The Paul Dresher Double Duo will perform “Double Ikat Part 2” — Dresher’s Asian-influenced and lyrical trio for violin, piano and percussion, Dresher’s tour-de-force invented instrument duo “Glimpsed From Afar”, John Cage‘s “Six Melodies for Violin & Keyboard Instrument” and Martin Bresnick‘s “Fantasia on A Theme By Willie Dixon”, a mash-up of Brahms and Cream’s extended improvisations on the blues classic “Spoonful”, for the full quartet with Dresher in electric guitar. Highlighting the program will be TwoSense performing the world premiere of Dresher’s three movement duo for cello & piano “Family Matters.”
Called “one of the most interesting among the current scene of active composers,” Paul Dresher continues to innovate and surprise. Classically based and inventively performed, Double Duo combines traditional chamber instruments, performed by Bang on a Can All Stars founding member Lisa Moore on piano, and long-time collaborator Karen Bentley Pollick on violin, together with a pair of newly invented instruments: the Marimba Lumina – an electronic mallet controller played by percussionist Joel Davel and the Quadrachord, a 15-foot long four-stringed instrument invented by Dresher that is plucked, bowed, hammered and strummed. Dresher also plays electric guitar on the program. This contemporary music concert, performed on both “old” and new instruments, results in a wholly unique live performance experience that is both visual and aural.