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Published on Dec 15, 2009
Chamber Vs. Chamber Indie Rock Vs Classical ... death match, starring:
Loch Lomond Lori Goldston Spectratone
Seattle's The Sorrento Hotel, City Arts Magazine and Night School presented Chamber vs. Chamber on November 7, 2009.
Mozart, Hindemith, and Brahms are sadly losing relevancy by the day, symphony audiences are dwindling and chamber music is, well, not a word you encounter often on Twitter.
Yet in the midst of this shift away from the classical repertoire, indie rock musicians like The Decemberists, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Loch Lomond, Portland Cello Project and Jherek Bischof are incorporating chamber instruments, classical music sensibility and theory into their music -- and filling clubs across the country while they do it.
Night School at the Sorrento, led by Michael Hebb, suggests that we spark a dialogue between these two related musical disciplines and combine classical chamber performances with those of indie rock darlings. Each Chamber Vs. Chamber evening will include multiple performances that culminate in a conversation between musicians and leaders in both the classical and indie rock universes, filling the Sorrento's Fireside Room with music, people, cocktails and thoughtful conversation.
The inaugural event combined performances by celebrated cellist and composer Lori Goldston, rising chamber indie rock stars Loch Lomond and cross-disciplinary veterans Spectratone. The evenings conversation was hosted by executive editor of City Arts magazine, Mark Baumgarten and classical music critic and historian Zach Carstensen (www.gatheringnote.com).
City Arts will produce short films documenting each Chamber Vs. Chamber performance.
Stay tuned at cityartsmagazine.com for announcements about the next Chamber Vs. Chamber event.