 70 was darker and more frantic. Tchaikovsky composed this piece after completing a residency in Florence, where he was working on his opera “The Queen of Spades.”

The second movement of this piece really showcased the virtuosity of the chamber orchestra. At times, at least half the orchestra played meticulous pizzicato, a stark contrast to the breeze-like bowing of their counterparts. I was particularly amazed by the doublebass arrangement in this piece.

After a short intermission, Turovsky and the orchestra performed Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” This famous cycle (which I admittedly was unfamiliar with before attending this concert) consists of ten pieces and four intermezzi, and was inspired by an 1874 exhibition of Victor Hartmann’s paintings, architectural projects, and artifacts. Hartmann, an artist and architect, was a close friend of Mussorgsky’s, and had died suddenly from heart failure prior to the composition of this cycle.

The conductor Turovsky commissioned his daughter Natasha to paint fifteen paintings based on Mussorgsky’s music, which was itself inspired by visual art. This sort of interdisciplinary symbiosis and completion of a creative circle blows my mind.

I Musici de Montreal performed “Pictures at an Exhibition” in front of a screen with animated projections of Natasha Turovsky’s interpretations of the music. The paintings themselves were dark and beautiful, slightly reminiscent of my favorite works by Munch and Degas. The animation and editing, done by digital artist Gael Hollard, were a bit distracting to me, but I was nevertheless impressed with how in sync the orchestra was with all the cuts and camera movement. Truth be told, the images definitely influenced my perception of the music.

I feel inspired by this performance. Perhaps I will rediscover my classical roots.

Keep an eye out for Musica Sacra Atlanta events. If this concert is at all indicative of the kinds of events they bring to Atlanta, sign me up. The kicker: it was free, with a suggested $5 donation.

That same day, Adron gave me a cd of an early 70s Spanish group called Vainica Doble, which reminds me a little of Os Mutantes with prettier vocals and a lot less fuzz guitar. But that’s a subject for another time. -Tommy Chung

TEMPO TEMPORAL

Our new album is finally ready!  Six songs, thirty minutes: Tempo Temporal. To celebrate we’re giving away a song for download. It’s called Resonance Alright and it’s one of our favorites. Click below:

preview “Resonance Alright”

download “RESONANCE ALRIGHT”

You can hear the entire release on our Myspace page or get one from us in person if we’re coming through your town in the coming weeks.

A few people have really gone the extra mile to help us make this self-release possible with our limited means. Mike Wright engineered five of the six songs, threw in great ideas and let us eat all of his sunflower seeds. We recorded them at New Street Studio where our practice space shares a roof with his studio and the practice space of the Black Lips. We are working on a cosmic hotspot (made entirely of cables and cigarette butts). Graham Marsh mixed four of the songs and recorded one of them at his studio behind the Crue-famous Tattletales and the bleach soaked private rooms of Cheshire Bridge Road. Jaguzzi?! It was our first time working with him and it was a blast. Graham is the master of addition-by-subtraction and many of the little things he did greatly enhanced the songs. Deisha Oliver came by and threw on some outrageous noise for a few songs with her cello. Leticia Arioli duets on Dials and really knocked us out with her sweet voice. And we were lucky enough to be in the studio when Miss Adron returned to the A after her stint in NYC. All we had to do is hit record on Resonance Alright and she knew exactly what to do, in perfect pitch. We are very lucky to have such talented and helpful friends. Thanks ya’ll.

And a very special thanks to beautiful Julia Kubica for helping me focus & get all the files together & tie up all loose ends. Couldn’t do it without you.