Friday January 13 @ 8pm
Viracocha, 998 Valencia Street
What explains the enduring appeal of chamber music?
No doubt the beauty, subtlety, and complexity of the music—not to mention the passion and virtuosity of its players—are all part of it. But these qualities can be brought to bear on music of any kind, and more and more, classically trained musicians are venturing beyond the traditional confines of the chamber into new and exciting territories. The San Francisco Bay Area, in particular, is a fertile breeding ground for such genre-bending, cross-pollinating creativity.
The ELECTRIC CHAMBER series showcases some of this incredible creative talent.
Our first installment features the electrifying MUSICAL ART QUINTET, a high-energy string ensemble playing music inspired by the dances of Latin America, including a few electro-tangos, and VYTAL THEORY, an innovative duo comprised of DJ/producer/rapper Elan Vytal and violin virtuoso Matt Szemela, AKA String Theory.
Formed in 2008, Musical Art Quintet is made up of some of the Bay Area’s most talented string players. With a core repertoire of original compositions and arrangements by bassist Sascha Jacobsen, the quintet’s music is rooted in rhythm and dance, drawing inspiration from styles as diverse as Argentine Tango, Klezmer, Afro-Cuban, Cha-Cha-Cha, Malagasy, and Electronica. The quintet cemented its status as a top notch string ensemble, recording with Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Stevan Pasero (Twelve Shades of Night, 2010) and Argentine Tango group Trio Garufa (El Rumor de Tus Tangos, 2010). The group—Classical Revolution’s 2011 Ensemble-in-Residence—just released its charming and delightful debut album, Nuevo Chamber, on the Classical Revolution label.
Vytal Theory is an inspired answer to traditional conceptions of musical collaboration. Comprised of a DJ, who mixes music as well as video, and an electro-acoustic violinist performing on a custom six-string violin, the duo brings a diverse array of musical backgrounds and influences to the stage. What results is a new sound that both celebrates tradition and challenges present boundaries, moving forever forward.
ELECTRIC CHAMBER is brought to you by Live ‘n’ Local SF, whose goal is to promote and support innovative music played live by local musicians, regardless of genre, and Classical Revolution, a social movement of global reach and local origin, now in its sixth year of bringing chamber music to the masses.