FACE THE MUSIC returns to Roulette! This time, spinning renditions in the new theater. The exuberant teens will present works by Angelica Negron, Kenji Bunch and Philip Glass.
Listening to Negron’s “El Gran Caleidoscopio” is like looking straight into the sun and feeling the polychrome consume your bones. Negron, who hails from Puerto Rico, assembles dual melodicas and toy pianos with metal percussion, then fuses it with a string ensemble and wedges an ubiquitous bass-line underneath. Topping it off with amplified music boxes and teen, she then proceeds to refract our sound-scape into one thousand glimmering bytes.
“String Circle” takes us back to the roots, but to whose roots? In today’s egalitarian world of many musics, we can sometimes forget which music we come from. Kenji Bunch’s viola quintet reminds us that all of us have some roots in this country’s ringstraked tradition of the blues.
Coinciding with the Grand Master’s 75th year, FACE THE MUSIC will perform the mammoth contemporary-classic, “Glassworks” by Philip Glass. We all know this piece and its position in history, it needs no explaining — just a set of directions to come to Roulette and hear FACE THE MUSIC spin this wicked rendition.