From time to time alchemy occurs in a live performance where all the elements come together into a healing whole. Such was the case with MUSE/IQUE’s sublime “Spring/Within” Uncorked event February 24, 2014 onstage at A Noise Within.
Beginning with “fits + starts for electronic music” with live cello, commissioned by LA’s Hysterica Dance Company by cutting edge composer Anna Clyne, composer in residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hysterica’s Artistic Director Kitty McNamee choreographed an athletic and sinuous dance performed by members of her dance corps. Cellist Kim Scholes was masterful and Grammy-winner Mike Simpson (aka EZ Mike of the Dust Brothers) provided the edgy "electronic."
Then the hugely talented MUSE/IQUE musicians took the stage and performed a very different interpretation of Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Appalachian Spring.” Standing throughout the performance as is their custom the ensemble under the baton of Artistic Director Rachael Worby awakened the promise of spring in the hearts and minds of the audience. Simpson’s signature electronic "texturing" interspersed and interpolated the Copland with sensuous dance passages, also choreographed by McNamee and performed exquisitely by corps members.
Thumbs up for Worby, the musicians, Simpson, McNamee and the lithe dancers she brought with her: Sara Silken, Marlon Pelayo, Deanna Reeves and Christian Brower.
This reviewer left ANW feeling better than when she arrived!
Worby curates each of the one-of-a-kind Uncorked program with a deft touch. In the program she also thanks Peter Knell and Andrea and John Van de Kamp for “helping to imagine this event.”
The Uncorked Series is a traveling party of smart fun that happens in improvised concert halls: the working warehouses, factories, schools and iconic cultural locales that animate our exceptional city. Fearless artists in the mood for discovery join Worby and an inquisitive audience for 70 minute adventures in time, place and music.
Next up on April 7, 2014 is “Beatbox/Bloom” featuring the the Doric Quartet - in an unlikely pairing with the inventive and passionate percussionist Mona Tavakoli at Jacob Marse Florists’ warehouse in Pasadena. String quartet is the most daring and delicate form of classical music. Like a flower, its beauty disguises deep roots that hold us together across centuries. Through these roots, Paul Simon has a conversation with Bach inspired by Haydn. It’s all channeled through today’s international rock stars of string. In this setting of visual and aromatic delight, Rachael Worby takes us on an exploration of the music of the world's past in full modern bloom.
To join MUSE/IQUE, purchase tickets or learn more about this extraordinary organization visit www.muse-ique.com or call 626-539-7085.