SPCO's Liquid Music Series to Welcome Dawn of Midi and Nils Frahm, 11/15
SAINT PAUL, MN -- On Saturday, November 15 at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series presents the Twin Cities debut of renowned performers Dawn of Midi and Nils Frahm in an evening that explores the interplay between extremes of sonic simplicity and complexity.
With a grand piano, upright bass, and drum set, Dawn of Midi may look like any jazz combo, but their music is anything but standard. Drawing from jazz, minimalism, rock, and a variety of world influences, their sound is ambient yet engrossing, sparse yet rhythmically demanding. Their 2013 release Dysnomia expands the possibilities of acoustic sounds and was heralded by jazz, rock, trance and classical lovers alike. Dawn of Midi will perform on the first half of the program, presenting Dysnomia in its entirety.
The evening will continue with a solo performance by Berlin-based composer/keyboardist Nils Frahm. Frahm's riveting live performances are critically acclaimed, drawing both on his brilliance as a composer and his skills as "a restless but utterly persuasive improviser" (The Guardian). Frahm's music is both explosively energetic and intensely thoughtful. His sonic experiments meld both electronic and acoustic sounds, and his latest release, Spaces, was named "one of the year's best albums" by The Quietus. Frahm will channel his jaw dropping musicianship through his impressive array of keyboards to bring a simultaneously rousing and introspective close to the evening.
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It all takes place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 W 6th St., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Tickets: $15 at thespco.org/liquidmusic or by calling 651.291.1144.
Liquid Music is a new concert series presented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra that seeks to expand the world of classical music through innovative new projects, boundary-defying artists, and unique presentation formats. Liquid Music performances invite adventurous audiences of all ages to discover the new and the fascinating among the colorful landscape of classical music today.
Listenable and insane. That's the sound Dawn of Midi spent years shaping, culminating in their most mesmerizing work yet: Dysnomia.
In many ways, it's the first record that truly reflects the trio's critically acclaimed live show, a test of endurance and trust that involves bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and percussionist Qasim Naqvi performing their compositions note-for-note without ever appearing the least bit predictable. If anything, Dawn of Midi's sets are as red-blooded and rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ set, casting spells on crowds in the same way the group's favorite experimental and electronic acts have for decades.
Which explains why The New Yorker's music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, wrote "an hour flew by in what seems like minutes" after witnessing their high-wire act last year, and Radiolab host Jad Abumrad added "[I've] seriously never seen anything like these guys."
Belyamani is quick to say that Dawn of Midi have followed their own internal logic since day one, largely thanks to the fact that they were friends first -- playing late-night tennis matches in dimly lit parking lots well before they stepped into a studio or rehearsal space. As such, Belyamani admits it's taken quite some time to shift from early improv sessions to the well-oiled machine that makes Dysnomia both a dizzying dance record and a deeply immersive living room listen.