Salon: folk re-imagined
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 -- 7:00 PM
Enchanted Mountain Studios, 114 Los Pandos
(Parking in the old Scheid Dodge dealership parking lot.)
for more info call William at (575) 621-5928
violin + electronics
trombone + electronics
Admission is free and open to all.
The program will include:
Two-Eyed Elk ---------------> by Naftali Schindler
by Ian Dicke
(featuring samples of Nara Leoã, the muse of Bossa Nova)
Nuts and Bolts ---------------> by Pierce Gradone
(eastern european dances)
Parallel Worlds ---------------> by Avi Moghrabi
Ground Round ---------------> by Steve Snowden
(cattle auctioneering samples)
Shoulder2Shoulder ---------------> by Hugh Lobel
This salon (our seventh this year) will be a
concert devoted to folk music traditions in a modern context with trombone,
violin, and electronics. This is a rare chance for Taoseños to hear
cutting-edge contemporary classical music as it is being conceived and created
by leading members of the new generation. Samples and arrangements of vintage
radio, Tuvan overtone-singing, the Brazilian Bossa-Nova, Nebraskan cattle
auctioneers, the Argentine Tango, and Eastern European folk dances are all
part of the materials.
Steve and Molly will also speak about each
composition before they perform it to help the audience better understand the
works and the processes involved in their creation.
They will also speak about the leading, young composers who have
written the works. Steve and Molly
are especially qualified for this sort of presentation.
Steve holds degrees in both mathematics and music from Oberlin, and is
a Harrington Fellow at the
salon is also a chance to see how the younger generation is attempting to make
classical music more approachable and democratic.
They are moving away from the ponderous resources of the symphony
orchestra by using highly sophisticated software in laptops to create vast and
beautiful sound palettes in forms that are far more economical, efficient, and
flexible. (This is enhanced in our
studio which contains a 600 hundred pound state of the art sound system.)
They are also moving away from the rigid hierarchy and formality of
concert halls to explore alternative venues such as music pubs devoted to
contemporary classical music (such as Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, the Künstlerhaus
in Berlin, or the Eisbrecher
Young classical musicians are also
transforming the stifling decorum of classical concerts.
Changes include casual clothing, more interaction with the
audience, a freer and more spontaneous use of applause, the extensive use of
social media in advertising, new forms of stage lighting, and even live
streaming concerts. They are also
deeply integrating elements of popular and folk culture into their work, as
seen in this salon’s program. The
borders between rock, jazz, folk, hip-hop, world, metal, and classical are all
blurred and crossed to the point that they hardly any longer exist as separate
genres. The musicians also often
create works in multi-media formats including film, video, theater.
noted, these sorts of experiments by the younger generation rarely reach
In fact, this coming weekend a summer festival long
These new trends will help to to re-enliven the arts.
Many have noted that over the last 50 years Taos has moved from being
an arts colony to a tourist resort that sells commercialized westernalia
ranging from the Plaza’s rubber tomahawks to countless galleries selling
paintings of old pickups in front of mountains with yellow aspens.
(For variation, put in an old man playing the fiddle in front of a
small adobe church.) This stasis
is why several of
With about nine or ten galleries recently closed in the
historic district alone, it is only genuine creativity that will keep us alive
and perhaps return to